August 4, 2010
Dream in Color Yarns has introduced a wonderful new recipe!
Dream Club Yarns is a selection of yarns in exclusive colors for only those retailers such as The Local Needle, which have joined their club! We will receive in a special edition yarn teamed with a free pattern each month, from August 2010 until May 2011.
Prices vary each month and quantities are limited so watch close! We will post here each month as each new package arrives, or if you would like to be one of the first to know, sign up for our newsletter.
August Dream Club includes a skein of flash-dyed Knitosophy in Rose Smash…
And here is the free pattern that accompanies it! You can order your August Dream Club here!
April 27, 2010
There are so many sweet things in the world.
Sweet to the taste… sweet on the eyes… sweet as in nice… and, sweet because that was how they were made.
I could just eat this little one up…she’s not only as sweet as they come, but a real treasure to us all.
Here’s Rae modeling one of Jill Eaton’s new designs, the Pinafore Dress. She looks a little like the model, wouldn’t you say?
This was a very simple knit, made from Jill Eaton’s new yarn, CottonTail. CottonTail is 100% cotton and completely washable and dryable. This dress has already been washed and dried in the dryer!
The pattern called for size US 8 needles. However, even for someone that knits a little on the tight side, this was way too lose. I moved down to a 7 and fabric looked better and I was then slightly under gauge, close enough though.
I added a little extra with buttons I found at Stitches South.
Jill Eaton’s CottonTail yarn and Pinafore Dress pattern can both be found at The Local Needle yarn shop.
April 16, 2010
Just came in, a partial shipment of Schaefer Yarns. Two colors of Laurel (worsted weight) and five colors of Susan (dk weight), both 100% mercerized pima cotton. It’s always Christmas when opening a box of Schaefer!
We also received in a restock of 5″ fiberspheres. These are great gadgets for working with 2 colors at the same time. You can attach 2 of them (each with their own ball of yarn held inside) side-by-side, and the yarns don’t tangle…they stay put like good little yarn balls!
December 7, 2009
We are SO excited about having nationally known, Dee Stanziano, teach a workshop at The Local Needle!
She is a delightful lady that is taking her crochet experience to the South during this Holiday Season in order to conduct a workshop that she has coined The Pushmi~Pullyu technique. The technique is learned while working this beautiful and unique scarf.
This workshop is named after the Pushmi~Pullyu animal featured in the Doctor Dolittle novel written by Huge Lofting. A Pushmi~Pullyu is the beloved two-headed alpaca/antelope (depending upon which version of the story you know) that delights everyone.
Many crocheters look at their work in one direction, from left to right, or from right to left. Is it possible crochet can have more than one direction? And if so, what are the benefits?
In this popular 3-hour workshop taught at the National CGOA Conferences, Dee will have participants exploring the amazing possibilities of what happens when crochet is turned around! Not just by turning your work, but by watching what happens when stitches are created backwards! Crocheting in opposite directions has its rewards! Pattern to create Dee’s award-winning scarf will be provided to participants.
- When: Sunday 12/20/09 1:30 – 4:30 PM
- Fee: $40.00 plus materials, space is limited so call today! (904) 259-5648
- Materials Needed: 2 skeins of smooth DK or worsted weight yarn, simple in texture and color. Crochet hook for yarn chosen. Optional: beaded trim. Materials must be purchased at The Local Needle.
- Crochet Experience needed: participants should be comfortable with creating the foundation chain, single crochet stitches, keeping tension, counting stitches.
- Email Joan with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
And…there’s more than one way to join in the fun…
Wear your crochet finery, or bring your favorite crochet projects for some Show & Tell while enjoying great food and great crochet conversation!
- When: Monday, December 21 at 2:00 PM
- Where: Harpoon Louie’s (www.HarpoonLouies.net) 4070 Hershel St, #8 , Jacksonville, FL
- RSVP: CrochetWithDee@aol.com
Please consider bringing a new teddy bear … it can be crocheted, knitted or purchased. These teddy bears will be donated to Fire Station #25; they in turn will give the teddy bears to the children in distress when the Station responds to calls.
We hope you can join us!
“Any human anywhere will blossom in a hundred unexpected talents and capacities simply by being given the opportunity to do so. “ — Doris Lessing
November 13, 2009
Just a little of what’s new at The Local Needle…
We have some very enticing colors of Shibui Knits Sock and Sock Fluids.
They seduce you into making things other than socks. Something along these cute little lines:
Then we received in specifically for this Cabled Rib Wrap:
some Baby alpaca DK and some new colors of Silk Cloud – oh SO soft!
Just in the nick of time for our HatHeel Sock KAL this Saturday, we received in a brand new sock yarn from an indie dyer originating in the Oregon area, StitchJones. Her yarns will literally rock your stash! Introducing StitchJones Titanium Sock…
And, since I still carry the torch for knitted lace, we received in a tasting of her Nirvana Lace. Oh, my! This is 1300 yards of an alpaca/silk/cashmere blend for a very permissive price.
All of these can be found in the shop or online under New Arrivals.
November 11, 2009
I enjoyed making this. It was enough to keep my mind occupied, yet relaxing enough to watch the World Series and my favorite… Masterpiece Theatre.
I found a few things to note since the last blog post. First, if you do not have the exact stitch count when entering into the instructions for row 57, you may get confused. So I have listed the stitch counts that you should have after completing row 56. If you lay the shawl on a table and looked at the RS facing you, you should see the following stitch counts:
11 sts, c-8, 23 sts, c-8, 23 sts, c-8, 9 sts, MARKER, 8 sts, c-8, 8 sts, MARKER, 9 sts, c-8, 23 sts, c-8, 23 sts, c-8, 11 sts. (c-8 means it’s a cable and it has 8 sts).
And a reminder; Do not forget to do the increases that are “usually” only done to the center panel. When you get to row 92, the increases should be done for each set of cable stitches, and the same goes for row 106 and 114. Ask me how I know this! I kept humming away and ended up having to frog a good 6″ because I didn’t have extra stitches when I needed them.
Here is our version of the magazine shoot!
I want to thank everyone that has participated in the KAL! If you’re still working on it, don’t hesitate to drop me a line.
Joan, The Local Needle