April 27, 2010

Sweetness, Cotton Tails and Pinafores

Posted in Classic Elite Yarns, knitting, My Projects, The Local Needle Yarn Shop, Yarn, Yarn Shop activity at 9:35 am by outdoorknitter

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 In at The Local Needle

Posted in knitting, The Local Needle Yarn Shop, Yarn, Yarn Shop activity tagged , at 1:17 pm by outdoorknitter

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!

February 22, 2010

Curvy Knits Park Street KAL

Posted in KAL, knitting, Online KAL, The Local Needle Yarn Shop, Yarn Shop activity tagged , , , , at 4:11 pm by outdoorknitter

We kicked off our Classic Elite Spring KAL Saturday and cast on for our 3-button Cardi’s!  Everyone is studying!!

 Call me what you will, but I have to spell things out for myself to get the thinking part done with.  THEN, I can then enjoy the knit! 

Without giving away the pattern, here are the first few rows which might help you keep track of the RS/WS progress as well as where you are in the double moss stitch pattern.  Just print it out for a little cheat sheet.

  1. Row 1 – RS – Sl 1 (wyib) work ROW 1 of Dbl Moss St, k1.
  2. Row 2 – WS  – Sl 1 (wyif) work ROW 2 of Dbl Moss St  , p1
  3. Row 3 – RS – Sl 1 (wyib) work ROW 3 of Dbl Moss St, k1
  4. Row 4 – WS  – Sl 1 (wyif) work ROW 4 of Dbl Moss St  , p1
  5. Row 5 – RS – Sl 1 (wyib) work ROW 1 of Dbl Moss St, k1
  6. Row 6 – WS  – Sl 1 (wyif) work ROW 2 of Dbl Moss St  , p1
  7. Row 7 – RS – Sl 1 (wyib) work ROW 3 of Dbl Moss St, k1
  8. Row 8 – WS  – Sl 1 (wyif), k1, k2tog, [yo] 2 times, ssk, work Row 4 of  Dbl Moss St as est  , p1
  9. Row 9 – RS – Sl 1 (wyib) work ROW 1 of Dbl Moss St until you reach the double yo, [k1, p1] into double yo, work to 1 st as est, k1
  10. Row 10 – WS – Place marker row – just remember to Sl 1 (wyif), work dbl moss st ROW 2 while placing the markers as indicated in instructions.

You are now ready to move to the larger needles!

Here’s my progress so far…I’m using Classic Elite Yarns Chesapeake, in True Blue (first picture depicts the color best); HiyaHiya Bamboo 24″ US 6 Circulars (Try a Hiya!) and I’m lovin’ the Zecca stitch markers.

I’m just past the short rows and things are shaping up well.  Hope everyone is enjoying!!

February 15, 2010

Join us for a Classic Elite Knit-A-Long (KAL) at The Local Needle

Posted in KAL, knitting, Online KAL, The Local Needle Yarn Shop, Yarn Shop activity tagged , , , , at 7:02 am by outdoorknitter

The exitement continues to grow around our upcoming Classic Elite KAL! 

For those that complete the project by the cutoff date (7/31/10), their names are entered into a drawing (just for The Local Needle!) for which a name is drawn to win a basket of Classic Elite goodies valued at a minimum of $200.00! 

The project that we have chosen can be found in CEY’s just released Curvy Knits, Park Street pattern booklet.  Each pattern in the booklet ranges in size from Medium, up to a 3XL.

The pattern calls for Solstice, 70% organic cotton/30% merino wool;  however, many of us are using Chesapeake, 50% organic cotton/50% merino wool and some are even using Classic Silk, 50% cotton/30% Silk/20% Nylon.  Chesapeake and Classic Silk are both in stock at The Local Needle, Solstice is by special order.  Click here to view Classic Elite Yarns at The Local Needle.

Here’s how you can join us online or in the shop – either way we’ll have a blast!

  1. Register by printing out this form and emailing or snail-mail it to The Local Needle
  2. Purchase your yarn and pattern booklet through The Local Needle
  3. join us in the shop each Saturday- 2:00 to 4:00 PM, or online each week at our blog
  4. Finish by the deadline (7/31/10), take a picture of your garment, turn in your yarn labels and cross your fingers for the drawing!

We’re looking forward to the initial cast on celebration, Saturday February 20th from 2:00 to 4:00 PM! 

It’s never too late to join us, as long as you can finish by 7/31/10!


December 7, 2009

Crochet with Dee! at The Local Needle

Posted in crochet, Events, The Local Needle Yarn Shop, Yarn Shop activity tagged , , , at 8:41 am by outdoorknitter

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.

Pushmi~Pullyu 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:  joan@localneedle.com

And…there’s more than one way to join in the fun…

Crochet Meet-Up!

 Wear your crochet finery, or bring your favorite crochet projects for some Show & Tell while enjoying great food and great crochet conversation!

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