Wooly Wednesday: LYS in Review

I love their mascot.

I love their mascot.

LYS in Review: Bazaar Girls Yarn Shop

126 Quincy St.

Port Townsend, WA 98368

(360)379-9273

www.bazaargirls.com

When we started on this “traveling RN adventure” our first stop was near Seattle. We had an amazing time exploring all of the Pacific Northwest. One of our favourite towns we discovered was Port Townsend.

Port Townsend is located on the Olympic Peninsula. It has a rugged beauty with Victorian houses and a vibrant downtown. One of my best discoveries there is the Bazaar Girls Yarn Shop and Fiber Emporium.

Who doesn't like a wall of yarn?!

Who doesn’t like a wall of yarn?!

The shop is well stocked with a variety of yarn, most of which I would classify as higher-end. Be Sweet, Sublime, and Debbie Bliss are just a few that come to mind. They also carried locally made yarn and gorgeous fiber for spinning. If you need to brush up on your skills they have an extensive class schedule and everyone in the shop was very welcoming and friendly.

Beautiful sock weight yarn. Love the colors.

Beautiful sock weight yarn. Love the colors.

For those traveling with non knitters they do have other locally made items such as jewelry, buttons, etc. If nothing else, they can sit outside and look out on the beautiful view from the shop’s seating area. I very much wanted to come back and knit there but sadly I was only able to make it to the shop once.

Imagine this being your view while knitting.

Imagine this being your view while knitting.

Even if you aren’t into yarn Port Townsend is worth the drive. There are beautiful beaches, hand crafted beer, a history museum, and live music. It is a fun stop.

Local beer.

Local beer.

Have any of you been to this shop? What Christmas gifts are you working on right now?

-Christy

 

Wooly Wednesday: We have a Winner!!

cascade yarn giveaway winner

A big THANK YOU to all of you who took the time to enter my contest. I really enjoyed hearing about your favorite local yarn shops, looking them up online, and planning road trips to visit them! (Don’t tell my husband!)

Congratulations Catherine! I will be sending out your yarn tomorrow. It will be like getting an early Christmas gift!

I plan on holding other giveaways in the future so if you didn’t win this time don’t give up hope! I know this was a short post but next week I will have another amazing LYS to share with you all.

Happy Crafting,

-Christy

Wooly Wednesday: Cascade Yarn Giveaway

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Its finally here! Yarn Giveaway time. When I announced the start of Wooly Wednesdays I promised some free yarn to one lucky person. Sadly my following Wooly Wednesday post ended up being very long and I didn’t want the giveaway to be hidden at the end. I decided it deserved a blog post of its own.

I choose this specific yarn because it is what I used to make my Crochet Christmas Cowl. This way the winner has the option of making the cowl. If you are more of a knitter this yarn would be beautiful knitted up into a simple cowl, scarf, or a matching hat and fingerless mitt set. Two skeins gives you plenty of yardage to work with!

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This yarn is from Cascades Cloud line of yarns. The chainette construction of the yarn allows it to be warm without being too heavy. The yarn I am giving away is clarified as being “Eco” Cloud because it is made from undyed merino and alpaca fibers. The result is lovely natural and neutral colors. You can see the rest of the color options here.  Their regular Cloud yarn comes in a wide range of colors if you need a bit more variety.

THE GIVEAWAY:

I will send the winner, chosen at random, two skeins of the Eco Cloud yarn by Cascade in the Charcoal (1810) colorway. I will also cover the cost of shipping. This yarn normally retails at $15-$17 a skein.

HOW TO ENTER:

Tell me in a comment below your favorite place to shop for yarn, why it is your favorite, and where it is. I love to support local yarn shops and sometimes they can be hard to find. This way I can have a list at my disposal to check whenever I am traveling.

You can also enter by sending me an email at wildflowerweston@hotmail.com.

*Make sure you include a way I can reach you (email, etc) if you are the winner.

*The LAST DAY to enter is November 30.

THE DRAWING:

Everyone who has commented or emailed will be entered and I will randomly pick a name Dec 1. The winner will be personally notified and mentioned in the following Wooly Wednesday post. I will ship the yarn as soon as I receive a response from the winner. If no response is received within a week, a new winner will be chosen.

*PLEASE NOTE*

This contest is only open to residents of the CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES. The cost of shipping to other locations is too prohibitive.

 

I can’t wait to hear about your favorite yarn shops and to see what the winner makes with their yarn. We have some lovely snow falling right now here in Vermont. Luckily we have no holiday traveling but if you are traveling I hope the snow isn’t getting in your way! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

-Christy

 

 

 

Wooly Wednesdays: LYS in Review

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LYS in Review: NIDO

(802) 881-0068

209 College Street

Suite 2e

Burlington, VT 05401

www.nidovt.com

 

I stumbled upon this little gem during one of our many excursions to downtown Burlington. Its located above the amazing café Stone Soup (I wrote about them recently here). There was a little hesitation when I wasn’t sure if I was opening the right door but once inside I could see the sign at the top of the stairs. There are several other businesses located on the upper floors of the building; its a pretty cool space.

Upon entering I immediately liked the warm, cozy feel of the place. Beautiful walls of fabric and well displayed trunks and bookcases of yarn were complimented by the hardwood floors and vintage fixtures.

Trunks filled with treasure!

Trunks filled with treasure!

It is a small space however I could tell everything has been carefully curated. The high-end fabrics and wools are joined by a small selection of patterns, books and notions that you do not see in your big box craft store.

I had the fortune to speak with the owner the last time I was there. Her name is Phiona and she could not have been nicer. She was full of information, she was helpful with my purchases and more than happy to answer my questions.

Originally from Seattle, the craft bug bit her when she was expecting her first child. After she relocated to Burlington she realized there was a need for a boutique style fabric and yarn shop; a place that carried items with a more modern aesthetic. Thus Nido, which means “nest”, was born.

Although Wooly Wednesdays center around all things yarn I have to mention the great fabric lines she carries. She had the latest from Alison Glass, April Rhodes, and the much sought after Cotton & Steel. She told me she likes to have the newest lines as soon as they come out. All of the great quilting cottons are joined by a rainbow of solid color cottons as well as some linens, knits, and heavier fabrics.

Love walls of beautiful fabrics.

Love walls of beautiful fabrics.

She likes to keep her yarn selection local; mostly stocking yarns that are made in the northeast. Swans Island, String Theory and Green Mountain Spinnery are a few of the local favorites. She also carries Madelinetosh which is just stunning in person.

She recently became a flag ship store for the Quince & Co yarn brand. It was great to see and feel all of their yarns, which I had not seen in person. In addition to having what seemed to be the entire range of colors, she also had quite a few samples so you can see how the yarn looks worked up.

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An entire wall of Quince & Co!

 

Every time I have been there the service has been excellent. Helpful but not pushy. They hold knitting and sewing classes, craft nights, and knitting help nights; you can check the website for more information.

Knit fabric, quilt fabric & a pattern! Can't wait to get to work.

Knit fabric, quilt fabric & a pattern! Can’t wait to get to work.

Unbelievably, I have not purchased any yarn yet but as you can see from the picture above, I did find some fabric. The April Rhodes knit fabric is a gift, the rest is for a quilt I am going to attempt. I am not a quilter at all so wish me luck!

I know I promised a yarn giveaway but this post is already pretty long so I think I will add it to next weeks post along with On the Needles.

Where do you go when you want something special for your next project? I would love to hear about some of your favorite shops!

-Christy

 

Wooly Wednesday: Crochet Christmas Cowl Free Pattern

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A few days ago  I shared my tips on how to have a handmade Christmas and with those tips in mind I created this pattern. It takes me two days at most to finish one of these cowls and that is with running errands, doing laundry, making dinner etc. The high quality but not too expensive yarn makes this project great for gift giving. The size makes is perfect for everyday wear but it is long enough it can be worn doubled on a bitter cold day.

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Crochet has a tendency to be stiff so the choice of yarn for this pattern is important. I picked Cascades Cloud/Eco Cloud. The chain-like construction helps the piece drape and keep from becoming stiff. The yarn is a lovely mix of merino and baby alpaca and it runs around $15 a skein. $30 for a handmade Christmas gift is a steal! Rowan’s Lima would also be another great choice.  If you google “chainette yarn” you will find other options as well. Some are listed as bulky but they would still work well with this pattern if you increase your hook size.

The pattern is simple and straightforward. There are pictures after the pattern to make a few of the directions clearer. Please post any questions regarding the pattern in the comments. If crocheting isn’t your thing check out my Etsy shop where these cowls are for sale.

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Crochet Christmas Cowl

Materials:

2 Skeins Cascade Cloud or Eco Cloud (Worsted/Aran Weight, 164 yards per skein)

Size K/10.5 6.5mm Crochet Hook

Tapestry Needle

Finished Size: 9.5 inches wide, 50 inches around (approximately)

Abbreviations:

CH=Chain

SC= Single Crochet

DC=Double Crochet

Directions:

Chain 28.

SC into 2nd CH from hook. DC into same CH. (#1.) Skip next CH. SC, then DC into the next CH. Repeat this until the end.

Work a SC/DC in the last chain. CH 1, then turn.

SC into the hole created by the SC/DC from the previous row. DC into same space. Repeat this all the way across.

The last SC/DC is worked into the turning chain from the previous row. (#2.& #3.) CH 1, then turn.

Continue the SC/DC in the holes then CH 1 before you turn your work. (#4.)

Keep this going until you have used almost all of the yarn from both skeins. (#5.) Remember to leave yourself plenty of yarn to sew the ends together. If you would rather have a scarf with fringe on the ends then you will need an additional skein of yarn.

Use your tapestry needle to weave in the yarn tails. Then hold both ends of the finished piece together and sew. When the cowl is flipped inside out the seam is hardly noticeable. You are DONE!

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I hope you enjoy this pattern and it helps with your holiday gift giving.

-Christy

Wooly Wednesday: Ravelry and Pinterest

Just a quick hello to everyone out there. Since I just published my first blog post offering a free pattern I thought I would let everyone know they can also follow me on Ravelry and Pinterest for more patterns and inspiration.

If you are a knitter and/or crocheter and you are not on ravelry you are missing out! Its a great site for finding patterns, learning about yarns and connecting with the crafting community. Its completely free to join and they never send you emails or bother you. I am trying to be better about getting my projects posted and I have several new patterns waiting to be published so I would love to be followed by some new people and follow you back. I love looking at what everyone is working on. Here is my profile: http://www.ravelry.com/people/greengirlgoods

Also by now I would think most of you have heard of Pinterest. And it is awesome too! I love to pin stuff that inspirational pictures and great diy tutorials so find me on there and I would love to find some new people to follow. You can find me on Pinterest here: http://www.pinterest.com/girluprooted/

Fall is creeping into the air- I love this time of year!! Makes me want to get out all of my wool and surround myself with it. 😉

Have a great weekend everyone!

~Christy

 

Wooly Wednesday: Crochet Baby Blanket Free Pattern

Finished blanket waiting to be sent to the new baby girl.

Finished blanket waiting to be sent to the new baby girl.

Before we left Weston we learned our neighbors would be expecting an addition to their family and since I knew I would have plenty of free time I decided to make my first baby blanket.

I am a much faster crocheter than knitter (I think that’s true for most people) so I knew it needed to be crocheted. First I looked at some beautiful granny squares.  However, after several days of making these I realized I was not up to making hundreds of those things AND weaving in all the ends AND having to stitch them all together. No thank you.

So I brainstormed a bit and picked a granny square that I could use as a starting point. This allows you to work from the inside out so you can make it any size you want, and have as many or as few color changes as well. The main hang up with me was getting bored with it because it was so simple.

Here is the granny square I used to get going. I am not claiming this as a my pattern- its a very basic granny square pattern and I have seen it in magazines, books and online. Really any simple granny square could be used in this way- just keep moving around and around until its as big as you want. I used DK yarn and a 5mm hook.

CH = Chain
DC= Double Crochet

Chain 4 and join.
CH 3, 2 DC in ring, (CH 2, 3 DC in ring CH 2) repeat 3 times for a total of 12 DC and  4 CH 2 spaces. Join with the first stitch.

Chain 3, DC in next two stitches. 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in the chain 2 space. (DC in next 3 stitches. 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in next CH 2 space.) Do this 3 times. Join with the first stitch.

Here is what the beginning looks like, plus about 7 more rows.

Here is what the beginning looks like, plus about 7 more rows.

Repeat for each row.: CH 3, DC in every DC from the previous row. 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in every CH 2 space from the previous row. Your blanket will slowly grow out from the middle. It will be square.

Tip: Every time I changed colors I added the new yarn in a different spot than where I ended. That way my CH3s were not all in the same spot.

 

The chain 2 spaces make a pretty eyelet pattern.

The chain 2 spaces make a pretty eyelet pattern.

Please let me know if you have any questions about the pattern. I would also love to hear what everyone is working on now that autumn is finally just around the corner.

Hope everyone had a good Labor Day Weekend.

-Christy