Friday, February 29, 2008

Day3 of my scarf fixation

There are so many beautiful scarf designs! This is a lace scarf/wrap using Panda Silk. It's a super soft combination of bamboo, wool, and silk. Best of all, the pattern is free!
I've listed both the links for the FREE pattern and the yarn.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Another cool scarf!

Check out today's cool find! I've noticed a lot of buzz about this scarf project featured on Knitty.

The Edgar Scarf pattern is FREE click here

We suggest using Knit One, Crochet Too's Paintbox yarn click here - only 1 or 2 balls needed!

It's a great way to use self-striping yarn and would be an awesome coordinate scarf to the bag kit we have featured on NobleKnits.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Not your ordinary scarf...

Designer Lorilee Beltman came up with this awesome little Chameleon scarf pattern in Interweave Knits! I love how she knit leaving the open holes in the middle of each cute. It's my new favorite project. Best of all, we have all materials to whip up this spring scarf (it's all cotton).

Here's the details and links to knit your own:

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Knitting...It's a good thing

In case you didn't already know this...You're doing a good thing! Martha's show yesterday was devoted to hand knitting. I only caught a glimpse of it, but I was excited to hear she was sharing our secret (knitting is a good thing) with her viewers. The entire audience was knitting...and they even made a knitting cake. Check it out:


Monday, February 18, 2008

Happy Birthday, Little Pup!

Look Who's One!

Angel is modeling her new Manos Wool sweater knit using Jil Eaton's Puppy Knits book. Lots of great patterns! She's tiny...and yes, she's on the kitchen counter.

Happy Presidents' Day!

Hope you had a relaxing holiday weekend. I had grand plans for cleaning...but didn't get very far. It was a relaxing weekend and I thought it appropriate today to mention my favorite presidents.

I've always loved reading and learning about Teddy Roosevelt and Thomas Jefferson, but I must say that George Washington is closest to my heart. It's not just because he was the first president, and he's on money (those are good points, though). It's because the reinactment of Washington Crossing the Delaware was part of my upbringing.

My Uncle Charles was one of the founders of the reinactment at Washington's Crossing State Park. He recruited my dad to be an oarsman when I was about eight years old. More than thirty years later, my dad is still part of the reinactment. He brought my brother on board and now the reinactment is a family tradition. I grew up playing by the Delaware on weekends leading up to Christmas. Then, Christmas Day we would hurry to open gifts in the morning so that we could get to "the River." Some years the reinactors would make it across, some years not...due to the weather. Today, I always host Christmas dinner and our plans revolve around "the River." I'm proud of them for bringing the historical event to life every year and reminding us why Washington was our first president. Have a great day in the USA.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Make it or buy it...choose handmade

It's been an exciting day - We opened an Etsy store! If you're not familiar with Etsy, it's a website portal that promotes all things handmade. We've amassed quite an inventory of handmade knit and crocheted items and it's time to share a few of them. Shop our new Etsy store for a handmade garment or open your own Etsy store to show your knitting talent!

Help yourself, others, and our world! Click above to learn more.

NobleKnits now on Etsy

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Paradise Found....cookies and yarn

Today we're hosting our Brownies' Girl Scout cookie sale. Cookies and yarn....what could be better!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

for our Valentine...

Here's what is waiting for our Valentine when she wakes up! A box of chocolates (heart shaped, of course), Valentines, a dog that tells her she's cute and wags his tail, and one HUGE Valentine card.

Have a great day! Hugs & Kisses!

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Hadley Sunflowers

Hadley's Sunflowers

Van Gogh Sunflowers

Van Gogh Sunflowers

What a great day at the museum

Day at the museum - Sometimes we forget we are so fortunate to live so close to such an amazing museum. Our daughter reminded us today. We just strolled around looking at all the art until she found something she wanted to draw. What a great day!

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Give lace a chance

The project du jour is a wonderful lace scarf. This project is named the Clouds of Lace Scarf but I think they should have named it "All things Wonderful." Get this...the yarn included is Cashmere, Silk, Baby Alpaca, and Kid Mohair. Oooooo, so decadent!

When I tell you it feels amazing, that is an understatement! I wish I weren't making a scarf to wear around my neck, but a whole blanket I could cacoon in.

If you haven't tried lace knitting before, this is a PERFECT PROJECT for you. It's not too many stitches on the needle, a very nice stitch repeat, and works up quickly.

Here are the skills you need to know:
  • knit
  • purl
  • knit 2 stitches together
  • yarn over

That's it! If you aren't so sure about doing a knit2tog or a yarn over I've added some photos and explanations below.

Yarn Over

Abbreviation (yo)

Wrap the yarn around your right needle as if to purl.

Knit 2 stitches together

Abbreviation (k2tog)

Did you know? A k2tog is the easiest way to decrease.

Insert right needle into next TWO stitches, and complete as if you were making a knit stitch.

Now, give lace a chance.

Clouds of Lace Scarf Kit

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Fair Isle Magic

For the somewhat lazy knitter...Isn't it enough to just knit a sock? Sometimes I just want to have a little project I can stow in my purse, whip it out anywhere I'm kept waiting more than 10 seconds. I can't be bothered with changing colors on a sock project. We just received an awesome new sock yarn from Berroco that fits the bill. It's appropiately named, SOX (and we stock every color!). This fabulous new yarn is a self-striping fair isle and it makes some of the best socks you can imagine.

One ball makes one pair. Berroco SOX

Question of the day (we are often asked this question):

If I make something bigger than a sock, will it still stripe in Fair Isle???

The answer is....YES. Here's proof:

Check out this FREE PATTERN from Berroco for a child's sweater.

Fair Isle Magic