Saturday, August 27, 2011

Gardening + Knitting: Knitted Plant Pockets!

My two favorite hobbies have been combined...


Gardening + Knitting = Hobby Karma!


These adorable knitted plant pockets, designed by Heather Powazek Champ are knitted pockets filled with low maintenance succulents. They can be hung just about anywhere to create a unique garden and perfect for those with small patios.
Champ provides detailed instructions on her blog with lots of photos on how to create Plant Pockets.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Crochet Someone a Hug!



In my last post, Knit Someone a Hug, I introduced a pattern by designer, Yumiko Alexander, who created a scarf pattern to help those devastated by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. 
Yumiko has also created a crochet version of the Dan Doh - Hug for Japan Scarf. In the Japanese culture, handmade gifts are considered precious and valuable. Yumiko has created these scarves as a way to connect with those in her homeland. 

How can crocheting a scarf help? 
  1. If you would like to crochet for the survivors in Japan, send your completed projects to Tempe Yarn and Fibre, 1415 E. University Drive #A-102, Tempe, AZ  85281.
  2. Crochet for those close to home. We all know someone who has been through tragedy. Make them a Crocheted Hug Scarf to let them know you care.
Completed Scarf Measures: 5 x 28"
Skill level: Advanced Beginner

You will need: 

Monday, August 22, 2011

Knit Someone a Hug!



They say tragedy brings us closer together. On March 11, 2011, Japan suffered an earthquake and tsunami leaving extreme destruction and devastation in their wake. It was a tragedy with effects that will last for decades.


Designer, Yumiko Alexander needed to help in some way and connect with her homeland.  In Japanese culture, it is believed that handmade items are very valuable and special. In that regard, she created this Dan Doh-Knitted Hug for Japan Scarf to offer something special to those who have lost so much.


How can knitting a scarf help? 
  1. If you would like to knit for the survivors in Japan, send your knits to Tempe Yarn and Fibre, 1415 E. University Drive #A-102, Tempe, AZ  85281.
  2. Knit for those close to home. We all know someone who has been through tragedy. Make them a Knitted Hug Scarf to let them know you care.
Completed Scarf Measures: 5 x 25"
Skill level: Advanced Beginner

You will need:

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Six Sexy Sock Yarns


Six Sexy Sock Yarns (betcha can't say that fast, 3 times)!
Nights are getting longer and a bit chillier...sock season will soon be upon us. Why not knit a luxurious pair of hand dyed socks? Socks are portable, small projects that are pretty quick to knit. Each one of the sock yarns shown above is hand dyed and includes enough yarn to knit one pair of ladies socks. Included with each yarn is a free knitting pattern that coordinates with that yarn, created by the yarn's designer.


Sock Yarns featured above:
  1. Claudia Hand Painted Sock Yarn 
  2. Shibui Knits Sock Yarn
  3. Twisted Sisters Sock Yarn
  4. Dream in Color Sock Yarn
  5. Pico Accuardi Sock Yarn
  6. Great Adirondack Sock Yarn

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Knitting on a Budget? 12 Knitting Projects for Under $25!

Think you can't knit with luxury yarn while on a budget? 
You can! 


We have lots of fun to knit projects for knitters of all skill levels...Check out our 12 favorite projects under $25!


Project prices below include yarn and pattern. Don't forget to pick up knitting needles and any neccessary  knitting accessories. 
PS. FREE SHIPPING, too! (US addresses)
  1. Rozetti Ruffle Scarf Free Knitting Pattern + 1 Ball Rozetti Tundra Yarn = $11.79
  2. Be Sweet Bambino Hat (free pattern on yarn label) + 1 ball Be Sweet Bambino Taffy Yarn = $12.79
  3. Grannycore Crayon Hat Knitting Pattern + 1 ball Plymouth Boku Yarn = $13.44
  4. Cabled Scarf Pattern (free with Baby Alpaca Brush purchase) + 2 balls Baby Alpaca Brush Yarn = $15.58
  5. Ruffled Scarf Pattern (free with Eros II purchase) + 2 balls Plymouth Eros II Yarn = $15.58
  6. Encore Basic Hat & Socks Knitting Pattern + 2 balls Plymouth Encore Worsted Yarn = $17.53
  7. Fickle Knitter Mama Janes Knitting Pattern + 1 ball Manos Silk Blend Yarn = $18.24
  8. Shibui Bebe Hat & Socks Knitting Pattern + 1 ball Shibui Staccato Yarn = $20.24
  9. Ewe Ewe Penpal Hat Knitting Pattern + 2 balls Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted Yarn = $21.53
  10. Knit and Tonic Forever Scarf Knitting Pattern + 1 ball Plymouth Crock-O-Dye Yarn = $24.74
  11. Madelinetosh Poet Society Tam Knitting Pattern + 1 Ball Madelinetosh DK yarn = $24.74
  12. Shibui Transition Gloves Knitting Pattern + 2 balls Shibui Sock Yarn = $24.93

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

3 Life Lessons for Knitters

One of the bloggers I like to read CheesePirate, just posted a very inspiring little article, and a few things I need to be reminded of daily. Not just for knitting, these lessons can be applied to most aspects of my life...Enjoy.



Tuesday, August 16, 2011

What to knit with Berroco Flicker Yarn? Ask a knitter!


Check out the bits of shimmer in Berroco Flicker
I love creating new quick knit one-ball knitting projects. But when I got a ball of Berroco's Flicker in my hands, I had a knitters block - what to knit with this beautiful yarn? 
Flicker is so pretty, I was a bit intimidated. 
I spent and entire day (no joke) casting on, knitting a few rows, then ripping it out. 
I tried making a basket weave scarf..too boring. 
I tried an open scarf..yawn.
I tried a lattice stitch scarf..not showing off enough of the shimmer. 
So finally, I asked our friends on Facebook what they thought. Knitters have lots of good ideas, and I'm so glad they weren't shy about giving me pattern suggestions. This yarn is an amazingly soft baby alpaca with a hint of metallic shimmer. The yarn is actually a knitted tube so it's very open and airy.

Here are the knitting ideas I got from knitters like you for Berroco Flicker:
  1. Cowl
  2. Necklace
  3. Gift bag
  4. iPad bag
  5. On the bias scarf
  6. Nook case or bag with flap and buttons
  7. Hat
  8. Socks
  9. Little cosmetics purse with flap and buttons
  10. Mittens with cable up the front
  11. Easy mittens
  12. A headband
  13. Handbag
  14. Fancy slippers
  15. Fingerless gloves
  16. Cabled headband
  17. Scarves
  18. Baby Sweater
  19. Belt 
  20. Plant hanger
I decided to got with a simple ribbed hat. I went to a smaller needle size than recommend on the yarn label, and I really like how Flicker is knitting up.


What will you knit with Berroco Flicker Yarn?
Berroco Flicker Yarn



Monday, August 15, 2011

Free Knitting Pattern: Rozetti Flora Scarf

Rozetti Flora Scarf Knitting Pattern
If you like Rozetti Marina, you'll love Rozetti Flora!


Grab 1 ball of Rozetti's new Flora yarn and knit this pretty scarf.  Rozetti Flora is a ruffle yarn. It's wide lace with a very soft drape. Want to see how to knit with Flora? How to knit with Flora


Completed Scarf Measures: 40 x 4"


Skill Level: Easy


You will need:
Rozetti Flora 1-Ball Scarves

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Knitting Bliss

It's not very often that I'm fortunate enough to write a post like this. I woke up to the sound of seagulls and crashing waves. Visiting with my parents for a few days, we spent the night in Monterey and stayed ocean front. My bliss was being able to sit outside on the balcony of our hotel room and knit a bit with my mom before breakfast - such a treat!
Me, knitting a ribbed hat made out of Berroco Flicker
Mom, making an arsenal of crochet dishcloths.


Saturday, August 13, 2011

Be a Knitter in the Know: Read our Latest Knitting Newsletter!



Our latest newsletter is now available. It features a lot of new arrivals for fall along with our hot items (on everyone's needles this season).


Read our NobleKnits Knitting Newsletter now

Friday, August 12, 2011

HiYa HiYa Interchangeable Knitting Needles: Why we love them!


Good things packed in a pretty silk case!
We love the HiYa HiYa Interchangeable Knitting Needles, in fact they are the only steel interchangeable knitting needle sets we carry. 

Why do we love HiYa HiYas and what makes them unique?
First of all, each set arrives in a brocade case that's tied with a ribbon. Open the case and you'll find shiny needle tips and coordinating cables of varying lengths. The kits are available in a small set that includes knitting needles sizes US 2-8, and a large set that includes knitting needles size US 9-15. We love the steel tips on these needles as well. HiYa HiYa needles are sharp enough to allow you to knit quickly, yet not too pointy. The join is nice and smooth, too. These interchangeable needles screw onto the cables so it looks and feels seemless.  

How do I select the right knitting needle tip lengths?
You can also select the needle tip lengths, too. Hiya Hiyas are available in 4" or 5" tip lengths. Why the varying sizes? HiYa HiYa really knows knitters and they have created these tip sizes based on knitter feedback. Some knitters find it hard to work with circular needles because the needle tips on other circular brands are too short. So our friends at HiYa HiYa came out with a 5" tip length so they are easier to grasp. What are the advantages of the 4" needle tips? Well if you like knitting in the round, especially small projects, the 4" tips are the way to go. They allow you to knit a much tighter round (meaning less time on double points). And, they are perfect for knitting hats, baby sweaters, sweater collars and cuffs.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

New Knitting Patterns from Leigh Radford

We just received some new knitting patterns we are really excited about. All of these projects are from the creative mind of Leigh Radford. This talented and well known designer has written a number of popular small project books such as: One Skein, More One Skein, AlterKnits, and AlterKnits Felt
All of the knitting patterns in this new collection are sold as single sheet patterns. The designs are interesting to knit yet not overly complicated. Radford excels at using vibrant color combinations and lots of texture in her projects.
Leigh Radford Felted Circle Tote Knitting Pattern

Leigh Radford Peace Sign Felted Tote Knitting Pattern

Leigh Radford Circle Bounce Felted Tote Knitting Pattern
Leigh Radford Shibori Felted Scarf Knitting Pattern
Leigh Radford Folded Cardigan Knitting Pattern

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Knitting for Baby x 3!

Three tiny triplets born in July sporting their new cozy hats
Our family friend just became a grandma to a set of sweet little triplets. These babies weighed in at 4lbs, 4.8lbs, and 4.11lbs. When it was announced the triplets were going to be arriving soon, my mom got to knitting a tiny hat for each one of them. She chose Plymouth Dreamland yarn to make the hats and loved that she was able to choose a different color for each baby. She also knitted each of the triplets a coordinating blanket using Plymouth Dreamland Fancy yarn.


Two girls and a boy arrived July 6th and my mom was thrilled to see those cozy hats were being worn to help keep them warm in the hospital. Congratulations to the parents and the entire family!

Proud Grandma cuddling the newborns

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Ysolda Teague Knitting Patterns & Some cuddly knitted friends!

We got a chance to spend some time with designer, Ysolda Teague at TNNA earlier this season. Here booth was as enchanting as she was! It was great to get a chance to see her surrounded by all of her designs. This British designer uses interesting stitches, modern designs, and classic yarns. My favorite completed projects were all of her cuddly knitted toys. Check them out below. Want to see more? See our entire collection of Ysolda Teague Knitting Patterns.

Ysolda Teague Otto Polar Bear Knitting Pattern





Monday, August 08, 2011

Knitting Trend: Ruffle Yarns!

Ruffle yarns, like Rozetti Marina, knit up fast!
This Cafe Scarf pattern uses 1-skein and can be completed in just a few hours
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Ruffle Yarns a big knitting trend cropping up this season. We have several yarns already in stock and more styles on the way. 


What makes ruffling yarns different from other yarns? A ruffle yarn is a wide ribbon yarn with holes in it. It is created so that you actually knit INTO the yarn and it creates a ruffle as you knit. It tends to be much wider than other ribbon yarns, too. 
Rozetti Tundra is another fun to knit ruffle yarn.
This Free Scarf Knitting pattern uses 1-skein!


Is it hard to knit with a ruffle yarn? No! Knitting with a ruffle yarn is fun and easy. There are just a few tricks to it and we provide a "how to knit with ruffle yarn" PDF that you can print. Once you get the hang of knitting with a ruffle yarn, you'll want to knit more.
Want to see a bit more? Check out this knitting with ruffle yarn video featuring Rozetti Marina yarn.


What can you knit with a ruffle yarn? Ruffle yarns are most often used to create a fun scarf or neck warmer and use only a ball or two of yarn. It's also great for knitting onto a sleeve or collar to create a pretty ruffled edge. We've even seen it knitted sporadically throughout a project to add a bit of texture to an otherwise ordinary yarn.



Friday, August 05, 2011

Ewe Ewe Yarns Wooly Worsted Washable Yarn Video Review




Hi again, it's Nancy Queen from NobleKnits.com. I'm here today to show you a brand new yarn we are really excited about. It is called Ewe Ewe Yarns Wooly Worsted Washable. It's a 100% Merino Superwash and it's an adorable new line. They have great patterns, really beautiful colors that I'm going to show you. It's our new "work horse" yarn. If any of you have worked with Mission Falls yarn, you know that went away and that was one of our number one, bestselling yarns. We have been scouring the market to find a new Merino Superwash and this one fits the bill. Instead of being big, bulky 100gram balls, these are all small balls - 50gram balls meant for tiny projects and great with different colors such as Fair Isle, intarsia or striping. 
Now this one is Pistachio and we have Berry. You can see how nice they look together. And we have Chocolate and Teal, beautiful Indigo, Saffron, and Vanilla. Now, they all are meant to work together. Beautiful, rich color palette. 
What I really like about this yarn is they way it's packaged. It's so cute! I don't know if you can see this little sheep here, but his name is Wooly. And, it has a little reminder on the back that it's machine washable. "Knit it. Wash it. Love it." Also, there is a little note on the label that says, "Hi, there. Thanks for taking me home with you." Ewe Ewe Yarns is just a very sweet line. We carry the entire line of Ewe Ewe Yarns; all the patterns. And, like I said..they're small, easy projects. Meant to be knit in little more than a weekend or even less than a weekend.
Another thing I like about Wooly Worsted is it's a soft, bouncy yarn. It feels great when it's knitted up. It has a lot of stretch and it doesn't get caught in your needles. I hate when my yarn gets caught in the needles and the yarn splits. This yarn doesn't to that.
So, it's a brand new yarn you're going to really love!  Ewe Ewe Yarns Wooly Worsted available at NobleKnits.com

Berroco Link Yarn - Scarf Completed!

Do you have a 1/2 hour? Knit up a Berroco Link Scarf! I posted about Berroco Link yarn a few weeks ago. Well, I wove in the yarn ends and photographed it this morning. I love the big chunky look of the stitches and the soft tone on tone color palette. Oh, and it's really soft - not scratchy at all when wrapped around my neck. I will be getting a lot of use out of this scarf for fall! We also just received three new colors of Link: Check out new link colors.


In case you need a refresher, the Link Scarf pattern comes right on the label. You only need 1-ball of Berroco Link yarn and a pair of size US 35 needles.
My favorite way to wear the Link Scarf. Folded with the tails slipped through the loop.
Berroco Link Scarf
Not sure my dog is too happy about  modeling this scarf. It's A LOT bigger than her.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Free Knitting Pattern for Ewe!

Yes, the "EWE" pun was intentional, because today's free knitting pattern is from Ewe Ewe Yarns!
This little coffee cozy is super quick to knit, great gift for the coffee lover in your life and you can make it again and again. I love the Ewe Ewe Yarn's logo embroidered on the front, but you could put your initials, the name for your favorite coffee, school, sports team...you get the idea. ;)
What I love about this little cozy is that not only will it protect your fingers from getting scalded, but it's machine washable...so go ahead - dribble, drool, or spill..you can throw it in the washing machine and it's ready to use again.



Cozy Coffee Free Knitting Pattern

Ewe Ewe Yarns Free Pattern #102
Designed by Heather Walpole
You will need:

Cast on 44 stitches and divide evenly on double-pointed needles. Join in the round being careful not to twist cast on stitches.
Round 1: Work ribbing, *K2, P2* repeat from *to* around.
Repeat Round 1 until piece measures 1" from beginning.
Next round: Knit all stitches.
Work even, knitting all stitches unitl piece measures 3" from beginning.
Next round: Work ribbing, *K2, P2* repeat from *to* around.
Work in ribbing until piece measures 4" from beginning.
Bind off in rib pattern.
Using the chart, stitch logo on one side of the coffee cozy. Weave in all yarn ends and love.