Summer is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start planning those Road Trip Projects – even if the trip is to your local Pool or Baseball diamond! The ideal Road Trip Project is small and simple – you don’t want to miss out on the scenery because you’re too wrapped up in a complicated stitch. Something repetitive that doesn’t overly tax the brain is the perfect thing to keep your hands busy while you watch the miles go by, or your kid running bases.
Read on for some great Project ideas!
An easy and fun project that’s great for summer is the “6×6 Traveling Rib Cowl Kit.” This squishy-soft cowl features a simple, Zen-like stitch pattern that “travels” around the cowl. Shown here is the short version; modifications are available for a longer version as well. You can make either length with just one skein each of Shibui Birch and Habu Textile’s N-80 Silk- Wrapped Merino. The Kit includes the pattern, plus the two yarns in complementary color combinations. This is a really striking cowl, but one that is super easy to make. Great for knitting while chatting with your friends and family! And if you want to get ahead on your holiday gifts, this is a perfect candidate since it comes in so many lovely colors.
The elegant “Summer Silk Topper” is just the thing for chilly summer evenings, or for over-air-conditioned indoor spaces. The Topper is knit flat, holding one strand of Habu Textiles’s Tsumugi Silk together with one strand of Mohair throughout, and then seamed together at the end. This allows for more knitting and less purling, making the Topper faster and easier to make. And using a Size 10 needle, you can speed through this and have it ready to wear in no time! We have these made up as Kits with the pattern and yarn included, so you can just “Grab and Go”! But if you prefer to pick out your own color combo, you are welcome to do so – we have tons of colors in both the Silk and Mohair! Plus the pattern is free with yarn purchase at our Shop.
If you’re in need of a cute bag to tote your fiber projects around in, we have just the thing: the “Parrot Drawstring Bag.” Staffer Tracy designed this fun crocheted bag using two skeins of Berroco’s Modern Cotton and one skein of Pappagallo from Trendsetter. Pappagallo comes in a variety of fun, colorful combinations, the perfect thing to complement bright summer fashions. The pattern is for sale at our shop.
Next up is the “Elegant Luxury Scarf Kit” from Imperial Yarn. This luscious scarf kit includes the yarn and the pattern, so all you need is needles and you’re good to go! It’s made with two skeins of Imperial Yarn’s Our Back 40 American Classic Alpaca Yarn, a yarn so soft, your hands will thank you while you’re knitting it. And the kit bag even comes with a tiny bell, perfect for ringing for the Bar Menu while sitting Poolside! We really liked the simple lace pattern – it’s just challenging enough to keep your brain engaged, but repetitive enough for you to memorize it quickly.
The “Fresco Simple Slouchy Hat Kit” also features a super-soft yarn. This adorable hat is knit with two skeins of Classic Elite’s Fresco – a blend of alpaca, angora and wool. This project is so simple, you can create several while you travel, and have Holiday gifts all lined up by the end of the summer! We have kits for this highly wearable hat available in many different colors, to suit everyone on your gift list and, of course, one for you!
Any of these projects will make a perfect companion for your travels, even if you’re only going as far as your backyard! We look forward to seeing what you’re working on this summer – so please stop by and show us!
Next Steps in Brioche
Specialty Class with Michele Lee Bernstein
aka PDX Knitterati
Friday, May 31, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Are you ready to take the next step with your brioche knitting? Michele Lee Bernstein of PDX Knitterati fame will be here to lead us through her “Heliotrope” patterns, an excellent way to learn about traveling brioche stitches.
You may choose either the Heliotrope Cowl pattern or the Heliotrope Hat. Both require the same supplies, and the brioche patterns are the same for both until shaping begins for the hat. You can preview Michele’s patterns on Ravelry.
Michele Lee Bernstein has been knitting since her favorite aunt taught her when she was 14. She began designing about 10 years ago, and designed “Rosaria,” the first-ever Mystery Knit-along Shawlette for the Rose City Yarn Crawl in 2014.
In addition to her design work, Michele also teaches at local yarn shops, fiber festivals and retreats. Her patterns are available on Ravelry.
Friday, May 31
1:00 – 4:00 pm (3 hours)
$45 per person
If the minimum class size is not met, the class is subject to cancellation.
Must be very comfortable with two-color brioche rib. No Beginning Brioche students in this Level #2 class, please.
1. Purchase a copy of either Heliotrope Cowl or Heliotrope Hat by Michele Lee Bernstein on Ravelry. Please print a copy to bring to class.
2. Work through the cast-on round and the two setup rounds. Then everyone will be ready to jump into the increases and decreases all together in the Class. Please come to the Class with this knitting work fully completed.
Copy of Heliotrope Cowl or Heliotrope Hat by Michele Lee Bernstein, available on Ravelry.
Worsted weight yarn, 2 colors in high contrast, 1 skein of each color. Here is a list of our Recommended Yarns:
- Malabrigo Rios
- Malabrigo Worsted
- Lambs Pride Worsted
- Manos Maxima
- Encore Worsted
Size US 6 needles (or size 5, if using Encore): 16” circular needles are needed for the hat, 24” circular needles are needed for the cowl.
Students purchasing supplies for this class will receive a 10% discount on your yarn, needle and the pattern if purchased from Northwest Wools using Ravelry In-Store sales. Please note that if you purchase the pattern directly from Ravelry we are not able to offer the discount on this pattern.
Friday, May 3, 2019
We’re kicking off May with a celebration of Mothers! In conjunction with our next-door neighbors, Uptown Property Management, we’re hosting an afternoon of pampering.
Stop by the shop between 2:00 and 6:00 pm for a free, 10-minute hand massage, courtesy of Nancie Hines, MA, of Portland Reflexology. This is a wonderful opportunity to give some extra love to those hands that do so much for everyone else. Nancie is a National Board-Certified Reflexologist, so she really knows her stuff! And if you enjoy your intro to Reflexology, Portland Reflexology has their offices right here in Multnomah Village!
We’ll also be showing our appreciation for Moms by raffling off a prize basket! No purchase is necessary, but you must be a Mother to enter. Take some time for yourself, Moms: Relax with a hand massage, enter to win a prize, and enjoy the afternoon and evening at this First Friday event.
We look forward to seeing you on May 3rd!
Saturday, April 27, 2019
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Join us on Local Yarn Store Day and remind yourself why shopping at your local yarn store is so awesome!
Come in and see all the colors live and in person. Feel the difference between merino wool and alpaca. Listen to your fellow shoppers discuss their latest projects. Soak in all that fiber goodness, and the enthusiasm of your fellow crafters.
Your Local Yarn Store (LYS) is the place to commune with your tribe of fellow fiber artists. It’s the one place where people really get you. You don’t need to explain to us why making things with yarn is so fascinating, we completely understand!
And most of all, it’s the place where friendly and knowledgeable staff will help you fix your mistakes, read a pattern, pick out a new project, commiserate with you on your difficulties and celebrate your crafting wins. We are your biggest fiber art cheerleaders and we love being here to help you out!
In appreciation of you – our fabulous, loyal customers – we are staging a “Rigid Heddle-In.” We wanted to give you the chance to try out this hot new craft! Rigid Heddle Weaving is a great fiber art to add if you are already a knitter or crocheter – it lets you use your existing stash of yarns in a cool new way. Unlike standard looms, Rigid Heddle looms are easy to learn – and they’re small and portable! We’ll have several Rigid Heddle looms set up so you can try out this popular new craft for yourself. As Crafters, we all know that nothing beats a “hands on” opportunity! And experienced Weavers will be on hand to demonstrate and help you try it out.
Also as part of our Local Yarn Store Day celebration, we are offering a special “Ravelry Top to Bottom” class, led by guest instructor Debbi Stone. If you have always wanted to learn how to use Ravelry to its full potential, this is the class for you! The class is designed so that no matter which device you use to go to Ravelry (computer, tablet or phone) you’ll be able to navigate the inner working of the site and find everything you need! Click here for more info about this Specialty Class.
Please note: Advanced registration and payment are required for this class.
So join us for a day of celebrating our small, local and personal LYS, as well as the large community of fiber artists everywhere! We’ll have raffles throughout the day for fabulous gifts, free patterns, and lots of fiber fun!
See you on April 27th!