Monday, May 31, 2010

Happy Memorial Day! Helmetliners

Helmetliner
Original Pattern designed by Bonnie Long

Materials:  Any soft, worsted wool yarn that will knit to gauge, such as Cascade 220.  Only 100% soft wool yarn will be accepted, because our ground forces are not allowed to wear synthetic fibers. Wool is inherently non-flammable and won’t melt against the skin in the event of an accident and is warm even when wet.

Colors:  Black is preferred but charcoal, brown, tan, gray or combinations of these colors are also allowed by our Armed Forces.

Gauge: 4.5 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch

To date, more than 23,000 heltmetliners have been shipped overseas (by Citizen Sam).  There are currently more than 200,000 troops in overseas theaters where they are subjected to sub-zero wind chills during the winter and extreme heat in the summer. 

Finished items may be sent year-round to Citizen SAM, PO Box 10565, Peoria, IL 61612.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Ravelry - Kiddie Cadet - Kathryn Ivy - Free Download

Kiddie Cadet
Designed by:  Kathyn Ivy (Alice and Grace Schnebly)

Knit in 220 Superwash - 100% Superwash Wool - 220 yds/100 g

1 ball will make 2 hats
Sizes to fit Baby (Toddler, Child): 14" (16", 18") in circumference. Hat is designed to fit above ears.

 A great fashionable hat for daily wear!  The Kiddie Cadet is knit from the bottom up in the round, and the bill is added later with a short row technique. This is a great project for all skill levels.

Now a free download on Ravelry.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

K2Knit - Baby Blanket and Hat


Baby Blanket and Hat
Y2Knit

This is a wonderful stitch pattern. It can be used in a variety of applications and can be as multi-colored as you like. This attractive baby blanket is paired with a nutty and fun cap that is knitted flat so it is a perfect beginner project. By popular demand the hat is offered in sizes for everyone.

Knit in Sierra - 80% Pima Cotton/20% Wool - 191 yds/100 g - 7 balls MC and 1 ball CC for Blanket and Hat

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Knitting at Knoon Designs - Simply Squared


Simply Squared
Designed by:  Chris de Longpre - Knitting at Knoon

Knit in Pastaza - 50% Llama/50% Wool - 132 yds/100 g

A beautiful A-line vest with square neck and armholes that is both flattering, easy to  make, and knit in one peice.

Also available in Plus size which will be debuted at TNNA. 
 

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Ravelry - Cascade Sierra Cable Shrug - designed by Kim Haesemeyer

Cascade Sierra Cable Shrug

Designed by:  Kim Haesemeyer - Big Sky Yarns & Crafts

Knit in Sierra - 80% Pima Cotton/20% Wool - 191 yds/100 g - 4-5 sks color #39 (Ruby)

Available in M-XL - 24” (28”, 30”) x 52” (56”, 60”)


This lovely shrug is knit in one peice and the design takes advantage of the stitch defintion and drape of Sierra.  The back is a little longer than the front and simple cables on the back and sleeves add some interesting detail without too much complexity.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Free Pattern - La Bella Tunica - Designed by Faina Goberstein

La Bella Tunica
Designed by:  Faina Goberstein

Knit in Soft Spun - 100% Peruvian Highland Wool - 197 yds/100 g - 8-13 skeins - color 2825

A perfect fusion of a great yarn and a soft, stylish, and slightly A-shaped silhouette of this tunic make it very flattering to many body types. The main stitch pattern is formed with an interesting set of multidirectional cables mixed with seed stitch. To minimize seaming the body of the tunic, sleeves, and the collar are knit in the round. Sleeves are worked in stockinette stitch with the main motif running through the middle. The big cowl collar trimmed by a cable strip finishes the look of this feminine sweater.

Finished Sizes: 33 1/2 - 53" bust circumference (includes about 1 1/2 " positive ease)

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Snooter-Doots

Snooter-Doots

Gina discovered Snooter-doots™ recently while using up some left over yarn to make a toy for her ‘grand-dog’.

The name is her daughter’s creation. She started telling me stories about Popipity the Squirrel and the Snooter-doots when she was just five or six years old. What a grand imagination! She vowed to myself those twenty-five years ago to expand the Snooter-doot tales into a book some day, but  never really knew what they looked like, so the idea just sat there.....


Snooter-doots are handcrafted, whimsical ‘creatures’ for kids of ALL ages. No two are alike. Each has personality with its own name and birthday. Snooter-doots and their Snooter-friends are all natural, handmade from felted wool in Seattle, WA. They are all looking for a good home; adopt one today!


Some patterns are also available for purchase.  Many Snooter-Doots are made with Cascade 220.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Patternfish - Kid's Simple Pullover - Keep It Simple Designs

KS133 Kids' Simple Pullover (ages 2 - 12)
Designed by:  Barbara Selesnick for Keep It Simple Designs

Knit in Cascade 220
"The sweaters are similar construction with accent striping in different areas," says Selesnick. "You can create several different sweaters that will look great on every child. Or get wild and combine both stripe patterns to create a design of your own!" The shape is terribly simple, with only a bit of back neck (and the usual front neck, of course) shaping to make you think a bit. Otherwise all is straight lines, drop shoulders, and simple sewing. All this ease is really perfect for kids, who are rather rectangular themselves.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Destination Yarn: 2010 - Some Cool Things Seen by the Cascade Sheep



At the Burien Yarn Stash, Cascade Sheep found some cute stuffed toys from Amigurumi Knits knit in Cascade 220.  He particularly thought the ant was cute.



At Seattle Yarn Gallery, Cascade Sheep found Elaine from The Urban Sheep - Modesto, CA holding her design knit from Cascade 220.


The adorable French Bulldogs at So Much Yarn.  They wanted to play with Cascade Sheep.


Cascade Sheep liked the purple Pure Alpaca Sweater and the great green shawl.

Also at The Fiber Gallery - Cascade 220 - and the door prize for today was Cascade.

At Acorn Street - Cascade Sheep found Cascade 220 and Ultra Pima.  There was also a beautiful swatch of 128 Superwash that caught his eye.


At Great Yarns - Cascade Sheep found Fontelle Jones' designs in Pure Alpaca and the door prize (Ultra Pima).

At Main Street Yarns - Pretty Sierra scarf and a cute friend for Cascade Sheep.

Cascade Sheep liked the featured pattern in Ecowool (also Main Street Yarns).

At Hilltop Yarn East, Cascade Sheep found some 220 swatches from the Great American Afghan series and had a nice chat with a flamingo hanging out at the shop.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Vogue Early Fall 2010 - Eco Duo


Long Vest
Designer: Tanis Gray

Vogue Knitting Early Fall 2010
Photo by Rose Callahan


Knit in Eco Duo (70% Undyed Baby Alpaca/30% Undyed Merino Wool - 197 yds/100 g - available in 13 colors):  5 (6, 6, 7, 8, 9) hanks in #1706 brown/gray


Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, 1X, 2X, 3X
  
Check it out on VK 360!

Cascade Sheep Going Around to Some Seattle Area Shops for Yarn Crawl




Look for the Cascade Sheep tomorrow at some Seattle area shops.  He will be going around with Shannon and Stacy to check out Destination Yarn:  2010. 

 If you see him, say "Hi" and you will get a prize.  He will be at shops between Kent and Everett.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Free Pattern - Cottonrich DK - Catch the Wave Tee - Designed by Susie Bonell

Catch the Wave Tee
Designed by Susie Bonell

Knit in Cotton Rich DK - 64% Cotton/36% Nylon - 135.6 yds/50 g - shown in color 5487 - 7-10 skeins

Sizes - 36 - 50"

Comfortable and flattering - this is a great warm weather top knit in a soft, durable, easy-care cotton blend.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Ultra Pima in Knitter's Magazine - Summer 2010


There are two wedding projects knit in Ultra Pima in the upcoming Knitter's Magazine
I Thee Wed
Designed by Nicole Markley

Knit in Ultra Pima - 100% Pima Cotton - 220 yds/
100 g - available in 53 colors - 1 skein color 3718

These are the wristers designed by Nichole Markley for her own wedding.


The Ring Please
Designed by:  Carol Wessinger

Knit in Ultra Pima - 2 skeins - color 3718

Carol's daughter wanted a ring pillow that she could use in her living room after the nuptials. The front has a sunflower (her wedding flower) and the back features a pattern called Eternal Flame.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Ribbbed Cardigan - Knit 'N Style - Aug 2010 - Designed by Angelika Burles


Ribbed Cardigan
Designed by Angelika Burles
Knit 'N Style - August 2010 - #23

Knit in Heritage (75% Merino Superwash Wool/25% Nylon - 437 yds/100 g) - 4-6 sks color 5610

Machine knit
Available in sizes 34" - 50" bust

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Saturday Style - Casual Knits for Weekend Wear - by Doreen Marquart

Side-Button Cardigan

The versatile and easy-to-knit cardigan has unique buttons on the side.

Knit in Autunno (100% Merino Wool - 98 yds/50 g) - 9-16 balls - color 34048

Finished Measurements - 36 - 52" Bust; 23 1/4" Length

 Lazy Days Tee

Classic style in an easy-knit that is perfect for warm and sunny days.

Knit in Cotton Rich DK - 64% Cotton/36% Nylon - 135 yds/50 g - 6-10 skeins color  6335

Finished Measurements - 36-52" Bust; 20-24" Length