Monday, February 28, 2011

Patternfish - City Cables by Chris Bylsma

City Cables
Designed by Chris Bylsma
Available at Patternfish

Knit in Venezia Worsted (70% Merino Wool/30% Mulberry Silk) - 6-8 sks

Sizes - S - 2X (34-44")

"This is a classic, close-fitting sweater," says Bylsma. "The cables and ribbing make it very flexible and adaptable so don’t overestimate your size. Use your under bust measurement and shoulder width for reference. All sizes have nine cables on the front and back and vary simply in the number and width of side ribs. Make the sweater longer and add a belt. Make it even longer to wear as a tunic or dress. Find your own style and enjoy!" Very elegant, very sinuous, very chic.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

60 Quick Baby Knits Preview - Sheep Hat by Renee Lorion

Sheep Hat (Pattern #2)
Designed by Renee Lorion
Published in 60 Quick Baby Knits - Blankets, Booties, Sweaters & More in 220 Superwash

Knit in 220 Superwash - shown in 910A (Winter White), 906 (Chartreuse) & 862 (Walnut Heather)

Size - 6-12 months

This adorable sheep hat is a preview of one of the 60 projects from the new book that just arrived in our warehouse last week (we love it when something comes in before it is expected).  I wish this had larger sizing - since it would be adorable for preschoolers (probably about another 12 stitches cast on would do it).  Look for 60 Quick Baby Knits in your favorite LYS!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Stitches West Fashion Show Part 1 - The Afghans!

Stitches West 2011 Fashion Show - Part 1

I always enjoy going to Stitches - I have been at the Cascade Yarns booth for a few years now (Cascade has been a sponsor for years).  Stitches West is always crazy - but in a good way - lots of excited knitters and beautiful projects.  I was particularly excited about this Stitches West since both The Great North American Afghan and The Great American Kid's Afghan were being re-released after being reknit in our yarns.  Each new afghan offers color options for 3 different yarns.  To add to my excitement - both afghans concluded the fashion show.

The new books premiered at Stitches West, but should be starting to arrive at your LYS.  The North American Afghan is shown in Cascade 220 and has additional colorways suggested for Lana d'Oro and Sierra.  The original colorway (from the first addition) was also listed in Cascade 220.

It was fun talking to some of the XRX staff (including Rick and Karen) and listening to them talk about who knit which squares.  They did a beautiful job.  I am partial to the Great North American Afghan (I love the new colorway - although I would probably knit it in Lana d'Oro if I ever find the time).  However, I am dreading when my 5 year old sees the picture of the Great American Kid's Afghan - I suspect he will definitely want one.

Both of these are great for knit-alongs and classes.  It is also fun to mix and match your favorite squares from the four books to create your own afghan or even just make a really cool pillow or two.

The Great American Kid's Afghan is shown in 220 Superwash.  There are additional colorways available in Sierra (several different options) and Pacific - our new Acrylic/Merino Superwash blend.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Vogue Knitting - Spring/Summer 2011 - Drape Neck Top by Jacqueline van Dillen

Drape Neck Top
Designed by Jacqueline van Dillen
Published in Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 2011
Photo by Paul Amato
Available on newsstands March 8!

Knit in Sierra (80% Pima Cotton/20% Merino Wool - 191 yds/100 g) - shown in color #01 - 6-9 sks

Sizes - Small - 2X 

Jacqueline van Dillen's gorgeous sweater takes advantage of the versatility and stitch definition of Sierra.  This would be a wonderful sweater to wear much of the year - by itself in the warm months and as a layering piece when it is colder out.  Make it your own by choosing your favorite color from the more than 90 solids and quatros available.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Nathania wearing her sweater - Chad

The Cascade Sheep loved seeing Nathania Apple's sweater Chad (named after her favorite yarn rep :) ) knit in Greenland at Stitches West.

Garter Yoke Cardigan

Renee Hyatt stopped to show the Cascade Sheep her Garter Yolk Cardigan knit out of Cascade 220.

Bellsisters stopped by the Booth

Debbie Fring (Bellsisterding) and Susan Glenfield (Bellsisterdong) stopped to show the Cascade Sheep their fabulous hats that make wonderful chemo caps. Their patterns are for sale in their Ravelry shop - Bellsisters Design Shop: So Cloche, Bow Tie Cloche & Cloche Enough - all knit out of Ultra Pima & Fixation.

The Great American Kid's Afghan at Stitches West

The Cascade Sheep wanted to snuggle up with the Great American Kid's Afghan in the XRX booth. Purlescence Yarns is selling the books and kits in their booth (740).

More cool sweaters at the Purlescence Yarns booth at Stitches West

Kaye showed the Cascade Sheep her Perfect Sweater knit in Cascade 220. Nathania was showing off her newly finished February Lady Pullover knit in 220 Superwash Paints.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Ann McCauley at Stitches West

Ann McCauley stopped by to show the Cascade Sheep her Graphite Duo knit in Lana d'Oro from Knitters K100 issue.

Kevin's New Sweater

Kevin Schieberl (from Purlescence Yarns) stopped by to show the Cascade Sheep his new FO in 220 Superwash - Like Father Like Son by Lisa Ellis.

Cloud 9 Dress

Julie Grantz stopped by the booth to show the Cascade Sheep her gorgeous dress knit out of Cloud 9. It is an original design.

Kaye's adorable cardi

The Cascade Sheep found Kaye in the Purlescence Yarns' booth (740) at Stitches West wearing her 220 cardigan - pattern from Stitch 'n Bitch Superstar.

Venezia Worsted Cardigan

Karen Wohlen stopped to show the Cascade Sheep her Bluebell Cardigan knit out of Venezia Worsted!

First FO in 220 Paints

Denise Huebner stopped by again to show the Cascade Sheep her first FO - the Delores Park Cowl knit with 220 Paints.

Colorblock Fair Isle Pullover FO by Nathania

Nathania Apple showed the Cascade Sheep her Colorblock Fair Isle Pullover (designed by Melissa Leapman) knit out of Cascade 220.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Cascade Sheep met 3 attendees at Stitches West

Candy Lucas, Denise Huebner, & Kelli King stopped by to meet the Cascade Sheep while at Stitches West!

Lana d'Oro Paints Sweater seen at Stitches west

Patty Nance stopped by to show the Cascade Sheep her original design knit out of Lana d'Oro Paints!

Lana Bambu' February Lady

The Cascade Sheep found Deb wearing a February Lady sweater knit out of Lana Bambu' by the Pico Accuardi booth (#1144) at Stitches West.

Magnum sweater at Stitches West

The Cascade Sheep spotted Kate Fitzpatrick wearing a Magnum sweater knit by her mother Barbara.

Kaye's Perfect Vest!

The Cascade Sheep stopped by Purlescense Yarns' booth at Stitches West (booth 740) this morning to see Kaye's vest knit out of Cascade 220 (adapted from the Perfect Sweater).

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Clapotis in 220 Superwash Paints seen at Stitches West

Julie Juracich showed the Cascade Sheep her Clapotis knit in 220 Superwash Paints!

Lana Bambu' cardigan seen at Stitches West

Yvonne Miller stopped by to meet the Cascade Sheep and show us her Top Down Cardigan knit out of Lana Bambu'!

Cascade 220 sweater seen at Stitches West

Krys Biehn stopped by to show the Cascade Sheep her Guernsey Sweater (from New Classic Knits) knit out of Cascade 220!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Cascade Sheep met Steven Be

The Cascade Sheep ran into Steven Be from Yarn Garage just before the fashion show at the Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

On The Needles - Eco Cloud

Eco Cloud on the Needles

I absolutely love playing with yarn and with stitch patterns.  Frankly, I don't get enough time to do this.  I've been on the road this week - which means I get time to knit.

We have a new yarn that I got to swatch before we ordered it but have not have a chance to get back to since.  Eco Cloud - it is a heavenly blend of undyed merino wool and undyed baby alpaca with a crocheted tubular construction.  There is a great deal of spring to this yarn when you knit it and it has fabulous stitch definition.  Did I mention it is soft and squishy?
There are 10 natural colors - I chose color 1810 because I love heathered greys.
I decided it would be fun to create a cowl since it would feel wonderfully against my neck (and frankly everytime I know I am going to Pittsburgh in February I am inspired to make something that will keep me warm).  Since I wanted something that wouldn't take away from the airiness of the yarn and would look interesting, I chose a Twisted Trellis stitch (plus it is a simple enough pattern that I can pick it up and put it down numerous times without completely messing it up).

I cast on 108 stitches on a circular needle (I used a 24") and then joined being careful not to twist.  I knit one row, placed a stitch marker at the beginning of the round, and then started the following pattern.
Row 1:  YO, K2Tog
Row 2:  K2Tog, YO
I hope to finish it by Saturday and see what one skein will make.

Cascade Sheep stopped at Knit One- Pittsburgh, PA

The Cascade Sheep found a new friend wearing a Steelers sweater knit out of Cascade 220 and a February Lady also knit out Cascade 220 - 2721 Murray Ave, Pittsburgh, PA -

Cascade Sheep stopped at Black Locust Farm in Lodi, OH

The Cascade Sheep found Lana Bambu and a gorgeous shawl (knit in Lana Bambu) at Black Locust Farm - 110 Bank St, Lodi, OH

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Cascade Sheep stopped by Knit Wit Knits in Salem, OH

The Cascade Sheep found a möbius knit out of Baby Alpaca Chunky Paints and a cluster stitch scarf knit out of Alpaca Lace at Knit Wit Knits - 645 E State St, Salem, OH -

Cascade Sheep stopped by My Sister's Yarn Shop in Uniontown, OH

The Cascade Sheep found a lovely wall of Cascade 220 (as well as a wide variety of other yarns) at My Sister's Yarn Shop - 3477 Massillon Rd, Uniontown, OH -

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Interweave Knits - Spring 2011 - Hexagon Petal Tee by Maria Leigh

Hexagon Petal Tee
Designed by Maria Leigh
Published in Interweave Knits - Spring 2011
Available on Newsstands - February 22, 2011

Knit in Ultra Pima (100% Pima Cotton - 220 yds/100 g) - shown in #3703 - 4-5 sks
Sizes - 37.5 - 43.5"

A series of hexagons is the basis for this lovely tee knit in a buttery soft cotton.

Cascade Sheep stopped by Calla Lily in Wooster, OH

The Cascade Sheep found this adorable dress knit out of Ultra Pima - 119 E Liberty St, Wooster, OH -

Cascade Sheep stopped at Cornerstone Yarns - Richfield, OH

The Cascade Sheep found 2 Eco Duo hats and 2 cowls at Cornerstone Yarns - 4663 W Streetsboro Rd, Richfield, OH -

Cascade Sheep stopped at Smith's in Oberlin, OH

The Cascade Sheep found a Lana Bambu cowl and scarf, a Superwash Paints wallaby sweater, and a 220 superwash hat at Smith's Home Furnishings, Flooring, Gifts, Knitting Supplies - 25 W College St, Oberlin, OH -

Monday, February 7, 2011

Great American Kid's Afghan

The Great American Kid's Afghan
Published by XRX, Inc  (Knitter's Magazine)

Premiering at Stitches West (Santa Clara Convention Center - February 17-20, 2011) 
Available everywhere else - March 11, 2011

Shown in 220 Superwash (100% Superwash Wool -220 yds/100 g) - (#904 - Colonial Blue Heather - 3 sks, #877 - Golden - 2 sks, #1922 - Christmas Red Heather - 2 sks, #854 - Navy - 2 sks, #804 - Amethyst - 2 sks, #841 - Moss - 1 sk)

There are alternate colorways for both Pacific (60% Acrylic/40% Merino Superwash Wool) and Sierra (80% Pima Cotton/20% Merino Wool).

Stars & hearts, whirligigs, pockets, pinwheels, and more - all  in fun, bright colors!  The Great American Kid's Afghan book has been redone featuring 220 Superwash and offering alternative palettes in both Pacific and Sierra.  The twelve squares range from easy to intermediate levels of difficulty. 
Squares shown at left knit in Pacific (#40 - Peacock, #22 - Marigold, #43 - Ruby, #35 - Ginger, #38 - Violet, #33 - Cactus)