Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Natural Stitches - Pittsburgh, PA - Fair Isle Beanie - Pattern #25 - 60 Quick Knits from America's Yarn Shops

Natural Stitches at The Village of East Side - 6401 Penn Ave in Pittsburgh, PA is the next stop on our virtual yarn crawl.  Amy Maceyko designed Fair Isle Beanie knit in Cascade 220 Sport. Fair Isle motiffs combine with the texture of vertical ridges in this autumn toned hat.
Natural Stitches is located in the dynamic East Liberty section of Pittsburgh.  They feature a wide variety of yarns, including every available color of Cascade 220.

Natural Stitches was opened in 2007 by Martha Underwood.  Since the opening, They have offered a friendly, welcoming atmosphere, with helpful and knowledgeable staff and teachers.  With late hours four nights a week, there is time for everyone to shop, from the stay-at-home mom or dad to the stressed-out college student to the professional who works until 5 or 6 every night.
They offer classes for knitting, crochet and spinning, from beginner to advanced learner, and even for children.  With a variety of yarns in a range of prices, they have something for everyone!




Saturday, October 5, 2013

Woolen Collectibles - Kalispell, MT - Fair Isle Stockings - Pattern #12 - 60 Quick Knits from America's Yarn Shops

The next stop from 60 Quick Knits from America's Yarn Shops is Woolen Collectibles at 183 1st Ave E N, Kalispell, Mt 59901.  Tammy Eigeman Thompson designed Fair Isle Stockings - gorgeous knee highs knit in Cascade 220 Sport.   A beautiful show of colorwork, these stockings will keep you warm and cozy.

Tammy is a Montana native and has been knitting since she was taught by her mother at age eight to keep her hands busy during the holiday season.  When a local fly fishing store wanted hand-knits socks for their store in 1992, she began designing professionally.  Her designs are inspired by the natural beauty of Montana and are available on Ravelry.
Woolen Collectibles was opened in 1998, with an emphasis on traditional knitting.  Several classes are offered each week, from socks to sweaters spanning a range of levels.  Saturday afternoons are devoted to open knitting - a perfect time to drop in for help, companionship and laughter.
Every fall on Ravelry, Tammy starts a sampler afghan knit-along, the "Square of the Month".  Each month she offers a new square that she has designed with a unique cable design.  At the end of the year, the participants will have 12 squares to assemble into a beautiful afghan.
Recently, Mick Gette joined forces with Tammy to bring her stitchery arts business, Stitchery Cottage, to join Woolen Collectibles.  The result is Thimble and Spindle, an all-encompassing fiber arts store that in addition to knitting, offers classes in decorative needlepoint, embroidery, and weaving.  The store is open 10-5 Monday - Friday and 10-3 on Saturday.