Nana's Knitting Shop

Knitting tales of a lifelong knitter
and yarn shop owner.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Shown Up Again!

So, several of us started the lovely Catherine Parr last winter.

It's been a casual knit for most of us; we've taken the "oh, it will be done sometime" attitude about it. And of course, we had to fool around with the pattern which has taken time.

Pat joined us one afternoon for Open Knitting and both Tracy and Theresa were knitting the sleeves for said Catherine Parr. My Catherine Parr is naturally buried at the bottom of my knitting bag under the rest of the projects I have going just screaming to see the light of day. Oh, and mine, surprisingly enough needs sleeves.

"What a beautiful sweater," Pat said, "How long have you been working on it?"

"Oh, almost a year."

"A year? Are you crazy? I wouldn't take a year to make anything! I want to make it, but it's going to be done long before a year is up, I can promise you that."

That was just a month ago...

Pattern: Catherine Parr by Alice Starmore from Tudor Roses - out of print.
Yarn: Cascade 220

I wish I could say that the Catherine Parr is all Pat's finished recently. She and her charming sister Karyn finished their Gullris sweaters (mine's done too, just so you know.)

Pattern: Gullris Cardigan by Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton from Araucanian Leisure
Yarn: Cascade Venezia Worsted

Aren't they amazing?

Tracy finished her Gullris too! Geez Tracy, I wish you hadn't made me cut your head off for this picture!

Yarn: Tahki Sierra

Tracy also finished the Salt Peanuts!

Pattern: Salt Peanuts by Veronik Avery from The Best of Interweave Knits
Yarn: Cascade Venezia Worsted

Ann finished the Pearl Buck Swing Jacket a long time ago and has finished many, many other things, but every time Ann comes in wearing one of her beautiful sweaters, I get so excited, I forget to take her picture! Not this time, though.

Pattern: Pearl Buck Swing Jacket by Kate Gilbert from The Best of Interweave Knits
Yarn: Bollicine Dolly

I know some pretty incredible knitters, don't I?

Eeeeek! Look what snuck into the Shop this week! My darling Lilla!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Help Us Celebrate!

It's our Third Anniversary and we're having a party! Join us for cake on Friday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m.

To celebrate, we're having a SALE! Take 15-25% off yarn all day Friday and Saturday, October 17 and 18.

Be sure to wear or bring a completed Nana's project so everyone can see your talent. So many terrific knitters; bring your Nana's pieces and be appreciated by other great knitters!

It's been an amazing three years and thank you all from the bottom of my heart for making them so successful!

Sister Kay is here to join in the festivities and as always she's been very busy. All of her wonderful work will be displayed.

And just look at what she found...

It's a doll coat Nana made. My sisters had giant dolls when they were little and Nana made this gorgeous smocked coat for them. We believe it also originally had a bonnet to match, but alas, it is long gone. It's hand smocked and trimmed with angora. Isn't it something! Be sure to stop by and see it. Pretty amazing to only be worn by a doll!

Check out the right side of the collar back. She must have run out of angora!

Join us Friday, October 17 at 6:30! It will be great fun.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Aubergine Sleeves

Look. Sleeves. Two of them. Finished, finito, terminado, fini.

Okay, OKAY! So they are not for any of these, but they are sleeves, completed sleeves, nonetheless.

Ready? These off the needles, oh so done (whoo hoo), sleeves are for this!

It's the Backstage Tweed Jacket from Interweave Knits, Fall issue. I had this gem here for the Trunk Show and couldn't stop admiring it. As I packed it up to send it back, I made some notes about it and decided choosing my yarn couldn't hurt even if I didn't start it until the sleeves for other sweaters were done.

I put the yarn away for a couple of weeks telling myself I could cast on just as soon as an in-progress sweater had a sleeve or two. Then I made the grave mistake of looking at the pattern. Unlike many sweater patterns, this one actually told you to start with the sleeves! It was destiny! (I know, it doesn't take much destiny for me to start something new, and I know I'm going to take a big dose of grief for it, but I had to do it, I just had to!)

I'm using Debbie Bliss Luxury Tweed for the body and Cascade Venezia for the yoke, plackets and collar. I've put together some other yarns as well in beautiful colorways - stop by and see!

Next week, I'm going to show you pictures of great knitters I know that have finished sweaters, sleeves and all!