Thursday, December 27, 2018

Designer Day at The Needle Emporium

We had a few designers visit us today. It's always fun to see them wearing their designs. Robbie Laughlin was in wearing his Rustic Lace Hat and Mitts (pattern purchased on Ravelry). I can see this set knit in Rowan Felted Tweed.

Robbie has written a great knitting book.
This book is a collection of 12 knitting patterns, designed for and inspired by the community of Canadian dyers, farmers, and shops I’ve grown to love over the years. Each pattern is crafted to showcase the beauty of the yarn, while providing an exploration into texture and creative shaping.
View all the patterns on Ravelry. 

Just after Robbie left Alexis Adrienne was in. She has many great patterns on Raverly. This is her The Rachel Hat knit in Blue Sky Woolstok.
A modern take on a classic, this pretty wool hat features diamond motifs embedded in a richly textured cabled pattern, with columns of crossed stitches that extend into the ribbed band. A great intermediate project, Rachel features a variety of interesting cable and decrease techniques. Knit in a soft, bright colour, it’s a fashionable twist on a winter wardrobe staple.

The Ross Hat is knit with Arranmore Light.
No winter wardrobe would be complete without a classic cabled hat. Like a smart, dependable friend, it’s always there for you, making you look good. Ross is a deceptively simple hat to knit—lots of texture, but just one style of cable—so it’s a great project for both new and seasoned cable knitters alike. Knit the toque version for anyone on your list—it’s a perennial favourite. Or knit the slouchy version (with or without pom pom) for your favourite hipster.

How YOU doin’? Well, let me tell you my knitty friends, you’ll be doin’ just fine once you’ve got this super-cozy, super-luxurious hat on your needles. In my humble opinion, a hat like this is an essential part of any knitter’s holiday gifting strategy. It’s easy to customize the size, and the extra-deep brim allows the wearer to customize the fit/style. Plus, it knits up fast…like the-day-before-you- need-it fast. Just like Joey, it’s warm, soft, and simple.
The Joey Hat is knit with Blue Sky American Scenic. Can you see a bit of a theme here?

Take a look at all of Alexis' patterns.

After work we took dad to The Works for dinner. After dinner we were supposed to go and get him new shoes. We were all so tired that we just went home. I've cast on Chevron Shenanigans but I don't think I will get much further tonight. We had a crazy busy great day in the store today. It's time for bed so we are ready for everyone tomorrow.

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