I have been thinking about a yarn store for a long time where knitters could come and knit and have coffee with me! I just love to sit and have a cup of coffee or tea and knit with friends. I honestly could do this everyday! I have to thank my friend Sophia for making me realize that Yes it is possible to have my own online yarn shop. Yesterday was an exciting day for me. I finally opened my Etsy shop. You may notice the Shop page above and the mini Etsy shop widget on the right side bar . The name of the shop is TheNeedleBeeShop. I currently have a few brands in stock like Lana Gatto, Juniper Moon and Huasco by Araucania but very soon I will have Anzula Luxury Yarns.
Current Wips (works in progress)
Now lets talk about Knitting. How many projects do you have on your needles? I like having at least 3 projects on my needles- a challenging project, a long term project and an easy project. My challenging project is a new sweater I started last month (part of the big bad Berg along -Melanie Berg KAL) that Michelle from Actually Knitting and many other podcasters are hosting. The pattern is Risen . This is beautiful and comfortable sweater. I am using Baah 100% merino wool superwash-La Jolla yarn. The yarn is beautiful, soft but not slippery. It has a little grip when you knit, which gives a little body I think.
I am a fan of comfortable sweaters that I can wear almost every day. One of the reasons why I decided to cast on this pattern is the stitches and techniques involved. As you can see from the picture below, Melanie Berg used a combination of stockinette stitch and a textured stitch along the collar and the front. Both of these techniques and the details of the ribbing on the cuffs keeps the pattern interesting and challenging at the same time. The entire cardigan is seamless knitted from the top down. If you hate seams, then you will love this type of carding. So far I am enjoying the process even though I know I am not going to finish it by KAL due date which is 11/30/16.
My second sweater is my long term project- the featherweight cardigan by Hannah Fetig. I just checked my Ravelry notes and I started this last year on 9/16/15. Omg! That was a year ago. Well that's Ok. I decided to make it a bit longer than the original pattern bu knitting with lace yarn is a slow process. The yarn is Anzula wash my lace, 100% merino wool. It blocks beautifully. Soft and light- perfect for Spring. Who knows, I might finish it by next April! It is difficult to see the details in this picture but it will look perfect after it is blocked and completely finished. This pattern is also seamless knitted from the top down.
And lastly my Reiki hat. This is my easy project. This pattern was designed by new designer Laura Peters who is also part of the Swatch KAL studio knit along hosted by Aroha Knits and Becky (SopranoKnits in Ravelry) from the Stringing-it-together video podcast . This is a very easy hat. It is knitting fast and I like it because I can watch tv and knit! The due date for this KAL is Dec 10th- that means I have plenty of time to finish.