Hello everyone! It's been pretty hectic at The Yarn Barn these past few weeks. We've had a Yarn Crawl, a wedding, a couple of birthdays, a weaving workshop, and a whole lot of fiber running through the mill. As you can imagine, we haven't had much time for crafting.
Yet somehow we've managed to squeeze a few stitches in here and there and enjoy a few summer sunsets, so today's blog post is to show off our personal projects we've been working on and to inspire you to share yours!
Emma has been designing and writing a pattern for a two-toned cable scarf, knit with her favorite Cloud Line yarns, Cumulus and Cirrus. This scarf is unbelievably soft and has been a super quick project (despite being busy, she has almost finished it in a week.) I don't know about you, but I love the simplicity of the neutrals and the single cable together. Once the prototype is finished and the pattern has been proof-read and tested, we will have it available in our store!
Liz has been super busy knitting up some prototypes of all the new patterns we received from knitspot.com. In the past month she has already completed 4 projects including this adorable "Hills in Jamul" beret (modeled by Emma). The hat was a quick knit and took her less than a week to finish. Paired with our 100% Cormo yarn, the beret turned out to be pleasantly soft and warm, perfect for the coming cold months. I would highly recommend this pattern for anyone looking for a quick gift or new fall accessory. We have the patterns available in our store!
I recently started working on another pattern from Knitspot called the Minstrel Shawl. At first I was a little daunted by the look of this crazy shawl, but after getting it going (and only restarting once!) I am really enjoying it. The pattern calls for a Sport weight yarn, so I'm knitting with our alpaca, merino, tencel blend, Lovely Lilac, and a brown alpaca merino blend that was recently discontinued. This pattern is so fun and surprisingly low-stress. I recommend it to anyone wanting a unique project to start them into autumn.
Last Saturday was our Continuous Strand Weaving Class taught by Carrie, and it was an absolute blast! For those who don't know, continuous Strand weaving is a type of weaving that uses one continuous strand of yarn, hooked onto a wooden frame and woven into itself to create a fabric. There are different kinds of loom frames that can be used including triangle, rectangle, and square. Our class primarily used small triangle looms like the one in the image above. Everyone in the class had the opportunity to finish a triangle shawl, and boy did they create some beautiful ones!
We loved having everyone out for the class and we're looking forward to planning more classes this fall, so stayed tuned for those!
And if nothing else, hopefully this post reminds you that even if you don't have a lot of time to do the crafting you love, you can still take a few moments to learn a new stitch or try a new pattern. If we have time to craft, so do you! And we love to see what you create, so be sure to share with us on Facebook or Ravelry :) As always keep crafting and check in with us next Thursday for more Thursday Thoughts from The Yarn Barn!