LYS: Tender Buttons

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There are few notions that we knitters enjoy more than buttons.  Buttons and wool seem to go with each other like peanut butter and jelly, Lucy and Ethel, gin and tonic. On the east side at 62nd street just off of Lexington Avenue is Tender Buttons, a fun, tiny, hole in the wall filled to the brim with all the weird and wonderful buttons that you could ever dream of.

I went in to buy some buttons for a cowl idea that I had and was quickly overwhelmed. 😀 But in a very good, button-filled way.  It’s filled with so many curiosities. Seed packet and cake buttons! I’m sorry that most of my pictures are blurry… I was in a rush and took them with my iPhone.

I have heard that the service there is lacking, and several yelp reviewers would have you think it’s the worst place ever, but I didn’t have a bad experience. The guy behind the counter was helpful, though not overly nice. That’s fine with me. I don’t need to be coddled as a customer. Be warned though, it is cash only, so don’t try to pay with your card. All in all, cute shop, good selection.  I’ll be back when I am ready for cardigan buttons.

Free Pattern: Astoria Cowl

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Here’s a free new pattern for you for this beautiful, crisp September morning.

This textured cowl is a great beginning knitter project, or an auto pilot knit for a more experienced knitter wanting something easy and familiar to do with their hands. Its knit in the round so there will be no seams to sew, and the simple pattern is completely reversible.

Brooklyn Tweed’s Shelter is a great vehicle to showcase texture, and it blooms and softens up beautifully once blocked. It’s still a wee bit on the scratchy side, as wool goes, so I wouldn’t recommend it if you have overly sensitive skin, but any yarn would be fine for this piece.  I hope you enjoy it!

Download for FREE on Ravelry

Pattern Notes:

Finished Measurements

7.5in (19.5cm) wide
28in (50.8cm) long, folded in half 56in (142.24cm) circumference Finished weight – 4oz (113g)

Suggested Yarn

Brooklyn Tweed (100% Targhee-Columbia Wool) 140yd (128m/50g)
Colorway shown: Snowbound
For project: approx. 320 yards (293m, 113g)

Needle

1 pair US8 (5mm) 16” minimum circular needles, or needles to obtain gauge.

Gauge

9 stitches & 12 rows per 2 inches in stockinette stitch.

Notions

Stitch marker

Darning needle for finishing

Crochet: Barstool Covers

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20140523-095049.jpgI have these two great metal bar stools at my kitchen table.  They’re the perfect height, and they spin! However they’re metal so they’re coooooold in the winter and in the summer, bare legs stick to them and its always a gamble when you’re getting down. One false move and they try to keep some of said skin. Ouch.

I was fiddling around with crocheted circles the other day, working out a throw idea and I had a brain flash. I could make yarn covers for the stools!  After a few false starts I got into the hooking groove and came up with this little beauty. It took a wee bit of pulling and tugging to get them on after hooking the decreases but they fit well and I’m not concerned about them coming off.  I’m chuffed.

I think for the second stool I will reverse the colors with dark radiating to light.  I’m so glad I learned to crochet.  If anyone wants the instructions I can post them. I haven’t written crochet instructions before so that should be fun! I’ll have to dig out my sharpies for a chart.  -Marie

Here & There: VKL Prep

We only have three more sleeps till Vogue Knitting Live NYC, as Florrie would say. lol We don’t have a lot of homework to do before we start. Really just making yarn cakes of the wool we bought for the color work class.

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Down here in the city I am still running to and fro with meeting prep and lunch deliveries. While I’m downtown today I’m going to go to Purl Soho (believe me it was dangerously close when I worked out of the downtown store) to see about getting a last minute ball winder. Of course mine broke this week!   I need to rustle up some colored pencils for color work sketching.  I’m excited about the natural dye class, too.  I can’t wait!

-Marie

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Up here in the woods I’ve been doodling a little in preperation for the colour work class we’re taking. Tomorrow I’ll pack my bags and gather my supplies before heading to the Big Apple Thursday. I feel like a school girl getting ready for the first day. Pencils, check. Needles, check. Apron, Check. In a reverse of the norm I’ll be Marie’s house guest for a few nights, leaving the little ones at home with Dad.

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Planning and Plotting

20140104-113811.jpg     This weekend I (Miss Procrastination) am working hard on a new collection of patterns. I had planned on releasing them at the end of this month, but after sitting down this morning and planning out the remaining work I have to do, I’m not as brash and certain as I originally thought. I suppose if you are saddled with the procrastination gene, its a bonus if you also have the brash self-confidence gene to back it up.  Its my “I can do it!” side that makes me think that, yes, just maybe, I can! So far this morning, to procrastinate, I have taken down my Christmas tree, packed away the decorations and tidied and vacuumed the dining room and living room… oh, and written this blog post.  Like a champ!

I have already written several of the patterns, and I just need to re-knit, chat with my test knitters and make sure the finished projects are ready for photos. But a couple of the patterns are still just sketches, notes and swatches.  Its officially Crunch Time!  So after I make some eggs and coffee for my at-home brunch I will have my nose to the grindstone and knitting like a madwoman to keep my deadline.  Do you think I can do it? Wish me luck! -Marie

PS – In case you were wondering…  the wool in the picture is Cascade 220 (aqua) and The Periwinkle Sheep (pinky-purple) Merino DK and yes, its going to knit into something wonderful! 🙂

Tilting Ribs Scarf Update

Hello! I’m happy to announce that I have finally edited my chart for the Tilting Ribs Scarf and have included it with the PDF pattern.  If you purchased it on Ravelry the update is ready to download right now! Happy knitting! -Marie

Download the update or purchase the pattern HERE.

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