Debbie Bliss and her daughter Nell are visiting local yarn stores in Washington and Oregon July 21-24, culminating in Debbie throwing out the first pitch at a Seattle Mariners game.

Find details of Debbie’s tour http://knittingfever.com/blog/debbie-bliss-tour-july-2014/

image(4)They started at Close Knit Portland on July 21. Debbie is second from left and Nell is second from right.
image(3)Visitors and staff enjoyed the trunk show of garments from new fall/winter 2014 books, as well as patterns that are already available.

Here we see the Chevron Cowl & Handwarmers from Debbie Bliss Knitting Magazine Issue 13 might give you superpowers!
image(2)It’s always exciting to meet one of your favorite designers and show off the projects you’ve made using their yarn and designs.
image(1)The foreground is the Braid-Edged Jacket from the Juliet book.
162739 Debbie recently did a gallery of different people wearing this same jacket on her blog.

In the background of the tour picture you see the Cabled Shoulder Cape from Debbie Bliss Knitting Magazine issue 13.
DBF14_Roma_06It is knit using the new yarn Roma, a bulky 70% Wool, 30% Alpaca blend.

Watch for the magazine and yarn to arrive in local yarn stores soon!

image(6)On July 22 they moved on to Seattle Yarn, where Virginia and Ruth hosted.

It’s always interesting to see the same sweater on different people.
image(8)This is the Cable Swing Tunic from Debbie Bliss Knitting Magazine issue 13. It is knit using the popular Debbie Bliss yarn Cashmernio Aran.
image(9)Here is the same yellow sweater on a different person, along with the Cable & Moss Stitch Sweater, also from the new issue of the magazine. The pink sweater is knit using delicious Paloma yarn, a chunky, 60% Baby Alpaca, 40% Merino Wool blend with a chainette construction.

And here are the official magazine pictures of both sweaters.DBF14_Cables_13 DBF14_Cables_09Note everyone is trying on the garments in size 34 — the magic of knitwear. Cautionary tale: choose the size to fit your shoulders. Knitters tend to make their sweaters in too large a size. Knitwear stretches and it should enhance and flatter your curves!
image(10)This knitter got to try on the Shape-edged Jacket from the new Milano Chic book. It is knit using Milano yarn, a 40% Wool, 28% Nylon, 18% Silk, 8% Polyester, 6% Acrylic blend that was introduced last year.
168170Here is the image of the same sweater in the Milano Chic book.
image(11)Ruth (wearing DB Milano) showing Nell one of her own capelet/cowl designs in Debbie Bliss Blue Faced Leicester Aran yarn.

Read more about their adventures on the Debbie Bliss Online Blog.

Having finished knitting my Kayleen Pullover, I plunged straight into knitting the Multidirectional Cap Sleeve Top designed by Irina Poludnenko from Noro Knitting Magazine issue 2.

If you follow us on Instagram you are not surprised to hear this as I’ve been posting a million progress pictures. LOL. One of the great things about a Noro knitting or crocheting project is that they look so different after just a few rows because of the color changes.

Noro Multidirectional topI loved this top from the moment I set eyes on the magazine, but you know what it’s like to have a long list of projects you want to make!

IMG_4372The pattern calls for Noro Koromo yarn, a yummy 39% Cotton, 35% Wool, 26% Silk blend in the wonderful Noro colors you expect. I’m using color #2. (It’s shown in the magazine in color #3.)

IMG_4682The yarn is soft, with the feel of the cotton dominating, while the silk shines through on a regular basis. I’ve knit up two balls so far and haven’t encountered any veggie matter!

IMG_4685The top starts with narrow center back and front panels. They are knit in an easy sequence during which you alternate the two balls to create the stripes. The pattern is really high impact in the beautiful Noro colors. I didn’t try to control the yarn at all, instead I just let the colors flow.

IMG_4693Once you finish the two center panels, you pick up along one side of each panel and knit the side out. That is what changes the direction of the stripes.

IMG_4730The cap sleeve are worked using short-row shaping, once again alternating two balls of yarn. I had to switch to two new balls just as the short-rows started, but I didn’t bother trying to match the color sequences.

IMG_4738Really, the top is so colorful, who is going to notice?

Find a local yarn store near you that stocks Noro and might have Issue 2 available.

Add the Multidirectional Cap Sleeve Top to your Ravelry queue.

Buy the single pattern on Patternfish.

Have you seen the Vogue Knitting Early Fall 2014 issue yet?

VKEF14Cover_small_webIt was supposed to hit newsstands on July 8. I saw it the other day at my grocery store.

As usual, it is full of interesting articles and eye catching patterns.

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VOGUE Knitting Early Fall 2014, photo by Rose Callahan

I was especially excited to see this interesting top in the “Turn, Turn, Turn” section.

Item name: Drop Shoulder Pullover

Designer: Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton

Yarn Information: Noro Taiyo

For sizes: Small, Medium, and Large

Amounts: 4 (4, 5) skeins in #49

Add the Drop Shoulder Pullover to your Ravelry queue.

Not only is this a unique garment that you won’t find it stores, but it looks like a fun sweater to knit, too!

Noro Taiyo yarn is a 40% Cotton, 30% Silk, 15% Wool, 15% Nylon blend with 220 yards per 100 gram ball. With a suggested gauge of 4.5 sts/inch, projects move along at a nice rate.

Hamilton has been experimenting with space and texture lately.UrsulaTopFlyer

She recently released the Ursula Top as an independent pattern.

It is knit using Noro Kirara yarn, a 51% Wool, 29% Cotton, 10% Silk, 10% Angora. I used Kirara to knit my Metalouse shawl a few months ago.

The Ursula Top has interesting triangular openings, compared to the neat and orderly squares of the top in Vogue Knitting.

Add the Ursula Top to your Ravelry queue.

IMG_4704The yarn spotlight page of the Early Fall 2014 issue of Vogue Knitting is about “denim” yarn and includes Jesse from the Louisa Harding line.

Jesse is a 100% Cotton Denim yarn that is available in 22 colors.

You might remember that I used it to knit the Miss Kitty Top from book #125-Jesse.

IMG_3767This picture is from when I first finished the top. It has softened with each washing.

When I first finished the top I was worried the fit was a little snug, but it is better every time I wear it. The yarn is “breaking in” wonderfully!

Add Miss Kitty to your Ravelry queue.

165039Finally, the magazine also has a blurb about the new, hardcover book “Knit Noro 1-2-3″. As the name implies, it is full of patterns you can knit with just a few balls of Noro yarn.

You can preview it on our main website.

The Great Garment Giveaway continues!

We’re adding a bit of yarny love to your hot summer days by putting retired sample garments up for adoption.

This week’s giveaway is for a little darling in your life.

photo (2)This whimsical summer dress has two pockets, colors so excited they can’t keep to their own stripes, and is finished off with two flower power buttons.

photo(1) The texture is smooth and soft in one of Viking of Norway‘s oldies Milk’n'Honey — 70% cotton, 30% Milkfiber.

photo (1)This cute dress is 21″ from top hem to bottom edge, 5″ straps, 9″ across the stretchy chest, 3″ pockets.

We estimate it would fit a 7-year-old or younger, depending on the child.

Would you like to give this colorful creation a good home?

The Big Question: What adventure will your young one have while wearing this garment?

Leave a comment on this blog post. We’ll select one lucky person to receive this actual item. Winner will be selected and notified (by email) on Tuesday.

(US residents. Void where prohibited.)

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Want to learn more about this brand? Use our Store Locator feature to find a local or online yarn store that carries the Viking of Norway line.

My Kayleen Pullover is finally finished! Things were a bit touch-and-go at the end.

My triumph over figuring out how to knit the sleeves top down was crushed when I tried on the sweater and discovered the cuffs were too tight.

(I might have been a little annoyed.)

IMG_4636On the bright side, since I’d worked the sleeves top down, it would be relatively easy to fix. If I’d worked the sleeves according to the magazine, bottom up and sewn on, I would have had a lot more ripping to do!

Also, I’m pretty sure the sleeves would have been too tight if I’d worked them according to the magazine. The sleeve cuffs are just too small for my arms, where I carry weight. When working the sleeves top-down, I maintained the decorative notch through decreases, which gave me the same stitch count as the magazine.

To add fullness to the sleeves, i ripped back to the end of the short row shaping for the sleeve cap and worked increases on the underside of the sleeve.

It took me three tries to get the sleeves to fit properly and look nice. For my second attempt, I tried to maintain the notch, and my extra width, by working extra increases to match the notch decreases. The bottom of the sleeve ended up with a weird looking flair.

It was so horrible, and annoying, I didn’t even take a picture!

IMG_4653Finally, I realized I would have to abandon the notch and knit the sleeves straight. I increased 2 stitches every other row to 70 sts, knit even for a few rounds, and then worked an I-Cord bind off to keep the look consistent.

IMG_4670Fighting to get the sleeves to fit properly was worth the struggle as the rest of the sweater is a great fit. I’m also pleased to report the Juniper Moon Sabine yarn survived all the sleeve ripping and re-knitting very well.

Project Details

Pattern: Kayleen Pullover by Cassie Castillo from the Summer 2014 issue of Interweave Knits. Smallest size

Yarn: Juniper Moon Farm Sabine, color 10-Icicle

Find a local yarn store near you that stocks the Juniper Moon Farm line.

Follow us on Instagram to see progress pictures of my projects as they happen.

Edited July 15: The winner is Patti! She said:

I would make a knee length, A-line skirt with gored (short row) hem. This would give skirt a flippy effect when one walks. Use the Viking alpaca Maya 760 color. If alpaca does not have enough spring back retention, go to 100 percent wool in same weight as sweater and the same color as Maya 760.

Does the corn yarn come in a Maya solid color? Does the corn blend yarn retain it’s shape without stretching? If so use that blend for the skirt.

Thanks for playing! Check back on Friday at noon for the next giveaway!

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We launched The Great Garment Giveaway last week to find good homes for some of our retired sample sweaters. You were all very excited about it! Meet this week’s candidate. giveaway 2Knit up in Queensland Collection Haze yarn, (60% Corn (azlon), 40% Cotton), this ribbed top has a high collar and fancy buttons. Soft and light, you can dress this up or down for a classy, finished look.

This cardigan is an XS/S measuring 17″ from shoulder to hem, 13″ from shoulder to shoulder, 15″ across bust.

giveaway 2aThis pretty cardigan was designed by Jenny Watson for the Queensland Collection Numbers book.

THE BIG QUESTION: What colors would you pair with this cardigan?

Leave a comment on this blog post. We’ll select one lucky person to receive this actual item. Winner will be selected and notified on Tuesday (by email).(US residents. Void where prohibited.)

Don’t want to miss a future giveaway? Use the “subscribe” box in the right sidebar to sign up for our email newsletter.

Want to just knit it yourself? Use our Store Locator feature to find a local or online yarn store that carries the Queensland Collection line. Ask for the “Numbers book” pattern.

Looking for small projects to work on during the summer, but also already looking forward to fall projects?

Take a look at the Noro Designer Mini Knits Four book.

162722Measuring just under 8″ x 8″, a good size for tucking into a project back, this new book by Jenny Watson is pack full with 24 projects for sweaters and accessories for children and adults, as well as a few items for the home.

The patterns are a good mix of simple projects that will be good for advanced beginners as well as experienced knitters looking for a long term project.

cardiThe cover cardigan, for instance, is ribbing and stockinette with simple shaping. It would be a good project for a knitter looking for their first sweater project.

This cardigan uses 3 to 5 balls of Noro Ayatori yarn (shown in color 23) and includes six sizes from a 20″ to a 30″ chest.

BoleroIf you want more of a challenge (and something for yourself) check out this pretty bolero.

Knit using 5 to 7 balls of Noro Koromo (shown in color 1), the body of the vest is plain stockinette stitch with simple shaping. There aren’t even arms to worry about! The challenge is the pretty lace border, which is knit separately and sewn on. It’s a great opportunity to practice knitting yarn overs and decreases.

This pattern covers five sizes from 32/34″ to 48/50″ chest, with the expectations of a few inches of positive ease.

cardi 2Cables abound in the book, appearing on garments for children, adults, and the home items.

This cozy cardigan uses 2 to 4 balls of Noro Cyochin yarn (shown in color 1). Like the other cardigan, it’s also sized from a 20″ to a 30″ chest. Worked on US10 needles, you’ll be done in time for the first day of school.

163575One of the challenging projects is this great cabled pullover knit using Noro Shiro yarn (shown in color 6).

With a crew neck and raglan shaping, this will be a great sweater to keep you warm when the weather gets cold.

This pattern includes five sizes ranging from 32-34″ through 48-50″ chest, with about 6″ of positive ease expected. You’ll need from 8 to 12 balls of Shiro, depending on your size.

163595If you prefer lace to cables, this wrap should catch your eye.

It uses 4 balls of Noro Taiyo Sport yarn (shown in color 6) and measures 18″ x 60″. The beautiful colors of Noro do all the work when it comes to the stripes, allowing you to focus on the fun eyelet pattern twisting up the sides.

The last project I’ll highlight is this interesting Tabard.

163591This unusual garment is knit using 6 to 9 balls of the snuggly Noro Nadeshiko yarn (shown in color 23).

The Tabard has five sizes from 32/34″ to 48/50″ bust with about 4″ of expected ease.

As you can see, it can be worn open, or there are three buttons up each side so you can close it up.

I’ll admit that when I first saw this in the book I thought it was a little goofy. However, as I was reading through the pattern entering it into Ravelry, it grew on me.

This would be a good wardrobe addition for the fall and spring. I think it would be good for walking the dogs. It’s easy to thrown on like a poncho, but you have more freedom of movement for your arms.

What do you think? Thumbs up or thumbs down on the tabard?

You can preview the rest of the book on our main website.

Find a local yarn store near you that stocks the Noro line.

Add patterns from the Noro Designer Mini Knits book to your Ravelry queue.

Mark your calendars and book your tickets! Debbie Bliss is visiting the Pacific Northwest later this month.

Debbie_Portrait_035-1As you know, Debbie is a super popular designer in both her home country and here in the USA. She’s even nominated in several categories for the 2014 British Knitting Awards. (Also, how cool is it that Britain has knitting awards?)

Debbie will be visiting stores in Oregon and Washington from July 20 to July 24, culminating in throwing out the first pitch during a Seattle Mariners game for Stitch n Pitch.

There will be a trunk show of garments for Fall/Winter 2014, as well as a chance to see garments from current book.

Stores often have limited space (and some supply snacks) so be sure to contact the store to RSVP and to get more details.

Monday – July 21

6-8 pm

Close Knit – Portland

2140 NE Alberta Street
Portland OR 97211
503-288-4568

Tuesday  – July 22

1-4 pm

Seattle Yarn – Seattle

5633 California Ave SW
Seattle WA 98136
206-935-2010

6-8 pm

Pacific Fabrics & Crafts  – Bellevue

Evergreen Village Shopping Center
1645 – 140th Avenue NE
Bellevue WA (Washington) 98005
425-747-3551

Wednesday – July 23

1-3 pm

Pacific Fabrics & Crafts – Everett

South Point Plaza
10203 Evergreen Way
Everett WA 98204
425-353-8866

6-8 pm

WildFibers – Mt Vernon

706 South First Street
Mt Vernon WA
360-336-5202

Thursday – July 24

7:10pm

Seattle Stitch n Pitch – Debbie Bliss is throwing the First Pitch!
Safeco Field –  Mariners vs Orioles

This isn’t Debbie’s first time at the Seattle Stitch n Pitch. She’s busy practicing her form!
Debbie pitching

You’d be hard pressed to get us to admit it’s too hot to knit or crochet, but sometimes you want a change of pace.

Sometimes you start eying yarn scraps and thinking there must be something you can do with them aside from throwing them away.

IMG_20140705_083611One of our employees decided to have fun with Christmas in July over the long holiday.

She stuffed color coordinated yarn scraps into glass balls that she purchased at a craft store.

Now, she had the advantage of being able to use the tufts of yarn from color cards for discontinued yarn. You can involve children by having them cut the yarn up for you!

IMG_20140705_083605Then it was a simple matter of stuffing the strands into the hollow ornaments. You might need to use a knitting needle or other implement to help stuff them in.

Don’t they look fun?

You can decorate your tree, or give them as gifts to your other yarn loving friends.

IMG_20140704_130118Have you used yarn to decorate glass ornaments?

What do you do with your yarn scraps?

Our friends at Juniper Moon Farm put out scraps for birds to use in their nests.

Edited July 8: The winner is DeRonda! She said:

I would wear this this with a white or silver tank underneath a pair of skinny jeans and a pair of Ballerina flats.

Thanks for playing. Check back on Friday for the next giveaway!

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You know all those gorgeous sample garments you see at your local yarn store? We provide some of them. For every pattern that KFI/Euro Yarns publishes, there is a sample garment that must be professionally knitted (or crocheted) and photographed.

Then they come back to us.

Is there anything as sad as a hand knit or crocheted garment that isn’t being worn?

We have sample garments that are ready to retire from their life on the road. They want to spend their golden years with a yarn lover who will appreciate them.

Maybe one will even come to live with you!

The Great Garment Giveaway!

When: Every Friday during July and August we’ll giveaway one of these breathtaking items right here on the Yarnologue.

How: To have a chance to adopt a garment, simply visit our blog and leave a comment by answering the BIG QUESTION. (And don’t worry, there’s no wrong answer.)

On Tuesday we’ll select a winner to receive that week’s item. The following week we’ll do it again with a new garment.

(Don’t worry, we’ll also tell you about the yarn and pattern if you’d rather knit or crochet it yourself.)

Ready to get started?

GREAT GARMENT GIVEAWAY #1 Mirasol Littondale Top

littondale 1

Knit up in Mirasol’s popular yarn, Sawya, (60% Pima Cotton, 25% Alpaca, 15% Silk), this openwork garment serves triple duty as a hip- length tunic (or mini dress, if you dare), beach coverup or elegant layering piece. Size: 36”.

Littondale 2THE BIG QUESTION: How would YOU wear this piece?

Leave a comment on this blog post. We’ll select one lucky person to receive this actual item. Winner will be selected and notified on Tuesday.

(US residents. Void where prohibited.)

Don’t want to miss a future giveaway? Use the “subscribe” box in the right sidebar to sign up for our email newsletter.

Want to just knit it yourself? Use our Store Locator feature to find a local or online yarn store that carries the Mirasol line. Ask for the “Littondale top” pattern.