Category: Yarn

Dec232008

Double 9 Patch Tutorial

I’ve been promising this for several weeks, and I hope the final result isn’t a letdown…

small9patchI want to start by saying that I have no illusions about the originality of this pattern.  This is a Double 9 Patch, folks, and it has been around forever and a day.  What I want to share with you is the MATH that I did to figure out the yardage and details for this particular version of this quilt.  I’ve made (or helped others make) several of these lately, and since I went to the work to do the math, I thought others might be interested, for a time when they need a simple, but effective quilt.  And for some day in the future when I want to make another one and don’t want to have to RE-figure out the math…

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Aug152008

Socks

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When my Mom started making socks, I didn’t quite get it.

I mean, socks are just socks, right? You can buy them in a pack of 6 for not a whole lot of dough. And then when they wear out you just buy a new pack of 6 and start allover again.
And then she made me a pair.

And I was an instant convert.

Some day, my knitting skills might be up to the task, but for now, I’m the willing recipient of any pair of socks, in any fiber that Mom wants to make for me. She’s currently working on a pair of lacy socks out of this pretty yarn.  (Although:  I don’t think she’s making this pair big enough for MY big feet…)

(That’s Heritage Sock Yarn in Tutu: $12.15 per 100g skein, a skein makes one pair of socks!) We’ve got several other solid colors, plus Heritage comes in some really yummy hand-painted variations, too.

Mom has made socks for my twin boys and my husband — and with his size 14 feet, you can imagine how big those socks are! We’ve got a number of “manlier” sock options available, including this one:

That one is ZigZag Sock Yarn by King Cole in Granite. $14.80 for a 100g skein, a skein makes a pair of socks. Plus, the colors do actually Zig and Zag as you knit the socks! Check out the other shades of ZigZag, too!

Last, but certainly not least in the sock yarn department is our selection of Opal Sock Yarns!

The photos of the skeins of yarn don’t really do them justice. The amazing patterns that are created when you knit with this sock yarn are just amazing.

I think this one is my favorite:

From the Rainforest 3 Collection, Antonia die Sinnliche. $17.95 per 100g skein, makes one pair.

Or maybe this one:

That’s Rendez-Vous, color number 2060, $17.95 per 100g skein (makes one pair!).

You’ll just have to go look at the rest to see which is your favorite:

Opal Sock Yarn

Of course, sock yarn isn’t just for socks.

The Cabbage Patch Doll’s jacket and socks are made from Wildfoote Sock Yarn, Rock and Roll. The bear’s jacket and hat were made using Opal Rainforest 3 Kasimir der Draufganger.

The jackets would fit a newborn, they are made using the Baby Surprise Jacket pattern by Elizabeth Zimmerman. I don’t have that pattern in stock (yet) but I’ll post an update as soon as I get it in stock! It does make me wonder what else you could make out of sock yarn that wasn’t socks…I’ll have to look for some more awesome patterns. All of the sock yarn we carry is washable, so it would make a great choice for a baby garment or other accessory!

Oh wait! I forgot to tell you about the Wildfoote Sock Yarn! Well, I guess you’ll just have to go look at those great colors on your own! There’s quite a few really great multi-colored options!

One last thing — if you’ve read this far, you deserve a reward! How about 15% off your order of $25 or more (before sales tax and shipping)! This coupon is good only until August 21, 2008! Use promo code: BLOG0821.

One more last thing — be sure to tell your knitting and quilting friends about me! Here’s a handy link to the shop:

http://shop.knotsandbolts.com

and the blog!

http://www.knotsandbolts.com/blog

Stay tuned for future posts with more features!

Suzanne

Aug132008

What’s new (well, what isn’t new?)

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See that’s the trouble as I’ve tried to think about what to highlight on the blog, here.  Everything’s new, so where do I start!

I’ve decided to start with an overview of everything, just to give you a general idea of what we’ve got and where we are headed!

Fabric

All of the fabric at Knots & Bolts is 100% cotton quilt shop quality fabric.

A very few bolts are priced at $4.50 per half yard — right now that’s just the Maywood Studios fabric.

We’ve got several colors of their Shadowplay fabrics, and some of the Cottage Garden by Willowberry Lane fabrics (the rest is still on order!)  The Shadow Play line is a nice line of a marbled texture — almost solid, but not quite.  Cottage Garden has a very pretty floral focal piece, the scan doesn’t even do it justice:

Cottage Garden by Willowberry Lane

The rest of the fabric?  If you’ve been to the site, you know:  it’s only $2.49 per half yard!  (That’s $4.98 per yard…)  Once upon a time, it all sold for $8 or $9/ yard, but I have found a source for closeout fabric, which is how I’m able to sell these older fabrics (that are still great quality) at such a great price.

Right now you can look at the whole swath of fabrics at one go:  Value Fabric, or you can view it by Color or by Manufacturer.  As we get more fabric, we’ll start adding Theme categories, too, so you’ll be able to look at all of our florals, or all of the Christmas fabric.

One last special deal to mention about the fabric:  if you like to collect fat quarters, you can order one of our Baker’s Dozen fat quarter bundles — let us pick out 13 fat quarters from our collection, and you can have 13 for the price of 12! If you order more than one bundle, we’ll make sure you don’t get any duplicates!

Yarn

We’ve got so much yummy yarn.  I haven’t been much of a knitter until lately, but right now, I’m salivating over the yarn.  I’m ready to make something in every single color and fiber.

You can browse our yarns by color, by fiber, by manufacturer or by weight.

Most of our yarn comes from Cascade.

Our 100% wool staple yarn is Cascade 220.  This is the yarn that is top of the charts at Ravelry.  We have 55 colors in stock, and there are over 200 colors available.  If we don’t have the color you want, we’ll gladly order it!  This yarn felts beautifully, has a nice, consistent texture and even color.

We have a number of great sock yarns, including some from Cascade, Opal, King Cole and Brown Sheep Company.  Here’s a look at my favorite.  I could just eat this up.  This is Heritage Sock Yarn, in a handpainted version called Aqua Sol:

Our most exotic yarn is called Pastaza.  It’s a Llama/Wool blend. This color is called Ruby.

There’s more, of course — I could keep going for pages, but I’m probably wearing you out.

Notions and Patterns

But I can’t wrap this up with drawing your attention to our notions category, which includes knitting needles from Inox and Clover, as well as Boye crochet hooks, and a variety of other necessities for knitting/crochet and sewing.

We don’t have a lot of patterns and books yet, but we do have a few — we’ve got some knitting, some quilting, as well as some other crafts, plus more on the way, soon!

Coupon

Well, if you’ve made it this far, I thank you for staying with me!  Most of you who are reading right now have probably already seen a coupon, but this one is special for those of you actually reading the new blog, and it’s a much shorter term:

15% off your order of $25 or more (before sales tax and shipping), good only until August 21, 2008!  Use promo code: BLOG0821

And really, the coupon shouldn’t be a secret — tell all of your friends, who doesn’t like a sale?!?

Happy quilting, knitting, crocheting or whatever else you like to do!
Suzanne

Jun262008

it’s like christmas

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a whole load of yarn from Cascade Yarns arrived today.

yummy.

my children were more impressed by the big boxes it came in.

now, we just need to get it all entered into the computer, priced and organized on the shelves!  oh, and some samples made, too.

i started a dishcloth tonight with some cotton yarn.  it’s awfully nice to work with!