Archive for July, 2013

Crown Jewel KAL: Finished Projects

The Crown Jewel KAL has been going along swimmingly. A number of participants have finished their hats and have said they really enjoyed learning the techniques in the Crown Jewel.

I want to share a few of those finished hats with you. The names used for the knitters are their Ravelry user names.

First up:

I am also done with my hat and have been for about a week. Of course, when you half knit the project in order to film a how to video, it makes your project quick to finish. However, I do not yet have good pictures of the finished hat. I am happy to report that my daughter does indeed like the hat. The real test of her enjoyment of hat is winter weather.

Inspired to join the KAL? It lasts through August 17, so you have plenty of time. Get caught up with past blog posts listed below and in the Ravelry thread found here.

  1. Crown Jewel Hat & Learn Entrelac KAL
  2. Crown Jewel KAL: Ready, Set, Cast On
  3. Crown Jewel KAL: Entrelac Video Tutorial

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On another note, did you know you can buy various Berroco booklets in digital format from our website? We are especially happy to note that we have all the Norah Gaughan volumes that are currently available in digital.

The Fall 2013 Norah Gaughan offering is Vol. 13. This collection is a departure for Norah as all the garments are knit from the top down. Norah talked about this choice on the Berroco Design Studio blog not long ago. As always this collection is full of beautiful garments with intriguing designs features.

Norah Gaughan vol 13 collage

Now before you tell me that you do not purchase pattern booklets, I want to share a little fact with you. The cost of Norah Gaughan Vol. 13 is $14.95. There are 15 patterns. That works out to about $1 per pattern. That is a steal. If you really adore two patterns in the booklet, that is $7.50 a pattern only slightly higher than an average single pattern these days. If you like three, that is $5 a pattern is the low-end of digital patterns. All that to say, for an entire collection from a well established and always innovative designer such as Norah, these pattern booklets are great deals. Check out all the designs on our website.

Plus check out this design from the Vol. 13. If you are participating in the Crown Jewel KAL, you now have the skill to knit this really awesome hat, Shelley.

Berroco Shelley collage

Get your copy of Norah Gaughan Vol. 13 now!

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I am so excited the fall yarns and patterns are starting to appear here at Polkadotsheep and elsewhere. I know it is still July. I am still knitting on my lakeside knit, the Hanalei Poncho and loving it.

What about you? Does that thought of fall get ideas following or are you wanting just a few more days of summer with me mentioning fall?

Happy Knitting!

~Angela M.


July 25, 2013 at 10:00 am 2 comments

Knit Collage Yarns and the Clouds Rest Collection

Clouds Rest cape & gypsy Garden

I am ridiculously excited to introduce to you one of my favorite additions to our yarns here at Polkadotsheep. Welcome to Knit Collage! We now have Gypsy Garden and Daisy Chain. In addition to the yarn, Aimee has designed two new patterns for these yarns, the Clouds Rest Capelet and Clouds Rest Pixie.

Aimee and I were walking down one of the many aisles of yarn at TNNA. We walked by the booth shown below and the items knit up in a fun yarn with daisies in it caught both our eyes. Combined with pom-pom garlands, it was an irresistible combination.


A view of Knit Collage’s booth at TNNA

So we stepped into the booth and met Amy, Knit Collage’s founder and owner, and her sister, Danielle.


Amy Small, Knit Collage owner (left) and her sister, Danielle (right)

Amy Small is just a joy to meet. She has a great sense of fun, style and a strong desire to better the world. Could you ask for more in a yarn company owner? Amy has been inspired by her travels to Hong Kong and India in creating her yarns. Gypsy Garden and Daisy Chain are hand-carded and handspun in India. Amy works with women in the Punjab region of India, providing a way for them to better their (and their families) lives through economic advancements. Each skein of yarn is an individual work of art, no two are exactly the same.

After seeing the yarns, we decided to think about them until the next day. This is standard operating procedure of us when buying at TNNA. Aimee got the seed of the idea for a capelet for girls stuck in her head though. So when we went to buy yarns, Aimee was able to procure two skeins to take home to take her design ideas into reality.

The results are the Clouds Rest Collection. Introducing Clouds Rest Capelet (baby, toddler and child) and Clouds Rest Pixie (baby, toddler, child, adult).

Clouds Rest Set 2

Clouds Rest Capelet- $5

Pattern is knit either in the round or flat (back and forth) with seaming based on your preference and needle selection.

Sizes: Baby, (toddler, child)

Yarn amounts: 40 (50, 60) yd /  36 ( 46, 56) m of super bulky yarn

Needles: US 15 (10mm) 16″ (40 cm) circular needle & US 17 (12.75 mm)  16″ (40 cm)  & 24″ (60cm) circular needles  OR US 15 (10 mm) and US 17 (12.75 mm) straight needles (for back and forth version)

Clouds Rest Pixie – $5

Sizes: Baby (toddler, child, adult)

Yarn amounts: 50 (55, 60, 65) yd / 45 (50, 55, 60) m of super bulky yarn

Needles: US 11 (8 mm) 16″ (40 cm) circular needle and US 13 (9 mm) 16″ (40 cm) circular needle and double pointed needles

A pom-pom maker is also handy for this hat. Trust me, you will love your pom-pom maker. Maybe you could also use it to make a nifty pom-pom chain like Amy made for the Knit Collage booth.

Gypsy Garden details

KC DC all colors

Thanks for reading this very picture intensive blog post. I am just so excited about Knit Collage and I wanted to show all the visual goodness that these yarns contain. It will bring a smile to your face when you have it in hand, I am sure of it.

How is the Crown Jewel KAL going for you all? More coming on that later this week.

Happy Knitting

~Angela M.

July 24, 2013 at 12:42 pm 1 comment

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