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NEW Pattern: No Bad Weather Sweater

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Recently we launched Aimee Alexander’s latest pattern. No Bad Weather is a yoked colorwork sweater. Knit in an aran (heavy worsted) yarn and seamlessly in the round, it is a quicker knit and perfect for late fall and winter.

To celebrate this sweater, we will be kicking off our fall KAL on Sunday, September 14th.  This KAL will be hosted in the Polka Dot Sheep Publications group on Ravelry. Along with the support there, we will have a tutorial, progress reports and show and tell here.  For those of you who are local to the Shoppe. There is a three session class that is filling fast, sign up for class at the bottom of this post.

No Bad Weather features subtle feminine shaping. The waist is slightly contured. The back is lowered a bit by the use of short rows. The yoke and shoulders are also shaped by short rows for a better fit on your upper body. It is easily worn with a light under layer.

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No Bad Weather Sweater Details

Pattern available on Ravelry (no need to be a member to purchase pattern)

Sizing (Finished Chest Circumference) 0-3” (0-7.5cm) of positive ease recommended
33 (35.5, 38, 41, 44, 46, 49) inches
84 (90, 96.5, 104, 113, 117, 124.5) cm

Yarn: Aran/Heavy Worsted Weight
Designed for and shown in PDS Worsted by Polka Dot Sheep
Main Color: 750(800, 850, 925, 1000, 1050, 1100) yards / 685 (730, 780, 850, 915, 960, 1010) m
Contrast Color 1: 20 yards / 18 m
Contrast Color 2: 50 yards / 46 m (shown in white)

Gauge (after wash and block): 18 stitches and 28 rows to 4”/10cm in Stockinette stitch using larger needles

Needles:
US 8 / 5.0 mm
24” / 60 cm circular for body and yoke
Double pointed needles for sleeves (or your preferred choice for small circumference knitting)

US 6 / 4.0 mm
24” / 60 cm circular for body and yoke
16” / 40 cm circular for collar
Double pointed needles for sleeves (or your preferred choice for small circumference knitting)

It is very important that you knit an adequately sized gauge swatch; then wash and block it as you normal would. Row gauge is important to this design as stitch gauge. If your row gauge is off, your yoke will not fit properly. So check both measurements well.

PDS Worsted is the ideal yarn choice for No Bad Weather. It shows hand dyed or kettle dyed yarns well. Other recommended yarns are Malabrigo Rios (similar look to PDS Worsted) or Malabrigo Worsted.  As stated above, row gauge is important so as you choose your yarn be mindful. Many yarns may knit at a gauge of 18 sts to 4” yet have a greater row gauge. At least that is my personal experience. Look for a slightly heavier worsted or one classified as aran weight.

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KAL Details

Start Date: Sunday, September 14

End Date: Sunday, November 16

Ravelry KAL thread and details

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So join us and knit your own No Bad Weather Sweater!

Do anyone know what inspired the No Bad Weather name? First, it is the name of a climbing route in Utah (as well as a few other places I found when googling the name). The other inspiration is the saying “There is no bad weather, only bad clothing.” Actually this saying varies with the substitution of inappropriate for bad. The other interesting fact I found out when google researching the saying that multiple countries claim it. What all these countries have in common is that they have territory within the Arctic Circle like Norway, Finland and Russia. I think that moral of this story is that people from cold countries need good clothing for cold weather.

Any way you look at it, this sweater is perfect to warm you up.

Happy Knitting!

~Angela M.

September 6, 2014 at 9:52 pm 1 comment

A Million and One Things

It is surprisingly hard to write a blog post after having not written one in a while. It isn’t as if nothing has happened, that I have stopped knitting, that we have stopped selling yarn. In fact, a lot has happened, I am still knitting (or I would be crazy) and we are definitely selling yarn.

So I am going to highlight some news and then get back to regular posting schedule.

The hottest selling yarn both online at Polkadotsheep.com and in the Knit ‘n Needle Yarn Shoppe has been our very own PDS Yarn line of hand dyed yarns. We are so thankful to all our customers both new and old that have been making this venture such a success. The yarn is flying off the shelves so fast that Jennifer, our dyer, had to double her dying capacity. Here is a photo of part of her new set up. What you see here is her dye pots.

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In addition to dying our existing lines, we are rolling out our new DK line, Stumptown DK. I am personally very thrilled with this new development as DK is probably my favorite overall weight of yarn. It is currently available in limited quantities and colors but more is being added weekly. If you are starting to think about your new fall sweater, consider using a DK weight and give Stumptown a try.

In the Knit ‘n Needle Ravelry group, we are hosting a Sideways Shawls KAL. This is a laid back sort of KAL, perfect for the waning days of summer. It runs through the end of August. The featured patterns are the Waterton and Across the Pond. Both work from one end to the other. So they start and end small. As shown the Waterton (right) is knitting in PDS Tenderfoot 80/20 and the Across the Pond (left) is knitting in PDS Sport. So join in!

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Last but not least, we will be hosting a Polka Dot Sheep Yarns Tasting at the Knit ‘n Needle Yarn Shoppe on August 9th, 2014. If you are local to the Flathead Valley in Montana or visiting the area, please come by and try all of the yarns in the PDS line. Bring your own needles. The event runs from 2 – 7 pm with refreshments from 5 – 7 pm.

We also will be giving away three fabulous prize packages.

1st Prize: 3 skeins of PDS Sport in color of your choice, Knit’n Needle large project bag, Across the Pond pattern, Polka Dot Sheep tape measure, and a Lavishea lotion bar. VALUE: $100.00

2nd Place: 2 skeins of PDS Worsted in color of your choice, Knit ‘n Needle large project bag, Snow Ghost Slouchy pattern, Polka Dot Sheep tape measure, and a Lavishea lotion bar. VALUE: $80.00

3rd Place: 1 skeins of Tenderfoot 80/20 in color of your choice, Knit’ n Needle large project bag, Waterton pattern, and a Polka Dot Sheep tape measure. VALUE: $50.00

There are multiple ways to enter the drawing for these prizes.

  1. Answer trivia questions about PDS Yarns in the PDS Yarn group’s Yarn Tasting thread. These entries are completely free. You can earn as many points as possible by answering correctly.
  2. Attend the Yarn Tasting and try out the yarns for 1 entry point.
  3. Bring a finished project made with PDS yarns to the Tasting for Show and Tell for 1 entry points.
  4. For EVERY SKEIN of PDS Yarn purchase through August 9th 2014, earn an entry point. This offer is good both online at Polkadotsheep.com and in the Knit ‘n Needle Yarn Shoppe.

You do not need to be present to win.

I think that is all the information I will unload on you now.

Oh I just thought of one more thing. I am knitting a Waterton for the Sideways Shawls KAL. I am using a new yarn called Cobasi. It is non wool sock yarn with cotton, bamboo and silk with nylon with strength. It has a great textured look and I am really enjoying it. Check out our colors here, Solid and Multi.

Happy Knitting and I hope you can join us in at least one of our current happenings.

~Angela M.

PS We have decided on our fall KAL. It’s a sweater. Look for further news.

PSS There are spoilers for that KAL in our Ravelry group but I will make you go looking for them. Insert evil laugh here. Happy reading.

 

August 6, 2014 at 8:44 am Leave a comment

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