Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Countdown to the Holidays - Part 1A

Christiane's newest design, SAMEDAN, an earflap trapper hat, is just too cute to wait to be posted to the blog next Sunday. This is a must knit for adults and children on your holiday list.

The pattern is available at her Esty Shop Lismi Knits http://www.etsy.com/shop/LismiKnits?ref=top_trail or at Yarns With A Twist.

• Approx. 125 (100,) yards of bulky weight yarn = Col1
• 1 skein of “fuzzy” yarn like: Berocco, Nanuk or Knit One Crochet Too, Fleece or WoolieBullies by HiKoo = Co2
• Circular needle size US 11 (8 mm) and/or dpn size US 11 (8mm)
• Crochet Hook size I or bigger.
• Needle to sew in ends
• Stitch markers

• Adult = for approx. 21” head circumference (also fits teenager)
• Child = for approx. 18” head circumference

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Countdown to the Holidays - Part I

Thanksgiving is over, along with Black Friday. Did you save enough money to purchase your yarn for those last minute knitted (or crocheted) gifts for someone special on your holiday list?

The Espresso Scarf is a free pattern available from Berroco. Knitted with new to the shop Berroco Nanuk and Voyage, it is described as “The soft and warm shearling like texture of Nanuk nestles against your neck, while the tailored shaped ends of this scarf are knit in a co-ordinating color of Voyage.”

Here is another quick scarf/cowl project. Buttons added at the end let you make the choice to wear it as a scarf or a cowl. Recommended yarns for this project are DK weights such as Manos Silk Blend or Rowan Felted Tweed. Pattern available at YWAT.

Don’t forger that the Ellyn Cooper’s Yarn Sonnets Trunk Show continues at the shop. The Periwinkle Capelet (upper right) made out of one skein of Ellyn’s Perwinkle yarn or two skeins of Quicksilver. Quicksilver Vest (lower right), Texas in Sequins Necklace (upper left) or Steam Punk Bracelet (lower left) are only a few of the featured items in the show and perfect holiday gifts. 

Another new to the shop yarn is Kraemer Sterling. If you have never knitted with this yarn you are in for a treat. Stop by the shop and see what colors Sandee has ordered. (She said the devil made her do it). One skein will make a beautiful pair of socks. 

Mittens (Hats and Scarves) Workshop meets again on Tuesday, November 29th from 5pm to 8pm. Barbara may not be there, but Sandee will be stepping in to assist you with your current YWAT projects. Workshop attendees, make sure you ask Sandee about the upcoming January Skacel Knit-A-Long when Skacel will feature a Mitten/Fingerless Mitt. Last Workshop for this year will be held on Tuesday, December 13th. Start thinking about what projects we want to work on during the new year.
(Mittens in the photo were knitted by Lynda B. The pattern is called Toasty Mittens by Jean Moss. It was purchased on Ravelry and knitted with Manos Silk.)

Einstein Jacket or Not As Warm Jacket class will meet again on Saturday, December 3rd from 2 to 4. How is everyone doing? At this class we will be talking about inserting the sleeves. Last Class will meet on December 17th. Barbara has completed her jacket (photo below) and is just waiting to add the buttons.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Part IV Skacel KAL now online

The fourth and final piece to Skacel's November KAL is now available online. http://knitpurlhunter.com/kal/  The pattern is only asking that you knit the Leg in the pattern (same pattern as used on the foot) for 4 inches. If you want a longer sock you should have plenty of yarn to go further.
Can't wait to see everyone's finished socks! If you are unable to stop in the store, please send us a photo.

Happy Knitting!!!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Ellyn Cooper's Yarn Sonnets Trunk Show plus What's New At YWAT

For the next few weeks, Yarns With A Twist will be featuring Ellyn Cooper's Yarn Sonnets Trunk Show. All the items pictured can been seen at the shop.We carry a large selection of Ellyn's yarns. Come in and start your holiday shopping with one of Ellyn's kits.

3 Button Jacket done out of  Ellyn Cooper's Yarn Sonnet's Naturally Smooth.

This beautiful shawl with a little bling on the bottom is called Lace Caplet made out of lace or fingering yarn.  Ellyn has wonderful colors to choose from.

This adorable pattern is called Perwinkle made out of one skein of Ellyn Cooper's Perwinkle or 2 skeins of Quicksilver.

This pretty vest is called Quicksilver Vest and, yes, it is made out of Ellyn Cooper's Quicksilver.

This unique necklace is called Texas in Sequins and we have the kits here to make it up.  This would make a great holiday gift.

This beautiful bracelet is called Steam Punk Bracelet and we have a nice selection of this kit.  Another nice gift for the holidays.


FIBER: 67% Wool, 33% Nylon
BALL WEIGHT:  1.75 oz / 50 g
BALL LENGTH:  70 yds / 64 m
KNITTING GAUGE:  3 sts = 1"
12 sts & 18 rows = 4" (10cm)
NEEDLE SIZE:   10.5 (US) / 6.5 mm
CROCHET GAUGE:  2.75 sc = 1"
11 sc & 13 rows = 4" (10cm)
HOOK SIZE:  10.5(K) (US) / 5.5 mm
CARE: Handwash. Lay flat to dry.

FIBER: 93% Super Fine Alpaca, 7% Polyester
HANK WEIGHT: 1.75 oz / 50 g
HANK LENGTH: 125 yds / 114 m
KNITTING GAUGE: 4 sts = 1"
16 sts & 22 rows = 4" (10cm)
NEEDLE SIZE:  10.5 (US) / 6.5 mm
CROCHET GAUGE: 3.5 sc = 1"
14 sc & 18 rows = 4" (10cm)
HOOK SIZE:  10(J) (US) / 6 mm
CARE: Handwash. Lay flat to dry.

Use these yarns for this cute jacket and other fun patterns
in this new Berroco Booklet.


The first four photos are from Barbara Porter. She has been a busy lady.
The baby blanket was designed and made by Barb. She did such a beautiful job making it out of Cascade Heritage Yarn.  Her grandchild's name will be embroidered in the center square when the baby arrives. 

These cute mittens were knitted the Yankee Knitter Mitten pattern and the yarn used was Cascade 220 Superwash.

These adorable baby hats were made out of Cascade Heritage and Crystal Palace Mini Mochi. The pattern used for the baby hats was by Sheila Fee.

 This colorful and beautiful scarf was using Limi Knit's Pattern called Volan. She used Kauni colors. Thanks Barb for allowing YWAT to show off your beautiful projects.

This beautiful scarf was knit by Betty B. out of Cha Cha from Trendsetter Yarn Co. YWAT still has a nice selection of Cha Cha, plus other fun ruffle yarns - Flounce, Ripple,  and Triana. Any one of these yarns will make an easy, quick holiday gift.

The Triplicity Shawlette was knit by Carol Kent out of Skacel's Simplicity. Very beautiful job Carol.
The Triplicity Shawlette was the November KAL from Skacel. There are still a few skeins left if you would like to knit one for yourself or as a gift.

Would like to have photos of your Yarns With A Twist projects included on our blog? Send your photos in jpeg format to yarnswithatwist@gmail.com. When taking your photos please make sure your camera date and/or time stamp is turned off.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Part III November Skacel KAL Now Online

Part III is now available at http://knitpurlhunter.com/kal/. This is where you will add the heel. Pattern is calling for a short row heel. If you have never worked a heel in short rows don't fear it isn't difficult. The website does provide an online video to guide you or else stop by the shop for assistance.

Part IV  - The leg. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday that clue will be released on Wednesday, November 23rd.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Tuesday, November 15th, 5 - 8 pm with Barbara 
Get the help for any mitten/hat/scarf project you choose to make from Yarns With A Twist yarns and patterns. 
New mitten for this week – Flip Top Thumb Mitten. Are you a text-aholic or is there one on your holiday list? These mittens keep your hands warm but by flipping back the top of the thumb you can still text. Mittens are knitted with and worsted weight yarn with 220 yards and size 6 double pointed needles. There is a simple cable pattern on the front. Patterns available with purchase of yarn.

Upcoming classes for the Einstein Coat or Not As Warm Jacket class will meet again on:
Saturday, December 3rd from 2pm to 4pm. Adding the sleeves
Saturday, December 17th – 2pm to 4p – Putting in all together.
If you need additional help with your Einstein Jacket please call the shop.

November Skacel KAL Part II -
Interesting pattern for the foot. If this design stays through the ankle and cuff this sock could definitely be made for a man.
Part III will be available online on Thursday, November 17th

Would like to have photos of your Yarns With A Twist projects included on our blog? Send your photos in jpeg format to yarnswithatwist@gmail.com. When taking your photos please make sure your camera date and/or time stamp is turned off and the background for your project is not too dark.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

November Skacel KAL Part II Now Available Online

How is everyone doing? Judy's Magic Cast on can be a little tricky, but makes a great toe. Are you ready to continue with Part II -- The Foot. http://knitpurlhunter.com/kal/  To make it more fun, there is an easy pattern that will be added to the top of the foot, the bottom is knitted.
Happy Knitting!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Officially, winter might be over one month away, but the current weather is saying it is time to begin knitting hats, mittens, scarves, anything to keep you warm.

Cabin Fever “Need A Hat?” book is chock full of fun hat patterns for the entire family. What makes this book unique is that each pattern is written a variety of yarn weights.
The Top Down Igloo hat in the photo was knitted with Plymouth Encore Coffee Beenz yarn. New to the shop, each skein of Coffee Beenz, has 214 yards. It is a combination of acrylic and wool and is washable.  The cost per skein is also very easy on the pocketbook.

Part II of the current Skacel Toe Up Socks Knit-A-Long will be available on Thursday, Nov. 10th. If you would like to join in, there are still a few skeins of Royal yarn remaining at the shop. Note from Barbara - The combination of merino wool, nylon and cashmere in this yarn is wonderful to work with – so soft. If you are a sock knitter this yarn is definitely one you want to use for your next, or future, pair of socks. I can’t wait to complete my pair and wear – or will they become a Christmas gift? Going to be a tough decision.

The Einstein Coat or Not As Warm Jacket class will meet again this Saturday, November 12th from 2pm to 4pm. We will be ready to begin the top portions of the coat/jacket.  


Maureen G. knitted the following two shawls. The bottom photo is the Wavebird Shawl by Christiane Burkhard.  The top photo is the Triplicity Shawlette, the Knit Purl Hunter knit-along.

Would like to have photos of your Yarns With A Twist projects included on our blog? Send your photos in jpeg format to yarnswithatwist@gmail.com. When taking your photos please make sure your camera date and/or time stamp is turned off.