Posts Categorized: Knitting

Backyard Bash with Backyard Fiberworks!

Are you ready for our first Summer Series Event? We are SO EXCITED to be hosting Alice of Backyard Fiberworks on July 13th – 15th. Do we have some fun events planned for you! Since this is our first official Summer Series event we have jammed it full of lots of exciting things! Too many?!?! Never!

Here is an at-a-glance list of the events. Scroll down for further information:

Friday:

Saturday:

Sunday:

***Included in the VIP weekend pass; choice of dyeing session will be given on a first come first serve basis.

Friday // The weekend-long event will start on Friday, July 13th, at 5:00 pm with a Color-Story Class run by Alice herself. This is will be focusing on the Camaro sweater and Alice will be winding custom mini skeins for what will be your-new-favorite-sweater! This will be followed by a trunk show and a 1980’s themed Sip + Stitch (since we are knitting the Camaro–get it?!?!) starting at 6:00 and going until…whenever!

Saturday // Early Saturday morning we will have a trunk show with some local makers with some very special wares! Shannon from Woodsy + Wild will be there, as well as Mary from Birch Dye Works. The doors will open at 9:00 for our special VIP ticket holders, and at 10:00 am for the rest. This special event will end at noon and we will also have an in-store sale during the same limited hours. Get here early (get that VIP early bird special!) to get the great stuff.

After the pop-up shop we have two exciting classes that we are offering! First at 12:30 Shannon from Woodsy + Wild is teaching the Woodsy + Wild Project Bag Class, which is a shop favorite! You will learn how to install a zipper and stitch up your very own bag. Everything you need will be included in the price of the class fee! Then at 3:00 come meet up with Alice from Backyard Fiberworks for the Camaro Companion Class as she goes over some of the techniques you will see in the Camaro sweater to make sure you are successful with this knit! No UFO’s for us! ūüėČ

We are also holding another special event on Saturday. Interested in starting your own creative business but don’t know where to start? Come to this free panel, Women in Creative Business, and find out all the answers to all the questions you don’t know you need to ask. We want to encourage our fellow-creative-women (and men!) to become the entrepreneurs that they want to be. We will have a panel of women in creative businesses, so come and hear their stories. After this panel, we will have a Pizza Party where you can talk and mingle and enjoy being with fellow creatives. There will be an admission fee for the pizza party (unless you are a VIP ticket holder).

Sunday // And finally, what we all have been waiting for! The piece de resistance of this weekend event is our two dyeing sessions with Backyard Fiberworks! Again, if you grabbed one of our limited VIP tickets you have a reserved seat, you get an extra skein of sock yarn to dye up, and lunch with Alice will be included too! You will get three skeins of yarn to dye up in your own special brew. After the first session we will have a Q+A with Alice about dyeing and finish up with the last session. We will then close up our first ever Summer Series with our closing ceremonies and say goodbye to the lovely Alice.

We hope you guys are as excited about this event as we are! We might have a few more tricks up our sleeves, so stay tuned as we get closer!

 

 

Magical Mystery Yarn Tour 2017!

We are SUPER excited to announce another round of our mystery yarn club at Pintuck & Purl! It went so well the first time around, and we are hoping that this year will be even bigger and better! The¬†idea behind¬†this club is to give you a chance to knit from six luxury skeins of yarn by way of five gorgeous hand-selected patterns, all knit from September to April (we’ve given you December completely off, because we know that month gets busy!) and all at a huge discount! Along the way there will be gifts and prizes, plus monthly knit nights specifically for club members so we can share our thoughts and tips on the projects we’re all knitting together.

Here’s how it works:

  • We suspect everyone needs a little mystery and intrigue in their lives (and who doesn’t love presents?) so every month starting on September 1st, club members will come to the shop to find a wrapped gift waiting for them. Contained within will be a gorgeous skein of yarn (you can always exchange for a different color within the same line!), a printed pattern, and maybe a little treat just ’cause we love you so much. ūüôā
  • We’ve worked hard to find patterns that are both beautiful and will work well with the chosen yarn. We also chose patterns that looked fun to knit, were diverse, and could make a great gift on the off chance that they aren’t to your particular taste. We love them, and we think¬†you will too.
  • We will host a special Friday Knit Night or a Sunday Knit Brunch at (or near) the beginning of each month in the spirit of support and community. ūüôā
  • When you come in on the 1st of the next month for your next present, bring your most recent project. Everyone who has completed their project from the previous month will receive a prize!
  • At the end of the 7 month subscription (on or around April 1st), all club members will be entered into a raffle to win a larger prize. There will also be a second raffle for club members who complete all 5 projects by the end of the¬†subscription time frame¬†(if it took you longer than a month for some of them, that’s ok–as long as they are completed by the end of the club, you can be entered into the 2nd raffle).
  • Don’t live close? That’s okay! We can ship your monthly present to you. Just tag us on social media or email us¬†a picture of you with your finished project on or before the day of the next shipment to receive the monthly prize. (Shipping is not included in the club fee.)
  • These projects were chosen to be fun knits for intermediate/advanced knitters and great introductions to different, commonly used skills for advanced beginners–plus there will be lots of support available! If you fall into the advanced beginner category,¬†you will come away from this experience with lots more confidence and greater skill! We will always be here and eager to help if you need anything. The patterns include several different techniques, and will be great to stretch your skills if you’re encountering something for the first time. You can do it!
  • Needles sizes you’ll need: (US) 1, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 10 1/2

We are also offering an exclusive discount to members on needles and supplies needed for each project. Come join the fun!

For those who are returning from last year, look for your special treat on the first pick-up date!

Sign up at the shop today! Online sign-ups are here!

Swans Island Twisted Cowl

This time of year is tricky. One day it’s warm, the¬†next freezing. It really makes it difficult to dress in the morning, not knowing what will happen within the course of the day, weather-wise. My solution: the knitted cowl. It’s something that can add a nice layer of warmth, and since this one is made from Swans Island Natural Fingering, which is 100% merino wool,¬†it is warm when it needs to be warm, but not too hot. This pattern also works well with this type of spring-or-winter layering technique. It has a nice loose lace-like quality, so it doesn’t feel overly heavy.

Have you knit with Swans Island before? If not, you should give it a try–their yarn is heavenly. And it is made right next door in beautiful Maine. I traveled up there before the shop opened and was completely smitten with their yarn and the people that ran¬†the company. Should¬†you ever be up in the¬†Camden area, please do yourself¬†a favor and swing by their dye house. You will see how they get their array of stunning colors and get a weaving demonstration of their amazing blankets. I feel like I’m overusing adjectives in this paragraph, but once you see and feel this stuff in person, you will completely understand!

The pattern for this cowl was created by one of my instructors. It’s a riff on a traditional lace pattern and really makes this yarn shine. The nice part about the pattern is that you can adjust the dimensions to be whatever you prefer! The pattern as written will use up most of the yardage of one skein of the Swans Island, but if you wanted to use up leftover yarn, this would be a great pattern for that. I love patterns that you can customize yourself. I think the¬†difficulty level is not too high¬†and as long as you can do the required stitches, you should be good to go! We are offering this pattern free with the purchase of one skein of the Swans Island Fingering, which comes in a great array of colors.

Do you have a particular way to dress with this weird spring-maybe-still-winter weather? Are you a layer-er like me? Or is there another way? Do tell!

 

All Photos by Ashley Shea Photography

From Norway With Love Hat

All Photos by Ashley Shea Photography

As I post this, the weather is slowly starting to warm up. I don’t know if we are actually seeing the end of winter around here. If I remember correctly, this is the time of year that we all start thinking it is going to get warm because of one or two warm-ish days, but this is just silly. We live in New England‚ÄĒit will snow again. And when it does, my head will be toasty warm with this new shop sample that Jenny knitted up!

We really wanted to have something on the shop floor that was fun, bright and cheery and this fit the bill! The pattern is¬†called From Norway with Love, and it’s by Anna¬†& Heidi Pickles.¬† If you haven’t seen their line of patterns, they are super cute. But out of all the¬†hats, how could we pass up this adorable multi-color, heart-laden beauty?!?!?!

 

The hat was knit using Cascade 220’s fingering weight yarn. This yarn is 100% wool which is easy to knit, and there are a wide range of colors. The most difficult part of the pattern process was trying to decide on colors for the actual hat! We went with a bright and colorful palette on a neutral background. We also chose to hold the yarn double since the pattern called for a dk weight and this put Jenny right on gauge. The price point on these skeins is very reasonable at five dollars per skein.

Our version of this hat is extremely warm, perfect for those days of shoveling mountains of snow. With the yarn held double, plus the floats inside from the colorwork, this hat will keep your head toasty warm.

At first touch, it¬†seems like this yarn would be itchy to wear, but I¬†haven’t had¬†a problem with it while I have been wearing it. Those that are more sensitive might want to do a sensitivity test (I usually rub it on the¬†inside of my wrist) to see if it will work for them. If you feel it might be too much, you could also knit this in Swans Island Ecowash merino wool, which would be super soft. Even though you could knit this out of anything, I love the natural breathable qualities of wool. Wool for the win!

This is the perfect project for those last days of winter or for those who like to plan ahead.  Have you made this pattern or tried Cascade 220?  Tell us all about it!

 

Acadia Easy Folded Poncho

Have you ever felt The Fibre Co.’s Acadia yarn? It is a luscious mix of merino, baby alpaca, and silk, and it is heavenly. I do feel like I say that about all of our yarns, but I guess I wouldn’t stock them if I couldn’t be obsessed with them. Right? If I am just meh about a¬†yarn, it usually doesn’t make the cut to be in the shop. If you have been in the¬†shop, you know we don’t have a huge space so we need to be VERY picky about what we bring in.

We brought in this yarn a little less than a year ago (March was when it arrived) and we didn’t knit up any shop samples until after we got back from the TNNA (June!). We had sold a few skeins, but we knew that once people saw it knitted up they would fall head over heels in love with it like we did. Then came the¬†herculean task of finding a pattern.¬†Someone suggested the Easy Folded Poncho¬†pattern from Churchmouse Yarns & Teas and it was like a match made in heaven.

I convinced Jenny, our sample knitter (not yet full employee at the time!), to put down her own projects and whip this up before fall. And whip it up she did! We chose the Driftwood color, since my secret plan was for this to eventually end up in my closet and that is the color I wanted! Ha!¬†Jenny knitted the¬†cowl version, which required about seven skeins. If you wanted to do this without the¬†cowl, you probably only need six skeins. If you are thinking of knitting the¬†poncho sans-cowl, I just want to tell you that the¬†cowl is my favorite part. ¬†It is warm and soft against the neck¬†and I think it makes the¬†poncho¬†look a little more finished. If you don’t take my advice, however, I have no doubt your poncho will still be just as lovely.

All Photos by Ashley Shea Photography

The best part about knitting this pattern in this yarn is that the drape of the yarn is amazing. The pattern comes in one size and everyone who has tried on the¬†shop sample (all shapes and sizes) has looked amazing in it.¬†¬†This yarn is magical, I tell you. The finished poncho is light yet warm enough for spring and fall or even those¬†chilly nights in the¬†summer. If you layered up underneath (remember we are in snowy,cold NH), I don’t see why you couldn’t wear this all year long.

The pattern is pretty easy to knit. It is all stockinette, so it’s perfect for watching a movie and keeping your hands busy, and construction isn’t difficult either. The downside of this pattern is that it is a very long pattern. If you are a true beginner I would be mindful of not burning yourself out on such an endeavor, unless you realize what you are getting into and take your time. The money and time will be worth it when it is done, but just be aware and maybe don’t make this your first or second project. ūüėČ

Have you knit with Acadia before? Are you as obsessed as we are? Or are you one of the knitters of the nearly 3,000 finished versions of this pattern? If so, tell us!