Monthly Archives: January 2008

Calling all Lace Knitters – A Pattern/Design Contest

Hi All,

I have posted about our Schaefer Trenna design contest in several forums as well as on Ravelry and thought why not here.

I would like to invite you to participate in our Trenna pattern-design contest.  Here are all the facts:

All patterns must use Schaefer Trenna. Trenna  Please note that participants get 10% off and free shipping for their Trenna purchases (yes, the yarn would be purchased from us – simply let us know that you will be participating in the contest and we will take care of the rest).

The submittal deadline is May 14th; we must receive both your patterns and your knitted projects by mail at the end of the day.  We will then pick 10 designs and all projects will be photographed and listed for our customers and friends, who will vote for a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner.  1st place winner will receive $400, second place $200, and the third place winner will receive $100. 

The winning samples and the patterns will become the property of Little Knits and the winning patterns can only be sold and/or distributed by us.  In addition, we will reimburse the winners the cost of their Trenna purchase.  All other projects will be returned to the designers.

If you are interested and/or have additional questions please email us at littleknits@comcast.net.

Look forward to hearing from you.

Silk/Wool Lace in Heavenly Colors

I am still in a hand-dyed yarn mood and I am photographing, editing and posting.  I have over 40 new colors of Trenna, our exclusive 50% silk 50% wool yarn from Schaefer and the new colors are simply stunning.  So, of course, I had to share.

Here is a color line that I stashed away. Trenna  I love the deep teals of this color line and how it transitions to silky jean and light blues.  It is simply scrumptious.  I took one for myself but there are a few skeins still remaining.

Then there are the almost solid colorsTrenna  and color-on-color variations with two or more like colors Trenna in response to multiple requests that we have received from you.  Cheryl Schaefer is the ultimate color-magician who knows exactly how to blend the hues, which results in nirvana for this lace knitter’s palate.

Trenna One more picture before I say goodnight.

Lace Wing Not-So-Solids – Its a Wrap!

As I said, I have been hit hard by the hand-dyed yarn fairy and with that in mind here is Lace Wing Not-So-Solids.

Lace Wing in Mahogany Here is Mahogany, one of my favorite colors…I wish you could be holding this skein to see how lovely the color work is.  This also makes me wonder if it would be hard to dye such colors, I would imagine so…I would think it would be hard to get the color on color variations but I am not a dyer.

And I am very fond of Amethyst Lace Wing in Amethyst and Teal Lace Wing in Teal so they must be shown of course.  These subtler color combinations make this line ideal for more complex sock and lace patters (IMHO).

Cranberry Chain Wrap in Lace Wing And for good measure here is a lovely stole pattern, Cranberry Chain Wrap, which uses only one skein (!) of Lace Wing.  Here is a photo of the detail tho I am sad to say that this photo does not do justice to the 3 dimensional beauty of this wrap pattern.Cranberry Chain Wrap in Lace Wing

Watch for the next entry for another hand-dyed beauty.

’07 Holiday Review & A Festival of Hand-dyeds

Welcome to 2008!  I am wishing us all (including self), a happy, healthy, love and good fortune filled year.  May you and your loved ones have a great year. :)

On a personal note, we had a rather protracted holiday season that started around Thanksgiving with family visiting for 2 weeks and then more family visited for Christmas.  Both visits were instigated by self and I am happy to have done it.  Kids loved it and it was great but I am glad that it is all over (mom & dad – I don’t mean the visits or the visitors).

Given our work schedule I had absolutely no time to prep for the holidays.  Our Thanksgiving meal was cooked by my mother in-law and father in-law and partly by my husband and I am very thankful for it – it was yummy.  My contribution, two pies - one of the best pumpkin pies ever and a chocolate pecan pie.  I drove to pick them up and paid for them – doesn’t that count?  If you ever come visit us and/or Seattle you must make West Seattle one of your stopping points otherwise you will miss one of the best kept secrets of Seattle.  We know of it but the average visitor never makes it to our long beautiful beaches, parks and of course Bakery Nouveau, which is where I picked up my pies.  Their website does not have much content but I cannot say the same for their bakery, lovely savory sandwiches, cookies, incredible bread, and of course, their coffee.  PS. We have no financial or other affiliation with Bakery Nouveau, just like their delicious goodies.  But I digress.

Then there was gift shopping…I am not good at shopping for Christmas gifts, I would rather make mine.  That being said I can only make so many hats, socks, etc., for a 5 and a 3 year old.  With that in mind I went out shopping on the 23rd and the 24th.  I must tell you this was by far one of the most ridiculous experiences of my life.  I say this because it really was and left me feeling like I had run a marathon while being continuously beaten with a wooden spoon by my French aunt.  It was simply hideous (I just snorted – of course it is funny now). 

Here is an example of one of the highlights: I went to Toys’r Us to pick up what I could find and within 15 minutes a real hair-flying Jerry Springeresk fight broke within the video game section between 5 adults.  I was simply astounded.  Police came and immediately thereafter I left with one small Mattel car – of course it was made China and probably has enough lead to set an alarm. :P

That all being said, I had a lovely time during Christmas and enjoyed it like it was meant to be while relaxing and reading books.  Needles to say any shopping I may be doing for next Christmas will be done between January and September of this year.  I hereby promise myself – you can hold me to it.

Wow, that was lengthy and definitely in the TMI range.  I hope you do not mind my rather random thoughts.

Now back to yarn…I have been hit by the hand-dyed yarn fairy.  I have a huge back log of hand-paints that I am continuously photographing and listing. 

Scrumptious Wool in the Woods Cherub First one is the Wool in the Woods Cherub, a beautiful tightly plied fingering weight wool that makes great socks, scarves and shawls.  It is also surprisingly soft and yes, it is on sale.  Wool in the Woods Cherub used to be sold in 50 gram hanks but all our skeins are twice the weight at 100 grams and one is sufficient for a pair of socks.  I like Cherub because its tight twist does not take away from the hand or the softness of the yarn.  Here is a Fiber Trends pattern – Shoalwater Shawl – that is shown in Cherub, which looks simply lovely.Shoalwater Shawl shown in Wool in the Woods Cherub

I am sure most of you know of Jojoland Yarns; when they decided to closeout their hand-dyed line Kaleidoscope both in worsted and fingering weights we were happy to help them and take it all off of Jojo’s hands. :)

Jojoland Kaleidoscope Worsted Kaleidoscope worsted is a soft and a no-itch hand-dyed wool yarn and comes in lovely color lines picked by Jojo.  It can be used for any project that calls for a worsted weight wool.

Jojoland Kaleidoscope Fingering Kaleidoscope fingering weight is also hand-dyed wool yarn that is intended more for socks, scarves, gloves, mitts, hats…any project that calls for a fingering weight wool.  I think you will find that both yarns are a steal at their current prices.

We also got in Great Adirondack Soxie  Great Adirondack Soxie in Leopard  and Silky Socks  Great Adirondack Silky Sock in Balsam  due to multiple requests that we have received for this line and continue to add new colors to these hand-dyed wool and wool/silk blend lines on a daily basis.

It is well past midnight here and Mellow is begging for a walk even though it is raining and the temperature is around 37-40 degrees.  So for now it is good night but the ‘Festival of Hand-dyeds’ will continue for the rest of this and next week.  Watch for lovely and scrumptious surprises.