Thursday, November 20, 2008

This is the second installment of the takeover of the blog by the ladies at the Knit One store in Mars.
Welcome back.

First off, I began making my Christmas stocking a few weeks back with one skein each of red and white Cascade 220 yarn. I got a few inches into my project and decided I would absolutely love a stocking from the Cascade Pastaza. I was ready to tear the stocking out when my brilliant co-manager Dawne suggested turning it into a baby hat. It worked out great. Here is the picture of the baby hat.

I had so much of both skeins left that
when I saw Isobel I asked her if there was something she could do with all of the yarn that was left over. In only a few days she turned out all of these baby hats. She only added a little black Cascade and a little orange Cascade to the original two skeins. Two of these hats are an original Isobel pattern. Can you guess which ones?

Here is my finished Christmas stocking done in Cascade Pastaza.

I found this pattern through Ravelry.
Jennifer Hoel designed the free pattern and here is the link:

New Yarns

This week we received a delivery of some new yarn. We now have Kathmandu Aran yarn in 9 great colors. Along with the yarn came the Queensland Collection and the Queensland Collection Book 5.

Market Squares Bag Knit-Along
We had the kick off last week for the market squares bag. There are a few of us that work at the store that are participating in the knit-along and we know how our progress is going but we want to know how you are doing. Please feel free to stop in the store anytime and update us on how you are doing with your bag. You and your bag might even make the next blog. We also have set aside time every week on Fridays at 1:oo pm and Saturdays at 11:00 am to get together and work on our bags.

Jayme's Swallowtail Shawl Knit-Along
The kickoff for Jayme's swallowtail shawl is today, Thursday, November 20th from 5:00-8:00pm. We will meet weekly every Thursday evening and work on our shawls together. We have had a lot of interest in this shawl and hope that the weather and the Steeler game won't affect our turnout. If you can't make this weeks knit-along group please don't be discouraged. You can start on your own and join us next Thursday!

Charity Knitting Chemo Caps at Knit One North
We will be knitting chemo caps every Sunday from 12:30 to 3:30 pm. We supply the yarn and the pattern, you supply the needles and the willingness. We are collecting caps for the Race for the Cure next year but we will be making donations to cancer centers throughout the area all year long. If you would like to help us in our efforts, join us on Sundays or feel free to knit one at home and bring it in. If you need yarn, let us know and we will be happy to supply some for you.

This weeks recipe is a favorite of Karen's and the ladies in the Wednesday knitting group. It is Extra Spicy Gingersnaps. The link is The Wednesday group always has plenty of baked goods for visitors so please join us!

See you next week when all of the ladies of Knit One North update you on their current projects! Let us know any classes you would like to see offered or any yarns you would like us to carry! Hope to see you soon and remember that if you can't make it into the store, please check out our online store.


Monday, November 10, 2008

Monday, November 9, 2008

Knit One's new store has taken over this blog (at least for now)!
We wanted to take this opportunity to introduce you to our new store that is located at
637 Rt. 228 in Mars.
Our phone number is 724-625-6667.

Knit One North'sMarket Squares Bag
Knit Along

Please join the North "Bag Ladies" in our first ever knit along. For our first project, we selected the spectacular Market Squares Bag which is from the book "Bags - a Knitters Dozen". This is a sample of the market bag that Connie was nice enough to let us borrow. The bag is on display at the shop.

The kick off - Friday November 14 and Saturday November 15.

For the market bag, Dr. Stacey ordered us so many wonderful colors of Cascade that we are not sure what colors to choose. If you want help selecting your colors for your bag why not try the Knitting Universe Paintbox page? Paint your bag in the colors that call to you, we are sure that you will find colors in Cascade that will help you create the market bag of your dreams.

Come and pick your yarn colors (so many colorways of Cascade 220 we can't count them all), go over the pattern and cast on. If you can't make either of these dates, no need to worry you can come in at your convenience and pick up the yarn and the book. We are offering a 10% discount on the yarn you purchase for the KAL.

Sock Yarns!!
A wall of luscious Koigu, Hand Maiden, and Malabrigo, the colours are amazing and the feel of the silks, camels, and cashmere fibers irresistible. Socks are an easy project for any knitter to take with them. Most knitters have a pair on the go for those extra moments at the dentist, doctor, ballet lesson, or soccer match. Today's market yarn manufactures are producing wonderfully soft and durable sock yarns that allow the sock knitter to create a lovely and meaningful gift. Alpaca Sox Hand Dyes and Solids treat your feet to exquisite fibers in fabulous colors. The luxurious combination of fibers in Alpaca Sox gives you the resource to create one-of-a-kind socks. From dressy to special everyday, you now have another alternative for hand knit socks. Wrap your feet up in warmth this season! This yarn is 60% Alpaca, 20% Merino Wool, 20% Nylon, each skein is 450 yards enough yarn to create a pair of socks.

Colinette Jitterbug

Got the JitterBug? When your feet can't stop tapping a beat you know that you have to move to that tune. Fun, funky colours, super soft feel and no hand washing in site. Jitterbug is something you are just going to have to put on your feet, and if you do you might just find a real spring in your step. And for those at the back who are missing this beat and feeling a little on the 'sluggish side', Colinette will help you on your feet by giving you a free sock pattern with every hank of JitterBug yarn; which by the way will go all the way to making the ultimate pair of socks. Jitterbug is 290 yards of 100% merino wool.

Who says that you have to use sock yarn just for socks. Jayme has created the beautiful Interweave Swallowtail Shawl from one skein of Noro Sock Yarn. To truly really appreciate the color and loveliness of this shawl stop by the shop and have a look. After the holidays, we are going to start a knit along for this shawl. Please let us know if you are interested.

So how was our first blog for the north store?
Please stop in and visit. We have wonderful groups that meet in our store. The Wednesday group meets from 11-3 and these ladies even bring homemade desserts in with them. Next week, we will put in the recipe for Pam's bars that she made last week - just in time for holiday baking. She even says they are healthy for you!! The ladies on Thursday night have a great time too! They meet from 5-8pm.

For this weeks pattern link, we came across this cute Christmas stocking pattern from Classic Elite. Check it out free pattern.

This weeks recipe:
Butter Spritz Cookies
1 1/2 cups of butter softened
1 cup of sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 egg
1 cup of sugar
3 1/2 cups of flour
Sprinkles (optional)

Mix butter until creamy. Add vanilla, egg & sugar. Mix well. Add flour slowly & continue to mix. Fill dough in a cookie press. Drop onto cookie sheet 1" apart. Decorate with sprinkles if desired. Bake @ 375 for 10 minutes. Yield 6 dozen.

Let us know any classes you would like to see offered or any yarns you would like us to carry! Hope to see you soon and remember that if you can't make it into the store, please check out our online store.