What a great name for this pattern; officially, it’s Cable Cuddle #214 QK from Jil Eaton.  Mary knit this sweater with Cascade 220 Superwash (Worsted: 100% Superwash Merino, 220 yards).



Michelle finished the strips for her Sampler Afghan. She sent one strip to the finisher for duplicate stitching.  She began crocheting the strips together.  The pattern is our house Sampler Afghan pattern.  The yarn is Zara (DK: 100% Extrafine Merino, 136 yards).


Eleanor and Allison both knit the Hitchhiker Scarf while on summer vacations. Eleanor’s (above) is knit with Cascade Heritage Silk Paints (Fingering: 85% Merino, 15% Silk, 437 yards). This truly is a perfect traveling pattern.

From the designer’s ravelry page, “The name? …. you can make how many teeth? That‘s right, 42. The answer to the question about the universe and everything, according to Douglas Adams‘ wonderful book „The Hitchhiker‘s Guide to the Galaxy“. So don‘t forget your towel, and happy knitting!”

Allison’s is knit with Zen Serenity 20 (Fingering: 70% Merino, 20% Cashmere, 10% Nylon, 420 yards).



Eleanor finished a sweater for her grandson that we all think is adorable. Eleanor was not as convinced because of the black lines. Trammi thought it looked liked bats ~ somehow that helped.


Trammi is working on her CustomFit sweater with Rowan Pure Wool Aran (Discontinued/Aran: 100% wool, 186 yards). She’s enjoying the pattern, which she finds to be very exact and easy to read. and the yarn.


Danni knit the Escalator Socks for her Dad for Father’s Day. She gave him one sock on Father’s Day, knowing that he wouldn’t be wearing them for a while. When she got to the end of the second sock, she ran out of yarn.


To compensate, she ripped out the first sock and reknit using different yarn for the toes.  Look how cool the yarn looked after ripping it out? She had washed and blocked it.  Such uniformity!

Yarn: Zen Serenity 20 (Fingering: 70% Merino, 20% Cashmere, 10% Nylon, 420 yards).


CustomFit makes individualized patterns for hand-knit sweaters. It takes your choices, your body, your yarn, and your gauge and produces a pattern perfectly suited to you.

It works like this: we take your measurements (just once), you knit a swatch and choose your sweater elements (style, neckline, sleeve style, edgings, etc.). We determine your gauge and enter that information along with your measurements into the CustomFit program and create a pattern that is perfect for you. Your measurements are saved forever, so your second sweater is even easier!

We have three options for you to choose from, click here for more details.
1. CustomFit Sweater Workshop
• 2 sessions, $50, (Free pattern with purchase of yarn for Customfit sweater.)**
• 1st session, 3 hours: Fit to Flatter overview, measurements, swatching/good fabric, design options.
• 2nd session, 2 hours: Bring back swatches, design your sweater. Create patterns, review patterns together, sweater Q&A.
• Saturdays, September 13, 9:00am – 12:00pm
September 20, 9:00 – 11:00am

1. Personal Appointments
• Schedule your own one-hour personal appointment with Danni or Pam for an overview of the process, get your measurements taken, choose your yarn, and pick your design.
• 2, 30 minute sessions, $25, (Free pattern with purchase of yarn for Customfit sweater.)**

1. Knit Your First CustomFit Sweater Class
• 6, 2 hour sessions,$150 (Free pattern with purchase of yarn for Customfit sweater.)**
• Class fee includes a personal consultation.
• Wednesdays, September 17, October 1, 15, 29, November 12, December 3, 6:30 – 8:30pm.
• Thursdays, September 18, October 2, October 16, October 30, November 13, December 4, 9:00 – 11:00am.
• Sundays, October 26, November 9, 23, December 14, 28, January 11, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.

**Customfit pattern is $9.95.

Class size is limited; call to sign up for a CustomFit sweater today!

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Join us for a delightful evening on a Thimble Islands Knitting Cruise with Captain Bob aboard the Volsunga IV.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

(Rain or Shine)

6:00 – 8:00 pm

This relaxing boat ride sails from Stony Creek Town Dock, Exit 56 off I-95.

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$60 cruise fee includes: Hors d’oeuvres, Box Supper, (Paella salad, tomato/mozzarella salad, bread, dessert), Sangria.

Bring your own beverages if you want other beverages (i.e. soft drinks, water or alcohol).

Maximum participants 30, adults only.

Bring your own knitting.

Space is limited; deadline to sign up is Wednesday, August 20. Call us at (203) 454-4300.

Carpooling to dock is encouraged


Loretta crocheted this fabulous shell stitch blanket with five colors of Cascade 220 Superwash (Worsted: 100% Superwash Merino, 220 yards). This is perfect for the 6 year old girl she made it for; it’s such a happy blanket.  I may be biased since I love all those colors.


Melissa is crocheting mermaid costumes for her nieces, this is only the costume in progress.  We can’t wait to see the finished costumes!


Judi knit Danni’s Spring Fling Shawl in Rowan Creative Linen (DK: 50% Linen, 50% Cotton, 219 yards).


Trammi finished her Spring Fling Shawl in Mersilica (knitting to the end of one skein completely before changing colors.  There’s just the finishing left: blocking and weaving in ends.

She reached the point in her Sassy  Sleeeless Top where she had to sew the shoulder straps down in the back and then pick up stitches for the armhole edging.  This was something new for her.  She learned that you pick up 1 stitch in each horizontal stitch and 2 stitches for every three stitches on the vertical sections.  If need be you can pick up extra stitches at the armhole to prevent holes and then delete them on the next round. Also leave a longish tail when you reattach your yarn for weaving if you do end up with some holes. The yarn is Louisa Harding Mulberry Silk (DK: 100% Silk, 136 yards).

Michelle finished her feather and fan afghan with Cascade 220 Superwash Paints (Worsted: 100% Superwash, 220 yards).  This pattern stitch works up brilliantly in the variegated yarn.


She also finished a striped baby blanket (pattern will be available soon) in Cascade 220 Superwash Sport (Sport/DK: 100% Merino, 136 yards).

Michelle is in the midst of knitting a Sampler Blanket (pattern available in store with purchase of yarn) in Zara (DK: 100% Extra Fine Merino, 137 yards). The afghan is knitted in 6 strips which are then crocheted together.  Afterwards, a crocheted edge is worked. This is a beautiful heirloom gift.
She’s knitting a shrug with Tandem (Aran: 28% Nylon, 28% Cotton, 28% Rayon, 16% Acrylic, 107 yards) for her granddaughter to wear over her dress at a wedding.  So sweet.


We had an animated group at Breakfast Club (then again, when isn’t it?).  Hillary is in the midst of her first pair of socks.  She tried Magic Loop and decided she really preferred working on double pointed needles.  Her pattern is Churchmouse Basic Sock.


She is also working on an incredible rug hooking pillow.  It was simply gorgeous!  Here is a link to Holly Hill Designs.


Noreen was knitting the Foolproof Cowl. This is a very curious pattern, here is the description from the pattern page:

“It’s an intriguing construction; a real mystery. How about a cowl with no casting on & no binding off? It’s made in rows but ends up all in one piece. There’s no knitting in the round, no sewing, no grafting, no provisional cast-on, no picking up stitches. Promise. You can make it to your own custom size, in your own choice of yarn without having to make a tension square. No kidding.No purling, no knitting. Oh, wait, just joking – there is knitting – it’s garter stitch – with funky stripes and some easy intermediate increasing & decreasing.”


Jeannine was working on baby sweaters.  Some were gifts and some were for charity donations.  The sweater above is called Tiny Tea Leaves.


Little Coffee Bean Cardigan


and Sweetest Thing.


Tasha was working on (my) Stella Dolman Top in Rowan Creative Linen (DK: 50% Linen, 50% Cotton, 219 yards).

Diane started the Acquarello Scarf.  From the designer, “Do you want to feel like a painter while you are knitting with hand dyed yarns? Then this small project is the right experiment for you! It is very simple yet highly creative knitting with dynamic pooling. While you are knitting the picture evolves to unexpected beauty. You will see regularities but more often irregularities which add charm to the ‘painting’. ”

Lissa was crocheting a blanket with the Larksfoot Stitch.


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