Posts Tagged ‘Flock’

Summer Romper for a Baby-to-be

July 5, 2017

I wasn’t really looking for a new project when I walked into Flock over the weekend, but it would have taken nerves of steel not to have purchased something. I know there are people who only knit one project a time — I even met a knitter who stated as much with great pride (stunning!) — but I’m not one of those knitters!

One of the employees at my local coffee shop is due with her first child at the end of August, and I’m a sucker for baby knits. I was tempted by the collection of cute toys in the shop window, but frankly, I was looking for something a bit simpler.

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Then this adorable striped romper caught my eye. It’s OGE Designs’ Spring Into Summer Romper, available on Ravelry.

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Sheila, who’d knit the sample, provided some additional notes for the pattern and a yarn recommendation. I don’t know if the B2B* is a boy or girl, so I chose a gender-neutral combination (even though I truly believe all colors are for everyone).

I decided on Anzula’s “Cricket,” a delicious DK blend of superwash merino with a touch of cashmere and nylon, in Gravity (gray) and Keola. Casting on will have to wait until I get home where my needles are. What’s on your needles these days?

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* Baby-to-Be

Island knitting

July 2, 2017

One of the benefits of being a freelancer is that I can work anywhere there’s an Internet connection and phone service. I’m still developing the discipline to focus on work as needed and then shift to other priorities, like last week’s anniversary trip to New Hampshire, time with family and friends, or this weekend’s trip to our quirky old house on my favorite island.

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As soon as I board the ferry and feel the sea — waves and air — my entire being eases even if I’ve got deadlines looming. On my usual early morning run, I loop through streets and lanes that are mostly quiet except for the people whose work keeps the island running.

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[Speaking of people who “get the job done,” an aside: Just in time for Canada Day and the 4th of July weekend, my brother Luke dropped a bit of his usual brilliance on his blog with a perspective on Lin-Manuel Miranda’s just-released video from “The Hamilton Mixtape.”]

morning-cemetery

Lest you think I spend my time here working and running past cemeteries, let me introduce you to my local yarn store. Just around the corner from our house, in a former and much-loved bakery, stands Flock: A Nantucket Knit Shop.

Flock has everything you could want in a knitting shop, whether you’re a novice looking for a first project or an experienced knitter in search of a new pattern, kit, or just the right yarn for your next project.

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There are samples scattered about the shop, always good for turning that “I want to knit something” into “Ooooh, I want to make that!”

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What puts Flock into the category of great yarn store, in my mind, is the helpful, generous staff. When I visited yesterday, Sheila was in the sunny side room, helping a preteen knitter making a Seagull from one of the shop’s kits. You can see a couple of seagulls in the photo above — adorable!

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She paused to give me a range of suggestions for a baby-to-be project, seamlessly figuring out my skill and comfort level without ever asking. Moments after I’d made my decision (more on that in my next post), a half dozen shoppers blew into the store, chatting loudly excitedly and tossing out questions. Sheila was calm, cool, and collected as she guided them to patterns and yarns. Although I slipped out before the group left, I’m quite confident they departed with just what they wanted and Sheila returned to Charlotte and her seagull-to-be.

If you’re on Nantucket, be sure to visit Flock. If you’re not lucky enough to get to the island, follow them on Instagram for knitterly inspiration.

 

This Little Piggy

July 11, 2014

One of the joyous surprises of the summer has been reconnecting with my friend Vicky, who was two years behind me in college and part of my lifeline when my father died suddenly halfway through my senior year. She lives only a few miles away, but our lives haven’t intersected over the years — until now.

We gathered for lunch in June with two other dear friends, one of whom is nearby sister-friend Kristen, someone whom I can call and share anything at all — venting about children, spouses, parents, whatever — and another, Rachel, who lives hundreds of miles away. Turns out that both of these “distant” friends are knitters. Why am I surprised?!

Not only is Vicky a knitter, but so are her twin daughters, who also have many other creative talents — remarkable young women in their own right.

Vicky’s latest creation is an adorable, whimsical, beautiful pig — named Piggy (OK, not so creative but it’s accurate).

knitted stuffed pig with tutu

The pattern and yarn (I believe) was from Sheila, the owner of Flock, a marvelous yarn store on Nantucket.  The details are fabulous, and Piggy’s personality shines through. The tutu is priceless, and I love the eyes (blanket stitch on edge and French knot pupil), nose, and smirking smile. And the tail…well, how would you describe it?!

knitted stuffed pig backside

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