Posts Tagged ‘Neighborhood Fiber Co.’

What Babies Do

December 1, 2018

Now that December is upon us and gift-giving holidays are fast approaching (Chanukah begins tomorrow evening), many knitters have projects on the needles and are facing deadlines. I’ve heard that some are freaking out beginning to fret about whether they’ll finish in time — knitting a big of anxiety into each stitch ;-)

Giving a handmade gift feels wonderful. I must confess that I often wonder how often the recipient actually uses or wears the gift. That’s no different than any gift you might give. Did they ever read that book or wear those earrings or use that kitchen gadget?

So I’m always particularly pleased to know that one of my handknits is being enjoyed. For example, getting a text extolling the power of handknit socks. I was delighted to learn last week that a scrumptious baby was wearing his cardigan and hat for the last time (Baby Vertebrae sweater in Neighborhood Fibre Co’s “Old Towne East” colorway).

baby wearing knit cardigan and hat

One of the many delightful attributes of small humans is that they grow, so there’s an ongoing need for new knits.

What’s on your knitting gift list?

 

 

Triple C

November 26, 2018

The crocheted cowl is complete. (See what I did there?)

Learning to crochet has been on my to-do list for a while, and I’m happy to say that I’ve finished a project. May I present the Shady Cowl (a.k.a. the Eggnog Cowl)…

shady-cowl-finishThat photo makes it look more fuchsia-y than it is. The color in the photo below is more accurate. Yarn is from Neighbhorhood Fibre Co., colorway is Dupont Circle.

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It’s too early for me to know whether I’ll do much more crochet. Not surprisingly, since I’ve been doing it for decades, knitting is more familiar and seems to hold almost-infinite variations. Of course, if I don’t practice crochet, it won’t become familiar. 

For now, I’ll just remain pleased with my first project. 

Baby Blues

August 21, 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed making a Baby Vertebrae sweater for a friend’s Baby-to-Be. The name is a bit puzzling. My brother asked, “what’s up with that baby spine sweater?”

The pattern gets its name (I presume) because the sweater covers the baby’s back and not its front – an open front makes better snuggling and less cleaning of inevitable spit-ups and dribbles. Plus, no buttons, button holes, or button bands.

I love the Neighborhood Fibre Co. yarn  (worsted in Old Towne East) so much that I decided to add a little hat.

Baby-knits

Many thanks for all the kind wishes for dear Mom. I’m happy to report she’s home and getting a bit stronger each day. I’m still confident that knitting helps her, and I know it helps me.

LYS visit: Fibre Space

May 17, 2018

During our visit to Alexandria and Washington earlier this month, I slipped away for an hour to visit Fibre Space, just a few blocks from Chris and Karen’s. The first clue that this is not an ordinary local yarn store can be found outside, where several sheep and a yarn-bombed bicycle mingle on the brick sidewalk.

Fiber-space-bike

Inside is equally as charming and color-filled, with sassy mannequins bedecked in a variety of handknits. Who doesn’t love a bright red yarn-bombed animal (deer? sheep with deer antlers?) overlooking a room?

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As often happen when I’m surrounded by miles of luscious yarns, enticing sample knits, thousands of notions, and all kinds of knitterly goodies, I was almost overwhelmed and unable to make a decision. Maybe some Skinny Singles sock yarn from Hedgehog Fibres? How can you go wrong with beautiful sock yarn?

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“But you’ve got at least five or six skeins of sock yarn at home,” my stash-controlling alter ego reminded me. Maybe something a bit heavier? The “big wheels” of Hazel Knits DK were mighty tempting, but I’m not in the mood for a shawl or sweater, especially since the Sunshine Coast is moving along so slowly.

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Since yarn is my go-to souvenir when I’m traveling, I focused my purchase energy on local products. A wall of Neighborhood Fiber Co. skeins caught my eye. The company is based in Baltimore, about 50 miles away (which counts as local for me). The colorways are named for neighborhoods in Baltimore and also in Alexandria and Washington.

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When we lived in Alexandria more than 20 years ago, we lived in the Del Ray neighborhood. While I was tempted to buy a skein of the “Del Ray” colorway out of sentimentality, I’m really not a fan of yellow tones (at least, not for me — and really, that’s who it’s all about). Instead I chose a skein of superwash merino in blue-black Old Towne East.

While the supremely helpful shop staff assisted another knitter, I just had to peruse the “accessories” conveniently displayed near the register. A project bag from Chicken Boots (Charm Keeper model in Big Kitty) caught my eye — just-right size with a see-through bottom and a handy carry strap. How could I resist?

Fiber-space-goodies

I have no idea what I’ll make with 400 yards of this lovely yarn. I’m guessing it’ll become a hat or maybe a pair of mittens. What do you think?

 

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