Summer Sampler

We’ve had quite a few patrons stop by the shop happily preparing for travel projects. It might surprise you how many have stopped by to pick up yarn for afghan projects now that the weather is warming — but the staff here at the shop know the truth of these special projects! These are the makings of warm blankets by warm hearts preparing for the cold winter to come!

If the thought of knitting under the cover of a growing blanket this summer makes you a little itchy — I’ve got a little secret for you. . . some of these patterns are easily made and transported during the summer months ahead and I just have to share a few of these fun patterns with you!

 

Check out this free download from Ravelry: The Color Block Blanket  is worked in colorful squares of varying stitch patterns. I just helped a lovely lady in the shop choose from our beautiful selection of Berroco Vintage for this project — and let me tell you — it is going to be gorgeous! She knew she’d be spending a great deal of time traveling this summer, and thought the squares would be easily made and gathered together throughout her journeys.

If you’re a crocheter, a beautiful granny square blanket might just be the ticket! This revisited technique is hot this summer — and the colorful cotton hues in the shop are just waiting to be whimsically matched and worked into a vintage inspired afghan! Check out the many free downloads on Ravelry for crocheted squares like the Kata Square and the  Harriet Square. I might have to break out my crochet hooks and make some of these myself!

As I sit and write this post, I can see the afghan my grandmother made decades ago blowing in the wind on the clothesline out my window. I’ve spent many years admiring the varied stitches she made with her aged hands, and it is a special gift to curl up with it knowing it was a labor of love. So, it is with much joy that I help happy knitters choose patterns and color combinations for their own love-laced projects. Projects that remind me of this very blanket — and more importantly, my grandma Lillian.

grandma's afghan

Stop by the shop and check out the patterns and books we have on our shelves — this just might be the summer project you’ve been waiting for!

Spring and Summer Knits

 

sprout and cey

Knitting is not just for the long winter months. We happily tuck ourselves away fireside and blanket ourselves in warm woolen projects that fend off the chilly Minnesota nights. Many of us have happily packed away our winter hand-knits in hope for warmer weather, and the wardrobe switch has begun all across the great Northern states that truly experience the seasonal divide.

With the packing away of winter, comes the resurgence of beach wear, sundresses, and the easy breezy garments of summer. My closet is full of sundresses and summer skirts that are screaming for hand-knit cardis, shawls, lightweight scarves and accessories — and I’m guessing your closet might be saying the same exact thing as mine! We all know there’s nothing like the addition of a hand knit to sweetly finish off our simple summer wears.

If you have stopped by the shop as of late, you may have noticed that we’ve moved a few things around. We couldn’t help but tuck away our winter favorites in favor of our newest and most excellent summer weight fibers! It’s like a brand new shop — we’d love to see you soon and introduce you to some of our new favorites, and old friends.

Have you noticed our Noro “Kibou” front and center as you’ve walked in the door? It has literally stopped customers in their tracks — and we love to watch their faces as they discover Kibou’s beautiful colorways and soft cottony- silky hand!

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We can’t overlook the fabulous Classic Elite Yarns Surf  book up above featuring patterns made from the wonderful bulky-weight cotton “Sprout”! If you haven’t gotten your hands on this organic cotton, this pattern book just might make you swoon to the point of casting on your knitting needles! The patterns in this book feature beautiful lightweight knits in botanical patterns and simple garment structures. You’ve got to stop by the shop to check it out!

Our very own Judy couldn’t resist making up this simple lace  trimmed summer top in the gorgeous “Sahara”. The warm colorways remind me of the hot desert sands and the bright contrasting sky — I can think of a long list of projects I’d like to make in these color combinations in particular! Are you feeling inspired yet? Let’s keep going. . .

“Sunseeker” is ones of the yarns in our shop that inspires me in and of itself! Have you seen it for yourself? How could you ask for anything more is a fabulous summery fiber?! Bright, true colors and neutral tones boast a shot of iridescent, sunny sparkle — the perfect combination for a special summer knit! It’s on my list — what have you knit with Cascade Yarns “Sunseeker”?

So why not stop by the shop sometime soon? We have a myriad of books, patterns, and summer weight yarns just waiting for you to explore! We know you’ve got summer plans. . . why not sit and knit at that ball game? At the camp site or by the lake? We know we have our summer project bags in tow — you won’t be alone!

Happy knitting!

 

 

 

 

When inspiration comes in the form of a ball of yarn . . .

We have LOTS of people stop by the shop in search of inspiration for their next project. Often, it is a pattern that sends the knitter or crocheter in search of the perfect fiber — but what happens when the yarn comes before the pattern?! What happens when love at first touch occurs with no pattern in hand? We can tell you. . . one stop into the shop sends the most reserved fiberist into a fabulous frenzy — a tailspin of color/touch/smell — deep, affectionate love!

The staff here at Knit’n from the Heart can tell you first hand that our yarn stashes guide our pattern selections from time to time, and we want to share some of our favorite online resources with you. Lots of fiber loving sites offer searches specific to yarn selection and yardage you have on hand — it’s a great way to find patterns that fit the specifications of  that special yarn you’ve been oogling or stashing for a rainy day!

ravelry logoSo have you been over to visit Ravelry’s site yet? If you haven’t — it’s a gold mine for those that (ahem. . . ) looooove fiber arts!

You can set up an account with your preferences, gather your favorites and post your own work. Ravelry boasts a myriad of groups you can get connected with, living life and clicking needles along side of like minded people all around the world! It’s a wonderful community and fabulous resource for all things fiber.  Head over and check it out today!

 

craftsy logoCraftsy is another great site that goes far beyond the point of hunting and gathering information! They offer a myriad of resources and classes to help you along your fiber loving journey!

So — when you stop by the shop and leave with fiber fabulousness in  tow — check out Craftsy’s amazing resources and put that yarn to work!

 

There are lots of other great resources online — these are just a few! Once you stop by one of these sites, plan on spending a little time to find your way. . . but not SO much that it cuts  into your knitting time! (;

Happy Knitting!