Monday, April 23, 2007

New Patterns!

MFA is carrying some new (to us) patterns from Second Nature Design. Looking for a quick and easy gift? Try these baby booties: This pair was knit in Bunny Hop from Crystal Palace, but the beauty of the pattern is that it's written with instructions for several different gauges, so you can use virtually any yarn. There are samples at the store knit up in Rowan's CashSoft Aran and Anny Blatt Super Angora, too. The booties are knit flat and then seamed up - so beginners aren't fiddling with DPNs on a small project. Seriously - you can complete a pair in an afternoon. Great for a last minute shower gift. Or use up those partial balls of yarn you've got and make a few pair to have on hand or to donate to LilyBugs, wonderful MFA customer Leslie's charity knitting group.

Also from Second Nature Designs, MFA has a great pattern for a beginner fair isle project - your choice of a hat or a bag:

and a cute little linen stitch purse:

Hope to see you soon!

Friday, April 13, 2007

Knit Night 4/12

The Farmer's Market didn't scare everyone away this week. Thankfully the courtyard band was quiet enough for us to enjoy our knitting. No Rolling Stones cover this week. Though they did play Stevie Ray Vaughn. Should have seen that coming. I'm betting that next week it will be Fleetwood Mac. Does anyone want to put any money on that?

Warren and Sue have rearranged the store. Just by moving arround some bookcases and pushing back the sales counter they have magically made the store look bigger and more full of yarn. It looks great and feels like there's more space.

On to the knitters.

Tabby's working on a gorgeous shawl too, and she has the cutest stitch markers for sale. I bought a set. Support your local artist.

Patricia wove in the ends of her Boise Shawl so she could "get Tabby off her butt".
It's a beautiful shawl, but we were all amazed by the Claudia Handpainted Boucle Mohair shawl she was wearing.

What a nice coincidence that Warren just got some in for us to drool over. I couldn't help myself. I bought a skein to make the Manta Shawl from Yarn Play.

Lisa's working on a shawl made with Lorna's Laces Helen Lace. It's beautiful. And of course the colorway is Vera, which is what I think that Lisa will eventually name her first child. Either that or Lorna.

Judy and Renee were here, discussing social justice and Easter.

I was knitting with the Schaeffer Anne, that yummy superwash sock yarn with a hint of mohair. Check out the Go Bag in the background. Warren just got a bunch in. It's a very useful thing. It keeps my sock project from getting messed up in my purse. Snap one up before they're all gone.

Leslie is working on blanket with the Blue Sky dyed cotton. Love the stitch pattern even if she claims there's tons of mistakes!

Patricia's friend Barb was here, knitting with something handpainted. It looks sweet!

Warren as always happy to see us.

And the magic candle, in Warren's favorite color.

see you next week (if I'm not in LA)
Grenadine Girl

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Don't Be Afraid!

Yes, the San Rafael Thursday night farmers' market started back up last week. But parking wasn't terrible and the live band which provided the soundtrack for last week's Knit Night wasn't completely awful. (No Rolling Stones cover either - what's up with that?)

And in the category of good news: There were all kinds of foods available again, including a new vendor who was selling big old warm, tasty waffles, available with a variety of toppings - including chocolate/hazelnut and whipped cream. I won't mention any names, but SOMEbody might have had more than one.

Knit Night carries on - Thursdays from 7 pm to 9 or so pm.... Hope to see you there!

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Knit Night 3/29

The last quiet knit night until fall was itself a soothing, quiet affair.

Warren's linen shawl detail--can't wait to see once it's been washed and dried!

Patricia models the shawl.

And shows us her finished Swallow-charus or Ichatail ;-)

Detail of Patricia's FO.

Tabby sports her Boise wrap--she's trying to shame us all into finishing.

She's working on a lovely shawl--feather and fan.

Patricia shows her Boise progress--4 balls down, 2 to go.

Emily shows off her illusion scarf.

Love it! So cute.

Judy works on her Icarus.

Who's hiding behind that gorgeous blanket?

Hi, Liz. She says it is taking approximately 15 minutes per row, and it's totally worth it.

Happy knitting!