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PROJECT Baker’s Twine Dish Pot Holder

Baker’s Twine Pot Holder

Hi guys! I’m sorry I’ve been away so long, I am very well, just busy in the store …. you’ve been very graciously keeping me on my toes! I’ve been arranging orders for pick-up and shipping, over the phone, email, our online store and even through Facebook messenger! I’m very proud to report that many blankets have been conceived in the last week, many colours have been combined, consulted, and recombined. Much yarn has been wound.

I have a few minutes before the phone rings and my email is quiet, so I thought I’d show you my very small project. I saw the Baker’s Twine Pot Holder on Ravelry and it kind of appealed … plus it’s a small, easy project not requiring too much bandwidth.

I’m test-driving a new yarn, Borgo de’ Pazzi Amore Cotton. It’s a very affordable bulky weight, recycled cotton that’s made in Italy. It comes in marled colours and I thought it would make a good craft yarn for dish cloths and such. I think one skein is going to be enough for my square pot-holder, it’s 10″ wide and I’m knitting it tight on small needles. Unfortunately, I haven’t has the time to photograph all the colours, but they’re pretty straightforward (pink & white is what you’d imagine … pink & white).

The little aqua ring is made with Kelbourne Woolens Mojave … I love their bright colours and the lovely texture. Mojave is a blend of cotton and linen and it’s just a lovely combo. The ring was actually kind of interesting, it’s constructed in the round first and then you knit the fabric around it.

Hacks

  • Use slippery metal needles. The tight tension made things harder on wood needles.
  • I book-ended my slip-stitch sections with stitch markers. The dual-colour system you see in the picture isn’t actually necessary, I think I had a bit of ‘pandemic brain-fog’ when I started and I was getting disoriented. Now that I’m better seated in this transitional period I look at the markers and I’m like “What? Why did you think that was a complicated concept?” Still, while it was ultimately unnecessary, I’m impressed with my little system.
  • If you want a smaller piece you can omit one pattern repeat (12 sts) and it should come out around 7.75″ to 8″ wide.

Materials

Quick Haley Update

Just a quick Haley update … I’m here in the store and I’m well. I’ve been paying a lot of attention to caring for myself, both physically and mentally. I’ve been making a point of exercising and eating properly to buttress my immune system. Mentally, I’ve made a point to slow down and let myself adjust to the experience. I’ve also expanded my meditation practice. As for mindfulness, I’m trying to lean into the experience, let myself really go into it, absorb and process all I can get from it.

Not that that’s an easygoing thing. Life has been “Go!Go!Go!STOP”, which is both exhilarating and a bit taxing. Adapting to this pandemic has been like going through the stages of grief – I think I’m mostly in acceptance (or I could be completely in denial, but I don’t think so).

Several people have suggested I host events on Zoom or host online classes, but I am being pulled inwards now more than ever. My need to connect with myself and ground myself is strong. I know a lot of people are struggling with feeling disconnected and are looking to connect with others through digital media. For what it’s worth, that isn’t my calling. I can’t connect with others if I’m not connected with myself, I can’t love others if I don’t love myself. I view this as a period of transition, and I’m letting the currents make their changes and transform me. We all get the experiences we need to grow.

Anyway, I’m still here for you, and those of you who need me are definitely reaching out. But I’m letting the way I’m here evolve and recalibrate naturally.

FREEBIE & STORE HOURS August Long Weekend

August Long Weekend Store Hours

Friday August 2: 11 am to 6pm

Saturday August 3: 11 am to 6pm

Sunday August 4: CLOSED

Monday August 5: CLOSED

Farmhouse Towels

Make some towels that are so beautiful you’ll never want to use them! That’s ok, some things you use until they’re shredded, and some you keep out to please the eye. Both have their roles in our lives.

Materials

You can also use Cascade Ultra Pima and 4mm/US6 circular needles: MC: 2 skeins (3 skeins will make 2 towels), CC: 1 skein.

FREEBIE Celtic Knot Pillow

Celtic Knot Pillow

The Celtic Knot Pillow is a very clever little project that is so super simple it’s perfect for the cottage or travel. It’s basically a long tube which is then stuffed, twisted up into a knot, and joined. If your skills are minimal you can seam it and place the seam on the underside. If you’re feeling a bit more knitterly you can use a provisional cast-on and graft your pillow using kitchener stitch.

Yarn Options

You can use any of the following yarns for your project …

Cascade 220 Solids or Cascade 220 Heathers: 4 skeins (2 strands held together)

Berroco Vintage Chunky: 3 skeins

Malabrigo Chunky: 4 skeins

 

Other Materials

 

 

FREEBIE Cabled Cushion Cover

Cabled Cushion Cover

Not everyone is a garment knitter, especially in warm weather, but never fear, inspiration still abounds!  Summer is a great time to slow down and fluff up your nest. Great cushions are hard to find, but are easy to make.  I love cables, they’re classic, never dated, and  go with EVERYTHING.

Pillow covers also offer a great opportunity to play around with cables without committing to a large garment. The project is just enough knitting, finishing is minimal, fit isn’t an issue, and you can use any number of different yarns. The classic kettle dyed Malabrigo Merino Worsted  would be scrumptious, as would it’s machine washable cousin Malabrigo Rios. If you want machine washability Berroco Vintage is a cost effective choice, or for a cotton try Cascade Avalon. For something more textured and interesting consider Mineville Wool Angora (hold 2 strands together), Noro Silk Garden Solo (it’s on Clearance), or tweedy Queensland Kathmandu Aran. Whatever you choose I don’t think you can go wrong.

Notes

 

Yarn Options

You can use any of these yarns for this project:

Malabrigo Merino Worsted  4 skeins

Malabrigo Rios  (machine wash) 4 skeins

Berroco Vintage  (machine wash)  4 skeins

Cascade Avalon (cotton, machine wash)  5 skeins

Mineville Wool Angora (hold 2 strands together) 3 skeins

Noro Silk Garden Solo (tweedy & on sale)  8 skeins

Queensland Kathmandu Aran (tweedy) 4 skeins

 

Materials

  • FREE Pattern
  • 4.5mm/US7 or 5mm/US8 needles (or side to obtain a gauge you like)
  • 6 buttons
  • Tapestry/Darning needle
  • Pillow form

 

New FREE Pattern Random Stripe Pillow


This pillow cover is designed with knitterly pleasure in mind – there are no seams and there is no sewing involved. All of the techniques used (which aren’t all that special) are listed below and have links to good explanations/tutorials, some of which are pictorial, and some have videos.

Size
16” x 16” with pillow form
Gauge
15.5 sts & 26.5 rows = 4”/10cm
Materials
° MC: 2 skeins Noro Silk Garden, colour 245
° Pillow Form: 15 inches
° Buttons & sewing thread that matches buttons (ours were 28cm or just over 1”)
° Snaps (black) and matching thread
° 2 Stitch Markers (the locking type are best, we like Clover 353)
° Sewing Needle
Notions
° Dice or random number generator smartphone app
° Scrap Yarn
° 4mm crochet hook (for cast on)


Cottage Projects


This summer we’ve been doing a lot of posting of project ideas via FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest, including lots of cottage friendly projects.  One of our favourite cottage projects are wash/face cloths; they’re small, fast, portable, simple, affordable, and make great little gifts (wrap a soap up in one and tie with a ribbon).  Plus, there are crates and crates of Free patterns for cloths (and some great paid patts too)!


  • FREE Pattern via PurlBee
  • Use 1 skein of Berroco Weekend in each of 4 colours
  • 4.5mm needles
  • 3.5mm crochet hook (optional, helps with picking up stitches)




Ballband Dishcloth

  • FREE pattern via Ravelry
  • Use 1 skein of Berroco Weekend in each colour desired
  • 4.5mm needles





Nineteen Hundred House Cloths

  • PDF download for $3
  • Use Berroco Weekend in each colour desired
  • 4.5mm to 5mm needles





Cotton Leaf Cloth

  • Free Pattern
  • 1 skein of Berroco Weekend makes 3 to 4 cloths
  • 4.5mm needles




NEW Zpagetti T-Shirt Yarn!



NEW Lionbrand Zpagetti T-Shirt Yarn
Zpagetti is a T-Shirt yarn or ‘tarn’, made from remnants from garment manufacturing. It’s strong and comfortable, great for homey stuff. Because the material is repurposed each colourway is limited.

  • Super-Bulky weight, 340g/50m
  • 92% cotton, 8% elastane, each colour is unique
  • 10mm needles
  • 12mm to 15mm hook
  • machine washable
  • $9.97 each




  • Free Pattern
  • 1 skein Lionbrand Zpagetti
  • 12mm needles
  • 10mm crochet hook (or a jumbo darning needle)



Doily Rug (crochet)


Pouff  (crochet)



Shelf Basket (crochet)






    Knitted Baskets

     I love the idea of knitted housewears, and I love this knitted basket! I think you can use any yarn  with lots of body and needles that will give it a tight tension, and you`re off to the races!


    As always, you can find us at Knitomatic.com!



    Instant Gratification Holiday Gifts – Free Homey Patterns!

    Many of the links posted here are from Ravelry.com, a free website for knitters and crocheters. If you don’t have your own account you can use ours: login: knitomatic2, password: knitomatic.

    • 10mm-16″ or 12mm-16″ circular needles
    • 3 buttons
    • 1 skein of Cascade Magnum

    • 9mm-36″ circular needles
    • 3 skeins of Brown Sheep Burly Spun in 3 different colours and 2 skeins in a fourth colour.


    As always, you can find us at knitomatic.com.


    New Book – Knitting at Home (Ella Rae Designs)


    Knititng at Home: 60 Classics from Ella Rae Designs, by Leanne Prouse ~ $31.95

    This book is a great surprise!  It’s main theme is  projects for the home or farting around the house, and of course it is beautifully art directed, so you’ll want to slide right into the relaxed lives of the people in the pictures (Why does time move so slowly in their world and so fast in mine?). The styling extends to the projects, they are all classics that can fit into any home. The familiar cast of characters is here, there are different blankets, pillows, hot water bottle covers, and tea cozies. Some of the patterns explore colour, some play with texture, some are simple and some more involved. There are several somethings for everyone. Some cozy, homey garments are also thrown in, including a couple simple sweaters, socks, a scarf, a bag, and some simple gauntlets.  There are some felted patterns, including a bird mobile/hangy thing, a purse, an ottoman, a hat, and slippers (on cover).  Now here’s where it gets interesting – they’ve very conveniently included some baby & kid stuff! For kids there are felted boots (adorable), a felted bag, an aran pullover,an aran jacket, and dolls with their own sweaters. For babies there are some cute felted slippers, a felted doll with clothes (I guess so it can be washed frequently?), one crocheted blanket and four really nice baby blankets. 

    The book is also organized in an interesting way – by room. Each room get’s it’s own design principle and palette. All of the palettes in the book match and are unified by neutrals, but each room has its own distinct mood, theme, and colour that represents it. I suspect that this book would be good inspiration for decorating you home, in addition to the patterns.