January 26, 2012
January 6, 2012
Once again there is a stack of photos on my phone, so it is time to share. The knitters and crocheters of Summit Yarn have been busy indeed. I have a new pattern to type this weekend (two actually, one for Frog Tree Yarns and one for those of you who like to crochet)…here is a preview of that as well. I am informed by a most excellent source that Monday is the Full Moon…so, for what it is worth…three days before and three days after tend to be a little more intense…give people the benefit of the doubt and attribute it all to the Moon. Above all, enjoy the weekend and get your fiber ON!
We were able to meet Uncle Dude for breakfast this morning and he looks awesome! Thank you all so much for your prayers…please keep them going as he is still recovering and is working hard. Also on the prayer list: Kelcey, Rory, and a sincere prayer for peace and contentment in the hearts of all who inhabit this world.
finally…your daily dose of cute:
A word to you crocheters out there…go check out the site “CrochetMe”…awesome. I purchased the Dahlia Shawl and that is coming up on my to do list soon. Let me know what you think!
loads of love, light, and laughter always, Mary Ellen and Summit Yarn
January 4, 2012
It took a bit of typing but here it is: ButterflyDiamonds:One just click on those words to the left and the pdf will open for you to save. There is also a page, just like there was last year at the top of the blog page which will contain all the patterns as they are posted. I look forward to hearing from you. Feel free to email me at: email@example.com or leave a comment. Now back to work on the Crochet-A-Long!
Choose Peace! Mary Ellen and Summit Yarn Studio
January 2, 2012
After fiddling with different yarns and perusing all my stitch dictionaries my knitting needles and crochet hook have completed the first installment of our TWO new “alongs”…a knit-a-long and a crochet-a-long. The KAL will take about 2000 yards and is intended to help you destash…so it is written in a generic way to help you use whatever weight of yarn you choose and needles of an appropriate size. The Crochet-A-Long…I am just going to take this one week at a time. It will have both lace and solid elements and be worked from the center out, so there is continuity and it doesn’t look like somebody threw-up crochet patterns randomly.
The KAL will be comprised of interconnecting octagons which are quick to knit and the FOCUS will be on REVERSIBLE STITCH PATTERNS this year. I invite you to join in the fray and PLEASE PLEASE write in and share photos so we can all enjoy each other’s inspiration. For me, the inspiration was the quilt my mother kept on the downstairs fourposter bed, which she called: Grandma’s Garden. The pieces were tiny and there must have been a zillion little quilt flowers all separated by white muslin. It must have take forever to make. The memory of it will always be in my heart.
The CAL begins with a Warm Welcome, which means a pineapple motif of my own creation as the center. I am working in Marion Foale‘s yarn (which is close to sock-weight). However, you can work in any weight you choose with a corresponding hook. Again, the intention was to destash and give you something that could be completed before each week’s new pattern release, which will build on the week before. NO STRESS…just fun, creativity, color and the ability to laugh at ourselves as necessary. Ultimately, my goal is to use up my closely guarded stash of Koigu KPPPM.
So, tonight go Stash-Diving and let me know what you turned up. Find things that make you smile! Send photos and know that this journey begins on Wednesday.
with loads of love, light and laughter always, Mary Ellen and the Goddesses of Inspiration/Perspiration/Desperation
December 28, 2011
In no particular order are the most recent projects to make their way through Summit Yarn. One that walked out the door today was a bagful of the Elsbeth Lavold Angora (on sale for $4 a skein) to go home to create the biggest log cabin blanky ever. I can hardly wait to see it…I love when people treat their knitting as their art. Here are the photos:
I hope you found some inspiration here in this post. If you are working on something please come in and share, no matter where you purchase the yarn — I am always interested in your Art. Wishing you all the best with this coming New Year!
with loads of love, light and laughter always, Mary Ellen and Summit Yarn Studio
December 28, 2011
Today I finished the bind off on this intriguing shawl. It is currently soaking and waiting to be blocked until it screams (as Franklin has been heard to say). I enjoyed the knitting of this very much but it did require concentration and counting…all the way to the end. I went and looked at Mr. West’s other designs and this is a motif he has utilized before and continues to do well with it (see his HERBIVORE scarf and his TRANSATLANTIC–where instead of a K1P1 “tooth” he grows a K1Garter3 “tooth”–still the same). After TNNA I am looking forward to playing with this motif as well but with some different uses…stay tuned.
Here is a close up view. I added a fourth tooth to the central spine and then ran the K1P1 rib right into the final border. Jamie and I debated heavily about this, but having learned a great deal from the Blue Moon Fiber Arts RSC about pattern continuity, this was the right choice aesthetically…at least for me. I have six teeth on each side of the top edge and still a little yarn left over (Jamie it is yours if you need it!).
I love the picot edge because it so keeps to the idea of sharks teeth, constantly filling in one row behind the next forever. The color is perfect for this shawl and there are eight skeins remaining at the studio for anyone who is interested–I am happy to ship. Just email me or call.
Jamie is busy binding off and incommunicado currently. We are ready to roll with the next shawl in this Westknits Shawl club…bring it on Mr. West!
loads of love and light always, Mary Ellen and Summit Yarn Studio
December 16, 2011
As many of you know there are storewide markdowns here at Summit Yarn. Debbie Bliss is $4.50-$7 a ball depending on which of her yarns you are wanting. Elsbeth Lavold is marked down to $4 a skein. Cotton is a rock bottom prices. There is a current special on Flounce. This yarn retails for $12 for plain and $14 for metallic…however, for my customers paying with cash it is $10 a ball.
We had a fabulous week here. Wednesday was my birthday and Pat, Chris, Suzy and Alicia all came in to celebrate, among others. The good wishes on facebook and twitter were overwhelming and sweet. I especially loved the two ecards and the two photos of really buff young studs (it’s artwork right?). Chris’s glow in the dark sheep are on my collection of stuff in my room…I tried to photograph them in the dark but it didn’t work so well. Here is a photo in the light:
The L’Occitane lavendar soap and scrubby (thank you VERY MUCH Suzy) are in my shower for frequently needed aromatherapy. And the flowers Pat brought are proudly displayed in my favorite Mickey Mouse vase (yes, I am a Disneyphile).
Did I mention Debbie Bliss Yarns are on sale? I even cleaned up the shelves so it doesn’t look like yarn vomit:
and your daily dose of cute:
XOX Mary Ellen aka Knitzilla
December 16, 2011
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This post apparently does not want to be written…I will try again. I got up this morning and went through the first ten pages of new uploads to Ravelry to see what caught my eye. Here are the photos. I have tried to post this three times today and the internet is just not cooperating. I hope you find inspiration and notice the free patterns…which are FABULOUS!
Be sure to check out the page with the top favorited patterns. Not a lot new there but always worth a peek to see if something speaks to you. For those of you trying to download Alicia’s Winter Headband…it works. Please read the directions…do not click on the photograph — that won’t get you anything. Click on the words at the beginning of the paragraph and the pdf will open for you. I promise.
loads of love, light and laughter always,
Mary Ellen and Summit Yarn
AND GET THIS: We made to 101 countries! Welcome to all our readers and the newest readers in Iraq. Also a shoutout to my Akron, Ohio readers…I see you there at night! ;-D Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all. Do not let the HumBug drag you down. Focus on your inner light and it will only spread. <3
December 16, 2011
DEAR People who love to knit with Flounce:
I post this due to a customer phone call today. Last year’s colors of Flounce no longer exist. You may get lucky and find a random cache. Mine from last year is all sold out. I do have every new color of both Flounce and Flounce Metallic. Flounce is $12 a ball and Flounce Metallic is $14 a ball. I am always happy to ship. You can check out the new colors on Knitting Fever or KFI.com.
Also arriving today were five bags of Ella Rae Lace Merino (OMG awesome with tons of yardage…maintains nice drape even when crocheted) and six new colors of Noro Silk Garden.
Ready with giftcards and gotchis to meet your holiday knitting and crochet needs!
loads of love, Mary Ellen and Summit Yarn
December 7, 2011
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Lately there have been some questions about my knit flower pattern included in the free pattern download called: Rosette Scarflette. Fortuitously, Bev came in wanting to add flowers to a hat and mitten set for her granddaughter. Now we can go through the pattern with pictures.
FLOWER: CAST ON 36 STITCHES. At this point you already have some options. You can knit a row with another color, you can knit two more rows with the same color, or any variation of the above that seems good to you. Then the work begins.
*K3, starting with the second(middle) knit stitch bind off four stitches; rep from * to the end of the row.
This is what it looks like after you have completed this intermittent bind-off:
Now, break yarn leaving an 8 inch end and run this through the remaining live stitches twice. Using the end that was left from casting on, tack the two end petals together. You can use these ends to tie the flower directly onto whatever you are decorating.
Bev and I happily spent the morning turning out one flower after another using all the aforementioned variations, and here are photos of the garden we grew today:
Later today one of our Rug Hookers came in with an amazing garden of her own. Besides how incredibly beautiful this is, what amazes me most is this is created from recycled clothing. I love it…there is no way I would ever have guessed that!!! Here, look for yourself:
rosette-scarflette just click on those underlined words and the pdf will open for you to print and or save on your own computer. This is a FREE pattern to thank the knitters who frequent my posts. If you are a store owner or LYS please honor this gift and do not charge your customers for it.
with love, light and laughter always, Mary Ellen and Summit Yarn