Today was a busy day at Summit Yarn with lots of visitors and lots of projects in the works.  First through the door was Rose and her adorable grandson, Anthony.  She is beginning the cable strips of the same afghan Bev worked on last winter, a perennial favorite of mine.  This pattern is taking Rose’s pattern reading skills to the next level and she is really rising to the challenge.  I applaud her and can’t wait to see the end product of her loving labor.  Suzy began embroidering the stars/flowers on her Fair Isle Pullover and they absolutely make the whole look…now I need to go back and do the same to my sweater…it just looks too plain without the embellishment.  We had two crocheter’s here today, both working on scarves for the holidays.  One is doing a black Alpaca Silk/Sequin mix scarf in double crochet and it is stunning.  Susan, the other crocheter, is beginning two different scarves that we found on Ravelry today.  One is a Multidirectional Scarf — very similar to the same named knit scarf — and takes only 200 yards of yarn for a great look.  The other scarf is called Queen Anne’s Lace, is feminine and just lovely.  I encourage you to go to Ravelry and download these two awesome patterns as must-haves for your pattern library.  Nancy Kolcharno also brought in a new knit pattern for a scarf made of fan motifs…this is a great way to use up your odds and ends stash or just a beautiful self-striping yarn.  I can’t wait to try my hand at this.

baby blanket

The above is a baby blanket which has been a favorite of knitters at Summit Yarn for as long as I can remember.  The pattern was originally written as a bulky knit, but over the years I have translated for every weight of yarn imaginable.  Usually, people like to use a dk weight yarn for this and it takes about 8-10 balls for a 36″ square or larger blanket.  This is a beautiful basket weave versions in which the stitch actually merges into the edging and is not just an afterthought.  Recently, a knitter came in with hers (in the above photo) and I just saw it differently than before.  I was able to see how lovely the pattern looks turned by 90 degrees (see below).

I’m thinking this needs to be turned into a sweater with a self-striping or variegated yarn as the texture of this stitch pattern should show off the color in an amazing way.  More on this in the future.

two lasagna noodle scarves in different colorways of the same yarn

Barb Kreutz has been hard at work on her holiday knitting.  She is done with two more Lasagna Noodle scarves and the yarn these are made from is not only superwash but as soft as can be.  Really beautiful!  Lourdes has been hard at work on a baby sweater in the only blended yarn I have ever liked by SR Kertzer, called Perth.  Here is a photo:

baby sweater by Lourdes

Hat knit by Martha

As you know, we have been collecting items for our mitten tree for local children with need.  Martha recently brought in this beautiful hat knit in Angora by KFI and I knew it needed to go to someone special.  That someone is Emily, a sweet young lady who is recovering from an operation.  Fortunately, she did not lose her hair but she does have a scar at the top of her head and I am glad we can send her something soft and cozy to wear while she heals.  Thank you to Martha and all our love to little Emily!

As you can see in this photo the pumpkins are moving on and so is the weather, though you may be fooled into a false sense of security by the warmth today and tomorrow.  The Yarn Harlot’s calendar pointed out yesterday there are only nine weeks until a certain winter holiday…time to get your knit together!  My son has requested a balaclava and my husband’s socks don’t seem to be knitting themselves…I can’t imagine why?  There are lots of yarn brands marked down to move quickly for you needs and I am always happy to order in anything you may be looking for.  Take care and know that I am on my knees every night these days praying for SNOW!xox mary ellen and Summit Yarn Studio