NEW! Nice & Knit Yarn Shop! (and 25% off!)

It’s official ~ Shops Open!!

We love it and so will you!  We have a shiny new website with our very own yarn shop.  Our color ways are all easily viewable and ready for you to order!

Look it’s so pretty!

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Our drop down menus make it easy to navigate between yarn weights, kits and patterns.

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Our Maritime cowl pattern is also available in kit form – customize your own colors!

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Browse our color ways and choose your favorite.

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Our fall color ways are now available for order too!  And because we are so happy this large project is launching we have a gift for you too ~  Enjoy 25% off your entire order!

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Go ahead and treat yourself.  Its fall knitting weather and and we have the perfect yarn & color ways for you!  Please allow one week for shipment.

We have put a lot of time and hours into this – but we’d really love your feedback, leave us a comment and let us know what you think!

When Things Change.

They say that change is a good thing, but after this week, I beg to differ.  It’s been a crazy couple of weeks and I apologize that Katie and I have been pretty quiet here. Earlier this week we said ‘Goodbye’ to our dearest Grandma Midge. She blessed us with so many gifts of love that we’re lucky enough to look back and reflect on her long life of 92 years, and smile for multitude of memories. She was a beautiful lady and we were so fortunate to call her ‘ours’! Grandma Midge was a big part in teaching us both how to knit so hopefully we can keep her spirit alive in our projects. She would be so proud. We will really, really miss her.

While the past few weeks have been a whirlwind, there were some moments of quiet either sitting by her bedside or the sleepless nights that allowed for a bit of knitting time so fortunately some project progress was made. I have a few finished objects to share over the next week or so. First up is the Rosebud hat which is a pattern from Brooklyn Tweed. It’s a lovely pattern, very well explained with a easy to follow chart.  I knit the slouchy version in one of our new fall colorways called ‘urchin’.  I love the result, it’s going to be a great hat to slip on when the snow starts to fall. And, of course, I really love this color.  It’s a nice rust color that I think pairs really nicely with a light pink.

 

 

Ya know that new website we promised for our yarn shop? It had been put on hold since life seemed to be moving a bit to fast in other ways but I’m happy to say it should be up and running by the end of the day….so maybe they’re right, some change can be a good thing! Another post as soon as it’s ready!

Pretty Camilla

It’s been a really busy summer, and I’ve been a little quieter here than I had hoped to be, sorry about that! It seems like that’s how all of my goals for summer have gone — unattained. But I am not complaining because it’s been a really awesome summer.

One to-do I managed to check off my list was to complete a sweater for the Very Shannon Summer Sweater Knit Along! I’m so glad I started (and finished) this project because I think it’s a new favorite.  I say that about every finished projects, don’t I? Whoops!

The Details

The pattern is very clearly written and an very enjoyable knit.  The pattern name is Camilla and it’s written by Carrie Bostick Hoge.  There are also child and infant versions available that I think Brooklyn and Baby Stanley might need their own versions of this because it was so enjoyable that I would definitely make it again without hesitation! The really cool part is that it only took me 11 days to complete — that’s less than 2 weeks for a full sweater and I definitely didn’t get a chance to work on it everyday.  The pattern calls for a size US 10.5 needle which I didn’t have on hand so I opted for just a size 10. It also called for Aran weight yarn and we here at Nice & Knit haven’t found the perfect Aran weight to hand-dye so I opted for our very own Worsted instead. I knit the size xsmall knowing that I knit loose and anytime I make a small I end up hating the fit.  I also knew that the garter stitch would stretch when blocking which would allow me to manipulate this to just the right size for me. Another thing I love about the garter stitch is that it is super squishy and stretchy which is going to mean I can wear this for awhile even as my belly gets bigger, and bigger, and bigger. :)

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint: DIY Mirror Update

I have been a working mom for the past 8-ish years.  Recently I made the decision to quit my design job and stay at home.  I have so much more time for the things I have dreamed of doing in my “spare time”.  I still have my husbands business to keep me busy and our beloved yarn business.  The boys have been in school for two days and I am really enjoying the time I could never find previously.

I recently purchased some Annie Sloan Chalk paint at Grace, a beautiful little shop in Niantic CT.  I bought two colors, French Linen and Aubusson Blue.   The gray is for my bedroom furniture that I would like to paint (soon) and the blue for a buffet table.  I had a brain storm this morning because I needed to try it out immediately and painted  the mirror on my mantle.  I’ve had this mirror for about 10 years and I think it was a bit dark and blended right in with the brick.  The mirror was painted before 8:30 am and dry enough to put back up within a couple hours.  A quick and easy DIY. 

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I love how there is no priming needed with chalk paint.  Just go go!  Annie Sloan also makes a wax preservative in color or clear coat.  I chose not to use this for the mirror and let the original finish shine through with light sanding.  When I begin the furniture I plan on using the clear wax for a finish.

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After:

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Once the paint dries it has a chalky flat finish that is soft and beautiful.  anniesloan5

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Hello Winter Progress

This past week has been a whirlwind of cramming.  We played in the sand as much as possible, enjoyed the sunshine, ate way too many s’mores, fished, swam, played ball, went crabbing, ate ice-cream and enjoyed every last minute of summer vacation.

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 Hello Winter by yellowcosmo has been a favorite to knit so far!  I rarely do bottom up construction and it is keeping me motivated to knit the sleeves!  

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Kara and I are working very hard on some new colors and our web store !  We will have our new colors to share in a couple weeks – so be patient ;)

 

 

WIP Hello Winter

So summer vacation is coming to a close and I have the knitting addiction again –  I love when this happens.  I feel so into my projects that I wake up and feel like jumping out of bed so I can get knitting.  In the summer I am a lazy knitter, but as soon I feel like fall is nearing I get knitting energy.

I have two aran sweaters that both of my grandmas knit many years ago.  I want to knit one for myself that I will wear all the time.  I have knit Aidez by Cirilla Rose twice and I never wear either…the fit is just not right!  Sleeves are too tight and that makes it very uncomfortable.  Ive been researching a pattern and found Hello Winter by yellowcosmo.  I wanted raglan style with all over cables.  The charts are very well written and I don’t want to put my knitting down, its a bit obsessive.  I am knitting with our new fall color way Oyster and I am in love.

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We will be sharing our new color ways soon – so stay tuned!  We have a lot of new and exciting things in the works at Nice & Knit!  We are transitioning our Etsy shop to a shop that will be part of our website.  This will be easier for you to pick your weights and color ways!  We need a few more hours attached to everyday to reach all of our goals.

I also wanted to share this incredible sweater!  It is so exciting to see all of the beautiful projects knit in Nice and Knit Yarns.

Knit by StitchMimi Wenlock by Tincanknits on Ravlery  and in Nice & Knit Harpoon

 

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Thank you so much for sharing this on instagram & on Ravelry – its stunning!

Summer Sweater Knit along projects & Winners!

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Pattern: Carpino done in Nice & Knit Cashmerino Sock (coming soon)

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Pattern: Maja – Klito done in Nice & Knit DK

You’re ALL winners!

We have 2 First place winners who will each receive a $50 giftcard to our Nice & Knit Etsy Store, 2 runners up who will receive a $10 giftcard and a Nice & Knit T-Shirt, and all who participated will also get a $10 giftcard to the Nice & Knit Etsy Store. Send an email to niceandknit[at]gmail.com to claim your giftcard!!

First Place Winners

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Saco Stripes beautifully crafted by jordynelizabeth

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Cookies and Cream handknit by horsebike29

Runners Up

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Talk about stunning, right? This beautiful Cecilia was knit by Ladyknitz

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And this original pattern was created and knit by Crafty-Effie

To claim your prizes, email niceandknit[at]gmail.com

Check out these other stunning projects created during our Nice & Knit Summer Sweaters Knit Along. THANK YOU to all who participated and don’t forget you use your $10 giftcard. Email us for info! If you’re interested to know more about the knitter extraordinaire or pattern used in the one of the projects below head on over to the Nice & Knit Ravelry Forum where you can find details!

Could she be any cuter? You are a beauty Miss Joelle!

Have a wonderful weekend!

R&R Hoodie in Progress

After finishing Maja I immediately cast  on a project for Brooklyn. I needed a toddler knit that would move really quickly and give me some instant satisfaction. I’ve had my eye on the R&R Hoodie by Tanis Lavallee for a little while now and with cooler nights right around the corner, I thought this might be a good time to give it a try. I’ve knit a few of Tanis’s patterns and always really enjoy them. They’re always well written and interesting and this hoodie pattern is no different. I am so excited with this knit that I really don’t want to put it down to sleep or work or clean the house. I’m using any excuse I can to get a few minutes to knit it. I’m thrilled with my progress and color choice. I am working with Nice & Knit Worsted in Vineyard and Peony colorways.

Time to knit the sleeves!

 

Knit along Extension!

Sooo, by popular demand we are extending our summer sweater knit along deadline to Friday!  Some of you indicated that you need a little more time (myself included) to block up those beautiful summer sweaters.  So lets get them done and those photos submitted so we can show off our FO’s!

Darren brought this little beauty to me a few minutes ago and I couldn’t resist a quick photo.

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Knit Along Progress & Time is almost UP!

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Time is almost up!!  I have one more day to finish this up!  Carpino has been a joy to knit.  Upload your final photos to the Ravelry Forum or shoot us an email with your pics!  OR you can tag your photos on instagram #NKKAL – We will pick our winners on Monday and announce the prizes!

I need to get flying on the hem and sleeves!  Do you think I can do it?!!

My boys have been keeping me so busy, but its been really good.  We enjoyed a week at the Cape again, a highlight of every summer!

 

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