Trying to ‘Cooldown’

Despite the fact that the thermometer is expected to reach into the 90’s this week, I finished a new sweater that I will be wearing any chance I get. I’m hoping for a least some cool evenings!

The pattern is appropriately named Cooldown by Alicia Plummer.

I really love how Alicia’s patterns are basic knits with a clean and simple style. This makes them some of the most wearable knits, I think.  For this pattern in particular, I absolutely love the classic baseball tee style and of course picking the color combinations is extremely fun but left me with a tough choice.  I finally landed with Bayside and Starboard. But contemplated High Tide with Seagrass, Driftwood with Anchor, Oyster and Beach, and a few others, too!

Ravelry Project Here
Size Made: Small
Yarn: Nice & Knit DK – Bayside (Main Body: 3 Skeins) and Starboard (Sleeves: 2 Skeins)

I’m so thrilled with this project that only a few hours after completing it, I cast on to make another in a different color combo. I really love it that much! I’m worked the sleeves first and have both done, so I’m onto the main body! I modified it slightly by completely skipping the waist shaping (just a personal preference) and I picked up around the neck in the contrasting sleeve color instead of the main body color. I also worked the neckline in a 1×1 rib instead of an icord edging.  My next combo will feature Oyster for the main body and Beach for the sleeves – a perfect “grellow” combination. Hopefully I’ll be sharing that soon, too!

FO: My Blackcap ‘Portico’

This summer is flying by at breakneck speeds.  If I am not racing around like a mad woman with the boys I can be found in my yard picking blackcaps.  I have loved every minute of picking these beautiful berries.  The quiet hours spent outside have been so enjoyable.  My freezer is full of jam and berries for this winter.  I have an overabundance of scratches on my arms and poison ivy covered legs, but its been so worth it!

Thankfully, I’ve had some time for knitting as well,  Portico by Sara Gresbach has been the perfect summer knit!

Nice & Knit Sport ‘Sailor’s Sky’

The pattern is two panels knit alike and seamed at the top and side seams!  So easy and the two row stitch pattern repeat is just right for summer campfire knitting.  I highly recommend!

It’s a Wrap!

I may have just found the perfect summer knitting project! It’s called Avana and it’s a super simple wrap pattern by Annie Rowden. It’s great for cooler summer mornings or summer evenings. And as much as we try, knitted accessories for summer can be tough to pull off.  Scarves, even when made in Fingering or Lace weight yarns can still be too hot or too constricting around your neck.  For me, shawls are better than scarves for summer but still too tight around the neck.  This wrap doesn’t constrict or make you feel stuffy because it’s knit using sport weight yarn on a size 10.5 needle which makes it easy and breezy. Yesterday was about 70 degrees and cloudy and this was so comfortable, and clearly a lot cuter than throwing on a sweatshirt.

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Pattern: Avana
Yarn: Nice & Knit Sport in ‘Beach’
Needles: Size US 10.5 and 8

It also pairs really well with a tank top, this is one I’ve sewed 4 of and I have a few more planned!  The pattern is called Wiksten tank and can also be made in dress form. Google it, and you’ll find some pretty awesome projects out there. It’s extremely cool and comfortable on hot days too!

 

We’re Open!

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Nice & Knitter Weekend has begun!

Pop-up Shop & Trunk Show

We’re open from 4-8 tonight, Friday 11-4 & Saturday 9-3!

8 Brook Crossing Ellington CT

 

Knitting & Sewing for the TTTKAL

Yesterday, Katie showed you her progress for the Tees, Tops & Tanks Knit Along. I have some progress too but it’s of the sewing variety. Nope, the knit along doesn’t include sewing, but I decided I wanted to sew a tank and knit a top to match for the ultimate collision of hobbies. The tank is done – now to cast on for the top!

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I’ll be knitting the Avana wrap by Annie Rowden (pictured below). I’m using Nice & Knit Sport in the Beach Colorway — speaking of which, I think this wrap would be perfect for cool evenings on the beach! I’m pretty determined to have this done by next week’s open house!  It’s going to be tight but I’ll see if I can make it happen.

The tank is one of 4 of this pattern that I’ve made in the past week. I’m totally hooked on them. They’re extremely easy – beyond comfortable and surprisingly cool in this heat.  What’s even better is that it can be sewed in a single naptime! The pattern is the Wiksten Tank and also comes in a dress version that I made as well. I’ll be sharing them all with you soon. They’re a new favorite for sure.

Top Tanks & Tees Knitalong with Shannon Progress!

I’ve made great progress on my Top Tanks & Tees Knit along with Shannon Cook.  I only cast on this past weekend but I’m cranking right along.

I’m knitting Portico by Sara Gresbach, the pattern is extremely well written and with just a two row repeat, it’s so easy!  My current favorite color way is our Sailor’s Sky.  So much character of pink, lavender, gray and burgundy, I think Portico is perfect to showcase the gorgeous variation of hues.

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Nice & Knit SPORT in Sailor’s Sky color way

We’ve been enjoying the beautiful weather.  After this past winter of mountains of snow, I think we have a great appreciation for the birds chirping, sun shining and flowers blooming.

Nice & Knitter’s Weekend Raffle!

We’re giving it all away!  Join us on June 4, 5, or 6 and enter our Nice & Knit Raffle!  It’s a big one!  Just come and see us at our pop-up shop to enter!

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We’re giving away 10 skeins of yarn, a Maritime Cowl Kit (includes two skeins of yarn & pattern), Fisherman’s Dream pattern, Mystic Comfort pattern, Kate’s Poncho Pattern, 2 sets of stitch markers, and a Knitter’s Tote!  A value of over $350.00.  For all of you that can’t take a plane, train or automobile to our pop-up shop, we are also offering this raffle to you!  Just make a online purchase on June 4, 5 or 6th and you’re in!   So easy!

 

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Nice & Knitters Weekend will be an open house at 8 Brook Crossing, Ellington CT

 

Fancy Tiger Crafts: Sailor Top

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I purchased a sewing machine this April with my birthday gift cards from Amazon.  I did some quick research and found some happy reviews on the Singer Fashion Mate.  It doesn’t disappoint!   I admit, I am certainly no expert, and a beginner at best, but I love it.  I didn’t think I was capable of sewing a straight line, but I am delighted to report, I can!  I follow Fancy Tiger Crafts on Instagram – a really great fabric and yarn shop in Denver CO.  I loved their wildly popular Sailor Top the moment I saw it, and ordered the pattern.  Quickie shipping and I was cutting out this cute fabric.

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A very helpful video is available from Creative Bug (another awesome site for everything crafty).  I did purchase the tutorial and i’m so thankful that I did.  Its a great help!
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I chose to use a lawn fabric by designer Rashida Coleman-Hale, which I purchased at Quilting by the Yard in Vernon CT.  The fabric is so light and airy in this summer weather we’ve had!  I have found that quite similar to knitting there are things I would change about the finished product, but I wear it basically everyday.  I have sewn a few more since, and my oldest smiling told me yesterday, “I’m so glad you made another one, I don’t have to see the pink one everyday!”  Gotta’ love teenagers!

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You’re Invited: Nice & Knitter’s Weekend

We’d love for you to join us the weekend of June 4, 5, 6 for our first Nice & Knitter’s Weekend! We’ve been having tons of fun on the road visiting yarn shops and doing trunk shows. Our favorite part is getting to meet new knitting friends and talking about yarn, patterns and all things knitting. We want to keep the fun going so we’re setting up a pop up shop and trunk show at Katie’s house for a Nice & Knitter’s Weekend. We have something special planned for each day and a really great raffle, too (details to follow).  Join us, and bring a friend and you’ll both receive 15% off your purchase the entire weekend!

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Thursday June 4
Shop Hours: 4pm- 8pm
On Thursday evening peruse our yarns, see all of our colors, check out samples, and chat with us. Be one of our first 5 guests to receive a FREE Nice & Knitter Tote! Purchases over $100 receive a free set of Life Saver Stitch Markers, purchases over $200 get a free tote! And don’t forget to bring a friend and you’ll both receive 15% off!

Friday June 5
Shop Hours: 11am – 4pm
Finally Friday. After a long week, come take a seat, knit a few rows and enjoy summer’s bounty. Fresh fruit, lemonade and iced tea will be on tap all day! Be one of our first 5 guests to receive a FREE Nice & Knitter Tote! Purchases over $100 receive a free set of Life Saver Stitch Markers, purchases over $200 get a free tote! And don’t forget to bring a friend and you’ll both receive 15% off!

Saturday June 6
Shop Hours: 9am – 3pm
Shopping is sweet! We’ll start the day with coffee and sweets, so come have a treat! Be one of our first 5 guests to receive a FREE Nice & Knitter Tote! Purchases over $100 receive a free set of Life Saver Stitch Markers, purchases over $200 get a free tote! And don’t forget to bring a friend and you’ll both receive 15% off!

Location: 8 Brook Crossing, Ellington, CT.

A special raffle open for all!
Any visitor to our Nice & Knitter Weekend will have the opportunity to enter our raffle but if you can’t make it in person, that’s okay because any online purchase made on June 4, 5, or 6 will be automatically entered into our drawing! What’s the raffle? Stay tuned and we’ll tell you soon!

 

 

New Pattern: Kate’s Poncho

 

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We’re thrilled to release a new pattern today and we think there’s a whole lot to love about it.  Introducing our Kate’s Poncho, requiring just 3 skeins of Nice & Knit Worsted to complete, it knits up quickly and is bound to be your spring wardrobe staple.

Nice & Knit Worsted {3 skeins} Beach

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A beautiful pairing of classic seed stitch and bias-style stockinette, Kate’s Poncho is just the right thing to wear as you settle into a chilly spring evening. Pulled over your shoulders, it’s perfect for those nights at the beach, sitting around the fire as you watch the sun sink into the sea.

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Wear it on a morning walk, out in the garden, on a fun lunch date with friends. Worked up in our supremely soft and durable Nice and Knit Worsted, Kate’s Poncho showcases our classic New England style with a flair for unique construction. The slimming lines, preppy shoulder detail and bind-off ribbing are the perfect complement to finish off your very favorite outfit.

Nice & Knit Worsted {3 skeins} Beach Rose

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