Fancy Tiger Crafts: Sailor Top

702A1433

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.

702A1603

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!
Screen Shot 2015-05-19 at 2.28.12 AMImage by Fancy Tiger Crafts

sailorstuff

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!

edited

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!

open house

 

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

 

702A1572

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

702A1545

 

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.

702A1513

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

702A1589

Buy Now

Spring Fever!

This weekend we had the wonderful privilege to visit ‘In The Loop’ in Plainville MA.  We had an amazing time with Cheryl and her gracious staff.  In the Loop’s customers are such a close group of people that love to be at the shop and together!  It was great to see the community they’ve formed!  Thank you for your warm welcome!

12

 

 

 

We all have it!  Spring Fever!!  Have you seen the amazing new pattern, Spring Fever from the Plucky Knitter by Amy Miller?  Its perfection.  Cheryl, at In the Loop had some of these free patterns printed this weekend and we’ve paired our Nice and Knit Fingering to match up with the sample colors of the pattern!  The Spring Fever pattern calls for 8 skeins of Fingering weight, but only uses about 250 yards of each color.  We’ve picked out 8 that are similar colors, but also thought we can easily use just 6 skeins and still get the same feel and look!

Photo by Plucky Knitter

Screen Shot 2015-04-28 at 10.38.29 AM

Nice & Knit Color Combination

6 color combination: Starboard, Driftwood, Dockside, anchor, Brooklyn & Urchin

8 color combination: add Barnacle & Cape Cod

 

Karas combination that she cast on as soon as she got home from Plainville on Saturday!

6

From top to bottom : Barnacle, Driftwood, Beach, High Tide, Capsize & Brooklyn

The possibilities are truly endless!  Its so fun to match up these bright cheerful samples – create your own combo with Nice & Knit Fingering!

If you missed us this past weekend, we’re on the road again!  Nice and Knit will be at Black Sheep Knitting in Needham, MA this Saturday from 10 -3!  We are looking forward to spending time in Boston again!  Screen Shot 2015-04-28 at 11.04.54 AM copy

We will have our Fingering, Sport, DK and Worsted weights, along with our patterns, kits and samples!  We look forward to meeting more lovely knitters!

Nice & Knit Trunk Show: In the Loop

We’re going to be IN THE LOOP this Saturday April 25th from 10-2 for a Nice & Knit Trunk Show!

intheloop

So excited to be in Plainville MA and meet our customers and see this fabulous shop!  We will be bringing our Maritime Cowl Kits, Pillow kits and the Lorelai (by Shannon Cook) kits along with our yarns in every weight!

Come and squeeze Nice & Knit Yarns in person!  We’d love to meet you!

 

Trellis Toddler Scarf

Spring has finally on its way here in New England. Spring is fickle here, one day it’s 60 degrees and sunny and the next it’s back down to 40 and raining. Ultimately, what it means is that it’s still a perfect time for hand knits. Spring is a perfect time for hand knit accessories like scarves, fingerless mitts, ponchos, cardigans and they look marvelous when done in pretty spring colors.  Have you seen our new spring colors? Check out Sailor’s Sky, Beach Rose, Beach, Bayside, Bisque and Surf just to name a few and then there’s always Barnacle, Cape Cod, Brooklyn, Buoy and Peony that are perfect for this time of year.

Brooklyn now has the perfect accessory for Spring. It started out as a test knit for Annie Rowden that I finished back in February. At the time I didn’t fully appreciate how handy this knit would become.  First (and most importantly), Brooklyn loves wearing a scarf! Who knew?!  Second, it’s the perfect accessory to throw on with her vest and layer up without bulking up when going out on a spring day. And Lastly, toddler’s look adorable in grown up gear! The pattern (Trellis Cowl & Scarf) also includes an option for a cowl which I think would be darling! I definitely recommend this knit. It was super fast (sport weight yarn and size 7 needles) and ingeniously easy. A great beginner project!

Pattern: Toddler Cowl and Scarf
Yarn: Nice & Knit Sport in ‘Barnacle’
Needles: US7
Ravelry Project

Poncho Loco

A few weekends back we had a trunk show at JP Knit & Stitch and while I love knitting, I sometimes dabble in stitching too.  I was so inspired by the sample projects and the fabric they have at the shop that I couldn’t resist grabbing a pattern and some material. My first project from that day’s score is this poncho. About half way through the day The Night Knitter walked in with this sample project she had whipped up that morning!  While I know I’m not nearly the seamstress she is, I thought “I could do that!” I bought the pattern and materials and I was able to whip it up in an afternoon. It’s very easy and I’m fairly certain I’ll be wearing this almost every day!

 

192A9258

 

I love it! The instructions were clear and easy to follow and I think the next one (because there will be a next one) will go even quicker since I know what I’m doing now. And thank goodness for YouTube. I had never done a button hole before but I found a really handy video that explained it on the exact model of my machine and now I know a new trick!  This might become a new problem though. I already complain that I don’t have enough time to knit, I’m not sure how I’ll squeeze sewing time in but I’ve already selected my next pattern so I’m sure I’ll find a way!

Modeled: Pull Gaspard

About a year ago I instagrammed project I was working on while sitting poolside in Aruba. At the time the thought of my “baby” turning 2 and fitting into this darling little sweater made me sweat (or maybe that was just the 90 degree Arubian heat).

Screen Shot 2015-04-08 at 11.35.41 AM

Either way, the thought of it was scary but then it actually happened and I realized it wasn’t so bad after all. It’s been a total blast being a mom to a 2 year old.  Is it challenging? Of course it is and those two year told temper tantrums still have me sweating. It’s also hilarious, entertaining, awesome and lots of other really positive adjectives!  And her wearing this sweater is way cuter than it ever was on the needles.

 

You can see in the photos how lightning quick a 2 year old can change her mind.  She went from not wanting her photo taken and producing some fake tears to dropping the ever present “wubby” and totally cheesing for the camera.  Never a dull moment in this house!

Pattern: Pull Gaspard
Yarn: Nice & Knit DK in ‘Brooklyn’
Ravelry Project

Our Weekend

We had a fantastic Trunk Show this past weekend at J.P. Knit & Stitch in Boston MA.  The shop is literally adorable, the staff so helpful and friendly!  We met so many wonderful people, it was a real pleasure!

16

J.P has a great line of fabrics, yarns, notions, accessories, patterns and a large range of classes!  If you are in the Boston area its a great place to check out!

8

Of course, Kara and I did some shopping of our own!  The shop was irresistible!  This sewing kit is just the greatest little kit to have around!  It is loaded with necessities!

I’ve been eyeing this Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary for a long time.  So very glad I bought it.  Amazing book.  I love how each stitch pattern has the charted directions for knitting in the round as well as knitting flat.  So useful and incredibly pretty photos!

12

Now, these project bags are my favorite, made by Third Floor Studio.  The fabrics are just adorable, and the size just right for my newest projects on the needles.

Did you see Purl Soho’s new pattern Jasmine?  Released on Wednesday, I cast on as soon as I saw it!  The stitch pattern is so delicate and wonderful.  With just a two row repeat the pattern is easy to memorize and fun to do!  I’m knitting with Nice & Knit Fingering in Chowder color way.  It will be perfect for Spring.  (It is predicted in the future).

5

Continuing in the spring scarf theme I am also working on Shine by Janina Kallio.  I just found Janina’s patterns, I am smitten!  Well written and wonderfully designed.  I’m knitting it up in Nice & Knit Sport in Cape Cod color way.  And of course, the fabric of my next project bag coordinates just right!

6

 

It was a great weekend!  We really appreciate the kind and encouraging words from the many people we met, and thank you J.P for your hospitality!

 

Meet us at J.P. Knit & Stitch

We feel like we know you!  We talk about so many of you as our friends and use your first names when we talk about you.  We’d love to actually meet you!  

Kara and I will be at J.P. Knit & Stitch, Jamaica Plains MA, this Saturday March 21st from 12 – 4 for a Nice & Knit trunk show.  We will have all of our colors,  weights and patterns for you to see and squeeze in person.

J&pphoto

There will also be a raffle to enter to win this Nice & Knit Knitter Tote filled with our Maritime Cowl Pattern Kit – including two skeins of DK, along with our Life Savers Stitch Markers!

We are so excited to be at J.P. Knit Stitch on Saturday and we really hope you join us!  See you soon!

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 12,866 other followers

%d bloggers like this: