First, and most importantly we want to take just a minute to reflect on the past year and say THANK YOU! to all of our amazing blog readers, social media followers, customers, and all of you who have become our friends. We have been so blessed and this business is becoming everything we hoped it could be. We know there is a lot of work left to do but you have us so inspired that we can’t wait to do it!
As our way of saying thank you, we’re offering 20% off your entire purchase at http://www.niceandknit.com! Now’s your chance to stock up on yarn for those last minute holiday gifts! Enter the code THANKFUL20 at checkout!
We’re really excited to announce a new hat pattern today as well! Meet “Ingy” a new beanie featuring beautiful cables and a slip stitch rib. This one is a special one – named after Ingrid, a really special customer who we have come to call a sweet friend.
It all started about a month or so ago Ingrid’s really great friend, Deb, contacted us. She was looking for a way to honor Ingrid on her birthday for being one of the world’s bests friend. One of the ideas she threw at us was the thought of naming a pattern after her dearest Ingrid. Maybe it was meant to be, because just the night before Katie had completed the initial prototype for this new hat pattern and it needed a name. We’re so honored Deb had thought of us and want to wish Ingrid a very Happy Birthday! Thank you for being you, we hope this next year is full of love, fun, and of course – knitting. Ingy is available for download on Ravelry or at niceandknit.com and if you know Ingrid — wish her the happiest of days today!
We had a truly wonderful weekend at the New England Wool and Fiber Festival. Thank you to all our awesome customers who stopped by and said hello! It was so lovely to meet so many and see your beautiful knits!
At times during the show our booth so so packed with people it was impossible to move. This was so fun for us and very encouraging. We feel truly thankful!
We’re so happy to share with you our newest pattern, “Midge’s Cowl.” Created with our iconic Grandma Ryan in mind, we love the combination of clean twisted rib rising into a detailed lacework panel.
This pattern is the perfect addition to your fall wardrobe- intuitive, fast, and just the right accessory to add to your cool-weather clothing lineup. Available in two lengths, the cowl is written up for Sport weight, adding a bit of coziness without being too big or bulky. If you’re looking for something a little heavier, the pattern is easily adjusted to Worsted or DK with a simple change in needle size.
The trendy lengths make for a fun and easy Christmas gift- just remember to make one for yourself, too!
We’ve been in the studio every possible minute gearing up for next weekend’s New England Fiber Festival November 7-8! The festival is held at the Big E fairgrounds in Springfield, MA. You can find us in a double booth #472/473West! The hours of the festival are from 9-5 on Saturday and 9-3 on Sunday and we so hope to see you there. We’ll have every color in every weight (Fingering, Sport, DK and Worsted). We’ll have tons and tons of samples and a new pattern to share with you. Clear you calendar and grab a few friends, it’s worth the trip!
Be on the lookout for our Midge’s Cowl pattern to be released next week! Get your needles (size US4) and your sport weight yarn ready! If you have some DK or Worsted in your stash, it’s a pretty flexible pattern that will look great in any weight of yarn!
I’m not too sure where September went, and I can hardly believe we’re well into October. Time sure does fly when you’re having fun – or when you have 2 little ones who keep you busy – but that can still be considered fun!
We’ve had a few days in the past month or two where the temperatures have dipped to where we need to pull out our hand knits and wear them. For now it’s still a novelty, when we hit January and February and all we have are those chilly days I might feel differently. For now, each time it’s cool enough to wear them, I get a little excited and usually a little hung up on which one to wear since I kind of want to wear them ALL! This one though, Cracked Pepper, by Alicia Plummer is one of the most wearable ones – you can throw it on over just about anything and it looks great paired with jeans, leggings, a skirt, boots, flats pretty much anything! I knit this up using our Nice & Knit DK in our ‘Jetty’ colorway. Ravelry Project
Another Favorite has been Tanis Lavallee’s R&R Hoodie. I made this for each of the kids and it’s another knit that can be thrown on over just about anything. It’s super comfortable for them to still play and move and crawl all around and the hoodie is great since I haven’t knit either of them hats for this upcoming Fall/Winter it’s totally saving me right now. I will knit many, many more of these are they continue to grow. I love how everything about this pattern just makes sense — the seamless transition from the shoulders to the hood, the way the hood is constructed…it’s all just genius. I knit this one last year but never got pictures of it but the timing is right because the fit is perfect this year. I knit one for Emmett while I was pregnant and his fits perfectly now too! Ravelry Project here & here
I have a bunch more projects to share as we prepare for the 2015 New England Fiber Festival on November 7 (9am-5pm) and November 8 9am – 3pm. This is a really great wool & fiber festival held at the Big E fairgrounds. We’ll have a double booth stuffed full of every Nice & Knit colorway in each of our 4 weights (fingering, sport, DK and worsted). We’ll have a ton of samples for you to see and maybe a surprise or two. And if that wasn’t enough to keep us insanely busy, we’ll be moving into our new studio next week. It’s a dream come true and we can’t wait to share it with you. It is the promise of a ton of new things to come!
You’ve met our talented sister Betsy Jo Hany, she’s a photographer, knitter, and all around nice and knit super-fan. Today we are excited to introduce her as a pattern designer of this sweet creation Roger Bear.
He’s sweet and cuddly and has the kindest little face. He’s soft and squishy and makes the best baby softie. Roger Bear is the perfect solution to the last minute realization that you need a gift for that baby shower, tomorrow. Knit up in Nice & Knit’s softest Super wash Merino DK, this sweet plush toy is a fun, fast and easy knit. The blankie is fully reversible, and ready for daily use. Created for those sweet babies who toddle around with a favorite little lovey in their chubby hands, this little guy will be cherished for years to come.
Roger has a very best friend named Tillie, who wears a sweet little bow tucked next to her ear. Directions for both bears are included in the pattern.
Roger & Tillie are available for purchase here.
Thank you Betsy for a beautiful, sweet pattern.
It’s that time of year again – Labor day. Time to pack the white pants and shoes into a bin to hibernate for the winter. Sure, I could be sad to see Summer go but I’m just too excited about what we have planned for this Fall to care! I’m looking forward to cooler days, more days spent with my knitting, cider, pumpkins, apples, more knitting and yarn – lots of yarn.
Before I get too carried away with my Fall plans, I do want to briefly reflect on my summer because some amazing memories were made and it was one of the best summers I’ve ever had. My kids are growing a break neck speeds and I love it! They’re healthy and we’re all insanely happy so I’m doing everything I can to just soak it all up. They say a picture is worth a thousand words so I put together a slideshow of our summer. When the days are cold and rainy or when the snow starts falling I’ll have this to come back replay over and over and daydream of next summer!
“If you think my hands are full, you should see my heart”.
So, what’s coming this fall? A new studio, a bunch of new Nice & Knit patterns (the first of which is going to be released this coming Tuesday, September 8), some trunk shows and some new colorways, too!
We were honored to receive an email from Bliss Yarns, a yarn shop in Brentwood, TN, letting us know that they were hosting a knitalong for our Kate’s Poncho pattern! We were even more eager to join it and we want you to join too!
The poncho is ideal for the cooler temps heading our way in the next few months and is a piece that is comfortably worn in Fall, Winter AND Spring! As one knitter put it recently “…LOVE this. Don’t know how I lived without it.” It also knits up quickly because it uses 3 Nice & Knit Worsted weight yarn (4 if you want to add more length).
The knitalong starts this Friday, August 28 at 10:30am! Join by visiting the shop’s Ravelry Forum or on social media with the hashtag #blissyarnskal
I’ll be casting on using our Nice & Knit Worsted in our color called ‘Sailor’s Sky’. I’m picturing wearing it with jeans and tall brown boots and it’s almost making me wish Fall was here already…almost.
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!
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!