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!

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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!

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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!

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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).

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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!

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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.

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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!

‘Lorelai’ by Shannon Cook

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We are beyond excited for the release of Lorelai, a beautiful shawl pattern by Shannon Cook of Very Shannon!   Yes, it’s knit in Nice & Knit DK!  We’re very honored to have our yarn featured in this incredible knit.  Its been so fun to collaborate with Shannon and get to know her!

So many exciting perks to go along with the release of Lorelai!  Head over to Very Shannon and join the Gilmore Girls Knit along!  The forum is packed with inspiration, with so many lovely friends to share progress, questions and encouragement! untitled-214

We want to offer stunning color combinations for ‘Lorelai’.  We’ve curated 7 different sets from the Nice & Knit collection that we think are a perfect pairing for this beautiful shawl.    The color sets include 5 color coordinated skeins of Nice & Knit DK for $120 and each kit purchase will include a FREE Nice & Knitter Tote with your purchase!  

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Kara’s ‘pinks’ combination is just so bright and springy!  We’re all ready for a little of that!  I am just about finished with my ‘blues’ color set!   This knit went very quickly, and so well written as you can always expect from Shannon.  It’s the perfect shawl for wrapping up on cool spring evenings.  Doesn’t that sound amazing right now?  (yes, the snow has turned a dingy brown)

Check out the color sets here.  Which is your favorite??

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Have a wonderful day!  We will be packing and shipping your orders :)

We are so lucky to have betsy jo photography as our sister and she took these amazing photos of our pretty friend Ashley.  

New! Stitch Markers

Nice & Knit Life Savers

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We call these stitch markers Nice & Knit Life Savers because they save you so much time and aggravation.  These handy stitch markers will help you keep track of your round, the repeat in your pattern, and the number of stitches on your needles.  The seamless silver finish glides smoothly across your needles so you don’t need to worry about them snagging on your yarn. Sold in a tin of 50 and featuring 2 different sizes – Small & Large (25 of each size).

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These stitch markers make a great gift for that special knitter in your life, and of course you deserve a set too!

NEW: Nice & Knitter Tote

Our New Knitters tote!  Available Today at niceandknit.com!

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Knitting isn’t just something we do. It becomes a part of who we are. What better way to acknowledge its importance than to tell the world you’re a knitter? Say it loud and proud by sporting our awesome “Knitter” tote, exclusively by Nice and Knit. This heavy-duty canvas tote is the perfect size to fit a few of your latest projects.

When you really love the latest item on your needles, you want to take it everywhere, whipping up a few rows any chance you can get.  This tote is the perfect bag to take along. Picture yourself knitting at the dentist, the doctor’s office, in the parking lot while you wait to pick the kids up at school. Start knitting away on your lunch break, in the car waiting at a stoplight for the light to turn green (no knitting while driving, please). Take a minute to rest on a park bench while the sun beats down on your face. Sit in a comfy chair, on a beautiful beach and knit away. (Don’t forget the sunscreen!) We could go on and on. Or, just wear this bag with your favorite pair of jeans and this season’s hottest shoe. Trust us, it’s the perfect match!

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Product Specs:
Made in the USA
100% Cotton
18″w x 13″h x 6″d

Buy Now $20.00

Goodbye Busy February

Despite the bitter cold, there’s a lot to love about February. In our family, we kick off the month with my birthday, move right into Valentine’s Day and then finish the month with Brooklyn’s birthday. This year we mixed in bringing home a newborn, about 8 different snow storms, as well as 2 test knits, hosted a knit along, spent tons of hours in the dye studio working on 7 new colorways for spring, and 3 (still secret) knitting projects. As you can imagine it’s been really busy and explains a little bit of the silence here on the blog.  But, it all means we’ve got a ton of content to share with you very soon so expect a lot more in the very near future!

Although this project was finished at the very end of January, I finally got around to taking some finished photos. It’ll be awhile until I can take some modeled pictures unfortunately, because although I knit a size 2T I don’t think it’ll fit Brooklyn until next winter, but I sure do love it and I guess that’s good since Winter is almost over anyway (It is. I promise). Hopefully she can get more use out of it then anyway. I’m not gonna lie, I am a bit bummed at how big it turned out. I had the perfect little pair of gold pants to pair the sweater with. Oh well, just another excuse to go shopping next fall!

 

The pattern is Camilla Babe. I knit this in our Nice & Knit Worsted in the color we call Sand Dune!

I still have a bunch of incredible hand-knit projects that we got for Emmett and I can’t wait to share them. This stunning set was hand-knit by my sister Colleen. Isn’t it darling!?

 

The pattern is Sweet Bunting and available on Ravelry.  Colleen knit this in our Nice & knit Sport in Canal and Dockside.

Snowed In

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New England has been a land of white beauty for weeks.  The snow is piling up and more forecasted for this weekend.  There are many positives, life is slower (because we have no other choice) and sitting fireside with a skein of yarn feels just right.  However, the boys are super stir crazy and they can drive me there as well – quickly!   During a recent storm I grabbed a couple props for a quick photo shoot of my Gray Lace Cowl {free pattern by Lion Brand Yarn}.  I had Kevin snap the photos and he absolutely thought I was looney.

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This cowl is knit in Nice & Knit Worsted {Lobster Pot} on size 8 needles.  The pattern is quick, but the lace pattern keeps the project interesting and fun.  I highly recommend this pattern!

Enjoy the weekend, bundle up and knit knit knit!  Let’s hope for school on Monday, and if not for patience to be the Mom of the year.

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Our weekly Bundle Up Knit Along winner is Raveler senfnase!  Her awesome VulcanSpy Hat and mittens knit are in Nice & Knit DK yarn. {canal, driftwood & cape cod color ways}

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Hand-Knit Gift: Camilla Blanket

You’ve heard me mention the Camilla pullovers I’ve made for myself, a friend’s daughter, and just finished one for Brooklyn last week so you know I love the pattern. I fell even more in love with the motif it features when I was recipient of a Camilla Blanket for Emmett!  My mom made a beautiful version using Nice & Knit Worsted in our Anchor colorway which is a perfect match for his bedding set I bought. He is thoroughly enjoying being wrapped in this blanket to keep him warm on these cold and snowy February days. Once again, highly recommending this pattern!  I’ve been staying pretty busy but next on my list is to get a few pictures with him all cuddled into this blanket!

 

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Welcome to the World, Our Sweet Boy!

Friday evening at 7:04pm we welcomed our dearest Emmett Patrick Stanley to the world.  We are so beyond thrilled with our newest addition to our family and we’re settling in really well.

 

Brooklyn’s first meeting with her brother was everything I had ever hoped it would be and it ranks near the top of the list for one of the very best moments of my life. She’s still as excited every time she sees him, she sits on the couch asking “hold you?” while pumping her little fists like “gimme gimme” and she’s walking around the house saying “Baby! Aweesomme!”  Does it get any better than that??

 

Our  Nice & Knit life shouldn’t be interrupted too much thanks to Katie for holding down the fort for a bit (and for capturing that amazing video for me).

We’re Halfway There!

We’re almost halfway through our knit along, but there’s still plenty of time to join and finish a winter bundle up item before the knitalong ends Feb. 28th!  We’ve really been enjoying following everyone’s progress on our Ravelry forum and on social media. Keep sharing those photos — because you might be the next giveaway winner! Don’t forget to tag your pictures with #niceandknit and #nkkal so that we see them!

My latest bundle up item are these Adiri Mittens and I’m loving the final result.  Surprisingly, I’ve never made myself a full pair of mittens. I’ve always just made the fingerless kind but I don’t think these will be my last. They feel so great on your hands.  While they look a little long, they’re not at all. They fit like a glove – oops, I mean Mitten! :)  A new favorite knit!

Pattern: Adiri Mittens
Yarn: Nice & Knit Worsted in ‘Oceanspray’
Needles: Size US6

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