We’re going to be IN THE LOOP this Saturday April 25th from 10-2 for a Nice & Knit Trunk Show!
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!
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’
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!
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!
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).
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!
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!
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!
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!
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).
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!
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!
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.
We are so excited to be at J.P. Knit Stitch on Saturday and we really hope you join us! See you soon!
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!
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!
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??
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.
Nice & Knit Life Savers
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).
These stitch markers make a great gift for that special knitter in your life, and of course you deserve a set too!
Our New Knitters tote! Available Today at niceandknit.com!
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!
Made in the USA
18″w x 13″h x 6″d
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!
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!?