Chance of Showers

The completed date on this project was September 30, 2013. That’s 6 months ago, and I am just getting around to getting this project posted. Sad, I know but thank you for your patience!  My tardiness hasn’t been for lack of wearing this sweater though – I wear it all the time.  It’s very comfortable and easy to throw on with a pair of jeans and a white tank or tshirt. I usually grab it when I have no clue what else to wear! I’ve always admired Heidi Kirrmaier’s patterns, her work is beautiful and has a unique yet simple style. I don’t think this will be my last Heidi K. design I make.

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Pattern:  Chance of Showers
Designer: Heidi Kirrmaier
Yarn: Grignasco Springfield Vintage
Needles: size US4
Ravelry Project

 

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Sewing Seams

I began this little beauty this fall and whipped through the knit at breakneck speeds…and then I came to a screeching halt when I had to seam the sleeves.  Seriously!  Its completely  done but two sleeve seams, it will probably take me a total of one hour max.   Another lesson learned.  Knit the sleeves in the round as the pattern is written.  I thought the sleeves would be so much faster if I knit flat.  Wrong again.

Golden Wheat Cardigan Knit in String Theory Aran

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I’m in love with these little wooden pins that are not only pretty, but an awesome tool for seams.

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Hopefully, hopefully posting this will motivate me to finish this up tonight or tomorrow or at least by the weekend!

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Lowbrow Cowl

Sorry for the silence! Since our last post I was able to enjoy a week away in Aruba. It was perfection and I’ll share some of our pictures later this week.

For now, I have a FO to share. I finished this on our plane ride down and then managed to block it on a hotel towel in our room.  One thing I like about it is that this cowl will always remind me of Aruba now and the great times we had there. As a matter of fact, there are a lot of things I like about this cowl!  The pattern was easy, with clear charted instructions that were easy to memorize. The yarn, of course I love because it’s Nice & Knit yarn (Worsted weight in the Salt Marsh colorway)!    The size is great it’s not too bulky or wide and just long enough to double it up which is the way I prefer to wear it.

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Pattern: Lowbrow Cowl by Thao Nguyen
Needles: Size US7
Yarn: Nice & Knit Worsted: Salt Marsh
Ravelry Project
Photos by: BetsyJo Photo

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Pretty Little Purse

I owe you a post.  Several weeks ago (I’m not going to admit to how many) I told you that I would share two really awesome knitted gifts I received for my 30th birthday. Unfortunately, until today, I had only actually shared one of them – remember that really amazing Academic Cowl my sister Betsy made me – well she also made me this beautiful little purse too! Isn’t it just so feminine and darling?!? And the best part is that it only took her a couple of hours to complete! 192A5479   192A5502

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It’s so good for a night on the town. It fits keys, cell phone, license, credit card, and a little lip gloss, of course.  Thanks again, Betsy. I just love this little accessory!

Here’s a link to the Ravelry page where you can find the pattern!

Work in Progress: Chevrons

I just cast on this little chevron scarf which is not a written pattern at this point…but as soon as I finish knitting it will be!  Ill pass it on to all of you.

Knit in Nice & Knit DK – Anchor & Driftwood

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Chevrons are everywhere, from drapes, tablecloths, clothing, pillows and scarves so I needed a knitted chevron garment to keep it trendy.

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A Gift

We had the most wonderful shop opening this weekend. Really, we could not be more happy! It was so fun to see the many orders come in and we are so thankful for all of your kind words – so encouraging!

To top it off just right I was given this amazing Wool Leaves Afghan from my sister Betsy. She is the most generous knitter I know. She is always whipping up a afghan or baby blanket for her many friends and family. There are so many wee babies sporting her beautiful hand-knits. And now, my home is made more cozy and cheery with this incredible gift. Thank you so much Betsy! Made even more special is the fact that it is knitted in our very own Nice & Knit Worsted weight yarn.

Wool Leaves by Jared Flood in Nice & Knit Worsted - Dockside color way

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Another of Betsy’s many talents is photography and these images are all hers.

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I have come to realize that I am a very selfish knitter.  I knit for myself.  I’ve never given an afghan to anyone (I rarely finish one – although I have plenty started).  Now that I know how much it means, I hope I make one for someone one day as well.

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We also have a gift for one of our new customers!  A $50.00 gift card to our shop goes to Etsy buyer: Lakchi  We will be sending that right out to you!  Congratulations and thank you for your order!

 

Project Inspiration

We’re so thrilled with the past 24 hrs and all of the kind words and feedback we received on our shop opening!  I heard a few times through the day that folks were scouring Ravelry looking for just the right project for the yarn, so I did a little scouring myself and thought I’d share a few projects that I love and thought would look pretty fantastic in some Nice & Knit yarn!

And don’t forget that today is the last day for Free Shipping and last day to enter our $50 Nice and Knit giftcard giveaway! Head on over to the shop.

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The projects in the blue background are great worsted weight projects, the dark grey are DK weight projects and then pink are fingering weight projects (many of them are free patterns) and of course at the bottom we have some recommended color pairings!

The Projects:
1. Tupelo Slouch
2. Aftermath
3. Simple Ribbed Cowl
4. Chevron Baby Blanket
5. Stitch Block Cowl
6. Crossroads Hat
7. Dew Drop Cowl
8. One by One, Two by Two Scarf
9. Kaisa Votter
10. Downton Cowl
11. Duotone Cowl
12. Ashburn
13. Nangou

Or if you’ve already found the perfect project, leave a comment and let us know! We can’t wait to see what you’re going to cast on!

Nice & Knit Yarns Shop Highlights

Have you checked out our new Yarn Shop yet?  Here’s a few highlight colors.

Dockside

(shown here in DK).  A real stunner.

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100% superwash merino wool DK weight.

Anchor

 

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If you make a yarn purchase today or tomorrow you will get FREE SHIPPING, and who doesn’t love free shipping?!. And if that wasn’t enough, if you make a purchase from our shop on either day, you’ll also be entered to win a $50 Nice & Knit gift card!

We’re Open! Nice & Knit Hand-dyed Yarns

Visit our Shop at niceandknit.etsy.com for our lovingly hand-dyed 100% super wash merino wool yarns in worsted, DK and fingering weights.

If you make a yarn purchase today or tomorrow you will get FREE SHIPPING, and who doesn’t love free shipping?!. And, if you make a purchase from our shop on either day, you’ll also be entered to win a $50 Nice & Knit gift card!  So hurry over and snag yourself a real treat.  You deserve it.

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Color Profile: Nutmeg

CT_outlineThere are a few exceptions to our nautically-themed names for our yarns, but they all have some sort of significant meaning to us. One of those colors is ‘Nutmeg’.  We live in Connecticut, The Nutmeg State, where we’ve lived our whole lives. When Katie’s husband, Kevin, saw this color come out of the dye bath he named it right away. It was the perfect name, and we thought fit this color perfectly.

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We have a few projects in the works in this color and I am so thrilled with how it looks knitted.  The first is a project my sister Colleen is working on called the Twisted Willow Cowl a free pattern on Ravelry. Photos also courtesy of Colleen – Thanks Coll!

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And last week I shared with you my Mystic Comfort still in progress!

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All 3 weights of Nutmeg are presented in this post, too! The very top photo is our Nice & Knit Fingering weight, Colleen’s project is done in Nice & Knit Worsted, and my Mystic Comfort pillow is being worked in Nice & Knit DK!

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