Sun. Waves. Sand. Perfection.

Last week we took a quick little jaunt up to Portsmouth, NH for some relaxation and a little beach time. It was stunning weather and everything we needed.  Brooklyn is a beach baby! She loves the sand and the water so I’m already planning our next beach vacation this summer!  Here are some of the highlights. Enjoy!

The Shop Hop Has Started!

The past month or so have been super crazy busy at work so I finally took this week off of work to enjoy a little rest and relaxation (a post on that coming soon) and get Nice & Knit prepped for this weekend’s I-91 Shop Hop. Getting prepped meant not only dying the yarn but also twisting, labeling, stickering and sorting, too!  Betsy stopped by to catch us in action!

The I-91 Shop Hop started today so we went and got the Nice & Knit Display set up at Creative Fibers in Windsor, CT. Be sure to check it out!  And don’t miss out on a Shop Hop Special — The Maritime Cowl Kits are only $44.95! That includes 2 Skeins of Nice & Knit DK and the pattern (that’s a deal)!

Come in on Saturday too, where you can meet Katie & I as well as see an assortment of projects knit in Nice & Knit yarns! We hope we’ll see you there!

My Target

I have such a hard time leaving Target without overloading my cart.  This weekend we rearranged the boys rooms and moved our office from an upstairs spare bedroom to the first floor.  It was a huge undertaking and I am going to spare you the before and during photos.  (mostly because I forgot to take any)

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I’ve been eyeing some bedding in Garnet Hill for the boys rooms.   As I added each sheet set and blanket to the cart the price was skyrocketing.  I took a quick trip to Target and an hour later I had a cart and a half full of goodies.  I couldn’t wait to rush back home and make up their beds.  I took some quick iphone photos, to give you the quick idea.  Their rooms still need some decor – which is a topic of contention.  They want sports posters…I’m trying to find a way to hide them.  They didn’t go for hanging them in the closet.

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The best buy at Target was a twin sheet set for $5.49!  I used the flat and fitted sheet on each bed to cover the box spring and compliment the gold of the bed spread.  
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The sheets came in this bonus drawstring bag….just what I needed another knitting project bag!  Bonus!  My Summer Sweater knit along project is now tucked away safely.  Target saved me so much money – just what I tell Kev :)

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I-91 Shop Hop & Nice & Knit!

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Kara and I have been dying yarn every free minute we can.  We are gearing up for the local I-91 Shop Hop.  This is the fourth annual year that 12 shops located along I-91 from New Haven, CT to Putney, VT have teamed up to bring you fun, prizes, and plenty of fiber!

Nice & Knit will be at Creative Fibers in Windsor with our yarns and Maritime Cowl Kits.  The Hop starts June 26th and will continue through Sunday June 29th.  Come meet Kara & I on Saturday the 28th!  We’d love to meet you!

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Stop in your participating LYS and purchase your Shop Hop passport for $5. Along with your passport you’ll receive a tote bag with the map and details about each of the twelve fabulous shops.

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Get your Shop Hop passport stamped by visiting the participating shops over the 4-day Shop Hop weekend.
Every time you get your passport stamped you will be entered to win the Daily Door Prize at that shop. A total of 48 door prizes will be given out to participants!
By visiting all 12 shops you will be entered into a drawing for the fabulous Grand Prize, which includes gift certificates for the 12 shops, as well as yarns, needles and other goodies.  Here’s your chance to explore new yarn shops and win some great prizes. You can complete the Shop Hop all in one day, or make it a weekend event.

 

 

Passports can be purchased at any of these fine shops:


Green Mountain Spinnery Putney, VT)
Metaphor Yarns (Shelburne Falls, MA)
Northampton Wools (Northampton, MA)
WEBS (Northampton, MA)
Marji’s Yarncrafts (Granby, CT)
Creative Fibers (Windsor, CT)
Yarnover (Avon, CT)
Village Wool (Glastonbury, CT)
Country Yarns (Wallingford, CT)
Knit New Haven (New Haven, CT)
Yarn Barn (Woodbridge, CT)
The Yarn Basket (Branford, CT)

I better get back to dying those skeins!  Can’t wait to meet you in person!

Sorry for the confusion!

So we learned that another blogger (and a great one), Very Shannon used the hashtag #sskal for her summer knit along last year.  We do not want to steal anyones original creativity.  (we don’t like that feeling either!).  So lets do something different so that she can use her own hashtag.  How about #nkkal for Nice & Knit Knit Along!

Please update your pics on instagram!

Sooo sorry Shannon!

 

 

 

Carpino Summer Sweater Knit Along

Our Summer Sweater Knit Along is underway!  You still have plenty of time to cast on!  I chose to knit Carpino by Carole Feller which is part of Brooklyn Tweeds Wool People Vol. 6.  It is a originally a three quarter sleeved sweater knit in fingering weight yarn.  I am going to make it a short sleeved sweater knit in Nice and Knits Sock yarn.  (Yes!  Sock yarn.  We will have some available soon and will make an announcement with a shop update in the near future!)

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Of course being a Carole Feller pattern – it’s great!  I am really enjoying the lace pattern which is so easy to keep track of rows and I immediately know when there is an error which is a real bonus with lace knitting.  I have not knit anything on a size 4 needle in a long time, but there is such a rewarding feeling in those tiny beautiful stitches.

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I woke up at 2 am and couldn’t sleep last night so I knit for a few hours in the early morning, I was able to make a lot of progress – annnnd I did cheat and cast on a few days early.  I know I’m bad.

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How are your projects coming?  Share your progress on the Summer Sweater Knit Along forum.  Hashtag #sskal on instagram to see everyones great photos!

Let’s Start Those Summer Sweaters!

Let’s officially kick off our summer sweaters knit along. CAST ON! Make sure you share your progress with us using the hashtag #sskal and of course #niceandknit, too!

In honor of the knit along I’ll share a summer sweater I finished about a week ago and got around to blocking this weekend. The pattern is called Mousaillon.  It was a quick knit, it took me about a week and that was between working full time and chasing a toddler. I’m happy with the result. This will be a good sweater to add to my closet for grab-and-go purposes!  I knit this in Nice & Knit Worsted in the Lobster Pot Colorway (one of my favorites).

 

 

For the knit along, I’ll be casting on for Whispers. I have a pretty crazy work week so I don’t expect too much progress this week but will keep you posted!

 

SSKAL Inspiration

I’ve been searching Ravelry for just the right pattern to pick for our Summer Sweaters Knit Along.  I haven’t officially selected my choice yet, but thought I would share the contenders and in Nice & Knit Colorway I’m considering!  Don’t forget to sign up in the Ravelry Forum.  As you can see, we have a pretty loose definition of “sweater” so pick out just about any tee or top you like and we’ll call it a sweater!

Crown Tee: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/crown-tee Color Idea: Cape Cod

Driftwood: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/driftwood-tee  Color idea: Driftwood (duh)

Grace Kelly Lace Sleeve Pullover:  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/grace-kelly-lace-sleeve-pullover  Color Idea: Wellfleet

Togue Pond: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/togue-pond Color Idea: Barnacle

Whispers: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/whispers  Color idea: Harpoon

 

Sherry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sherry-4 Color Idea: Cape Cod

Condo Sweater: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/condo-sweater Color Idea: Seagrass

Summer Sweater 2014 Knit Along!

Lets Knit Together!

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Whispers by Veera Välimäki

Its a beautiful time of year and most of my time is spent outside.  I need some motivation to whip up a great summer sweater.   I know a knit along is just the thing to get me knitting quickly!  We will have 6 weeks to knit so that we can wear our sweaters this summer!

STARTING

June 15

ENDS

July 30 with awesome giveaways!

HOW TO ENTER

Find us under the Nice & Knit Summer Sweater Knit Along Ravelry Group – Let us know what pattern and yarn you chose for your summer sweater!  Once you comment and post your project you will be entered into the group and entered into our knit along giveaways.

STAY TUNED

On Ravelry at Nice & Knit Along Ravelry Group

Here on the blog – we will post our progress and yours!

We will also be posting updates on Instagram @niceandknit – follow along with photos & projects using hashtag #SSKAL.

TO WIN!

And most importantly!  We will be giving away a few $50.  gift cards to our Nice & Knit Yarn Etsy Shop and fabulous Nice & Knit T-shirts!  So get those projects picked and ready to knit!  Let us know what you are thinking and knitting at Nice and Knit Summer Sweater Knit Along Ravelry Group.  

Your project can be in the process now – and it does not have to be totally complete in 6 weeks to win either!  We’re easy!

Tomorrow we will post some of our favorite sweater ideas – what are your favorites?

Giveaway Winner & Get Ready!

Thanks so much for all of your kind words, comments and project inspiration!

Our winner is Nikki who said

“I would love to knit myself a sweater for myself in this color, maybe with charcoal or dark purple stripes! Thank you for the giveaway :)”

Congratulations Nikki, these pretty little pink skeins now belong to you! Send us an email at niceandknit[at]gmail.com with your address info and we’ll get them in the mail to you!

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Get Ready!

Knit Along will be announced Monday! Start searching and adding favorites on Ravelry!

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