Bag Ladies

Katie and I are total bag hoarders. Anytime we see a new knitting bag we impulsively buy it and luckily, almost never regret it.

Our most recent bag purchase (yes, we each got one) was this really cool project bag from YarnPop. It’s their ‘Gadgety’ bag which is basically perfect for a colorwork project because it allows you to keep your skeins in separate zippered pockets on the inside so that they don’t end up a tangled mess.  A grommet allows you to slip your yarn through the hole and pulls from inside the bag keeping your yarn contained and protected. And even if you’re not doing colorwork, the zipped pocket is great for holding your notions like scissors, tape measure, row counters, stitch markers, chapstick, gum, cell phones….and anything else you can shove in there.

They’re made with high quality materials in the good ole USA and they’re really convenient which I think justifies the pricetag.

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We picked ours up at Knit Two-Gether in Vernon, CT but if you’re not local you can find them online at Webs or Jimmy Beans and a bunch of other online shops! There come in sorts of shapes and sizes that are all pretty tempting.

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There’s a lot of things I love about running this blog with my sister, but near the very top of my list is our common knack for having boundless lists of ideas.   See, we both score nearly off the charts in ideaphoria. What’s ideaphoria you ask? Thanks to Wikipedia for the definition it is:

” an experience where one feels a constant onslaught of new ideas, creating a euphoric state of idea creation.”

Yup, that explains the constant state of our brains pretty well.  A simple idea, when bounced off the other, can spiral pretty quickly into an endless list of ideas.  The unfortunate side-affect of having high ideaphoria is that there simply aren’t enough hours in a single day to accomplish or execute on all of them, but as a marketing guru and a designer tag-team, we are able to make some of these ideas come to life pretty quickly and have a ton of fun while doing it.

Case in point is our new postcards.  Our yarn is so personal to us – with every skein being hand-dyed with a whole lotta love by Katie and I  – we wanted to make sure that the fiber artists who make something with our yarn feel that personal connection to us.  The idea of including a postcard with a note from the two of us on the back was one of those ideas that randomly came up and a few hours later, came to life.

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Back:

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Which brings me back to my original thought.  The reason I love running this blog with my sister is that so many of the ideas we come up with are made possible by working together and not likely to happen if we tried to do them independently. It’s a team effort here at Nice & Knit. She’s there for me not just to share ideas with but to share the load, too! Thanks Kate!

And a special thanks to Betsy Jo Photography for capturing some pictures that we absolutely love!

Pretty Gifts

It’s still not my birthday, but I am a spoiled sister and I received another early birthday present from Kara.  I snapped a couple photos this morning of my new Spud & Chloe project bag made from vintage material.  So sweet.

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And I can’t wait to dive into this read.  I just need a free minute and I’m going to curl right up.  Have you read it yet?

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I’m going to share the rest another day, because the sun is shining and I think some pansies need planting.

Workin’ on a Cowl

One of the projects I have in progress is this really awesome chevron scarf pattern Katie made. She’ll be releasing the pattern very soon! It’s such an easy and enjoyable knit and of course it’s nice and trendy with the chevron pattern.

I was in my office late one night last week and I turned around to my Nice & Knit Yarn stash and these two colors hit me. Even though the colors are not at all springy, I do think they’re classic. I think it was 11 or 11:30 at night and I was already exhausted but I couldn’t help but start it immediately.

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Yarn: Nice & Knit DK in Harpoon and Nice & Knit DK in Dockside
Pattern: Coming Soon

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I’m hoping I can finish it this weekend because then I’ve got a whole bunch of knitting for friends’ babies I need to start.

Color Profile: Lobster Pot

If you had a chance to check out our shop update you might notice two new things – some new colorways and some new yarn bases! Today we’ll highlight a personal favorite of mine that we’re calling Lobster Pot!

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Lobster Pot is a unique red that has hints of brown and orange. I am so eager to knit a really awesome sweater in this color but have a few works in progress I need to finish first.

And about that new base? Well, that is another favorite. We have Cashmerino DK and Cashmerino Aran available.  It’s a blend of 80% Merino, 10% Cashmere, and 10% nylon which I think is the ideal combination for creating an ultra soft and super luxurious finished object.

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I can’t wait to show you a few pieces I’ve been working on. I am so excited to knit with all of our colors and in different combos of colors that I’ve been casting a lot of projects and fighting temptations to cast on even more!

Shop Update & New Colorways

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Happy Monday!  Kara & I have been very busy dying more yarn, adding new color ways and restocking our shop.  We are very excited to announce that we are able to sell Nice & Knit Yarns at Knitting Criations in Somers CT!  If you live nearby it is a great shop with amazing customer service, and you will have the opportunity to squeeze and squish our yarns.  Let us know what you think!

Nice and Knit Yarn Colorways

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Our newest colors!  Lobster Pot, Sea Grass and Vineyard

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Are you following us on Instagram?  Its a great way to stay up to date with Nice & Knit!

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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!

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