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The sidewalk sale is always a ton of fun! Today is the last day of this years sale. It’s been fun and our awesome customers have come from in town to out of state to build a mountain of a “stash”.
We still have a couple bags…

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Kits…

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And fabulous yarns to move on out before fall calls on the yummy winter yarns.

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Yep there is Alchemy, Rowan, Tahki, and lots of the best in there.
Hope to see you all today!

Happy “Stashing”!
xx
Ash

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Woah Mamma! yesterday was so windy. I avoided at all costs. Thankfully it was chilly enough to turn the oven on and bake up some yummy (sheep) cookies. The kids watched a movie and I got to thinking about my ‘Dunlin” shawl, from the Bird Collection by Helga Isager. I had taken it out… forever ago and I haven’t put it back on the needles. Until last night. With the Twirl ‘Dye Day’ on my mind I dug in my stash and found the exact colors – in Twirling Petals- I was using in the Isager yarn, eh hmm, my name is Ashleigh and I like love Pink. The Twirling Petals is a softer wool. It’s sweater worthy. The colors are so fabulous. I have a dark grey “Twilight” and a soft Pink “Cochineal “. It’s a light yarn with a luscious blend of alpaca, suri alpaca, kid mohair and soft lambswool. Her yarns are minimally processed (from her very own animals) and the color ways are fun. If you have not yet, I highly recommend trying both Twirl and Twirling Petals.
I was originally knitting ‘Dunlin’ with the Alpaca 1 on a size 2 (the pattern calls for a size 4) but the Twirl is bigger so I upped the needle to a size 5. I busted out the Dreamz Interchangables with a 24” cord. These are my favorite ever! (We are currently sold out)
The ‘Dunlin’ pattern is so cool, it’s knitted from the neck down. I have made the self fringe shawl before and basic corner to corner shawls but this is made similar to a top down sweater. It’s already going really fast (i said that last time too ;D) and I am hoping to share it with you by the end of the week. You know when you aren’t ‘feeling’ a project and something needs to be adjusted? Well that was me and ‘Dunlin’ ;D so now its readjusted and hopefully the next time I bring it up it will be a finished product on my shoulders. Come in check out the yarn and get your spot for the Dye Day at Twirl Farm!
Happy Knitting!
xx
Ash

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โ€ขSO good!!

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These tape measures are ah-doooor-able!

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Oh hello gorgeous Erika Knight yarn… Wait till you see the other yarn from her collection. It’s awesome!

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Ok knitters pride aren’t new but they are super fabulous and we just received a new shipment
We have so many fun things currently in the shop. New project bags by Hadaki, BlockHead Press, Chicken Boots, and Slip Stitch Studios.
New colors of Pencil roving by Imperial Yarns, new Imperial patterns, and we have re stocked our Columbia and Anna yarn as well. (If you haven’t yet sign up for the retreat- do it! It’s going to be epic!)
Coco Knits has some fabulous patterns out. The Weekend Wrap vest that takes #17 needles and drapes so perfectly?! Oh yes I will knit that, thank you.
The Necessary Cowl kits are flying out the door and this will be your last chance to get your hands on these, lustable, discontinued yarns.
We also have Classic Elite, Manos and Madeline Tosh on its way!

And check the website for class updates. Julie of Coco Knits, beginning knitting, beginning crochet, self fringe shawl, any time tank, top down sweater… Lots of fun classes!
This week I’ll be sharing some pretty fun knits. Erika Knight vest(s) adult and kid versions, my Imperial Stock Ranch sweater, what I did with the Shi Bui linen.
Happy Monday!
xx
Ash

Seasons are a changing! Fashion is evolving and spring is here! The shop girls are switching things up. Out with the cold and in with the new. Linen, cotton, bamboo, and light weight fibers. The set up is awesome and I am falling in love with spring/ summer yarns, textures and color ways.
In particular is a gorgeous linen by Shi Bui. I’ve been lusting after the coral and navy – would make the best striped, loose knit sweater or scarf or floppy hat… Ahh I’ve picked up the combo so many times I feel like the sweater exists.

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Erika Knight says “knit all summer long” and since she is a knit genius – I’ll be planning out my summer knits. Have you seen the “fur gillet”?! Um yes please! Ev and I will be matching matching ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s so on trend and knits up in a weekend. Unique pieces are essential! And pieces that go fall/ winter/ summer?! The best.

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Knitterly is filled with bright colors, soft yarns, light weight textures and guess what I saw a box of?? Unpacked! Madeline Tosh. Holy amazing yarn! seriously not going to be here long – our shop girls are drooling already!

We also have the trunk show for the Coastal knits book. It’s so good. We sell the book $22 and have all the samples to try on.

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For all you lantern moon needles lovers we have something exciting in! Rosewood interchangeable lantern moon circulars! Yep! They are really nice.

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So much coming in and coming up. We will have Julie of Coco Knits here, Imperial Stock Ranch retreat (reserve your spot! Going fast) interviews with amazing designers and fiber artists (Don’t you want to know who?!)
What are you excited to knit?? Spring knitting projects? Tell me! I love to talk knit/ design/ yarn…
Happy Thursday!
xx
Ash

Yee! I have picked (and I am ready to knit!) EvaLou’s sweater for Easter Sunday.
The winner is… Amimono Bird collection “Dove Cardigan” knitted with Shi Bui “Baby Alpaca” It’s going to be a pleasure to knit! It’s a gorgeously soft yarn and the pattern is bottom up… No sewing! Yee.
I think I will only need two skeins. “Baby Alpaca” has 255yards and 100g. The smallest size is for a 3T with yarn doubled on a size 4 & 6 needle. I’m making mine for a 18 month old and not doubling on a size 5. It should turn out good… Ok think happy thoughts.
I should just plan to knit the entire book. Seriously so gorgeous.
I’m off to get to it!

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Our Daughter loves clothes. She loves bracelets, purses, shoes (especially mismatched shoes;) ), vests, jackets, and all at once.
It’s fun picking helping pick out her clothes for the day;) And who wouldn’t love an excuse to get dolled up?! Easter is really right around the corner…. And perfect reason to knit our mini fashionista a classic knit
Love me some spring! Change, new life, the hills hugging the town turn so green. (I am convinced Ireland looks like Petaluma in May)
Easter we get together with family and eat and talk and watch the kids find eggs. I used to love getting dressed for Easter Sunday. I always had a new dress, cardigan, and even once a cute heart shaped purse with white bunnies on it.
I figure our little girl will have fun with fancy new duds too;) She is a girly girl after all.
So i started to dig through our books and found an old Erika Knight book….. And thought I’d knit the shrug on the cover. (I will come back to that book soon! ), a few Knitting pure and Simple options that never fail, some Debbie Bliss, the adorable Color Gang books But I kept picking up the Bird collection by Helga Isager. The book is beautifully put together and one does not need to knit to enjoy the photography. (Have I mentioned how great the book is before๐Ÿ˜‰)
Tell me this isn’t a timeless, classic, pretty, and perfect for Easter sweater?!

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Now I am for sure on my pattern and need to choose -hard part- the yarn. Have you knit on these yarns?

Happy knitting!
xx
Ash
Happy knitting!
xx
Ash

Pendleton. Is. Awesome.
The company has been around since 1863 and are still making their stuff in the good old US of A. Their wool blankets and robes are so warm you can ditch the down comforters and all the blankets on your bed๐Ÿ˜‰
I have always loved their signature striped blankets, They remind me of cowboy blankets from old western movies I watched as a kid. (love me some Lonesome Dove)
Our good friends who own Sonoma Coast Surf Shop sell the Men’s wool, button downs, and told me the whole line was pretty great so I borrowed a catalog and went online and basically couldn’t decide which of what I wanted! They make wallets, blankets, clothes, dishes, travel mugs, purses…. Ahhh its all so good! Coincidently a recent issue of the Debbie Bliss magazine (Fall/Winter 2012) had a south western theme called Home on the range, (page 64-67.) with five Pendelton-ish patterns to make. These pillows

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would go perfectly with the “Heroic Cheif” blanket. We also have a room in our house that has a cowboy/ cowgirl theme. Perfect place to put the pillows!
Check out this magazine there are a lot of great patterns to knit… This bag

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Or the log cabin blanket

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Or oh my gosh how cute are these?!

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Remember when we had this book signing for Knit Notes with Nadine from Be Sweet yarns? Well I heart my “note book” and I’ve been writing my knitting love story since the holiday season.
I paste or tape my yarn labels, write down what changes I’ve made – and there is always something- to patterns, recommended yarns or whatever else I add or subtract from a project… I also write the needles I use. Which will probably always say “Dreamz” interchangeable … Because they ROCK. And I just got them from my main Man on Hearts Day.
I always like seeing other people’s creative notes, something fun about handwritting/ scribbles that are made with the thought that only your own eyes will see.. So I will share a couple of mine. I am definitely recommending this book. It’s so fun – like a year book, only your knitting hopefully wont haunt you like my sophomore year high school photo forever haunts me.
You might forget a project and go back and see the photo/ drawing/ or yarn label and be reminded of who it was for or how much you loved or loathed (you wouldn’t do that right?! ๐Ÿ˜‰) knitting it .
There are even pages with great general information and a few on inspiration and how to make the most of the book. Check it out and make your own knitting love notes ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ’•
Here are a few of my knitting notes….

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We have a new class at the shop this month! Our fabulous shop girl Gayle is teaching this delicate looking scarf. It’s so awesome. At first glance it looks basic, drop stitch, Stockinette… But it has a crazy diagonal thing happening. The Stockinette side is so pretty.
The next session starts tomorrow Feb. 13 from 6-8. It’s a two part class, the second class is the following Wednesday Feb. 20 from 6-8pm. Sign up asap! The class is filling up.

Gayle used Tosh merino light, which is gorgeous and soft. The scarf is also long enough to wrap around a few times. I just went in to the shop and gayle was wearing it wrapped up like a cowl, so cute!
And look how much FUN it is to wear!
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