How gorgeous is this lake? The photo pretty much describes my weekend. A beautiful, calming and relaxing place to recharge and enjoy time with friends. The weather was lovely, and we had a great time! Good dinners, water sports and a lot of reading and knitting.
Since the Fireworks Sweater was too bulky to carry on, I took two projects I’ve been wanting to complete. First off was the Hometown Shawl in Camellia Fiber Company Sylvan. For me, this was a beautiful knit at every stage, from the hand feel of the yarn and the pattern, to the look of the completed project! (And, a good reminder that setting aside a project to return fresh at a later date is sometimes just what the knit needs!) We are featuring it as a project of the week, and I cannot recommend it more.
The next project includes a call for help! I am knitting the Campside Shawl in Magpie Swanky DK in 501's. When I started it, I thought that I was going to cut the size down a bit, so I only grabbed two skeins. Well, I love the shawl, Now want it full-size and I don't have enough yarn! To all of you Magpie fans, do you have any of this yarn in your stash? Even if it is a partial skein, I will happily buy it from you and pay for shipping. Just shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help me out.
Lastly, some business... The shop team is taking a little summer break from classes! We appreciate your understanding, and won’t leave you without something to look forward to: next week, we’ll share a full class schedule, some Zoom and some in person. The classes will start at the end of August, going into early September.
Beautiful Cormo wool is sourced from the plains of Wyoming and dyed naturally in the hills of Napa Valley. The resulting worsted-weight yarn is a dream to knit with! It has really good elasticity and stitch definition, making it the perfect choice for a variety of projects. We have a feeling these stunning skeins won't last!
We will be scaling up the savings each day, as follows –
Thursday - 30% off
Friday - 40% off
Saturday - 50% off
Sunday - 60% off
I will change the amount at about 8:00am (PST) each day, but please be patient with me if I am not right on it!
Two skeins of Camellia Fiber company's Sylvan Fingering landed in my stash as I was planning the Curated Stitch Boxes. What to do with this stunning combination of alpaca, silk and cashmere? I turned to one of my favorite designers, SuviKnits and her Hometown Shawl. Garter stitch, slipped stitches, very simple lace and cheerful bobbles fill this delicate shawl.The shawl is worked sideways from cast on to bind off, increasing stitches at the beginning of right side rows. Simply put, this is one of my favorite knits.
Needles: US 4 (3.5 mm)
Notions: Row counter, tapestry needle and scissors Hometown Shawl (The does NOT kit include the pattern.)
When we received a bountiful box full of SeaChange Fibers, we knew just the piece we wanted to knit! The Bobble Cowl by Joji Locatelli looks like so much fun! Meandering sections of garter and eyelets zigzag along as you work back in forth flat (a great way to practice short rows!), with little bits of bobbles sprinkled about. Doesn't it show off variegated yarns wonderfully? Now, which color to pick....
Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm)
Notions: Stitch markers, crochet hook, waste yarn, tapestry needle and scissors. Bobble Cowl (The kit includes the pattern.)
Medano Beach Bag
Pack your summer essentials and more in this cute knitted beach bag! Knitted seamless in the round, this fun relaxed bag is worked from the bottom up in two color stripes. It's then finished with wide straps that get knotted together for a cute nautical look. We've paired Berroco Pima 100 cotton in beachy and neutral color kits.
Needles: US 6 (4.0 mm)
Notions: Tapestry needle and scissors Medano Beach Bag (The kit includes the pattern.)
Mermaid Tail Socks
These cute cuffed socks have big mermaid energy. Hannah from Yarnia Designs remarks, "the Mermaid Tail socks were inspired by the ocean, and watching the gentle waves and ripples in the water sparkle in the magic of summer." How pretty will these be knit up in Life in the Tall Grass Fine Sock? The cuff-down design features a simple but engaging lace pattern, making them perfect for a summer travel project.
Needles: Us 1 (2.25 mm) 9-inch, dpns or needle for magic loop
Notions: Stitch markers, tape measure, tapestry needle and scissors.
Sizes: Small, Medium, Large Mermaid Tail Socks (The kit does NOT include the pattern.)
It’s the thoughtful styling details that add subtle elegance to this otherwise simple raglan-style knitted pullover: the wide, circular neckline evokes a vintage sensibility while its boxy silhouette gives it a modern feel and the slightly flared sleeve cuffs add a bit of drama. Calliope is best suited to a light-weight fabric so we've chosen Sea Change Fibers Littoral Shibui's Silk Cloud for drapey fabric with a glowing halo—just right for this cozy pullover.
Needles: US 6 (4.0 mm) 16- inch and US 7 (4.5 mm) 16, 24 and 32-inch needle
Notions: Stitch markers, stitch holder, tape measure, tapestry needles, and scissors.
Finished Bust Measurements: 39 (43, 47, 51, 55) (59, 63, 67, 71)-inches; 100 (110, 120, 130, 140) (150, 161, 171, 181) cm This sweater is designed to be worn with approximately 10 - 14” / 25.5 - 35.5 cm of positive ease; however, this is just a guide. Calliope (The pattern is included in the kit.)
New in the shop!
Cocoknits Earthtone Collection - Calling all muted color lovers! Cocoknits is introducing a new palette to their popular accessories line. They have stitch stoppers and, my personal fav, triangle stitch markers!
Camellia Fiber Company - Gushing, just gushing over our delivery from Camellia Fiber Company. The small but stunning color palette is so incredibly pleasing. We have 3 bases in stock with more coming our way in September. Drop by the shop to take a peek!
Suri Alpaca: 74% Baby Suri Alpaca and 26% Mulberry silk – a great alternative for those allergic to mohair.
Sylvan Fingering: 70% gray alpaca, 20% silk, and 10% cashmere – an ultra-luxurious yarn, perfect for knitting delicate shawls and lightweight cardigans.
White Tweed Sock: 84% merino, 16% donegal nep. — beautifully spun, with a firm twist and round shape, making it ideal for rendering crisp stitch definition.
In case you missed it: last week's new additions...
Rosanna Diggs Embroidery Kits - Stitch your next adventure with these oh-so fun embroidery kits! Designed and assembled from woman-owned studio, they include everything you need to create these mini works of art. There is a kit for every skill level, too:
Beginner (at any age) - Radiant Rainbow
Beginner - Lighthouse by the Bay, Big Sur, Lake Tahoe, CA Lemons & Cactus
Advance beginner/Intermediate - Yosemite Valley, A Day at the Beach, CA Poppies
2 Levels, Beginner or intermediate - Sweet Succulents
All of these kits are California inspired. We especially love the Big Sur one! Which one will you choose?
Cocoknits Leather Cord Set - Do you love the Cocoknits Stitch Holder Kit as much as I do? I use it all of the time to hole sleeve stitches while working the body or to hold a project in time-out if the needle is required for another project. Sometimes I have so many projects going that I need an extra set of leather cords. Ta-da! We finally have this little set in the shop. Needless to say, the second we opened the Cocoknits box, I took one home with me!
Kits to Keep You Knitting
In case you missed out on these featured favorites,
here is a recap of last week's projects!
Please note these groups are for social knitting. Please keep the conversation light and enjoyable. Knitting help will not be offered at these sessions.
$20.00 for 30 minutes
$40.00 for 1 hour
Do you have a new skill you would like to learn, or are you confused by a particular part of a pattern? Come into the shop and work one-on-one with us! Call us at 831.647.9276 to set up an appointment.
We can only offer private lessons on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday. There are no private lessons during the hours of knit group.
While We Stitch Away...
Get those WIP's done!
Are you like me, some WIP's (works in progress) occupying some of your knitting bags? Here are some tips to help you get those projects finished.
Start by gathering your WIP's and taking a look at them. Pick one or two you are determined to finish and start there.
Select a time of day you want to work on the project to make it a part of your routine. Sometimes I work on those projects while I drink my coffee in the morning or while I watch a baseball game. Then I work my "newer" projects at other times.
Gather your knitting tools and create a place you want to sit and knit. Find a favorite corner or chair in your home and make it a special place to knit. If you have a happy place to knit perhaps you might spend more time practicing your craft!
If it is a simple project, that can be easily picked up and put down, I put it in my car. It is amazing how many moments you can find to knit a row here and there.
If it is a tedious project, I determine a certain number of rows I need to knit each day. Once those rows are complete, I can pick up the project I love.
Like me, take the project on a trip. After just a few days, you will have your project completed!
...and here are our suggestions from the last newsletter:
How do you get your knitting mojo back?
Take it easy and knit something low-stress, something easy with beautiful, bouncy squishy yarn, even if it is a swatch. You want to just enjoy the process!
Admire your knitting tools—So you don't want to knit. Perhaps this is the time to organize all of your knitting tools? Clean your needles, gather your stitch markers, tape measures, scissors, and all of the other lovely things you have collected and put them in one place.
Squish some pretty yarn—Whether you go shopping in your own stash or at your LYS, look at some of your favorite yarns in colors that inspire you.
Put that project aside—If you have a project that is giving you fits or is not enjoyable to knit on, don't force it. Put that project in time-out for a little while and reach for something that makes you happy and relaxed.
Get inspired—Take a casual scroll through Ravelry or Instagram. You might see something you just have to knit!
Get out of your knitting "routine"—Go sit in a park or a coffee shop and knit. Perhaps come into the shop to sit at the table or join this week's Zoom knitting group.
Knit something for a friend or family member—The sweaters I just completed were knit so quickly, since they were for my youngest daughter and my oldest's pup. I truly enjoyed knitting for both of them. I just makes me happy knowing they will be happy.
Monarch Knitting offers a friendly, warm, welcoming and organized store where all makers can come and enjoy the opportunity to pursue their projects with support from a staff that is experienced, passionate and professional.
Photo Credits: Monarch Knitting, The Knit Side, Patterson Puptography, Some Kit Favorites found via links and/or Ravelry.