Saturday, February 26, 2011

gather here

Gather here is a new shop in Cambridge, MA. It is very spacious, well organised and so cute. Above you can see the knitting part of the shop - they also have fabrics and sewing machines that you can rent and use there by an hour. Their main yarn brand at the moment is Cascade, but they also have some hand-spun and hand-dyed yarns. You can get some luxurious Lorna's Laces, Noro, Rowan or Peace Fleece yarns as well. The colours of Peace Fleece yarns are gorgeous. I almost wish I had gotten some. If you are in the area, this is definitely a shop to check out and to love.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

FO: Lithuanian mittens

CO: December 30th, 2010
BO: January 2nd, 2011

Yarn: BC Shetlandsuld about 75 yards and Kauni Wool 8/2 Effektgarn about 125 yards.
Needles: 2.5mm circulars

Notes: These have been finished for a while, but as they were a present and my last parcel to the US took ages to arrive, I waited till I got to deliver these in person. Again, I used some motifs from one Lithuanian knitting booklet and combined them to make a personalised design. I can't believe how little yarn is needed for mittens like these. I think I can get at least 2 other pairs out of that one Kauni and BC Shetlandsuld skein.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

FO: Black n White wristwarmers

CO: December 22nd, 2010
BO: February 16th, 2011; I finished these before going to the airport yesterday and mailed them off to my MIL.

Needles: 1.25mm (US 4/0)
Yarn: Karen Noe Design Shetlands Uld. I forgot to weigh the rest, so I cannot give an accurate amount of yarn used. There is enough for another pair, though. Or maybe for some mittens? In general, this was a very nice yarn to work with. It breaks off quite easily, so it is not the perfect choice for a beaded project. It happened to me only once that the yarn broke off, after that I learned my lesson and was really careful when moving all those beads.

Pattern: It is again a pattern out of this Lithuanian book. Compared to my last wristwarmers, this was easy to memorize.
General notes: I have no clue why it took so long for me to finish these. Oh, I blame it on the beads. My sister got me some real beads for my future projects and I already threaded some. It is such a difference to these ones, I tell you. But, these ones were the only white ones that I had and my MIL wanted a black & white combo for her new wristwarmer pair.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


Photo taken from Laima

At this very moment I'm up high in the skies (this is a scheduled post). I'm very much looking forward to this trip, to meeting my friends and exploring new shores. :) It might be quiet for a day or two on my blog, but I'll be back with some yarny goodness as there is a visit to Webs planned. Yarn will be purchased and there will be plenty of knitting material coming up.

I have not finished my search for a lys in Zurich, so that will have to be postponed until I get back. There is still one shop that I have not gone to yet... But so far I have a feeling that I either have to extend my search beyond Zurichs borders or else there will be two to three shops to go to.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

FO: Swiss mock sock

These have been done for over a week now, but I just never got to posting about them. 

Pattern: January 2011 SKA Mock, but I believe Nicole Masson has already chosen a name for these, it has just not been updated on Ravelry yet.

Yarn: Wolle Roedel in red and Blauband in white. I'm not normally a fan of Wolle Roedel's own sock yarn, but this one was actually quite ok. I tried Blauband for the first time - it knits up very nicely, but let's see how it will wear.

Needles: 2.00mm (US 0) circulars.

Size: I knit the cuff in large as it was hard to get medium round my heel, but for the leg I sized down to medium again. This way the socks fit perfectly.

General notes: It was quite fun to do a mock pattern and I was enjoying it. I thought there was going to be a February Mock as well and was disappointed to find out there wasn't. No socks for me this month, I guess. Also, I am very glad that I tried out a mosaic pattern. It is so easy and looks great.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

button cuteness

As promised yesterday, here are some of my newest button acquisitions. :) I start with some plain ones...

It's getting cuter, though...

And it gets cuter than this...

And this one's the cutest...

Which one's your favourite?

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

shop nr 3

Onto the next shop - Anna Lana in Rebgasse 5, Zurich.  That's a very nice one. Yarns that they carry: Lana Grossa, Shulana, Lang Yarns and some others. But, the absolute advantage of this shop is their button collection. They carry Jim Knopf buttons. So I did shop for some buttons and spend 32 CHF (or the same amount in dollars at the current exchange rates). Unfortunately, the light's not the best at the moment, but I will get some pictures to share tomorrow. 

Overall, it's a nice, spacious and a very well organized shop. I don't think it's gonna be the one to go to for yarn, but definitely the one for some cutest buttons.

Monday, February 7, 2011

shop nr 2

Onto the next yarn shop in Zurich. I chose Vilfil for today. They've got a website, which is a definite plus.

Another plus: their opening times.
Now onto the yarns. The selection is definitely much greater than in HandArt. This shop carries Noro, Regia, Opal, Louisa Harding, Debbie Bliss, Shulana and many other labels.

I'm glad that I did not visit HandArt and this shop on the same day. Remember how I was fascinated by the impeccable organization at HandArt? Well, this shop is a bit of a shocker in that department. Here's their sock yarn corner:

That white sheet of paper is actually a sort of a 'map' of where which yarn is. That does not help to find the needed colourways, unfortunately.

To sum up, I will be going back once I need some sock yarn as their selection is definitely better than HandArt's. It won't be my new LYS, though.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

looking for a new lys

It's almost a year now since we've moved to Zurich and it is time for me to find a new LYS. It's a hard task as 'my' last one in Vilnius still feels as if it were my LYS at the moment. However, the distance is too great and if I break one of my KnitPro needles (which happened last weekend), I cannot go by there to pick a new set. :) So, I'm starting to check out the yarn shops round here to see which one has the needed 'it' to be my LYS.

The first one that I went to yesterday is HandArt in Neumarkt 10, Zurich. It is a small shop that carries Lang, Lana Grossa, some Rowan and Manos Silk yarn and some local Swiss sock brands like Blauband. The ladies are very friendly there, they seem to be unaware of the whole Ravelry revolution and internet knitting community. They sell some knitted garments there, most of which are knit according to their own patterns and if you buy the needed yarn at their shop, you get the pattern to go along with it for free. I spotted the sweetest knitted doll there that made it to my queue immediately.  Once I'm ready to start on it, I'll get the yarn and the pattern. At the moment there are simply too many other WIPs on my needles.

The definite plus of the shop is their yarn organization. It is placed according to weight and colours. The top shelves are always the heaviest yarn whereas at the bottom are the lightest weight ones. The colours change gradually, which is a great sight and I haven't seen such organization anywhere else yet. Too bad I'm such a shy photographer and did not dare to take any photos inside. Thus, another shot of the outside...

It is definitely a very nice yarn shop, but I am not sure if this is the one. What does it take for a yarn shop to be your lys?