Holla Knits Preview

The Holla Knits Spring 2013 collection is about to launch! Looking forward to seeing all the new designs. And I am especially excited to learn more about the darling lacy top that was knitted up with the masi|knits Bottoms Up in Caipirinha. Check out the previews on their blog. And look for the lime green yarn!

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Screwdriver Shawl

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI am loving this bright tangerine color – “Screwdriver” – from our Bottoms Up line. This simple garter stitch shawl is still a WIP, but I love how it is coming together.

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Sheer Top

Speaking of Vogue Knitting, I am really excited to try this sheer top in Bottoms Up as well. I will use Sober (white) for the Main color, just trying to decide what the contrast color will be… maybe Cosmopolitan (red)?

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Flirty Collars for Spring

The Spring/Summer 2013 issue of Vogue Knitting has some adorable collars by Louisa Harding that I think would be awesome with either our sport weight Bottoms Up or our Superwash DK. Looking forward to casting on this week to see how they work with our yarns.

See the full set here (must have a Ravelry account to view link).

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Holla Knits WIP in progress

Holla Knits is knitting up Bottoms Up for the spring collection. Woo hoo!

Holla Knits WIP for the Spring collection using Bottoms Up.

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masi|knits Supporting Holla Knits Spring 2013

masi|knits is proud to be providing yarn support for Holla Knits Spring 2013 collection. Take a minute to check out some of their very hot patterns. We submitted several skeins of Bottoms Up Caipirinha, and I can’t wait to see what they whip up with it.Image

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New Spring Yarn Coming Soon

I am very excited about the new yarn we have coming for this spring. I am knitting up a Traditional Icelandic Three Corner Shawl with it, and I am loving the feel and drape. The name of this line is Bottoms Up and the colorways are inspired by fun cocktails (e.g. Cosmopolitan, Caipirinha, Grasshopper).

Bottoms Up

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Knitted Hat for Corolle Dolls

Asian Baby DollMy child loves baby dolls. We always seem to have several underfoot. Including this one. I like the Corolle dolls. They are pricey so I would never buy one, but I won’t say no to hand-me-down ones. Usually by the time we get them, they don’t have any clothing or accessories, so I need to make some things for them to wear. Here is a super simple knitted cap for this size doll. It’s a little tight, because I used superwash wool and I would expect that it will end up stretching over time. The yarn color is my preschooler’s first attempt to dye yarn by herself.

Puya Doll Hat

  • Materials: Small amount (about 20g / 40 yards) of superwash wool or acrylic worsted weight yarn.
  • Long circular needles for magic loop method or double pointed needles (I used size US5/3.75mm) to get the following gauge in stockinette (12 sts for 2 inches/5cm)
  • Yarn needle to weave in ends.

  1. Cast on 48 stitches and join in the round. If using DPN’s, cast on to one needle and then divide on to 3 needles (16 stitches each).
  2. Knit in 1 x 1 rib (K1, P1, repeat around) for 1.25 inches / 3cm
  3. Switch to stockinette (knit all stitches) for another 1.25 inches / 3cm
  4. Start decreases as follows:
    1. k4, k2tog, repeat around (42 stitches)
    2. knit all stitches
    3. k3, k2tog, repeat around (36 sts)
    4. knit all stitches
    5. k2, k2tog, repeat around (30 sts)
    6. knit all stitches
    7. k1, k2tog, repeat around (24 sts)
    8. knit all stitches
    9. k2tog, repeat around (12 sts)
    10. knit all stitches
    11. k2tog, repeat around (6 sts)
    12. k2tog, k2tog (4 sts), then transfer stitches onto a single needle if using DPNs
  5. With the 4 remaining stitches knit an i-cord (knit all stitches then slide the work back to the other side of the needle and keeping the right side facing you continue to knit all stitches.)
  6. Once the i-cord is approximately 2 in / 5cm long bind off as follows: k2tog, k2tog, slide work to other side of needle, knit last two stitches together, cut a short tail for weaving in and pull yarn through last stitch.
  7. Weave in ends and tie i-cord into a jaunty top knot.
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Superwash wool coming soon

I am really happy with the base yarn I am using for the organic wool sport weight line of masi|knits yarn, but I have been searching for a washable wool of equal quality. I am thrilled to find that a superwash merino in a DK weight that I have been testing looks like it  fits the bill. It has a lovely hand (not quite as soft as the organic wool, but still quite nice) and takes my bright dyes well.

This ASL Fingerless Mitt (RavLink) is in the new “Meyer Lemon” colorway.

Especially when I was starting out and even now when I knit gifts for non-crafters and kids, I think having a washable yarn is critical. In general, crafters know to be careful with a handmade item, but most people these days will just toss something into the washing machine.

Keep an eye out also for our newly designed website and store coming in May :::fingers crossed::::

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Sport weight rainbow scarf

I have been knitting some projects using my Organic Handpainted Sport yarn. And I am thrilled with how this one turned out.

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