Friday, August 21, 2015

We're Making Changes



Here at Kitschy Stitch, we're rearranging some of how we do things here online.  In 7-10 days, our blog will be moved to www.kitschystitch.com.  There will probably be at least one more post here, before the move, but I wanted to give everyone a heads up.  The move is exciting, because it also will usher in more focused, informative posts.  I'm excited to get things going, and hope you are too!

In other news, only 10 days until we cast on for our Stephen West Knit Along!  Have you picked out a Stephen West pattern yet to play along!?  Click HERE to go to ravelry's page of his designs and make a selection.  Then, either stash dive or come in to the shop to select your yarn.  Join us in the Kitschy Stitch forum HERE to discuss the pattern and yarn choice, and we'll chat and keep each other motivated to finish.  Don't forget there are prizes involved, and all who use Kitschy Stitch yarn will be entered to win a special prize.  This event is so big, and so much fun, that our friends in PA at Hidden River Yarns are even joining in!

Leave a comment here on your favorite Stephen West design, and what you'd knit it from.

Cheers,
Allison

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Fall Shawl Thoughts

August heat has really got me down.  I feel hot.  All the time.  Even at the end of a day, while sitting in the air conditioning, after taking a cold shower, I'm still somehow unable to cool off.  Which is rather pathetic since I rarely go sunbathing, or any such activity which may cause heat exhaustion.  The past few days, I've taken to late night ravelry project stalking for those nights it's too hot for sleep.  The things I'm normally drawn to - bold, bright, high-contrasting colors, angled shapes, and big cables seem either uninteresting, or just not suitable for such heat.  Therefore, I've found myself more and more drawn to things like - subtle color palettes, soft curves, gentle eyelets, and stripes of medium or low contrast.
Photo Credit: Fran Rushworth from her pattern Gentle Dip Scarf.  Found here on ravelry - click!

 I know a lot of you are knitting summer appropriate knits, like cotton market bags, or hemp camisoles, but I think that a shawl would be just right for my current mood.  It's the anticipation of cooler days just ahead, the promise of fall around the corner.  These are things that excite me.  And in a pale, soft color palette to keep my mind off thoughts of stifling heat.

Photo Credit: Marcin Duda from Justyna Lorkowska's pattern Aisling, found here on ravelry - click!


It may seem odd for me to live in a beach resort town, and not be a summer junkie, but there it is.  My secret.  I hate the warmth.  I love having visitors from all over, I love the sea, the sand, the salt air, and the culture.  I just wish it was September more often.  So, I'll be casting on a shawl to make me think of slightly cooler days, and fall ocean breezes.

Photo Credit: Melanie Berg from her pattern Nangou, found here on ravelry - click!

Our newest yarn in the shop, Shalimar Breathless is perfect for these soft, muted and airy shawls.  Now which colors to pick...

Photo is my own, of Shalimar Breathless.  Cool, soft tones for thoughts of breezier days

Happy Stitching,
Allison


Sunday, August 2, 2015

F.O. - Teddy Sweater


Pattern: Teddy Sweater by Terri Kruze

Knitted By: Allison

Yarn Used: Malabrigo Arroyo - a dk/sport weight washable wool in the glorious colors you've come to expect from Malabrigo.  We have a wide range of their colors available here in the shop to come grab.

Mods Used: None.  This sweater is just right!

Tell Us About This: I love this sweater so much.  It's an easy, simple design to knit and the fact that Terri thought to turn a little front pocket into a polar bear is just plain inspired and adorable.  The sweater is worked top-down, and in one piece.  The only sewing you'll need to do is to tack down the back of the pocket on the top.  I like that there are little stripes on the sleeves too adding a sporty feel.  If you'd rather not put buttons on this sweater, the pattern also has tips on how to embroider the eyes and nose.  Being a button hoarder extraordinaire, I went the button route.  The Arroyo was a dream to work with as usual, and I'm pleased to say that the color worked up to be so much prettier than I had even imagined it would.  This is one of my current favorites for sure.

Extra Info: I've rearranged the shop slightly so that every time I feature a project here on the blog, I will highlight the pattern and yarn (and project if it's one by Mary or myself) in the front of the store.  This will make it easier for everyone to find and enjoy.






Saturday, July 18, 2015

What's New!?



I frequently get asked the question "What's new?", and to be honest, I very rarely have a great reply to give.  For some odd reason, I tend to get major brain fart when it comes to recalling what is new since each person has been in the shop.  I think it probably ends up seeming like I never have anything new, even though I receive new stock at least once every month.  So, I'm going to try to update here regularly each time I put a new yarn or notion in the shop.  Hopefully, this will help everyone have a better idea what's coming into the shop, and keep you up with the latest "must haves".

In just the past week, we've received tons of Malabrigo Rios, a worsted weight superwash wool which is hand dyed in stunning colorways, and Malabrigo Arroyo, a thinner version of the Rios.  It knits up as a DK or sport weight yarn.  The colors have great depth and beauty, and the softness makes your knitting or crocheting even more enjoyable than usual.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Closing Early For Ice

Hi All!

We'll be closing up Thursday at 3 instead of the normal 7.  We'll open back up tomorrow at 10.  Just don't want to be on unsafe roads tonight.

Thanks,
Allison

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

F.O. - Ann Norling Infant Set

Pattern - Ann Norling #68 - Infant Set III

Knitted By - Robyn Lebovitz from PA

Yarn Used - Sirdar Snuggly Crofter Baby Fair Isle Effect - a lovely dk weight yarn which gives a patterned effect with no effort.  Robyn used it to it's fullest potential in this gorgeous baby set.

Mods Used - Not a single mod here.

Tell Us About This - Robyn made this set for a baby shower gift.  It's sure to be the hit of the day.  The sweater is knit in one piece starting at the back hem, up and over to the fronts.  It's quite simple and ingenious.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Donation Drive (with prizes!)

Alright everyone,
We’re holding a donation drive for the local domestic violence shelter. The People’s Place SAFE house can use our help, and we, all blessed and living safely, are in a great position to help. We’ve done this before, and gathered so much for them, I know this drive will be a roaring success! From February 20th, (our 6 year anniversary!) to May 22, come in to Kitschy Stitch and bring an item off of their wish list to enter our prize drawing. I emailed a few yarn companies to ask if they’d be willing to send a prize, and was so cheered by the generosity of everyone. Several of our favorite yarn companies have already mailed us some exciting goodies to raffle off to all who participate. I’ll be posting pictures and details here and on facebook over the next few days to entice everyone.
**Donation Wish List**
Gas Gift Cards 
Wal-Mart Gift Cards 
Twin size sheets 
Twin size blankets 
Bed pillows 
Diapers and Pull-ups 
Baby wipes 
Bath towels 
Washcloths 
Pajamas 
Pocket calendars 
Planners/Journals 
Furniture donations are needed for transitional housing
We have so many awesome prizes, and this is such a great cause, I know you’ll all want to participate. So, luckily you can see that included in the list is Gas and Wal-Mart gift cards. If you don’t live near us, you can still mail us a $20 gift card for cheap, and be included in the running for goodies. Make sure to help spread the word so we can make this the biggest, greatest donation drive yet. :D