Tuesday, January 20, 2015

F.O. - Eleanor Cowl

Pattern - Eleanor Cowl by Audrey Knight which is a free pattern on Knitty.com
Knitted By - Charlene Curry
Yarn Used - Theodora's Foliage by Theodora's Pearls, a gorgeous 100% bamboo fingering weight yarn, held doubled.
Mods Used - Charlene cleverly added beads.  I think you'll agree it was the right choice
Tell Us About This - Here's a copy of Charlene's email, so you can get it in her own words -

Back in August, I was in your shop looking for just the perfect yarn to make a cowl for my Secret Knitting Santa and Mary was so helpful in pointing me to Theodora's Foliage (100% bamboo) in Electric Purple by DizzyLettuce.  The recipient LOVES purple!  Mary suggested I  double the yarn to make gauge and it turned out beautifully!  
I added beads and I am so pleased with the finished product and wanted you to see it, so here are a couple of photos.
Thank you so much, Mary, for steering me toward just the right yarn for this project!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Knitting Really DOES Solve Everything

        I have to tell you that 2015 is off to a great start here.  We’ve been cooking at home, and trying out new foods; we’re on top of the laundry, which is a huge deal for us; the shop is in order, and looking better each day; everything is going rather well.  But, as so often in my life, when I get control over one aspect of my life, something else tends to go awry.  Perhaps it’s a balancing of the chaos in the universe?  It just so happens that I have been unable to find my wallet for 2 ½ weeks.  I know.  It’s a rather HUGE thing.  All our money, credit cards, and ID’s are missing.  Most people would be a lot more disturbed by this, I know.  I tend to take it in stride as part of the flow of my life.  I did make sure of course that none of my credit cards had been used, so I was feeling pretty certain that I would find it in a matter of time. 
      When something goes missing, I tend to go to the obvious places first – the car, the 2 purses, and asking Owen if he’s hidden it.  When Owen was 1 ½, my house and car keys went missing for a month.  This made life altogether complicated.  I couldn’t drive anywhere it’s true, but I also was housebound, as I didn’t want to leave the place unlocked in my absence.  The fact that I lived upstairs in the same building as the shop made things much easier in this aspect though, and I just went about my daily business of running the shop, while tearing the house and store apart in the evening looking for the keys.  Owen had been known to hide things, so I asked him a few times if perhaps he had hidden the keys, and he insisted he had not.  I didn’t think he was lying, because he was so convincing, and you know I can be so forgetful.  I simply must have put them somewhere ‘safe’ and forgotten, or they’d fallen into a box.  After a month had passed, I gave up on looking.  It was clear that I was getting nowhere in my search, and this whole stuck in one building day in and day out was getting really old.  If nothing else, I could change the locks on the front door, and be able to take walks while I kept looking for the car keys.  A locksmith was called, and he came right over. I explained to Owen what was happening, and he toddled off.  It was a rather easy process, and within what seemed like no time at all, I was handed my new front door keys, and my freedom!  I thanked the man immensely, and was visualizing taking a walk to the boardwalk.  I would have to dress Owen, and we could take off right away.  The locksmith packed his tools away in the car, and closed the door to his van.  As he began to pull away, Owen came up to me with the biggest smile I had ever seen, and was holding out my keys for me.  I could have killed him.  So, this is why when anything goes missing for a length of time, I have to ask Owen if he’s hidden it just to be sure.

     After being assured by Owen that he had not put hands on my wallet in any way whatsoever, I set about searching and researching my 2 purses.  Legos, some saltine crackers, stitch markers, car keys, a mitten, my planner, and phone, but no wallet.  I searched the car high and low.  I found any number of things there, but still no wallet.  Next comes the looking in less obvious places – toy bins, freezer, hamper, and kitchen cabinets, but even those places came up empty.  I spent 3 days tearing apart my home, certain that I just hadn’t looked hard enough, I had even kept my knitting put away so that I could focus on the search, and I finally realized that I needed a break.  I got my project bag with my current sweater project in it, zipped it open, and lo and behold, there was my wallet in the bag with my sweater.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Everyone!  I hope you all had a great winter holiday.  I, for one, am ready for school to be back in session.  ;)

I'm not huge on making resolutions to vastly alter my life, but I do enjoy setting realistic goals, and thinking up themes for the coming year and my knitting.  This year's theme for my knitting is small gifts.  I decided upon the rather ludicrous idea of making a hat, cowl, or other 'small' thing each week.  That would mean at the end of this year, I'll have made 52 lovely little projects.  I know.  It's absurd to think that someone with my attention span will stick to something for a whole year.  The genius of this idea though, is that hats take no attention span whatsoever.  As soon as I begin to bore, I'm ready to cast off, and it doesn't matter!   The other great thing is that by the time the holidays roll around again, I'll be a gifting champion!  I'm hoping that I'll be updating the blog regularly with posts of my completed objects this year.  We'll see...!  Did anyone else make a knitting related new year's resolution?  If not, and you're looking for a knitting 'theme' for the year, feel free to take my weekly project idea, or one of the more realistic ones listed below -

1. Try knitting or crocheting with a new color every month.

2. Finish one UFO that's been laying around each month, and then reward yourself by buying a pretty hank for a hat, or other small thing.

3. Experiment with new techniques to expand your knitting or crocheting portfolio.  For example, try your first cable in January, then in February tackle intarsia.  Entrelac March away!  Don't forget we're here 6 days a week, and can offer guidance in these areas.

4. Knit from only your current pattern library.  I'm trying to be better about this.  I've definitely sunk tons of dollars into my gargantuan pattern supply, so I might as well use them, right!?

I look forward to seeing what stitches the coming year brings for everyone.

Happy Stitching,

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Patterns Available

Kitschy Stitch patterns are now available to download on ravelry.  http://www.ravelry.com/designers/allison-worthing

I've already listed two, and will continue to add them as I find the time.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Exciting News!

Love shopping at Kitschy Stitch, but live far away?  Now we have a solution - shop some of Allison's favorite items at www.kitschystitch.com!  We have gathered top quality products, and brought them to our new website, and hope that you will enjoy them!  More will be added on over the next couple of weeks.


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Sock Fever

Since I've been obsessed with finishing everything I start, I'm really enjoying socks these days.  Quick, bright, portable, and fun!  We just got a new shipment in of stripers, and I can't wait to cast on!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Pattern and Chart Reading

Happy Halloween!

Pattern and Chart Reading Class is now booking.  It will be held on Saturday, November 15th from 2 to 4:30 pm in our new classroom area.  Call or come by to register.  Class space is limited so make sure to sign up sooner rather than later!