Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Knit and crochet mistakes: you aren't alone.

Last week, I wrote about starting a crochet summer pattern for a beach cover up. It was going so smoothly and then…(you've all been there) I got stuck. I tried talking to the pattern: "what are you talking about?!" but it didn't answer back. I unraveled and started the section over then over again. After expressing my frustrations to my knitter friend, she tells me "keep frogging or move on to something else". She then explained to me what frogging means. In knitting and crocheting, a frog says "rip it rip it" referring to undoing rows of work due to errors. So I frogged some more but it still didn't look right. I felt like a failure. I consider myself an advanced crocheter, so why couldn't I make this work?
I turned to the pattern on Ravelry.com and realized I wasn't alone. There were other crocheters out there showing the same frustrations. Some got through it, some decided to iron out the errors on their own and some (including me) gave up and moved on to something else. It feels good to let go!
I found this similar pattern http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/summer-beach-cover-up and am moving along nicely with it. Lesson learned: if you get the pattern from Ravelry, look at the project notes from fellow fiber friends if they are available. There are great tips and wonderful pictures too.
Interested in learning more about this feature on Ravelry and how to take advantage of everything else it has to offer? Sign up for our Ravelry 101 class at Yarns By Design on February 23, 2016 from 5:30-7pm. http://yarnsbydesignpa.com/social/classes.html

New pattern + same yarn= happy crocheter!



Tuesday, February 14, 2017

It's Never Too Early!

It's still cold outside but that doesn't mean it's too soon to work on warm weather projects. I've just started crocheting this beach cover up and it's already putting visions in my head of sunshine, sand and waves! http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/south-beach-cover (Also available on Ravelry).

I was a little hesitant to put aside my chunky and wool yarns for cotton but this Cascade Yarns "Sunseeker" made the switch easy. It has a perfect amount of metallic to catch the sunlight and make any project glisten. Yarns By Design has it available in several summer shades. Stay tuned for more updates and ideas on warm weather projects!

Look out, Summer- this project has sparkle!

Our Sunseeker by Cascade Yarns love the sunshine!

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Tin Can Knits Mad Colour

Winter can be so so dreary, especially in February. It is my least favorite my least favorite month, I start to get sick of winter and I am ready for spring. I forget we still have so far to go, and its is so.so.gray… 

That is where Tin Can Knits come into play! Their new book, Mad Colour, is full of bright beautiful patterns and colors! We just recently received our copies of it, and with the the much anticipated trunk show! Wow! These ladies are super talented! Their use of color with this book is unbelievable! I think my personal favorite thing about their style, is the ease in which each pattern is written. A newbie could take on any one of their patterns and be fine, because of how well they are written. The detail in explaining each step, they don't miss a beat! Below are some photos of the color bomb currently exploding at YBD! Come by and see it for yourself, and be sure to grab a copy of Mad Colour today, online or in our boutique! 

The Prism Hat...

Tin Can Knits new book, Mad Colour...

 The Bounce Blanket

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Happy New Year!

We hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing holiday weekend! I saw this meme this morning that perfectly describes the week in between Christmas and New Years, and it made me laugh…

I don't know about you, but this is very true for me! I have such a hard time getting back into the swing of things during this week… I just feel it can all be put on hold until the start of the New Year! So with that, we hope you all have a happy and healthy New Year! 

New to the shop this week we have Feza Yarn! We selected two different yarns to start with that we knew our customers would love! First is the Feza Jewel…

This yarn is a super soft is 100% acrylic and metallic. It knits up beautifully, making it a great yarn for a fancy shawl! We have ours sampled in The Daniella Shawl, a free pattern on Ravelry that takes just 3 balls! 

Next is the Baby Gradient Blanket kits. This super soft baby yarn is made up of 50% Cotton and 50% Viscose. It is machine washable as well. The blanket is light enough for a summer baby and yet warm enough for winter. We have 4 different color combos to choose from in this hand dyed yarn! 

All of these new items are available on our website and in our boutique! 

Once again, Happy New Year to all of our customers! Because of you we get to do what we love! Thank you for all your support over the last year! We look forward to seeing you all in 2017!


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

EEK! The Holidays are Nearly Here!

     How can it be December 14th already?  If you are like us, there never seems to be enough time for that last handmade gift.  Don't fret.  Your fiber friends at Yarns By Design have several clever solutions for you.  Ranging from adorable sweater ornaments to tie on that special package (or hang on the tree) to a snuggly, drop stitch cowl that knits up in no time (perfect for the last night of Hannukah), we've got you covered.

     We promise each of these last minute gifts is quick and nice enough that you can rest assures the recipient will absolutely love whichever one you choose.

Felted Coffee Cozy

Cat Toys

Dish Towel

Gift Bag

Tea Bag Cozy

Drop Stitch Cowl


Yarns By Design

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

MADELINETOSH meets the Jeweled Cowl

MADELINETOSH.  Is it the world's greatest yarn?

Okay, if isn't the best yarn in the world, it certainly ranks up there.  Known for its sophisticated colors and incredible feel, I couldn't wait to knit the Jeweled Cowl by Sachiko Uemura (available on Ravelry for free) out of some Madelinetosh.  The Jeweled Cowl is the latest addition to the YBD store samples.  Knit from one skein of Madelinetosh light on size 8 needles, this amazing pattern works well with many lighter-weight yarns.  I added size 8 seed beads for a little extra sparkle, but the pattern can also be knit with no beads (or you could splurge for some Swarovski crystal bi-cones -- hmmm).  It’s such a simple knit; I may have to make a few more -- maybe a soft, romantic, mohair version (our Berocco Andean Mist is an incredibly soft Alpaca and silk mohair yarn) or a spunky pop of color using our Hedgehog Skinny Singles…  Decisions.  Decisions.

Speaking of Madelinetosh, we are super-excited to tell you that we recently received a shipment of this incredible yarn!  Stop by and check it out for yourself.
Happy Knitting,

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

New York Sheep & Wool Festival (aka Rhinebeck)

  We went to check out the New York Sheep & Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY, for our first time this weekend and it was amazing! Sheep, goats, llamas, alpaca, and yarn. So. Much. Yarn!

The festival is held at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds and the fall colors were in full swing with a crispness in the air. The weather was perfect for everyone to wear their favorite hand knit sweaters and shawls; a Rhinebeck tradition. As I walked around, it became a game to name the patterns and yarns I saw on people: “ooh, a TinCanKnits Flax sweater in MadelineTosh; there’s a Stephen West Exploration Station; and she’s wearing Color Affection in Plucky!”

 We met up with friends, made some new friends and perhaps brought home a few skeins of yarn. (No, I did not bring home any baby goats this time.) My favorite new (to me) vendor was Kelsey Stephens at  Primrose Yarn Co. Her booth was busy and her yarns are amazing. This is where I ran into Stephen West shopping and was able to snap a picture of us. Notice he is towering above me at about 6’5”.

 Next year I’m planning ahead and snagging some of those coveted spots for workshops- like basket weaving and beginning wheel spinning. In the meantime, I’ll be working my way through my basket of beautiful new yarn and making a sweater for #Rhinebeck2017.

-Joanna Elsas