Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Make Lace In Public Day

Thursday, October 1st from 10am - 8pm at Yarns By Design boutique in Oakmont, PA.

The International Organization of Lace Inc. (IOLI) has declared October 1st “Make Lace in Public Day.” As a charter chapter of IOLI, the Pittsburgh Lace Group will be making bobbin lace all day at Yarns By Design on Allegheny River Boulevard in Oakmont.

Bobbin lace is a type of lacemaking that dates back to the late Renaissance. It is made by crossing and twisting lengths of thread that are wound upon bobbins. Essentially a form of off-loom weaving, bobbin lace patterns are formed by using pins placed into a pattern pinned into place on a sturdy padded form called a “pillow.”

The Lace Group regularly demonstrates at the annual Holiday Open House held at the University of Pittsburgh Nationality Rooms. We can be found making lace there in the Croghan-Schenley Ballroom. The Group also demonstrates lacemaking at Pittsburgh's yearly Folk Festival. We have demonstrated and provided talks to several groups throughout the years. Some of you may remember that in the past we were at the Oakmont Library with a large display of assorted laces and related tools.

We are grateful to Yarns By Design for providing us with a place to sit and make lace like lacemakers have since the 1500’s. There will be at least one lacemaker in the shop on October 1st during regular shop hours. We will answer questions, provide an opportunity for people to try their hand on a pillow, show off our personal tools and completed projects and most importantly make lace.

Come see what we have to show you. After all, without the public, it isn’t “in public.”

More information is available here.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015


by Marita Rolin

We fell in love with the unique design of Marita Rolin's Maja-Gima. There is no real front or back. You can use it as you wish.
By using one single thread gives a more transparent look.

© marita rolin

To fit bust
72-76 81-86 91-97 102-107 112-117 cm
28-30 32-34 36-38 40-42 44-46 in

Actual size
76 87 96 107 116 cm
30 34¼ 37¾ 42 45¾ in

Finished length
51 53 55 57 59 cm
20 21 21¾ 22½ 23¼ in

Gima from marita rolin - 50 gm balls = 425 m, approx 302 yds.
50 55 65 75 80 gm, A - Moonbeam
15 15 20 20 20 gm, B - Carrot
10 10 10 10 10 gm, C - Sepia

1 pair 4mm (US 6) needles
Crochet hook 3½mm (US E)

For more information, see: http://www.maritarolin.se

We have a lovely selection of Habu Textiles Cotton Gima and Printed Cotton Gima colors to choose from to knit this unique summer tunic with.

© habu textiles

Our sample was made using Shibui Knits Kavo in colors ash, graphite and poppy. Originating from cavo n. Italian for rope or cable, adj. Hollow. An unusual combination of strength and elegance. With a strong 2-ply cotton core and a decadent silk wrap, Kavo creates incredible knits with exceptional drape and a smooth, luxurious hand. The slight variation in diameter gives this DK weight yarn an organic feel. Intended to be knit on range of needle sizes, Kavo’s fabric is open and airy, yet substantial enough to hold structured silhouettes. The silk wrap adds a subtle touch of sheen, making it a perfect choice for summer wear.

© shibui knits

© yarns by design

The yarn and pattern support are available at the Yarns By Design boutique.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Tolt Folded Bag

by Veronika Jobe

© yarns by design

The beauty of these bags is that you only need to knit a rectangle. The magic of the folding and seaming is what creates the shape! We chose to knit these bags out of a worsted weight linen and cotton blend (garter version), Schulana Kilino using 3 balls, and an aran weight linen yarn (stockinette version), Quince and Co Kestrel using 4 skeins. Have fun knitting these bags in any size and fiber for different options!

© schulana kilino

© quince and co kestrel

FREE pattern

The yarn and pattern support are available at the Yarns By Design boutique.