Thursday, May 13

Yarn shop sneak peek!

Last night, my knitting group was treated to a sneak peek at a yarn shop being opened by one of Frog Pond member's, Arv.

The Yarn Gourmet is located at 2915 Mishawaka Avenue in South Bend, Indiana. (Click the shop name to read her blog.) The shop is scheduled to open for business at 10 am on Wednesday, May 19th.

Here's a peek at the front door (nice logo!) and the window display. I took this picture as it was getting dark outside. It didn't turn out as well as I had hoped it would.

Malabrigo, Berroco, Crystal Palace, Brown Sheep, Zauberball, and Trekking are some of the yarn and brands that have arrived so far. Orders have been placed for lots more goodies with deliveries trickling in every day. I can't wait to go back when she's fully stocked and I can spend some $$$. LOL!

Arv showed me the awesome vintage button collection she has. She's thinking of setting up a display with them and allowing knitters to purchase them to use for their projects. Good buttons can be hard to find.

Doesn't this look like an inviting place to sit and knit? And isn't the stenciling on the walls great? Arv painted it herself.

She's asked me to teach some knitting classes for her this fall. I'm agreeable. :) It will probably be a lace or shawl class of some sort. I'm open to suggestions. {Grin}

I'm mulling over the idea of designing some patterns using the yarns she is going to carry. If I do, these patterns could be offered free with purchase of the yarn to make the item. I'll have to see what I can come up with.

See the double doors in the back on the left? Behind those doors is as much space as is in the front of the shop. Lots of room for expansion and class rooms!

The Yarn Gourmet is open:

Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday
10 am - 5 pm
Thursday 10 am - 7 pm
Saturday 9 am - 3 pm
Closed Sunday & Monday

If you live in the area or will be visiting, be sure to stop by!

Thursday, May 6

Glorious Morning Shawl pattern to crochet!

Here's another design for crocheters!

Glorious Morning is a top down crocheted triangle shawl pattern. The lace design starts at the top as a seed, changes to a sprout, and ends with a Morning Glory border. Crochet it with a 600 yards of fingering/sock weight yarn and a size G (4 mm) crochet hook.

I made this sample from 3 skeins of JL Yarns Vinca sock yarn. I like how the Morning Glory border is the same color as Morning Glories. : ) The colors in the yarn make it a bit hard to see the lace pattern. I've grayed out a copy of the picture below so you can see it better. (Or check the Ravelry pattern page for two shawls made with Knit Picks Palette in solid colors.)

This 4 page pattern includes full written instructions and a hand drawn crochet chart. The pattern can be found in my Ravelry pattern store.

For more information, visit my Ravelry pattern store to see all my available designs, current pricing information, and purchase pattern downloads.