Wed, 3 August 2016
Common Threads is having the annual yarn sale this weekend! August 5 and 6 come into the store to see what your discount (anywhere from 15 to 50% off) will be! There are also other discounts throughout the store.
Kelie is working really hard to get her knitting organized. Her Making Waves Cardigan had a mishap when she when to put on the trim and realized she had been using the wrong size needles the whole time. The Hence sweater is almost done, one sleeve to go. Swatching is going on for a new worsted weight pullover called Ease by Alicia Plummer. Her last summer project will be Freestyle Summer Tunic which is a laceweight tank top made out of Zen Yarn Garden Serenity Lace (90% superwash merino/10% cashmere).
Nancy commiserates and talks about a fair isle sweater she made the same mistake on by forgetting to switch needles. She has been getting a lot of knitting done recently. She finished a baby blanket using Ella Rae Superwash Merino Chunky, which is a mitered square pattern using a color graduation - a light blue to a dark navy. She also made a baby blanket for her niece out of a cream colored Debbie Bliss Eco Cotton and put a leaf trim around the edging. Lastly, she cast on for a cowl out of Louisa Harding yarn and is using a feather and fan type of stitch.
The Great American Aran Afghan Knitalong is still going and Nancy is working on the September square to have it ready for the group.
The Knit Surfers are really excited about the 2016 Summer Olympic games starting this Friday and participating in the Ravellenic games.
The San Diego Yarn Crawl is coming up in September! Nancy is still mulling over what pattern she wants to create for Common Threads.
Wed, 22 June 2016
The Knit Surfers discuss summer plans and summer knitting.
Kelie finished her Alla sweater, which is made out of periwinkle colored Tencel.
The Knit Surfers appreciate low finishing projects during summer time, even though it IS good blocking weather.
Lots of graduations going on and everybody is enjoying the ceremonies.
Nancy is busy keeping the wheels on the bus and hasn't had a lot of knitting time. She is looking forward to reclaiming her craft room and setting up a nice space. She does get a chance to work on her Corinne cardigan while podcasting!
Great American Aran Afghan knitalong is moving along - Square #6 is the current project.
Nancy shares the final project from her class at FIDM.
Kelie is trying to get her boys to pick out a summer knitting project.
Special thanks to friend Kimmy for sharing her fair passes. The Knit Surfers had an epic night out!
Have a good week!
Fri, 10 June 2016
Nancy fights the local apricot thieves!
The Knit Surfers have a wonderful weekend away with their local knitting friends. They joke about how much stuff they brought for two days. All the knitting, food and fun stuff. Spinning wheels were also brought out for the weekend. Kelie showed Nancy her Craftsy.com class from Jacey Boggs.
Kelie worked on her Alla sweater and was so close to finishing. Nancy worked on her Corinne cardigan and finished a square for the Great American Aran Afghan Knitalong.
Dinner on Saturday night consisted of an elaborate Taco Bar followed by a homemade Lemon pie. The next night everyone had a big salad bar with baked potatoes.
Games for the weekend included:
Knitting Challenge! - Knit with sunglasses/obstructed vision with Size 50 needles, Knit with something from the kitchen, Knit Backwards, Knit with a friend (one hand from each person), Knit behind your back
Musical Knitting - With Size 50 needles and a bulky yarn, each person knit a stitch and pass it to the next person. Set a timer and when it goes off, the person holding the knitting is out.
Guess who I am - write a knitting term on a piece of paper and tie it around your head, ask questions to guess what you are.
Office Supply Project Runway - design a dress with provided materials
A good attitude and good times made for a lot of fun for all!
Wed, 4 May 2016
Kelie gets to visit the 3rd grade class at Waldorf school that her boys attended to demonstrate spinning on a spinning wheel. Nancy plans on getting more hand-dyed fiber for the store.
Nancy's back to teaching the Fabric ID class at FIDM San Diego campus. She had a list of tips she found to help her students (see below).
10 Things That Require Zero Talent:
Kelie is really enjoying her Craftsy.com spinning classes.
She also talks about making another Making Waves Cardigan out of the new Madeline Tosh arriving at the store.
Nancy and Kelie have a spirited discussion about a recent experience with Mohair yarn.
Nancy is feeling her design vibe, she's setting up a corner especially for her designing at home.
Sun, 10 April 2016
The Knit Surfers talk about Madeline Tosh and all of the exciting projects people are making with it. There are even more colors arriving at Common Threads.
Kelie finished her Making Waves Cardigan out of Madeline Tosh Sock in the colorway Flashdance. She also finished her short sleeved Labyrinth out of Forbidden Woolery Gluttony that she bought at the 2015 San Diego Yarn Crawl.
Kelie's planning on making a Hence Sweater out of a superwash merino she bought at the Torrance Fiber Festival several years ago. Nancy helped her cake up the enormous skein of yarn.
Current Knitalongs at the store:
Corinne Cardigan - Sue Smith will be guiding the group with her specially made worksheets for alterations. Knitters meet at the store on Sundays for a really fun, easy pattern on Knitty.com called Corinne by Crystal Erb Junkins.
The Great American Aran Afghan - Knitters are making one block a month and anyone can join in. This knitalong is dedicated to Caryl Nelson, there are over 40 knitters joining in on this wonderful tribute to a beautiful woman.
The Back to Back Wool Challenge is coming up this month. The San Diego County Spinners will be competing at the Bonita Museum and Cultural Center from 9 - 4 on April 23. The Knit Surfers will be there to cheer on our local team as they compete!
The North County Knitters Guild met this week and hosted Lorna Miser. The guild will be moving it's meetings to the Morgan Run Country Club and Resort while their current location undergoes renovations.
Wed, 2 March 2016
The Knit Surfers greet March with enthusiasm, lots of fun things going on this month.
Kelie finished her Love Scarf out of the Bright Fuschia Plymouth Encore yarn her son gave her for Christmas. She's starting her second Labyrinth sweater using Forbidden Woolery Gluttony yarn which is 100% Superwash Merino.
Nancy's working on square #6 of the Great American Aran afghan. The Great American Aran Afghan knitalong is currently going on at the store. Knitters are making one block a month and anyone can join in. This knitalong is dedicated to Caryl Nelson, there are over 40 knitters joining in on this wonderful tribute to a beautiful woman. Nancy is using Galway in blue and green heathered colors.
A new knitalong is starting at the store on Sunday for a really fun, easy pattern on Knitty.com. The sweater is called Corinne by Crystal Erb Junkins. Sue Smith will be guiding the group with her specially made worksheets for alterations.
Nancy and Kelie had fun when Steven Be and Stephen West came to the North Coast Knitters Guild. They estimate that there were over 300 people that came to hear them speak. Kelie brought her puppy baby and he slept the whole time. The Steph(v)ens have a reality show you can watch at www.stevenbe.tv.
The Knit Surfers find the Pantone Spring 2016 colors not to their taste this season.
Have a good week!
Sat, 27 February 2016
Nancy takes the store ball winder takes a trip to the repair shop. The Knit Surfers discuss 3D printing and the possibilities of making bobbins.
After all of the fun playing with the Ashford Blending Board, Kelie has spun up the batts/rolags. She discovers her toilet paper bobbins fit on her ball winder with a little rubber band on the stem.
The Great American Aran Afghan knitalong is going on at Common Threads. Nancy is working ahead on the squares but they are currently on the second square. This knitalong will last for about 2 1/2 years so jump on in!
Kelie is working on a Love Scarf using bright pink Plymouth Encore yarn that her youngest son gave her for Christmas. She is also knitting on her Alla Cardigan and it's going faster since she isn't doubling all of the rows.
Kelie has discovered the Interlock Bindoff by Jeny Staiman which is a bindoff that will stretch out just as far as Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off, snaps back in just as well, and is also invisible (or close to it).
Nancy received the first of four shipments of Madeline Tosh Sock yarn.
Wed, 3 February 2016
Kelie jumped on "The Force Awakens" bandwagon by knitting 4 hats and some matching mittens.
The Knit Surfers are excited about the new puppy "Jackpot" who will be coming home on Valentine's weekend.
Kelie tries to explain the concept of "knitworthy" to her 10 year old son.
Nancy's got the Great American Aran Afghan knitalong going along at the store. She's finished the second square and it's going well.
Lots of new Spring things coming into the store, including a shipment of Madeline Tosh.
Kelie had a problem while knitting her red lace cardigan Alla.
Stephen West and Steven B are coming to our local guild next week.
Tue, 12 January 2016
The Knit Surfers attend TNNA in San Diego and have a blast seeing all of the new products and ordering beautiful yarns and things for the store. Friday night was the Sample It and Fashion show.
First stop was at Mountain Colors with their new Twizzlefoot yarn is a fingering weight Superwash Merino/Silk/Nylon blend. Kelie made a cowl out of her Leucadia colorway she picked up at the San Diego yarn crawl. It's called the Willow Cowl and is available for purchase on Ravelry.
Nancy found a wonderful cashmere from Pepperberry Knits.
Retromantic Fripperies had beautifully designed wood products that Nancy is planning on using for some custom art designs. They tried out Kelie's new coasters by making a delicious coffee using Trader Joe's Coffee and Cocoa blend, Half & Half, and Kahlua.
The Fashion show was fun and showed off a lot of beautiful knitwear.
Anzula's booth was a favorite with a huge display of all their colors and yarns. Hanna is holding the colors that were bought for the store in their new laceweight yarn called Meridian. It is a blend of Tencel, Alpaca, and Nylon. Come to the trunk show on January 24, 2016 to see all the beautiful Anzula yarns and samples!
The Knit Surfers had a lot of fun with Rhichard Devrieze of The Yarns of Rhichard Devrieze. Kelie has big plans for all of his beautiful colors!
Purl & Loop introduced the Stash Blaster 8.0 weaving loom that is the perfect size for sampling different weaves and colors.
There will be lots of new knitting bags at the store from Atenti and Plymouth. Also a lot of new accessories from Hiya Hiya and Cocoknits.
The Knit Surfers are very happy to have purchased an Ashford Blending Board and are looking forward to sharing it with Common Threads customers and spread the joy of spinning!
Kelie attended Vicki Twigg's class on Sunday at the store to learn about the Twigg Stitch technique. It is a twist on reversible knitting and a fun way to play with colors.
The Great American Aran Afghan knitalong at the store starts this week. Knitters will be making one block a month and learn many new stitches along the way. This knitalong is dedicated to Caryl Nelson, Nancy's mom who passed away over the holidays. There are 40 knitters joining in on this wonderful tribute to a beautiful woman. Nancy is using Galway in blue and green heathered colors.
Common Threads will be closed Saturday, January 23 for Caryl's memorial at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Del Mar.
Wed, 14 October 2015
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Knitalong - There are two designs have similar horizontal knitting elements that will be fun to work up, but they fit differently. The Louisa and Gwendolyn Cardigan are the choices for this knitalong. Both are great for our climate since a cool breeze will swish right through either of them, but still have enough coverage to keep you cozy on any Southern California Winter day.
Knit-A-Longs are always free, but we are limited in our seating so you are required to sign up to reserve your seat. All we ask is that you purchase your yarns from our store for this project. Our first session will be Saturday, October 24th from 1 to 4. We will meet every two weeks for 6 sessions. This is a fun way to take your knitting to the next level and make some great friends along the way. We hope to see you around the table.
Kelie enjoyed seeing Peter the yarn rep and hearing about how the contest between knitters and non-knitters sale reps ended up. She was also disappointed to learn she missed seeing David from Plymouth when he came in. There is a lot of new yarns coming in to the store, stop by for a look!
Common Threads will have every single color of Madeline Tosh at the beginning of next year! Nancy and Kelie discuss which type of yarn they would each prefer to have in all the colors.
There are a lot of Lefties by Martina Behm being completed and Kelie is concerned about dye bleeding onto the lighter yarn choices. Nancy says to make sure there is some soap (or synthrapol) in the soak water so that the excess dye molecules don't stick to the yarn.
Kelie finished Follow Your Arrow 2 by Ysolda Teague and her Adriana by Cocoknits. She is very happy about both finished projects.
Nancy is working on her Western Slope Tee from Interweave Knits Summer 2015.
The San Diego Yarn Crawl was a lot of fun and The Knit Surfers are looking forward to next year! Kelie talks about her experience during the crawl and what stood out.
The future is coming! The Back to the Future trilogy movies go into the future on October 21, 2015 and it's very interesting to see what the vision of the future was back in the late 80s/early 90s. The futuristic yarn at Common Threads is called Abracadabra by Skacel and changes when in the sunlight. A super fun way to make a project that much more special!