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May Makers’ League 2017 Oops

Monday, May 1st, 2017

 
This is how we felt this morning.

 

 

We love the first of the month.

 

We send out a newsletter announcing the project and we wait with nervous energy hoping that you guys love our project as much as we do.

 

Usually by the time we get into the shop we have a dozen or so orders through our online store and we are excited to see what color combos you liked. We love to to pack them up and ship them to you.

 

This was a different kind of first of the month.

 

Carly was already here when I came in this morning and we only had 1 online order. Only 1. We were so bummed. We designed the bag and hoped you would love it.

 

Carly said “Well Aimee, we can’t win ’em all”.

 

We went through all the possible reasons…
Maybe its bad looking
Maybe it was too cheap
Maybe it was too expensive
Maybe people don’t want to knit a market bag
Maybe because the newsletter went out last night and not this morning
Maybe the photo wasn’t that great

 

We felt sorry for ourselves.

 

Then…Char called and told us the news…”ummm, I’m trying to buy one of the kits through your website and it won’t let me. It forces me to click wind and then when I do it says they are out of stock.”

 

WHA?!

 

Sure enough, as soon as we fixed the mistake online the orders started coming through.

 

Oh and thanks to those of you who emailed me with the problem too, sure would have been a better morning had I looked at my email sooner;)

 

This is how we feel now!  Carly and I can’t stop giggling about it.

 

 

 

Thanks for your continued support of the crazy that is Darn Knit Anyway. We fly by the seat of our pants!

 

Click here to see the colors that are now actually available to buy.

 

May Makers’ League

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

Our May Makers’ League project is a market bag! We call it”River Market Bag”.  See it here on Ravelry.

 

The bag is knit with 2 – 200 yard skeins of worsted weight cotton yarn. Knit from the bottom up, with some easy lace thrown in for fun.

 

It’s stretchy and perfect to take to the beach or the market or the yarn shop:)

 

 

Click here to see the kit colors we have packed up for you.
We hope you enjoy this fun easy project perfect for summer!

 

 

 

April 2017 Makers’ League

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

We have chosen something a little different for our April Makers’ League kit.

 

 

It’s a mystery! Adorable Ewe.


What do we know? Well, we know it’s a baby sweater, sized at 6 months. We know it is appropriate for a boy or a girl. We know it’s designed by the amazing Knitpurlhunter.

 

Michelle’s KALs are always a mystery, but she let us know that this sheep-themed sweater is too cute to miss! Every knitter should have a baby sweater on hand for gift giving. They are also great way to gain sweater experience. Whether you are a novice or a seasoned sweater knitter, this project has something for you. You’ll get great finishing techniques and more in this knit along.



How does a mystery knit along work? The first part of the pattern is released on April 6th and she’ll release another part of the pattern every Thursday in April. We will send you an email with the link to the next clue every week, as a reminder.

 

Knitpurlhunter has a very active Ravelry page for her knit alongs, so you can follow along! You can also register to win prizes with Skacel for participating!

 

You will get the sheep patch with this order.

 

This kit includes:
-2 skeins of Hikoo Simpliworsted (Main Color of sweater)
55% superwash merino wool, 28% acrylic, 17% nylon
Don’t let the fact that this yarn has acrylic in it lead you to believe it is a lesser yarn. This is one of our most popular yarns in the shop, it is soft and so durable. Perfect for this project!
140 yards/100 grams
-approx 45 yards of Simpliworsted in white
-approx 20 yards of Simpliworsted in black
-4 sheep buttons

Ready to see the colors available? Click here.

 

 



As always, you can come in and make your own color combos, or call us and we help over the phone!

 

Don’t think you’d like a mystery knit along? You can wait a few weeks until a few of the clues are published and then decide what you think:) After the knit along is completed, you can see the entire pattern on Ravelry.

 

If this is your first Makers’ League project you’ll get the Canvas Makers’ League Tote Bag. If you have already joined the league, you’ll get to add another patch to the tote bag you have already received. Every 5 patches collected in 2017 earns you 20% off a day of shopping at DKA! Remember, there is no “joining” fee or membership cost. You simply have to choose a Makers’ League kit you love and buy it!
What is this whole Makers’ League thing anyway?  Click here.

 

 

 

 

March 2017 Makers’ League

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

 

Our March Makers’ League project is Springtime Bandit.

 


This easy lace triangular shawl pattern is great for beginner knitters but still interesting for more advanced knitters.


We’ve made kits for you in 3 different yarns.

 

Fibre Company Terra. The pattern was designed with this yarn in mind. An aran weight yarn made of alpaca, merino and silk. The silk slubs take the color a little differently than the other fibers. It’s so pretty!

 


365 Yak from Trendsetter
is a great choice for the approaching warmer weather. Made from cotton, nylon and yak. This fiber is smooth and soft!

Marisol Sulka Nina is a lighter dk option. Super soft spun fiber made from alpaca, merino and silk. Soft and dreamy. You’ll knit this one on a US7 and need to knit more repeats.

 

 

 

We love this pattern and we think you will too…plus, it’s the best patch right?
There is a kit that is just right for you with prices ranging from $33 – $64.
Yeah for March!!

click here for more Makers’ League info.

February 2017 Makers’ League

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

 

 

February 2017 Maker’s League is a fun project called Wanderers: Modern Mukluks, by Andrea Mowry.

 

 

These fun house slippers are an easy 2 color project! We’ve kit them up with a brand new yarn from Berroco, Ultra Wool. This new yarn is a worsted 100% superwash wool. We are loving how it knits up and washes up!

 

 

Our kits are cream and an accent color. There are 18 accent colors to pick from. You are sure to find one you love.

 

 

 

Trust us, you can make these!

Click here for the kits.

 

 

 

January 2017 Makers’ League

Monday, January 30th, 2017

Our January 2017 Makers’ League project is our own design! Cable it Up Scarf!

 

 

 

The kit is 5 skeins of Berroco Vintage chunky. 680 yards worth of a chunky weight yarn.

 

It’s completely reversible too! FUN!

The patch for this month is the scarf of course:)

 

Click here to see available kits.

Makers’ League 2016 Recap

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

A quick recap of our Maker’s League Projects from 2016! Some of these projects are still available as kits. Check them out here.

January - Wherever it points

February – Wherever it points

February - Baby Surprise

March – Baby Surprise

April - Montego Bay

April – Montego Bay

May - Old Shale Waves

May – Old Shale Waves

June - Shawl with No Name

June – Shawl with No Name

July - Tolt Folded Bag

July – Tolt Folded Bag

August - Cadeatje Slippers

August – Cadeatje Slippers

September - Stillwater Cowl

September – Stillwater Cowl

October - Featherlite Hat

October – Featherlite Hat

November - Grind Mittens, Cowl Hat

November – Grind Mittens, Cowl Hat

December - In the Mean Time Two

December – In the Mean Time Two

Makers’ League 2017

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

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We can’t wait! Makers’ League 2017 starts in a few days!
How great are our patches this year!!
Our shop will be open limited hours for your Makers’ League buying and knitting pleasure this weekend.
New Years Eve (Dec 31st) 10am – 2pm
New Years Day (Jan 1st) 10am – 2pm

Come buy a project and knit with us on New Years Day…what else do you have to do?

Makers’ League Tolt Bag

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Our July Makers’ League project is the Tolt Folded Bag. It’s a free pattern posted on a blog from a yarn store in Washington state, Tolt Yarn & Wool. You can see the blog post and get the pattern here.

 

Note!!!  There are 2 different options on the Tolt blog. One is garter stitch with ribbon yarn and US15 needles. We are NOT doing that option!  We are doing the stockinette version of the bag out of Quince & Co Kestrel! I used a US7 needle to get the gauge recommended.

 

Tolt Folded Bag

 

We do not have a printed version of this pattern, it is not our copyright. But we love it so, so much and think you will too, so we think you can handle it:)  It is a VERY simple pattern that is folded up in such a cool way that it makes this awesome shape!

 

Tolt Bag Flat
Tolt Bag Folded Once
Tolt Bag Folded

 

You can either knit this bag in one color, or choose an contrasting color. We suggest if using the contrasting color that you start working it first. Knit the contrasting color for 3-4: then start alternating every 2 rows with the main color. Depending on your gauge, your stripes will end up where they end up:) Finished size is about 16″ x 16″.

 

We have kit these up with the grey as a base and the natural as a base. If you want something different..just let us know and we’ll check stock!

 

We added a leather wrap to our bags. Which we think adds a nice finishing touch.
Leather wraps are also available to purchase. Click here to see the leather wraps.

 

Leather Wrap Handle

 

There is a crochet bag much like the knit Tolt Folded Bag. It is called the Masa Bag. Click here to see it on Ravelry. If you are interested in crocheting it instead…let us know and we’ll help you out!

 

We hope you love the bag and take it Darn.Knit.Anywhere!  The patch says so:)

 

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Baby Surprise Jacket Tips

Monday, February 29th, 2016

We’ve been getting lots of questions about our March choice for Makers’ League, The Baby Surprise Jacket.

 

First off, we want to say…take a deep breath! It’s just a little baby sweater. It’s just a garter stitch sweater that when complete is folded up in a certain way than then. Voila! A sweater!

 

You only need to know how to cast on, knit, increase, decrease and cast off! The sweater has a very unique construction. You won’t be able to picture it while you are knitting. So just trust the pattern. Cast on the right amount, put your markers in and follow the pattern!

 

So, how many stitches to cast on is the first question…

 

Take a look at these images.

 

Baby Surprise Sizes

Baby Surprise Sizes

 
Both of these sweaters had the same number of cast on stitches (the middle number from the pattern) and both were knit with worsted weight yarn.

 

The top sweater was knit on a US5 in Malabrigo Rios. Carroll got 6 stitches to the inch. It measures for a 3-6 month old sizing.

 

The bottom sweater was knit from our Liberty Wool Kit, on a US7. Carly got 5 stitches to the inch. It measures for a 9 – 12 month old. Carly had about 10 grams of yarn left over from the 3 balls of yarn in our kit. If you want to make a bigger sweater than this you should purchase an additional skein of yarn.

 

Here is another picture

 

Baby Surprise Neve

Baby Surprise Neve

 
The bottom sweater is the same as in the photo above. The sweater on top is knit from our Juniper Moon Farms kit Neve. It is knit on a US6 casting on for the smallest size. We would say it measures for a 0-3 month old. There is plenty of yarn in this kit to knit a bigger size too!

 

You can play this two different ways…

 

You can just pick a size, pick a needle and cast on. You’ll knit line by line, fold it up and seam. You’ll hand this lovely sweater to a new mom or donate it to a hospital or school auction! Happiness!

 

Or…

 

You can do lots of research before you knit. There is lots of information about the BSJ out there. There is a whole Ravelry group devoted to this garment. There is a BSJ Wiki page with so much info in it that every question will have an answer. You’ll then do some measurements of the child in question, you’ll do a few gauge swatches to help you choose your needle and size. But at some point, you’ll cast on! You’ll knit line by line, fold it up and seam. You’ll hand this lovely sweater to a mom or donate it to a hospital or school auction! Happiness!

 

However you choose to knit your BSJ we are sure you’ll love to knit it! It’s a right of passage for all knitters. We can’t wait to see yours!