Friday, September 16, 2016

My First Knitting Event with Missouri Star Quilt Company!

I honestly can't believe it here! My first event with MSQC! It will be October 17th and 18th.

I will be teaching the basics to Knitting. Showing how to cast on, knit & purl and Bind off!

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Next Step

Hi All,
I'm ready for the next step... I think...

I'm really excited to announce that I am working on setting up my first ever Knitting Retreat. We are starting it small as a 2 day Knitting Event. We aren't offering an over night retreat yet. We are keeping it small to only 20 people and keeping it at beginner level with the projects being a coaster and dishcloth. But it is a start and I am super excited.

This week I am attending a retreat so I can get the feel of how one runs. I feel like I need to learn so much, but at the same time I feel that I have the instincts to pull it off.

The quilt shop that I work in has been carrying yarn for several months. We are testing out to see if we can sell enough yarn to justify the yarn being in its own shop. I just got the numbers and the yarn is about 10% of the shop sells... Not enough yet... maybe in a year...

If you haven't been to Hamilton, Missouri and experienced the Missouri Star Quilt Shop experience then you are missing out. Even if you are not a quilter, it is an amazing business and story. This September they will be having the 8th annual Birthday Bash. Do you know what that means.. It means they have only been in business for 8 years, and they have turned this little town into the Quilt Shop Mecca. Currently there are 13 shops all dedicated to an individual theme. I work in the Primitive and Wool shop. Let me take a moment to explain... The shop I work in, also has yarn, so, often times you will hear me introduce it as the Primitive and Wool with Yarn Shop. Basically, it's because I'm a knitter, I love yarn, and I feel that people will miss the yarn if they don't know it's here.

I've been working hard designing new patterns and working in the quilt shop. I'm not sure what my knitting future holds right now, but I do know I am a Shop Supervisor, and Knitter and we are planning our first retreat.

My wonderfully amazing husband is about to set out on a new adventure. We are buying a food truck. He has turned in his notice at his job and he is going to set out to be his own boss and make some amazing food. I can't say that I am not nervous about this, but I have faith in my husband, and I know his cooking. Everything should be alright!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

New Place to Buy Yarn

Yep that's right!

Here is a picture of Stephen testing out the snowflake earflap hat in the shop.

I'm excited to share that Missouri Star Quilt Company is now selling yarn!

Okay so I'm a little more excited than the average person because I work at MSQC and I get to work with the yarn!

They have started out with a small selection of Lion Brand and Plymouth. However, I have a feeling it is going to grow. From the time I started knitting I have dreamed of owning a yarn store. I made business plans and contacted buyers, but it just didn't work out. Now I have the opportunity to work in a quilt shop that has yarn. It is (to quote my 19 year old son) "FANTASTIC".

If you scroll down to the Primitive & Wool Section you will see the yarn in the picture!

This is so cool!

Also remember you can purchase the yarn online as well!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Snowflake Ear Flap Hat

Snowflake Ear Flap Hat

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• 1 Ball of Worsted Merino Superwash Raisin Yarn 100g

• Size 4, 19” Circular needles or 5 dpn (this hat can be knitting using a longer circular cord and done in magic loop method)
• Stitch Markers
• Tapestry Needle
• Stitch Holder (or extra dpn)

24 stitches and 40 rounds = 4 inches

Earflaps: (make 2) MC
Cast on 4 stitches using cable cast on.

Rows 1 (RS) and 2: Knit
Row 3: K1,yo, knit to last st, yo, k1
Row 4 and 6: Knit
Row 5: Rep Row 3
Row 7: K1, yo, knit to last st, yo k1
Row 8: K3, p to last 3 sts, k3
Rep Rows 7-8 until there are 20 sts

Keeping first and last 3 sts in garter st (knit every row), and rem sts in St st (RS knit, WS purl), work even until earflap measures 2 ½ inches (4 rows). Place sts on Stitch Holder (or extra dpn).

With MC Cast on 95 sts using Cable Cast On. Join without twisting, pm between first and last st. Marker will be the center back of hat.

Next rnd: K2 [P2, K2] 3 times (14 stitches), with RS facing you, place one earflap behind work. Working in P2, K2 rib, working 1 st from main needle and 1 earflap st tog until all earflap sts have been joined. Work in rib over next 28 sts, join 2nd earflap as for first, work in rib to end of rnd.

Work even in 2X2 rib for 1 ½ inches.

Next rnd: With CC knit 4 rnd, inc 5 stitches in the 4th round.

Start Pattern: (gray = main color, white = contrast color) Pattern Repeats 4 times around hat.

Start Rnd 9 at st 14 in pattern so that the center of the design will line up with the center of the back of hat.

On Rd 28 Decrease 12 st evenly

Decreasing Rounds start after grid:
Dec Rnd 1: Change to CC *K7, K2tog
Dec Rnd 2: Knit (and all even rounds)
Dec Rnd 3: *K6, K2tog
Dec Rnd 5: *K5, K2tog
Dec Rnd 7: *K4, K2tog
Dec Rnd 9: *K3, K2tog
Dec Rnd 11: *K2, K2tog
Dec Rnd 13: *K1, K2tog
Last rnd: *K2tog Cut yarn and using tapestry needle thread yarn through last remaining stitches. Weave in ends.


Cut 6 strands of MC and 6 strands of CC 24 inches long. Using tapestry needle, thread one strand of mc and one cc color through end of ear flap 3 times on each flap. Divides strands into three groups and braid, tie in knot at end.