Saturday, June 20, 2015

Jersey Shore Knits

Foxpaws, designed by Xandy Peters  is a very popular pattern on Ravelry. I love the inventive design and Xandy's use of stacked increases.   Very clever.  I just had to start one out of my hand dyed fingering yarn -- lots of color choices.

I was curious when Xandy posted that she was looking for Indie dyers who reside in New Jersey for a new project. I contacted her and we met in NYC at a coffee bar in Noho.  I schlepped every color of fingering yarn I had and some finished projects too.  Xandy loved the subtle colors I used in my first Vivid blanket project - the colors reminded her of the old Victorian homes in Ocean City and thought it would be a good match for one of her projects.

Xandy's e-book, Jersey Shore Knits was published this week  and has been a huge hit on Ravelry.  The pattern my yarn was used for is called "Seashells" and uses 2 skeins of 3 different colorways of Woolbearers Fingering Weight. 

I've already downloaded all the patterns and will start this real soon.

Monday, May 11, 2015

I thought Spring was finally here and now we are right into Summer.  There's lots of wonderful  summer knitting on hand. I'm not a big fan of cottons, but I have a great selection of cotton and cotton blends and I've been knitting up a storm with all of these yarns.

If you just want simple this summer -- here's a scarf that is 3 skeins of Debbie Bliss Delphi done in  a drop stitch pattern that I got from the Barbara Walker Learn to Knit Afghan book.  


Materials: 3 skeins of Debbie Bliss Delphi
Needles:  Size 11

Cast on 16 stitches.  Knit one row.


Row 1: Knit 6, yo  twice, k1, yo 3 times, k1, yo 4 times, k1, yo 3 times, k1, yo twice,   knit 6,
Row 2: Knit dropping all the extra yarn-overs off needle
Row 3 and Row 4: Knit all stitches
Row 5: Knit 1, yo  twice, k1, yo  3 times, k1, yo 4 times, k1, yo 3 times, k1, yo twice k6, twice, k1, yo  3 times, k1, yo  4 times, k1, yo  3 times, k1, yo, k1
Row 6: Knit dropping all the extra yarn-overs off needle
Row 7 and Row 8: Knit stitches.

Repeat rows 1-8 until approximately 55 inches.

Cut remaining yarn into fringe.  I cut pieces 18 inches long and then attached the pieces folded in half, so the fringe is approximately 9 inches long.

Here are the colors I have in the shop
or you can buy online at

Monday, February 09, 2015

  It's been a very busy beginning of the year. It's already February and I am finally able to catch my breath.  
    In mid-January we did the Vogue Live Show in NYC.  It was lots of fun.  Saturday was super crowded and I got to see lots of old customers. It's really neat to see the same customers coming back to my booth year after year. Sunday was more subdued because of the weather, but we were still busy, selling lots of Zealana, Three Irish Girls, Isager yarns and Woolbearers hand dyed.  As I was leaving, I ran into StevenBe and told him that we would be seeing him in a few weeks.  He said that we would have  lots of fun -- and he was right.

Last weekend was the Fire & Ice Festival on Saturday.  The weather was perfect for the festival and our sheep didn't melt until Wednesday!

Sunday, of course, was our annual Superbowl Sunday sale and the beginning of the Stephen and Steven Tour.  We had a luncheon while StevenBe and Stephen West showed us their trunk show.  It was really fun.

Monday we had 2 classes - Modular Magic and Shawl Extravaganza and Tuesday night was New Perspectives on Knitting with S-Squared.  These guys were so inspiring! Thank you so much --- Can't wait for your next visit.



Our Knitters have been working hard on their CustomFit Knits Sweaters.
Janet finished her first one.  Perfect fit!  She used the Cushing Isle pattern and Juniper Moon Moonshine yarn in light grey.

  Meg knit an Aislinn, while she did not use the Custom Fit program to knit this sweater,  the pattern is available in the program.  She did, however, use Woolbearers' Sport Merino.

The next class is scheduled for February 28th & March 7th.

Another finished afghan.  Wendy did a fabulous job with this --- she has now completed a sweater and is well on her way to finishing another one!

Monday, January 05, 2015

Happy New Year. 
Here's an easy hat pattern.  
You can knit this in one night.  Enjoy

                               GARTER STITCH POM POM HAT

Materials: 1 skein of Woolbearers Superwash Chunky (approx 120 yards)
Needles: Size 13
Gauge: 3 stitches = 1 inch

Cast on 22 stitches leaving a long tail for use later.

Knit all rows for 20 inches.
Bind off
Sew bind off row to cast on row using the mattress stitch

At the end where tail is, using a running stitch, sew through all rows and cinch  tight.  This will form the top of the hat.

Make Pom Pom with rest of yarn and sew to top of hat..

Thursday, October 02, 2014

                     When we got in this new yarn from Aracaunia called Sotaqui, I knew I had to knit up something quick with it.  So, here is a super easy, super quick knit with superbulky yarn on super big needles.


1 skein of  Aracaunia Sotaqui
24" Size 19 needles

Cast on 40 stitches.  Join to work in the round
Pattern: K2, P2 all the way around.  Repeat for each row.

After approx 13 rows -- bind off.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Mini Skeins    

  Hopefully you have seen my version of Tin Can Knits' Vivid Blanket. I dyed up lots of colors, wound them into 90 yard skeins and kitted them up.  I  love doing projects like this because it's so satisfying to get a square done. And then you want to do another and another ......

So, I decided to dye more "mini-skeins" and sell them individually -- if you want to make the blanket, you can choose your own colors. Or, if you are doing a project that requires small
 amounts of lots of different colors, this would be a great way to buy yarn.

I'll have the yarn for sale at the Garden State Sheep Breeders Show Sept 6-7 at the Hunterdon County Fairgrounds along with plenty of other hand dyed yarns and roving.

Here's a pattern I just wrote that uses 8 different colors of the mini skeins -- you could probably make 2 or 3 cowls using this yarn.

Materials: 8 colors of Woolbearers' Mini skeins.
Color A: Red/Black
Color B: Deep Magenta
Color C: Wine Rose
Color D: Med Grey
Color E: Light Grey
Color F: Pink Magenta
Color G: Light Pink
Color H: Dark Charcoal

Needles:  Size 5 16" circular needles
Begin with color A,  Work first 6 rows of scarf and then change to color B and work 8 rows of pattern (or 2 repeats), do the same for Colors C through G.  Work last 6 rows with Color H.

Cast on 154.  Place marker, join to work in the round.

Setup rows:
Row 1:  Knit
Row 2: Purl

Feather and Fan Pattern:
Row 1:* (K 2 tog) 2 times, (YO, K 1) 3 times, YO, (K 2 tog) 2 times, repeat from * 13 more times
Row 2: purl
Rows 3&4: Knit

Repeat these 4 rows for pattern

With Color H: Knit Rows 1-4  of pattern.
Row 5: Purl
Row 6: Knit
Bind off in knitting.



Wednesday, July 23, 2014

     It's hard to believe that Woolbearers has been in business for over 10 years now.  I think it was only yesterday when we opened up the shop in a little house down in Mill Race Village.  Times have changed and we have had to make lots of changes as well.  Moving up to High Street has been great -- lots of visibility and a nice large shop to display all of our goodies. 
     The latest program Woolbearers is offering is CustomFit. CustomFit makes custom patterns for hand-knit sweaters. It takes your choices, your body, and your hand-knit fabric and produces a pattern perfectly suited to you. Design and fit expertise are built-in, so you get to make all the fun choices without worrying about the hard ones.  CustomFit builds a pattern that fits beautifully from hem to neck, and everywhere in between.

 Here is my first CustomFit sweater.  I used Customfits Classic Cardigan template and indeed, I got a perfect fit. I used Zealana's Heron yarn.
  Fran's first sweater is a pullover. She specified some of the design choices she wanted (neck depth, neck style, edging, etc.)  and got great results.  Of course, it fits perfectly as well.  We both said that the shoulders were a perfect fit -- something that doesn't always happen, even when trying on store bought sweaters.  Fran knit with Tahki Tara Tweed.

I just started another CustomFit sweater.  I did a twisted 1 x 1 rib and  am incorporating a pattern on the back -- maybe the fronts too -- we'll see. I was really inspired by the Botanic Knits trunk show. Found this leaf pattern in one of Barbara Walker's books.
This time I'm using Classic Elite Mohawk Wool and I just love this new yarn  -- it's made of Merino and Romney, is soft, but has great stitch definition.  Here are all the natural colors.

Our first 2-part classes are scheduled for Thursday, July 31st & August 7 or Saturday, August 2nd & 9th,  More info is on our website.

I know it's been months since I have blogged, so here are a few items I have been collecting to put on the blog.  I hope you have all seen my version of the Vivid Blanket by Tin Can Knits.  I've made up kits and lot of folks are knitting away. 

Here is my first version 

and here is Bonnie's version.  Just love it!
I dyed extra black yarn for her and away she went!

Janet has a new grandson and of course he needed a new blankie.  Janet made this out of Berroco Vintage.  The pattern is by Ashley Rao and is published in 60 Quick Baby Blankets.

Robert visits our shop when he is in the area and just had to show off his latest creation.

Here are some new yarns that have been coming in:

Mrs. Crosby Train Case (fingering weight)  Buy here

Spincyle  Dyed in the Wool.  Buy here

 Sweet Georgia Silk Crush 
Delicious Yarns Parfait

If you can't make it into the shop, I'll be getting all these new yarns on my online store soon.