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Modern Daily Knitting Field Guide No. 15: Open.

The fifteenth installment of the Modern Daily Knitting Field Guide series is here! Let’s take a peek inside.

Yes, Ann Shayne and Kaye Gardiner are now Modern Daily Knitting, a welcome name change that they wrote about on their blog. MDK’s series of Field Guides are pocket-sized booklets focused on a particular theme, knitting technique, or designer. This latest one, Open, features five patterns from designer Jeanette Sloan.

Open in this case refers to openwork, the eyelets and negative spaces of lace knitting. Sloan’s designs for Field Guide No. 15 are an invitation to lace knitting for knitters of all levels, building on skills from one pattern to the next.

MDK Field Guides are $14.95 each; order online for local pickup or shipping, and let us know if we can recommend a yarn for any of these patterns – happy to make suggestions and send photos of what we have available!

The pattern binders.

They’re not flashy, the pattern binders. They’re heavy, filled nearly to bursting, and are tucked away at the bottom of a shelf by the window where you may never notice them unless you’re looking for them. The binders are stuffed with single patterns, which are perfect for those seeking an inexpensive alternative to a book … [more]


Vogue.

Look out for the Spring 2011 issue Vogue Knitting magazine, sitting on the teacart with the newest Interweave Knits. Lots of interesting ideas for warm-weather knitting are found within both magazines. Get ready for spring, knitters…


Of mice and monkeys.

For the past few weeks, Anne and I have been knitting animals. We worked on them during the quieter moments at the shop, and so they lingered, unfinished, for some time. Then, over the weekend, one mouse and one monkey emerged, knitted and stuffed, their features embroidered. You should see us morph into children as … [more]


What we’ve made room for, part 2.

 Another day, another bunch of new yarns to report on… : : : : : : : A box arrived from Great Adirondack Yarn Co. recently, and tucked inside it were these four shiny colors of Sea Breeze, a dk weight blend of cotton, rayon, and linen. Also: a shimmery, summery shawl pattern to go … [more]


What we’ve made room for, part 1.

Give a warm welcome to the newest yarns at the Hillsborough Yarn Shop. : : : : : : : As I previously mentioned, Sawya is the latest from Mirasol: a worsted weight blend of pima cotton, alpaca, and silk in a bright bunch of colors. Just right for warm-weather knitting. : : : : … [more]


The trunk.

There’s a trunk in front of Anne’s desk, at the back of the shop, with its lid propped open to reveal what’s inside. Surprise: there’s yarn in there. But not just any yarn: sale yarn. Every once in a while, we have to face the fact that we must make room for new acquisitions. In … [more]


I’m a copycat.

Remember my sock-crazed friend, Andrea? Well, I copied her. After the baggy gray socks, I was ready for a pair that would fit correctly. Hence, these copycat socks, knit, like Andrea’s, in Berroco’s Ultra Alpaca Fine, and embellished with contrasting reenforcement thread at the heels and toes. Now I am completely obsessed with knitting socks. I’m … [more]


Starstruck.

Last week, we were treated to a visit from Jill McCorkle, who we are lucky to know not only as a local author, but also as a crocheter and regular customer. Even better: she brought a friend, author Alice Hoffman. Anne and I had such fun showing them around the shop and helping them pick out … [more]


The teacart.

Right as you walk into the shop, you’ll find a small wooden teacart, though you may not recognize it as such. We’ve disguised it by keeping it piled high with the newest additions to the shop: kits, books, magazines, and yarn, along with the ever present swift and ball-winder. If you’re curious about what’s new, … [more]


Michelle and Chloe.

Last Saturday, master knitter Michelle came into the shop with a dress-form (named Chloe) wearing her latest finished object, an intricately cabled pea coat from Shirley Paden’s Knitwear Design Workshop: The Comprehensive Guide to Handknits. It blew us all away, to the point that I could not resist asking to take their photo for the … [more]