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Friday, May 06, 2016

Blame It on My Mom
That's right I said "Blame it on my mom".  My mom's name was Veronica (Vroni) for short and she was a stay at home mom that never stopped.  She taught me the saying "Good better best, never let it rest,  until your good is better and your better is your best".  She was an expert seamstress.  We sewed amazing garments together.  We sewed pieces that were fashion statements, blazers, coats we did it all.  I learned fitting skills, the way fabrics acted based on their fiber content and most of all I learned how to create. I would fall in love with a fashion piece and we would analyze what made it special.  It is this skill that transferred over to my knitting and crocheting skills.  That ability to see drape and fit or think through how a specific yarn is going to act.

She was so nervous when I decided to open the store.  I will never forget her telling me that I should open the store with just a little bit of yarn and then grow into buying more.  More than that I will never forget the day she started working with bamboo needles that we had at the store.  My mom went out of her way to tell me how much more she enjoyed knitting with these needles....she was not an easy one to impress.  I know many of you met her, she used to come in and help me when she could.  She hated not having a task, so I would make up projects just to have her come hang with us.She loved people and people loved her back.

So next time you come in and the studio has been rearranged....think of my mom and recite

Good, better, best,
Never let it rest,
Until your good is better and
Your better is your best.

Happy Mother's Day Mom
You are missed.

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Same Pattern, Different Yarn
Distinction Shawl made out of Malabrigo Mecha
Wool Distinction (Mecha yarn)
thanks for modeling Gail!
Distinction Shawl made out of Colinette Giotto yarn
Cotton Distinction (Giotto yarn)
thanks for modeling Kelsey!

 I just can't get enough of the knitted design Distinction by Caitlin Ffrench. I stumbled upon it on Ravelry and made it for a friend of mine out of Malabrigo Mecha.  She adored it and I decided she is definitely knit worthy(unfortunatley I did not take a picture of it and have not seen her in awhile, so I can not share it with you).!  Luckily our own Caitlin came to my rescue and knitted a store sample for us out of Mecha. The floor sample created a lot of interest and all of the sudden we are seeing many different  color combinations, all beautiful and all wool.  All of the interest made me want to knit one again, but one for the summer and not made out of wool.  I decided to use Colinette Giotto because it is one of my favorite cotton blend yarns. Silky, drapey and saturated with color I decided on Vatican Pie as the main color.  The person I wanted to give this to will look fantastic in the color. My family member has had a terrible year, too many things happening to one good person.  I want her to know that I think of her daily, and definitely send her good feelings every day.  She is not up to conversing and that is why I needed to find another way to communicate my love to her. I am sure she will feel every good feeling that went into the piece and I can only hope it will lift her through the tough days.I did take a picture this time, and the sample is in the mail.   Guess what I just started again....yes out of Giotto.  This time, this one is for me!

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Saturday, February 06, 2016

The Stopover Knit along
The Mason-Dixon Knitting sisters got this Knit along going using the Stopover Pattern by Jane Mucklestone.  Fortunately for River Colors, some wonderful customer named Jen included us as a source link for Lopi yarn in one of the discussion threads about the knit along.   We have been shipping Lopi galore.  How fun is that?  Many local people got into the kal as well so we have been vicariously living color combinations.  Don't be afraid to change your mind if you get into it and find that the color combo is not right. One of the beautiful things about this project is that the yarn is not expensive.  You can see from my posting yesterday that I did just that.   While I love the gold, green and navy combo, I decided it was just a tad too handsome for the look I wanted.  I took my pop color(the pink) and changed it out for the gold.  Now I love it!

Starting with the sleeve is a good way to check your gauge and your color choices.  That is how I discovered that I was not getting the colors I envisioned and that my gauge was way too tight.   I am using  the 9 inch needles instead of double points, it just simplifies the color change process.  Off the top of my head I can not remember if you can get 9 inchers in 10.5 needles.  I will have to research that.  I started off with smaller needles(size 7 and 9)than recommended because I am usually so loose.  Now that I started the body and my gauge is working I am actually on a size 10.  You can still join in the fun,there are lots of color choices left and am expecting some of the light greys this Monday.  Here is my progress since yesterday morning....I got to the first decrease and had to stop.  See you all later, the store is going to be hopping with classes today so I need to go.

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Friday, February 05, 2016

Catch up for Mary Jane Mucklestone Stopover
I am so sorry!   I need to catch up...changing my needles, changing my colors.  Please stop back on Saturday for a discussion.   Today, I post a picture of the evolution of my Stopover and why I have to knit like crazy today!

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Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Permission to Play
One of the hottest gifts this Christmas was coloring books for adults. Geometrics, florals, abstracts and a pack of pencils, crayons or markers kept plenty of parents delighted and engaged long after all the gifts were unwrapped. The Rainey Sisters of Mason Dixon knitting book fame published a Knitters Coloring book this past December.
Why are coloring books so popular?  Because they give us permission to play, to find joy in our creative choices and to make something uniquely our own. The pleasure of coloring comes in the process more than the product, which is the definition of play.
 Isn't that why we love yarn? Yarn is another way of playing with color, texture and shape. It's color you can touch.

As you begin to plan your 2016 projects, we at River Colors Studio invite you to play with yarn. Think of it as doodling or coloring with yarn. Pick up the skeins that fill you with joy.  Is it the color? Is it how the yarn feels in your hands or against your skin? Is it the smooth progression of the worsted stitches or the slippery beauty of the silk ribbon that delights you?  Don't start searching Ravelry for a pattern. Pick up your needles in a few different sizes and swatch. See what your joyous yarn wants to do. Does it want to drape or stand firmly? Does it want the rustic simplicity of garter stitch or the dimension of cables?

You are a creative person. Your years of experience crocheting or knitting mean that you can make whatever you want from your yarn. Try it and see. Follow your own rules. Trust your own ideas and play with your yarn. You may just surprise yourself.

This chevron cowl is what happened when Laura gave herself permission to play. The bright saturated colors of Malabrigo Worsted spoke to her. Putting them together in chevron stripes of random widths, she created the softest, most cheerful infinity scarf that she could imagine, the perfect antidote to the gray days of a Cleveland winter. There's no particular pattern or recipe to share; she just played with the color sequence and the needle size until she ended up with the fabric that made her smile.
Come to the Studio and find what makes you smile

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Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Store Hours


we will be closed March 27th,  Easter Sunday

Monday closed
Tuesday 11-6
Wed. And Friday 11-5
Thursday 11-8
Saturday 10-4
Sunday 1-4

Trying to find us for the first time? We are tucked behind Blackbird Baking Company(their signs are very obvious)

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