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blissfully clean

Friday, July 25th, 2014

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last summer we had an awful lot of fun putting together the final shipment of the 2013 bare naked club. we’d introduced our membership to super soft color grown organic cotton the previous year and we thought it was time to step things up a notch by designing a shipment with one of the heavier weight cotton yarns and pairing that with a new selection that might not be as familiar—

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gorgeous, natural hemp.

at first i thought that we’d work with the very fine lace weight hemp so as to knit it into some long-lasting, hardwearing lace item, but the more i thought about it, the more i wanted to jump in with both feet and take on the challenge of a heavier hemp yarn.

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so that’s what we did and with it, i came up with a group of projects that not only complemented the yarn choices well, but were wonderfully freeing for hot weather knitting.

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the cotton was assigned for knitting the softest and most supple of wash cloths—in the knitter’s choice of three textures. the ecobutterfly organic color grown cotton sport yarn goes really far, in fact; two skeins was plenty for three generous cloths and most clubbies stretched it even further to knit four.

and now with a full selection of colors available, the project can be new all over again!

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knitters also had choices for the hemp DK—it could be knit into a bath mitt in one of two styles or sizes OR into a back scrubber, also with two choices of texture and size.

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we added some beads to the packages for adorning the pieces—clubbies got creative with hanging loops and edges using the beautiful recycled glass beads, also from ecobutterfly.

so many of these sets were destined for christmas gifts last year because they are wonderful gifting projects—reasonably priced, easy to knit, and fun. and something you can take care of right now when it’s too hot to knit anything warm or fuzzy.

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you can even switch the yarns around a bit and knit the mitt in cotton if you like or the cloths in hemp.

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shown above, three cloths from the i’m a soft touch pattern in ecobutterfly organics pakucho cotton sport, color golden café (click here to see a full range of color possibilities, from pale green to dark brown).  don’t be afraid to scale up the pattern to knit a towel or two, as many of our clubbies did.

or hey! super size that by using a worsted weight cotton selection and a larger needle to knit thick scrubby cloths, towels, or bath mats.

the mitts and scrubbers below from the i like it rough pattern were knit in ecobutterfly fluturi fine hemp DK  yarn, color natural white

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click here to view more information about the patterns for i’m a soft touch or i like it rough. you may also view them in my ravelry pattern shop—click here for i’m a soft touch and here for i like it rough.

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perpetual KALs for these projects and other club favorites are running live at all times in our swinging BNK clubhouse on ravelry—don’t be shy; you needn’t be club a member to join in the fun (but we hope you’ll consider it at some point!).

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both these designs are included in the 2013 BNK eBook, which is overflowing with wonderful information about the yarns we produce as well as fourteen patterns custom designed to go with them.

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and now i think it’s time to get our weekend on, don’t you?

 

Things are Clipping Right Along

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

knitting and napping

I’ve been sneaking in a few rows while Padraig naps, during summer concerts in the park (check out the gorgeous moss dogs and their rooftop garden on the doghouse),

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historical society,

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and at the zoo

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and also during any commutes where I’m in the passenger seat.

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Before I knew it, I was pretty far on my Slouch Potato in Enzo Sport and my Zig Zag Mitts for the summer cotton KAL were half done.

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I am in LOVE with the sport weight cotton for this pattern. The stitch definition is amazing and the fabric hugs my hand perfectly. And the pattern? It’s 16 row repeat is so addictive! It becomes mindless at 4 row chunks at a time. I mentioned to Anne last night that it would make a gorgeous blanket, so I think that’s my next project. Barb has definitely inspired me to cast one on. Bring on the worsted!

Sarah had to give her summer KAL project a little break. It became a tangled mess and completely frustrated her. We’ve all been there, haven’t we!? Susan rescued it out of her knitting bag

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and together they got Billow Cloud back on track.

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Knitting friends…they’re just the best. And it’s always more fun to straighten out someone else’s project. For some reason it’s less painful. Maybe that’s just me.

Last night there was a lot of knitting progress sharing in the Wednesday night group and Anne text me photos so I didn’t miss anything.

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Anne’s reincarnation of Baci into a sport weight cotton cap is just stunning and Barb’s revamped cotton Kiltie cowl

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into a little girl’s skirt is just too much! Isn’t this the cutest ever? All it needs is buttons and this little number is ready for someone’s first day of school. I’m seeing a back to school ravelry KAL brewing now. Go ahead, grab some sport weight cotton. I’ll wait.

Speaking of Barb, she showed up to knitting wearing her finished Ivar

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in Shalimar Breathless. I love the color; such a fresh green. Bravo Barb. Bravo.

In case you’re wondering, Barb is standing in the NEW RETAIL SPACE! I’ve been watching it grow from paint to carpet to stocked shelves of Bare Naked Wools via Face Time and text.

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It’s been thrilling for all of us to watch these four walls become a fresh and inviting space for natural yarn lovers to flock.

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Look how giddy Anne was the other day when she popped in to see the progress! We can’t wait for customers to see it! The wait is finally over…we open TOMORROW just in time for the hoards of people flocking to Canton for Football Hall of Fame festivities. Join us this weekend!

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Directions and more details can be found on the new boutique page David set up here. We will have regular weekly hours starting soon and as always we are available by appointment. Just call or email us ahead of time to set something up. We can’t wait to see you! I think it’s time to start planning summer road trips…

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Anne will pop in soon with a new hat pattern, plus updates on the shop in all its glory. In the meantime, follow us here for the latest:

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Cotton and Cashmere Restock!

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

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Big news! Organic cotton fingering is now stocked in the store! This is pure heaven to knit with and Budding Apple would be a perfect fit!

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Wouldn’t this shawl be perfect in a natural colorway? It would be a versatile neutral piece to add just a bit of softness and warmth to a vivid outfit or a summer dress on a cool evening.

LOVe is another shawl possibility

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and knit in the petite size would make a great accessory for a lightweight denim jacket.

I could also see Scotty in the organic cotton fingering,

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giving the hat that extra bit of drape and slouch. Wouldn’t it be cute with some little delicate floral buttons? The yarn comes in shades of natural – khaki, painted hills, sandy twist, and straw harvest – and the colors are limited.

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We won’t be restocking the fingering weight, so be sure to snag the color you want soon. Once they’re gone, they’re gone.

Speaking of limited edition, the coveted cashmere from Bare Naked Knitspot club is back in stock too!

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Anne designed Petit Pois and Pea Trellis

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for this gorgeous yarn and we have a very limited restock of cashmere in the shop. The patterns are part of the ongoing BNK 2014 ebook. We’re only in the third installment of this club and Anne has already designed eight patterns! There’s lots more in store for the remaining three months. Even though the yarn portion of the club is sold out, the pattern ebook can be purchased via Knitspot here or ravelry here.

Since we’re on the topic of Knitspot clubs, the 1st installment of PASSION is being packaged as we speak

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and shipped out to international customers!

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Then we’ll start shipping out the domestic packages by mid-month, for the anticipated exclusive club design that’s released July 17. We are so excited about this club all about purple! If you want to be part of the fun, or if you want to double dip on your yarn portion, it’s not too late. There’s a few memberships left here.

While everyone is busy getting the new retail space ready, new yarn is arriving by the truck load! Stone Soup is arriving daily and we will soon be restocked in all colors and both weights. Also, the sold out organic cotton colors from Ecobutterfly will be restocked any day. Keep checking our social sites for updates. There’s lots happening around here!

empreinte and feuillage; lace impressions

Friday, July 4th, 2014

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it was just a little over a year ago that we first shipped our mrs. lincoln’s lace yarn to our bare naked club members, along with two pretty designs—empreinte and feuillage—in which to knit it. the yarn was an instant hit and continues to be popular with customers who enjoy knitting lace.

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it is light and sheer, yet substantial; lace pieces knit with this lincoln/rambouillet blend have a warm, earthy quality and provide a pretty layer that stands up sturdily to the bitterest of january winds.

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and now it is with great pleasure that we can share these design with everyone as well, for they are just perfect for the latest addition to our yarn collection—chebris lace—but also translate beautifully into the color grown cotton lace we are all attracted to during this hottest month of the year (at least it is so where we live).

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in fact, i’ve cast on for a new empreinte in the forest mist color of the organic color grown cotton lace we have added to the growing lace yarn category in our online shop.

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i can’t wait to get further into it; i plan to do so while relaxing with friends in ft. collins over this holiday weekend.

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soon i’ll have a cool, sleek version of this pretty shawl, which will be perfect for packing along on trips. i love knowing i have a pretty (and useful) scarf tucked into my traveling bag at all times.

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but it was a real challenge to choose between the cotton and the chebris mohair blend; i finally decided that chebris would be perfect instead for a new sample of feuillage . . .

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its super soft halo and sheen will add some magic to this wide scarf or stole, don’t you think?

both of these pretty designs are offered in three sizes—each includes a generous scarf size plus two larger shawl/stole versions.

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the samples shown here are the smallest sizes to make with a little less than one skein each of chebris or mrs. lincoln’s lace—you can see that they are generous, too.

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ready to explore the possibilities further?

click here to view more information about the empreinte crescent shawl or here to read about the feuillage rectangle scarf/stole. you may also view them in my ravelry pattern shop—click here for empreinte and here for feuillage.

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perpetual KALs for these projects and other club favorites are running live at all times in our swinging BNK clubhouse on ravelry—don’t be shy; you needn’t be club a member to join in the fun (but we hope you’ll consider it at some point!).

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of course. both these designs are included in the 2013 BNK eBook, which is overflowing with wonderful information about the yarns we produce as well as fourteen patterns custom designed to go with them.

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you can get a better idea of the versatility of these pieces by visiting the project pages for both  empreinte and feuillage, where club members have shared their versions in both the original yarn and various other options, as well as a range of sizes.

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well i hope everyone reading this is enjoying a safe and relaxing holiday weekend; stay cool and keep knitting. i’ll be back on sunday with a post about my exciting travels this past week.