Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Breaking News: The 4 Miler Afghan is Complete!


Thank you so much to those of you who knitted a square for this incredible blanket. It's going to keep the winner of the 4 Miler Afghan raffle very warm this winter. You can enter the raffle at the shop, at the race check in on Friday night, and at the event on Saturday morning at Foxfields. The raffle tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20.

Here are a few more pictures from our photo shoot today...




All of the proceeds of this raffle will go towards the UVA Cancer Center Breast Care Program. We LOVED making this. If any of you are interested in making a square next year, please email me at and we'll put together a list and contact you in the Spring to start knitting your squares.

We had a fun weekend at the shop. The Olympics are over, and that means the Ravelympics are over. Look at Vilde's Tangled Yoke that she knit in 17 days!


And it's now done and even more beautiful...


And here is our dearest Marilyn modeling a newly finished argyle sleeveless made from yarn that she had for 20 years in her stash.


And after my sad ravelympics end (my Flow doesn't seem to be the size I wanted it, but there still could be hope) I eyed Mimi's alpaca and thought "I must design something for this." So, here I am, dreaming of cables and cables...


I'm sure you're all planning your new projects now to watch during the UVA vs. USC game on Saturday...don't all knitters like football? Have any of you seen the Twist Collective? I've got Bonnie on my list. It's starting to feel like Fall already, and in my world, Fall=cables. Does anyone else feel this way? I think I've mastered cabling sans cable needle, so maybe this will go faster than previous arans...

Keep us updated with everyone you're knitting. Come in this weekend- I'll be there Sunday, digital camera in hand!


Monday, August 18, 2008


Hello knitters! Lots going on at the N.L. Mimi is putting the final touches on the afghan that is going to be raffled off at the Women's Four Miler. Here it is a few days ago in the shop and when it's complete, we'll get pictures on here for you.


Check out Debbie Ware's square. So cute!


Tickets for the raffle cost $5 and they will be on sale at the Four Miler registration and the day of at Foxfields. The proceeds go to the UVA Cancer Center Breast Care Program. We're really excited to have completed this project and for such a good cause. Thank you to all of you who knitted a square!

Our BIG news is that Nora Bellows, the creator of Noni, is coming to the shop to teach a workshop! Check out her website to see her incredible designs.

When: Friday, September 12 4-7 pm
Saturday, September 13 and Sunday, September 14, 10-4
What: a workshop on designing and creating your own "NONI" knitted and felted bag.
Wine and cheese reception on Friday and lunch on Saturday and Sunday will be provided.
Cost: $250 per person- call the shop at 434-296-4625 to register. This will fill up quickly!

The NONI Felted bag Trunk show will be in the shop from August 29 through Sept. 14, followed by a NONI garment trunk show which will be in the shop and also featured in the 3rd annual downtown mall fashion show on Sept. 20.

Here are some pictures from this past week at the shop.

Susan brought in a few things she's been working on this week. Here is a baby cardigan made from Merino Sei.


And here is the first half of her Norah Gaughan Justina.


Here is the fabulous Debbie Ware modeling a shrug made from Seduce.


And here is my Camellia, finished!


We've also got lots of new books and patterns in the shop. Come by and see us soon!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Knitting + Olympics = Heaven

Hello blog readers! Thanks for stopping by this weekend. It's great to meet people who read the blog who I've never met. I appreciate any and all feedback:)

I've taken a week off from my event planning job here to get some r&r, knit, and watch the olympics.

Is anyone else part of the Ravelympics group? This is a group on that you join saying you'll start, knit and/or crochet a project, and bind off DURING the olympics. That's 17 days. I'm knitting Flow and I'm sure if that were all I was knitting, it would be easy as pie to complete in that time frame, but I have the following to finish:

Paula's Camellia
a newly added afghan square
finish the Prism shawl for a customer
do a Jane Slicer-Smith model for Mimi
start Bonnie so I can wear it the first day it feels cool enough

Anyways, I'm excited to knit for the entire week while watching things like water polo, team handball, and fencing.

We had a fun weekend at the shop and I've got lots of photos to share. I took pictures of the Della Q items we have because Knitters Review did an article on the messenger bag. I also love the circular needle case and the notion cases so I took a few pictures of those too...


notion cases...

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Lucille brought in this needlepoint chart that she made and will transfer to canvas. It's just beautiful.
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Here is Maya's extra long sock for her bf.
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And some Lorna's Laces deliciousness...
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Afghan squares soon to be sewn together for the women's four miler...

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A few highlights right now in the shop:

The Be Sweet diagonal shawl. Here I am modeling it (Marilyn doesn't know how to use a camera so I had to take the photo myself):

Be Sweet is a company that gives part of its proceeds to support community development around the world including South Africa. The new kits we have are incredibly beautiful and clapoti-ish (i.e. done on the bias). You get five skeins of fine mohair in great colors.

Here are a few models from Classic Elite Modern Style. The yarn is Bam Boo- a really light weight and gorgeous yarn.

We've also got needlepointed pillows for sale now (i.e. already done!) and hooked rugs that are just fab. Here's a preview...

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That's all for now. If you have any ideas for the blog, please let me know. Also, I'm ECarey on ravelry if you're on there- friend me! Happy knitting, Happy olympics, and Happy August!


Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Lots of end of summer knitting going on at the NL. First, check out Vilde's FO...


Pattern: Shawl Collar Vest by Amanda BerkaYarn: Classic Elite Princess (on sale! woowooo!)Needle: Addi turbo US 7

If you haven't checked out Vilde's blog yet, get ready to add about ten things to your list of projects. Sock knitters, beware! Margaret, I'm talking specifically to you here...

We've also got a very cool activity for you to participate in this month:
073 will explain all the rules- and there are really only a few. Buy a cute tote bag and then get a percentage off of your sale at participating shops along 64 and 81. Fab.

We also have another afghan square in and it's gorgeous. I've never wanted to knit an afghan but doing it square by square seems so much more do-able. Check out this celtic thing...ahhh, reminds me of the mother country...Oh Danny Boy....


I'd like to know what you, our loyal Needle Lady Blog readers, are knitting right now. I'm working on a Camellia for a friend in black Classic Elite Bam Boo and another koigu Charade in cherry red. It's always nice to have a sock sitting around. Does anyone else knit during long work phone calls? Also, who has joined the Ravelympics?

Please email me at with your current projects and I'll post them on here as soon as I get them. Thanks for reading and Happy Knitting!