Vintage Knits Update

July 30, 2010

Noro Update & Project Ideas

Filed under: Vintage Meanderings — sadie @ 10:00 am

We are making a diligent effort to get pictures of all our yarns online. This is a small “mom and pop” business, so everyone here pitches in where needed. There isn’t a hired webmaster or picture taker, so sometimes things take longer than we anticipated to get done. Many times we will put the inventory online, and have the “best intentions” to get the photos up later. You know how that works, something always comes up.

Anyway, we are going through our manufacturers one at a time, and putting the photos up for any missing yarn colors. First up was Noro. Mission accomplished – we now have pictures of all our Noro yarns/colors online.

Noro is all about color, and here are some inspiring projects using Noro Yarns (click the images for a larger view):

Noro Striped Scarf
Silk Garden Scarf
by Jared Flood

This is a very easy, but stylish scarf pattern that uses Noro Silk Garden yarn. The pattern is designed by Jared Flood, and can be found on Ravelry. It is a free site, but you need to register to access it. If you are like most people, Ravelry can be quite addictive, as there is so much to see and discuss on that site.

Here is another nice scarf pattern:

Danica Scarf

While not designed in Noro, the entrelac pattern in this scarf is perfect for the long color repeats. I would suggest substituting Silk Garden for this pattern. You can find the pattern on Knitty.

Do you think that sock yarns are just for making socks? Certainly Not! Look at this beautiful shawl that is made from Noro Kureyon Sock Yarn.

Simple Yet Effective Shawl
by Laura Chau

You can purchase the pattern for this shawl on Ravelry.

What about a comfortable pair of slipper socks? Go ahead, indulge yourself. The Ahimsa slipper socks pattern is free to download, and uses Noro Iro yarn.

If you are interested in making a spectacular afghan, check out the Lizard Ridge Afghan pattern. We told you about this a few years ago, and it deserves a second look. Here is a link to the post about the Lizard Ridge Afghan, where you will find pictures and links to the pattern.

July 25, 2010

Checking In

Filed under: The Fur Kids — sadie @ 8:00 am

When you don’t see any posts, we probably have our hands full with our four legged friends. As many of you know, we breed and show our dogs, hoping for the next Westminster champion. Sasha, our tricolor cavalier king charles spaniel had her first litter. It was a nice size litter of five puppies. All healthy and beautiful, but not one looked like her. I’m going to keep a girl out of this litter. I’ve named her Katrina for a reason, but since it’s not politically correct, I’ll skip putting it in print. Here are a few pictures of the puppies (click the images for a larger view):

the girls
Vintage Cavalier Girls

The Boys
Vintage Cavalier Boys

The girls were about five weeks old, and the boys were about eight weeks old when their pictures were taken. It’s hard to believe that they started out so small, between 5 and 7 ounces each. Other than the necessities, such as shipping out our orders, everything pretty much stops when we have a litter. The puppies are so small and fragile, all of our attention goes to making sure they are kept warm, and are gaining weight. For more information about our dogs, check out the Vintage Cavalier website.

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