December 14, 2017

Designer Crush: Carina Spencer

Designer Crush: Carina Spencer A couple weeks ago Carina Spencer (knitter and knitwear designer out of Kansas City) put up an Instagram post of her posing in her newly finished Ondawa sweater. This heavily cabled, boxy pullover is on many knitters’ bucket lists, and Spencer looked flawless in her absolutely flawless sweater. As beautiful and perfect as her sweater may be, her caption was incredibly honest and eloquent, and it reminded me of what a gift it is to be able to knit. Here’s a bit of her post: ‘Ondawa is done and she’s perfect. She’s perfect because I made her that way. Because I knit and ripped and re-knit. And blocked and knit and re-blocked. And seamed and ripped and re-knit and re-blocked and re-seamed. Knitting is a slow and forgiving craft that gives you every opportunity to get it just the way you want it. I appreciate that endlessly. That quality is in stark contrast to the rest of life which I often experience in varying degrees of awkward and uncomfortable with migraines, anxiety, and a general amorphous […]
December 7, 2017

Smitten

Smitten As one who regularly trolls through Ravelry (it’s my professional duty to all of you) I can’t help but be taken but new projects that are constantly popping up for all of us.  In the past week, a number of new projects have caught my eye and a few of them stand out from my normal aesthetic.  They are so adorable, I just had to share.   Espace Tricot recently published ANOTHER stellar pattern and made it available to the world for free (thank you, Espace Tricot!), and it’s another piece that you’ll want to snuggle up in.  Flying Solo is a ribbed cowl has a split hem at the shoulders, so it can really get in there to keep the chill out on a cold day.  The pattern calls for 3 colors of fingering weight yarn, held double, to create an ombre effect.  This is a fun way to play with color and be creative.  However, for someone feeling less creative, I’m a big advocate of picking up a kit of Katia’s Ombre and working straight through this […]
November 30, 2017

You Don’t Need Anything but…

You don’t need anything but… I work in a yarn store. Knitting is pretty much my favorite pastime and my mental health activity (which means that I do it a lot), so not only do I have a pretty good stash, but I have all the tools I need and multiple notions bags to shuffle between multiple projects going at a time.  I try to be discriminating and to NOT purchase everything cute/useful that comes into the shop.  But it’s hard to not love all of this stuff, and imagine how any one of these items would make any knitter, crocheter or needlepointer tickled to refresh their projects for 2018.  Here’s some of the great stuff we have at Wool & Grace that’s making us feel giddy. Bags, bags, more bags and some basketsLike most women around here, I need another bag like I need a hole in the head.  It’s just that we have so many great new bags at the shop and it’s impossible not to consider their diverse benefits.First there’s 65 South, who brings us simple but […]
November 22, 2017

Feeling Thankful (and free)

Feeling Thankful (and free)   This year, we’re feeling especially thankful for the amazing community that feeds our enthusiasm, builds us up, and makes it fun to come to work everyday: our amazing customers. Thank you for supporting local businesses. Thank you for engaging us meaningfully in such a way that we really care about all of you. We love being a part of the Summit Downtown community, and that all of you are a part of our community. We’re also thankful for knitwear designers put publish free patterns for all to use! Because of them, we can fearlessly read through new patterns and techniques and learn with reckless abandon. For some reason, it’s much easier to try something new when it comes free – and we’re aware that someone put a lot of time and effort into creating these patterns for our use. For a special thanksgiving treat, we want to highlight some of our favorite patterns – some new and some are old favorites! We are generally thankful for Espace Tricot. This knit shop out of Montreal regularly […]