Six more weeks of Winter Knitting!!

So how can you complain about winter when you can stay cozy and knit. Just finished a great cowl using 1 skein of Cascade Casablanca and now flirting with the idea of starting Laura Nelkin’s lovely cowl using lace weight Freia. We have kits of Laura’s designs in four colorways ready for our opening in May 1st. Can’t wait to see what you are knitting.

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Casablanca, one skein cowl

Casablanca, one skein cowl

Laura Nelkin and Freia

Laura Nelkin and Freia

Winter Fun

 Here is what has been going on in Bemus Point this winter.. Gals from Jamestown,Westfield, Mayville , Dunkirtk and Erie, Pa have been visiting the store and some have been gathering to knit informally in the afternoons or take classes on Saturdays at Imagine! Here Amy McElrath models a versatile vest made by Sandy Cannone. This is flattering to all figure types and great to wear over jeans or dress it up over a skirt. The yarn is Katmandu Chunky from Queensland. The project goes quickly. Sandy is offering a class  by appointment so call if you need help with this one.
 Here is Amy again in a cabled turtlenect made with a combination of Lambs Pride Chunky and Crystal Palace Kid Seta mohair.  You don’t need a jacket when you wear this warm outdoor sweater.

One of our recent classes is a no-Knit class. Lyn has come up with a fancy felted soap (as seen in Anthropologie and other fancy stores). The girls made their own versions and here are some samples from that fun day. The soap is encased in roving, then felted (no knitting involved) then embellished with beads. Washing with the soap exfoliates the skin. They are beautiful and practical.
The soaps pictured are student work from the class.
Darcy’s soap, pink and girley
 Lyn and one of her students, Christy, enjoy a creative interchange.
  Cathy’s soap is an earthy one 

Lyn will be offering more classes in felted soaps this spring and summer.

Schaeffer Hand Dyed Men’s Sweater

Here is Jim modeling a luxury look from Schaeffer yarns.This one is made from their “Sampler Pattern” The sweater had to be lengthened because Jim is 6’5″ but it was worth the extra yarn and time to complete.I would not recommend this for beginners but a great project for everyone else. The picture doesn’t show how many patterns are running through the design but there are cables up each sleeve and various patterns on the front and back. I think my next project will be a washcloth, with no patterns.

Summer Knitting is Simply Sublime

From Sublime
The new, lush organic cotton yarns are all the rage right now in the industry. They are so soft, you want to pat
them as if they were kittens. We have a sample in our shop of one of the simple and elegant sweaters for summer. The colors are muted and inspiring. They just make you want to knit. Perfect for classic warm weather wear..

We have two great books and all of the colors.
Come see and feel….. simplicity and luxury.

Sock Yarns and Addi Turbos

Imagine! has been expanding its yarns and knitting department this season and one of our areas of interest has been sock yarns. We listened to our sockaholic friends on the topic and ordered some really inspiring yarns, Trekking, Austerman Step and Schoeller and Stahl Fortissima( which means very strong). We got the latest incredible colors. We were astounded to find that our sock knitting friends are actually knitting socks in the summer!! So we did a little research and found some great cotton yarn that has a little stretch which is arriving any day.
What is this craze? Well, all I can say is about 15 years ago (yes, really) a friend gave me a pair of wool socks. I wasn’t sure how I felt about them but I was flattered to receive them. Wouldn’t you know it, they were the ones I would always reach for. After a while(a long while) I wore holes in the heels, and eventually the toes. I couldn’t believe how often I was willing to mend them. Then came the day I had to part with them, they had to go to the trash and I was thinking I should say a few kind words before I let them go.So of course I have to learn to make them. Mind you only half our staff has made socks. So again customers told us about a great DVD series put out by Knitting Korner. We have several but in the sock department we have Sock I and Sock II made on a special size Addi Turbo (#3 20″ circular). Sock I is a step by step single sock and Sock II is a step by step demonstration of making two socks at a time on two circular needles.