Stitchburgh Pattern Party

On Saturday January 14 at 2pm, we’re having a party with pattern designer Sarah Jordan- aka PAKnitWit – to showcase her brand new collection of patterns. Stitchburgh highlights everything that’s great about the Steel City, represented in knitwear! They capture everything from pierogis to the Point. It’s going to be a blast! We will feature new kits of Steel City Fiber‘s yarns to go along with some of Sarah’s beautiful designs. Sarah will be here to answer questions about her Stitchburgh designs or designing knitwear in general. If you’re a knitter in Pittsburgh, this event is for you!

 Hang out with us and celebrate an awesome local designer. The party starts at 2 PM, we hope to see you there!

Pretty Mindless

Last spring, I bought a sweet little gradient in a must-have colorway from Apple Tree Knits (you can see in on my Ravelry stash page). I absolutely loved this cake of fingering weight wool and bamboo, but I had a hard time figuring out what to make with it. Then, I went on a road trip with some friends and very hurriedly packed a knitting project for the car, bringing my gradient yarn and some circular needles.

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I needed something simple to work in the car but I didn’t want a plain triangular shawl. So I decided to throw in some asymmetry! It took a couple tries of getting the increases and cable in the right place – I think I reknit the first 12 rows about five times. However, once I figured it out the shawl became very relaxing and fun to knit. So I decided to write it up as a pattern to share with everyone else who like simple, meditative knitting or has really pretty yarn to show off!

The name of the shawl is Pretty Mindless, because it’s a nearly mindless knit with easy-to-memorize repeat rows and the first version I made is so pretty! Today it debuts for sale both on Ravelry and at the SCFC. If you have a skein of really pretty yarn or handspun in your stash that you’ve been saving for a project that will make it shine, give Pretty Mindless a try!