Color Palette : Rose + Gold

For today’s featured color palette we went with something feminine and flirty. Girly pinks become less princess and more glam when paired with classy gold accents. These colors make me want to throw out my massive collection of black leggings and wear sundresses and lots of bling. They also make me want to throw a classy birthday party, or get my nails did, or feed my inner hopeless romantic.

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Manos is Here!

Yay! We just received our shipment of Manos Del Uruguay’s Maxima ultra-soft merino! These kettle-dyed yarns are handmade by artisans all over Uruguay to help sustain their communities. The subtle marbleized color of these hand-dyed skeins create beautifully rich color palettes for your next project, and we have some great colors in stock!

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speeding ticket

speeding ticket

spirulina

spirulina

highlighter

highlighter

acid

acid

oxygen

oxygen

helium

helium

ion

ion

foil

foil

 

Not sure what your next project is? Well we have some great ideas for some spring time Manos Maxima fun!

beaubourg sweater

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The Beaubourg sweater is perfect for breezy spring nights and perfect for dressing up or for more casual occasions. The pattern is also way easy to knit up, not to mention it would look great in any of the awesome colors we are carrying! The pattern is for sale on Ravelry.

 

star crossed slouchy beret

 

star crossed slouchy grey the star-crossed slouchy beret is great for any season and is an awesome project for beginners. This makes a great first cable project if you are venturing into more advanced knitting projects! And best of all the pattern is available for free!

 

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The Brioche hat and cowl from the Purl Bee are so bright and fun, we had to include them as a project idea! These two wearables are also a great project for beginner knitters and the color possibilities are endless. We are big fans of the highlighter trend, and we are currently carrying this exact color! The pattern and directions for construction can be found in the above link!

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This bandanna cowl is sooooo sweet! I would love it in a brighter color, and I think I will have to make one. Once again, this project comes from one of our favorite knitting resources, The Purl Bee. There are a variety of yarns that could be used to create this cowl, but the subtle changes in color that you get with Manos Maxima would add a really great effect to this easy-to-make textile!

 

Come grab some of this sweet yarn while it lasts!!

 

Awesome and Easy Crocheted Rugs

Happy April! Spring is here and the warm weather is returning to us down here in Savannah! Just because we are taking off our hand-knit hats and scarves doesn’t mean we stop making things! Spring means nature coming to life. It means sandals and iced coffee; garden parties and fun new projects! We realized that we have been so into knitting projects lately and thought the perfect way to start out the new month would be with a fun crochet project!

For a lot of people Spring is not only a great time to don some fresh new fashion, but also a time to spring-clean and redecorate! One of the easiest ways to spruce up a room is to throw a colorful and pretty rug on the floor, so here are some of our favorite options.

crochet edging

My next project is definitely going to be an over-sized doily rug. They are just so charming and feminine! The one above is made by Heins Home , and they also make really great little ottomans and stools. What I love about this project is that you could potentially find any sturdy fabric you like to add this lace edging to! It is a lot less crochet work, but you still get that beautiful lace-like feel. Although they don’t offer you this pattern, there are tons of edging patterns you can use on Ravelry and the like. I found this one that seems pretty similar to the one above.

doily rug

I am in love with this chunky crochet doily rug from Ladies & Gentlemen Studios! It looks like something your toes could just sink into, and it would add such a dainty touch to any room. I am envisioning them in all different sizes, it would be so cute to have little mini ones all over the house!

t-shirt crochet rugs

tshirt crochet rug detail

These colorful lovelies are a great crochet project because, if you are like us, you have a ton of old t-shirts and fabric bits that can be used to create this colorful rug.  I love how the many different colors work together, and the nubbly texture gives the rug a sort of hippie-dippy hand-made feel. This project comes from Olino Hobby, which is a Russian blog, so although you may not be able to read the instructions, if you already know how to crochet there are easy-to-follow pictures at the bottom of her post.

Cherry blossom applique

rainbow applique rug

whale applique rug

When I found the King Soleil Etsy shop I almost died! They make these adorable crocheted rugs with all kinds of great appliques added on to them. This is a great project for a more basic crocheter. You can make the simple circular crocheted base, and then add all sorts of embellishments to them. The cherry blossom and rainbow rugs above look like the embellishments have been crocheted directly onto the rug base, which is simple and also allows you to let your imagination and crochet hook get a little wild. The whale rug is perfect for a little boys room and in their shop they allow you to pick from a variety of different whales. However, you could cut out any shape you wanted to sew onto your rug, how about a name or inspiring phrase?

turquoise doily rug

Last, but not least, I wanted to include this pretty little doily rug from Camille Designs. Since we are on this doily rug kick, i thought this was a perfect example of a more intricate lacy pattern in a fun color besides white. She has a ton of great little rugs in her shop, so check them out!

Cherry Blossom Color

cherry blossom

 

a couple of weeks ago we blogged about our ideas for valentine’s day color schemes, and highlighted our attraction to muted pinks and greys. You can read that entry here. Today, however, I am writing to show you guys how we have been taking that inspiration and using to it create new displays for our store! We are a small shop of only three employees and we have been trying to think of ways to do a tasteful valentines display that we can carry on into spring time. Paige is a brilliant idea wizard and came up with the theme of cherry blossoms! They are cute, romantic, ephemeral  and they are the perfect symbol of a new spring season!

 

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Above is an Anthropologie display that was a huge inspiration for our concept. We are hoping to get an awesome hanging display up ASAP.

 

 

cb inventory

 

of course the first thing we did was order some awesome new cherry blossom inspired inventory to grace our spring time shelves.  We are now carrying a whole slew of creamy whites and dusty pinks and purples from our favorite companies including Shibui, Maggi, and Plymouth yarns!

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paper blossoms

we have been using a lot of our spare time to craft our own little blossoms out of whatever we can find. The ones above are made of pink paper bags and snippets of raffia. The ones below are made of craft paper, which I have been tirelessly folding into little origami buds.

origami flowers

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carving out stamps!

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sneak peek!

make sure you stop by to see our shop in its full cherry blossom glory, and check out our new yarns that will take your projects seamlessly into the new spring season!