October is drawing near! For the whole month of October, we're having a Knit-a-long/Crochet-a-long of knitting socks. If you haven't made a pair of socks before, let me know when you register and I will send some pattern suggestions!
Meet other makers, enter to win prizes, and make a pair of socks just in time for the cold season.
To be eligible for prizes, you must use a skein of Rita Mae Yarns. Don't own a skein of Rita Mae yet? no worries! When you sign up for the KAL, you will receive a coupon for 20% off your next purchase!
Here are the guidelines to our Make-a-long to be eligible to win prizes:
Are you excited and ready to sign up?! Click here
Introduce yourself in the Ravelry Thread here
Happy Hump Day!
Wednesday is finally here. We've been working so hard at creating new colorways for the fall season that I thought it would be a great time to share another recipe I've been "cooking" up. Fall is quickly approaching, so it's a great time to cast on a cowl to keep your neck warm during the cold months.
1 skein of Rita Mae Yarns "Dahlia Worsted" Base
Size US 8 needles
YO - yarn over
SL1 - Slip one stitch purl-wise
K1 - Knit one stitch
Brk 1: Brioche knit one stitch by knitting the yo&purl stitches together from the previous row.
For this stitch you must know how to do the following stitches: cast on (your preferred method, I personally like the long-tail cast-on), knit stitch, purl stitch, and yarn over.
This Cowl is worked flat and joined together after you have bound off.
Recipe Starts Here
Cast on 30 stitches
Start Row: *YO, SL1, K1* Repeat * to the end of the row ending the row with a K1.
Row 1: *YO, SL1, Brk1* Repeat * to the end of the row ending the row with a Brk1
Repeat Row 1 until length desired. You can knit it as short or as long as you'd like!
**Please watch the videos posted below to help you with the stitch. I have a video for both right handed AND left handed knitters!
Once you've reached your desired length, bind off using a stretchy bind off. My favorite is the Jenny's Stretchy Bind-Off. You can find a tutorial for this bind-off here.
After you've bound off, do not cut your yarn right away. Leave about an arm's length of yarn for seaming the 2 ends together. To learn how to seam your cast-on and bind-off edges together, please watch this video.
How to knit the Brioche Stitch - Right handed
How to knit the Brioche Stitch - Left Handed
Who Doesn't love socks?!
Mom, dad, brother, sister, the dog...who doesn't love warm feet? (or, for the dog, the smell of!)
But the $2 pack white stockings from Wal-Mart just can't beat the feeling of wearing luxurious handmade socks.
As Christmas-making season begins. We want to enable you (and remember!) to make something for yourself. Whether you've made 20 pairs of socks, or dream to cast-on just one, there is a great project for everyone to enjoy. And I promise you - putting that first hand-made sock on is worth it.
So, let's get to it!
July is here! She brought this massive heatwave with her in PA. With 95 degree weather, yikes! However, us makers make on, no matter what the weather. So, we here at Rita Mae Yarns have been busy at work making the yarns you love, so that you can get creating!
Our New colorway - House Party - is here! Grab a skein for your next project here
I finished my Auspice Shawl! Pattern is on Ravelry by Lisa Mutch from North Bound Knitting. You can find a link to this pattern here: www.ravelry.com/patterns/auspice
This shawl was knit in Our Pansy Fingering Base, which includes yummy cashmere! I used the Grape Fizz Colorway, which is currently available on Sweet Pea Base which you can find here
You can find our available colorways in our Pansy Base here
Hi there! We're Cortni and Wes. The owners & dyers behind Rita Mae Yarns.
We wanted to take a moment to say hi & also meet others in our yarn community.
We started this business together in February of 2017, to inspire other fiber artists to make beautiful things with our bright, fun and unique colors.
The biggest question we usually get is "why did you choose the name 'Rita Mae Yarns' for your business?" And our answer is near and dear to us. Rita Mae was Cortni's Grandmother, she passed away in 2014 due to stage 4 bladder cancer. She was an avid fiber artist and loved spread her creativity with others and support fellow artists. We wanted to create this business in memory of her, and bring a new touch to the old craft of the fiber arts.
Here are 5 fun facts about us:
1. We love to sing! Wes has been playing guitar for over 10 years, and we met in chorus class in high school.2. We love our fur-babies - Lucy (6 yr old Pughuahua mix), Daisy (7 yr old Min Pin/Chihuahua Mix), and Kolbi (4 yr old white/grey cat).
3. We're getting married in May 2019
4. Cortni was an only child until 2013; when her little sister was born! Madelyn was a surprise to all of us. We are 18.5 years apart.
5. Wes is the first out of his family to go for his Bachelor's degree. He is now pursuing his Masters in Organizational Leadership.
We'd love to meet you! Please comment below to introduce yourself! We'd love to know your 5 fun facts. :)