Our love affair with cake has crossed over into the world of yarn. It began when Caron released their Caron Cakes as a 3 month promotion to celebrate their 100th birthday. It was a Michael's exclusive and they didn't last on the shelves long. Some of the colors sold out in a matter of hours! They were round squishy cakes of 80% acrylic, 20% wool. Each cake promised rich, chunky stripes of vibrant color. Due to the huge success of the line, Caron has since released more colors and a couple of new lines to include baby cakes, chunky cakes, cotton cakes and even cupcakes. Since then other companies have also jumped on the yarn cake bandwagon.
Lion Brand Yarn has also come out with their Mandala line of self striping yarn cakes. You can check them out on Amazon here:
Here in the shop we carry Sirdar Snuggly Pattercakes. Right now we have these three color ways.
Designed with babies in mind, Pattercake is a DK weight, 70% acrylic, 30% nylon blend. This means it is durable and best of all, machine washablele and dryable. Each cake features a FREE blanket pattern on the label. With a whopping 545 yards per 150g cake this yarn has tons of potential!
Here it is completed and on display in the shop window. Now, my favorite thing to knit is lace, so patterns that are somewhat monotonous don't hold my attention well. However, this was a great project for catching up on Netflix, riding on the airplane, or hanging out at the pool with the kids. I think it makes a perfect snuggly wrap for a newborn baby but this yarn has potential for so much more. It was an easy yarn to work with and the colors flow into each other just enough to provide a nice strip but without being able to tell where the color change happens. If you're local, stop by the shop and check out the colors or you can order a cake or two here.
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It is time to close the books on one of the most successful WWKIP days I've hosted yet. I decided this year to host my event at The Market at Cedar Point. I chose the Market for two reasons. First, Mary and her husband are some of the kindest, most generous people I've met. They work long hours seven days a week to provide our community fresh produce, local organic products, free range meats, fresh milk, eggs and more. They've recently added Chadwick's Seafood to their list of vendors. My crab loving daughter can attest to how awesome their fresh blue crabs are! The second reason for hosting the event there was to tie in a fundraiser for a local charity. Named after Mary's late daughter, Hannah's Hope is the Market's charity organization. Their website describes the charity:
We are hoping to change the lives of today's children by giving them a chance for their future. In today's world, a lot of children can not participate in extra curricular activities due to the financial position of their family's circumstance. Extra Curricular Activities are some of the first cuts from a family's budget when times get tight. We want to help these children begin or continue activities that they are interested in or passionate about. Whether it is fees for Soccer, football, basketball, or horseback riding lessons, ballet classes, guitar lessons or piano lessons, to anything that will enhance or continue to enhance a child's life, Hannah's Hope can help!"
Everything is set and ready to go!
A huge thank you to Jeff for setting up a canopy for us!
World Wide Knit in Public Day isn't just for knitters anymore! Here are two lovely crocheters, Julia and Sharron, showing off their handiwork.
Did I mention WWKIP day fell on the same day as my birthday!?!?!!?? Look at this giant cookie! Thank you to my sweet and thoughtful stitching group The Knotty Ladies!
Knitter, Crocheter, Small Business Owner, Teacher, Mom.