Friday, October 16, 2015

Ready, Set, Grinch! Christmas Card Photographer Props MrsMay Yarns - Linda Maintanis

Ho, Ho, Ho. It's getting to be that time of year, and we know what that means at MrsMay! 
 Holiday Hats are being knit and sold on Etsy!

Linda Maintanis, knitting, warwick, ri, mrsmay, yarn, james maintanisMrsMayYarns and Etsy have had me busy for months...getting ready for a very Grinchy holiday season!
Thanks to Heidi Hope Photography.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

What's New at MrsMay? Wonderful New Mohair!

I was thrilled to find a great local source for the most wonderful mohair yarn....right in my own backyard. New England at least! Grand View Farm located in Vermont, has dyed up some luscious mohair for some new baby orbs and I just can't wait to try it.

Here is a close up of some of the yarn, and also some shots of what's to come....

Linda Maintanis, knitting, warwick, ri, mrsmay, governor francis farms

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A New Year ahead and lots of new babies....

I am so excited about my newest project - a pink cocoon.
Girly-Girl Pink, with coils, and over 500 beads!
This is extremely cute.

Handspun in single ply thick and thin and then plied with black thread with black and clear beads, and coils along the way. It goes from quite thin to quite bulky.

I am searching for the perfect rosette to adorn the neckline...

Friday, October 3, 2014

My Simple Introduction to Entrelac - Basket Weave Bonnets by Linda Maintanis

Entrelac. That difficult looking knit stitch that really isn't.

I searched Ravelry for a pattern to try and began with the Entrelac Beanie. The stitch was easy to pick up and after a few rounds I started to enjoy myself. As each round expanded the pattern it became addictive; each tier adding contrast to the prior.

Knit in the round these simple hats were a joy to create and an easy way to prime my new skill for the upcoming Entrelac Gloves!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Knitting for Seven - Multiple Sweaters in Kid-Proof Acrylics MrsMay Yarns, Linda Maintanis

My mother made sweaters for me. And for my three children. And for their cousins.

She also taught me to knit. And eventually I knit sweaters for my own children.
So it just seemed natural that I would knit for my grandchildren too.

First time around were these comfy cable-knit sweaters in cream. With a hint of "Irish" style, these sweaters were knit using
Lion Brand Baby Soft acrylic? At the time I think I made these sweaters for four of the grandchildren.

Linda Maintanis, James Maintanis, MrsMay yarns, warwick, ri
Linda Maintanis, James Maintanis, MrsMay yarns, warwick, ri

Linda Maintanis, James Maintanis, MrsMay yarns, warwick, ri
Linda Maintanis, James Maintanis, MrsMay yarns, warwick, ri

With the passage of time there were three more grandchildren. Oh yes, I knit hats and mittens for them, and little toy animals. But I knew it was time for more sweaters.

Linda Maintanis, James Maintanis, MrsMay yarns, warwick, ri
Linda Maintanis, James Maintanis, MrsMay yarns, warwick, ri

That's how the navy project began. With four of them starting parochial school it seemed the best choice. Navy V-neck sweaters, again acrylic.
But this time six of them. I used the Brunswick Volume 656 for both patterns, the navy being a simple cable sweater, this time using Wool-Ease yarn.

The project is now complete, and nobody goes to the same school anymore. The sweaters are still going strong. Here is one of the cuties wearing her cozy sweater!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Chilly Autumn Triggers Knitting Holiday Gifts - MrsMay

November chills me in a way that makes me yearn for the strong warm sunshine of the summer past….Yet I also embrace the snuggle factor of jeans, sweaters and socks!
Fall is a season for knitting, if there ever was one. A time to look ahead perhaps, to the holiday season, and plan the handmade gifts that we’ll knit for lucky recipients. Toasty socks, Bella mittens, a fluffy muffler…all will chase off the chill that descends upon our December.
MrsMay Yarns has been quietly stocking her bins with angoras, mohairs and merinos. Hand spun by artisanal perfectionists. Brilliantly colored with organics dyes and unusual plying…..most from fiber collected from their own or neighboring farms. Yes, truly “Heirloom” yarns!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Photographer Props Sets - Ready to Ship!

Linda Maintanis, knitting, warwick, ri, mrsmay, governor francis farms

Phew! What a month it has been. When I took my sticks and yarn to Saint Martin to build a chest of props I had no idea of what I was getting into. A month later I have finished a dozen sets of 6 pieces each and am ready to release the newest line of ready-to-wear props created just for baby photographers.

The 6 piece set includes a MrsMay Yarns' original design Peapod, and another MrsMay original, the Swaddleskin, in a coordinating shade. Within your color selection 4 hats round out the wardrobe; a fluffy Beanie, 2 variations of the Umbilical Cord Hat and a unique Stocking Hat.

Sets are available in 5 color families, PINKS, BLUES, NEUTRALS, HOLIDAY REDS and HOLIDAY GREENS.