We have a “flood” of FOs to share, possibly thanks to hurricane season? Has there actually been more knitting going on with all this rainy weather? Hard to say. I do know that breaking down the shop, “evacuating” it to the second floor, and putting it all back together has kept me from my appointed blogging rounds. So let’s get right to the FOs.
Sue created a spectacular shawl for her grandmother out of Classic Elite Liberty Wool and the Rosebud Shawl pattern by Barbara Selesnick for Keep It Simple Designs. It’s the perfect size to wrap around and around chilly shoulders. And isn’t the lacy pattern sweet?
She also brought in her Spectra, the design by Stephen West that is sending Noro Silk Garden Sock and madelinetosh Merino Light flying off yarn store shelves, ours included. Sue chose the exact same gentle blues and greys that were used in the pattern’s illustration. It’s hard to know when to stop snapping pictures of Spectra, since there are so many ways to wear this versatile scarf:To prove the above point, I present Rose’s Spectra in jewel tones and deep charcoal grey:Draped over one of our chairs at the work table for a few days, Rose’s “stained glass” version of Spectra sold at least two more copies of the pattern, to say nothing of yarn. Since we know there are even more Spectras out there, still on the needles, maybe we’ll hold a Spectra fashion show one of these days! Rose also had a second completed project, a Baby Blocks Blanket (a free GYI pattern) that does a nice job of showing off our new Dream in Color Classy. With Jill playing the part of Vanna, I hope this picture shows off Rose’s fine stitching, too:
Janet also shared a pair of FOs. First, our Stair Step Scarf pattern, another GYI freebie, in Noro Silk Garden:Now, if you’ve been knitting long enough, you’ll recognize the following exchange: “What yarn did you use?” “Something I had in my stash.” “And your pattern?” “I don’t even use a pattern anymore.” That’s about how it went when I asked Janet to tell me about her second FO, the pattern-free Warm Cap:I mean, really – you already have the yarn, and you don’t need a pattern? A state of knitting bliss to which we all can aspire!
Bonnie brought in more than one FO, too. (But we expect nothing less from Bonnie.) Her boat-neck pullover is made in Road to China Worsted that we special-ordered for her. It looks particularly great on her and not so bad on Maude the mannequin, either.
When you keep in mind that we only received our shipment of Opal sock yarn within the last month, you will therefore be suitably impressed with Catherine’s recent sock production. When her passion for sock knitting is fueled with her favorite Opal (maybe there’s a little Regia here, too), it makes me very glad I no longer have to wait for my photos to come back from the drugstore.
Check out those pretty heels and toes:
Just a reminder that the svelte lavender pullover Maude the mannequin is wearing in several of these shots was knitted by Carolyn Kern from the Knitting Pure and Simple Neckdown Pullover for Women pattern in Debbie Bliss Rialto Aran. The sample was made for the upcoming shop class My First Sweater, to be taught by Carolyn, starting Saturday, October 1, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., and continuing on October 8th, 22nd, and November 5th, $75. Carolyn will be your guide to everything you need to know to get started knitting sweaters that fit perfectly and are perfectly finished. This pattern was chosen for several reasons, not least of all because it’s top-down (no seaming!) and because it can be custom fit, with more, less, or no waist shaping.
Carolyn’s stunning original design is the class project for Introduction to Stranded Knitting: Fair Isle Cowl, a two session class rescheduled for Saturday, October 15th and 29th, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., $45. The class sample was made in soft, natural Llama Lluxury by SWTC. This yarn’s an affordable luxury, too, at around $30 for this reversible cowl.
Speaking of unusual fibers such as llama, Kay brought in her Artyarns Caribbean Shawl in Kollage Korntastic – yes, that would be fiber made from 100% corn. It’s soft, light with a bit of bamboo feel to it, and 100% gorgeous.
And there is a new shop sample to share, Echo Cardigan in Shibui’s Heichi, a rustic and delicious 100% silk, which we have in eight colors.
So there you have it. All caught up on FOs for now. That is, until the next “wave.”