… for more FO (“finished object”) pictures. The only downside to having offered so many new project classes this winter is that I’ve been knitting class samples and not blogging. As promised in the last post, I finally have pictures of some completed samples plus more wonderful customer FOs – lots and lots of them, in fact, so get comfy. Samples first, even though the classes may already have been held. If one strikes your fancy, fear not – the class will be offered again.
Here’s the soft and sensationally comfortable Bandana Cowl, a free pattern from the clever folks at the Purl Bee, which I knit in Cascade Eco Cloud, colorway “Bunny.” A great project for mastering knitting in the round and getting lots of practice with short rows, it also offers just the right amount of warmth without weight for a “winter” such as this one.
The cowl love continues with the Bubble Wrap Cowl, designed by Antonia Shankland. I can’t say this of all my knitting projects: this one was really fun to knit. The sample was made with two hanks of ToshDK in breezy blue “Baltic” plus one hank of glowing “Glazed Pecan,” but any other DK or light worsted yarn, with just the right high-energy contrast between the two colors, would still make this bubble wrap pop. (See also Joanne O.’s happy Bubble Wrap in “Glazed Pecan” and “Mineral,” below.)
Here’s Ann Norling’s pattern, Short Row Multi-directional Scarf, which is a great project for an adventurous beginner because it’s simple garter stitch that looks so much more complicated than it really is. Any self-shading or handpainted yarn will work beautifully, from fingering to bulky weight. I’m making a second one for myself right now of Cascade Eco Duo.
Here is Jill’s Colonnade by Stephen West, a free pattern from Knitty.com.
She chose two yummy colors of Manos del Uruguay Wool Clasica that always make me think of chocolate covered cherries.
I hope to have the graceful Kudzu Shawlette and funky Brady Scarf done soon. Jill’s Zest Scarf just hasn’t posed for its own picture yet, so I borrowed the two versions of the Zest scarf that came with the recent Classic Elite Trunk Show.
Time for customer FOs! Here are Mary Lou’s tomato red Shibori Scarf, a felted pattern from Leigh Radford, available in the shop, and a “mistake rib” pattern scarf in Cascade Eco Duo. What a great pairing of patterns. One project uses a classic yarn (Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride) to make the most of an ingenious and dramatic felting method, while the other showcases a luxurious yarn (Cascade Eco Duo) within a simple repeat.
Joanne H. kindly models her Fresco Simply Slouchy Hat, a free pattern from Classic Elite that is a perfect use of this soft wool/alpaca/angora sport weight.
She also brought in her completed French Scarf, which we had last winter as a kit from Claudia Hand Painted Yarns. (The pattern alone is now available as a digital download.) The scarf uses a mohair/silk lace weight and a curly-whirly mohair bouclé. We have four different brands of mohair/silks in stock at the moment and lovely Lorna’s Laces Grace in the bouclé department.
Joanne O. whipped up her very own Bubble Wrap Cowl in no time at all. She clearly had as much fun as I did with this pattern! Rose took the Beginner DPNs: Super Bulky Mittens and also completed her project, below, pronto.
While Rose chose an espresso brown, Sandy picked a light lavender and bright berry for her two pairs of mitts. As they say, warm hands, warm hearts.
Bonnie’s Log Cabin Afghan inspired more than a few other knitters to ask for a kit for themselves. (We happily obliged and have even re-ordered all seven colors.) As she worked on it at the shop, adding one skein and then another, quite a few customers offered to give it a good home once it was finished.
Bonnie customized hers, at left, with additional skeins of Cascade Eco Cloud to make it bigger. Here’s the original, another elegantly simple pattern from the Purl Bee:
Bonnie also created an original pattern for a friend’s new granddaughter, working with Cascade 220 Paints. She’s promised to write up the pattern for us. There are about a dozen ways, each one cuter than the last, to play with the I-Cord ties; here are two:
Bonnie’s not the only knitter in her family; her daughter Jennifer created a handknit for a friend’s new baby with Misti Alpaca Chunky. What a soft, sweet way to welcome a newborn!
Speaking of babies, lucky is the young lady who will be receiving this dainty Mabel cardigan from Tina, knit in Debbie Bliss Eco Baby, a 100% organic cotton. Right down to its crocheted picot edging and rhinestone button, it is destined to become an heirloom.
Diane knit this light-as-a-feather mohair and silk lace scarf for her friend Barbara. We should all have such good friends!
Fran fell hard for Tahki’s Warren 2-Way Jacket, made with Ripple, one of our favorite cotton yarns. Putting the pieces together at the end was a bit of a challenge, given the unorthodox construction that makes it possible to get two sweaters out of one design, but it was definitely worth it.
Cheryl picked up her latest monthly shipment of Dream Club yarn from Dream in Color, a sassy shocking pink Classy, and proceeded to finish the project all within the 29 days of February. The cowl is called Heart on a String by Beth Kling, and I do hope you can see the pretty heart-shaped cables in my picture. Cheryl chose delicate shell buttons that perfectly complement the design. (If you’d like to join the 2012-13 Dream Club yourself, just let us know.)
Stephanie knit the popular Churchmouse Classics pattern Turkish Bed Socks from Claudia Hand Painted Fingering Yarn in the vibrant color “Collards and Greens.” Yes, they will keep your tootsies warm at night; they also make great socks to wear with clogs and Birkenstocks.
Kathy knit a beautiful shop sample for us of the clever pattern Mizutama Shawl by Olga Buraya-Kefelian. Why clever? Well, you’ll get exactly the same results whether you start at the top, with all your stitches already on the needle and decreasing as you work, or or at the bottom, increasing as you go. She used Dream in Color Smooshy in “Spring Tickle.” As you perhaps might guess, “mizutama” means polka-dots in Japanese.
After 34 pictures, I think this post is about full, and it’s about time to wrap things up. There’s room for just one more – okay, I might be a little sweet on Mizutama. Love those polka dots.