Geese are flying north overhead. They say the mercury may go above 70° today, but snow is back in the forecast for next week. This is the time of year when it’s hard to know what to make. Start on that lacy wrap for summer? Make one more pompom hat? Luckily for yarn lovers, when the thermometer can’t make up its mind either, we have new yarns arriving for a new season.
SimpliCria Super Baby Alpaca from HiKoo has been here since Phil predicted six more weeks of winter. It’s incredibly soft and lustrous and just about weightless, thanks to its chain construction. Break out the 4.5-6mm (US 7-10) needles or hooks and give yourself a treat. Make that last cozy cowl of Winter 2017.
That’s what Wanda did with three colors of SimpliCria. Here is her luxurious Sweet Memories Cowl, designed by Jacinta. (I wouldn’t want to have to pick just one color, either.)
Berroco Remix arrived this week. Because it contains no wool – it’s a French blend of recycled nylon/cotton/acrylic/silk/linen fibers – it’s easy to think of it as a “summer yarn,” but look at the nearly 5000 projects on Ravelry that use Remix, and you can see why Berroco calls it “trans-seasonal.” The first pattern suggestion that pops up for Remix is actually Jared Flood’s Guernsey Wrap*, GYI customers’ favorite “hot right now” pattern.
I have Remix on my needles now, swatching for a Worsted Boxy* sweater. Joji Locatelli’s pattern has been on the top of my must-make-soon list for awhile, and I finally decided to go for it. I think this will be (literally) the coolest summer sweater ever. Care to join me?
I don’t usually crow about a yarn that isn’t even on our shelves yet, but by my next post we should have welcomed Fibre Co. Luma, their newest yarn. It’s a blend of 50% merino wool, 25% organic cotton, 15% linen, 10% silk. Like all Fibre Co. yarns, it has a gorgeous “hand” and comes in beautiful, sophisticated colors. More details coming soon.
Classes coming up:
Origami Top Hat* by Lori Versaci
Saturday, March 4; 11:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
A simple slouch cap that ends in a clever sleight of hand-knitting. As soon as you finish one, you’ll want to make another! Materials: 175 yards worsted weight yarn, US 6 & 7 16″ circular needles, US 7 DPNs, ring stitch markers.
Cloud Covered Scarf* by Kelene Kinnersley
Saturday, March 4; 2:00-4:00 p.m.
An easy beginner lace project with 2 size options for making a scarf or our own pattern adaptation for a cowl. The cowl takes one skein (219 yards) worsted weight yarn; the scarf takes either two (80 x 9″) or three (102 x 9″) skeins. US 8 needles, ring stitch markers.
The Conifer Cowl class has come and gone, but I did want to show off what you might have missed:
My sample of Theresa Gaffey’s design is in Woolstok from Blue Sky Fibers, and I am in love with this yarn. Such a pleasure to work with. Why, what do you know – it would also make a great Origami Top Hat or Cloud Covered Scarf.
And now for the FO portion of our show, presenting Sharon’s Gina Short Row Hat, a freebie from Plymouth Yarn using their Gina yarn. But shhhh… don’t tell them Sharon used Cascade Melilla.
For her Fabergé*, Sharon used Frolicking Feet sock yarn and pewter beads. Designer Laura Aylor herself says: Techniques [include] decreasing, horizontal braid, slipped stitches, beading. None of them are difficult, but some are a bit fiddly and any counting errors will show up, so it is not mindless knitting! Clearly Sharon’s mind was on her knitting while making this stupendous piece.
Dona made Amy Loberg’s Victoria shawl using Classic Elite Soft Linen. The pattern, originally part of a kit, is no longer available on Ravelry as “Victoria,” but the same designer’s Stripie Scarf bears an uncanny resemblance. Two asymmetrical triangles are joined in an unconventional way, so Dona also was on her A game with this project.
Stripie Scarf, as shown on the Classic Elite website:
Linda has a Giants fan in the family to whom she gifted these customized Mukluk Slippers* from Diane Soucy. We hope Berroco never discontinues this “Giants Blue” shade of Vintage!
Below is the Garter Stitch Loop-Through Scarf from Marci Richardson, another of Wanda’s FOs. Her yarn pick was Sublime Luxurious Tweed DK, and it was the easiest FO to photograph ever, meaning wearing it will be just as easy.
Deb thought enough of the sample of our Sequences Scarf* that she chose the same colors of Fibre Co. Acadia, and now it’s hard to tell them apart. Pattern is free with yarn purchase.
Renee paired Manos del Uruguay Maxima with Shibui Silk Cloud – a match made in yarn heaven – for her husband’s Valanar*. It even looks like a cloud. Designer Elena Nodel also offers matching mitts and a cowl.
Malabrigo sent us a bag of their Worsted by mistake in a shipment of Rios (more Rios is on the way, by the way). We put it out on the shelf, and it went home almost immediately with Bonnie. It returned for a brief visit yesterday as a Reader’s Wrap* before being sent off as a gift to one of Bonnie’s cousins, word search puzzle books tucked in each pocket. The pattern is from Lisa Carnahan.
Note: Patterns marked with an asterisk (*) are available at Gosh Yarn It!