Now that we’re back from a week’s vacation, I realize how busy we were right before the shop was shuttered. Lots of new things came in all at once. I’d like to revisit some of those recent arrivals, before summer winds down into Labor Day and the fall knitting season kicks off officially. So much more yarn and other good things are still on the way!
I adore Tosh Merino Light from madelinetosh. When I have it on my needles, I swear I could knit it forever. In my world, if a full skein (420 yards) is good, a 52 yard mini skein – a Unicorn Tail – is even better. So many colors! Did I spend too many hours of my childhood bent over the biggest box of Crayolas, wishing for even more colors? Maybe. While Madelinetosh is dyeing our fall order of Merino Light, all the shades of Tails are here now, ready for you to play mix & match for shawls, scarves, hats, and mitts.
I dug out three full-size skeins from my stash, added seven Tails (below) and am currently cruising through a Match & Move from designer Martina Behm – and I do mean cruising because the first half of the shawl is the same easy row repeated over and over.
Berroco’s Vintage in worsted weight is our best-selling yarn. Now we have it in Chunky, too! Grab your US 10s and 11s, your crochet hooks in size J or larger. Our newest shop sample is Old Shale Waves from designer Carrolldj, an easy knit and easy-care baby blanket/throw in Vintage Chunky.
Modern Cotton Worsted
Could this be the perfect non-wool yarn? After using it for my Guernsey Baby Blanket, it gets my vote. Sure, there are other contenders (I’m looking at you, Berroco Remix), but this cotton/rayon blend is just delightful – smooth, shiny, soft, and cool. New colors are now in stock.
We love it for wraps and blankets; in the last post I suggested the Chevron Baby Blanket from Espace Tricot, and our shop sample is on the needles now in a palette of cool neutrals. I gravitate to bold, contemporary patterns for little ones, so Colorful Wedges Baby Blanket (below) from Purl Soho is another favorite of mine. Want something more traditional? Leafy Baby Blanket from Leyla Alieva would become a family heirloom in Modern Cotton. Remember, it can go anywhere a worsted weight yarn can go, so use it for 3-season sweaters and shawls, too.
Interweave Knits Fall 2017
This issue has been heavily criticized on Ravelry for the way garments were photographed – dark sweaters against even darker backgrounds. I agree; what were they thinking? But let’s focus on the designs themselves because there are some real winners. The Angelina Pullover by May Anne Benedetto is full of clever, attractive details, albeit hard to see in the photo. We just re-stocked Malabrigo Rios – you heard it here first! – and also Berroco Ultra Wool, both great choices for Angelina.
Cable lovers will fall for these two, Tangled Up in Gray Pullover by Sloane Rosenthal and Highway 61 Pullover by Jennifer Owens. Both call for US 5 and 7, so I’m eyeing the Rios and Ultra Wool again.
Why is it so hard to find “manly” sweaters? This issue introduces some great ones. I can totally see a certain man in my life reaching again and again for his Whiskey Creek Pullover from Amy Christoffers if I were to make it in Berroco Remix. Hank’s Pullover from Jessie McKitrick would also be a hit in Fibre Company Arranmore Light, which is due in any day now – you heard it here first!
Shalimar Yarn Paulie
Let’s not forget our August Summer of Luxury yarn! Save 10% on Paulie through next week. All 20 colors of this merino/camel/silk/cashmere beauty are still available – just. Two more patterns from the Interweave Knits fall issue are very Paulie-friendly: The Gold Rush Shawl by Meghan Jones and the Whitman Hat by Carrie McGowan.
Manos del Uruguay Alegria
If you’ve already fallen under the spell of this yarn, ‘nough said. If not, what are you waiting for? This hand-dyed fingering comes semi-solid, variegated, or speckled. It’s strong enough for socks (thank you, 25% nylon) yet super soft (thank you, 75% merino). Check out Alice’s Melodia, below, to see why this yarn was named “joy.”
Gina has Diane Soucy’s Knitting Pure and Simple #214 Baby Pullover* memorized. It’s her go-to baby gift and easy to see why. This little cutie was made with Cascade 220 SW Sport.
Mary posed wearing Shireen Nadir’s The Man-Slouch about two minutes after weaving in the last tail of yarn. Congratulations! (I think we need a bell in the shop to ring whenever someone finishes a project.) Her yarn is Cascade Heritage 150 Paints.
Note: Patterns marked with an asterisk (*) are available at Gosh Yarn It!