Until the weather really does start getting warmer, the best thing to do is make a Getting Warmer, an on-trend cowl from Espace Tricot. When the yarn is Tundra from The Fibre Company, a luxurious alpaca/merino/silk blend, you can pretty much ignore the wind chill factor. Jill’s, shown below, is Tundra in a fresh spring green. (Let’s hope February takes the hint.) Soft worsteds, like Malabrigo Rios or Manos Maxima, held together with a strand of silk/mohair, would be a fantastic substitute for the chunky yarn called for in the pattern.
Tina recently sent along photos of projects she has completed in the past few months. This adorable topdown sweater with a stranded colorwork yoke is Ysolda Teague’s wee Chickadee*, knit in madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light. The main color is Scout; the 3 contrast colors are all shades of Unicorn Tails.
Next is Tina’s elegant Tresna* shawl, also designed by Ysolda Teague, knit in Meadow from The Fibre Company.
Then Mae Bonnet* by Jennifer Wood, knit in Woolstok from Blue Sky Fibers…
…and Joelle Hoverson’s Baby Bonnet in a soft grey Rowan Pure Wool Superwash Worsted. The pattern comes from the book More Last Minute Knitted Gifts. (Also shown, Garter Ear Flap Hat from Purl Soho and Acorn Mitts by Ashley Yousling.)
Finally, Tina’s cheery Jones* from tincanknits in Holly Green Berroco Vintage DK.
Tina, as always, you are an inspiration – thank you for sharing your wonderful work.
Bonnie’s the amazing knitter behind the Candy Darling* from Kate Gagnon Osborn, above, and the Colette* beret from Julie Hays, below. For her stranded knitting, Bonnie chose tweedy Arranmore Light from The Fibre Company. Her hot pink beret is Maxima from Manos del Uruguay in Cactus Flower.
I’ll never know how Bonnie even found time to knit two hats, given the number of cats she has knit in the last few weeks. Here is Pablo The Serious Cat #5. The pattern comes from Nelly Shkuro. Cats #1-4 appeared in a previous post; #6 is almost finished and will, I hope, appear here soon!
Ready for more extreme cuteness? Here is Sharon’s River Otter*, a pattern from Sara Elizabeth Kellner. The pattern includes a tiny fish for him to munch on, but this little guy has much more expensive tastes: he’s caught a tasty LaPrawnda shrimp designed by Ashley Dorian Medwig. Otter’s name is George, and he’s made out of buttery soft Llama Lluxury from Southwest Trading Co. His shrimp dinner is a madelinetosh Unicorn Tail.
Looking for your next project? There’s lots more inspiration to be found in the latest issue of Interweave Knits that just arrived in store. Also, if you’re ready for a skill booster or two, our upcoming classes cover many of the techniques used in the finished projects shown here, such as topdown sweater construction, stranded knitting, and cabling.
Note: Patterns marked with an asterisk (*) are available at Gosh Yarn It!