…and the winning yarn/pattern pairing this season is Malabrigo Rasta and the Perky Little Hat. Seems like I see a new Perky every few days, hot off the needles! We have our customer Joanne to thank for introducing us to Sharon Lentsch’s free pattern. (I slurped the photo below from the designer’s project page to show how it looks pom pom’ed.)
Be sure to come see our Rasta selection soon. We can also give you lots of ideas for other quick projects to make with Rasta and US 13-17 needles. Joanne’s hat, the one at the head of the Perky parade, is below. One skein makes it with enough left over for a pom pom, if you are so inclined.
If you’re good with real fur, we have some great fox and racoon pom poms. They’re selling quickly, and a second order for both natural and dyed poms is already on the way.
Joan scored one of the last red pom poms from our first order. It now lives happily atop her Photographer Hat, another free Ravelry pattern. The designer is Lavanya Patricella. Joan’s yarn is our self-striping Urth Uneek Worsted.
I went back to one of my favorite (also free on Ravelry) patterns, the Rikke Hat from Susan Young when I wanted to make a new warm hat for my daughter. The slouch built right into Rikke only gets better with alpaca, so I used our Classic Alpaca from The Alpaca Yarn Company, based close by in York, PA.
Catherine found a bag that had been tucked away and, well, forgotten. What was in the bag? Treasure!
There were socks she had made for Ravelry’s Sock Madness competition plus “a few” more. What a find! Mostly made from Opal yarn, her bestie sock yarn.
If you want to start your own love affair with Opal yarn, you’re in luck! All the colors of the latest Handwerk & Hobby 3 Collection are now in stock.
Linda continues to outfit the N.Y. Giants fan in her family with warm hand knits in team colors. Fortunately, our Berroco Ultra Wool has just the right blue and red for the job. Here is her Head Hugger by Gail Tanquary and Tiennie’s Ribby Neckwarmer.
And finally, stash yarn went into my Ballydesmond* fingerless gloves from Irish Girlie Knits. These were made for a recent class I gave on cabling. The discussion strayed into other topics, such as Magic Loop technique, altering patterns, and – ahem – the careful reading of instructions. By happy accident, i.e. my cursory reading of the instructions, I knit each round of the cuffs with the charted cable pattern twice, when I was supposed to follow the chart only once for just half a round. My goof allowed me to rib the palm, rather than have it be plain stockinette, and to adjust the placement of the thumb gusset for a better fit.
I do think my “custom” thumb gussets, which begin in the center of a cable cross, are pretty neat.
If you’d like a copy of my modifications, please ask when you purchase the Ballydesmond pattern at GYI. And remember to love all your projects, even the “mistakes”!
Note: Patterns marked with an asterisk (*) are available at Gosh Yarn It!