Scout, our newest yarn, arrived with a trunk show of six lovely knit pieces you can see and try on yourself through Saturday, October 26th. Kelbourne Woolens, the makers of DK weight Scout, describe it as a “classic, strong, versatile, heathered wool yarn… designed with classic knitting and crochet in mind… it is unfussy, beautiful, high-quality, and comes in a gorgeous color palette.” Couldn’t have said it better myself!
With the arrival of Scout, the shop is now delightfully full of yarn at all weights, just in time for sweater weather and gift knitting season. (Tip: don’t leave that to the last minute!) I’ve mentioned before that we’ve restocked our Berroco Ultra Wool and Vintage, including this season’s newest colors, yummy candy-color brights (above).
All this wonderful yarn has inspired us to offer a new round of fall classes and events. The complete schedule will appear in the next post and will include:
- Simple Garter Stitch Slippers, a great stash busting gift,
- a customizable easy on/off dog sweater,
- the Apple Cheeks Hat for keeping little ones warm,
- the Raven Fall Cardigan, also for wee ones (knit seamlessly from the bottom up),
- a newbie’s guide to Ravelry.com,
- plus a month-long celebration of knitted hats during November – the hats we’re knitting, wearing, and gifting this season, with…
- pop-up classes on Saturdays for any hat-knitting skills that may be new to you,
- and something completely new: a “Make & Take Night”…
LITTLE PUMPKINS MAKE & TAKE with Kathy Thursday, November 7th; 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Kit includes enough yarn & stuffing for 2 little pumpkins, $7.50. Call by 11/5 to register & reserve your kit.
Aren’t these just the cutest? They’re perfect for Thanksgiving centerpieces and wreaths or place card holders on your holiday table… however you use them, they knit up quickly using the Magic Loop technique. If you aren’t already a Magic Looper, Kathy will get you started, and you’ll have an entire pumpkin patch in no time! Along with your kit, you’ll need a 32″ or longer circular needle, size US 6-8. Seasonal potables & cider doughnuts will be served.
What’s on our needles? Laurie wore her On Off Shawl* into the shop recently. She made it a year ago, using Berroco Remix worsted weight, and she even customized Larissa Brown’s design with a contrasting eyelet lace panel. On Off checks all my boxes for a fall shawl: it sits squarely and securely on your shoulders with little or no “styling” needed. It keeps your entire top half warm with no long triangle point hanging down in back or elongated “wings” that need to be tied, tucked, or twisted,
Seeing Laurie’s On Off again, I realized what was wrong with the shop sample I’d made using lightweight linen Solo Lino. Even though my version showed how well On Off could be a summer weight cover-up, the single row stripes I’d knitted (because I only had one ball of each color) completely obscured the simple but elegant pattern of contrasting sections of stockinette and garter stitch:
See what I mean? That you can’t really see what’s going on, pattern-wise?
Can you see the difference between Laurie’s and mine? I knew I needed to cast on for another right away, this time using a solid color of a woolier yarn. I’ve chosen a not-quite-green shade of Berroco Ultra Alpaca (below), and I think I’m finally doing the pattern justice.
This On Off will be my second “shawl for fall.” I’m switching back and forth between it and my blue Berroco Vintage Oaken*, which has reached the charted lace section. I ripped it back and restarted it with a new cast-on that I hoped would better match the K1, P1 edging. (To see how the original garter tab cast-on looked, check the last post.) Meanwhile, Jill continues to happily cable away on her bright yellow Drift* in Malabrigo Rios.
Only one customer project this time around, but what a beautiful FO it is! Charlotte used her favorite red, white, and black (charcoal grey, actually) in Ewe So Sporty from Ewe Ewe Yarns for her The Shift* by Andrea Mowry. Wow! She says she gets compliments everywhere she wears it, and I’m not the least bit surprised.
So be sure to keep an eye out for our next post in a couple of days for the new class schedule AND pictures of new yarn arriving soon from Dizzy Wig Fibers, a.k.a. our first “truly local” dyer, Jason Klus of Kingston, PA!
Note: All patterns marked with an asterisk (*) are available at Gosh Yarn It!