Whenever Carm comes to call, she brings us treats. On her last visit, she brought not one but two Swirl Sweaters! Amazing. I was out in the lobby with Maude the mannequin, taking their portraits, and missed the discussion of which was which, but I think the one on the left, which gets its coppery sheen from our Classic Elite Firefly, is Copper Collage, while the other beauty is Wild Thyme:
And here’s the very chic south end of Wild Thyme headed north:
Remember that you can start thinking about making a Swirl of your very own at our upcoming introductory Starting Your Swirl class on Saturday, December 3rd. Carolyn Kern will be introducing Sandra McIver’s ingenious designs and discussing fit, choosing yarn, and construction methods. The Swirl Sweater class will begin in the new year, with Carolyn tailoring the format and scheduling to best meet participants’ needs. You can attend the hour-long $15 session on Saturday, December 3rd without obligation to sign up for the full class. But after seeing Carm’s gorgeous finished Swirls and Carolyn’s swatches and samples, we don’t think you’ll be able to resist the call of the Swirl. Plus, you can order Sandra McIver’s book and all your project yarn from us for 10% off!
But wait… Carm had more to share. There was also this precious Watercolor, a pattern from from a recent Debbie Bliss Magazine, in our beloved Fibre Company alpaca/silk/camel/cashmere Road to China Light:
And she still wasn’t finished, because to her remaining Road to China Light from the Watercolor, she added a strand of a kid mohair/silk blend and created this delicate shawlette with a graceful leaf edging:
Mary Beth chose our Jaggerspun Zephyr merino/silk laceweight for her delicate Citron, with brilliant copper beads on the fluttery hem. If you’d like to make your own Citron that’s slightly larger than Hilary Smith Callis’ original shoulder-capping version from Knitty.com, Mary Beth kindly gave us the tip that the instructions can be found in Sally Melville’s blog; see the August 30, 2010 entry.
Mary Jane came in the other day wearing her own hand knit socks, a knit cap, fingerless gloves, and carrying her grandchildren’s felted caps and the completed Herringbone Fair Isle Cowl from Carolyn Kern’s stranded knitting class. She may have thought I just wanted to photograph the cowl and caps. Wrong! She was such a good sport about having her picture taken that I didn’t want to push my luck to try to get the socks in the picture, too:
Remember Mary Jane’s “before” hat from the last post? Can you find it in this great quartet of “after” hats? And here at last, her splendid cowl:
Déjà vu, anyone? Yes, you’ve seen this amazing pattern, Stephen West’s Earth & Sky, before. Jane made her pretty-in-pink version with tosh merino light, one of the designer’s suggested yarns. (Maybe I shouldn’t play favorites, but I even love winding merino light from skein to ball. Here at the shop we’re down to just two skeins – not good – but much more is on order from madelinetosh and should be here in a week or two. If you can’t get enough merino light either, see Molly’s Barb’s Koigu Ruffle Scarf, below.)
Jane’s and Wanda’s Earth & Sky shawls are both beautiful and beautiful examples of what a difference your choice off yarns can make. Here is another set of twins, again made by Jane (left) and Wanda (right):
Yes, believe it or not, that’s the same pattern. Want another example of The Power of Yarn? Here is the Cascade Yarn free pattern, Eco Duo Cabled Scarf, designed by our recent guest Shannon Dunbabin, and worked by Rose in its cloud-soft namesake Eco Duo (left) and by Molly (right) in a sophisticated slate grey Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran:
Speaking of Eco Duo, I’m delighted to present Marsha’s luscious Honey Cowl:Marsha, like Rose, is clearly a member of the Eco Duo Fan Club, while Molly is another member of my madelinetosh merino light Fan Club. Her Barb’s Koigu Ruffle Scarf really lets it shine. This pattern has been one of our most popular, even though it calls for many, many stitches to produce all those cascading ruffles. As you see from Molly’s finished scarf, each and every one is worth it:
One last homage to tosh merino light, an FO that’s a shop sample, seen here to the right of our sample Bamboo Bloom Scarf. This reversible design is called Brick Road Cowl by Antonia Shankland, and it’s a free shop pattern:
Some patterns are too good to knit just once. Here’s Rose’s second Spectra, expertly transposed from fingering to worsted weight with Dream in Color Classy and Berroco Ultra Alpaca:
Kady’s Garter Blocks Baby Blanket has by now already been presented to niece Ella. Knit in soft Jil Eaton Minnow Merino from Classic Elite, we know Ella will be keeping this snuggly by her side for a long, long time:
By the way, Churchmouse Yarns & Teas has added an adult size Big Garter Blocks Throw & Afghan pattern to their line, and we have stocked up on both big and small versions. Afghan patterns don’t come easier than this.
Jane took my Mukluk class and made these classic slippers of Katia Peru wool/alpaca/acrylic blend, so they’ll be easy to care for. Mukluks may not be as glamorous as some of the other FOs shown here, but it’s always fun to say “mukluk,” and it’s always great to have a pair on your feet!
Our Dream in Color Dream Club continues to amaze us, not only by the beauty of the yarns themselves but also by the exclusive one-skein patterns cleverly created just for them. Two members shared their completed October projects with us. The first two pictures are of Cheryl’s shawl; the third picture shows Marcia’s. Very, very pretty.
Believe it or not, there is an end to this post. The last FOs I have for you are examples of a few of our spectacular new yarns for Fall/Winter 2011. The first is a sample of Ritratto, the Faye 2-Way Vest. It was supplied to us by the yarn’s maker Tahki. The pattern comes from the S. Charles Collezione booklet Moonstruck, currently in stock in the shop. I can’t think of anything more wearable for the holidays, over slacks and a simple top. This is just one of many ways it can be draped and worn to great effect:
Panné is a chenille, also from S. Charles Collezione, reminiscent of the softest Persian lamb. One touch, and you may be tempted just to take one home to pat it. But wouldn’t it be so much better to have it nestled around your neck in the lovely Arcadia Cowl by Kim Dolce?
Finally, Diverso by SMC Select. I tried a few different patterns to see what showed off this soft, super-bulky wool/mohair chainette best. This was my first choice, a fluffy seed stitch cowl that uses just 162 yards. Diverso would make wonderful scarves and hats, too. On size 17 needles, this free cowl pattern will probably take you less time to make than it took to read this post!