We couldn’t wait for the first day of Spring to cast on our lighter weight knitting projects this year. We started thinking about how to jump start warmer weather knitting back in the cold dark days of January, and now we have a shop full of lovely samples that may inspire you to start thinking about lighter knits.
One of the beautiful sweaters we have to share with you is Hannah Fettig’s Featherweight Cardigan that Helen knit up with several of skeins of The Fibre Company’s Meadow.
This yarn is a slightly heavy lace weight yarn that is created with an unusual blend of wonderful fibers. It is a 2-ply blend of merino, baby llama, silk + linen. The merino and llama provide softness and bounce, the silk sheen and drape and the linen a crisp hand and lovely stitch definition.
Last season, Bich-thu chose Meadow to make her version of Cepa, a shawl pattern designed by Grace Anna Farrow, and published within the Allium Collection of shawl patterns that all beautifully highlight the soft luster of this yarn. One of my favorite aspects of this yarn is the heathery soft linen fibers that give the yarn some additional texture. It makes any pattern a bit more interesting.
At 549 yards per 100 gram skein, Meadow is a great choice for light weight summer sweaters. And the Featherweight Cardigan designed by Hannah Fettig is one of our favorite go-to patterns for a classic cardigan that will perfectly adapt to any occasion.
As you can see, we have a great selection of colors from brights to neutrals, and you may find that one of these skeins is just what you need to start swatching your first summer knit of the season.
Remarkable things happen on Tuesday nights at the shop. At our Community Knit Night craft table friends are made, ideas are shared, and last week a new class was born!
Haven Leavitt of Knit Alone Together fame joined the group and brought in her newest creation: the Newsprint Cowl. She designed this gorgeous brioche stitch infinity scarf; and better yet, she wants to help us all master the brioche stitch!
Her pattern is a FREE Ravelry download and, can be knit up with two colors of any yarn from DK weight to Aran depending on how warm and dense a cowl you’d like to have. We have all kinds of beautiful yarn options in the shop for you to choose from.
She will be teaching a two session Brioche Class on Wednesday evenings March 26th and April 2nd. She will walk us through her pattern, getting us started on our own cowls. We’ll then have a week to get the hang of the stitches on our own at home. During the second meeting she will work on trouble shooting any problems that may have arisen, and guide us through fixing common brioche mistakes.
This class is $70 (excluding yarn and supplies) and will fill quickly with just 6 spots. If you have been eager to learn Brioche, this is a wonderful opportunity that you won’t want to miss. Give us a call at the shop at 970-407-1461 to reserve your spot today.
While we are waiting (a little impatiently) for our gardens to look a bit more like this…
We thought we’d take matters into our own hands and add a bit of color to Fort Collins. According to Wikipedia, “Yarn bombing, yarnbombing, yarn storming, guerrilla knitting, Kniffiti, urban knitting or graffiti knitting is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colorful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fiber rather than paint or chalk.”
You’ve seen evidence of it in the shop’s garden, and here in our blog when we posted photos like the one below.
We are going to get crafty, and add some color to the neighborhood over the next couple of weeks. And we’d love your help! We’ll be knitting and crocheting up a storm over the next several Community Knit Nights at the shop, and we hope that you will drop in and join us on Tuesday evenings from 5-8pm.
Bring stash yarn that you are eager to get rid of, and we’ll fill you in on the plan. Your stitches can join ours, and together we can make Fort Collins just a bit brighter this Spring.
Helen dropped off a beautiful new cowl this weekend. The photos speak for themselves.
This is the longer infinity version of the Alewives Cowl designed by Elizabeth Doherty. Helen used two skeins of Swans Island Natural Colors Merino Worsted, which is specified in the pattern. So the finished cowl is as soft as you can imagine.
According to Elizabeth’s Blue Bee Studio blog posting about this lovely pattern: “the idea behind Alewives was to create a simple cowl using easily memorized stitch patterns, but to make it interesting enough to be fun and engaging. The design features panels of herringbone and panels of garter ridges moving together around the cowl in a rhythmic sequence that keeps the knitting galloping along.
Worked in the round, Alewives is written for two sizes: a 24″ diameter single loop, and a 49″ loop that can be worn as a long infinity scarf, or doubled around the neck for more warmth. The smaller cowl uses approximately 250 yards of a light worsted yarn. About 500 yards is needed for the longer version. Stitch patterns are provided in both charted and written form.”
I would imagine that the shifting stitches would be enough of a challenge to keep one focused while providing some fun patterns to keep you knitting so as to see what comes next. I love patterns like these.
This could be a perfect pattern to highlight the showstopping colors of Leading Men Fiber Art’s Box Office yarn that we received last week. What do you think?
Our nominee for best new yarn in the shop is Box Office. These super saturated skeins come to us from Leading Men Fiber Arts whose tag line puts color center stage. Each one is lovingly hand dyed, and I think that you’ll agree that this yarn is dramatically different.
This springy worsted weight yarn is sure to be a star. It is a 4-ply yarn made with 100% Superwash Merino that is a treat for your hands to work with. Each $21 skein contains 218 yards, which is more than enough for an accessory that can add a dramatic pop of color to make you the center of attention.
For those of you interested in working on larger projects, Julie received sweater quantities of 12 colors. What could be more fun than casting on for something that just might be finished by March 2nd when the red carpet is rolled out?
When we gave the girls who joined us for the Community Knit Night this week a sneak peek of the new arrivals, this colorway Harvest, was by far their favorite. We can’t wait to see how it looks knitted up.
Stop on by as soon as you can so that you don’t miss out on the full selection. This new yarn is sure to be a hit!