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The Allium collection from Kelbourne Woolens

A beautiful collection of shawls has arrived this week from our friends at Kelbourne Woolens.  The Allium Collection includes 8 delicate shawl patterns designed by Grace Anna Farrow.

 

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On the left is Lillydale and on the right is Allium (the name sake of the collection).

These intermediate patterns both incorporate simple lace work and various other techniques such as short rows and picking up stitches.  They may provide you with a a perfect project to try something new!

 

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Next we have two beautiful lace scarves: Umbrel on the left and Shallot on the right.  Their generous dimensions ensure yards of fabric to wrap up in.

 

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And last but not least are three beautiful wraps: Roseum, Cepa, and Twinleaf.

All of these samples feature the Fibre Co.’s Meadow, a tweedy lace-weight blend of 40% Merino, 25% Llama, 20% Silk, and 15% Linen.

We have a rich selection of lace weight yarns from Sweet Georgia, ShiBui, Anzula and others.  We would love to help you find a color combination you love among one of these.

These beautiful shawls will only remain in the shop until the middle of the month, so we hope that you are able to visit us soon to be able to see them in person.

Hope lives… in Fort Collins

If you are a subscriber to our newsletter, you probably already know that we are a collection point for Hope Lives.

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The Hope Lives Breast Cancer Support Center was founded in 2001 by Lydia Dody, a Ft. Collins businesswoman who battled breast cancer. After her recovery, Lydia wanted to ensure that the approximately 200 women in Larimer and Windsor counties diagnosed each year receive complete post-diagnosis support and care.

Their mission is to Support and Strengthen those touched by Breast Cancer by providing Care, Guidance & Education.

Our mission at the shop is to support this group and the women that they are caring for by collecting knitted and crocheted items for local breast cancer patients to enjoy while undergoing chemo.  We have a bin in the shop and will gladly receive:  scarves, shawls, lap blankets/afghans, slippers, and hats.

Your hand-knit items will warm and comfort women in the Fort Collins area who are in need of our compassion.

We hope that you can drop off a hand crafted item in the next few weeks.  Please call us at the shop at 970-407-1461 if you have any questions about how you can get involved.

a new shawl for beginners

Kate has been working on a shawl since July.  It is a perfect social knitting project that combines garter stitch texture with short rows for some visual interest.

This might be a terrific project for beginner knitters interested in trying something new.

She cast off her Heartbreak by Lisa Mutch just last week.

 

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It is on its way to the shop and will be a perfect sample to highlight the new skeins of Sunshine Yarns that should be arriving any day.

Kate used three colors of Sunshine Yarns Luxury Sock yarn.  This merino/cashmere/nylon blend has a wonderful drape and delicious softness that is impossible to resist.

 

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The asymmetrical shape of this shawl was created by Kate’s decision to modify the pattern and reverse the direction of the last two wedges of color.  She added an additional section to increase the overall size of the shawl.  Once it is wrapped around you, you’ll see why she decided to keep knitting.  It is like wearing a hug.

She used the German Short Row technique while working on this project and swears that it is now the only way she’ll approach short rows in the future.

She used a couple of YouTube videos to learn how to master the technique.  You can find the purl to knit video here and the knit to purl video here.

We hope that you find these videos helpful.  We can always provide you with a quick refresher in the shop if you have questions.

We are thinking about holiday gifts…

And our friend Helen just knit up a winner!  She knit up this VulcanSpy hat with three colors of ShiBui Maai.

 

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This yarn knits up Incredibly soft and the right color combination could be good for men and women.

 

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Do you have someone on your knitworthy gift list that could use a new hat?

Postcards from Rhinebeck (part two)

The stunning fall foliage and the charming animals weren’t the only attention grabbers at the festival last weekend.  Many of the attendees where modeling their recently finished knitwear.  We overheard more than one knitter confess that what she was wearing had been cast off in the wee hours of the night before and skipped a blocking in order to be showcased.

We brought some beautiful knits of our own to wear and we thought we’d share some photos of what we modeled.

 

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Here you can see Theresa in her beautiful Love & Lemons by Melanie Berg, knit up in Baa Ram Ewe’s Titus.

 

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Julie is modeling her Hitchhiker shawl designed by Martina Behm.  She is also wearing a Flora’s Cap knit up with butter soft Blue Sky Alpaca’s Alpaca Silk yarn.  The soft neutrals had many a passerby ask about her accessories.

 

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Theresa was a vision in shades of teal on Sunday.  She wore a Rikke hat made with Madelinetosh merino DK and the Hill and Dale cowl that she finished just a few weeks ago.  She knit this up with Anzula For Better or Worsted.

 

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Here you can see Jenny and Julie looking bright and sunny on Saturday (when temperatures were more mild).  Julie is wearing her Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief knit up with MJ Yarns Rustic Fingering yarn.  Jenny is wearing her Oblagon designed by Londonleo.

 

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Here you can see Jenny looking beautifully accessorized in her Arnhem Loop designed by Silke K.

 

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Last but not least is Theresa modelling a sneak peek.  This is the Equinox Poncho designed by our very own Kate Salomon.  This pattern and the beautifully tweedy Alpaca Elegance from Green Mountain Spinnery that it was knit up with will be arriving in the shop later this month!

We hope that you can visit soon and ask us about the trip.  We’d love to tell you all about it.