How you inspire me. (And updated store hours.)
The past six months have been [well--enter the word that best describes it for you here.] During this time, however, our needle crafts have helped us endure. Our projects, whether they have been for ourselves, a friend or even a stranger who might need a pair of mittens, have been an enormous source of comfort. It has been wonderful for me, being in the store, to see or hear about the amazing projects you have created or are planning to start soon. Below are just a few of the projects for which I've already picked out yarn and my needles are in the ready position.
New (but enthusiastic and creative) knitter Jen knit this hat for her daughter. Scandinavian sugarskulls by Swedish designer JennyPenny is a slouchy beanie usually knit in fingering weight yarn. When I see sugar skulls, I usually think of calaveras and the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead. I'm not certain if there is a Scandinavian equivalent, but the colorwork on this hat is beautiful. Be sure to check out the detail on the top of the hat.
I decided to use more gold tones in mine and went with a skein of Three Irish Girls Adorn Luxe and a skein of Baah Yarn Savannah.
Rio Calina Cowl by Cat Bordhi
Sadly, the world and especially our fiber community lost a true star this month. Cat Bordhi was an extraordinarily innovative designer and teacher as well as a source of kindness and encouragement when I was opened the store six years ago. Her Felted Elfen Slippers (FELFS) was our first class, and we frequently referred to her videos for mobius knitting, Judy's Magic cast-on and knitting in the round on two circular needles. The best way to describe the Rio Calina Cowl is to use Cat's words: "This cowl is a satisfying travel companion, because you make it up as you go along, allowing a spontaneous river of cables. One side of the long rectangle you will be knitting appears fierce and the other tranquil, something that will delight other knitters you meet on your journey." I hadn't seen it in person until Angela came by with hers which is lovely. Rio Calina means hazy or obscure river in Spanish. As each person's path through life is different, each person's Rio Calina Cowl will be different. Cat gently suggested worsted weight for the project. Malabrigo Rios would be a great choice, but I decided on Alegria Grande from Manos del Uruguay. A link to the free pattern is here.
Shifty , The Shift and Nightshift
all by Andrea Mowry
All three of these Andrea Mowry patterns utilize mosaic knitting which is a very rhythmic, relaxing, though not difficult colorwork technique. These patterns can be knit with self-striping yarns such as Spincycle Yarns Dream State and Dyed in the Wool or Schoppel-Wolle Edition 3.They are equally as fun to knit in solid colors. I'm using Dovestone DK from Baa Ram Ewe and Rowan Moordale for my Nightshift though my The Shift which I completed last year, is in Dyed in the Wool. Alyson enjoyed knitting her Nightshift so much she just kept repeating sections and the result is a large and spectacular wrap.
Ann used both Dyed in the Wool and Brooklyn Tweed Peerie for her Shifty. The sweater is gorgeous, and I don't think this will be her last one. I'm going to follow Ann's lead for mine and use both yarns as well.
Slipstravaganza - The 2020 Westknits Mystery Knit A Long
by Stephen West
These days you especially need the fun and familiarity of a good friend. The Westknits Mystery Knit A Long is back again for his eleventh year. Past MKALs have resulted in some of the most loved and treasured
Westknits shawl patterns including Exploration Station, The Doodler and Speckle & Pop. The overall shape and dimensions are part of the mystery though Slipstravaganza will be a large shawl. Susan Lewin's knitting group including Chris and Joann decided to join this MKAL, and I'm excited to knit it too. (I am knitting mine in Dream in Color's Smooshy with Cashmere.) If you are a fan of Brioche, Stephen included it in this pattern. If you would rather avoid it, he gives you other options. Clues are revealed every Friday beginning October 9th.
Susan is excited for fall knitting!! Some of us must continue to isolate, but there is still a way to get together ......
KALS (Knit a longs)
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*Newsletter reviewed and proofread by Susan Fortunato Carter