There’s no right or wrong time to love—or use—a color, but autumn certainly does bring to mind the warm earthy hues of the world transforming right before our eyes, doesn’t it? I love looking a a big mix of these colors; it’s the fiber-y equivalent of raking up a big pile of turning leaves, and diving right in!
We’re a little bit in between things this week at Yarn Folk—waiting with great excitement for Woolstok to ship from Blue Sky Fibers, and tapping our toes as we know that a couple of orders from indie dyers are close to being ready. But in the meantime, the Malabrigo Sock needed a boost, so there’s more on the way (including several new colors), and while the stock of Rios is fairly robust, several of the new colors were available for shipment, so look for Pines (above), Cowboy, and Kris to arrive in this shipment, due late this week, or early next!
Once in awhile, you encounter something in the knitting world that you have never seen before. All the better if it is GENIUS.
As Karen Templar of The Fringe Association describes in her blog post on basted knitting, two truths of sweater knitting are that top down, seamless sweaters are remarkably satisfying to make, and sweaters with seams have the advantage of structural integrity and longevity. In trying to bridge the gap between these two competing realities, Karen outlines a technique which adds a “basting stitch” at each raglan point, then uses the added stitch to create a place to execute a tiny mattress stitch seam at critical stress points. Her description and photographs illustrate the idea perfectly, and I can’t wait to try it on a sweater!
While you’re visiting The Fringe Association blog, perhaps you might be interested in Slow Fashion October. Knitting presents us with wonderful opportunities to create alternatives to disposable clothing—by choosing materials and styles carefully, focusing on excellent artisanry, and being willing to mend. In particular, take a look at the Week One discussion prompts, which are all about knowing what you are likely to wear. (While we often tease one another about our own notable color preferences, having a well-loved color palette is a great thing in terms of having a functional, low-waste wardrobe!)
Cathedral Grove has two sleeves now, which means I am on to completing the body. Even though the body has more stitches than the sleeves, my perception is that knitting back and forth across the rows goes more quickly than knitting in tight little circles. I’m also motivated to finish this one because I want to wear it!