Have a cuppa
There are specific kits (and we have some—for the Alaska Hat, the Silk 3 Ways scarf, the Incan Spice Fairisle Hat, the Adventura Shawl, and the 21 Color Slouch Hat), but you can also make your own “kit of possibility”—a skein of luscious yak/merino/silk fingering weight yarn paired with a pretty shawl stick; a variety of useful notions (stitch markers, cable needles, fix it tool, needle gauge, point protectors, tapestry needles, and a project bag); a skein of stripey sock yarn, a set of dpns, tiny stitch markers, and a Needle Nook; a skein of hand-dyed worsted, size 8 16” circular needles and double points, and a faux fur pom. Pop them in a Yarn Folk mug for a fun presentation—this time of year the thick ceramic keeps your beverage and your hands warmer, longer—all the better during prime stitching weather!
Three giant boxes from Plymouth arrived a day early this week, and since the best place for newly arrived yarn is on the shelf, I had a very busy Thursday! (Girls Night Out started at 5pm….)
I’ve also restocked the Alaska Hat kits—plenty of Aurora Borealis is in stock, along with Pulsar (vivid pinks and purples) and Narnia (soft blush pinks and beige).
This week, the long-awaited Eco Cashmere from Blue Sky Fiber is scheduled to arrive on Tuesday!
The C.C. Beanie remains a fashion staple, but the commercial versions are generally 100% acrylic. When you make your own, you can choose natural fibers, perhaps hand-dyed, perhaps solid.
Fast forward to this season, and Sarah, from Knot Another Hat, has introduced Carbon Copied to the Max, a multi-gauge pattern for this style, which begins with easy-to-follow instructions for a tubular cast on. Choose DK, worsted, or bulky weight yarn, add a faux fur pom pom or not, and you have a quick and easy hat for yourself or gift-giving!
Here, I eliminated one full row repeat in order to use just one skein of Malabrigo Mecha. It’s a tiny bit less slouchy, but still has a generous fit for a beanie, and it worked up in just a few hours. Full project details here.
Progress on the front of the sweater has continued—I’m motivated by both the desire to wear theh sweater AND the fact that I want my leftovers for a separate (secret) holiday project. Still haven’t investigated to figure out where things went sideways on the sleeve lengths.
Wonderful Wallaby, color blocked, revised
This Wonderful Wallaby was knit along with the recent class, using Berroco Ultra Wool (machine wash gentle in a mesh bag, and tumble dry on low). I combined a pair of colors I also used in the Boden Girl poncho, and used the revised version of the pattern, which adds several nice details—built-in i-cord edging and a placket style that buttons among them. I chose the garter sttich hood option which is really enhanced by the i-cord edging.