Local Yarn Shop Day was so much fun! It was in the top ten of Yarn Folk's best days to date, and other shops around the country report that they also had terrific days, and good times with their customers. As this was the inaugural LYS Day, none of us really knew what to expect. For me, the day really reinforced what I already knew: Local Yarn Shops have the ability to bring people together--those who are dreaming up yarn blends and infusing them with rich and wonderful colors; designers who see stitch patterns in their minds, do a little math (sometimes a lot of math), translate those ideas into written language, and present us with gorgeous patterns; and customers who wield their needles and hooks to bring these tangible creations to life. So often every part of this process is infused with friendship and laughter--we really are lucky.
The special offers that we introduced for the event were limited editions, but there are some remaining kits, and the Local Yarn Shawl by Casapinka will be available as a paid pattern on Ravelry, as will the Adventura Shawl from Laura Nelkin. There are a few of the Adventura kits left (and I may need to make room for the Kelbourne Woolens Andorra in the future--it's a wonderful yarn). There are also a few of the Mountain Colors Color Fade Cowl kits--the color combos they put together are so appealing. And there is just one skein of the LYS Love colorway in Cheshire Cat fingering from Frabjous Fibers--does it have your name on it?
Such a fun and energizing event--I can't wait to see what we dream up for next year!
Frabjous fibers cheshire cat fingering
While there is only a single skein of the LYS Love colorway remaining, my order from Frabjous Fibers also included a nice selection of neutrals and brights in these great, fluffy skeins. They are 4 oz skeins, each with 512 yards. So soft, and just a delight to knit with.
Veronica Van of Dream In Color yarns put together these kits especially with new young knitters in mind. Each kit comes with a booklet that combines a charmingly illustrated story with practical illustration of casting on, knitting, and binding off--and does so in a way that emphasizes the similarities of all three. The booklet also contains a pattern for a knitted cat, and all the supplies to make it--beautifully hand-dyed yarn, wooden knitting needles in an easy to use short length, and fleece to stuff the cat with. Priced at $20, these would make a perfect birthday party gift!
HerStory Sock Club from Knitted Wit
I am very excited that Yarn Folk is joining the ranks of yarn shops carrying Knitted Wit's HerStory Sock Club yarns each month. Each month, Lorajean develops a colorway inspired by accomplished women, and for 2018, the focus is on women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields. These are limited in quantity, and when they're gone, they're gone.
As part of the project, a "love letter" gives some background on the woman who inspired that month's colorway. April honors mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani. While participating shops agree not to publish photos of the month's color until the 25th, this month's shipment is in stock and available, and you can read about Mirzakhani here.
Since it's a day early to include a photo of the HerStory color, enjoy this colorful basket of Knitted Wit Smarties--they are perfect for sock heels and toes, colorwork, miniskein projects, adding color to a mitered square sock yarn blanket or Bee Keeper's Quilt, or any project where you need a zing of color, but don't need a full skein. (Binding off a shawl in a contrasting color can be fun!) Each Smartie is about 14g and 45 yds.
Spruce Point is a CustomFit sweater--a simple v-neck, A-line pullover with garter rib trim. As with all CustomFit sweaters, there are a couple of steps involved: a gauge swatch you can't skip, and personal measurements, and seaming at the end. But what that yields is a customized pattern that reflects your personal fit choices, one that allows you decide what you want in a sweater fabric, and a structured garment that will retain its shape.
Knitting with the Elemental Affects Cormo Sport makes a person giddy--it's extremely sproingy (technical term), which is inexplicably entertaining. I usually block things at work, where all my tools are (blocking mats, wires, Knit Blockers) and where my cats are not, but in a pinch, a towel and the front porch on a nice day will do. And even if it's only one piece of four, it's the biggest one!
Archer is finished! It kind of reminds me of an upscale baseball tee... On the same night, I also finished the second Zigzagular sock--which definitely marks the first time I've finished projects involving that many stitches on the same day (around 9,000 in the pair of socks, and between 25,000 and 30,000 in the sweater).