A Different Kind of Swatching
Occasionally, I'll bring in a yarn without having knit with it first, but that's usually when the base yarn is a known quantity, or I've stocked other yarns from the manufacturer. Really, I'd rather swatch at least a little. In this case, I had a ring of minis to play with, so my "swatch" for Blue Sky Alpacas Woolstok turned into a very small design project. See below for the finished item.
Woolstok is a worsted fine highland wool, and I am straight up 100% IN LOVE with this. Look for it at Yarn Folk this fall, and look for me, making sweaters out of it. Plural use intended.
(And swatch something! Just for fun!)
The shelf of Sock was looking pretty puny...much better now! There are also a couple of new colors of Rios; take a look. The palette, while so beautiful, has been mainly quite deep-toned for a long time, and I love having some fresh, springtime colors for balance!
This week, to inspire is a signal boost for the efforts of knitwear designer Thea Colman, who directs a portion of her proceeds from specific patterns to charities that support women, children, and education. In this case, all proceeds from the pattern for Water are going to help 10 year old Mari Copeny continue to provide bottled water to the residents of Flint. (Kids are disproportionately affected by the lead contamination of Flint's water.) Mari is partnered with Pack Your Back, a non-profit started by concerned Central Michigan University students who wanted to help younger kids make a difference in their world.
Hat with no name
I'm writing up the pattern for this, but since I'll be stocking the yarn soon, but not immediately, it's not URGENT. I used a kit for the 21 Color Slouch, a stitch pattern from Alterknits, and macgyvered the crown decreases. (You can see them here.)