Landed at Yarn Folk: Seamless Knit Sweaters in 2 Weeks & Imperial Yarn Denali
“Join me this April for Cable Channel, a stylish pillow featuring an original cable pattern. Knit in HiKoo Kenzie, the design creates a rich fabric to add beauty and texture to any decor. Pillows provide the perfect platform to explore new techniques and hone the finishing skills. They also make great gifts!
Cable Channel is knit in one piece with simple seaming and features a button closure to allow for easy washing and assembly. The front and back are knit in different stitch patterns to keep the project interesting and texturally charming. Both written and charted instructions, along with video support, are provided to guarantee success.”
Newly arrived from Imperial Yarn are Denali, a sport weight 50 wool/50 alpaca blend, and Paisley, a lace weight 80 alpaca/20 cotton blend.
Denali has such potential for colorwork, and the 50/50 blend means that it has the drape of alpaca balanced with the fiber memory of wool. Imperial Yarn is based in Oregon, so if you have a project in mind that calls for more yardage, we can get it here quickly. I also ordered several brand-new colors; those will be arriving mid-March.
Paisley is a unique fiber combination, and it’s hard to stop touching it. Samples I saw knit in lace patterns were beautiful, and I can also imagine it held double and knit as a fingering to great effect. It has an appealing rustic appearance, while being incredibly soft to the touch.
Marie Greene’s new book, Seamless Knit Sweaters in 2 weeks, will be available at Yarn Folk on release day (today!) I ordered fifteen; four are spoken for. You can preview the designs on Ravelry. Having knit a number of Marie’s sweaters, I can vouch for the fit—especially good through the shoulders—and they tend to feature thoughtful details that elevate them a notch above standard raglan construction. With the book priced at $21.99, each of the twenty patterns is just over $1, and if you’re like me, you’ll find several favorites between the covers!
The Nalya/Planina CAL/KAL is Yarn Folk’s first attempt at a dual craft-along. The idea sprang to mind while watching Episode 72 of Caleisha’s Quirky Monday Craftcast. She shows progress on her Nalya Wrap, then mentions that Planina is the knit version of the same design. Both have the potential for multiple interpretations and color combinations, and I am excited to find a project with the potential to bring knitters and crocheters together. I’m leaning toward using a main color and punctuating it with vibrant colors from the basket of Knitted Wit Smarties.
I’ll be starting with Nalya, as part of my “crochet more in 2019” efforts, and I’m also trying to branch out in my podcast consumption by trying out some video podcasts. This will be a bit of a challenge, as my commute is prime podcast-listening time, and I do try to keep my eyes on the road! (And I share a tiny data plan with a 19 year old!) But I’m making an effort—let me know if you have favorites! (So far I have sampled episodes of the Quirky Monday Craftcast, Books and Cables, and Skeindeer Knits.)
I am writing this on Saturday afternoon. I am boldly going to proclaim that one sleeve of the January Gansey is complete (it’s not), in order to ensure that by the time I need to insert a photograph here, it is.
One more! Can’t wait to wear this cozy thing.
(I made it through sleeve #1–this is #2!)
Boho Style Mosaic Shawl
The Boho Style Mosaic Shawl is complete, and is as close as you can reasonably get to wrapping yourself in a blanket and calling it a fashion choice!
Choosing projects to use yardage wisely is something I give a fair amount of consideration to, and my best estimates indicated that this shawl would use one 150g hank of the main color, one 50g skein each of contrast colors 2 & 3, and two 50g skeins of contrast color 4. The two small modifications I needed to make were to omit one garter ridge of the main color following the last colorwork section, and to alter the bind off from a three-stitch i-cord bind off to a two-stitch i-cord bind off. As it was, I was about 12” short, but had that much left over from a 21 Color Slouch Kit. However, upon further investigation, I realized that the first skein was one I had used in a colorwork hat, and I had accurately recorded how much I used (about 25yards). So, to make a long story short, two full skeins of CC4 should be enough for a two-stitch i-cord bind off, and probably even the specified three-stitch version. Whew!