Thank you, thank you, thank you!
For your well wishes, for your love of beautiful yarns, for sharing your fantastic projects, and for your contributions to our diaper/hygiene drive, the Click for Babies purple hat project, and Knitted Knockers!
We just might have to do this again next year!
Our third addition from Neighborhood Fiber Studio is Studio DK. I wanted a palette that spanned the spectrum, but in a slightly offbeat way. While I think I am going in a different direction for a sample, I seriously considered Caitlin Hunter’s Soldotna Crop, and came up with quite a few four color combos that I loved! (Currently Hummelo is the likeliest candidate to be cast on.)
Studio DK is put up in 4 oz skeins with 275 yards, and is a superwash merino with a nice twist. Having cast on three things in the last ten days, I haven’t wound the yarn yet, but it is set aside, waiting patiently for its turn on the needles!
From now until May 19th, we have a fantastic trunk show from Blue Sky Fibers, featuring garments and accessories in Woolstok.
The Vermillion Vest comes in three flexible sizes—XS/S, M/L, and XL/XXL, and takes 9, 10, and 12 50g skeins of Woolstok. The front is a waterfall style, and the fabric combines simple rope cables with stockinette.
At nine skeins, the Endless Wrap is generously sized, and the US 11 needles yield a drapey and soft fabric. The stitch patterns are elegant and more than one knitter has described this project as great television knitting!
The Janesville Jacket is a “one size fits most” kimono-style jacket* which lets you combine any two of Woolstok’s 21 one colors. It’s all seed stitch, and the construction is simple, with only a couple of tiny (tiny!) seams to shape it. Easy to dress up or down, too.
The Trimont Snood is part cowl, part capelet, part hood, and uses four skeins of Woolstok. It features gentle shaping, and a seed stitch panel to lend just a bit of interest. This is a really appealing and versatile accessory!
[*correction: I mischaracterized the Janesville Jacket as being kimono-styled. This is not a claim that Blue Sky Fibers makes, nor is it correct—a kimono is longer, and worn wrapped. I learned a lot reading this discussion of Japanese garments and how their preservation was affected by forced cultural assimilation during the period of Japanese internment in World War II. I regret my thoughtless error.]
Just picking out the yarn was fun, but now that the knitting on Arcana has begun, it’s even moreso. I’m only just in the “Mosaic Moons” stripes, but watching the color relationships develop is mesmerizing. I can’t wait for the “Brioche Lace Moons”!
I’m combining two colors of Malabrigo Sock (Cote d’Azure and Marte) with a skein of Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio Sock (Basquiat). This is my first chance to work with the Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio Sock, and I loooooove it.