Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Seasonal Thoughts.

I'm in Florida right now, visiting my parents, and it's a balmy 58 degrees outside (and yes, that's at 7 am); they're forecasting a high today in the upper 60's. And my Google homepage shows Roswell with a low of 25 and a high of 40 and those little white dots that mean snow flurries. So while I have spring here, I know it's still winter at home.

And I think it fits perfectly to share ideas for knitting winter....

Dave's Montera Set
 Dave's Montera Set is the latest free pattern from Classic Elite's newsletter. It includes mittens and a hat sized for both women and men, knit in a textured stitch pattern that works great in one or two colors. The suggested yarn is a 50 wool/50 alpaca blend at 4 st/in. Cascade Pastaza would be perfect - and comes in about a hundred colors (and it's reasonably priced - you could make the set with two skeins for around $20).

...and spring.
photo from silberfee on flickr
This is the Colchicaceae shawlette and it's going to be our next KAL. It's a free pattern on Ravelry (). The pattern suggests about 380 yards of DK weight yarn, but there are also beautiful projects knit in worsted weight (like this one in my favorite Venezia Worsted) and sport weight (this one in madelinetosh Pashmina is stunning!) as well. In a bright color and a yarn with some silk (and of course a cute white t-shirt!) this screams SPRING to me. We're going to start the KAL next Friday, February 4. And with any luck, by the time we've finished, we'll have some warmer weather!

I'll be back early next week with yarn suggestions and a gauge swatch. If you're planning to knit with us in person, it's 2-4pm at the shop. But we welcome virtual participation as well - feel free to participate in our Ravelry forum, or on Facebook.

Stay warm and happy knitting/stitching!!

edited to add (in response to Lydia's question in the comments): Ravelry has finished photos of three finished shawls knit in fingering weight yarn. All three report to use close to 500 yards and one used a size 4 needle (the other two don't mention the needle size).


  1. love the shawl! did your research show this knit in fingering weight? may be joining in off-site for this one.

  2. Don't know how this is accomplished, but would love to join you this done at the shop? I do live in Alpharetta, and visit the shop as often as I can. Let me know, please. Jane