Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Knitting through the Heichi Book.

That huge shipment of Shibui that arrived last week included all the colors of Heichi, a worsted weight 100% silk. I have been smitten with the yarn since I bought the heichi book last month, because I want to knit every single project shown in the book!

I've already started the first piece, Ripple - a textured stole, using Sidewalk and I picked out Caffeine to knit the cabled vest on the cover, called Shadow. Yesterday, Marci helped me pick out the colors for the rest of the garments (I'm showing a bit of restraint - I won't be choosing colors for the hat and the pocketbook until I finish a few of the other pieces!)

I had originally envisioned a very neutral palette with a pop of green. I kept to that plan for Echo, a cardigan knit with two colors (one color per side; it's joined down the back). This is Tar and Steel, the colors shown in the book (I almost never do that, but really, those colors look so great together). 

But for the tunic and the shell, Marci convinced me that colors really would work. So I'm getting outside my neutral comfort zone with Chestnut, a rich red-brown, for the Element tunic.

and Graffiti, a deep purple, for the Trace shell.  I stuck with that pop of green - Lichen - for the Reflection short-sleeved top.  The colors really do go well together...and (most important!) the pieces will work great with jeans and black.

Now I can't wait to get started with the knitting!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Three Days.

Yep, I missed three days at the Cottage this past weekend. My daughter was in town, visiting from Los Angeles (yay!) and our very packed itinerary didn't include the Cottage until my Monday night class. Whoa. I hardly recognized the place.

Well, the Rowan Wall is still in place (thank goodness). And Madelinetosh Vintage is still featured on the back wall.

But we have new Rowan.
Creative Linen (left and top) and Summerspun (right and bottom)
And new Juniper Moon Farms.
Sabine and Yearling
And new lace samples and patterns*.
how cute is that green scarf? it's the Two-Way Ruffled Scarf, the top layer is Rowan Fine Tweed and the bottom is Kidsilk Haze
And more new patterns.
we have the FULL line of Carol Sunday's gorgeous patterns - these three are my favorites - a capelet in worsted weight, and a shawl and a scarf in a fingering or light sport weight
...and a huge stack of other patterns that call for habu, laceweight, shabui...and could be knit in a variety of yarns
And a very cool new book.

which I love all the more because of this photo! the project is Elks in the Woods and I know Holly wishes I had room in my queue....
And hats!!!

the hats are for sale and you can take Kathy's felting class to embellish and make it your own!
And a good bit of empty space. house the huge shipments of Shibui (that arrived today!), Madelinetosh and Habu that Theresa has ordered.

Three days is a very long time to be away from the shop these days!!

*the Rill Scarf patterns are in stock (and when I left the shop early this afternoon they were located on the left of the "lace table" at the front of the shop :-)...have you chosen your colorway?

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Our Latest Yarn Crush (and our next KAL).

I've written before about project crushes - you know, where we see a pattern and fall wildly in love with it and drop everything to knit it. Well, on Saturday, we found our first yarn crush. Findley Dappled. We've been carrying the Findley - a laceweight silk & merino blend since last spring. We know the yarn is lovely and lovely to knit with. So why the crush?

Because of the new "dappled" colorways. There are eight. And every single one of them is gorgeous.
all eight colorways
(bottom to top) 101-uncial, 102-summerfield, 103-fruits de foret
(bottom to top) 104-frog's back, 105-clear blue sky
(bottom to top) 106-driftwood, 107-zinnia, 108-woodland
The photos don't do the colors justice... but I hope you get a sense of why we need to knit something with it. now!

How about Miriam Felton's Rill Scarf. Plenty of stockinette to show off the colors, with a little bit of lace and short rows to keep us from getting terribly bored. And only one skein is required. Of course that means you have to choose one!
I chose 108-woodland (and downloaded the pattern before I found out Theresa had ordered it!)
Theresa has ordered the pattern and it should arrive any day now. Knitting 700 yards of laceweight seems like it might require a bit of moral support, so we're going to start a Knit-along for the project on Friday, March 2. Please join us!

And a quick reminder that the 3rd Sunday is this weekend - which means the Sock Club is meeting. Sunday, February 19, 1-3 pm.

Friday, February 3, 2012

A Story in Three Photos.

Did you ever read the Carl books? They're books (mostly) without words, so maybe "read" isn't the right question - but for sure, pictures can tell a story. Today, Holly met Mr. Big (the half brother of Butchie and Annie).

Check it out.

What story do they tell?