Friday, June 28, 2013

Revive.

Are you familiar with Rowan's Revive? It's a DK weight blend of recycled cotton, silk and viscose, which makes it a perfect three-season yarn for our climate. It comes in gorgeous tweedy colors. It's nice to knit (it is Rowan after all). Can you tell it's one of my favorite yarns? ...and I can't believe I haven't blogged about it before!

But maybe that's ok - because now we have a beautiful sweater to show off the yarn.

This is Julie Hoover's Insouciant . We're not the first ones to use Revive; the FO's on Ravelry are all pretty and encouraging.

There are plenty of other sweater patterns that would work, too. One of my favorites is Thea Colman's ("baby cocktails") Vodka Lemonade . It looks so pretty with the tweed.

I also love Heidi Kirrmaier's Peasy . I've knit it twice already, but the gallery of Revive FOs, especially this one, might entice me to knit a third one!

Revive is also beautiful for lace. I used it for Traveling Woman and that shawl is one of my favorite summer wraps; it looks great with jeans and a t-shirt or a dressy black linen top. Check out all the FO's on Ravelry.
woman revived

Or if lace isn't your thing, how about the Churchmouse Folded Poncho ? The pattern calls for a DK weight wool, but if you've been around the shop lately, you know we're knitting it out of EVERYthing! And it works up great in Revive.

Convinced!? what would you knit with Revive?


Saturday, June 15, 2013

5,580.

...that's my answer.  And you ask, "What's the question?"

How many stitches can four knitters work on a Friday afternoon?


Here's the work in progress on four linen stitch scarves...two of them have 450 stitches and two have 480 stitches. My scarf is the one center right; I worked three rows of 480 stitches. I think the others were at least that productive*. And that makes 5,580 stitches. Pretty amazing!

It's also pretty amazing how different those four pieces look up close.

*or maybe not. Sandy stopped by and shared her work in progress; she's knitting the alpaca silk version. It's lovely. 

The four of us working the linen version might have gotten a bit sidetracked thinking about alpaca silk....and then one of us pulled a few skeins of yarn...so maybe the answer is closer to 5,000. That's ok. It's still an impressive number!

 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Meadow has arrived!

...and I promise: it's even better in person.

I met with Theresa this afternoon to talk over some new ideas for this blog (if you have any suggestions, we'd love to hear them!) and at the end of our meeting I asked if she'd heard any more about the much-anticipated Meadow shipment. She told me it was here...and she was waiting for us to open the box together (can I say how much I love her??!!). So we did.
with Butchie's help!
It's lovely.

But it's even better on the shelves!
all twelve colors. gorgeous.
And now the tough decision...which color to choose for the Mystery KAL?