Shadow Capelet in Techno

I just finished up the Shadow Capelet pattern from the folks at Blue Sky Alpacas.  Using three skeins of Techno, the capelet is knit in the round and then turned inside out so the wrong side of the work is actually the outside (and you don’t have to purl the entire thing!).

For a peppy, cheerful look, I chose Posh Pink and Cha-Cha Red as stripes to go with Fame (the cream).

Techno is soft and light, but it is a very insulating yarn – I was working on this inside a chilly coffee shop and it kept my lap quite warm. The capelet is the perfect size to tuck into a handbag in case of over-zealous air conditioning when you are out and about in the summer.

Pattern: Shadow Capelet from Blue Sky Alpacas, designed by Merri Fromm

Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Techno; 1 hank each of three colors, shown in #1970 Fame,  #1976 Cha-Cha Red and #1981 Posh Pink

Fiberphile Squooshy Sock

For all you fans of sock yarns, be you a sock knitter or not, we’ve had this wonderfully squishy and soft sock yarn in the house for a little over a week. The colors are very rich and I’ve been having a hard time not adding one skein of each color to my take-home basket.  (Okay, I did add them, but then I put them back on the shelf. A couple of minutes later I put a few skeins back in the basket.)

Colorway: Aslan. This may or may not be a color still remaining in my take-home basket.

I’ve been browsing through all the patterns on Ravelry – sock, shawlette, sock-weight sweaters, you name it, I’ve looked at it for this yarn.  Looking at patterns is generally followed by adding more yarn to my take-home basket.

The following are all Ravelry links

22 leaves shawlette by Lankakomero – LOVE the leaves on this shawl – it makes me think of kelp floating gracefully in the currents.

Plain and Simple Pullover by Veera Valimaki – Sweaters out of sock-weight yarn are wonderful for Texas. The folded collar and faux-buttonhole shoulder seam catch the eye, while the cap sleeves make this piece great for layering with a long-sleeve shirt.

AIilbe by Kristi Geraci – The twisted stitches on these mittens really highlight depth of color in the yarns used, and this strikes me as an ideal project for your most favorite color of sock yarn.  Don’t hide it beneath shoes and pant legs, but wear it on your hands for cheering up on cold days.

#15 Lace Pullover by Dora Ohrenstein, Vogue Crochet 2012  A tunic with a ripple stitch pattern, this crocheted top has a loose and lacy appearance which is quite elegant.

 

What do you like to knit or crochet out of sock yarn?

 

 

New Yarn Alert: Scrumptious 4-ply

Scrumptious 4-ply/Sport is an luscious blend of silk and merino, with plenty of shine and depth of color. It feels heavenly in your hands and looks elegant when knitted up in plain ol’ stockinette stitch.  It looks even better with stitch patterns, creating textured stitches that really pop.

Not sure what to make with this yarn?  We took the arduous task of sifting through Ravelry patterns to pull out a few of our favorites (although there are many more out there) that match perfectly with Scrumptious 4-ply/Sport.  (all the following patterns are Ravelry links)

Vitamin D by Heidi Kirrmaier  – a lovely waterfall cardigan with sculptural short rows and decorative increases

Goodale by Cecily Glowik MacDonald – this one has been in my queue for a while with it’s  short sleeves, turned-back pockets and simple outline

Alysha by Lily Kate France – a sweet hat with twisted stitches and intriguing stitch pattern

Jaali by Kitman Figueroa – shop local with this beautiful shawl – Kitman is a customer of the Woolie Ewe and we are always in awe of her sophisticated lace designs.

Click here to see all the available colors or to purchase Scrumptious 4-ply/Sport

 

Argentina for a Ruffle Scarf

As soon as we get in yarns for those oh-so-popular and quick Ruffle scarves, those yarns go straight back out the door and home to some happy knitter.  Our latest yarn is sure to move just as quickly.  SMC yarns has added a little bit more zing with Argentina. Not only does it make a ruffle scarf, but it has a bobble edging.  Tiny bobbles, but the edging is a complementary texture and color to the mesh central portion.

Check out Argentina in person or on our website.

 

New Yarns from Tahki Stacy Charles

With warm weather creeping up on us, we’ve been busy getting the summer-weight yarns up onto the shelves.  This week, we have a shipment from Tahki Stacy Charles that we’re plowing through as quickly as we can.

Thus far, we’ve put up Ripple, a crisp mercerized cotton that has a unique texture and Soft Cotton, a basic, durable cotton that lives up to it’s name.

Ripple in Raspberry

 

Soft Cotton in Lilac

The pattern books to accompany all the new yarns are also on our shelves.

Debbie Bliss Rialto Lace

Debbie Bliss’ newest yarn, Rialto Lace has hit our shelves!  We saw Debbie working with a sample of this yarn when she came to visit us in June and we’ve been whispering about it to each other behind closed doors ever since.

Soft and squishy, as all the other yarns in the Rialto family, double-plied for excellent stitch definition and superwash for easy care.  What more could you ask from a lace-weight yarn?

At a gauge of 8.25 stitches per inch on US 2 needles and loaded with yardage (429 yds approximately), one skein will get you pretty far into a project.

I’m particularly enamored of this lace stole from the Spring/Summer 2012 issue of Debbie Bliss Knitting Magazine, using 3 balls of Rialto Lace.  The light pink shade paired with this airy yarn is a perfect accessory for changing spring-time temperatures. The lace pattern is an easy-to-memorize floral motif paired with a small garter stitch border.

Find the yarn here

Feature of the Week: January 30

When new shipments come into the store, all of the Ewes have trouble keeping their paws out of the boxes and letting customers have a chance at all the new goodness. Last week was particularly difficult – a new batch of needles and a new yarn.

Dream in Color Smooshy yarn in the Fire Scorched color series arrived, accompanied by the new Knitter’s Pride Dreamz sock needle set.  If you want my honest opinion, I can never have too much sock yarn and too many sock needles.

   The needles are Symfonie wood, 6″ in length, with six sizes included in the set: US 0, 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5 and 3 (2, 2.25, 2.5, 2.75, 3 and 3.25 mm).  Each size has been dyed a different color and the size has been printed on each needle.  The different colors strike me as being pretty handy, since I often have a couple different needle sizes jumbled together in the bottom of my knitting bag.  No more laboriously pulling out each needle to check the size – just aim for all the pink needles (or whatever size you need).  The points are not too pointy and not too blunt; the finish is smooth and polished, but not too slick or too resistant; stitches slide along at a natural pace.

Pair this with a skein or two of Dream in Color Smooshy and you have yourself a little sock party in your knitting bag.   The Fire Scorched color series has rich colors, overlaid with blacks. The colors are complimented by the utter softness of the superwash Merino wool, forming juicy and plump stitches when knitted.

Of course, you don’t have to knit socks with Smooshy.  A load of folks over on Ravelry have used it for everything from baby sweaters to shawls and hats.

Feature of the Week: January 16

Although the weather can’t decide whether it is warm or cold this week, this adorable hat from Louisa Harding. will keep your head the right temperature.

Simonetta is a light mohair blend with a touch of sparkle.  Paired with this open lace stitch in a hat, the yarn insulates or cools as needed.  The picot edging of the pompom hat is just the delicate edging this hat needs to offset the pompom on top.

Louisa Harding likes to offer a pattern in two different styles and this is one of those – one styled with a pompom on top and the other styled as a beret. The beret edging is in a rib, which is much better than a picot edging for making sure this looser-fitting style remains on your head.

Each style of hat uses one skein of Simonetta. The hat with the pompom is in #6 Silver and the beret is in #7 Mulberry. The pattern can be found in Simonetta book #116.

 

A Turkey for Thanksgiving

For the upcoming holiday (that would be Thanksgiving, for us Americans – uh, in 2.5 weeks, so you have some time), I knit up this supercute turkey from a pattern posted a few years ago on the Spud and Chloe blog. 

I weighted his tummy with some glass marbles (like the kind you put in the bottom of a vase) so that he sits properly.  If I were going to be giving this to a small person, I would probably just stuff him as usual and not worry about him tipping backward or forward.

When I sewed on the wings, I was apparently under the impression that my turkey would be flying.  He looks ready for take-off here. He worked up pretty quickly, even including the time to sew all the bits together (my least favorite part of knitted toys).

I used Spud and Chloe Sweater in Rootbeer, Firefly, Firecracker and Grass.  I had enough extra of the feathers to work up a few dinosaurs (shh! they aren’t quite ready to show yet!),