I’ve been knitting so many small projects lately, for the ease of finishing them in a week or less. It also gives me a great excuse to try lots of different yarns and I’ve been branching out in my needle choices as well. But I’ve been seduced by a sweater pattern, and like dating, I want to find just the right yarn to settle down with since I’ll be living with it for a while. I think I’ve happened upon the best thing ever–Shalimar Homage DK. I had an argument with myself about whether to go with the fabulously-named color “Land! Katie Scarlett” or the less-fabulous “Lagoon”, but the ” Lagoon” won, and I took a skein home to swatch. It’s just lovely. Smooth, with some subtle color shadings of blue and grey, but not muddy or with any pooling of darker colors. It knits right to gauge and when I washed my swatch (of course I washed it. Don’t you?) it bloomed but didn’t get fuzzy or pill-y. I think I’m going to really enjoy the miles of stockinette stitch my sweater pattern demands, and when it’s finished, I’ll have a soft, beautiful garment that will last forever. I think I’ll knit it on my current favorite needles, Karbonz; and I think I might even drop a hint about getting the Karbonz Interchangeable Deluxe Set, with the 4.5″ tips and 4 different cables. They hold the yarn smoothly while the pointy tips let me knit at top speed, which is a bonus with a sweater that includes pleats and a shawl collar. I’ll call it my “Happy New Year” gift, since Hanukkah is just a memory now. I hope your New Year includes all the yarn you need and some you don’t!
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This week the staff is buzzing about…
1. Everything is cuter when it’s tiny. And with Anna Hrachovec’s new Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi book, there is a ton of cute to go around. I’m particularly excited about the smallest knitted baked potato I’ve ever seen. > Dena C.
2. My hands were itchy for a project while working at Sock Summit and I found myself gravitating towards the squishy and silky Shalimar Breathless. I thought that the Jade color would be perfect for my sister’s birthday coming up soon. I looked around the booth and saw Kirsten’s simple and beautiful shawl Valley Yarns B6 Basic Triangle Shawl pattern. It was really nice to have a smooth and simple knit to show off the subtle variations of color in this yarn. So much fun! > Cara S.
3. S.Charles Collezione Panne – It’s nice to have a chenille option for customers that is great for knitting and crocheting as opposed to the many chenille cones in the warehouse that are better suited for weaving. > Heidi R.
5. As soon as I saw the sample skein of Madelinetosh Tosh Chunky, I knew I had to bargain with Karen so that I could be the one to knit a store project out of it! Ysolda’s Ripley is an easy and satisfying knit and only uses one skein of this new addition to the Tosh family. Like all Tosh yarns, the colors are gorgeously saturated and the heavier weight flies off the needles. > Emma W.