Posts Tagged ‘Valley Yarns Cold Spring’

Valley Yarns Show & Tell: 433 Provence Coat

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011
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Hi Everyone,

Today we are showing off 433 Provence Coat. The subtle shades of lavender and wheat fields work harmoniously in this soft and lofty coat. Ribbing provides waist shaping and straight sleeves provide gentle flair.

It is knit in Valley Yarns Cold Spring. Cold Spring is a light, lofty yarn that very subtly shifts its color in tonal shades.

We tried on the 36.”

Kirsten
Height: 5’3″
Bust: 37″
Waist: 30″
Hips: 42″

“So soft and light! I could probably raise the ribbing an inch or two so it’s centered on my waistline.”

Grace
Height: 5’0″
Bust: 38″
Waist: 30″
Hips: 38″

“This is a great jacket, and I love the yarn. It’s warm but light, it’s just way too long for me! Even if I made it shorter, I think a taller person would look a lot better in a jacket like this.”

Dena
Height: 5’4¾”
Bust: 35½”
Waist: 29½”
Hips: 40″

“I prefer to wear shorter sweaters. Plus having pockets that hit me at the sides of my hips is not wear I would put them for me.”

Mary
Height: 5’4″
Bust: 39½
Waist: 32″
Hips: 43″

“This was a comfortable jacket, but I might knit it in all one color. I’d also like it to have some sort of closure because I can see it flapping open as I walk and I worry that would bug me.”

Tina
Height: 5’2″
Bust: 40″
Waist: 33½”
Hips: 43″

“I was a bit skeptical of this one at first, but once I got it on, I could picture myself wearing it curled up on the couch with a good book in the middle of winter. It is cozy, and has good deep pockets.  I would make this size for myself, it has a bit of positive ease built in, but I might opt for making the sleeves a bit shorter.”

Liz
Height: 5’7 ½”
Bust: 36¾”
Waist: 34¾”
Hips: 38½”

“Though not my style, I think this coat is super cute! I’d lengthen the sleeves, but other than that I think it fits nicely.”

Next week we’ll check out the crocheted Fleur de Sel Cardigan!

Mary

Valley Yarns Show & Tell: 434 Aquitaine Coat

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011
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Hi Everyone,

Today we are featuring 434 Aquitaine Coat. This crocheted coat is super cozy! The rich shades of stone and wine make for a cozy and versatile crocheted coat. Front post stitches create ribbing at the edges and waist, while easy double crochet makes up the main body.

Valley Yarns Cold Spring is the newest addition to our Valley Yarns line. It features subtle color shifts and works up at 4 stitches per inch. Cold Spring is airy yet warm and perfect for a coat like this.

We tried on the 36,” but as you can see, it does stretch.

Kirsten
Height: 5’3″
Bust: 37″
Waist: 30″
Hips: 42″

“As light and lofty as Cold Spring is, this crocheted coat still stretched a lot. I think I’d leave out the waist band all together and sew the pockets higher up – after it’s blocked and stretched to its natural length, that is.”

Grace
Height: 5’0″
Bust: 38″
Waist: 30″
Hips: 38″

“This coat is obviously way too big on me! I’m 5 feet tall and this went down past my knees. I love the coat, but long coats just aren’t quite right for my short frame. It would make a great gift for a taller friend!”

Dena
Height: 5’4¾”
Bust: 35½”
Waist: 29½”
Hips: 40″

“This is way too much sweater for me. The wide stripe that wraps around my hips is not how I want to bring attention to the widest part of my body. If I was to make this sweater, I would take out about 8″ above the stripe, raising it to hit me at my waist. And I would make the smaller size.”

Mary
Height: 5’4″
Bust: 39½
Waist: 32″
Hips: 43″

“This jacket is far too long for me and too big, but it was super comfortable! I would definitely move the dark stripe up so it doesn’t hit at my widest point. And the sleeves are rolled, so they were a bit too long.”

Tina
Height: 5’2″
Bust: 40″
Waist: 33½”
Hips: 43″

“This was very cozy but way too long for my short frame!  If I made it much shorter, this would be a fun outerwear piece for fall.  I would knit this size, I thought the shoulders and chest fit well.  A shawl pin would be a nice way to close it up in the front.”

Liz
Height: 5’7 ½”
Bust: 36¾”
Waist: 34¾”
Hips: 38½”

“This coat is surprisingly lightweight but I feel a little swallowed up by it. I would move the stripe up higher so that it doesn’t fall right on my hips. I’d also lengthen the sleeves so that the cuffs hit a little lower. This would be a great item to curl up in.”

Next week we’ll look at the knit version of this coat!

Mary

The Buzz at WEBS – November 11, 2011

Friday, November 11th, 2011
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At WEBS, we’ve ramped up our knitting and crochet and are now in prime gift making mode. Here’s a peek at a few of the projects we’ve been busy with or buzzing about making this holiday season.

Great for Any Guy
There’s something extra special about giving someone a hand knit sweater. Sweaters take more time to make than a scarf, mittens or a hat, and they get worn pretty often. Making a sweater for a man can be a tricky task. It can be tough to figure out just what they would actually wear. I got around trying to figure out what he would like by just asking him! I gave my recipient three patterns to chose from, and then let him pick the color for the yarn.

I ended up with a pretty simple project, Knitting Pure and Simple Neckdown Pullover for Men in Valley Yarns Northampton in Dark Grey. It might not be the most exciting project to knit, but I like having a simple project on hand to knit at the movies and for some relaxation. It’ll be completely worth it when he unwraps it and I see it get plenty of wear. > Grace H.

Cashmere for Someone Special

I needed a special gift but one that was quick and easy. I found it in Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere yarn Rain Drops Beaded Socks (free pattern on Ravelry!). I chose color 505 Dark Current and matching beads. With the softness of cashmere, the strength of merino wool and nylon, and colors that blend beautifully these socks are beautiful, luxurious and durable. I planned on making only 1 pair, but I love the easy pattern and yarn so much I can’t wait to begin another pair! > Linda B.

A Whimsical Knitted Hat

The Gnomey Earflap Hat makes a great holiday project. Since it only takes 2 balls of Valley Yarns Cold Spring, it’s an affordable way to pamper yourself or a loved one this season. If you’ve never done stranded colorwork before, don’t fear! This hat features a large and easy motif that flies off your needles, and the earflaps are perfect for cold weather. Warm ears, warm heart–isn’t that how the saying goes? > Emma W.

Feminine Lace Shawlette

Shibui Draper is a sweet little shawlette that knits up quickly with just two skeins of the lovely Shibui Staccato. I really enjoyed knitting our store sample. > Greta S.

Simple and Fun to Knit

I love the twist and the silk slubs of The Fibre Copany Acadia and the slighter than dk-gauge this yarn has to offer. The color choices and combinations are intriguing. Knitting the Katahdin Hat was a treat: not only is it a free download pattern, but it offers an interesting technique for striping in the round, one that I had never used. The stripe sequences were seamless, and no “jog” in the stripe when you change colors.  The slight slouch to the design is so current and looks adorable. This hat was simple, but fun to make – you will want to make more than one, guaranteed! > N. P.

Wrapped in Love

Anzula Cloud is lofty and squishy in a lovely semi-solid variegation. The Aecor shawl is worked from the center top down with a knitted on border. The drop-in ladies were ooh-ing and aah-ing over this, so I know it’s not just me! > Cara S.

A Touch of Silk and Angora

Simple stranded knitting and fuzzy, luxurious Valley Yarns Sheffield make this Snow Day Hat and Mittens set a really special winter time treat. Since color work is so visually impressive, I think these would make a great gift for knitters and non-knitters alike. > Kirsten H.

Cute as Can Be

Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Knitters Almanac is always a go to pattern book for me when the holidays roll around. The Ganomy Hat and Mitered Mittens make such a great set and have been gifted to almost ever child in my family. Noro Silk Garden does magical things when worked up in those two patterns. > Sara D.