January 2nd, 2015

The Bleak Season

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Now that the holidays are in the rearview mirror, it seems like time to embark on a project to make winter pass a little more quickly. I’ll drop a hint here that we’ll be helping you find a big project to go through the bleak season in a few weeks, so stay tuned! You’re going to learn stuff that is fun, and you’ll have a big ol’ yummy blanket to give or keep by the time the lilacs start to creep out.

Flares and Graces PDF, Plymouth Cashmere Passion and Filatura Di Crosa Zara Kid - all available at yarn.com

In the meantime, I’m going to cast on for a sweater–I haven’t had a big project like that on the needles in almost a year! I thought I’d give our “Flares and Graces” pullover a try. I love the shape of this textured knit designed for us by Guest Designer Fiona Ellis. The sleeves and yoke have a really intriguing cable pattern that will stand up to some binge-watching of “Grey’s Anatomy,” my new addiction. The waist shaping makes it appear slightly fitted, but I’m going to knit it with a bit more ease, in order to put a silky tee-shirt underneath for total comfort.

I am having a tough time choosing between two yarns that seem perfect for this project, which needs a yarn that will clearly define those chevron cables. Zara Kid is a really soft, springy combination of wool and polyamide, and I like the pine-green color that caught my eye in our store. Cashmere Passion is also a contender; the blend of merino and cashmere create a fabric that would be heavenly to wear. The mauve-y pink is a go-to for me lately.

What are you knitting to help you through the holiday let-down?

Amy G.
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Amy G.

Education Manager at WEBS - America's Yarn Store
I've worked at WEBS (on and off) since 2003. I'm one of the employees that Steve and Kathy refer to as "The Hotel California" crew (you can check out anytime you like but you can never leave). I've been knitting for about 15 years, I also sew and am an avid yogi. I'm hoping that the better I become at yoga, the less problem I'll have with reading charts!
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6 Responses to “The Bleak Season”

  1. Sheila Says:

    I have three wedding shawls and two other lace shawls to do by July, and a scarf on the needles to be finished by next week. And I’m getting ready for a project that uses WEBS 2/20 silk yarn and some silk top and silk roving to play with texture on a plain rectangular stole…

  2. Karen Says:

    I have been knitting two scarves and a few pairs of socks….all for next Christmas! Went to the blowout sale, bought yarn and then went home (southern Vermont) and ordered more yarn a few days later!

  3. Andrea Ruffin Says:

    I took a break from my big projects for holiday cooking and hanging with my hubby. I have 2 sweaters on the needles. I have a Goat Herder Pullover by Ann Budd in Valley Northampton in Denim.for my son. I adore Northampton. It is fabulously cushy and looks lovely in that pattern. I plan to get more to make Isleboro by Alicia Plum for myself. My second sweater is Breakwater by Cecily Glowik MacDonald in One Lupine Casco. I wanted Maine yarn for my daughter in college away. It has been in time out a long time because I need to rip back a little before continuing. Need to put in a lifeline as I am alternating the hand painted yarn every other row. I guess I should do that so possibly I can finish before she goes back to school. I leave you with photos of the Goat Herder Pullover in progress.

  4. Sara Delaney Says:

    Great progress! We love Northampton, too.

  5. Sara Delaney Says:

    It’s never too early to get a jump start on holiday gifts!

  6. Sara Delaney Says:

    That’s a lot of shawl knitting! The silk project sounds intriguing.

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