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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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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