This week, the staff at WEBS has some fantastic buzzes! A stunning Daybreak shawl by Greta, Kerry’s Smooshy with Cashmere projects, everything you need for your own Dr. Who scarf and more!
Daybreak is a wonderful semi-circular shawl pattern from Stephen West. At first I didn’t want to jump on the Stephen West band wagon, but now I’m hooked! Knitting it was a breeze and I had so much fun doing those little stripes. I used two colors of a heavy weight sock yarn I bought at Stitches, but you can use pretty much any fingering weight yarn. Try Valley Yarns Charlemont in Solids, Kettle Dye and Hand Dyes! > Greta S.
I am a huge fan of the vibrancy and variation of Dream in Color yarn, and the moment I touched a skein of Smooshy with Cashmere in the It’s a Sparkler colorway, I just had to have it! It really is SO smooshy that I wish I could make a bed with hanks of it and curl up to sleep! The colors worked up even better than I’d hoped in my shrug, and still looked great in a little knitted cuff I made out of a bit of the extra. I can’t wait for cooler weather so that I can start wearing this! > Kerry T.
I walk through the warehouse several times every day and enjoy seeing the ever-changing landscape of yarn closeouts. Occasionally a yarn in the warehouse makes me smile every time I pass, and recently that yarn has been Manos del Uruguay Rittenhouse Semi Solid. The colors of this semi-solid yarn are just stunning. I can’t help but stop at the shelf it is on and think about which colors I would mix together for a fun striped project! At the moment I’m really loving the colors Thistle and Citric. But there are so many possibilities. > Tina M.
Well, I’m excited about the new Classic Elite yarn line Color by Kristin for a slightly nerdy reason, and I’m not ashamed to admit it! Fans of the classic Sci-Fi TV series Doctor Who remember the Doctor’s iconic scarf, and for knitters seeking to make one of their own, matching those colors properly can be a challenge. As your lines change and companies come and go, that perfect match can be here and then gone again. This lovely yarn, a 3-ply blend of wool, alpaca and mohair, features several colors that perfectly compliment the original scarf, especially the October leaves and the Deep Forest colors as well as Yarrow and Mushroom. The Doctor Who scarf in all its various forms is painstakingly detailed season by season at www.wittylittleknitter.com if you’d like to get started on a scarf yourself. > Ashley F.
I’m very excited about Ann Budd’s newest book, The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters. This new volume is formatted in the same way as her previous volumes, The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns and The Knitter’s Handy Book of Sweater Patterns. Designs are organized by sleeve type and accommodate a range of yarn weights from fingering to bulky. Following the instructions is straightforward and the results are always rewarding. I’ve successfully used each of these books as templates to jumpstart my own knitting designs. This volume also includes new top-down designs by several knitting luminaries including Jared Flood, Pam Allen and Veronik Avery. If you’re ready to expand your knitting skills, I think this book is a must-have for your knitting library! > Stephanie G.