FO Friday, 8/26/11: Take 2

Cable found, I have three spectacular sweaters to share.  First up, Stephanie chose some of our Classic Elite Firefly (of Appledore fame) for a design she found in the Summer 2011 issue of Knitscene.  Here’s Wendy Bernard’s Radian Yoke (not a typo, although the FO is “radiant”!):There are so many pretty details throughout the sweater, including sleeve vents that mirror the split front placket, waist shaping, and, of course, the openwork stitch pattern of the top-down yoke itself.  The linen blend of Firefly insured a lovely drape and a clean, light texture.

Rose is on a roll.  Sweater #2 is done.  This time, she chose the Knitting Pure & Simple classic Neckdown Pullover for Women*.  She knit it in the yarn voted “Most Like Knitting with a Cloud,” Cascade Eco Duo, a cirrus-soft blend of 70% alpaca and 30% merino.  She did a great job making the sweater just the way she wanted, with a custom neckline and 3/4 sleeves.  Many offers to give this one a new home were ever so politely declined.

Virginia wowed everyone with this Spoked Cardigan from Carol Feller, pictured on the cover of the latest issue of Interweave Knits Weekend.  The original was worked in Noro Kureyon, but Virginia chose Noro Taiyo for her sweater, making it a lighter, softer 3-season piece. (Kureyon, Silk Garden, and Taiyo are pretty much interchangeable, so with judicious swatching you have choices for texture and “hand,” as well as color, for any pattern that calls for one or the other.)  Virginia chose the brightest summer-garden-in-full-bloom color in the shop:Doesn’t that put a smile on your face? I can’t wait to see Virginia wearing it into the shop.  Maybe I can sneak a shot of her modeling it – Maude the Mannequin gets all the fun.

* I just have to add an advertisement here for our upcoming My First Sweater class with Carolyn Kern. The four Saturday morning sessions are October 1, 8, 22, and November 5.  The pattern is the same Knitting Pure & Simple #9724, Neckdown Pullover for Women, that Rose used, but you can choose to make either that original version or a new more fitted one, #9724A.  (You’ll learn how to custom tailor either for a perfect fit, of course.)  Carolyn has already created a plum-colored shop sample for us of the newer version in Debbie Bliss Rialto Aran, seen in the first picture in this post. Call or visit the shop to register for this class soon.  Spots won’t be available for long.

Also, if you’re a fan of the Cascade Eco Duo in Rose’s sweater, we just received a shipment of new colors for fall and are completely restocked.  Since this is one of our best-sellers, don’t put off restocking your own supply!

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