Ever work with a yarn that made you smile with every stitch? Having watched Rowan’s Kidsilk Creation in action for the last couple of weeks, I can say with absolute confidence that it causes happiness to break out as soon as you break open the ball band. Just look at the smiles of the ladies who participated in our Working with Kidsilk Creation sessions. Softer than soft, Creation really needs to be described with a word that doesn’t get out much these days: ethereal.
We have just a few skeins of Kidsilk Creation left. Christine, Barbara, Mary, Dona, Debbie, and Karen can tell you that an hour is all you’ll need; you may need even less time to create a luxurious scarf to keep or give to a dear friend.
Speaking of keeping and giving, it amazes and delights me that we have any FOs at all to share at this time of year. With so many projects destined to be given as gifts, we don’t want to spoil any surprises. I think we’re safe with these…
Panné from S. Charles Collezione is a lustrous chenille. If velvet married Persian lamb this might be their little bundle of joy. Sue made her Arcadia Cowl with the US #9 needles called for in the pattern and 3 balls of Panné, giving it extra drape and slink, but with US #7 needles you can make an Arcadia with just two balls of yarn.
Marcia used her November Dream Club yarn and pattern to make the handsome scarf on the left, a gift that’s already been given to a very lucky gentleman.
The turquoise beauty on the right is Marcia’s adaptation of a braided cowl pattern she saw “in a magazine.” It was created with two Dear Husband yarns, Thick & Thin and DK, both dyed in the same GYI exclusive colorway.
Perhaps I should have titled this post, “The Cowl Issue”? Molly also paired two yarns, a silk/mohair blend and Wool Clasica from Manos del Uruguay, chosen with her usual savvy color sense, and used the same pattern, Burberry Inspired Cowl, for each. Aren’t they spectacular?
Last year we introduced a free shop pattern that uses six different yarns, Cowl of Many Colors. Choosing the six is half the fun. When Molly brought in a couple of stash yarns, after some experimenting, mixing, and matching, the shop’s shelves completed this sophisticated “palette.”
Using the free pattern Magic Rib Scarf and Eco Duo from Cascade Yarns, Molly knit the positively plush scarf shown below, left. She even matched the stripes! Her Mohair Bias Loop from Churchmouse Classics, right, may look like miles of simple stockinette, but it’s anything but mindless knitting. Molly did a beautiful job… Maude looks like she’s wearing a fluffy sapphire blue cloud.
Finally, two last FOs that are not neckwear. Julia made her Pembroke Shawl from Brown Sheep Lanaloft Chunky in a deep, classic navy. Who says you can’t knit lovely lace with chunky yarn?
Adam is not the knitter of this Pressed Rib Cap, another Churchmouse pattern we have in the shop, but rather the 100% satisfied recipient. Jill finished the hat just in time to protect his Aussie ears from NEPA’s wintry chill.
Yes, winter arrives at 12:35 a.m. this Thursday morning, the shortest day and the longest night of the year. Why not celebrate the change of seasons at our Stitch & Spin on Thursday evening, 6-8 p.m.? And if you need any last minute gifts, we have quite the collection of fun notions and other small necessities. We also just received a dozen colors of a new yarn, Crystal Palace Party. Yes, there’s still time to start a one skein Party scarf and finish in time to set out the milk and cookies for Santa.
Here are our holiday shop hours to keep in mind:Tuesday, Dec. 20 – Thursday, Dec. 22 ~ regular hours Friday, Dec. 23 ~ open early at 9:00 a.m., closing at noon Saturday, Dec. 24 ~ closed Tuesday, Dec. 27 – Friday, Dec. 30 ~ regular hours (40% clearance sale all week on select yarns!)
Saturday, December 31 ~ closed
Our Winter class schedule will be available very soon; please keep an eye on your email inbox. (Be sure to allow incoming emails from firstname.lastname@example.org, so we won’t end up in your spam filter!)
Jill and I wish you all happy holidays and the gifts of love, peace, and plenty of time to stitch in the New Year!