Ooooh, pretty!

The snow may be holding off (for now), but there’s enough cold around to make us want to knit and crochet faster. From wintery white…to a riot of color…

… there are so many pretty ways to stay warm. The first photo shows Dona’s spectacular Highland Fling knit from Bijou Basin Ranch’s undyed Bijou Bliss, a unique 50% yak/50% Cormo wool blend yarn that has both softness and substance, offering great stitch definition.

Another Highland Fling will be visiting the shop during our Classic Elite Yarns Winter Trunk Show, February 9-18. During the Trunk Show, all in-stock Classic Elite yarns featured in the “Panache” and “Crestone & Vista” pattern collections will be 20% off.

The jazzy trio below Dona’s Fling is Wanda’s delightful Storm Cloud Shawlette in Universal’s Bamboo Bloom. (This is the same yarn Julia used for her Bamboo Bloom Scarf pictured in the 1/13/12 post.) Wanda’s shawl is another great example of how a simple pattern can bring out the very best in a complex yarn.

Speaking of yarn that can steal the show, Wanda’s other FO is the dramatic Mitered Squares Triangular Shawl. With the right needle size for her Jojoland Rhythm, she used the larger of the two sizes in the pattern, making 8″, rather than 10″, squares. Maude’s never looked so cozy.


After choosing their yarns together just a week or so ago, sisters Evelyn and Ethel arrived the other day with their completed scarves. Both patterns are from Cascade Yarn’s 60 Quick Knits, available at the shop. Evelyn wanted a heathery lavender for a gift knit, and she found just the color she was looking for in Tahki Coast (55% wool/45% cotton), while Ethel picked a solid pearl grey Mochi + for herself, wanting a yarn that would complement her lace pattern and “pop” against her black winter coat. Quite the pair!

Sharon picked a popsicle pink Cascade 220 Superwash Sport for this darling dress for her granddaughter. Be sure to note the sweet smocking detail on the bodice, as well as the Fair Isle panel at the hem.  This one is sure to become a family heirloom.

Julia, mentioned above, had a tough assignment: design a hat that would be both warm and comfortable for day-long use while allowing air to flow through an openwork pattern. It also needed to be customized with an Awareness ribbon emblem. And did I mention the wearer would be male?  She succeeded handsomely using SWTC Terra, a 50% cotton/50% bamboo blend. The ribbon design is her own original.  Her husband Kim was kind enough to model for us. Well done, Julia!

Were you lucky enough to take Carolyn’s “My First Sweater” class? Here is her own class project, which used 7 skeins of fleecy soft Manos del Uruguay’s handspun natural Wool Clasica.  The topdown pattern is Knitting Pure & Simple’s #9724A. As always, simply beautiful knitting on Carolyn’s part.

Mary Lou spotted Jill’s Shizuku Scarf store sample and chose a sublime shade of Mochi + called “Ice Wine” to make one for herself.  How pretty is this?

Next time, I’ll have some of my own and Jill’s FOs to share, samples we’ve been stitching for upcoming classes (see preceding post).  At this time of year, when we’re not knitting, Jill and I are meeting with yarn sales representatives to see the spring lines.  Lest you think this is a walk in the park, I’ll leave you with this snap of the shop work table, taken as we were choosing a new palette of colors for our beloved madelinetosh Tosh DK, coming (we hope) in April.  Not as easy as you’d think!


4 responses to “Ooooh, pretty!

  1. are there instructions for the gorgeous winter white shawl with the detail edges?

  2. Antonia shankland? Bubble wrap cowl? Help please I cannot find it!

    • Antonia is our amazing rep for Madeline Tosh yarns, and Bubble Wrap is similar to her Bauhaus Cowl, available as a download from the madtosh website. She graciously granted us permission to share the Bubble Wrap pattern with customers purchasing tosh dk yarn from our shop for the project. If you’d like more info, shoot us a message at

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