Colors to stitch by.

So far spring in Northeastern PA has been one of longest and most colorful I can remember.  Although the buds on the flowers and trees came out very, very early this year, they are still here, as if trying to stay on schedule. Has forsythia always bloomed for a month?  Can my grass get any greener?  With the color back outside, it’s time to look inside our work baskets to see if it might not be time to get some color in there, too.  Here’s what can happen when you do…

Peggy stopped in wearing her new Shoulder Cozy (our best seller), knit up in forsythia yellow Tahki Ripple and Colinette Parisienne, with a tulip red sweater and her trademark smile. Glorious.

Tina brought in her Grace in a Louet KidLin the shade of spring willows. Love!  Grace is a Classic Elite pattern that was featured in our recent trunk show and is now available from us as an in-store Ravelry download.  The linen/mohair/nylon blend of KidLin has a bit more body than a traditional silk/mohair, making it an ideal choice to show off both that ruffly edge and centered leaf bud lace panel equally well.

Tina’s other FO that she shared with us that day was none other than an Echo Flower, star of our very own ongoing KAL moderated by Felicia (details, here).  The yarn is Classic Elite’s Silky Alpaca Lace.  (Creamy white not a spring color, you say? The ornamental pear trees that seem to be blooming everywhere in Kingston would beg to differ.)

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Tina’s Echo Flower is a masterpiece of Estonian style knitting, complete with nupps and the “star flower” motif.  Let’s take a moment to admire…

How about something blue?  Stephanie’s jaunty beret from a recent Vogue Knitting is as blue as the cloudless skies of late.

Wanda worked up her Colonnade in Noro Silk Garden and a solid version of same from deep in her stash.  A perfect match and very springy, indeed.

 

Catherine made two tiny baby sweaters for charity knitting.  Bits of EllaRae Classic from her stash made these eye-poppingly cheery.

 

Before your retinas have a chance to recover, enjoy these children’s hats that Karen also made for charity donations.  The mix of Lanaloft Sport and Liberty Wool Handpaint yarns are about as colorful as color can get.  Her pretty crocheted scarf should help restore your normal vision.

 

Now that you’re able to see again, here’s a treat.  Catherine is back with her mix of two subtle colors of Kauni Effektgarn for a superb striped sweater that appeared in Vogue Knitting.

I haven’t worn horizontal stripes since grade school, but I want this sweater.  Just look at that nifty tubular bind off collar, below.  Catherine also did the math to figure out her own top down version, using our Regia Kaffe Fassett Design Line Hand-Dye Effect sock yarn.  Can’t wait to see that one!

Here is Catherine herself with a cat-that-swallowed-the-canary smile, courtesy of her stunning Shades of Grey Swirl Sweater.  Brava!  She and everyone who took Carolyn Kern’s Knit, Swirl! class will tell you – there’s a lot of knitting in these sweaters.  (I hope to have a group photo after their upcoming class “reunion” in May.)

Linda and Sally each made a Spectra by Stephen West, another of our top selling patterns.  Both used the yarns called for, madelinetosh merino light for the border and Noro Silk Garden Sock for the wow, both in palettes a gardener would love.  First, Linda’s:

 

Now, Sally’s:

 

Aren’t they show stoppers?  They make my fingers itch to cast one on for myself.  Put it on the list…  Next, a pair of firsts.  First socks for Eileen.  First baby blanket for Tara.  Louet Gems Sport was used for the men’s extra large socks, and Cascade Superwash 128 was chosen for the 38×42″ supersized version of our shop pattern, Baby Blocks Blanket, last seen in this post.  Beautiful knitting, ladies!  Ah, those soft blues and greys… the colors of April showers.

 

Sue can now say she’s worked with bouclé, thanks to the Lorna’s Laces Grace that went into her French Scarf designed by Ellene Warren. And it was worth it – right, Sue?  Absolutely.  A shawl as light as air.

The blues and purples of the Grace and Douceur et Soie in Sue’s French Scarf are just the colors of the lilacs and irises that are headed our way in a few weeks.  Hope you’re enjoying all the colors of spring this year, both outside and in.

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