Hot, hotter, hottest… the most popular pattern on Ravelry these days is Veera Välimäki’s Color Affection, with over 13,000 “favorites” and 2700 projects. (The pattern is available in the shop as a Ravelry LYS download.) Pairing garter stitch and short rows in graceful color “swooshes,” it’s no surprise that this shawl has won so many hearts. Here is the first finished Affection to come calling at the shop, a pretty-in-pink creation by Charlotte in Colinette Jitterbug, Claudia Hand Paint, and Frog Tree fingering, modeled by Jill.
It’s hard not to drop all current WIPs and cast on for an Affection after seeing Charlotte’s! The other pattern – or patterns, more precisely – that have a fan club around here are Sandra McIver’s from the book, Knit, Swirl! Carolyn Kern’s Swirl Sweater class held its FO reunion recently, and it was quite the celebration.
Left to right, Mary Beth in Winter Waves in Berroco Ultra Alpaca; Ann in Plum Perfect in Dream in Color Classy; and Rita, Carolyn, and Catherine in Shades of Grey, all in Cascade Rustic. Wow!
Two members who couldn’t attend the reunion were able to bring in their completed Swirls beforehand. Mary Lou shared her Forest Fiesta with us. Maude the mannequin models it here. Mary Lou used très chic Fibre Company Acadia in color Granite.
Nancy modeled her Going Green for us, below. She knit hers in Madeline Tosh tosh dk in Glazed Pecan. No wonder she’s smiling!
Carolyn actually made two Swirls, and here she is wearing her Silhouette in the Sun in Berroco Ultra Alpaca. All these sweaters are incredible show stoppers. It seems none can be worn in public without attracting admiring comments and glowing compliments – to say nothing of the classic “You actually made that?” – to which we all love to reply, “Yes, I did.” Congratulations to Carolyn and all her “Swirlers,” who knit more stitches in these sweaters than some knitters will knit in a year. Beautiful, beautiful work, ladies!
I know that’s a tough act to follow, but the FOs don’t stop there. Molly modeled her own pair of Welted Fingerless Gloves, a favorite Churchmouse pattern of ours. How pretty! I may need to find myself a bottle of this color nail polish…
Molly also completed an Ishbel shawl using Fibre Company Road to China Light in Malachite. What’s not to love about 65% Alpaca, 15% Silk, 10% Camel, and 10% Cashmere? We’re green with envy, Molly.
Speaking of green, Sue chose Dream in Color Classy in Spring Tickle for this stylish baby blanket, the first of three FOs she shared with us. Lucky baby.
And here is her Head Hugger Hat from Ann Norling, knit for Catherine Molski’s Magic Loop class, made with Knit One Crochet Too Ty-Dy Wool, and her luxurious Head in the Clouds Cowl in a regal purple Mochi Plus from Crystal Palace Yarns.
Completely by coincidence, Deb sent us an email with a picture of a lovely FO of her own. Look familiar? Why, yes, it’s Head in the Clouds! She used the luscious Cascade Eco Cloud for which the pattern was originally created.
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Janice used some of our Kollage fingering for these sweet pepperminty Braided Gem Socks, designed by Elizabeth Ravenwood. The pattern can be found in Carol Sulcoski’s book, Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn, and the book can be found at GYI.
A moment of silence, please, for that most rare of accomplishments, Perfectly Matched Self-Striped Socks. Kudos to Mary Jane, for pulling this amazing pair out of the hat, even while using the Yarn That Shall Not Be Named. Here is the sock wizard herself, wrapped in her delicate Garden View Shawlette.
And here she is again, proudly wearing her pretty terracotta Corinne, knit in Louet Gems Sport. This was her MDSW sweater this year. Please note that it fits perfectly.
Before leaving the sweater gallery, here is Bonnie’s Knitting Pure & Simple Summer Cardigan in a long sleeved Ultra Alpaca version, knit as a gift for a member of her family. She just received an “order” for a similar cardigan from another relative who’d spotted this one and knew a good thing when she saw it. Cardigan #2 will be navy blue. Knowing how quickly Bonnie can knit, #2 will probably appear here in an upcoming FO post in the blink of an eye.
Cheryl chose our Woodstock Wool Company Luxe Silk for her Summer Flies shawl. Despite the fact that the skein weighs in at a whopping 100 grams and 330 yards of 100% silk, she came up just a bit shy on yarn for the pattern. She cleverly compensated by shortening the bottom edge a bit and leaving off the picot trim. “I think I like it even better this way,” she said, and we do, too.
Luxe Silk is a great way to bring down the curtain on this week’s FO show. Carol used just under a skein for this slinky cowl, which is no more than stitches knit in the round. Regardless of whether it’s draped to show more of one side or the other, it’s a study in simple elegance. It’s also only her second FO. Brava, Carol.