10/12/12 FO Update

I was hoping to finish this post yesterday, so I could have titled it 10/11/12 FO Update. (I have one more shot; I’ll try for a 12/12/12 FO Update.) But I’m back now and have plenty of FOs to share. First up, this absolutely magnificent Love & Prayers Scarf knit in Lanaloft Sport by Mary Jane. The design is Carolyn Kern’s original, winner of Knitcircus magazine’s Health and Love Scarf Design Contest. Brava, Carolyn and Mary Jane!

Has the English Mesh Lace Scarf, below, been seen here on the blog before? If so, my apologies for repeating myself. This sample is knit in Classic Elite Magnolia with miyuki beads added on each end. It’s a pattern I know well from teaching the Knitting Lace for the First Time class, which is getting a makeover to put more emphasis on chart reading and less on knitting “lace.” The class is now called Knitting from Charts and will be offered on Friday, November 9, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

A design I know has not appeared here before is this stunning Kathleen Scarf of Cheryl’s. The pattern was created by Teresa Chorzepa expressly to be used with Crystal, a sequined metallic yarn from S. Charles Collezione/Tahki Stacy Charles.

I completely understand Cheryl’s love of metallic yarns. I’m knitting with Crystal and Ripple right now using a free scarf pattern from Tahki called Greetings, which I hope will be appearing here soon. I’m really enjoying having my knitting sparkling and winking at me! Cheryl used another sparkly yarn of ours, Katia Gatsby, for a sev[en]circle. A knit necklace – how fun is that?

Another FO from Cheryl is a delicate knit mohair laceweight fingerless glove with a lacy crochet cuff that has the unlikely name of elf clobber.

Can’t say I know what “elf clobber” means (the designer is German), but I do know I like it!  Molly’s That Little Blue Bag, which happens to be green, is Gina Thackara’s original design from our shop hop back in the summer. Molly used Jojoland Tonic, some great beads, and a beautiful glass charm that started out life as a pendant on a necklace. It looks very happy in its new line of work!

Molly’s chose green again for her latest Shoulder Cozy (pattern available at the shop). Here she blended a lustrous Handmaiden Double Sea Silk with mohair/silk Douceur at Soie. Oh, the elegant drape. The kitten softness. The shine! Lovely.

Here’s another ideal pattern/yarn pairing. Karen used Universal Yarns Cotton Supreme for this simple but sophisticated log cabin blanket for a lucky baby girl.

Karen’s charity knitting never stops, and her children’s hats are always such fun to photograph – like arranging a bouquet of flowers. Here she used Classic Elite Liberty Wool for four, while the fifth is a cheery Jojoland Rhythm.

Bonnie is another fan of Liberty Wool Prints. Here is her Gift Wrap Sweater by Carina Spencer, a pattern we carry. She has since knit a second sweater, a “big sister” to this “little sister.” The too-cute hat is topped with I-Cord ties that flow out of the last few stitches left after the top decreases are worked. The front band of the sweater and brim of the hat are worked in contrasting solid Liberty Wool.

Also on (and now off) Bonnie’s needles this fall, her September KAL Derecho in madelinetosh merino light. I’m only on the fourth panel of mine, so seeing this one finished only makes me want to set my alarm clock for earlier and earlier to knit faster and faster. It’s gorgeous… and gorgeously soft. If you haven’t yet knit with merino light, find a reason!


Madelinetosh makes another appearance in Janice’s luminescent Everdeen Beanie by Tanis Gray from the book Weekend Hats. This stitch pattern reminds me of Cookie A.’s Pomatomas Socks, a favorite for many years. Add Denise Sutherland’s Nereid Gloves, and you’ll match head to toe!

Speaking of gloves, the fingerless variety, don’t you just ♥ these? Janice’s stranded knitting is faultless. The pattern is Chivalry Mitts by Alexis Winslow.

I’ll end with another little plug for an upcoming class, Kathy Hahn’s Intermediate Cables: Gretel Hat on Thursday, October 18, 6:00-8:00 p.m. If you’ve knit hats before and if you’ve knit some cables before, this design by Ysolda Teague will help your skills soar to a whole new level. Ever tried cabling without a cable needle? It will be a cinch after working Gretel. Our sample, knit by Kathy, is one more pretty example of Liberty Wool.

Next time, another Derecho to share – maybe two!


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