Leap Day: every four years, an extra day to stitch! I wish I were finishing the fifth of my “Finish Five by February” projects, but as soon as I hit “publish” on this post, I’ll be reaching for my third. Making the commitment to finally do some of my half-done projects, though, has taught me the ABCs of knitting: Always Be Completing. I feel much better about falling in love with new yarns or patterns, knowing I’m not jilting too many WiPs (works in progress).
I saw a line of geese flying north this morning, and the sign in front of Rita’s Italian Ice on Wyoming Avenue announces an opening in 10 days. With the change of seasons imminent, there has to be new yarn in the shop. First to arrive: Sublime Yarns Cotton Silk DK, a 75/25 cotton/silk blend with an exquisite cottony softness and subtle silky luster that creates cool, light weight garments. It’s a natural for summer tees, tanks and wraps. Below, Sublime’s Studio Day Cardi, a pattern so new it isn’t yet in the Ravelry database.
Cotton Silk DK, au naturel…
Catherine has finished a beautiful shop sample of Malabrigo Sock, the Lavalette shawl by Kirsten Kapur. Lavalette is a simple one skein design that allows magnificent hand-dyed yarn to be the star of the show. The designer offers it free on Ravelry.
Time for your FOs to step to center stage. Stephanie made Alexa Ludeman’s Stovetop* hat (below left) and called her project “Instead of Potatoes” – lol. Her yarn is madelinetosh tosh vintage. She chose Rowan Pure Wool Worsted for her cozy green Parthenocissus Cowl* and named it “First Green of Spring” – amen. The pattern comes from Raven Knits Design.
Speaking of cozy, Bonnie made this seamless reversible Reykholt from Dianna Walla with Carol Sulcoski’s Black Bunny Fibers yarn.
Mmmmm… Cima and Silk Cloud from Shibui. Joan paired the two for this Very Gifted Cowl from Churchmouse Yarns and Teas. It may weigh next to nothing, but it’s as warm as it is elegant.
Sue has added to her menagerie of little crocheted cuties from Kerry Lord. Below, Simon the Sheep* and Benedict the Chimpanzee*. Simon is Cascade 220 Superwash Sport, while Benedict is Plymouth Alpaca DK.
Gina has so many patterns in her head, she can whip up a baby sweater or pair of wee socks in no time. Her fruit salad socks (really, that’s the name of the color) are Cascade Heritage Sock. The pullover and matching cap are done in Stella Jacq from Adriafil.
Marcia chose Mulberry Meadow from Mango Moon for her Walnut Whip* pixie hat (above) from Ysolda Teague.
I’m off to get a few rounds closer to another FO of my own, but I’ll leave you with a shot of a little Milagros heart I made on Valentine’s Day in under an hour. The secret is in the wrap-and-turn short rows. After felting mine was palm-sized. I used a worsted wool on US7s, but you could use any weight feltable yarn. Knitting Daily featured this Mags Kandis pattern several years ago. Warning: making them can be addictive!
Note: Patterns marked with an asterisk (*) are available at Gosh Yarn It!