WEEKLY YARN FEATURE – WESTERN SKY KNITS

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Western Sky Knits: Isn’t it gorgeous?! This is Isabella – Aspen sock yarn selling for $22.00 for a 3.5 oz./400 yd. skein made of 100% super wash merino. Western Sky Knits is a small on-line shop in Montana selling hand-dyed yarns using kettle dyeing and hand painting techniques. Peruse her amazing offerings here. I promise, you will fall in love with her color ways and the many weights she offers. Let me know some of your favorites.

HAPPY (PINTEREST) LIST

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So colorful, so fun, I love the idea of this. Go fly a kite! These are Aeroplay Kites, a do-it-yourself package for children between the ages of  9 and 12. The package will make two kites and consists of  two containers, one tube holding wooden dowels and one box that contains materials to tie the kites together.

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I am seeing more and more jewels on clothing, in hair etc. lately. This would be so easy to make a hair accessory for yourself by adding a few faux jewels to a headband or whatever you could come up with.

Original Source: May I Have That?

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S’more anyone? Talk about a glorified version, this is it! It has some of my favorite ingredients: salted caramel, strawberries, white chocolate, what’s not to love?!

Original Source: Love and Lemons  You might want to go here to get the recipe and to also enter a giveaway for a $100 Whole Foods gift card.

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How about these awesome pink mohair pants? Check out the socks and shoes as well. So colorful, so radical. Could you wear it?

Original Source: Between Peace and Happiness, a British blog covering fashion/design/crazy art.

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This all fits together so well, the wallpaper, vase, chair, colors on the chair.

Original Source: HauteLook, a on-line shop for home, women, men, kids, and beauty.

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What you’ve all been waiting for, right? Some knitting! This lovely fair isle face cloth is a beaut, is it not? I love the interplay of light and dark colors against a neutral background. She knit this in a cotton yarn pulled from her stash collection.

Original Source: Porcupine Jane, written by a lovely Brit named Jane I suppose who is into all sorts of handmade items: crewelwork , needlework, cross stitch and crochet. Give her a look see!

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Here’s some color work for you: the Perneiras da Serra de Ossa pattern by Rosa Pomar. Might be a good first time color project if you are willing and courageous!

Original Source and Pattern: Ravelry

WEEKLY YARN FEATURE – SOCKNROLLA HANDGEFARBTE SOCKENWOLLE

baee628a67310f74080c037e35646a64Even though the name is rather long and a mouthful to say, this is a beautiful fingering weight 4-ply yarn made up of  75% wool, 25% nylon, 459 yards/100 grams. These colors make me happy, could make for some very colorful socks! Dawanda is one website that carries it.

HAPPY LIST

9beee37492622f8a2e7db25c7b40bccbThe gradient color change on this sweater dress is genius! I love this and it looks comfortable to boot. Check it out at Swetry Doroty, she does some great work.

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8469918095_fc207711ab_nHow about this “Missoni” style scarf made by JadziaDax (Ravelry name) from Stuttgart, Germany. Fashioned from Lang Yarn Mille Colori Baby yarn, a fingering 4-ply 100% merino wool that is machine washable. She even left directions to knit this here.

78c148135ff549e8766502c79f08b9c3I know this All American Pie with Lemon Butter Crust by Casey Leigh is a little late for the 4th, but how American is this? Yum! I want to bury my face into it. You have to visit her site for some great photos.

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4b227e0f392087fd2afef2de40a3e057I want to go here. This via Kathleen Light in Cahersiveen with the Skelligs in the distance in County Kerry, Ireland.

a5adc735fe571b3c7c9e0f5c573c3072I leave you today with “Brecon” by Martin Storey, his latest pattern published in “Brushed Fleece”, a Rowan phamplet to be found here. This cardigan/sweater was knit out of Rowan Brushed Fleece bulky, a 12-ply yarn, Rowan Brushed Fleece.

Enjoy!

xoxo, Shannon

INGENUE PROGRESS

DSCF7204 DSCF7205 DSCF7206 DSCF7207Progress! Yes, I have the neckband of said sweater in this post completed. Now on to the yoke! I have knitted the set-up round and am now ready for the increase round. I thought you might like to see how things are coming along. I really do like the Ridge Stitch on the neckband and it was an easy pattern to produce. It consisted of this:

  1. Multiple of 2sts; 4-rnd repeat
  2. Rnd 1: Knit.
  3. Rnd 2: *P2tog; repeat form * to end.
  4. Rnd 3: *K 1-f/b; repeat from * to end.
  5. Rnd 4: Knit.

Repeat Rnds 1-4 for Ridge Stitch 10 times.

There will be more to come as times goes on. Stay tuned for updates!

STITCH OF THE DAY

bab6f8198d6fa0d2f5d1872fe05b0b2cSlip stitch pattern on a hat from Hedgehog Fibres, an independent artisan fibre and yarn dyeing studio found in County Cork, Ireland (download a free pattern). The yarns used for “Citadel” include Hedgehog’s very own Blue Faced DK and a pure cashmere lace. As can be seen from the pictures below, this hat has a lining, is reversible and therefore, very warm.

Citadel pattern:

Round 1: *k5, p3* around.

Round 2:*Slip 5 with yarn in front, k3* around. Keep yarn loose when slipping the 5 stitches to prevent puckering of fabric.

Round 3: *k5, p3* around.

Round 4: k2, *k1 from under slipped strand of yarn two rounds down, k7*. Repeat from *.

Repeat rounds 1-4 (12 times).

What drew me to this pattern is how well it pops especially with this yarn. The pattern is able to be seen and stand out in all of its glory.

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WEEKLY YARN FEATURE – “ZOMBIE PROM”, MISS BABS

zombieprom-nuf_largeZombie Prom colorway of Northumbria Fingering from Miss Babs. Ready to produce some fabulous socks or a shawlette? This could be your yarn. Zombie Prom has been spun from the wool of Bluefaced Leicester sheep and is lighter than its Yummy 2-ply or Cosmic 3-ply counterparts. It  comes in a 437 yard (400 m/100 g) skein with a gauge of 8-10 stitches per inch on U.S. 0-2 needles. Care instructions are machine wash gentle, dry flat. The price is $26.00, not bad for the yardage! Check out their three pages‘ worth of color options!