Sunday, March 22, 2009

Spring has sprung!!!

Just because the sun is shining a little brighter these days, don't think our knitting has slowed down one bit around the shop. If anything, we're knitting faster!! I happened to be in a knitting race (arrr) with one of my customers! Why I challenged this particular speed knitter to knit a sweater out of Kid Silk Haze is beyond me, but I'm glad I did actually It's really pretty and perhaps I would have passed it up, the pressure of the race has definitely added some fuel to my knitting fire. The sweater is called "Spook" from the Rowan magazine #43, an a-line cut sweater with tapered sleeves, I'm really looking forward to seeing it finished (and wearing it).

It's an elegant, airy top, perfectly light for spring. I'm almost finished with the back, and I'll start the front tonight (hopefully). I picked a really sweet lemongrass color from Kid Seta, and I love it! So, that's challenge #1. Challenge #2 came my way yesterday when Carolyn and Robyn were challenging each other in knitting "Jasmine" from the Nectar book by Kim Hargreaves, her patterns are so fabulous. So of course I couldn't resist, this sweater is also a must have for spring. Isn't it great? I'm ordering lots of 4-ply cotton for the store this week, so come and join our Jasmine challenge- maybe there will even be a prize for the winner, we'll see!!! Again, knit on a us 2 needle, this isn't exactly a "quickie" project- but well worth it, I'm sure... Oh before I forget to mention, the shop received some new spring yummies such as, the new colors of Bonnie's Bamboo from Farmhouse Yarns, Lenpur Linen from Rowan (great colors), and all of the new colors of Organic Cotton and Alpaca Silk from Blue Sky Alpacas- all mouth watering I must say!! Here's a picture of Jasmine-

This blog post wouldn't feel complete unless I mentioned the Pinwheel Sweater that Lindsay whipped up this week (literally). It's no secret that Lindsay's knitting always a tasty treat for our creative palettes. If you're logging onto Ravelry anytime soon, check out her projects, they're quite impressive. Instead of using multiple colors, as in the original sweater, Lindsay decided to knit it solid in a smokey charcoal grey from Manos, and as you can see, it worked out really well, it look amazing! It's cozy and fabulous, the perfect sweater for those chilly spring mornings and those cool summer nights at the beach. Thanks for sharing Lindsay. Happy knitting everybody!

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