Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Whatcha Knitting?

The Pucker Up Cowl
Around the store we often greet other with "Whatcha knitting?"  We chat (and yes, even brag) about what knitting projects we are working on at home, and of course this time of year we are all frantically knitting our holiday projects.  I thought I would share some of them with you ... 

Nicki's knitting the Basic Toe Up Adult DK Socks in Mountain Color's Bearfoot yarn.  The Basic Toe Up sock is a fast, simple knit that's great for beginning sock knitters and experienced sock knitters too.  She won't tell us who the socks are for, but I think the simple unisex design would look great on that new man in her life! (She doesn't kiss and tell!)

Buttonhole Scarf
Nicki's also knitting the Pucker Up Cowl, one of our newest patterns - and the pattern is free with the purchase of Filatura Di Crosa's Superior yarn!  Superior truly is a superior yarn - a brushed blend of cashmere and silk with a lovely halo.  Vera is also knitting a cowl with Superior, she is free-styling without a pattern! (You Go Girl!)

Suzy's knitting the Buttonhole Scarf for her mother, a cute scarf with a nifty "buttonhole" to keep the scarf in place.  A few years ago Suzy made her mother the Bow Tie Scarf, a very similar pattern that also features a buttonhole.  Her mother has a new winter coat this year and has very strongly hinted that she simply must have a new scarf in a different color to match the new coat.  Suzy's using her own Suzy the Shepherdess Shepherdess Worsted 100% wool yarn. She began with the cream color and then used grape Kool-Aide to dye it a vivid purple. 

Star Crossed Cowl
The store's new bride, Wendi, is knitting the Star Crossed Cowl in Dream in Color's Jilly yarn, a fantastic single ply fingering weight yarn in superwash wool.  Fuss-free and warm, Jilly is available in over 50 colors.  If she wanted to, Wendi could make two or three Star Crossed Cowls for every woman in her new extended family without duplicating any colors!

Wendi is also knitting the Neon Ski Bonnet, a free Ravelry pattern.  The stocking hat has a double thickness band over the ears with ties at the neck to keep it on the head no matter how fast you ski!  She is using HiKoo's Kenzie, a slightly fuzzy blend of merino wool, angora, alpaca, silk and nylon - and Kenzie is on sale at 20% off!

Karen's knitting with Jilly too, doing the Fall Colors Wrap - another free pattern!  The three-color wrap can be knit with any of Jilly's over 50 colors.  Karen is using the limited edition fall colors Ginger Ninja, The Great Pumpkin and Swamp Thing.  They look great together - and the three new colors are on sale at 20% off!

Fall Colors Wrap
Amber and Jessie are still learning how to knit.  We've suggested they take one of my fun beginner classes.  You don't have to know how to knit to work here (both are in the shipping department), but it makes it a whole lot more fun if you do!

Gradient-1 Shawl
As for me, I can't get enough of the Mountain Colors Yarn Twizzle Gradient packs, a three-pack of the same color in a light, medium and dark skein.  I'm knitting the Gradient-1 Shawl as a gift (and - Shhh! - I'm also designing a Gradient-2 Shawl pattern!).

We are all having fun with our holiday knitting projects.  I hope you are too!

Happy Knitting . . . . Amy

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