Friday, August 28, 2009

Here Comes FALL in Vermont!!!

Summer had finally arrived in full force of heat and humidity here in Vermont, and almost as quickly we are receving possible frost warnings... bring on the knitting weather.

We have been delighted at the reawakening of our shops' thirst for wool. The slow days of summer are transitioning to the brisk days of fall, and the approach of knitting weather. We have a little bit of news regarding Knit-A-Longs on
and a couple of new patterns we are offering from an independent designer.

We will be following this with some exciting news about a couple of new colors in our Classic 2-Ply, fingering weight. And a free pattern for Christmas! I hope you all are doing well and looking forward to fall.

Knitting Along with O~Wool

12 Month Afghan "KAL"
I am amazed that we were at the magic number of 99 members on our KAL in less than one week. Thanks for so much enthusiasm for this project, let's see how many more people will join and how many of us we can get knitting together!
Here is the first square of a free project generously offered by Tammy E. Thompson of Woolen Collectibles (scroll down to see a couple of new patterns of hers we now carry).
I knit this August square up pretty quicky in Robin's Egg and I think it looks wonderful. This square, aptly named, "August Aran Afghan Square" took about 3 ounces of wool and is about a 12" square.
I have started a Ravelry Knit-A-Long for this pattern. I realize I am a bit late for August, but we will have to catch up over time!!!

And speaking of "KAL's" on Beautiful Balanced Bolero

Bolero Adult or Child's version

FROM: Knitting Pure Simple

is being hosted by Joanne Cole, one of our wonderful sales reps. She works in MI, IN, OH and Western PA. If you do not know her, this would be a great way to 'meet' a retired engineer from the American Auto Industry who has transferred her brilliance and energy toward the hand knitting yarn industry.

She is welcoming anyone interested in knitting this pattern in either our Classic or Balance yarn.
We are coming along for the ride to help her get her version, in Balance 'Lapis', done for her daughter this Christmas!

Let's put our sticks together and make a great sweater for someone we love; a family member, a best friend, or... ourselves!!


by Woolen Collectibles
We have added two great new patterns from Tammy E. Thompson to our independent designer collection. This elegant cabled swinging sweater was designed to be knit up in Classic, and is shown in Natural... here is a detail of the beautiful cable patterning:

Stor Mo Chroi
Treasure of My Heart
From Woolen Collectibles
This beautiful new pattern features our Legacy DK yarn and uses one skein of 2-Ply Classic on the lower border and neckline. She used Legacy DK 'Russet' for the Main Color, 'Gamboge' for the patterning and 'Slate', Classic 2-Ply for the lower border and collar.

Tammy Eigeman Thompson has done a lovely modern piece steeped in the tradition of Scandinavia and updated with modern touches. Named after a traditional folk song, it is sure to be a great gift or wardrobe addition!

We are working on a knit-up to lend to shops in a slightly different colorway...
I am using Legacy DK in 'Clay' for the Main Color, 'Lava' for the scroll patterning, and 'Rose Gold' in Classic 2-Ply for the lower border. It is lots of fun to knit. The pattern works in the round with steeks for the sleeves and a break in the work for the collar.