I hope this finds you well. Things here are chugging along. We have been ordering yarn so of course things have been arriving steadily one or two boxes a day. I spend some time each day entering new things into inventory. Mostly they are things we had already and are just restocking colors. We do have some exciting new stuff planned for you so stay tuned. I think the first of it will be arriving in July.
We had quite a few people join us for our CustomFit workshops when we launched the LYS program back in January. We are six months or so down the road now and people are still coming in to get fitted to start their first CustomFit sweater. I love this program. Having the ability to make a sweater that will fit perfectly without any adjustments to the pattern is truly golden! The very exciting part of this is seeing all of the finished sweaters. One or two people finished right away. But we have been seeing more and more of them roll through the shop. I have three CustomFit finishes to share with you today.
The first CustomFit finish I have for you is by our friendly local spinner Sue. She used Cascade Venezia sport weight yarn to make her Sebasco Vest. This is a very versatile piece. It is warm but lightweight making it perfect for our climate here. The silk in this yarn makes the fabric drape and the wool helps it hold its shape. Sue said the Daisy Stitch was difficult at first to get the hang of but she is very happy with the end result. We have a couple other people making the Sebasco Vest. One is knitting it from MadelineTosh Pashmina and I can’t remember the yarn on the second. My brain really has left me forever I am afraid.
The second sweater I have to share is a Sunset Drive Pullover made by Carolyn. This lovely lace covered top was knit in Mirasol Nuna. It really is gorgeous. I love the lacey detail in the sleeves. Nuna makes a beautiful shimmery lightweight fabric. The bamboo and silk add drape and sheen, while the wool gives it some body. Otherwise the fabric might have too much give for a sweater. Isn’t it interesting? Every fiber has a job in yarn. I just love seeing what the mills and yarn companies come up with for blends!
The final CustomFit Sweater I have for you today is another one knit from Venezia in sport weight. This is truly one of our favorite yarns. It has great stitch definition and the yardage is generous. I wish more people wanted to knit with it because it is so great! This sweater is from the Options Knit a Long that Amy Herzog ran. Peggy loved the simple texture of this. She said it was more interesting to knit than stockinette but just as fast and easy! Isn’t the lime green color fresh and springy!
I know several more people who are almost finished with their sweaters. I hope to get to share them with you soon!
If you are interested in knitting a CustomFit sweater for yourself make sure to sign up for the July CustomFit workshop. In the workshop we will discuss sweater yarn and fabric. We will also discuss design elements, types of sweaters, and how sweaters work in your wardrobe. Next, we will fit you for your sweater and send you off with instructions for swatching. Finally, we will generate your very own CustomFit sweater pattern and get you some pointers for knitting it. This really is a great program. If you have already knit your CustomFit sweater and haven’t brought it by the shop I’d love to see it. There are so many different yarns to choose from and the same sweater looks so different in each yarn choice! Once you have been fitted for CustomFit we can generate new patterns for you any time. No need to take another class. Just pick out your yarn and get to swatching. We can make a new pattern for you in about 10 minutes!
I also have a non CustomFit sweater to share with you today. This design has been very popular in the store but this is the first customer I have seen come in with a finished sweater. The pattern is called Rye and it is knit from Berroco Ultra Alpaca. We love this yarn. With a 50/50 blend of alpaca and wool you get the best of both worlds. There is softness and warmth from the alpaca – but not too warm – and there is elasticity and memory in the wool. It is a truly exceptional yarn. I’m not just saying that. I made my CustomFit vest from Ultra Alpaca last winter. It truly feels like knitting with butter! It is just so soft.
Anyhoo back to that sweater! This Rye is just gorgeous. It was knit by Marilyn in the charcoal grey color. She came by last week for help with winding in tails. While she was here we got to talk about the kitchener stitch. I love this method of grafting. It is seamless and invisible! Do you hate it? I’m sorry stop by some time and we’ll talk. It isn’t as terrible as most people make it out to be I promise! As for that sweater, isn’t it great? Good work Marilyn!
I think that is all I have for you today. I have some great new bags in stock at the store. I was going to share photos but I don’t want to keep you too long… Wait what? You want to see them? Ok!
We just got a new shipment in from Attenti and from Hadaki. The colors are fabulous the fabrics are to die for! Check it out!!!
Make sure to stop by any time to see these in person. The photos don’t do them justice.
Every knitter needs a good bag to keep their work in. I got a Hadaki tote to take on my recent trip to Portland and I love it. The nylon just wipes right off.
Yeay, no messes! I am in love with several of these Attenti bags too. They use wonderful fabrics with such lovely colors. I may break down and get one of those as well!
We still have bags in stock from DellaQ. The cotton prints are just so cute.
We also have silk needle cases from Della as well. They are gorgeous!
And last but certainly not least we always have the workhorse vinyl bags by Knitters Pride.
They make matching needle cases for every type of needle. You have to have the right stuff to keep your tools organized right?
Anyhoo. I really will leave you for now.
Happy knitting and crocheting until I see you again.
Oh! Just a quick reminder. If you are a spinner or are interested in spinning, Karen’s second Monday spinning group meets tonight from 5-7. Be there or be square 😉