How are you today? Hopefully you had a lovely weekend. I did. Getting everything ready for our little one is such fun. Family will be arriving soon to help out so just a few details to sort before then!
As promised I have a digital Universal Yarn Trunk Show for you today. The garments were truly stunning. We had a great time trying things on and seeing how different yarns work up. We really enjoyed having Tammy from Universal with us during the hop to talk about the different garments. As always stop by the store and we will be happy to get the patterns and yarn for you. So without further ado, here it is!
The first yarn we will discuss is Bamboo Pop. We had 3 very different garments and it truly shows the versatility of the yarn. Bamboo pop is a plied yarn composed of 50% Bamboo and 50% Cotton with 292 yards/100 grams. It comes in solids and variegated colors and we have most of the colors in stock.
Love Lace Tee – Bamboo Pop
This fun, summery top is available in a wide range of sizes and is made from the bottom up in pieces. I’m sure it would be easy to convert to knitting in the round if you preferred. The twisted stitches really make the lace pattern pop. Speaking of lace, this is a simple lace repeat that you will have memorized in no time. It takes just 4-7 balls of yarn. You could have it finished in time to wear by late summer if you start now!
Staggered Shawl – Bamboo Pop
The Staggered shawl is a fun and modern twist on the traditional triangle shawl. Generously sized but not enormous, the finished measurements are 24” deep and 64” at the wingtips. The changing stripe colors are accomplished using intarsia. Don’t know how? Don’t worry; this is a simple project to learn intarsia on. Still scared? Stop by the shop or make an appointment and we will be happy to teach you!
Dewdrops Tank (crochet) – Bamboo Pop
The Dewdrops tank is a cute and fun lace crochet project. The pineapple pattern is worked in intarsia for the contrast panels. Don’t let the bold color choices turn you off though. I think this would be really fun knit in a solid color or with a coordinating variegated color for the contrast leaves. It would make it subtle and fun! Like the Love Lace Tee this one is worked flat and seamed.
The next yarn we have for you today is Cotton Supreme in both Solids and Batik. Both the Solids and the Batik have 180 yards/ 100 grams and they knit up to a worsted Weight. This yarn is oh so soft and comes in a million colors! We had two Trunk Show garments made from this yarn. We also have two Shop Samples on display. Stop by if you would like to check them out.
Unchained Circles Vest (crochet) – Cotton Supreme Batik
This medallion style vest is crocheted in a fun lacey pattern and it is FREE! It has several sizes available and would look great as pictured in the self striping batik colors or in the solids. It is done on an H hook and would go very quickly! There are so many fun projects to check out on Ravelry. Go ahead and look, I’ll wait.
Market Handbag – Cotton Supreme Batik
The Market Handbag is also knitted in Cotton Supreme Batik. The simple sideways construction really shows off the changing colors of this yarn. We don’t have this style of purse handles in stock right now, but we will happily order them for you if there is interest. I think this bag would be so versatile. It would be very simple to line it with a cotton fabric to reinforce it a bit! Hmm, maybe we should get Madeline to teach a class!!!
Jump for Joy Hoodie – Cotton Supreme Batik – Shop Sample
I just love this little Hoodie pattern. It has a great size range from newborn all the way up to 8 years old! The newborn size uses just 2 skeins of yarn. What a great gift for the new little one in your life! I may just have to make one myself. This sample is available to see in the shop and the pattern is FREE!
Twisting Tee – Cotton Supreme Solids – Shop Sample
The Twisting Tee is also a shop sample that we got from Universal. It has an A-Line shape and with its generous length I think it would make a really cute tunic. It calls to be knit flat and seamed but I’m sure we could figure it out for knitting in the round! I love How Universal patterns have sizing from small through 3X. It makes it so anyone has an opportunity to make their patterns.
The next yarn we have for you today is Flax by Fibra Natura. Flax is made of 100% linen with 137 yards/50 grams and knits up at a sport weight. We just love the colors and how this yarn knits up. The yarn can be stiff to knit with but after a couple of washes the fabric is just divine!
Gradiate Shawl – Flax
We talked last week about this great shawl. It uses just 4 colors of this great yarn. It could be done with any color family and would look stunning. If only I had the time!!!
Summer Poncho – Flax
The summer poncho uses a similar color palate to the gradiate shawl. Knit on bigger needles it makes a nice open fabric that would be cool and breezy to wear.
We really love this yarn. Good Earth by Fibra Natura is a blend of Cotton 53% and Linen 47%. It knits up at a worsted weight gauge and has 170 yards/ 100g. It comes in solids, vairagated colors (multi), and spray dyed (Adorn). The Adorn had a gradation to the color – how neat!
Serpentine Tank – Good Earth
This fun and fast summer tank sports a cute turtle neck and would be useful as a sleeveless top or could be worn as a vest in cooler months. It uses just 4-8 skeins of yarn and is worked on a size 8 needle. Like Flax this yarn softens as it is washed; just like your favorite pair of jeans! The simple cables in the FREE pattern would be a great way to learn a very addictive knitting technique.
The last yarn I have to share with you today is Little Bird. It is composed of 100% acrylic but it doesn’tfeel like your grandma’s acrylic. It almost feels like a smooth viscose or cotton in the skein and is soo soft to knit with. There are 344 yards/ 100 grams on both the solids and the variegated colors of this yarn and it isn’t just for baby garments and blankets. I know of more than one person making sweaters for themselves from this yarn. It has great stitch definition and drapes nicely. What a great combination.
Picket Cardigan – Little Bird
This little sweater has great cables and sweet raglan lines. It is available in 3month through 24 months sizes. Perfect for a sweet little one and is suitable for either a girl or a boy. This would also be a good first cables project. If you need help learning a new technique, make sure to stop by or make an appointment. We would be happy to show you how!
Well that is all we have for you from Universal. There are lots of fun projects to inspire you. If you have questions about any of the patterns or yarns just let us know. We would be happy to show them to you!
Until next time.