It's not always a straight line from point A to point B. As the last step of knitting The Purl Code (see below), I bound off the neck ribbing. When I checked it, it was too tight. So I pulled it out and tried again, using the simple stretchy bind off shown here. (There was a plain knit round immediately before the bind off, so in my case, all stitches were knit, and then K2togtbl.)
THEN, I was eager to cast on Vár, by Ragga Eiríksdóttir, using Léttlopi. I cast on! I began blazing through the colorwork chart...and then after about a dozen rounds remembered that I'd been excited to carry a strand of laceweight mohair along with the white pattern color. And I liked the idea well enough to pull it out, and start again, following my original plan. If I liked knitting it once, I will like knitting it twice...right?
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Four garments from the Fall 2021 Tiramisu collection--both knit and crochet.
President's Day, Monday, February 21 -- CLOSED
Hudson + West Deep Winter 2022 Trunk Show
Friday, February 25 - Saturday, March 12
Eight pieces from Hudson + West's Deep Winter 2022 collection which debuts February 2nd.
Berroco Topaz Trunk Show
Friday, February 25 - Saturday, March 5
Six pieces from the Fall 2021 Topaz collections.
Last fall, the good people at Dream in Color reached out to offer a new auto-ship program--four times a year, twelve colors, on a base of our choice. It's been a bit since we stocked Smooshy Cashmere, and it is such a lovely base--70% superwash merino wool, 20% cashmere, 10% nylon. (10% cashmere is enough to really elevate a yarn; 20% may make me remind you not to rub the yarn on your face until after purchase.) It's a 3-ply yarn, so it has that nice roundness that makes your stitches pop. And even though part of the program is turning the color selection over to the dyer, I have never seen a Dream in Color color I didn't like, and this collection is no exception. It's a wash of blues and greens, many of which are calling out to be used together, plus a couple of beautiful neutrals. You can find them all here.
The four garments in the Fall 2021 Tiramisu collection have drawn a lot of positive attention since they arrived on Friday--it's a combination of the beautiful color palette this yarn is offered in, its softness, the blended self-striping, and the fact that it lends itself to unique designs in both knit and crochet. Sabyn is an oversized poncho with pockets (secret blanket!). Rena combines granny squares turned on their side with knitted ribbing, and is incredibly pretty without feeling fussy. Enia is a modular garter stitch coat which allows you to combine three different colors of Tiramisu--and remember, if there are colors of Tiramisu or any of Berroco's yarns that I don't have in the shop, the drop ship program is a great way to get you exactly what you need. The last of the four pieces in the trunk show is Cintia, a crocheted shawl worked from the bottom up in a motif inspired by Moroccan tiles.
Other options for Tiramisu include using it as contrast colorwork or striping, as I did with my Soundtrack sweater or the Adore Shawl, a beginner-friendly shawl pattern. Find colors in stock at Yarn Folk here, or view the full range of colors on Berroco's site here.
Isabell Kraemer'sThe Purl Code is finished! Looking back, I started it all the way back in September. It was a nice project all the way through, though clearly it did get put aside in favor of a few pressing projects in the interim! I made size M1, and knit to a high-hip length, which was a bit shorter than the pattern specified. (I would have had enough yarn to continue, but I based the length on the finished underarm to hem length of my January Gansey, which I was very much enjoying wearing last week.)