January 16, 2024
Since many of us have experienced (or are perhaps still experiencing) snow in the last couple of weeks, I thought it might be an opportune time to revisit the practice of washing wool in the snow. The photos above are a snow washing session I conducted a couple of years ago on two Pendleton blankets. Snow washing is very low tech, not complicated, and pretty effective. It does work best when the snow is a) clean and b) not terribly wet, and with our recent super cold temps, conditions are pretty ideal. (Except for the part where you're outside in sub-zero weather.)
As with all things wool, Clara Parkes is a great resource on this method.
A reminder--if you're feeling poorly, please join us again as soon as you're feeling better!
Our official start date will be January 13th, and we'll continue through February. The theme for January's sweater makealong is: Scandi Design. Some suggested jumping off points include:
Make It Scandi Zooms
We will have three makealong zooms, all on Sundays from 1-2pm. (Technically, the meeting length is limited to 40 minutes; my understanding is that there's usually a bit of a grace period.)
Sundays: January 21, February 4, and February 18, 1-2pm (PLEASE NOTE DATE CORRECTIONS)
Meeting link (note: this link will be attended on the above dates only)
February 19 (Presidents Day) -- TBD
Do you ever just need a quick win? This last little stretch has been challenging, and even though I'm mesmerized by a new project (more on that below), busting out a quick headband with a really fun yarn seemed like an excellent idea. That's where Kinua Yarns The Flamé met with Kalurah Hudson's Winter Morning. A provisional cast-on, fourteen stitches, a thick, chunky cable, and a bit of grafting at the end, and voilà, a headband. (In case it's not obvious, this is a one skein project.)
And a reminder, there are a few yarns moving out to make some space we'll need when spring yarns begin to arrive, and you can snag them (in any combination) at a buy one, get one 50% off discounted price. Discounts are applied starting with the lowest price items, and are automatically reflected at checkout, both in the store and online.
The eligible yarns are:
Ellen's Cardigan is finished, and it is such a sweet little sweater! The button band used a technique that was new to me--an afterthought buttonhole that was made only by physically enlarging the center of a stitch! One advantage is that the sweater can be completed, and direction of buttoning can be determined later.
The method has you mark the placement, use a strand of silk mohair to make buttonhole stitches around the hole, and then use a large gauge knitting needle to enlarge the opening enough for the buttons to pass through. As a point of reference, I used a 12mm crochet hook to make the holes big enough for a 1/2" button.
The 18-24 month size used three skeins of West Yorkshire Spinners Bo Peep (although I actually used four--I wanted a solid contrast for the pocket linings and the edges of the hems).
I was very excited to start Autumn Alpine as part of the #MakeItScandi makealong. The colorwork design employs stylized Scandinavian florals, and I'm using Tukuwool Fingering, a Finnish wool that is perfect for colorwork. I planned to use Repo, a heathery deep copper, as the main color all along, but I originally planned to use Sake (natural white) as the contrast. At the last minute, I decided to switch to Taate, a very dusty pink, instead, and I'm glad I did! I'm about 1/3 of the way through the yoke chart, and it's so fun to watch the flowers emerge!
PS, don't forget the Scandi Makealong Zoom this Sunday from 1-2p. Link is in the calendar section above, password Scandi.
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