Happy Tuesday, wonderful readers! I’m in a good mood today — we have exciting new things coming your way, I’m almost done with my Goldfish sweater, and I’ve just been looking at the beautiful new yarns and patterns some of our suppliers are releasing for spring. Also, last night, it was still light out at 5:15 pm! Woot!
Bubble cables on my Goldfish sweater!
Last week I wrote a cryptic Facebook post about news from Quince & Co. that I couldn’t share yet. You see, they sometimes send me top-secret emails with drool-worthy photos of soon-to-be-released yarns/patterns/kits/plans for world domination. Quince has finally done their own post about this news, so now I’m allowed to share: behold, the Linen Noir collection! They’re doing a series of breathtaking patterns in black linen, both Sparrow (fingering) and Kestrel (worsted). These patterns are described as “summer-night-worthy knits”, and I can safely say that you will not be disappointed. Here’s the first pattern, Deschain, by Leila Raabe:
We currently carry Sparrow, but not Kestrel. However, this collection has captured my heart, so I wanted to make you an offer: if you want to make something from the Linen Noir collection, I will order you any color of Sparrow OR Kestrel between now and April 1st. (No joke!)
The other company that really has me excited is Universal Yarn. You may have seen our newest cowl sample on the needles, the Hanasaku Cowl by Tori Gurbisz, using Bamboo Bloom Handpaints and Plymouth Yarn Gina — it’s going to be beautiful! And Universal Yarn has made it so that if you buy the yarn from us, we can give you the pattern for free. Come by and check out your (many, many) color options!
I’ve been knitting cozy, bulky things all winter, but now I’m ready for spring. Bring on the cute accessories, bright colors, and cool fibers of spring — and summer! Sooner or later (hopefully sooner), the Deschain top will be mine!
(As a reward for those of you who made it all the way to the end of this post: We’re having a huge Spring Cleaning Sale starting this Friday. I’m putting Cascade 220 on sale. Now you know.)
Last week I mentioned that I have a lengthy To-Knit list (I also have a lengthy To-Do list, but the knit one is much more fun). In fact, I suspect that there are more items on my list than I could ever possibly knit, even if I maximized my knitting time by quitting my job, taking all of my nutrition through an IV drip, and never doing dishes or cleaning the house ever again.
Since that sounds somewhat unhealthy (hello, carpal tunnel), today I’ll just share with you my current top three To-Knit projects:
This has been on my list for a while, and I’m torn about which yarn to choose. Allison, who used to work here, made a gorgeous version using Firefly by Classic Elite Yarns, but I’ve also seen a beautiful one done in Chickadee by Quince & Co. I keep wandering back and forth between these yarns in the shop. Do I want breezy linen and viscose, or soft and cozy wool? Either way, this top is perfect for warm weather, and would be easy to extend for my long torso.
I’m a t-shirt girl at heart, but I sometimes long for a little more glamour and sophistication. Odele is my answer. Knit in Mykonos from Berroco, it’s going to be slinky but wearable, and the subtle sheen will make a nice change from my usual cotton tees. I even have a great statement necklace I got for Christmas that will pair perfectly with it. When I think about this pattern, I keep picturing myself sipping a cocktail on a deck overlooking the ocean at sunset. It will be mine. Someday.
Dear Pam, please stop coming up with so many lovely patterns. Well, no. Please don’t ever stop. But really, what’s a girl to do? This simple top caught my eye last spring, and has been calling to me ever since. Made with Quince & Co. Sparrow yarn (100% organic linen), the only question here is which colors to choose. I love the classic nautical look of the photo, but wouldn’t it also be fun in a dark pink with burgundy stripes, or teal with navy stripes?
This week’s featured yarn is Sparrow, from Quince & Co. It’s a 100% linen sport weight yarn. It has a slight sheen for a touch of elegance, and it comes in the delicate palette that we love Quince & Co. for! Linen is a most excellent fiber for light, breathable summer garments or fine dish towels.
Quince & Co. offers some gorgeous patterns designed for this yarn. We’ve been dreaming of the Saco Stripes top. (pattern available on Ravelry)