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Becky’s Driftwood Victorian Shoulder Shawl

One Saturday afternoon Becky sat on the sofa knitting away on a lace shawl. More than one customer paused to watch her in amazement as she casually and confidently knit along. When someone finally asked how she could knit lace in the middle of the store she said, it’s much quieter here than at home!

Even if that’s true, which is hard to believe because her kids are so well-behaved, there aren’t many knitters who can work on something intricate with so much activity around them.

Becky finished the shawl this week and sent us these photos of her beautiful Driftwood Victorian Shoulder Shawl.

Becky's shawl knit in Jade Sapphire 2-ply cashmere yarn.

Another photo of Becky's shawl knit in Jade Sapphire 2-ply cashmere yarn.

The pattern is from Jade Sapphire and the yarn is their 2-ply cashmere. Each skein has 400 yards, which allows for some wonderful 1 skein projects, like this one. We just received our fall shipment, so there are plenty of wonderful colors to choose from.

We also have Jade Sapphire’s 6-ply cashmere. It knits up around 5 stitches to the inch, but can easily go a little smaller or larger. One skein makes a great pair of fingerless gloves or a hat.

A grouping of Jade Sapphire 6-ply cashmere yarn.

This is my favorite grouping of the 6-ply colors. I’ve got to knit something from one of them.

Knitting with cashmere is fun because it feels so good running over your fingers. And cashmere hand knits are a fantastic gift for you or your friends. Speaking of which, Becky tells us that her shawl is a gift for a friend – how wonderful!

Thank you for sending the pictures, Becky! The shawl looks great!

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chicks and ducks and geese better scurry

There are so many new yarns finding their way into the shop, it’s hard to know what to cast on for first. When the new Blue Sky Alpacas shipment arrived, however, I had to stop everything and cast on in the new Brushed Suri. This amazing yarn is parts baby suri, merino and bamboo. It is so soft, Kathy says it feels like a kitten. I was just going to do a quick swatch, but it quickly grew into this great one skein, garter stitch scarf.

Our friend Antonia fell in love with this yarn instantly too. She knit two feather and fan scarves simultaneously! Each scarf took three skeins, and you can wrap it around your neck at least three times. So cozy!

Since one scarf wasn’t enough Suri goodness for me, I knit the Portland Pullover from the latest Interweave Knits. This is the smallest size and it only takes four skeins! It works up at 2.5 stitches per inch, so it’s a super quick knit. I finished it in a long weekend.

Now if it would only get a little bit chillier, I’d be all set!

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cast off cast on

A while back, two very pretty skeins of Schaeffer’s Anne strolled into the shop in a lovely lobster red. I knew the second I saw them that they would make beautifully bright Landscape Shawl. I think I was right!!

I really enjoyed making this shawl. The fabric knitted up wonderfully and the pattern was simple once I got into the swing of it. I liked it so much in fact that the very next day after having cast off the Anne shawl, a skein of her sister Andrea arrived at the shop in the Everywoman colorway. I figured that while I still had the picot-making groove on, I should cast on for another one!! Here’s the beginning.

Speaking of beginning, there are still a few spots left in Thursday night’s four week Beginning Knitting course. You will learn to knit, purl , cast on, and cast off. You will experiment with stitch patterns, knit in the round and complete two small projects.This class is perfect if you want to learn to knit or add skills to your knitting repetoire.

Stay cool out there!

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let’s begin

It occurred to us that with all the knitting we do in the shop, it would be fun to keep a record. OK, this isn’t a new idea, but better late than never, right?

Right. And being a fairly spontaneous idea, there’s only one photo of a current project, and there it is on the left. The yarn is Koigu’s KPPPM in color K105L/204. The pattern is a fun variation of Feather and Fan. It goes like this:

Cast 49 stitches on a US5. I wanted it to be a little loose, normally I’d use a US3 with KPPPM. The stitch pattern is a multiple of 12 plus 1, so you can make your scarf or shawl as wide as you like.

Rows 1 thru 4 – Knit.
Rows 5, 7, 9 &11 – K1, * K2tog twice, (yo, K1) 3 times, yo, SSK twice, K1; repeat from * to last stitch, K1.
Rows 6, 8, 10 & 12 – Purl.

Repeat these 12 rows until desired length. It’s hard to know at this point how much yarn I’ll need. Maybe one hank, maybe two.

I’m not sure this colorway is the best for this pattern. A more-solid colorway may be better. I’ll see how it goes. At this point, I’m really enjoying knitting with KPPPM and this relatively-easy-to-remember stitch pattern.