Well, not really. Maybe just a little bit. I have the camera with all your beautiful projects on it but, well, the camera cord has gone wandering. And since I am not really mobile (recent visitors might have seen me limping around in a walking cast), I’m not going to be able to hunt it down. Trees are moving faster than me right now.
So, in lieu of our normal posting, we have some really fabulous new arrivals that I want to share (and possibly infect others with my unhealthy obsessions).
First, have you seen some of the new Knitting Pure & Simple patterns on our website? I say ‘some’, because not all are up (see first paragraph, re: walking cast) yet. We’re working on getting the entire line up as more new patterns come in. It seems to me (and please feel free to disagree) that this line is often underrated (or ignored) by knitters, because many of the patterns are simple, bare-bones designs that a beginning knitter could follow.
Except, of course, we tend to forget how hard it is to up-size patterns, even the simple ones. The best feature of this line is the fact that the designer, Diane Soucy, has clearly made an effort to make the patterns usable to vast majority of the knitting public. Take my new favorite, the Neckdown V-Neck Cardigan (#241):
It’s a sleek and simple cardigan that could be worn with jeans, khakis, or a dress. It, quite honestly, looks a little like something off of the rack. Now, what really impresses me about this pattern is that has instructions for six sizes, ranging from 32″ – 52″ bust circumferences. Do you know how many petite and Reubenesque knitters come in to the store and leave frustrated because ‘X’ pattern doesn’t come in their size?
Moreover, it’s knit from the top-down, so a short or tall knitter could adjust the length of the body and sleeves so it fits. Which, I know, is a bit of a crazy concept in fashion these days. In fact, the Yarn Harlot has sung her praises of this pattern line, too. That’s one heck of an endorsement.
Maybe we should have a Knitting Pure & Simple KAL or KnitFest or something this Fall. As soon as the Madelinetosh Vintage comes back in stock. ‘Cause that’s what I want to make my Neckdown V-Neck Cardi with. It matches the gauge of 20 sts = 4″ perfectly, it’s machine washable, and it’s Madelinetosh (yumm). Talk about a match made in heaven. (I call dibs on eight skeins of Cove)
Of course, you haven’t seen my next obsession, which might throw the above pattern completely out of your queue. It’s certainly threatening to do so to me.
Another recent addition to our pattern library is the super-sexy Briar Rose bolero (just ask Dave, our IT guy):
I have to admit that I’ve been obsessing over this pattern for years, ever since it came out in 2007. It has all the grace and sophistication of the 1940s, minus pomade and a World War. Even better, this is another great pattern that comes in a wide range of sizes (28″ – 48″ bust circumference), making it knittable and wearable for many ladies with different body types.
The one hold-up I’ve been having is determining what yarn to use. The pattern calls for an Aran weight yarn with a gauge of 16 sts = 4″. Maybe Malabrigo Twist or Shibui Merino Alpaca? Hmm. Peony or Azul Profundo? Just a thought. Especially since this little jacket would make a great transitional garment this summer and Fall, over sundresses and strappy tanks. Or over a turtleneck, too, when the temperature drops.
And while I’m on the subject of Ysolda, I feel the need to mention Lindsay/ the Fashionknitsta’s upcoming Ishbel KAL…
I’m already in and trying to pick my yarn. I have
one or two quite a few skeins of Madelinetosh Glazed Sock in the stash that would suit this pattern perfectly. Lindsay and Eva have already vowed to use Madelinetosh Pashmina, which would be great for the rest of us if we had more than one color in stock now.
On the other hand, a former coworker, Liz (remember Liz?), has made several Ishbel scarves using a variety of sock yarns, like Koigu KPM and Malabrigo Sock. So, please, don’t be limited by our current Madelinetosh obsession.
Lastly, before I run off (ha), have you heard about the upcoming Tour de Fleece?
The concept is simple, They spin, we spin. A real spinning themed spin-along.
If you want to give it a try, or just follow our progress, or are a fan of the Tour de France, JOIN!
This year the Tour de Fleece starts Saturday July 3rd and runs until Sunday July 25th, 2010.
If you’re a handspinner and want to challenge yourself this summer, please consider participating. I’m going to take part, even though I can’t treadle anything for another 5 weeks (and counting). So, I’ve joined Team Spindlers. I’d just love to see some of our Knit Purl blogfans involved this year!
And with that, I must say adieu. Maybe next week we’ll manage to get the camera and the camera cord in the same room at the same time. Wish us luck!