I’d apologize for the tardiness of this post, but it was rather unavoidable. The past week has been a bit of a rollercoaster ride for the store what with a series of enormous shipments, some slight technical difficulties and a long-awaited visit from Catherine Lowe. But, before we get to all of that, we have a Boy-O-Boy cardigan knit by Elizabeth:
The pattern is from 101 Designer One-Skein Wonders and is here on ravelry. Elizabeth used ShibuiKnits Merino Worsted in “Wasabi” for her project, though I have no information on how much she used or who the finished cardigan might be for (blame Sandy Kay, not me).
Next, we have another knitnotwar1,0o0 Crane Count and a little blurb from the creator. First, the update: 12 more cranes! Which brings our total up to 129 cranes and puts us at 43% towards our goal (and, yes, you can see all this information on the sidebar, but I wanted to mention it anyway). A couple of weeks ago, I emailed Seann about the origins of the name “knitnotwar 1,0o0″ because we’ve received many an email with that question in some form or another. Here’s Seann’s reply:
It’s a silly reason why it is 1,0o0 and not just 1,000…when I first started the project a dear friend of mine and I were talking and she thought that the project sounded very serious while knitting is generally so fun and relaxing. I certainly didn’t want folks to only regard it as a super serious project (it really is fun to knit the cranes and the spirit of it is supposed to be happy and hopeful!) I started adding a “o” in the title to just visually trip up the weight of it so it was a bit more lighthearted looking. I don’t know if it did the trick, but my friend noticed and it made her happy!
So there you go. It makes sense, considering the bittersweet aspects of the story of Sadako Sasaki and the new connotations attached to origami cranes after the second World War.
Now, moving on to more lighthearted topics, we have some new products that are so very awesome I can’t but mention them.
Firstly, we have three new patterns:
The new Skif patterns in particular are super exciting for a Skif freak like me. Sandy Kay and I are already talking about resurrecting the Skif KAL for this summer. How’s about it, our devoted readers – yay or nay? We could meet monthly and have a yarn sampling party and who-know’s-what else. Just a thought.
Second, we have a (small) library’s worth of new books. Most of which are from Japan; our favorites include: Favorite Aran Knits (the cables in here are fabulous), Easy Knit & Crochet (check out those legwarmes on the cover!) and several new Amigurumi/ toy books.
Can I just say how much I love this book? I already have my own copy and am planning to knit at least half the patterns within. And, since we have “No Mean Feet!” tonight, maybe discussion of a store KAL isn’t out of order. Anyone interested?
And, maybe, that’s everything for today’s belated post. Check back tomorrow (we should have some post-worthy stuff then), for a really cool FO Wendy just finished for a friend. Hint, it involves some amazing Fair Isle creativity.