Shibui Knits: Staccato

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Shibui Knits never ceases to amaze me. They produce some of my favorite yarns that always keep me coming back for more. Staccato happens to be next in line for me to try out. I’ve been hoarding about 20 skeins of it in my yarn stash and finally plan to do a few swatches with it. Staccato is an alluring blend of merino and silk fibers, that is smooth and soft to the touch. It has an elegant sheen that causes the vibrant colors to truly pop.

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I have a couple of ideas about what I would like to make with the Staccato I currently have stored away. I have an in-your-face, firey orange/red that I really want to squeeze a dress out of. I need to do a swatch and see what my options are. I also have a rusty copper that I was going to make a loose tee out of, but now I have new plans for a cropped cardigan. I purchased Home & Away recently, and I have been eyeing the Hancock cardigan ever since. The Hancock (shown above) does happen to take up much more yarn than I have, so I will need to do a little math to see if I can make it work.

Here are a few end of summer knitting projects on my list:

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Michelada: A little summer pullover full of texture, that will transition effortlessly into fall.


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Hanshi Wrap Kit: A simple wrap in ivory with short rows that mimic beautiful brush strokes in black.

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 Tembetari Cowl Kit: Someone please teach me how to crochet so I can make pretty cowls like the Tembetari. I want to wrap myself in a pretty honeycomb pattern.

August 26, 2016 by Laura Oriana Konstin

Simple Tees

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I was going through my wardrobe the other day and realized my tee collection is nonexistent. I remember when I used to have a drawer full of tees that I could easily pick from, now I have four. My two favorites from the bunch were gifted to me. One is white with an image of Patti Smith wearing a tee with an image of Keith Richards, and the other is a pop art portrait of my past dog, Bijou. I’m slowly trying to rebuild my collection with tees that I will enjoy and wear all the time. Since I would like to keep my tee collection small, I plan on knitting most of them.

Here are a few patterns that are currently trying to make the cut:

Insouciant: A simple grab and go tee with a rolled neck and small side slits. This will easily become a favorite. (Photo above!)

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Francis: The fabric crosses over in the back, allowing the top to have a slight opening. I knit a tank similar to this top that I can’t get enough of.

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Alcomar: I have a couple of high-waisted jeans and pretty skirts that are in need of a more feminine tee to join them, and Alcomar is that tee. The front is a simple stockinette stitch while the back is knit in a delightful lace pattern.

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Alen Shell: It’s hard to not look through patterns and not want to knit something for someone else. I found this boxy little tee that has a sleeve and collar detail that I really like. I already have someone in mind for this top. I might have to knit one for myself too.

August 19, 2016 by Laura Oriana Konstin

ITO Kouki

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What fibers come to mind when thinking of knitting new summer creations? I go straight for linen. I forget that there are so many other options out there that are also suitable for the warm summer days, like nice, breathable cotton or cooling silk. What about paper? Did you know paper textiles have a long tradition in Japan, and they are very much like silk in that they're cooling in summer, and warming in winter? I was unaware of this until I introduced myself to Urugami by ITO. ITO has another yarn that makes a great summer companion.

Kouki by ITO is a lustrous ramie and silk blend yarn. Ramie is a great fiber for those hot days that are still visiting us. Ramie is known for its ability to hold shape, reduce wrinkling, and introduce a silky sheen to the fabric appearance. The silk gives Kouki durability, making Kouki garment-friendly and ready to wear.

Here are a few pattern ideas for these gleaming yarn cones of Kouki:
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A Hint of Summer: Light weight tee. Classic stripes and a fantastic drape make this tee a summer staple. Choose your own colors or grab a kit and start knitting.
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Kouki-Hearts: Wrapped in love. This pretty striped wrap is embossed with hearts. The luster of Kouki really highlights the hearts in this pattern.
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Hane: 1 top, 6 options. A top with asymmetric drape, side shaping, and unique sleeve detail. The options are endless with this top. Short sleeves, no sleeves, ruffled sleeves, or a blend. Hane will look pretty in Penguin.
August 12, 2016 by Laura Oriana Konstin