I have a little bit of Startitis these days, as anyone who works at Spun will tell you. What I’ve got on my needles these days, in order of when I succumbed:
Lori Versaci’s “Lite”: A waffle-stitch sweater made out of the Fibre Company’s versatile Meadow. A lace-weight yarn knit on 8s! It’s pretty and textured, a perfect transitional sweater. It’s also technically off my needles and sitting in pieces upstairs on my blocking mats, waiting to be steamed and pieced.
Shellie Anderson’s “Bevel”: A simple warm-weather jacket made out of Shibui’s funky, textured Twig. I was ticking away at this very efficiently last summer, and then things started to take off with the shop, and I panicked: “Must make cold-weather samples!” Away it went, but I’ve unearthed it for the spring.
Isabelle Kraemer’s “Caramel”: A blanket cardigan, and a complete self-indulgence: I’m not making this for the shop; I’m making it for myself, out of my total yarn crush—baa ram ewe’s Dovestone DK. The designer shows this sweater striped, but I’m color-blocking it, with Yorkstone throughout most of the sweater and a broad band of Coal at the bottom of the body and the sleeves.
Alex Tinsley’s “Howlcat”: The cleverest pattern ever, by the extremely clever Ms. Tinsley. One skinny tube = two hats and two cowls! Come see the shop sample, and then come see Pete’s dad Richard (often at the shop, stickering or winding what-have-you) wearing his once it’s finished. I followed Alex’s shop-sample lead and made it out of the Fibre Company’s Cumbria and Mrs. Crosby’s Satchel.
Shellie Anderson’s “Meridian”: I absolutely should not have cast on for this, considering all of the above, but I couldn’t resist. A new Shibui pattern in a new Shibui yarn, Rain, a mercerized cotton with sheen and squish and a soft, papery texture. It’s beautiful.
Julie Hoover’s “Encadre”: Wrong wrong wrong! Bad Carol! I should also have delayed gratification here, but . . . simple colorwork with no tidying necessary, gorgeous fiber, an elegant design. I am using Shibui’s Pebble.
Phyll Lagerman’s “Mountain Heart”: I’ve been waiting for the right yarn to cast on for this pretty cowl inspired by Alaska’s Mountain Heart Lake, and it’s finally here! Dream in Color’s Everlasting DK: worth the wait.
Maybe we should have a WIP KAL and impose some discipline? Yikes.
New in the shop:
Summer yarns from Shibui: Linen, Twig, Rain
Linen bento bags from Sweetwood Farms
Bamboo needle gauges and rules from Katrinkles
Pretty kettle-dyes from Malabrigo
Hand-dyed yarn from Dream in Color
Project bags from Splityarn
Lorna’s Laces stunning hand-dyes, showcased with a trunk show
Summer yarns from Berroco and Rowan
Linen from Quince and Co.
Trunk shows featuring Why Knot Fibers’ hand-dyes and Shibui's S/S16 designs
A trunk show and meet-and-greet with Julie Hoover