Friday, May 29, 2009

Artesenal - Twist Front Top

Fabulous knitter Sharon has just finished the Twist Front Top by Adrienne Vittandini. This pattern is available free from the elan website. Sharon has made her twist top from Aslan Trends Artesenal - 40%cotton, 30%Alpaca 30% Polyamide.
The yarn worked really well for the pattern, showing the lace and cable pattern beautifully. Sharon needed to decrease her needle size to get the correct gauge from this yarn for the pattern.
Sharon had an unknitting experience with the unusual twist front construction, but otherwise is very happy with the pattern. She has written a review on Ravelry. She did find that the yarn coped well with the unknitting, with no fuzzing or splitting - nice to know just in case!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Kaffe Fasset Regia Sock Wool

I love knitting socks, so quick, so useful, so warm! I received a very exciting package at the shop this week, beautiful, self patterning sock wool.

Only the three projects I already have on the needles prevented me from starting a pair straight away - although I admit to secreting 2 balls of wool out the back of the shop..... Unfortunately, this is a special arrangement of my distributor with Regia in Germany, and there will apparently be no re-orders available. Next year, there might be regular stock, if the yarn does well this winter. I think it will, I sold 4 pairs of socks worth before I had finished putting it on the shelves.
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Friday, May 22, 2009

Knit 7 Origami Bolero Jacket

Here is one of our regular customers, Enid, in her Origami Bolero Jacket from Jo Sharp's Knit 7.

Enid prefers the jacket in its bolero incantation, to wear with jeans, but says she has some more formal wide leg black pants that she thinks will make a great outfit with the fitted cardigan direction. I am hoping to see this outfit too. Enid particularly likes the asymmetrical back of the shrug section of the jacket. She found the jacket very quick to knit.

Enid has used the colourway from version 1, but made long sleeves as in version 2. She did need an extra ball of SSK bisque cotton for the longer sleeves. She has a few half balls left over, and is planning a stripey knitted hat to wear with the jacket.
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