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Hi everyone.  It has been a tumultuous summer for me. I had to let the blog go for a while, but I did keep knitting and adding patterns to my queue.  Even though it’s still summer, I’m already looking forward to sweater and scarf knitting season.  So here I am with a few suggestions for you to kick-start your knitting season.

Pattern 1:

Spin Stitch PictureThis little scarf is so pretty and surprisingly easy, especially considering how lovely it looks—and the yarn suggested by the designer is currently on sale for 30% off!  “The Spin Stitch Scarf” is knitted using Rowan’s Kid Silk Haze.  It looks complicated, but it’s basically a faux cable.  You put the stitches on a cable needle, spin them around, and then knit them from the opposite direction.  Staggering your spins and spinning in opposite directions creates a beautiful, undulating fabric. 

Katherine and I both started our scarves immediately.  It knits up quickly, affording almost instant gratification!!!

Pattern 2:

This next scarf is for the guitar player in your life.  It’s called “Fretboard” and it’s designed by Amy van de Laar.  It calls for Fretboard Picturea DK-weight yarn, but I think either DK- or worsted-weight yarn would work just fine to create this reversible cable scarf that resembles the frets on a guitar.  I’m pondering using the Herriot yarn because the guitar player in my life (my son, Kevin) has a thing for baby alpaca.

Pattern 3:

Our final pattern today is called “Spring’s Eve” by Irina Anikeeva.  Both the front and the back are visually appealing and should make for a really interesting knitting experience.  The designer suggests using Baah! La Jolla yarn, and we have a great selection of this yarn in stock.  It’s a fingering-weight yarn made from 100% superwash merino that has a very nice hand and will show off the stitches beautifully. 

 Spring's Eve BackSpring's Eve Front



Hope your summer is going well and your knitting mojo is intact.  See you soon.  



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