A Year of Fair Isle

In January, Carmel announced that she was going to knit a different fair isle hat every month for the whole year.  This was her first hat.  She chose the Basic Norwegian Star Hat by Cara Jo Miller.  Carmel named her hat the Hawaii Star because she was on vacation in Hawaii during January.  Honestly, I was impressed that she was knitting the whole time she was there.  Carmel used Cascade Yarns  220 Worsted for the gray section and then used Knit Picks Chroma for the star part.  I thought the pattern part transitioned beautifully.  I love this picture; we get some Hawaii in there too!  Stay tuned to our Facebook page and our Ravelry group for May’s Fair Isle KAL Hat pattern.  Thanks Carmel for sharing your project with us!

Blend on the Water

…makes me think of the song “Smoke On The Water” by Deep Purple!  But this shawl is by Cally Monster (Monsterknits on Ravelry)!  Cally used 4 shades of Baah! Sonoma, a gorgeous dk weight yarn!  I am in love with these ‘fade’ type projects.  I have to admit that haven’t cast on for one yet, but it’s super on my mind.  If I did cast on for one, I would definitely purchase yarns specifically for fade knitting.  I think this is an awesome example of such yarn.  This is a paid pattern on Ravelry.  Cally is a member of the America’s Knitting Ravelry group — check us out!

Easy Goes It shawl

Sherri’s back with another shawl!  Sherri knits all kinds of things for her store.  Yep, she’s a crazy fast knitter and actually does a lot of knitting.  Every time I visit her store, Rainy Day Yarns in Gig Harbor, Washington, her store is light, clean and organized.  She’s never knitting, knows where everything is at and always has a smile on her face, ready, willing and able to help.  BUT, Sherri’s a normal everyday knitter just like the rest of us.  On vacation with her family, she knits in the car (just like us), she knits at home in the evenings (just like us), she knits at the doctors office (just like us), and she visits yarn shops and goes to knitting events (just like us)!  All or most of the samples in her store (which change all the time btw) are knit by Sherri!  She’s a true wonder – LOVE HER!  Here is her Easy Goes It by Finicky Creations.  The yarn Sherri used for this shawl, is her own in-house line of yarn called Rainy Day Yarns Twisted Sock (oh yeah, and she dyes yarn).  You should totally think about joining her Color of the Month, she ships!!

Winter Olympics

Jackie, knit this years Winter Games 2018 Cowl by Tanis Gray!  I have this on needles too – BUT, mine didn’t get finished.  I swear I will finish it one day!!  Back to Jackie — she used Malabrigo Yarn Worsted in three colors.  Way to show your pride Jackie – GO TEAM USA!!  Jackie purchased the yarn for this project at Conversation Threads Fiber Arts Studio in Emmaus, Pennsylvania.  Thanks Jackie!

Lieselotte Shawl

Meet ‘merrysherri‘!  That is Sherri’s Ravelry name – and she owns Rainy Day Yarns in Gig Harbor, Washington!  I love this store, and I love Sherri!!  Her store is chock full of yummy yarniness, including her own special hand dyed yarns that she sells in house.  But, here we have the Lieselotte Shawl by Beatrice Perron Dahlen.  Sherri used Skacel Concentrics  Hikoo yarn for this project, and I can see why – it’s GORGEOUS!!  The color is #1023 Shades of Gray – lovely!!  The Lieselotte is a free Ravelry download~

BA Cool

Hey Y’all — Carmel has knit so many of these hats, we can’t even count anymore!  This hat by Joji Locatelli is very current and on trend.  Joji is always coming up with new patterns ALL.THE.TIME!  Carmel used Cascade Yarns 128 Superwash.  LOVE LOVE LOVE, and that pom pom shut.up!!  You can download BA Cool over on Ravelry!

Isle of Innisfree

Mel is a local gal (to me here in the PNW), that is a member of our Ravelry group — why yes, we have a Ravelry group.  It started out small, but it’s growing all the time.  She knit these lively St. Patrick’s Day socks for herself.  I think they are wonderful.  Anyone who knows me, knows I love all things Irish!  AND I love this picture – cute!!

The pattern is the Basic Sock by Churchmouse Yarns & Teas.  It is a basic pattern with options to switch it up while learning to knit socks.  The yarn that Mel used is Abi Grasso SelfStriping Sock Yarn  that was designed especially for St. Patrick’s Day.  This yarn  is available on Etsy, but maybe some of these indy dyers will work more with the yarn shops, so they can sell unique yarns to the masses.  Just ask your LYS for some self striping sock yarn, and definitely start with this Churchmouse pattern if you are a first timer.  The Churchmouse patterns are now sold in many yarn shops around the world actually.

Nice work Mel, and thanks for sharing with us~

Ginger’s Slouche

About four years ago, Carmel & I took a fair isle knitting class at Debbie Macomber’s A Good Yarn Shop.  We both knit cool hats.  Of course Carmel finished hers in good time.  Me, well that’s another story — I did mention 4 years ago WHATEVER!!  So here in my finished hat finally.  I learned so much from that class by Sheila Joynes.  She has published a book called “I Can’t Believe That I’m Fair Isle Knitting”.  If you want to learn to do this type of knitting look for her book.  I bought it, even though I took the class – it’s very well written, it’s JUST like her class.

Sheila taught me so much.  I needed 6 colors for this hat and there were like 90 to choose from.  Where to even start.  I didn’t particularly like the colors used in the pattern, so I wasn’t sure what to do…she said, “pick on color you really like, then go from there”.  Sounds simple, but it was the foundation for the colors chosen here.  The pattern is Ginger’s Slouche and the yarn is Jamieson of Shetland Spindrift.  Now, I’m trying to decide if I want a pom pom.

Dedication

Not only did a friend of mine’s granddaughter get dedicated at church…this mother/daughter duo is very dedicated to their knitting.  We all used to live mere blocks from each other but now, states apart.  But we all still keep in touch and even visit from time to time.  The dress on the little one, Penelope was knit when the first daughter was born, but now worn by the newborn.  SO, mom (grandma/mimi) had some yarn left over, so of course knit the older girl a skirt.  So, they matched at the dedication.  SEE, dedicated HA!  I hope this all wasn’t too confusing – I’m tired…hee!  Here they are-

If this isn’t confusing enough, this is my friend Erin (right) with her sister (aunty) on the left…mom’s not in the picture, just mimi and aunty and the kids!  Sorry, I don’t have yarn and/or patterns for this one~