VK Crochet 2013 is a winner

The new VK Crochet magazine arrived yesterday, and my goodness, is there some beautiful stuff in there.  I picked out four favorites.  This lacy spring top by Charles Voth is my number one pick, and not just because of the color, although it is a gorgeous color. The simple shaping allows the feminine floral stitch pattern to take center stage, and the slightly bell shaped sleeves look very modern and pretty.  The lace collar is a nice touch, but you could leave it off if you prefer a cleaner look.

I also like this cardigan very much.  A bit more tailored than the tee, I like it for many of the same reasons: simple shaping, floral stitch pattern and  modern styling.

This one is nice too–simple shape done in Tunisian stitch.  The yarn is a lovely metallic mohair blend and the color is, well, very pink.  3>

And I like this wrap.  Both the large motif and the rich color make it a very dramatic accessory.  Hairpin lace and broomstick lace are the techniques used on this one. 

Available in both shops now.  This is truly one of the nicest crochet magazines I’ve seen.  Pick up your copy this week because this issue will sell out. 

Manos Serena Trunk Show

Last Friday, William, our UPS man, brought in an armful of boxes.  I was surprised and delighted that one of the boxes was full of sample garments in beautiful Serena from Manos del Uruguay.  I hadn’t expected the trunk show until next week but, what a wonderful surprise!   We get to have it for a nice long time, which is good, because I really want you to have a chance to see it.  There are seven garments in the show, and they are all just terrific. 

I love Chopin, an open stitch tunic which is fun belted over black leggings. 

I also love Wharton, a beautiful swing cardigan with a leaf pattern at the top and a smart back pleat;

and Kashmina, a drape-front cardigan with set in sleeves and an all-over lace and cable pattern. 

Ginni was there when the box arrived, and she liked the two short-sleeved sweaters, Alcott and Stowe.

A surprise for me was the beautiful crocheted Cather, which we’ll be featuring in a beginning crochet class this spring.

We’ll be doing the trunk show this Friday, February 9 in Leonardtown from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturday, February 10 in La Plata from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Don’t miss your chance to see these and other beautiful Serena garments in person. 

Crazy for Crochet!

Beatrix the Sheep rocks a new Manos Silk Blend cowl!
I love crochet. I learned to do it long before I learned to knit (which may be why I carry my yarn in my left hand when I knit: crochet hook in right hand, yarn in left, easily became needles in both hands, yarn in left.) 
Lately I’ve been searching Ravelry for great crochet patterns, and found the “Calm Cowl,” a free download. It calls for about 400 yards of a DK-weight yarn. Ellen suggested the Silk Blend, and picked out the lovely earthy blue/turquoise/gold blend. The cowl worked up quickly and easily on a 5.5mm hook (size I). I’m really happy with it!
Next up? There’s a really sweet shawl that’s on my mind, and may soon be on my hook!