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. 

Bedouin Bag handles

The gorgeous handles from Jul Silver arrived this week in plenty of time for our First Friday Bedouin Bag project.  When Lynne and I first went up to Laura Bellows’ studio, I saw them and decided I just had to figure out a project for them.   Fortuntely, Laura’s sister, Nora had already created the Bedouin Bag which is an absolutely perfect showcase for Laura’s gorgeous handles.  Individually crafted of hand tooled leather and hand cast white bronze, these handles are solid and very high quality.   They will make your felted bag look totally professional and elevate it from the realm of homemade purse to legitimate fashion statement.  And when someone asks you, “OMG, where did you get that bag?”  you can proudly say, “I made it.”  Isn’t that a huge part of why we knit anyway?  C’mon – admit it – you know it is. 

We’ll be working the smallest size of the Bedouin Bag, which is still quite generous, and has really excellent proportions.  This size takes 6 skeins of Shepherd’s Wool, held double, and knit on a size 11 needle.  It’s a great pattern that’s simple and fun – perfect for adventurous beginners or more experienced knitters who would like a relaxing knit with a whole lot of bang for the buck.

I’ll be starting mine tomorrow and will hopefully have a sample to show you by First Friday.  In the mean time, start thinking about what color bag you’d like this spring – we have dozens of options!  You might also want to think about what color you’ll be doing for your daughter/sister/grand-daughter/niece because you know they’re going to want one too. 

Anne Hanson Class photos & such

 Wow – really, that’s what I have to say about this past weekend with Anne Hanson.  It was so much fun – every minute of every class.   Anne has a wonderful, relaxed attitude, and so much knowledge that she presents in a really easy and accessible way.  Throughout the weekend, she shared so much with us–from her journey to knitwear designer to individual designs and their inspiration.  Tons of swatches show just how thoroughly she evaluates every aspect of the yarn she chooses for a design and how iterative a process it is it find a good match between yarn and project and colorway.  This visual demonstration of her thought process was so instructive.  It also showed many of us that the yarns and colors that jump off the shelf at us are often not the yarn that will most suit your pattern over the long haul. Hence the importance of the swatch – different needle size is just the beginning! More on that later, but for now, here are some fun pictures from Friday night.

Wow – really, that’s what I have to say about this past weekend with Anne Hanson.  It was so much fun – every minute of every class.   Anne has a wonderful, relaxed attitude, and so much knowledge that she presents in a really easy and accessible way.  Throughout the weekend, she shared so much with us–from her journey to knitwear designer to individual designs and their inspiration.  Tons of swatches show just how thoroughly she evaluates every aspect of the yarn she chooses for a design and how iterative a process it is it find a good match between yarn and project and colorway.  This visual demonstration of her thought process was so instructive.  It also showed many of us that the yarns and colors that jump off the shelf at us are often not the yarn that will most suit your pattern over the long haul. Hence the importance of the swatch – different needle size is just the beginning! More on that later, but for now, here are some fun pictures from the weekend.

Avenmar Clubhouse

41165 Heron’s Way

Leonardtown, MD 20650

301-475-3144 

We hold lots of shop classes and large events at the Avenmar Clubhouse.  The clubhouse is centrally located on Breton Bay just a few miles from the Leonardtown shop.

From the Leonardtown shop, turn left on Washington Street and proceed to the traffic light.
At the light, turn left onto Route 5 North.
At the next traffic light (Route 243), turn Left onto Route 243 at the traffic light, and follow 243 about a mile and a half.

Turn Left onto Bull Rd.

Follow Bull Rd. about one mile, through the old section of Breton Bay.  Turn Left onto Knight Rd.  Follow Knight Rd about 2 tenths of a mile and turn left onto Bretmar Drive, into the Avenmar Community.  At the bottom of the hill, turn right onto Heron’s Way.  The clubhouse is straight ahead.  Parking is on the right.

Susan’s cool bracelets

I got this email from Susan Goldstine today:

In case any of you are interested in learning more about those bead crochet bracelets I’m always carrying around,  I’ll be giving a Natural Sciences and Mathematics Colloquium talk at St. Mary’s College this Wednesday at 4:40 in Schaefer Hall 106 (the small auditorium in the math/physics/bio building).  The talk is open to the public, so I’d be delighted if you came by.

The talk will naturally have some math in it, but it’s meant for a general audience, and it will also show you a lot of the bracelets that I and my collaborators have designed, as well as what the crochet process actually looks like and what I’ve learned about designing with beads.

If you are free Wednesday afternoon, please come join us!

Susan

Susan Goldstine, a professor of mathematics at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, does lots of cool knitting as well. She tends to like knitting things with an interesting construction, or in lace patterns.  You can see her work here and on Ravelry here