The Dream Club

I ordered a whole bunch of Dream in Color yarns with my rep last week.  I ordered Starry, which is the gorgeous sock weight yarn with a hint of iridescence, and I ordered their new yarn, Smooshy with Cashmere – is a sock weight yarn with 20% cashmere.  Feels soooo nice.  Of course, I got more of the Classy in their new Scorched colors – all fabulous  – I am so excited! Most exciting though is that I signed Crazy for Ewe up for the Dream in Color Club this fall.

Beginning this September, Dream in Color, will release a limited edition yarn each month.  These yarns will be a special fiber blend, or a special colorway, or both, and will be available only to Dream Club members, and then that yarn in that color will be gone forever.  Crazy for Ewe will have ten (yes, only 10) memberships to the club.

Interested?   Here’s how it works:  Dream in Color sends me a box with ten skeins of the special edition yarn the first week of the month.  Club members are invited to a special event in the shop where we’ll open the box.  Not even the Crazy for Ewe team will have seen the yarn until we open it with you.  With each shipment, there will be a one-skein pattern for that yarn.  We’ll cast on and get started knitting the project that day.  Membership in the club entitles you to the yarn, the pattern, and help from the Crazy for Ewe team on the project.  You’ll also receive a limited edition Dream Club 2011 bag for your project.  We’ll open the box at our Second Sunday event in Leonardtown, so there’ll be fun and festive party as well!

Shipments come September, October, November, January, February, and March.  It’s just $250 for all six shipments, and if you sign up by the end of August, you’ll get $25 off.  Woohool!  Call the Leonardtown shop to register – 301-475-2744

Chanel Style

I finally got a photo of the fabulous jacket Paula will be teaching Tuesday afternoons.  It’s a gorgeously simple shape with a few details that take it from nice to extraordinary.  Paula added the sweet garter stitch insert on the sleeve and this great little split-cuff detail, turned back with a charming button.

The sample is worked in fabulous Rowan Felted Tweed Chunky at a gauge of 12 stitches to 4 inches.  You could also do it in Willa from Juniper Moon.  The Rowan color story is lovely, wearable, and oh so understated (it is British, you know).  The Willa, on the other hand, offers 12 spectacular, saturated jewel tones.

Chunky Willa from Juniper Moon

Either way, you can’t go wrong.  Paula’s starting this class Tuesday afternoon in La Plata.  Come join the fun!

Rowan 50

Remember when you were a little kid and the new Sears Wishbook came out?  It was chocked full of fantastic toys and games – dolls and wagons – roller skates and who knows what else, but it felt so wonderful just to look at the pictures and imagine the possiblities.  That’s exactly the feeling I got when Rowan Magazine 50 arrived.  There are 40 patterns in this book, and fully half of them are things I personally want to knit RIGHT NOW!  If only there were more hours in the day.

Rowan has collected four different “looks” with about 10 patterns each for the magazine.  Each look invokes a different feel and communicates its own perspective on this season’s smart knitwear.  Certainly, none of us is going to love every single design, but I guarantee that you will fall madly in love with at least 6 different patterns.  They won’t be the same 6 for every person, but isn’t that the beauty of fashion -we can each find our own space on the spectrum of style.

As I said in this week’s newsletter, I love 15 of the patterns, but I’m going to limit this post to my top 6.  Here they are in no particular order:  (All photos are courtesy of Rowan)

Hornbeam – similar in shape to the vest we’re doing for our “First Garment” class, this is embellished with smart intarsia flowers

Alder Wrap – multiple colors of Kid Silk Haze combined in simple stockinette stripes for a beautiful and subtle effect only Kaffe Fassett can produce.

Loretta – sweet and easy to wear.  Worked in a delicious shade of Pure Wool DK.  

Martha –  A lady-like cardigan with gentle waist shaping and clean lines in smooth, elegant Wool Cotton.

Passion – This cozy turtle neck makes me long for long walks in the crisp fall air and hearty stews and homemade bread.  I see it worked in soft luxurious Sulka. 

Affection – Gorgeous Lima knit into classic cables bring to mind everything I always liked about back-to-school clothes.   I see this work as shown, or over a crisp white blouse for a very school-girl look.

Okay, I lied, I have seven favorites, and I just couldn’t leave this one out –

Cordial – this cardigan is knit on size 15 needles in Rowan Drift – a super chunky merino yarn.  I would probably pair this with jeans and a cotton turtle neck for a super-relaxed feel that still looks pulled together. 

High Cotton

 Robinette brought in this lovely shawl her friend MaryPat had knitted for her.  It’s the size and shape of a pashmina worked in half linen stitch on a large needle.  MaryPat’s used a beautifully soft palette of pale neutrals with a sort of Southwestern feel.  She combined lots of different fibers, from cottton to Kid Silk Haze, and through in a few rows of sequins for a bit of subtle drama. It’s a really spectacular piece.

 Here’s a closeup.  You may have enough lightweight yarns in your stash already to work this wrap.  It think MaryPat used probably 25 different yarns to achieve her elegant palette.  I’ve already pulled a variety of fibers for my very own wrap. I think I’ll call it “High Cotton” in honor of MaryPat! 

Way to go, Lisa!!

My friend Lisa has just had her second nod from Knitty – they’ve published her adorable Noro hoodie in their current issue. She used two different colorways of Noro Silk Garden for a double striped effect.  You can see photos of her design worked in a single colorway of Silk Garden on Ravelry here

Photo courtesy of LisaKay

Lisa is an amazingly talented woman:  MIT Aerospace Engineer, Masters in Computer Science, fabulous knitter, designer, spinner, wonderful mother, and all around terrific human being.  I am so happy for her.

You may remember Lisa’s first Knitty pattern, Posey socks which were done in mitered squares. You can see more of Lisa’s knitting, and pictures of her totally adorable son on her blog, Lisa Kay Knits.  Be sure to comment and let her know how much we love her new pattern!