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. 

Finishing frenzy

Something about being stuck inside that makes me want to finish stuff.  Maybe it’s knowing there’s no distraction and no escape.  So yesterday and today I finished two very small projects that I should probably have finished weeks – maybe even months – ago.

First is Capucine.  This adorable little hat takes its name, I believe, from a gorgeous French actress.  C’est très chic, n’est-ce pas?

 It’s a free pattern that takes one skein of Nadeshiko and about 5 minutes to knit. I’m in love with it because it’s totally adorable, and it will keep my ears warm and not give me hat head, which is a major issue in the winter – especially for my daughters at college.  I hope they like it hat because I’m planning on knitting one for each of them.

Next is Saroyan.  This is such a lovely little wrap.  The leaf pattern has always appealed to me, and the yarn is just scrumptious.  Soft and matte, Manos Maxima works up so quickly in this pattern – size 10 needles, for pete’s sake.  Still needs a good hard blocking but here it is.

Saroyan

Started this Saroyan in September and it’s kind of been my in-between project.  Took it out again last week and am really loving it.  The yarn is super soft, and the little leaf stitch pattern is fun to work.

You can make this with any size yarn, and you can make it as large or small as you like by continuing the increase section and/or lengthening the straight section.  I’ve made the increase section longer by two leaves and I’m working the straight section a bit longer as well.  This fiber is so fabulous, I want to use every speck.