New Noro Magazine

Okay, you know that I am a hopeless Noro addict.  The colors, the fibers, the whole aesthetic just me.  So, you know I was super jazzed about the new magazine.  This is the Spring Summer issue, and it has so many adorable garments and accessories I just can’t believe it.

They’ve focused on smaller, lighter weight projects using their fingering weight yarns.  While the labels call sock yarns, I think something was lost in the translation, because as lovely as they are, these fibers are not really great for socks.  They are, however, spectacular for lacy shawls like these

Perfect for relaxed summer projects, these shawls use only the simplest of pattern stitches, relying instead on gorgeous Noro colors to make the statement.  Fun to knit, fabulous to wear.  All the colors of Taiyo Sock in stock at both stores now!

Piewhacket

Mary’s Piewhacket in Huasco

At our last staff meeting, Mary was wearing this adorable little shawlette.  We all loved it and asked her how long it had taken her to knit.   Here reply was, “I’m not going to tell you.”

I can tell you she probably whipped it up in one evening, because when Mary gets going on something, she just works it until it’s done.  Gotta love that Mary.  Most normal mortals can knit it in less that a week – it is just one skein…

Cool asymmetrical shape
Cool asymmetrical shape

Details:

Pattern: Piewhacket by Jennifer Dassau
Yarn: 1 skein Huasco hand dyed 100% merino fingering
Needle size – about a 6, depending on your gauge
Gauge is 18 stitches/4 inches (after blocking)

Simply beautiful sweater

Several of our La Plata ladies are in love with a classic sweater by Sally Melville from her book, The Purl Stitch called the Simple Cardigan. I know, not a glamorous or exciting name, but like everything in Sally Melville’s books, it is exactly the kind of thing you want in your wardrobe.  Very wearable and comfortable, it’s a garment that fits into your life and makes you wonder what you ever wore before you knit it.  Here it is blue.

This sweater’s simple styling is enhanced by a beautiful pattern stitch that’s easy to do and makes a wonderfully plushy fabric.  Lynne swatched the pattern (actually the entire left front in miniature), in gorgeous Aurora 8.

The fabric is so beautiful and plushy, it made me remember why this is one of my favorite yarns.  I love the way the twist of this yarn makes even plain stockinette look interesting.

New in the sale bin – Uluru

 
Uluru is a wonderful lightweight cotton blend that’s perfect for summer accessories, and now at 40% off, it’s also a steal!  Fine enough to be worked a laceweight gauge, Uluru makes a beautiful Citron.  See how pretty Mary’s is!  

There are also two free patterns for lightweight garments that each take just a few skeins.  The free pattern first is this little cropped cardigan.  Takes just two skeins and fits up to a 47″ bust. 

There is also this simple shell that would be perfect under a jacket or on its own in the summer – you could even make both for a lovely classic twin set.