WIP Wednesday – New Base, New Project

I’ve been concentrating on expanding the shop’s yarn offerings and have been testing some new DK weight yarns and soft spring colorways. I settled on this 3ply 100% conventional BFL. Like Pounce Fingering, it is softly spun with a little more twist, making it a lofty, plump yarn great for lightweight garments. And because it isn’t superwash, it’s a great candidate for stranded colorwork or felting. Though, I think it’s too lovely for felting!

I’ve been able to put Pounce DK up in generous 350yd/125g skeins! That’s plenty for a cozy shawl, set of mittens, or small shrug. I’m doing a test knit of Liesl, a top-down, yoke cardigan designed by Ysolda Teague. I’ve had to adjust for the different gauge, but even knit for a 38″ chest, I’m well past the armhole with plenty of yarn left. I predict that I’ll be able to get a good 7″ down the torso and still have enough yardage to make the sleeves a bit longer than their current capped state (ugh…cap sleeves do my upper arms no favors.)

Now I just need to decide when to debut it! My next trunk show? The Great Rhody Yarn Crawl coming up in April? Hmmm…

Speaking of which, I’ve added some new gigs to my vending schedule!

April 1 – Sisters of the Wool trunk show

April 14 – Fresh Purls trunk show (during the Great Rhody Yarn Crawl)

May 26-27 – Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair (a first for me!)

Sept 7-9 – Fiber College of Maine

Looks like I’ll be very busy this spring!

Giveaway – Log Cabin Socks Kit

In celebration of the recently released pattern, Log Cabin Socks (designed by Mara Marzocchi with Boundless Sock) I’m giving away this great sock kit! The kit includes a full color print out of the pattern and one skein of Boundless Sock in the new colorway, Surplus.

To enter, leave a comment on this post with your favorite snuggle object. A log cabin quilt? Perhaps an e-reader and bottle of port for you fancy types? Sweet dreams of a Cumberbatch/Freeman sandwich?

Share the giveaway on your favorite social networking sites for extra entries. Please make a new comment for each site (one entry per site, please!) A random drawing will take place Thursday, February 23rd at 12pm EST. I will contact the winner directly, but will also do an announcement here on Friday.

Comments are now closed for entry! Thanks for playing.

Shawl Inspiration

I am a big fan of PBS’s Masterpiece Theater, both Classics and Contemporary. I’ve recently been watching “Return to Cranford” and I’ve become inspired by all the beautiful, natural colored, sideways knit shawls the ladies wear.

Photo : BBC

Photo : Daily Mail

And of course, a quick search on Ravelry finds the Eyre of Romance Jane Shawl and several other shawls designed by Kay Meadors of Natural State Knitting.

Photo : Kay Meadors

I’m thinking hanspun. Maybe this Cormo I did a while back. It’s quite a bit thinner and could use another go through my wheel to tighten up some of the plying, but it’s perfect for a neck-thing.

I also have this for a smaller finished shawl. It’s shiny! So tempting!