If you’ve been reading for a while, you know I love knitting sweaters. The sweet siren call of wool and a well fitted garment can lure me away from any current project.
When Cori Eichelberger sent out her Toad Hollow Tunic into the world, I knew I was a goner. I love a-line tunic style garments. Even when the original sweater isn’t meant to be that I just customize it to my needs and a-line it. Cori must read my mind these days. I’ve been layering up as the cooler weather is rolling in. That and I needed to make a sample with some of the new yarns that have been arriving at the studio. You know what that means… It’s time to cast this baby on! I have swatched in Jill Draper Mohonk. Low and behold, I was able to achieve gauge the first time!!!! I’ve decided to make the shorter size as truly, I might be able to finish this.
Such is the life of a yarn shop owner with a short attention span. I have been asked on occasion how many WIP’s I have. Seriously? I’m not counting. Lately have been sending a few to the frog pond as I want my needles and project bags back.
A few weeks ago, studio sample knitter Robin actually took pity on me and remade one in a much smaller size than I had started. It fits great, don’t you think? Thank you Robin! Hello, Soundtrack by Elizabeth Smith. Again, this layering piece is just so accommodating to stretch a person’s wardrobe. The yarn is Stitch Together Targhee Sweater. Let me tell you, it’s such a squishable yarn. Robin and I agree it’s a simply a joy to knit with.
Let’s get back to customizing patterns. Travel back in time with me a couple of years ago. I had decided to do a highly modified version of Tin Can Knits Flax pullover as my Rhinebeck sweater. Yes, this is the beginner sweater we recommend as your first foray in garment knitting. No, I didn’t finish it but (let us underline that but) I will finish it. Maybe not as the dress I first intended to make but (again with the underlined buts) I will finish it.
Not long ago, Emily Wessel one of the brilliant designers of the Tin Can Knits duo, posted on her blog about the updates they made to their Flax pattern. This time she made it with the new mods and her own handspun yarn which she tells us was on her bucket list.
Do you have a fiber craft bucket list? I do. (Hey Donita! I need to join one of your spinning classes, pronto!) Have you caught the love bug of fiber arts and don’t know where to start? We have a class for that. If we don’t have one that fits your schedule, we can set one up or better yet, ask for a private lesson. The studio instructors rock at what they do with the patience of Job. I think number one on my bucket list every year is to learn new things. How about you?