The grey is here to stay for a few months, but we can combat the blahs with comfort and color.
Designed for Happy Fuzzy Yarn‘s Corrie Sock fingering weight yarn, the Trecolori Shawl is an easy-to-knit textural asymmetrical shawl with a deep border of arrowhead lace. Knit in three colors, Trecolori uses the Fibonacci sequence to make a fun striping pattern.
You can blend your stripes a little if you use a multicolor yarn with two coordinating semisolids, as I did here. “Jane” is a multicolor comprised of pink, orange, and green and I combined it with a semisolid “Peony” pink and “Granny Smith” green.
Happy Fuzzy Yarn released this design in early summer and it has pattern has sold well at shows and online — in fact, I think the paper pattern is headed for its second printing soon.
I don’t have my own Trecolori shawl to keep and wear. I can’t decide what colors to make mine with — I like bright colors, but hot pink is definitely not in my wheelhouse. I’ve always loved the “Enchanted” colorway so maybe I will start there. Or perhaps “Cherry Float”? No, “Moss on Stone.”
I installed a new theme for the site. Changing the furniture around here is so much easier than in my actual house. Also, WordPress is getting easier to use all the time and more and more functionality is trickling down to those of us who mostly use the free themes and plugins. Woohoo!
I started a new part time job working for Riin Gill at Happy Fuzzy Yarn in October. Turns out we’re neighbors and her need for a studio assistant and my additional availability this fall with both kids in school coincided nicely. I’ll write more about the inside life of a artisanal fiber arts studio because it is FASCINATING, but for now suffice to say I wash and skein dyed yarn, package up orders, talk to new local yarn stores about carrying our yarns and combed tops, share studio shots on Instagram, tweet about sales and news on Twitter, and keep the couches warm in our Ravelry forum.
You should totally come join us. For January and February I am hosting a knit-along for socks and a spin-along for the Local WoolProject (both run for two months). There will be prizes at the end!
I am feeling better. My health was poor last year and it took me forever to figure it out. I have so much more energy for everything now. I’m going to be a total ass and not go into details here, but instead reassure you that all is well now.
Well, there’s the socks for the knit-along that I mentioned above. I’m using a gorgeous colorway of HFY Corrie Sock called “Heliotrope”. I started off making the February Lady Socks by Kate Atherley, hoping beyond reason that the lace was simple enough and the variegation wasn’t so strong that it would overwhelm the patterning. Alas, I was proved wrong. So now I am doing a simple knit-and-purl pattern that provides interest while remaining stretchy.
I’m also knitting a hat in HFY American Worsted “Wine”, trying out a simple but attractive cable design. I love the cables in the semi-solid colorway! I’m on my second attempt; I needed to go up a couple needle sizes because it turns out this is a heavy worsted yarn. This ain’t no Cascade 220. And, truth be told, the crown decreases are kicking my butt.
And… there’s more, but that’s all I’m going to confess to at this time!