when it comes to color for the holidays, i like red and green as much as anyone, but i also crave variety. the colors that turn my head this time of year are ones that feel rich and royal. like this purple for instance—it’s a kingly color if i ever saw one, wouldn’t you say?
this was our yarn for last december’s fall in full color club installment—a rich mink/cashmere blend from great northern yarns in this stunning purple; is it any wonder this was the most coveted color of our FIFC 2011 lineup?
one skein of the mink/cashmere DK yarn has enough yardage to knit the whole set (as long as you stick to the pattern gauge, haha).
together, the reasonably-priced yarn and quick-knitting design produce a last minute gift that looks like a million bucks. you can bring the whole thing in for under $35 and the investment of a couple evenings of knitting time at home with your feet up and a nice movie or audiobook.
sure beats spending that time at the mall, doesn’t it? better yet, use a nice lofty, fluffy stash yarn for an even bigger win-win.
shown here, scarf in size tall in great northern yarns 70% mink/30% cashmere DK yarn. rhododendron was our club colorway last december and it’s not in stock at the moment, but there are other pretties to choose from (the natural is simply divine). the sport weight yak would also work nicely, as does the DK camel.
check out the echo of bells project page on ravelry to see examples knit by our 2011 club members; many of them are made up in alternate yarns, making it easy to imagine how your own set will look in another colorway or yarn base.
echo of bells is also included in the FIFC 2011 eBook, as part of the 2011 club collection—eight terrific accessory patterns with a total of ten pieces. each pattern is multi-sized and suitable for gifting; many will have universal appeal for women, men, and children alike. purchase the eBook collection from the knitspot club website or in our ravelry pattern shop.
we are heading to las vegas on tuesday to visit our family for christmas; i’ll try to post when we arrive there, but i’m not sure we’ll have internet. i’m trying to set up a couple of posts for you to read while i’m gone, so the blog won’t be completely neglected, but time is growing short; i better get on with it! and of course, you’ll find plenty of entertainment and holiday cheer in our ravelry group, where erica is running a countdown to christmas KAL (oh look, someone has posted photos of their echo of bells there!) and i hear that energy is building for a post-holiday slöfock KAL with the exciting new DK version of breathless from shalimar yarns, mmm.