in april we introduced our new fingering weight yarn called ghillie sock, which is spun from bouncy, resilient cheviot wool produced in new york state.
the yarn was an instant hit with our bare naked clubbies, who got to see and feel it first, as our april club selection. they loved its soft, springy hand and creamy-white color right out of the box—even before knitting with it.
they didn’t even know how beautifully the fabric would drape, but would soon find out—the yarn was paired with a design for a fun pair of gansey textured socks and/or an adorable triangle shawl that sported a flirty ruffle which proved irresistible. such an approachable project and so much fun to knit—great for beginners and experienced knitters alike (you can find the patterns for those pieces in our BNK 2013 eBook here or here).
clubbies waffled back and forth about which to make, the socks, or the shawl? i didn’t tell them at the time, but i had a third project up my sleeve, which i had planned to throw in as a mid-month extra, but then thought better of—i did not want to add to anyone’s decision-making stress, haha.
plus, i realized that we needed a design to release to ALL our customers to go with our ghillie yarn and this fun infinity scarf was just the ticket. it’s so simple to knit yet with all the texture changes, it keeps things moving along. it’s the perfect vacation traveling companion—it goes everywhere you want to go and practically knits itself.
if you can count to eight, you can knit this.
the pattern has three sizes, all of which can be worn in several ways—pin it, twist it, pull it around your shoulders; this piece is quite versatile once it is complete.
(heart shaped pin is hand carved in oak from recycled wine barrels; you can find this style and more at ecobutterfly.com)
the fabric is light and lofty enough to work well in a larger cowl like the one shown; with a bit of sheen and nice drape, it can be fashioned in many configurations or worn as shawl-style piece.
shown here in size medium, knit up in bare naked wools ghillie sock, spun from 100 percent NYS cheviot wool, color cream
using a softer spun yarn such as our breakfast blend fingering will result in a cowl with even softer drape and hand.
our good friend karolyn deserves a hand for knitting this beautiful sample for today’s presentation—we so appreciate all the wonderful knitting she does for us, always on a deadline and always with a smile. how lucky are we?
have a great weekend everyone and be sure to share your progress on this and all your knitspot projects in our wonderfully fun and helpful knitspot ravelry groups.
and don’t forget, signups are open now for our fall in full color 2013 club, due to begin mailing in august (which is right around the corner!). we’ll be shipping an incredible array of yarn and pattern selections in luscious, exclusive colors available only to yarn members—once that head count is final, there won’t be any more dyed until next year.
we’d love for you to join us! need a little more encouragement? take a look at this beautiful slide show that erica put together from last year’s club book. and if you’ve already signed up, please tell a friend how much you enjoy your participation—maybe they’ll com along for the ride.