squall

it’s hard to believe that our 2012 fall in full color club is coming to a close this month, but even harder to believe that a whole year has passed since we revealed this lovely club project to knit with the handspun lace yarn that was last year’s january shipment. wow, this year went fast!

our january shipment is all about following up on the christmas gift-knitting rush with a totally indulgent, selfish knitting project—something only a knitter would truly appreciate.

by that i mean a project that is almost more fun and better appreciated in the knitting, though certainly beautiful and luxurious to wear. also sure to attract the number and type of compliments that light up a knitter’s smile (i.e., “you know, that scarf makes you look a lot like kate middleton” or “you are simply glowing in that color!”).

a precious trophy skein of heavier laceweight yarn goes a long way here—just 400 yards needed to make a nice-sized petite shawl on 4.0 mm needles. look how pretty it is in handspun—the stitch patterns makes perfect use of its variations in color. the shape is flattering and conforms nicely to the shoulders; it’s easy to wear as a shawlette or gathered up into a scarf.

the shape variation here makes for fun times in knitting—something different is always welcome once that last stocking cap or mitten is off the needles.

shown here, petite in new hue handspuns bam huey lace yarn, colorway crystal, our january club colorway last year. it’s not listed there at the moment, but snowflake would be a great substitution and i’m pretty sure cheryl plans to release crystal as well.

of course snow squalls and ice crystals were the furthest things from our minds during the photo shoot at our incredible beach location. our awesome club moderator kim adds her personal stylin’ touch to the day; it was spectacular and our club members loved the whole thing.

to purchase pattern or view complete pattern information, please click here to visit the knitspot pattern shop. or purchase the pattern in our ravelry pattern shop.

squall 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.

i was so pleased and amazed at the number of clubbies who cast on right away and completed this project quickly—it was such a treat to watch everyone enjoy their handspun club yarn. you never really know what you are going to get with our clubs until those packages arrive, but you can be sure that we try to find yarns that will make for memorable adventures.

check out the squall project page on ravelry to see examples knit by our 2011 club members; some of them are made up in alternate yarns, so you can imagine how your own squall might look in another colorway or yarn base.

we are heading to albany on thursday to visit my mom. i’ll be posting again sometime over the weekend; i know i am overdue for a knitting update. i’m hoping to have plenty of knitting time over the following days to start a new secret project and also play around with our breakfast blend yarn—we need to get some samples knit up. we’re also going to try to shoot some photos while up north and on monday, i’ll be posting the newest pattern release, strömming, for you to enjoy as we make our way home.

i didn’t say this was a vacation or a break, did i??

while we’re away, erica will keep everyone on edge trying to get sneak peeks at our new bare naked wools, while kim and kat will hold court in our rockin’ ravelry clubhouses (right now, members are madly running back and forth between our FIFC clubhouse and our BNK clubhouse—too fun!)

12 Responses to “squall”

  1. josiekitten says:

    I love the photos – the backdrop of the ocean mirroring the colours in your beautiful shawl. Kim looks lovely too! I can’t believe how quickly the clubbing year has gone! Here’s to many more years of knitting together, exploring yarns. Have a good trip with your Mum. Safe travels.

  2. Josée says:

    I loved this project and wear it often. Thanks for another great knit.

  3. autumnsky says:

    I was one of those that cast on immediately, with Miss Babs Yet since I was pattern only then. This was such an interesting and satisfying shawl to knit! One of those that you just couldn’t put down. I made the larger version, but have seriously thought about making a smaller one to use as a scarf.

  4. Hattie says:

    Another project I absolutely loved, I had the perfect handspun for it, and love how it came out! And Kim looks so pretty in the photos!

  5. Lara says:

    I really enjoyed knitting this and love wearing it even more. It’s so light and feminine, just right for keeping the chill off my shoulders.

  6. Jo Morgan says:

    i want the pattern for the scarf that makes me look like Kate Middleton! Ha! The shawl is beautiful and the ocean photos have me longing for the sea.

  7. Elizabeth says:

    This was one of my favorites from FIFC 2011. I cast on immediately after receiving the pattern, and couldn’t wait to finisht it.

    It is one of six patterns (tee-hee) that I can’t wait to knit again….as soon as I finish up on FIFC 2012.

  8. DebbyMc says:

    Oh! So glad to see this, it reminds me I need to BLOCK my Squall! I loved this pattern and the yarn was absolutely scrumptious! Kim3 is lookin’ mighty fine along our beautiful oceanfront, too! That girl can sure rock it =-) Thanks for another fun year, Anne!

  9. Emily says:

    This is just the perfect combination of yarn and pattern! To the point where I want one in the same colourway! Kim shows it off so well too.

  10. Norfolkknitter says:

    I’m wearing mine today – it’s such a beautiful pattern and on my list for a repeat performance! What a year! :-)

  11. scienceknitster says:

    ACKKKK!!!! I haven’t knit my Squall yet! It’s sooooo pretty! I can’t believe a whole year has gone by since it came out in the FiFC club.

  12. GM123 says:

    Trophy skein!! Hahaha! I am SO relieved to know that I am not the only person with one of these! The elusive hank of yarn that doesn’t get knit up, because the properly stupendous pattern hasn’t been sighted yet! And it’s a lovely pattern, too!