Back in October, Allison took off for sunnier shores in the form of Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay. While Rio was gorgeous, Iguazu falls a spectacular natural phenomenon, and dancers tangoed in the streets of Buenos Aires – the yarn highlight was Uruguay. Allison had what some would consider a Yarn Fantasy, she visited Malabrigo HQ. Now there’s a holiday slide show I know you’ll appreciate!
Here she is with Malabrigo owners, Carla, Tobias and Antonio. Do you see all those hanks?
Allison taught a class on knitting in the round.
This photo. I think the look on her face says it all. Looking at a beautiful pile of Malabrigo like that, I don’t know how Allison restrained the urge to dive right into it. Hand Painted Merino Heaven!
When I would work in the store, I loved seeing the wonderful hats, scarves and sweaters that our customers would create and if I had helped pick out the yarn, I had the extra thrill of feeling like a knitting midwife. Here are some of the amazing things that people have made and made a return trip for a little show and tell.
Lynn with her beautiful Malabrigo sweater coat, from Knitters Magazine, Winter ’06.
Charlotte with her lovely smile and her lovely diagonal Malabrigo Scarf.
Toni mixing it up with her stunning Premier scarf.
Frederico’s fine monkey from the Toys to Knit book, using Encore Worsted.
Nora with her mom Janice, modeling a sweet flower hat from the Itty Bitty Hats book.
Please join us for an evening with Sabrina Gschwandtner, editor of the zine KnitKnit and author of KnitKnit: Profiles and Projects from Knitting’s New Wave, a book that explores the fascinating intersection and melding of craft and art, function and decoration, and the personal with the political.
Wednesday, December 12th
Smooshy, from Dream in Color Handpainted Yarns, is a superwash, sock weight yarn with an incredibly soft hand. It is spun from Australian Merino wool, but the pleasure is more than onomatapaeic knitting.
Take out your Art History books, because what Dream in Color does for hand painted yarns, is very similar to what the Impressionists were trying to achieve in painting. Think of the quality of light in a Monet, the dappled lilly pond in Giverny. The yarn is veil dyed, a multi-step process that produces a delicate play of colors. What this means for you, the knitter, is that the beauty of the color on the skein, translates effortlessly to your knitted item. No more technicolor camouflage, the pooling that can sometimes appear in hand painted yarn. Instead, what-you-see-is-what-you-get!
Here is one of our frequent customers Karolee, with a beautiful February Baby Sweater, from Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Knitter’s Almanac, using the color Petal Shower.
We also carry Dream in Color’s worsted wight yarn, Classy and their chunky weight yarn, called, what else? Fatty.
Here it is November, with Thanksgiving just around the corner, making an early appearance this year, and it hardly feels like Fall. To get into the season, I have the Forest Canopy Shawl on my needles .
The yarn is Enchanté, a cultivated silk from Kaalund Yarns, in Silky Oak. This Australian company has a stunning array of colors, that knits up in beautiful, subtle tones. Here is a close up of the color Forest Floor.
And even if the leaves aren’t falling yet, we have helped the season along with some of the knitted variety. Here are a few that have graced our window, knit by the lovely Miss Charlotte, in patterns from Nicky Epstein’s Knitted Embellishmets.