02/24/2014 by phyllis
That's as good a way as any to describe this winter's weather! One day 18 degrees, the next 50. One day snow, the next sunshine. March has always been a mercurial month and it will be even more so this year, or so we hear. Knitty City has worked to keep you covered, literally, by riding the divide between the seasons with yarns that will enable you to transition smoothly from the coldest days to the more temperate ones.
Yarns & Patterns @ Knitty City
It's all about layering in our northeastern climes. To that end, we have some lightweight wools and wool blends tthat are the perfect answer to that age-old question: 'How do I dress for this weird weather?'
Take a look at this beautiful pattern Lisa Myers designed in Manos's Fino, a lightweight merino. Worked on a size US6 needle, it uses only 2 skeins and done in coordinating colors, it makes a beautiful counter-point to a sweater or light spring jacket.
Both pattern (Churros) and yarn are in stock at the store
Here's another solution and one that will bring out the best in your knitting skills. Designed by Hiroko Fugatsu and knit in Madeline Tosh Light Merino, it requires only 2-3 skeins, depending on size.
This lightweight knit jacket is knit in one piece and you know what that means - no seams to sew. It's also longer in the back than the front, a flattering silhouette for a variety of people.
Pattern "Hitofude" available on Ravelry
More New Yarns @ Knitty City
Plumette by Prism
Plumette has all of the incredible silky softness of its big sister yarn, Plume, with a cropped length of fur that makes you think of sheared mink or panné velvet. Pretty jewel toned colors are a great way to bring out the color in your eyes or highlight your skin tone. Think cowl, scarf, jacket trim - just let yourself go and this yarn will meet you more than half-way.
When next in the store, be sure to check out the new Rowan Pure Linen that just hit our shelves, as well as some of the other spring-like new yarns that Pearl has stocked. Misti Alpaca's Pima Silk is a gorgeous blend of pima cotton and lustrous silk. The silk adds just a touch of sheen to this yarn and the hand painted colors are gently beautiful. This yarn is also an ideal pick for spring baby projects. Another new entry from Lang is Seraina, which is a fiber filled knit tube-like yarn that yields a unique color effect. The beautiful color sequences result in striking geometric patterns.
In last week's newsletter, we wrote about our Shibui Multi Grain Scarf kits, which contain 4 skeins of Shibui Pebble, 2 of Silk Cloud and 2 of Cima. The blending of these different yarns and fibers creates a texture that is as interesting as it is striking. We now have the kit available in Rust as well as the dark blue color-way and black/charcoal version.
Complete kit in stock at Knitty City
New Goodies in the Store
Anne Kuolukito has designed some rather terrific new labels. You work hard, for heaven's sake, why not sign your work with good intentions and care instructions? You can do both with one of these:
Next time you find yourself checking out, take a look at some of the other fun stuff we have at the counter, including the funny and oh-so-true Anne Taintor magnets that seem to get snapped up as soon as they come in.
Coming Events @ Knitty City
We're still firming up our March schedule (more will be revealed in our next newsletter), but we think you should know what is coming. Both of these events will be popular so we suggest you write it down today!
Kristina McGowan, Designer - Thursday, March 6, from 6-8 PM,
Modern Top-Down Knitting & More Modern Top-Down Knitting
Kristina McGowan will be appearing at the store as part of our Young Designer's Series. She will be discussing her techniques and showing many of her original knit samples. Kristina enjoys teaching and sharing her techniques, so you're sure to learn a lot!
Sunday, March 16, 1:00 PM - Meet Dyah Dyanite (a.k.a. dy-dy)
We think you may want to get to know this fascinating self-taught fiber artist from Indonesia. Her fascination with cats changed her focus on the knitting path. She makes them in all forms - even scarf adaptations. Here is one of her creations - catching a little nap.
Don't forget: All Shachenmayr Yarns are 10% off for the rest of February. If you wish to learn about March's Yarn of the Month, you'll have to come vist us or subscribe to our newsletter.
In the meantime, stay warm and keep knitting!