We now return you to your regularly scheduled blogging.
Many apologies for the blog silence over the past week. A nasty stomach bug had its evil way with me, and I couldn't make it to the shop or even sit up at the computer. Thank goodness for the fabulous Amanda who kept things running at TKE!
I have since recovered and even spent all day yesterday at the shop. It felt like such a wonderful homecoming - almost like a party. The knitters were talking, laughing, teasing and even knitting.
A very special visitor stopped by to say hello. Meet Samuel, Emily's adorable baby boy. This was the first of hopefully many visits the little man will make to TKE. He was the perfect addition to our Saturday. And can you believe he slept the entire time?! You need to understand that we are not exactly a quiet group. And yet he slept the perfect little baby sleep. I think it was the presence of all that yarn and knitting that relaxed him.
We had a few knits to be shared. First up is Susan's Baby Alpaca Chunky vest. She actually wore this a week ago, so I'm a little late in posting. Doesn't it look beautiful? One of the things I adore about alpaca is the way it drapes. It creates the most lovely lines and turns a basic vest into an elegant wardrobe piece.
I haven't been the only one fighting the nasty germies. Unfortunately, Susan has been fighting an awful cold. On the bright side, it meant lots of time at home knitting. Check out what she made in what I think was just 2 weeks:
This gorgeous sweater is for her very lucky husband. She used Cascade 220.
Adrienne made the most adorable little baby bib for a friend's new little one.
I love the way the cable turns into the strap, and the seed stitch in the main portion will be excellent for wiping off sticky baby faces.
Jen shared some sparkley handspun yarn. Isn't purty?
All in all, yesterday was a wonderful day and a bit of a whirlwind. While trying to get caught up on the things I missed, we had a happy flood of knitters throughout the day. There's just something about November and the approach of Thanksgiving that inspires us to get a great project going. Some of my favorite pieces have been knit over Thanksgiving week.
Of course, I also got caught up in the new project fever. While researching a cowl pattern for someone, I noticed the 5th Avenue Infinity Scarf and HAD TO HAVE ONE.
I'm sure you've seen these infinity scarves. They seem to be the must have accessory of the season and are on the runways, in all the fashion mags, and draped around the necks of celebs. We knitters are a bit ahead of the game and started in with cowls last year, turning towards our own infinity scarves - the moebius, - and now are designing elegant versions of the pricey runway scarves. This particular pattern isn't a moebius (although you could easily make it one), but is a 6 ft long circular scarf that you wind around your neck multiple times to create a stylish, no fuss, cowl. I love the basic lace of this easy 4 row pattern. Every other row is simply knit, so it makes a great mindless knit.
Now, the pattern calls for a worsted weight and I initially thought of using Malabrigo. Mmmmm... yummy Malabrigo wrapped around my neck. But... then I saw the new Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool that we just got in.
I couldn't resist the new plum. Even though the Silky Wool is a dk and the pattern calls for worsted, it isn't a problem. Remember, it's a scarf! I am using a smaller needle and made sure to get gauge. Because of the lighter yarn, my scarf will have more drape. I noticed that at least one knitter on Ravelry is using a laceweight. Think of it as a magic pattern. Decide what kind of fabric you want, then pick the yarn! You'll need about 600yds - 3 skeins of Silky Wool - and of course the pattern which is free on Raverly or on the designer's website.