I’m straying from the garden path today in order to show you some of the sights from a Stitches Midwest expo my sister and I attended yesterday. It was all about yarn, mainly wool yarn, though we saw yarn made from bison down, camel fur, and more. The yarn shown above is typical of the luscious yarn colors we saw, and comes from Crystal Palace Yarns. (If you go to their Facebook page, they offer free patterns.) My sister and I are yarn junkies–there’s no other way I can describe it–and we walked down the aisles getting punch drunk on the gorgeous colors.
I’ll be dreaming about this silk mohair yarn from Capistrano Fiber Arts.
The style of the hour is the little shawlette–a lacy wisp of color to throw over the shoulder when a tiny finger of cold threatens. Shawlettes were everywhere, and I can see why. They are a smaller project than an entire sweater, and offer an opportunity to try a little bit of lace knitting. Also, gauge is not such a factor–if the shawlette is a little bit larger or smaller than intended, it’s not usually a problem.
I loved the ombre effect in this little shawl. The pattern is called “Plumaria Frill” and the designer is Michelle Blohm. I liked it so well I purchased the pattern. Must start knitting soon!
I also purchased a kit for this shawl, which is light and soft as a feather. The pattern and wool was from the Ewetopia Fiber Shop.
I bought this pattern, as well. It looks a little prim and proper here, but they had it made up, and it was a soft, lacy cloud,
From Twisted Fiber Art.
Many of the yarns were almost iridescent, but not in a garish way.
From Kangaroo Dyer.
For shawlette patterns, Google “shawlette patterns,” or go to Ravelry.com. They have some beautiful patterns, including a shawlette inspired by dandelions alled “Dandelion Shawl,” by Kavita Sleight. I was not able to get a photo for you, but I love the idea of a dandelion shawlette. You need to create an account and log in to Ravelry, but many patterns are free. Another good source for patterns is KnittingPatternCentral.com.
Here is my sister with a little scarf knit from–guess what–75% wool and 25% stainless steel! It had a peculiar, but interesting, starched quality. Hope this post has got you to thinking about all things wool and knitting, Namaste. Fran