Here’s the next installment of fall colorways. These are inspired by cardinals in snow. These yarns along with other nature and autumn inspired yarns will be available at the fall fiber festivals: Shenandoah Valley Fiber Fest, Fall Fiber Festival at Montpelier and Rhinebeck. Come and grab a skein or two for lovely socks, shawls, hats and mitts!
These coneflowers are right outside my studio. They are abundant right now and full of butterflies, bees and other flying beauties.
Nightshift is another one of Andrea Mowry’s innovative shawls. It is worked with a XXX stitch that leaves floats of contrasting colors. It is a triangular shawl that has icord edging for a really stable edge. Our Synergy yarn is perfect for this shawl. It is a DK weight merino yarn that has a tweedy handspun look. Within each skein there are subtle color changes. For the shawl you can choose anywhere from 4-8 skeins. The shawl calls for 7 different colors, but everyone’s aesthetic and knitting style is different. I’m happy to help you pick out great colors to work with. Here is a photo of a customer’s shawl that she made with Synergy.
Here are some of the awesome colors available. To pick your own, join our email list to hear about when we will be in your area at a fiber show.
Last fall, Tanis stopped by my booth and picked up some of my Cormo farm yarn in 2 colors: Agate and Granite. She designed this modern graphic cowl. It is stunning visually and next to the skin soft. You can use Trasna or LiViLy yarn for this cowl. Here are some other colors you might use to make this cowl. Grab a set in the online store.
It is totally OK to change up a published pattern. Really? Yes! I wanted to make the Waiting for Rain shawl, but I wanted to use my worsted weight LiViLy yarn. It is so soft and squishy and has wonderful stitch definition. It is made from the wool of my Cormo sheep. So even though the pattern by Sylvia McFadden calls for fingering weight, I increased my needle size to match the yarn size and got started. The result is that this shawl is really large. I can wrap myself up in it. It is perfect for sitting by the campfire on a beachy weekend, when the nights are starting to get chilly. Another great aspect of increasing the size is that the knitting was quicker. We have kits available here in our online store.
If you don’t want an extra large, blanket type shawl, you can make this shawl with our Corrie Sock yarn and follow the instructions as written in the pattern. We have kits for the fingering weight yarn as well.
When I first started spinning, I found some cheap wool that I could practice on as I worked to perfect making a nice yarn. I was new. I was teaching myself. I struggled…oh boy, did I struggle. I couldn’t draft it. I made lumpy, bumpy yarn that fell apart or pulled apart at inopportune times. There were times that I just couldn’t get it started. But I continued nonetheless. I did learn how to spin. But the more important lesson was this. Use the good stuff! The good stuff will be easier to spin. It will be more fun to spin as you go from color to color that you actually picked out. You will want to spin more and then you will become a better spinner.
The same is true for knitting. As many of you know, I’m a relatively new knitter and when I, again, was teaching myself to knit. I went to a big box store and bought cheap yarn. I didn’t want to waste the good stuff. Instead the garment I made was all wrong. And so it was time and money wasted.
So just like your nice china and crystal, get out your nice stuff whether it is spinning fiber or knitting fiber. And work with it. You will be happy that you did.
If you need some “good stuff” to replace the “cheap stuff”, you can find beautiful yarn and roving in my web store here.
What are you planning to knit for the fall? Socks? A shawl? A sweater? These yarns are fingering weight yarn that is perfect for all of those garments. And the colors are just so autumnal. These yarns will be available at the following fall shows: Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival, Montpelier Fall Fiber Festival and Rhinebeck Fiber Festival. Want to know when these will be added to our online shop? Click here to get our email blasts that will alert you to shop updates.
I have to admit, I didn’t knit this myself. Yes, I have some wonderful trusted knitters who knit garments for me that are way above my skill level. And also they are so much faster! Since I am the slowest knitter in the world. This shawl, called The Joker and The Thief is designed by Melanie Berg. She designed it for a gradient and I decided to use full skeins of Zephyrette so ours is a ABCBA pattern. What I mean is that we progressed through the colors and then went backwards through them again. Our shawl is made with Zephyrette. Have you used it before? It is a delicious blend of baby alpaca, silk and cashmere. It is super soft but has the structure of the silk so that it doesn’t stretch out.
You can never have enough bags, right? And this one is great for keeping your current sweater project all together. I’ve been collecting buttons from my favorite friends and this bag is a way to show them off. The cute green sheep is from Dancing Leaf Farm and the purple castle is from Avalon Springs Farm and of course there is one from the Fiber Art Studio Tour. You can grab an FGF pin here.