Newsletter 381

by Jeremy Lehmann

Originally Published January 4, 2016

Joji Locatelli Cowl 

This Week's Inspiration!

The 3 Color Cashmere Cowl from designer Joji Locatelli isn't a new pattern -- it was actually released a year ago this week -- but we finally got around to making a sample, and the timing couldn't be more perfect.  With the rush of holiday knitting finally over, we think you should just go ahead and make something for yourself. This is a lovely little pattern to while away the hours; there are no complex stitches - it's just a matter of assembling some stripes, textures and lace in any combination that suits you.

Rather than a budget-busting cashmere version, we chose to knit our sample in Alpaca 2 from Isager. Alpaca 2 is a sumptuous blend of alpaca and merino lambswool that's naturally dyed in a wide range of colors (we've featured just a few); this yarn is perfect for any item worn close to sensitive skin.


Tumbler Ridge Hat 

More Inspiration!

So sometimes we have winding mishaps...and when we do, we turn that mishap into a new shop sample!  Before this beautiful blue yarn became a hat, it was a gnarled, tangled mess, but after a bit of time mastering our patience skills while re-winding it, we decided to knit it up into the Tumbler Ridge Hat.  A fun, funky slouchy hat with attitude, this easy toque is a great way to showcase one skein of variegated worsted weight yarn. We used Sweet Georgia Superwash Worsted, a machine-washable heavy worsted weight yarn, suitable for just about everything from hard-wearing sweaters to quick-knit accessories.


Felted Bag

Two More Classes Added to Winter 2016 Class Schedule!

Felted Bag with Kelley (above).  Learn simple color-work knitting...or not!  Do you see those adorable sheep peeking around from behind the corner of the bag in front?  Opt to make a solid bag or one that features color-work. Experience required: prior knowledge of casting on, knit stitch, purl stitch and binding off are required.

Haekelbeutal All-Purpose Tote with Kelley (below).  Join Kelley for a little hooking while you whip up 16 granny squares, then join them to make this all-purpose graphic bag, perfect for toting veggies at the farmer's market or more yarn to add to your stash. 
Experience required:Crocheters should already know how to work chain stitches, single crochets, and double crochets for this intermediate-level class.



A Note from Christina, Organizer of Threads of Kindness:

Hello everyone...I'd like to invite you to join a group that is very near to my heart as I know it is for many of you.  We are working to provide hospice patients in middle Tennessee with a blanket or shawl for a little comfort at a time when they may most need it and preemie blankets and hats to many of the Nashville's Neo-Natal units.  If you think this giving opportunity may be right for you, please reach out to us.  We are fortunate to have generous yarn donations from Haus of Yarn helping us along our way and would love to share our stash with you.  
Threads of Kindness