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What’s New and FO’s – April 2010

April 10, 2010
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It’s been a busy few weeks, and there has actually been a lot of ‘finishing’ which is a major departure for me, I generally do a lot of ‘starting’…. a common problem I think, especially after our last stitch’n’bitch in which many folks shared their similar experience of starting lots of projects and not always finishing.

Citron Shawl

Well to break the trend here we go!  I absolutely loved the simple-yet-stunning Citron Shawl from Knitty.com Winter 2009 issue.  I knit up a version of it in Unwind Yarns Merlot Fingering Yarn. A great locally dyed yarn from Shannon Whelan who was promoting all her great stuff at this years Fibre’s West in Abbotsford.  I have yet to block the shawl, but that is my plan for tomorrow!  It was a super quick shawllette and I think it will be a good addition to this spring’s wardrobe!

I decided it was time to cast on the adorable Fiona’s Top and make a cute little dress for my niece Mabel. I wanted to try out

Fiona's Top

the new MILK fiber by Viking of Norway that has been in the store for a few weeks. Yes, that’s right Milk Fiber – while its not a vegan yarn, it is a great, soft alternative to animal based fiber.  There has been lots of comments, speculation, questions etc about this yarn so let me see if I can answer any of the questions.

– No it won’t fall apart if you get it wet.

– Yes it does sorta make your fingers feel strange – almost as if you are knitting with lotion on (but I  kinda liked it)

– It is made from Milk, a derivative of Milk actually (Casein)

Check out the finished product – it’s super cute!

Finally, a few finished products with the BRAND NEW Sweet Georgia yarn that just arrived in the store these past few weeks!  I decided to knit up the Ballard Slouch Hat a great little pattern designed by Felicia Lo (owner of Sweet Georgia) and a great easy project and gift.  I knit it up in the Merino Silk Aran and it looks fantastic.  Also, Kirsten (one of our regulars) knit up an amazing version of the Swallowtail Shawl for a charity event. She knit it up in the Cashsilk Lace – a great cashmere/silk blend lace yarn. I wish I would’ve taken a better picture of Kirsten showing off her shawl!

Ballard Slouch Hat

Kirsten's Swallowtail Shawl

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