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Frog Tree Alpaca closeouts + Ombré inspiration

Our latest closeouts from Frog Tree Alpaca have us thinking OMBRÉ!

Frog Tree Alpaca Worsted

We have Frog Tree’s Alpaca Worsted at 35% off in an array of gorgeous, heathered, perfectly matched neutrals. They compliment each other so well that it’s hard to imagine using any one singly! This yarn is single-ply with great drape and a nice, soft alpaca halo.

We turned to Ravelry for some ombré design inspiration. From sweaters to blankets to shawls and cowls, this trend is unstoppable.

Ombre Design Inspiration

Clockwise from top left:

This yarn has been discontinued, so this is your last chance to scoop up some super-soft, Fair Trade alpaca at a bargain price.

What I did with my Kathmandu Aran

I love Kathmandu Aran and may have a substantial stash of this unusually soft tweed.

A while back I needed a project for two skeins and I found the I Heart Pompoms hat by Karen Borrel on Ravelry (no financial affiliation with Little Knits).  This is an easy and fun hat pattern that works with a wide range of yarns – easy to adjust – and Kathmandu Aran worked great with it; the slouch perfect without being too droopy and the hat warm without being hot.  So I made a pink Pompom hat for myself.

Kathmandu Aran Hat in Pink   Kathmandu Aran Hat in Pink

Last week my friend Rebecca saw the hat, liked it, and when I said I could make one for her she made happy sounds so of course I had to knit one for her.  It has been a while since someone has actually been happy and excited to receive a knitted item from me (if you have kids who run hot you too may know what I mean).  I cast Rebecca’s hat on last Tuesday with Kathmandu Aran Color #180 and Sunday evening, after a total of 3-4 hours of – slow – knitting, the hat was done!

Kathmandu Aran Hat in Red

The only change I made in the pattern was the i-cord that bunches up the back.  Instead of a knitted i-cord I crocheted a narrow ribbon like piece.  I don’t know why but i-cord takes me a long time to make and can become challenging – probably only for me – as it falls off of my needles.   The look is slightly different than an i-cord but the functionality is the same and the effort of making the cord is much less of a struggle for me with a crochet hook.

Rebecca picked her hat up today and it made me happy to see her smile.   And I think she looks super cute in it.   When the recipient is this happy it makes the knitter want to cast on another hat…I just might have to do that right after I publish this post.

Kathmandu Aran Hat in Red                     Kathmandu Aran Hat in Red

Ahh Malabrigo!

Ahh, Malabrigo, my favorite of all yarn lines. Today’s offering from Little Knits 12 days of Little Sales is Malabrigo Rios. My favorite yarn from my favorite manufacturer!

It’s going to be really hard for me to pass up an opportunity to get the lovely Rios at 20% off, but I might be helped by the fact that I snuck up to Little Knits sans toddler a weekend or two ago and snagged three skeins of Aguas.

Malabrigo Rios - Aguas

Rios is a fantastic yarn. It’s a worsted weight (4.5-5.5 stitches to an inch on U.S. size 6-8 needles), superwash, 100% merino wool. It is uber soft, squishy and cosy, and comes in many of Malabrigo’s always beautiful colors.

I’ve used Rios for a variety of projects, and it has held up well in all of them.

This hat (yes, another Thorpe, I know, I’m obsessed!) was knit over a year ago, and has held up amazingly well. Being worn all winter (which can drag on until June here in Seattle), and stuffed into a diaper bag along with toys and snacks and all associated detritus when not being worn, hardly affected it. When it got cold again this fall, I chose Rios again to knit up a new one, since he had grown out of this one.

Rios is fantastic for items worn against the skin. These Dashing mitts get a lot of wear and still look lovely!

If you’re looking for an uber soft worsted weight wool, Rios is unbeatable, and the fact that it’s superwash is icing on the (yarn) cake!

Madelinetosh Vintage

Madelinetosh Vintage is well stocked and on sale in the shop right now, so we thought it was time for a post highlighting this beautiful yarn. Vintage is 100% superwash wool, on the heavy end of worsted weight. It’s meant to be a high quality workhorse yarn, versatile enough for small accessories and outerwear alike, but still bouncy and soft to the touch.

I’ve personally used Vintage in a number of projects.  I originally bought a large number of skeins, thinking I would make the Kerrera Hoodie.  This pattern is beautiful, and has been knit in vintage by a number of Ravelers with beautiful results.

The Commuter Fingerless Mittens were a perfect use for my Vintage in Tart. The simple stockinette and cable really allow the yarn to shine, and the pattern is free!

The Lucy Hat featured in the new Knitscene magazine is another great project for Vintage.

This two tone hat is super stylish, with an asymmetrical brim formed using short rows; it would look beautiful in Robin’s Egg and Warm Mushroom:

Madeline Tosh Vintage - Robin's Egg

  Madeline Tosh Vintage - Warm Mushroom

Whatever patterns you decide on, Vintage is a great choice for projects that call for beautiful, saturated colors, and hard wear!