Thank goodness Christmas is over! Back to some relaxing, feel good knitting without a deadline. If you’re looking for something super special and decadent, check out Madelinetosh Silk Lace.
Madelinetosh Silk Lace comes in an ample 1000 yard skein, so one skein could make a luxurious shawl or scarf, and two skeins could make a sweater. It is 100% Tussah silk that shows off the brilliant Tosh colorways in the best way possible. Silk Lace has a great hand and drape, and would be perfect for any lace project! Here are a few of the patterns I’ve been thinking about:
The Citron Shawl is a Knitty.com classic. Update it with the Tosh Silk Lace! If you’d like to keep with the citrus theme try Chamomile or Ginger.
I have made two Whispy Cardigans. It is a wonderful, extremely wearable, simple knit! Smaller sizes could use one skein, and larger two for an elegant, versatile cardigan. This pattern looks equally great with jeans or with a cute dress.
The Rock Island Shawl is one of Jerod Flood’s most popular pattern for good reason! One of our staff knit it, and I drool everytime she wears it. I can’t wait to make one! It would be lovely in bright Nikko Blue or classic Oxblood.
If you’re looking for something a bit more modern with an edgy streak, try the Rill Scarf. I absolutely adore the raw edge look and subtle lace.
Of course, if you’d like to simply show off this beautiful yarn any sort of stockinette or garter project would be gorgeous. Check out the ever-loved Color Affection or Clapotis for more inspiration!
I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday Season and Happy New Year! Until next time,
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.
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!
Mirasol Hap’i (now on sale at Little Knits!), is made from Peruvian Tanguis cotton, which is reputed to be one of the finest fibers in the world. Hap’i comes in 100 gram hanks of 132 yards each. Gauge is 4.5 stitches to the inch on US size 8 (5mm) needles. Mirasol yarns are special because they support local communities in Peru. A portion of every purchase of Mirasol yarns goes directly to the funding of a centre in the remote area of Munani in the region of Puno, supporting shepherds and their families continuing Peru’s rich and ancient textile traditions.
This yarn seems like it would be perfect for baby or child sweaters, as garments made with it are said to “breathe”. Hap’i is the suggested yarn for Harvey, which I would totally knit in Spring Green for my little guy!
Hap’i would also be perfect for knitting the Confection Baby Shrug, which I think would be really fun for Spring (it’s not too early to think about Spring knitting, right?) in this bright yellow!
If you’re looking for a non baby project, Ripley would look adorable in Hap’i, maybe in this turquoise!
Whatever you use it for, you can’t beat the price right now, 65-72% off!
Now that Thanksgiving is over (here in the states that is), it’s time to get really focused on holiday knitting! Hanukkah is coming up first, December 8th through the 16th this year, and Christmas is close on its heels.
On my list this year are a number of hand knits:
- Cashmere ribbed hats for my father-in-law and brother-in-law. I’ve knit these for them the past couple years because they work outside and are hard on their hats. They’re really happy to receive them, and an appreciative recipient always makes this knitter happy.
- Worsted weight socks for my husband. I knit him a pair years ago and he really liked how warm and cozy they were as house socks. I figured it’s time for a new pair.
- Small shawls for my mom, sister, stepmom, and mother-in-law. I’ve been knitting these throughout the year, building up my gift stash. The most recently finished was Marin, knit in Madelinetosh Pashmina from Little Knits!
- Monster bookends from Rebecca Danger’s new book for my little guy’s room. I’ll actually be filling these guys with sand and using them as doorstops, since his door won’t stay open without one!
So, the only immediate family members I don’t have gift ideas for yet are my niece (11), nephew (13), brother in law (surfer dude), and dad (hardest person in the world to shop for). Any ideas for me? Anything you’re knitting or crocheting for holiday gifts? Any yarn shopping to do in preparation? I’d love to hear about it!
Noro Kochoran is up on the Little Knits site at over 50% off! Kochoran is 50% Wool, 30% Angora & 20% Silk, which makes it luxuriously soft and fluffy. It also gets softer and softer with continued wear. Kochoran will shed somewhat, which is common to yarns with angora content, but the softness makes up for the shedding!
Kochoran has almost 3,000 projects on Ravelry, a testament to this beautiful yarn and it’s usefulness. A few that I liked especially are listed below!
The Wabi-Sabi Scarf/Shawl/Throw is a cosy and beautiful wrap designed specially for Kochoran. It is a free pattern that is designed to show off the color changing nature of Noro yarns.
If you’re looking for a gift knit, the Baby Surprise Jacket would look stunning in Kochoran. And just imagine wrapping a baby up in all that angora softness!
I’ve knit Toast a number of times, and think they’d be especially lovely in Kochoran. They could be done with just one skein, and the color changes would really stand out.
Whatever you knit with it, Kochoran is a beautiful yarn, and at Little Knit’s price, it’s hard to pass up!