Nana's Knitting Shop

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

I'm in Halo Heaven!

Dad and all of the skiers made it to France just fine, but all of their luggage was missing for a few days. I've since learned that Dad packed his vest in his carry on so he was the hit of dinner the first night as planned! Lots of oooohs and ahhhhs!

And, now that the Christmas knitting is over, I've been like a kid in a candy shop trying new yarns I haven't had the time to play with up until now.

Fresco is Fabulous!

Pam Allen, Creative Director for Classic Elite Yarns, calls Fresco a "Bohus style" yarn. Bohus, for those of you that are unfamiliar:

"The Bohus Stickning organization came into existence in Sweden in the 1930's during a time of financial hardship for many people. A group of women from Bohuslän, married to unemployed quarry workers sought out the Governor's wife in Gothenburg to find a means of helping support their struggling families. And so this organization was born out of need and for 30 years it created wondrous and beautiful hand knitted garments while helping the women who knitted them support their families financially." (Susanna Hansson, One of Susanna's)

Fresco is an uber soft blend of 60% wool, 30% baby alpaca, and 10% angora. The angora gives this sport weight yarn a heavenly halo and it is perfect for colorwork.

I'm making these darling leg warmers for a class that begins on Thursday, February 18. This is a great introduction to Fair Isle for the intermediate knitter. Working on double points (or we could do Magic Loop), you'll learn how to change colors for stripes as well as how to do jogless stripes 1. You'll also learn how to knit Fair Isle (two-handed) and how to read a color chart.

We're holding another class using this yarn on Tuesday, February 9 - the Lace Cowl class. In this beginner class, you'll learn how to read a pattern and chart, how to knit in the round, how to block and all of the stitches that make up the lace pattern. Isn't it pretty?

Here are some other pattern ideas for this wonderful yarn.

Jared Flood's Beaumont Tam from Made in Brooklyn. This book is in stock.

Veronik Avery's Fair Isle Vest from Classic Elite's Sunday Afternoon which is in stock.

Another beautiful cowl is Laura Patterson's Basket Whip from Classic Elite's Web Letter. This pattern was one of Ravelry's top ten for quite a while!

Well, Looky Who's Back!

And looking just as smarmy as he did before he left. I haven't gotten all of the details yet, but it seems he was whisked off to Texas of all places! He's been mumbling something about being appointed an honorary Sheriff for some act of heroism, but he's being very tight-lipped about the details.

Hey, Mister Ben, I love the badge and the hat and the hand knit bandana is to die for! (Thank goodness they didn't give him a gun.)

Tune in next week for another of my favorite yarns!

1When knitting stripes in the round, because you are actually knitting in a spiral, the second round of the same color jogs up slightly at the beginning of the round causing the stripe at the join to not line up exactly.


Anonymous The Ding said...

I agree with you about the Fresco. I'm knitting with it now and it is to die for.

7:40 PM  

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