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On Tuesday we mentioned how much delight we get from seeing your finished objects. Well, you can imagine our glee when one of our customers came into the shop with a bag full of these beauties. We thought you’d like to see them too, so we begged her for pictures to show you.

Above, you can see her Life Cycle Baby Blanket. By now it’s been sent off to fulfil its purpose, keeping a tiny person all snug, so we were lucky to get to see it. The knitting is beautiful, and the combination of Malabrigo Sock in Ochre and Laura Nelkin‘s pattern is perfect – what an heirloom to keep generations of babies cozy.

Next to appear was a Clarus Shawl, in Coolree Yarns Merino/Silk fingering (the colour’s Ocean Green). It’s another Laura Nelkin pattern, too.

And finally, we got to admire Catherine’s first lace shawl, Skywalker, and what a début it is.

By now, you won’t be surprised that Laura Nelkin designed this too – that’s some recommendation for her work! This is also made in Coolree Yarns Merino/Silk, in This Is Knit’s exclusive Inkwell colourway.

Catherine, thank you so much for letting us feature your gorgeous lace. It’s a real treat, and we can’t wait to see what you make next!

Here’s a spectacular finished object, knitted by Jaclyn Allen, a good friend of This Is Knit. It’s from Boo Knits’ gorgeous Wintersweet pattern, which comes as no surprise: stunning lace, lots of beading!

This example is made from Juniper Moon Findley laceweight, and the colour is Hyacinth. At a generous 730 metres a ball, there’s more than enough to knit Wintersweet, which takes just 550.

Our very favourite thing is seeing the yarn comes back to visit when it’s become your projects. Thank you, Jaclyn!

We’ve been talking a lot about pompoms recently, and one question keeps coming up: what’s the best way of attaching one securely to a hat? Well, we had an intriguing suggestion tweeted at us recently, so we resolved to try it out.

It’s very simple, and that picture shows it in practice. Instead of just sewing the pompom to the hat fabric, sew it to a button on the wrong side of the hat. The button, nestling into the top of the hat, distributes the pulling of the pompom and makes it much less likely to come loose. You’ll find our tutorial on sewing on buttons at this link.

So yes, it works!

Together

In the last month or so, there’s been a delightful surge in impromptu Knit-Alongs. Through twitter or facebook, or from this blog, people get inspired and before you know it, there’s starting together and working through and gleeful sharing of finished objects all over the place.

We’ve seen the Epistropheid phenomenon, and there’s still a lot of Il Grande Favoritos in progress, and now there’s another one. Started by Carol Feller on her blog, here’s another pair, both cardigans. A lot of people are casting on Talamh, but there’s also a whole lovely set of Ravis. You see, Ravi is one of our very favourite things…

…not only the adult version, but also Ravi Junior, the clever, stylish and frankly faster child’s version:


Image © Eimear Earley (deimne on Ravelry); used with permission.

And here’s Jen’s sunshiny yellow version, with the best buttons ever!

Over on Ravelry, there’s pages and pages of practical support from Carol, as well as other knitters, on the February 2015 Mini KAL thread. So why not leap into the fun?

You know those patterns that make you want to drop everything and cast on? Well, this is one of those, so we did. There’s currently five of these gorgeous jumpers either finished or in progress among our staff, and we reckon there’s going to be a lot more.

It’s called Il Grande Favorito, and it’s the softest, comfiest thing you can imagine. It’s fast and easy, knitted from the top down with a touch of short row shaping on the back. The garter stitch front contrasts so elegantly with the plain stocking stitch back and sleeves.

It’s designed for sportweight, so Lisa hit on the excellent plan of combining Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino (dozens of colours, from dramatic to pastel) with a toning shade of Fyberspates Cumulus, holding a strand of each together all the way through. As you can see, the result is a fabric that’s both substantial and hazy:

No surprise, then, that this has become our favourite thing, and we wouldn’t be at all surprised if it became one of ours too!

Theere’s something about that weather outside that’s calling for quick knits in comforting fibres. We’ve got just the yarn, and it’s called Herriot Great! It’s from Juniper Moon Farm and it’s 120 metres of the cosiest, softest baby alpaca you can imagine.

The sample hat we have on show at the moment is called, simply, the Herriot Hat, and it takes just a single skein. As you can see, it’s a fast knit with a clever smocked brim, and the pattern is free on Ravelry. It’s a quick weekend project, and the result is so warm and smart. And just look at the colour range!

Yes, that’s another fun fur pompom. It’s great, too!

With storms and snow still the order of the day, it’s perfect weather for showing off warm and cosy woollen things, and here’s one of the best, shown here by our newest knitwear model. This adorable little jumper is called Anders. It’s knitted seamlessly from the top down and it’s sized from three months to two years.

It’s got a buttoned placket so it’s easy to get on and off small wriggling people, and the colourwork is easy as pie. It’s designed for sportweight, so Lisa chose Malabrigo Rastita. A slightly felted single, it’s wonderfully warm, and just look at the colours!

And as you can see, Anders is the very best thing to wear if you’re going exploring at this time of year.

It’s early days, but 2015 is looking like a Big Year for colourwork! It all started with Kate Davies’ adorable Epistropheid. There’s been a wee outbreak of them among our customers, and we’re jumping on that bandwagon with glee! Stranded colourwork is easy, fun to work and, best of all right now, so warm!

Epistropheid is very fast to work, and it’s such a good introduction to stranded colourwork. It’s designed for DK, and some of our first-time colourworkers have had it started and finished within thirty six hours!

Another splendid choice for your first stranded colourwork is the Easy Ombre Slouch, which was one of our most popular gift kits over Christmas.

There’s plenty of resources online to help you with stranded colourwork too, and a very good place to start is Stranded, the stranded colourwork group on Ravelry.

If you’re looking for a group to embark on colourwork with, then we hear that the Brooks Hotel knitting group is starting a colourwork Knit-Along this coming Thursday. You can work any colourwork pattern you like, but several people are starting the amazing Sanquhar Cowl. There’s details here.

And if you fancy learning colourwork in one of our classes, the next one is coming up on the 28th of February, and you can nab your place at this link.

As we write, it’s proper January weather out there: high wind, grey skies and rain. But we’ve got the antidote to all of that grimness. We’ve got bright pink silk lace, the combination of very special new yarn and a lovely pattern!

This is Heaven Scent, a stunning crescent shawl by Boo Knits. It’s got a simple stocking stitch basis before the stunning lace border. And as with all of her patterns, it’s extremely clearly written. If you’re looking for something that’s straightforward to knit and very impressive indeed, this is it.

The beading is optional, but Jacqui couldn’t resist (she used about 220 beads). Isn’t the result spectacular?

And the yarn? The yarn is Townhouse Yarns newest offering, Pembroke Silk! It’s simply beautiful to touch, to knit with and to wear, and it comes in the brightest lustrous colours!

It’s fingering weight, and a skein is a generous 400 metres long. Townhouse Yarns is our inhouse hand-dyed offering, so we’re very happy to introduce you to Pembroke.

See? The day seems brighter already!

This beautiful cardigan is one of the most admired garments in the shop, so we thought we’d share it with you all. It’s called Laar and it’s a design by the incredibly talented Gudrun Johnston.

Jacqui knitted it in Fyberspates Scrumptious Lace: gorgeous saturated colours, excellent yardage. She made the fourth size from less an a single skein, and found it generously sized (in fact, she says she’s thinking of making another and going down a size).

Laar is knittd from the bottom up, starting with a sweet little picot cast on. The body is worked in one piece and the sleeves are picked up and worked downwards, so there’s no sewing up to do at all. The lace on the bodice is a very simple repeat, though it looks much more intricate.

This is a project to take your time over and enjoy, so it would be perfect for holiday knitting (in front of the fire with a mince pie or two would be ideal). If you’re looking for fast gift knitting, though, we’ve got the very thing. Laar is accessorized above with Louisa Harding’s Vera, the simplest fur collar possible.

This little gem takes just one ball of Luzia, and you can make it in an evening. You’ll find the pattern, along with fifteen others, in the Luzia pattern book. As an emergency party accessory, or as a last minute gift, it’s perfect! And just look at those fun colours!

Finally, have you entered our Bake Knit Sew competition? We’re taking entries until midnight tonight! Just leave a comment over on that post, telling us what you’d like to knit and to bake from the book, and you’re in! The lucky winner will be announced on Friday, so stay tuned!

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