We seem to be moving towards sweaters.  We are seeing them all over the marketplace and knitters are excited.  Certainly as the weather turns, we are thinking of warm, cozy and cover.  Last month we finished three new sweaters which are now displayed in our shop.  Weekender Light, by Andrea Mowry, shows off our Rosario Sport yarn.  Thanks Julia!  Fran finished Beagle by Norah Gaughan and writes about it below.  Big Love, by Anke Strick, was my contribution with our 50/50 Blend combined with Mohair Lace.  Oh La La!   It has been awhile since we have had new sweaters on display.  Along with our other sweater offerings, there is something for everyone.

October started with a bang as we celebrated our 6th anniversary with a sale.  It was a good month in the shop with lots of visitors, many who we haven't seen for several years.  Our top selling yarns last month were Merino DK, Rosario Sport and Sahara Silk.  You can find more information on the
Our Yarns page on our website.  I always find the statistics interesting and they help me plan as we move onward (and forward!).

The leaves have almost all fallen with our storm earlier this week.  What a beautiful Autumn!  We live in a spectacular place.  As we start to think of the holidays, we want to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.  Stay safe, warm and let the creativity flow!  We hope to see you soon.

Best wishes,
Skagit Herald Christmas Fund Hat Drive

It is time again for the annual hat drive in support of our community.  We will be collecting hats from now until December 8th. 

Hats for all ages and sizes will be accepted and washable yarns are appreciated.
Fresh and new, fun and easy...
The Crazy 8's Scarf

by Fran Jepperson

This scarf was inspired by our friends who are newer to knitting and would like to try a simple lace project.  This pattern is an eight row repeat and is easy enough to avoid frustration but with just the right amount of challenge and appeal to feed developing passions. With just one skein of beautiful hand-dyed yarn it is great item to give as a gift...finished or as a kit!

Our kit includes one skein of Winter Silk (70% Baby Alpaca | 30% Tussah Silk.  100g = 276 yards) and the pattern.  $29.50. 
Click here to order yours.
On My Needles
with Fran Jepperson

This is a homage to alpaca and wool yarn blends.  I have had the good fortune to knit my last two projects with Fidalgo Artisan Yarn’s 50/50 Blend which is half wool and half fine alpaca, one of my favorite yarns, and absolutely my favorite sweater yarn.  I just finished a classic gansey sweater, Beagle by Norah Gaughan, using 50/50 Blend and the gauge was spot on!  The stitch definition and drape were perfect for this design.  I wore it outside for our “Front Porch” gathering in late October and didn’t need an extra layer even in our blustery October weather.  Alpaca adds a surprising amount of warmth and softness when blended with wool.

I also recently put the finishing touches on a new hat pattern, the Cornet Bay Cap, using our 50/50 Blend.  I am pleased with the feel, the stretch and warmth of the doubled ribbed cap.  I am sensitive to some wools, but this blend of alpaca and wool is soft and comfortable next to my skin.  And, the icing on the cake is that my current sweater is also being knit with 50/50 blend.  We have been searching for a good fisherman style sweater with lots of cables and texture and have settled on Curdach by Carol Feller. I hope to be finished by month end.

Shuttling Along
In the Weaving Studio

From Janet: The moment our Harrisville Shetland cones arrived in the shop my brain started dancing. The colors! The possibilities! Can I handle the fiber and do it justice? Let the warping begin!  A warm winter wrap is planned.  I narrowed the choices for the warp down to seven or eight colors. Thankfully, Lori and Fran helped me narrow it down to a more subtle three - warm mustardy yellow, rusty orange and deep brown.  The weft will be a simple two color tabby (unless I change my mind!). As I’m dressing the loom, colors keep shifting in my mind’s eye, so many options! I’m sure there will be a surprise along the way. After all, I have 72 inches to play with and with these lovely colors I can’t go wrong.

From Fran: I recently finished my Shetland wool scarf (yarn was actually purchased on Shetland years ago), and I have learned so much with this project.  This yarn is a little more likely to stick to itself and is a little more fragile than others I have worked with. During weaving, I needed to tension the other half of a warp yarn that broke at the start of the warping process and with my beginner skill set, I got it too tight.  You can probably guess what happened next….a broken warp yarn and this time next to where I was weaving.  It provided the opportunity to learn how to fix a broken warp yarn and carry on from there.  I am now warping the loom to begin another Frida Poncho as a sample for the shop.  This time I will be using our Sahara Silk which is 65% fine silk and 35% baby camel.  Every fiber and yarn has its own unique characteristics and thus, a unique opportunities to learn.  What could be better?

Lori: I finally finished knitting my sweater using Harrisville Highland and other yarns.  Now I am weaving skirt fabric with the Harrisville Shetland in the charcoal color to be worn with the sweater.  The warp is sett at 12 epi and the weft contains two picks of the Shetland in each shed.  I wove a sample (thanks Anita!) and tried different combinations until coming up with my preferred fabric.

We've had a fun time discussing yarns, projects and dreams as we become more familiar and gain experience with our looms and our new weaving customers and friends.
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