Spring is here and one of my favorite times each year-especially this year. It feels hopeful in a way that I have all longed for. Our community is slowly getting vaccinated, the political issues have eased and it feels like we are waking up to a new day.
I am delighted to announce that Fran Jepperson is back! It has been a year since we've had her in the shop and we have looked forward to this for months.
At this time, I am working Monday-Thursday; Emily is working Friday and Saturday; and Fran is working on Sunday. Please remember we still have pandemic protocols in place including required masks; a limit of 4 customers in the shop at one time; and social distancing. As a reminder, shop hours are Monday-Saturday 10am-3pm and Sunday 11am-3pm. We have a great supply of all of our luxury hand-dyed yarns on the floor and a growing supply of coned yarns for knitters, crocheters and weavers. 40 colors of Harrisville Shetland...only 24 more colors until we have the entire palette!
It has been fairly quiet at the shop this past month and we have had lots of inquiries about classes, private lessons and groups. Rest assured, we are as eager as you are! The classes and groups will have to wait a bit longer but we are able to provide private one-on-one lessons, out of doors, to those who have been fully vaccinated. If you are interested, please call us to make an appointment with Fran.
We hope you will stop by to say hello, buy a skein or two and show us what you have been working on. We look forward to seeing you soon.
Evensong Beaded Lace Shawl -Designed by Anna Victoria
Sweet songs of birds weaving through Springtime twilight… until the last rays of sun have faded in the East… Evensong.
This crescent-shape lace shawl is an eye-catcher. Gently falling from the shoulders, it is graceful, drapes beautifully and is warm. Offered in a beaded or un-beaded version, Evensong is suitable for advanced beginners and more skilled knitters comfortable with knitting from charts.
Our kit includes one cake of our specially dyed Rosario Sport (100% superwash merino, 185 grams = approximately 630 yards), the pattern and our pattern notes. The kit cost is $77 with TOHO beads and $65 without beads. There are three colorways to choose from.
I am absolutely delighted every time I pick up my needles these days. I am in the middle of my first fine-gauge-stranded-colorwork-cardigan. Since last summer, I have knit five samples to get a feel for this type of knitting, how the colors blend, and to improve my technique.
I love a good challenge and this one fits that description.
For the design, I looked at 17th and 18th century lace charts, cross-stitch patterns, and knitting charts...I quickly discovered I wanted a graphic with curves. I came across a Russian designer on Pintrest and borrowed, changed and painstakingly graphed the design. I would happily give him or her credit but I don't read Russian. The yarn had to be our Halo, 50% wool and 50% fine alpaca, and I wanted a subtle color-changing radiant for the background and graphic foreground.
I am using new knitting techniques and that may well be the most challenging aspect of this project. I generally don't knit in the round, have never steeked, and am learning how to reverse knit that I can shape the armholes from the front side. At first, I described this technique as feeling like throwing a boomerang. Interestingly, my tension is much smoother when I knit with this method rather than color work with purl stitches.
I am almost half done with this project and am enjoying every stitch. I am hoping to have a lovely new sweater by early summer if all goes well.
Are you a Raveler?
If so, come join our Fidalgo Artisan Yarn Lovers group!
The group is growing as the shop continues to grow...we appreciate your support and showing us your wonderful projects!