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Friday, July 9, 2010

St-Denis Trunk Show

The St-Denis trunk show has finally arrived!
If you are familiar with this yarn and the designs, you will really enjoy admiring these beautiful garments. If not, this might be your chance to discover a new favorite.
Veronik Avery’s new line of yarn debuted last fall with Nordique, a lovely pure wool sport weight yarn. As she mentions in her notes in the St-Denis Magazine Premier Issue, this is a “knitterly” yarn with a great color range. She likens it to a painter’s palette, and it is truly versatile and inspiring. In addition, the yarn is manufactured in the United States.

The designs in the magazines use Nordique at different gauges depending on the project. It’s knit loosely for cables and lace, doubled up for a cozy hoodie, and right on gauge for a variety of designs.

We currently have the St-Denis Magazine Issue 2 Nordique patterns. The Agathe Pullover has a flattering wide neckline and lovely waist shaping.
The Trellis Cardigan uses only five balls of Nordique, and the textured panels along the sides add interesting detail.

We have socks, a sweet baby blanket, an argyle vest and more (Click the photos to go to the Ravelry pages for these designs.).
The St-Denis Magazine Issue 2 also includes designs using Boreale, a fingering weight cousin from the St-Denis line that we will carry in the fall.

Unfortunately, the items from the Premiere Issue are no longer traveling with the trunk show, but here are a few of my favorites, all knit with Nordique.

In addition to the designs, both issues of the St-Denis Magazine include designer notes and suggestions, full-color photography and charts, and descriptions of special techniques.

Stop by the (air-conditioned) shop to truly appreciate the beauties from Issue 2 while we have them. The pieces are well-designed by some of the most popular designers, and the yarn is satisfying and wooly. What’s not to love?

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