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Friday, December 3, 2010

Ysolda Teauge and Stephen West

I've been waiting for these new books. Ysolda Teauge is a very popular designer right now. Her collections, Whimsical Little Knits 1 and 2, contain shawls, mitts, berets, caps, booties, dolls, and critters, all with her signature style. We have a few of her patterns as individuals, too, including the Snapdragon flip-tops, Ishbel, and Damson. Stephen West designs accessories with unique and thoughtful details. I think his shawls are unlike anything out there right now. Westknits Book 1 has many shawls, scarves, slouchy hats, and beanies. I love the way the increases on Pogona are shaped to hug your shoulders. Ever since seeing this one on Ravelry, I have been wanting to knit it up in a pure silk. (Louisa Harding Mulberry would be really beautiful for this.)
We also have several of his individual patterns: Herbivore, Clockwork, Botanic Hat, and Daybreak. His shawl patterns really show off variegated yarns, so if you love sock yarn but not sock knitting, perhaps a lovely new shawl is in order.
We also have a fresh batch of needles, and we are expecting more soon. Our ball winder is back, too, so bring your yarn in if you'd like to have it wound. Stay tuned for more updates on our new goodies!

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