There are things I forgot to show you! I think I even teased you with a mention here and there, but I never got to the goods. Fortunately, we still have these books and magazines at the shop, and they are still pretty fabulous. Here we go.
Interweave Knits Weekend Knits 2011. (This is another one of those special issues that you'll have to hit the shop to see, since it's not part of a subscription package.) There are several projects in this issue that caught my attention.
|Gansey Leg Warmers in Road to China Light|
|Elm Street Socks|
|Kilronan Mittens in Terra|
|Braided Slipper Socks in Cascade 128 Superwash|
|Norquin Beret in Canopy Fingering|
In addition to the pretty projects, there are a few nice articles, too. This one provides instructions for tying and wearing scarves, if you need help with that sort of thing.
Another article delves into the world of handwashing. Great reference for you and great information to pass on to recipients of your handknit masterpieces.
The Best of Interweave Crochet and Knitted Lace: collections to add to your own library or to give as gifts.
Here are a few snippets from the crochet collection.
|Alpine Frost Scarf|
|Stone Path Hat|
And the lace collection. (A few of these aren't listed on the Ravelry page for the book, but I promise they are in there.)
|Fountain Pen Shawl|
|Slanting Plaid Stole|
|Apres Surf Hoodie|
|Bettie's Lace Stockings|
Finally, Knit and Spin! Great for spinners of all levels, and, really, knitters of all levels, too. The magazine is full of designs for handspun yarn, but ready-spun yarn will work, too. It's broken up into categories, which helps if you are working with a limited amount of yarn.
|Stuff for the hands, including the Fleece Lined Mittens from the cover|
|Hats! Love the Camel and Polwarth Hat|
|The luxury of handspun, handknit socks...Annukka|
|Pretty scarf choices, including the Undulating Scarf|
|Oh my, a Handspun Bunny Sweater|
There is some great information in here about wool and yarn in general. I have not yet allowed myself to consider spinning, but I know one of us at the shop has...stop by and ask Adrienne to show you her pretty handspun.
I am linking to the Ravelry pages for these projects, because the links are much more reliable and detailed than Interweave's links. Do you all use Ravelry? Anyone interested in a little primer? Just say the word, and I'll get to work. Perhaps we could pool our collective knowledge and share tips and tricks.
In the meantime, stroll on down to the shop, enjoy some well-deserved air conditioning, and thumb through some of our books and magazines. See you soon!