Knitting goodies have been arriving at a steady pace this week…
For Mother’s Day, my darling sissy gave me Last-Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson, who is the owner of the famed Purl boutique in downtown Manhattan. Last Friday morning, I finally got to curl up on the couch with a cup of coffee and read through the book from cover to cover.
Joelle starts the book with a section on Exploring Color – she goes over everything from the color wheel to color relativity, complementary and related colors, and understanding chroma and color values. It’s a good place to start if you are ready to break out of a ‘neutral’ rut!
She includes a Basics chapter, which covers the different types of fibers, how to care for them, and how to substitute yarn, followed by chapters on tools, how to knit from a pattern and finishing.
The projects are broken down into chapters as well, all according to how long each takes to make. They include:
- less-than-two-hour gifts
- two-to-four hour gifts
- four-to-six hour gifts
- six-to-eight hour gifts
- more-than-eight-hour gifts
Some queue-worthy projects worth noting:
She ends the book with a section on wrapping hand-knit gifts, as well as listing a few special knitting techniques for projects in the book. Overall, this is a lovely book filled with useful basics (blankets and scarves) and a few novelties (such as gusseted floor cushions). I think I’ll start a ‘less-than-two-hour’ project and see if I can complete it in the allotted time!
Also arriving this week was some delicious new yarn:
These gorgeous skeins came courtesy of my former English professor, Judy, who resides in upstate New York. We share a love of strong women characters in classic literature as well as all things fiber. She spun some beautiful Ashland Bay roving, manipulating the colors using a technique called drafting (which I am definitely going to have to research)… The color is called ‘grenada’ and it’s a heathery composition of shades including navy, grapey-violet, olive green, mallard blue, and a few warm flecks of umber. I am thinking of turning these beauties into a cable knit hat and scarf for the fall.
My fantastic mother-in-law* Nancy sent over five skeins of Lion Suede Yarn in the color Canyon. It is a burnt-orange/reddish color that instantly reminds me of autumn, when the leaves on the trees are lushly colored. This will make a nice, cozy wrap for those chilly fall evenings out on the deck.
*(now, I know the words ‘fantastic’ and ‘mother-in-law’ aren’t usually used together, but she really is fantastic – seriously, Jaime and I both hit the mother-in-law JACKPOT).
Also tucked in with the yarn were two vintage knitting patterns from the Lion Brand Yarn Company. They belonged to her mother, and I am proud to add them to my collection.
The first was for a child’s sweater, knit with Sportelle yarn, which was apparently “washable and moth-proof”:
The second sheet has two patterns on it:
The ‘Casual Blouse with Buttoned Yokes’…
and ‘The Spencer Jacket and Skirt’…
I could imagine my grandmother looking so chic in both of these back in the day…Sizing for both the blouse, jacket and skirt start at size 12- apparently, 12 is the old 4!
Happy knitting… ~Jenny