Back To School

The days are still hot and summery, however you already can feel the breath of Fall in the morning air. Getting ready to leave for work you might need a light jacket to make up for the lack of warmth until the sun catches up.

I don’t know about you but our family is in the midst of preparations of going back to school – all the supplies are bought and marked with her name (very important, as you might now), and my daughter is very excited to start first grade next Thursday.

Just before the summer is truly over and we go back to the regular schedule – with classes starting up at Espace Tricot soon also, watch out for the new program to arrive soon! – I have a plethora of information for you. This time around not put together by myself, rather a link to a very useful website.

The Craft Yarn Council’s website offers such a multitude of guidelines and standards relating to the needlearts that you are most proabably going to need more than one day to get through all of them. The information about yarn weights is also available in French.

Standards are very useful to unite knitters all over the world – it is good to know that the symbol you see in a pattern chart written in English means exactly the same as the one you found in the German knitting magazine, don’t you think?

Happy Knitting, as ever!

- Mona

On the needles…

drachenschwanzOur Fall order of Mille Colori Baby arrived recently and I immediately stashed a few balls to knit up Drachenschwanz by Solwey Hauptmann – a fun and easy shawl pattern that lends itself so well to long-line colour changing yarns.  In fact, it was florentine’s version on Ravelry that gave me the idea (see photo below).  This fingering weight yarn is soft enough for babies but also lovely for anything from accessories to garments.  100% Merino Superwash Wool, 50g/190m, Machine Wash Cold, Dry Flat, Made in Italy 

We currently have 16 gorgeous colourways of Mille Colori Baby in stock! Which colour has your name on it?

lang_mille_colori(Photo: ameria)

Drachenschwanz promises to be a quick knit so stay tuned for Espace Tricot project photos…

- Melissa

drachenschwanz2(Photo: florentine)


New in store: Staccato from Shibui

shibui_staccato1 We’re thrilled with the recent addition of Staccato to our steadily growing inventory of Shibui yarns – it joins Silk Cloud, Linen, and Pebble on our shelves! A luscious blend of merino and silk, fingering weight Staccato knits up into drapey fabrics with a subtle sheen. An array of bright, hip colors makes this yarn a great choice for stunning fine-gauge projects, eye-catching colorwork, and truly luxurious socks.

70% superwash merino, 30% silk, 191 yds / 175 m, fingering weight / 50 g skein

A few project ideas plucked from Ravelry below:

Raiun by Kirsten Johnstone

(Photo: Tamara Erbacher)

shibui_staccato8Sand and Sea Shawlette by Alana Dakos

(Photo: dbshade)

shibui_staccato9Geometry | Hypotenuse by Olga Buraya-Kefelian

(Photo: Shibui Knits)

shibui_staccato2Mix No. 3 by Kristin Ford

(Photo: Shibui Knits)

shibui_staccato6Laverne by Olga Buraya-Kefelian

(Photo: olgajazzy)

shibui_staccato5Astray by Melanie Berg

(Photo: amirisu)

shibui_staccato3Array by Melanie Berg

(Photo: ponguette)

shibui_staccato4Rhea Silvia by Sara Morris

(Photo: Rose City Knits)

shibui_staccato7 – Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Wellengang Short Row Scarf


free_wellengang1An elegant scarf with gorgeous texture knit with just one skein of fingering weight yarn!  The Wellengang by Sybil R. just popped up on Ravelry and I’ve been drawn to it despite not being a fan of the look of dropped/elongated stitches. In this simple 8-row repeat pattern, however, garter stitch, short rows, and elongated stitches combine to create interest in a unique and sophisticated way.  There are so many beautiful options for this accessory – here are just a few ideas: Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light or Pashmina, Tanis Fiber Arts Cosmic Blue Label, Purple Label, or Red Label, SweetGeorgia Yarns CashLuxe Fine, Merino Silk Fine, Tough Love Sock, or Shibui Staccato. A great transitional scarf to take you from cool summer evenings into Fall.

- Melissa


New store sample: Shibui Mix No. 34


I fell in love with Shibui’s Mix No. 34 by Susan Lawrence the moment I laid eyes on the sample at a trade show last May. This stunning, fully reversible cowl was a pleasure to knit – luxury yarns combined with an interesting and easily memorized pattern. The 36″ circumference only allows it to be worn as a single loop but the simple addition of a shawl stick creates a closer fit for added warmth outdoors. Shibui Staccato and Silk Cloud held together create a soft, billowy fabric with lovely drape and a shimmering haze. A beautiful and unique addition to your winter accessory wardrobe!

Click here for additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

- Melissa



Baby Yoda


yoda2The perfect gift for a dear friend’s baby whose husband is a long-time Star Wars fan. The Seamless Baby & Toddler Wrap by Suzie Fry was simple and quick and coordinates well with the Born, I am Hat by Christina Drummond. Needless to say, the sweater itself makes a great easy-wear, easy-care garment for little ones all on its own. Both pieces knit with Spud & Chloe Sweater in Chocolate Milk and Grass.

May the force always be with baby Kolya :-)

Click here and here to view sweater and hat details on our Ravelry project pages.

- Melissa


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