Well then, this is going to be something rather special, isn’t it?

scallopedI’m not sure what it says about me, but I find scalloped edges on knitting almost unbearably entertaining.  The only thing that reassures me is that I’ve heard from quite a few of you that you like them, too!

And mix in a scalloped edge and some Devon by Black Bunny Fibers, and you’re pretty much going to have magic.  I can’t really be expected to resist.

Lycaena virgaureae Knit Along

I’ll be having knit alongs for each of the pattern pairs in The Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet, Volume II.  This month we’re starting the two patterns inspired by the Lycaena virgaureae print (you can click on the print to see it bigger, it really is quite lovely).

That’s these delicate orange socks.

And this delicious orange shawl.

If you’d like to join in, swing on by the ravelry thread and get knitting.  This is pretty laid back for a knit along (too many rules make my head hurt).  The general idea is cast on any time now…knit…post a picture showing your finished project by the end of August (each installment of the KAL runs for two months, so you’ve got plenty of time).  And, if you want to chat (pick yarns, ask questions, show off progress pics, whatever), I’d love it.  We’re a friendly bunch!

We’ll be doing a new installment of the knit along every month (and each one will run for two months), and we’ll work our way through the book in order.  The knit along for the Vanessa antiopa patterns is still going strong, and you’re welcome to join that still.

As each pair of patterns comes up for the knit along, the individual patterns will become available to purchase (so if you love one of the patterns but don’t want the whole book, there’s a way for you to get it).  Look for these two patterns later this week.  I hope you’ll join us!

Book Yarn, Part II

Next up, Black Bunny Fibers.

Now I believe my position on the whole orange issue has been well established.  Namely ‘yes please’ and ‘let’s do that again.’  So I don’t think anyone will be surprised to see colors like this in the next book.

On the right we’ve got BFL Luxe Blend in Hedgehog’s Nose (love this title, I used to have a hedgehog and it’s spot on).  This is a 70% blue-faced leicester, 20% silk, 10% cashmere yarn, and it is tremendously lovely.  Now I’ll be honest, it’s a hair on the thin side for how I like to knit socks.  But remember, I’m a self-professed fat sock yarn addict and my opinions on proper sock yarn weight are not to be trusted.  Now I know there are plenty of folks out there who don’t share my fondness for the chubbier sock yarns, and this is right up their alley.  All you skinny sock folks should go turn it into socks at once.

On the left, we’ve got Devon in Orange Marmalade.  It’s a 70% merino, 20% baby alpaca, 10% silk mix, and I’ve never seen anything quite like it.  It has 8 tiny plies.  These are paired off into 4 groups of 2, and those groups of 2 then twirled around to make the finished yarn.  The result is round and plump and somehow just downright magic.  It comes in giant (600 yard) skeins and deserves to be made into something great.  I only hope I’ve done it justice!