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Archive for December, 2011

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Yes, here–Wool Two, the second volume in our series from Cecily and Melissa. We’ve been proofing, proofing–crossing i’s and t’s and checking numbers. And now, we’re ready to launch. Five new patterns–and all the sweaters knitted from the neck down. We love them–so good for winter knitting/wearing.

So, starting from the top, a preview. Sophia, a gem of a cardi–no buttons, just a curl-on-your-neck collar/border with reversible cables–in Osprey/Storm.

And below, Gladys, the perfect toque in drapey Chickadee/Lichen.

Madigan (below) is a lovely short-sleeved cowl-neck pullover worked in round yoke style in Lark/Cypress.

And Eva, another short-sleeve piece (as Cecily points out, coats slide on easily over short sleeves) to stay warm in. It’s worked in a Lark heather with Apricot accents (below).

And, finally, Irina’s drapey cowl-neck gets interest from a garter slip-stitch pattern, but the body of the sweater is simple stockinette–soft and drapey in Chickadee/Peacock.

Quick. Go find your needles.

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

And one of them is Wool Two. An second collaboration between design team Cecily MacDonald and Melissa LaBarre and Quince & Co. Coming soon–this week, we hope.

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

Pleased to announce our first crochet pattern, Pauline. A pretty little hat in a simple crochet stitch designed by Rebecca Velasquez. The hat band is picked up and knitted down. It’s worked in Chickadee, color Lupine. Find it on our pattern page under the heading ‘crochet.’

More crochet a-coming.

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Okay–Carrie’s computer is working again. And this is why I was so eager to get the e-letter out to you yesterday. I LOVE this piece. Can you see in this photo the welt-rib panel that follows the curve of the sweater? Maybe you have to squint. But believe me, it’s worth it.

And perhaps it’s hard to see from the photo above how beautifully Olga is worked. The details are exquisite. For example, note the purl-column ‘seam’ (below).

And the armhole shaping…

And the perfect (knit-from-the-top-down) sleeve cap.

If you decide to make this beauty, I suggest you get some graph paper. The lovely hour-glass panel of welt ribs on front and back is shaped in one sequence, the waist shaping on another. You can, of course, use separate row counters, but I have a tendency to forget them. A chart that I follow row by row is the thing for me. A chart, plus post-its, and I’m all set.

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

One of those weeks. Perhaps you noticed? Website down for a little much-needed upgrading. And, alas, no e-letter due to computer orneriness. Yesterday morning, Carrie went to the computer bright and early to send out the current e-letter and pattern, only to encounter an unbudgeable black screen. After attempts to coax it to life, she took the computer in for a fix, only to have it purr to life as soon as the technician plugged it in.

At any rate, the machine is having a check up. And with any luck, we’ll be sending out an e-letter tomorrow. So sorry for the delay.

But, meantime, for a little distraction, how do you like this version of last week’s Dolan Beret. It was intended to be the same as Leah’s original. What better way to tech edit something than to re-knit it from the pattern? But I wasn’t paying enough attention to the instructions. Leah has you work the final decreases on every round. I, however, worked them every other round. So–just so you know–if you want a floppier Dolan, at the crown work plain rounds between the decrease ones.