Whew! It has been a bit warm outside these past few weeks. A couple of ways to stay cool are to find a nice, air-conditioned spot to sit and knit during the day or you can bring your knitting outside in the early evening when the wind starts to pick up just before sunset. My guess is that you would not be surprised to find out that I do both. (Sitting outside in the evening, with my knitting and often a glass of wine is my absolute favorite!)
If you are a summer knitter, or thinking about becoming one, I wanted to highlight customer favorite projects from our current trunk shows this past month.
Rowan Trunk Show:
As a Rowan Flagship store, I’ve had access this past month to a beautiful trunk show from Rowan. Samples in the trunk show include wraps, ponchos, summer tees and sweaters. The clear customer favorite among all these pieces is Kaya by Marie Wallin. This short sleeve cardigan features deep ribs and an all over lace patterning. It is worked flat from the bottom up in Rowan's Softyak DK.
Softyak DK is a season-transcending blend of cotton, yak, and nylon. Its chainette construction makes it light for a cotton yarn. The yarn is available in colors ranging from muted tones to rich jewel shades.
Another project that has been very popular is Fishbone Pullover by Martin Storey. This unisex hooded pullover is worked flat in pieces with the color -work motif worked from a chart. It is a fun and challenging project best suited for a brave intermediate or advanced knitter. Martin Storey designed Fishbone for Denim Revive a DK weight yarn made from recycled denim fibers that is milled and dyed in Italy.
Woolfolk Trunk Show:
The other trunk show we are currently hosting is from Woolfolk. The pieces in the show are from Woolfolk's Stra collections. Stra means straw in Danish and the yarn Woolfolk created is a delicate combination of rustic and warmth with natural variation. Stra is a DK weight blend of linen and Woolfolk’s Ovis 21 Ultimate merino which is a perfect transition yarn for late summer into early fall.
The first piece that captured a lot of attention is STROM by the Woolfolk Design Team. STROM is worked in the round and from the top down.
LEDIG by Josee Paquin is also worked in the round from the top down. LEDIG features a cable-work pattern worked on the front and back. Stitches at the collar are picked up to create the turtleneck.
The Woolfolk Design Team designed GLIDE to be reversible if you use the Russian join. This elegant tee is knit from the top down.
And finally, the showstopper pattern in the Woolfolk trunk show, SAFT is a tunic that is the go everywhere piece. Dress it up or dress it down, SAFT is perfect for almost any occasion. It is from the Woolfolk Design Team and is knit flat using the Brioche stitch.
Summer Sock Knitting:
Socks are always a wonderful summer knitting project. My two favorite patterns for new sock knitters are Rye and Rye Light from Tin Can Knits because of the sock knitting tutorial that is included in the patterns.
We recently received a new shipment of Knitted Wit Sock – National Park Series yarn. This fingering weight 80% Superwash wool and 20% nylon is hand-dyed in Oregon. It is the perfect yarn for sock knitters to bring on vacations to National Parks or to knit afterward reminiscing on their spectacular experiences. Some of the colorways (National Parks) are shown below.
Do you need a quick refresher on how to do a Slip Slip Knit (SSK) or a Left-Slanting Make 1 (M1L)? Do you want someone to look over your project every now and then to see how you are progressing, or even some structured time to complete a project that has been on your needles for much too long? Our new help sessions may be exactly what you are looking for. Our next help session will be Tuesday, August 8th from 9:30-11am and will cost $15. This is a great opportunity to ask the 5 minute (or less) question. Please email or call us to reserve your spot.
If you need more in-depth help, such as learning to knit or needing us to read through an entire multi-page pattern, you will want to take advantage of private lessons that are now being taught at the store. Classes are $20 per half hour and $35 for a full hour. Please ask us for more information and to schedule a time for you to meet with one of our instructors.
Summer Morning Knitting and Crocheting:
Wednesday mornings at 10am.
Knitters and crocheters of all levels are welcome at our Wednesday morning sit and knits. There is no charge, but we request that you use yarn purchased from Wasatch and Wool Yarns.
We love when visitors drop by for our knitting get togethers. If you are working on a project from home, let us help you find a souvenir that you can bring back from your trip to Park City.
Note: Summer Morning Knitting and Crocheting will replace Knit Nights this summer.
Closed Sunday and Monday.
Tuesday - 11am to 5pm.
Wednesday- 11am to 5pm.
Thursday - 11am to 5pm
Friday - 11am to 5pm.
Saturday - 11am to 5pm.