Thursday, September 29, 2011

Caped Crusader

I love the look of a cape, but they can be impractical.  This fall, they are all the rage.  I especially like how they have sleeves or armholes.  The September 2011 edition of InStyle suggest wearing them with skinny pants and boots.  I'm SO there!

There are several in the latest Rowan Magazine 50.

Hawthorne by Marie Wallin using Rowan Felted Tweed Aran

True by Lisa Richardson using Rowan Kid Classic

Warmth by Erika Knight using Rowan Kid Classic

The one that I'm itching to cast-on.....

#8 Poncho from Bergere de France Creations 11/12
using Magic+

Thursday, September 8, 2011

2011 Fall Trends - Part 2

The September 2011 issue of Marie Claire had a article about how retro-style ski sweaters are "the thing" this fall. Although fair isle sweaters are too hot to wear down here the the Houston swamps, I really like the look.

There are TONS of fair isle patterns out there, but I picked just a few. These are not for the beginner knitter, but they are so beautiful.

From Rowan Magazine #50

From The Fall 2011 issue of Vogue Knitting

If you are looking for something less labor intensive try this cowl from Classic Elite.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Fall Trends part 1

I have started restocking the shelves at Yarntopia, and I see a trend emerging - bulky knits. I'm thrilled because there is nothing like knitting a sweater in a weekend. Bulky yarns make that dream a reality.

First on my radar is a new sweater by Twinkle. She is one of a small number of runway designers that actually publishes her designs to the hand knitter. I wish more would! I saw this last fall in the pages of Marie Claire, and knew I had to have it.

Twinkle is using her new yarn, Baby Chunky, which is an fabulous yarn. Not quite as bulky as her Soft Chunky.

Can't wait to cast-on! We have the pattern available at the store if anyone is interested in a knit-a-long.

Happy knitting!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

New Yarn Line

We just picked up a new yarn line at Yarntopia that I'm absolutely crazy about. It is different from all of the usual suspects. Check it out here.

I'm thinking this is going to be my first spring knit of 2011!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Great Article

One of my yarn reps posted a link to this on Facebook. Great read.

Click here.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Modern Top-Down Knits

I haven't fallen in love with a knitting book in quite some time. I suppose it is due to the fact that I'm surrounded by patterns day in and day out. (Poor me, right?)

Kristina McGowan, the author, is a student of Barbara Walker's method of seamless knitting. She has put together a wonderful collection of stylish and wearable knits. Here are a few of my favorites:

Saturday, October 30, 2010