FO: Grey Rabbit

Grey Rabbit

I swear I am making gifts for people but when this rabbit fur was back in stock at Atelier I had to "Stop the PRESSES" and make one for myself. 

Rabbit Fur Cowl

One ball of the rabbit and one ball of cashmerino aran (it's in there, trust me!!) = amazing. I am now obsessed with making a hat, a muff, maybe even a vest. It's rabbit hysteria!

I know you want some, so give a call to Atelier SF 415 771 1550 and tell Linda to put you on the list for the next shipment. Tell her Margaux said so. 😉 Because if you can believe after being in stock for only a week, this grey is already sold out! (Purple, red-black, black and green are there!)

Back to knitting reality – I cannot believe it's only 6 days until Christmas.  How are you holding up? Should we all plan a late night Christmas Eve knit-a-thon?? I am game to burn the midnight oil and pour a few bottles of vino to get it done. I am dedicated like that.

FO: Rabbit Fur Cowl

Rabbit Fur Cowl

I am the first to admit I was wrong. When Atelier got a shipment of this rabbit fur yarn my initial reaction was, "Seriously? I just got this in my trick bag for halloween!" I swore up and down that I would never be caught dead knitting with it. Leave it to Amanda to make me put my knitting in my mouth. This is no fun fur.

Rabbit Fur

While I completely get what makers of fun fur or other eyelash yarn are going for there is no duplicating the real thing. This yarn which is exclusive to Atelier is made from actual rabbit pelts. Now before you get all PETA on me and start splashing my blog with cans of paint – the rabbit that this fur comes from is harvested for its meat. All those hides that would have gone to waste are used to create this unique yarn. As far as I know this is the first actual rabbit yarn on the market. It makes for a beautiful fabric just like the scarves or vests you would get at Neiman Marcus for a fraction of the price.

Atelier currently carries this red/black, a dark green, black (worn by the fabulous Linda below) and the currently sold-out grey/black color below. It was that cowl that turned my mind around. 

Lindame

It was my mother that fell in love with red/black blend. During her Thanksgiving visit we went to Atelier and she walked out with a skein of the red and while she wanted to make it herself, I couldn't help taking it from her.

Now she has something luxurious to wear on her flight home…

Rabbit Fur Cowl

and I have a reason to use my "people's eyebrow" model pose. You're all welcome.

FO: Atelier Cowl

Atelier Cowl

Oh hey, you lookin' at me? Me and my fabulous and cozy cowl? Yea, I know you want it too. It's super chunky, oh so soft and I love it. I don't think I've told you all yet, but have been working at a yarn shop in San Francisco called Atelier Yarns. The 20 year old store is now owned by Amanda, who designs patterns for the yarn we sell.

Well, when Amanda whipped out this simple yet awesome cowl I had that feeling we all get when you see something you want to make rightthisveryinstant – fixation, obesssion,  a casual sensation to cast on.

Atelier Cowl

Atelier Shop Pattern #195
Needles: US 9
Yarn: Di.Ve Autmno, 5 balls
Raveled 

The yarn has a slight stripe to which adds to the dimension of the knit and purl sections. It's like a giant Wurm. The best part – the cowl is so stretchy that you can wear it as a capelet too.

Atelier Cowl/Capelet

I am giving this cowl to my best friend Julie who just became a new mom. I figure it's one of those easy, throw over your head and get warm fast type of knits! No need to think any harder than that! And hello, easy holiday gift – done and done. You know me and CowlsObsessed.

You can order the yarn and pattern (#195) which is free with yarn purchase by calling Atelier Yarns at 415-771-1550 or email atelieryarns@gmail.com.

FO: Melanie Wrap

Melanie Wrap

Pattern: Melanie Wrap (My own)
Yarn: Quince & Co. Lark (100% American Wool, 134 yrds/50g),
Chanterelle, 5balls, Pomegranate, 1 ball (100% American Wool, 134 yrds)
US 7(4.5mm) circular and DPN needles

Melanie Wrap

Melanie Wrap

While it is not an "exact" copy of what Mel wore I still think it caputres the essence of what she wore. Classic yet stylish. I hope you will enjoy making and wearing it while watching Sweet Home Alabama.

I am loving all the comments coming in for the Loop-D-Loop Lace Giveaway – it's getting me excited on what to knit for fall! Hopefully you'll now all add this to your list!

Hi.

Vinya

I know you've been waiting impatiently for some Red Rock pics. My goodness it's a gorgeous shawl. I just need you to bear with me a little bit longer. I've been busy with a slew of friends who have made their way to SF to visit! There's simply not not enough time in the day for ALL the fun! 

To keep you from clicking away in a furor I give you my above stash enhancement.  Vinya from Artfibers. It's a soft bulky merino wool. 

Artfibers is a very cool shop in downtown SF. The studio space has all hand dyed yarns from their own supply. Everything from acrylic to silk to beautiful blends – they have something for everyone. They even encourage you to test the yarn by doing a "yarn tasting". It also a provides us knitters yarn in whatever yardage you want! How could I deny myself this gorgeous looking cone?

I haven't decided yet what I want to make with my new yarn but I'm thinking perhaps another- wait for it – infinity scarf. What can I say? I know what I like.

Off to more play time! Be back soon! 🙂

Project Spectrum 5: Red Rock

Sundara 100% Silk

Do you know Sundara? Of course you do. She's that fabulous indie dyer who produces coveted skeins of yarn that go on sale and sell out immediately.

Well, back in 2006 (I feel weird that I have to say "back") I emailed Sundara to have her dye fire engine red yarn for a scarf I wanted to make my my dear brother, Drew.  It was a Shifting Sands scarf, too.

Andrew Shifting Sands

I also bought a skein of her pure silk while making that order. All 1000 yards of it. I don't quite know what I had in mind then. It was probably something Eunny was making (how I miss her blog!). Alas, mine did not work out and I put the precious skein away for another day.

Enter Project Spectrum!

PS: Red Rock

This is my first year actively particpating in Project Spectrum!  The amazing Lolly has brought it out of retirement and I cannot wait to see what everyone creates. While I know so many others have big plans to try other crafts I'm going to keep it to my one true love: Knitting. What's more – I am going to use this as a reason to use my stash.  Each month a different color – a different stashed yarn!

I'm about half way through the edging of my Rock Island shawl and can already tell this is gonna be one epic shawl.

FO: Belfast Hoodie

Belfast Hoodie

From the first moment I saw this sweater I knew it had to be mine.It's a wonder what they put in those photos over at Quince & Co. because they truly have me with every single one!

Belfast Hoodie

Pattern: Belfast Hoodie By Carrie Bostick Hoge
Yarn: Quince & Co. Lark, Chantrelle, 12 balls
Needles: US 9 & US 8 needles 
Raveled 

Not much I can say about this other than I Love It. Carrie truly has a great eye for design. I made no modifications to the pattern – not even when it came to picking up for the pockets. I like em' as I see 'em! Plus, as you would expect, the pattern was well written. Clear directions and a great sweater schematic!

Belfast Hoodie

As for the yarn, it's soft, squshy and blossmed just a bit after blocking. My rule of thumb with any sweater I make is that I like to be a wee bit tighter on my gauge – maybe about a 1/4 stitch. The stitches will grow.

Belfast Hoodie

All in all – LOVE.

I wonder what sweater will captivate me next!

What's tickling your fancy these days?

Felicity Cowl

Felicity Cowl

Living in the bay area I've come to realize you need to be prepared for all sorts of weather. This week in particular has been in the mid to low 70s but the nights in the mid to low 40s. And we haven't even gotten to the Foggy Month! Layering becomes a necessary skill.

My Springtime Bandit has been working overtime and needed some relief from everyday wear.  After the trip to AVFKW and aquiring a few balls of Road to China Light I felt the only answer was more cowl.

Felicity Cowl

FELICITY COWL 

YARN
Road to China Light, Fibre Company (65% Baby Alpaca, 15% Silk, 10% Cashmere, 10% camel, 159yds.)
    2 skeins, color Garnet or your favorite fingering/sport weight yarn.

NEEDLES
US 6 (4mm) 24in circular needles or whatever you need to get gauge

NOTIONS
Stitch Marker

GAUGE
20 sts & 28 rows over 4inches in Flame Chevron pattern

Felicity Cowl

I plan on making many more to rotate through the wardrobe. It's the perfect thing to give you a kiss of warmth around your neck for those cool summer nights and Bay area afternoons!

Pattern coming soon!