Those of us in the DC area woke up to 66 degrees this week! Well, today I’m pretending it’s October. Or that I’m vacationing in the mountains somewhere and these lovely lower temps will not soon soar past 90. There’s something about cooler weather (even when it surprises you smack dab in the middle of a mid-Atlantic summer) that helps us to be more productive. And yes, I consider stitching all day on my back porch completely productive.
Ahem. Speaking of October… Here’s a preview of recent fall arrivals from Classic Elite. Stop by soon and check ’em out for yourself!
Mountain Top Chalet, $10 is a chain-ply yarn or chainette. This construction provides strength, but allows for lightness, too. Chained yarns are really a treat to work with, especially when they’re alpaca/bamboo.
-98 yards; Bulky weight; 70% alpaca/30% bamboo
We also received two pattern booklets full of Chalet designs:
-Six designs for the beginner to intermediate knitter, including a hat, scarf and two sweaters. Personally, I like the Yodel Cowl, pictured left. A little different, perhaps, but I like an eye catching piece like this to give my otherwise rather bland wardrobe a POP.
Soft & Cozy Designs in Chalet booklet, $10
-Four designs (two scarves & two sweaters). La Plush (pictured right) is more than just a scarf! While I’d love to have this for myself, I can’t help but think what a fun holiday gift this one would make.
Ava, $12.50 is plied with a strand of sparkle that adds just the right amount of glitz to a warm, not too heavy, versatile yarn.
-128 yards; DK weight; 86% merino, 9% viscose, 5% metallic.
This yarn was accompanied by the Designs in Ava pattern booklet, $10. Seven designs, including simple hats, lacy scarves and the very elegant Alsace:
The glitz of this yarn lends itself nicely to accessories. I am a big fan of the Brittany cowl pattern:
Or this quick knit hat Ava:
Last but not least, men’s patterns! The Leader of the Pack Designs pattern booklet, $10 has hats, scarves and cardigans/sweaters. These patterns will work well with a variety of yarns. Stop by and ask a yarnista for recs.