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Archive for July, 2011

We here at MSK are always on the look out for good Summer knits.  Projects that are light and airy, and can be stuffed in a tote bag for an impromptu road trip or day in the park.  These projects can be hats, baby blankets, shawls, t-shirts … anything that doesn’t hang heavy on your lap or needles.

Thanks, once again, to Jared Flood and Brooklyn Tweed we have the perfect solution!  Presenting Girasole:

Photo courtesy of amachael

Girasole is an early pattern from Brooklyn Tweed and a perfect vacation knit.  Amy Machael knit this in the round, using only three skeins of Madeline Tosh’s Tosh Merino Light. (Here is a link to her Ravelry project page.) It uses an easy lace repeat all the way around, and she knit it up in an astonishing 18 days!

This project creates a perfect lap blanket or shawl, and is impressive to everyone.  Elizabeth Zimmermann was a fan of knitting circular shawls in the summertime because they are easy to transport and turn into a little bag when tucked up — so your yarn stays clean!  Pattern and yarn are both available at My Sister Knits, so pick up some today!

Photo courtesy of amachael

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Shale Baby Blanket

In honor of Christmas in July with Brooklyn Tweed, MSK has some great new patterns for sale.  We’ve got some beautiful samples for some of the patterns, and first up is the simple and brilliant Shale Baby Blanket.

Shale Baby Blanket

A combination of feather-and-fan and cables, this simple baby blanket is knit using Cascade Eco Cloud in a neutral color that looks cozy and cuddly on a sweet baby.  The feather-and-fan panels give the garter stitch border a bit of a ripple, and makes this blanket an heirloom for every new addition.

Close-up of Shale

Because of its size, this is a quick knit that works well in Summer (less fabric on your lap)! Stop by the shop to pick up the pattern and yarn!

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We here at My Sister Knits are HUGE fans of Jared Flood and Brooklyn Tweed (that’s a link to his Ravelry pages).   His patterns are simple and brilliant, making use of lace, cables and the ever-wonderful garter stitch.  Not to mention his photos: Jared Flood is an excellent photographer and the photos of his knitting make even the busiest knitter want to curl up with a cuppa and some nice scrunchy wool.

Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Tweed

A native of New York, Jared takes inspiration from his neighborhood in Brooklyn.  His blog alights with his gorgeous photos and explanations of where he finds his inspiration and ideas for his lovely patterns.  He has recently been blogging about his experiences with some Elizabeth Zimmermann (another inspiration of his) treasures that have crossed his path.  You can read about the process he went through to create his own yarn line, Shelter (unfortunately NOT available at MSK).  Be sure to read up!

While Jared won’t be able to join us this summer, we’re contenting ourselves with his beautiful projects.  Patterns are available for the Girasole Lace Shawl-Blanket (shown above), Wool Leaves Baby Blanket, Shale Baby Blanket, Cinder Cable Scarf, Fenimore Cabled Tam, Habitat Cabled Beanie, Tweed Baby Blanket, Guernsey Wrap, Celes Lace Stole, Umaro Textured Throw, Cobblestone Pullover and Porom Lace Hat.  Samples will be available in many of these patterns, and we’ll be doing featured blog posts on them throughout the month.  Happy knitting!

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