Saturday, June 10, 2017

Setting Trends and Flame Lickin' and Knitter's Pride

 
Three of the vendors that donated generously to the 10th Anniversary Men's Spring Knitting Retreat were Trendsetters, Lickin' Flames and Knitter's Pride.

Artyarn, Ceramics and Needles - Oh My

Artyarn
Have you had a chance to see Interweave's new online knitting magazine...Knit.wear Wool Studio?  It features one of Trendsetters' most beautiful yarns, Alta Moda Cashmere in their Thousand Oaks Scarf design.


Take a look at some of the close-up shots of the wrap/scarf and you'll want to bury your face in the lush, soft warmth of the garment.  Could you imagine having a loved one open this up as a gift?  Talk about heirlooms...just beautiful.  I've always love the Lana Grossa line of sock yarns from Trendsetters, and now I have a new yarn of there's to crave...I wonder if my LYS carries this???

Ceramics
Another big hit at the Men's Spring Knitting retreat were the gifts that the volunteer workshop leaders received from Lickin' Flames (remember my post on Knitting Notion Dishes?).  Well, I ended up buying three shawl pins from Lickin' Flames to use for display at my craft shows.




The glazes they use are so rich and beautiful...they definitely make my knitwear look more elegant.  I will sell the shawl pins at the craft shows if people insist on buying them (for my cost).

Needles

Finally, Knitters Pride was also very generous to our retreat this year.  A huge assortment of needles was sent (thanks to Tim) for the guys to choose from.






Until I saw the assortment they provide, I honestly had no idea the huge assortment of knitting needles they carried.  Given that I have already decided that the Karbonz double-points were my preferred double-pointed needle:





I may now have to re-think my standard circular cable needle and re-stock my cache of needles.

Current Knitting

As shown in one of the shawl pin photos above, I finished the mesh shawlette in Madeline Tosh Merino Light.




After light steam blocking, the final scarf (using almost all of the 420 yards of Tosh yarn) measures 14" x 57" and can be used as either a wide neck scarf or a light shoulder wrap.

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