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Entries in Lace Weight Yarn (13)

Sunday
Jun092013

Laura's Loop: Rib-Wise Tank

"It’s tank top season y'allllllll!!!!!!!” This was recently yelled in my direction by a peppy pilates instructor who I think would have rather been teaching a 90s hip-hop sculpt class. As my arms began to burn, I bristled at the proclamation, but once in the comfort and security of my couch, knitting needles in hand, I had to admit that she was right. It IS tank top season, y’all.
This simple Rib-Wise Tank is just right for the season with a bit of room to breathe but not so much that you’re weighed down in the heat. Ribbing along the sides, straps and between the shoulder blades creates subtle shaping and streamlining, while Anzula’s beautiful new Milky Way offers a soft shine, a slight drape and a cool touch.
You know, I learned something else that day at the gym… It’s SHORTS season y’alllllll!!!! But don’t worry, I need to spend a lot more time in the gym before you see knit shorts from me! -Laura

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Sunday
Apr212013

Whit's Knits: Beautiful Spring Scarf

There's a fine line between a fringe that puts a swing in your step and a fringe that makes you feel like a bedraggled alley cat. A fine line maybe, but a world of difference. This fringe is certainly the fabulous kind, the kind that gives you special powers of infectious happiness!

The secret to this fringe's sass is our new Chinese Knotting Cord, a thin nylon cord more traditionally used for hand crafted jewelry. As fringe, it is smooth and tangle-free, nimble and zippy! And using two slightly different electric pinks lends an extraordinary glow, enough to light up the night!

The fringe is exciting, but what fills me with deep satisfaction is Jade Sapphire's new cashmere-linen blend, Slyph. Exquisite cashmere and straight-from-nature linen, together they are pure beauty. Some people remember the best sunsets of their lives, the best tiramisus, the best arias, but for knitters, it's all about the best yarn, and this one is definitely on my list!

Okay, it's not just the fringe and the yarn, it's the whole thing together. The contrast of the soft and rustic yarn with the galactic nylon fringe, the sumptuous feeling, the generous size, the serious fun, it all makes the Beautiful Spring Scarf one of my favorite projects ever. And the good news is you don't have to be an expert knitter to make one. If you can cast on, knit, purl and bind off, you can make your very own Beautiful Spring Scarf! Really! -Whitney

 

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Thursday
Aug302012

Laura's Loop: A New Simple Pleasures Hat

It was almost four years ago when Whitney wowed us with her Simple Pleasures Hat. There are a few projects from the Bee that every single person at the shop just HAS to make. This is one of them! As soon as fall breezes in, we reach for our Simple Pleasures Hats, grinning as we all arrive to work in our matching knitwear. It's just too good a pattern to pass up, a dream to knit and even better to wear!

For this season, we've knit up a fresh, cloud-like version in elegant creams and super soft cashmere. We started with two strands of Jade Sapphire's beautifully soft and cozy 2 Ply Cashmere. After a few inches of ribbing, we added a strand of Alchemy's mohair and silk Haiku. This gorgeous combination of hand dyed fibers makes for complex plays of pigment and texture with a subtle luster, a downy halo, and a spectacular depth of color!

Like every autumn, I am sure there will be a lot of new Simple Pleasures Hats around the shop. Come surprise us with yours! 

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Thursday
May242012

Whit's Knits: Crocheted Jewelry Dishes

I love the vitrines at the Metropolitan Museum of Art that are filled with household artifacts from places long ago and far away. Tightly woven mats and perfectly crafted sandals, hammered metal and braided leather, ancient objects still feel alive with the integrity and vitality of their makers.

What sometimes also strikes me is how little our aesthetic values have changed over the thousands of years. Beauty is still a human imperative and careful craftsmanship is still a revered skill. We still respond to simple shapes and beautiful materials, to whimsical embellishments and practical uses.

I thought about this a lot as I crocheted these Jewelry Dishes. I wondered if I were given the opportunity to slip them into a glass case at the Met, would they be so out of place? Or, if I put them on my dresser and filled them with my rings and bracelets, my pieces of sea glass and other curios, would it be that much different than, say, a Pacific Islander from centuries back storing glass trade beads and shell earrings in her own hand crafted vessel? And isn't this connection to the past really, deep down, why we craft?

My trip into antiquity was greatly assisted by the purity and simplicity of Habu's extraordinary fibers. I held two yarns together, Copper Bamboo and Dyed Linen. The bamboo and linen lend an exquisite rusticity to the finished pieces, while throughout, the copper flashes its chestnut sparkle, glowing like a warm ember.

It's not hard to make your own pretty little trays and bowls, just some simple crocheting... like it's always been done! --Whitney

PS Wouldn't these gorgeous brass bracelets be right at home in a museum case? The Maggie Bracelets were designed by our good friend Kerrilynn Pamer and are for sale online right here and at her lovely West Village store, Castor & Pollux!

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Sunday
May132012

Whit's Knits: Whisper Wrap

Summer's parties demand some tricky layering strategies. As the moon rises and the air turns nippy, it's no fun having to cover up your pretty dress with a cardigan or jacket, and yet goose bumps aren't exactly the perfect party accessory either. And so at times like these, a graceful wisp of a shawl comes in awfully handy!

The Whisper Wrap falls like a breath of golden light, a bit diaphanous and a whole lot elegant. A simple chevron lace pattern gives it a spare structure that's at home with any outfit, from your little black dress to your wedding dress!

For a beautiful shine and a unique story, I knit the Whisper Wrap with Anzula's Mermaid. It combines traditional silk with a newfangled seaweed-based fiber called Seacell, straight from the ocean's floor. Durable, insulating, super soft and absolutely gorgeous, it's quite an invention!

For all of this season's weddings and outdoor get togethers, your very own Whisper Wrap is the perfect companion!

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