August 26, 2015
And, by “it,” we mean the exuberance of summer colour. It’s still August, but there is a definite feeling of fall in the air. Part of that is the back-to-school reminders we see everywhere, but there’s no denying the coolness in the air in the evenings or how the days have grown shorter. Don’t get us wrong: Like almost every knitter, we love the fall, but summer… it’s hard to let go of. So this year, we’re going to try and take some of it with us, in the shape of summer-fun fabrics and yarns, and projects to match. Join us?
We are year-round knitters, but our needles definitely get a little extra click as fall arrives. Koigu, both KPM and KPPPM and the DK-weigth Kersti, is a staple for us, and as were getting ready for fall it’s no wonder we’re looking at all the bright, glorious colour and seeing our fall accessories. We’d love a Meandering Shawl in Koigu KPPPM brioche, or a Fluid Slouchy Beanie in Kersti.
While not technically a tied to summer, we’ve really increased our stitch work this summer, and there is no doubt that Sashiko is to credit for it. This Japanese embroidery technique is stunning on its own, as a wall hanging or cushion cover, and adds incredible detail to hand-quilting and gorgeous details to clothing. We carry a number of Sashiko samplers, as well as the thread, needles, and thimbles you’ll need to get started. We can’t wait to take our summer obsession with us into the cozy days of fall (and winter!)
Of course, sewing something fantastic in a floral is a classic way to carry summer colour through to the rest of the year. We have a stack of Liberty Tana Lawn just waiting to become Asters, Granvilles, and Emery Dresses. We pretty much thought we had our summer-to-fall sewing covered, and then Noodlehead’s Handmade Style arrived in the shop and we became obsessed with sewing bags! We definitely want at least one Double-Zip Wallet (we even carry the fabric used in the samples) and the Zip Top Tote is also stunning — it would be perfect for a combination of Cotton + Steel‘s new prints, like Zephyr-Puff (above, in Mustard, Porcelain, and Teal).