We love January at Wolseley Wool! Not only is it the month of our annual winter sale, it’s the best time to cozy up to new yarns and projects and hunker down for some serious knitting. We love starting new projects and can be a bit nosy when it comes to what our colleagues and customers are working on. In fact, we applaud being a Nosy Parker when it comes to WIPs — who doesn’t like talking about what’s on the needles? We thought you might like a peek inside our project bags for ideas and inspiration for the yarns you scooped up for 2016.
I’m currently working on another Clapotis by Kate Gilbert in Artyarns Ensemble Glitter Light. This is my fifth Clapotis over the past 6 years, and I love it because it is simple enough to knit anywhere and always works out regardless of the yarn’s weight.
The pattern is elegant in finer weights, and warm and squishy in worsted. Artyarns Ensemble Glitter Light is one of those yarns that I can’t stop picking up, and keep trying to find the perfect pattern for. My son’s girlfriend, Ella, just graduated from university and I thought this would be the perfect gift for her (especially because she loves to borrow mine in Handmaiden Sea Silk).
The sparkles in this cashmere and silk blend add a hint of something special without being overpowering. The shawl will be light and airy to wear, but the fibre blend should add a little warmth, too. I love the colour, which is a combination of blues and greens, and reminds me of the different colours in the lake that Ella adores.
I’m also working on Black Death by Hoxton Handmade in Noro a la Mode. This is a new yarn for the shop, and Odessa and I immediately looked for the perfect pattern. The name Black Death struck a chord with my sense of humour, especially because I knew that I wanted to use the deep fuschia colour. I love that the pattern is wide enough at the top for me to wrap it like a cowl or wear it over the shoulders like a shawl. It is such a quick knit that it was done on the weekend (although we’ll see how long it takes me to do the blocking). I was so excited to knit with A la Mode — I love the solids Noro is coming out with. Such saturated, rich colour really helps chase away the winter blahs.
I’m working on the Worsted Boxy by Joji Locatelli using Cascade’s Longwood. This is my comfort knitting. Right now, it’s a big stockinette tube, so I can just knit and knit and knit. I’ve picked a perfect, cozy sweatshirt grey in the Longwood, which keeps its shape so well — a good quality in a sweater yarn! It’s also a really soft merino, which I just love working with.
I’ve seen this sweater on a number of people in both worsted and fingering weights, and it has looked good on everyone I’ve seen wearing it, so I knew I had to make one. It just looks so cozy! It’s a bit of a long-term project — I work on it when I want something easy and super squishy in my hands. It’s a great TV knitting project!
Currently on the needles, I have a pink and gray sock. The cuff, heel and toe are knit in Jawoll Superwash, and the leg and foot are knit in Jawoll Color Superwash. The pattern is an adaptation of our shop sock pattern, with a stockinette short row heel.
Using a solid colour for the heel is one of my favourite tricks with variegated or striping sock yarns — it maintains the established pattern on the leg into the foot, and is a neat detail, especially when paired with the cuff and toes in the same colour.
I’ve been super excited to knit these socks ever since the colourway showed up in the shop; pink and grey is one of my favourite colour combinations.
This pattern is Outline by Beata Jezek, and is a free Ravelry download. This fall, I found myself buying more and more sock yarn, and I wanted a project that could incorporate my whole collection, as well as a wrap that would keep me cozy and happy on a dreary winter’s day.
I have just finished the Romney Kerchief by Jared Flood in Noro’s Shinryoku. I love this project because of Shinryoku’s colours and texture. The yarn is 70 per cent wool and 30 per cent silk, so it has beautiful drape as well as warmth. It’s also a very rustic- and organic-looking yarn, giving it a cozy, country feel.
The simplicity and symmetry of Flood’s pattern shows off the yarn’s texture and striping. Noro has ventured into subdued and elegant colours mimicking those found in nature. I used two balls of the same colourway, but mixing two different ones would also be gorgeous, since all of the colourways complement each other.
Although Shinryoku is an Aran weight, I worked the kerchief on 6.5 mm needles to give it a rustic, wrappy, just-out-on-a-country-walk look. When I block this project, I’ll pin it even bigger, so I can really curl up in it.