I am not a warm weather person and losing the ability to wear my winter clothing makes it even harder to endure, because I love sweaters, boots, layered clothing, and, of course, scarves. When traveling to Europe, everyone (especially in France) continues to wear scarves in the warmer weather. I decided to adopt this trend, so I have knitted and purchased a ton of summer scarves over the years. I will share some of my findings and thoughts over two separate blog posts.
Don’t be quick to discount the summer scarf. Like its winter counterpart, it finishes off and “ties together” an outfit. I really like the way a tank top looks with a light summer scarf. Obviously, the materials one would choose to make a summer scarf will differ greatly from the thick and soft luxury fibers chosen to make a winter scarf. This doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice all luxury fibers in making a lighter weight scarf, just that you will have to choose fibers smarter.
I am currently working on a few summer scarves, hoping to have them finished and ready to wear in the next month. One is made of Shibui Linen, and is a free pattern on their website. It is designed by Antonia Shankland, who always seems to design scarves that I would choose to make. They are easy and gorgeous. I am making this particular scarf with the colors brick, apple, sidewalk, and tar in the Shibui Linen. All these colors can be ordered on our website.
I am also working on a scarf using Habu linen. So far, I am still experimenting with this pattern, trying to combine two yarns throughout the scarf and haven’t been happy with the results. I will put this finished scarf in a future blog when I get it right. Having said that, I am more than happy with the Habu Linen itself. Here is what I have knitted so far. This just might be an all linen scarf. You cannot tell from the picture how light and beautiful this linen feels knitted up. Continue Reading Scarfaholic – The Summer Scarf – Part One
Diane Greenfield shares her Strata scarf with Shibui Knits at TNNA.
Shibui Knits is now featuring a scarf designed by Diane Greenfield, owner of Knitting to Know Ewe. Shibui has chosen the Strata scarf to highlight their yarns. Knitters across the country are now working on the Strata scarf!
The Strata is a “knitted piece about process.” This scarf uses a combination of Shibui Silk Cloud, Cima, and Pebble yarns and is a great pattern for knitters looking to combine different textures and colors. Yarns are held double or triple throughout the progression of this gently textured scarf—a background of twisted stockinette makes this knit meticulous, but not difficult. The final result is a lightweight scarf that celebrates color. When finished, the scarf is 92 inches long and 14.5 inches wide.
Shibui is offering the pattern for free with the purchase of yarn. Get started on your own Strata scarf today! Stop in to Knitting to Know Ewe to pick up some Shibui yarn and the Strata pattern.
Since learning how to knit at the age of ten, it is unnecessary to say that I have accumulated somewhat of a hillock of knitting projects. There have been tons of sweaters knitted just for the store alone. And, don’t get me wrong. I do enjoy putting on that finished sweater and prancing around the house, singing “I made this! I am a genius!” (Let’s face it. There is nothing like self praise). I have gone the gamut from socks, baby sweaters, afghans, and gloves. I have nurtured a healthy addiction to all aspects of felting, from dry needle to knitted felting. But, far and above everything else, I LOVE making scarves. Why, you may ask? Okay. I will tell you.
There are limitless types of scarves. It is an ideal first project. It can be a very basic design, but made out of a luxury fiber, it can be spectacular. When I am teaching someone to knit, we start with a simple scarf. But, it is my belief that using a quality yarn and great needles makes knitting easier to learn, and ends with a much nicer scarf. Continue Reading A Confessed Scarfoholic
This month we are having a trunk show featuring Lori Versaci, one of the designers for Shibui Knits, as well as her own designs. I thought it would be great to have her be the guest blogger this month. She is both talented and interesting. I always am fascinated as to how someone goes about designing knitted garments. Hope you enjoy it!
1. How did you move from (consultant to) knitter to designer?
I knit a lot when I was in high school and college but when my children were young, I really only had the chance to knit on vacations. I always had something on needles, but the projects would languish for months at a time.
Continue Reading Interview with Lori Versaci of Shibui Knits
Let’s begin with puberty, shall we? Puberty is like a new star being born into the universe. It enters space with a huge explosion, creating chaos. It’s arrival affects everything in the universe, reaching into inﬁnity. After a long time has passed, the star begins to die. It again explodes with its last bit of light. The explosion is so enormous that the star folds into itself and becomes dense. This density is so great that it forms a black hole in space.
A black hole. This is menopause. Yes. It sucks this much.
I have been going through menopause myself for what feels like inﬁnity, and I have been surrounded by menopausal women at the store for eight years now. I know a lot about menopause, and would like to share my thoughts and observations.
Continue Reading The Menopausal Knitter