We have had some exciting events in Space recently! Not too long ago, we had the honor of hosting Tanis Gray and her new book, Knit Local at the shop, along with many of the garments from the book. The focus of Knit Local is on America’s Homegrown yarns, which are a big deal for us. We take a great deal of pride in our supply of American yarns, to include Imperial Stock Ranch, Fibre Company Savannah, and BrooklynTweed SHELTER. You can find some amazing patterns in the book for all of these yarns! All of the yarns that are made in the USA have an identifying tag on them at the shop to make it easier for you to find them. If you are ever curious about a yarn’s origin’s just ask us, we love talking about yarns and fibres. Just a forewarning, you may have trouble getting us to stop talking about yarn…
For fibre space, this book is even more local and extra-special, since it features patterns from our very own Danielle, Veronica, and of course Tanis!
Danielle’s pattern, the Interlocking Rings Cowl is soft and adorable, and would make a great gift for yourself or someone else this year. It works up wonderfully of in just 250 yards of fingering or sport weight alpaca or wool. Brooklyn Tweed LOFT or Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk or the Fibre Company Canopy Fingering are ideal choices for this project. With all of the amazing colors of LOFT, I am not sure how I would choose…
Veronica’s first book published pattern is the Daylily Cardigan, which is so wearable I think everyone needs one! I remember sitting in Veronica’s living room ages ago when it came time to name this pattern. It never occurred to me that naming a pattern could be such a process! This pattern calls for 640 yards of DK weight cotton blend, and would look smashing in Elsbeth Lavold Hempathy, Berroco Pure Pima or Sirdar Baby Bamboo.
Tanis has several patterns in this book, but I think my favorite is the Appalachian Hat! It’s so fun, and gives us an excuse to use a fun handspun yarn like the the exotic stuff we get from Molly Miller (have you signed up for her workshop yet?). If you are looking for something a little bit less funky, try the Sirdar Big Bamboo or the Tahki Big Montana. Maybe you spinners out there can pick up some of the amazing fibre from Miss Babs to spin up your own hat!
Here’s a quick fibre space buying guide to all of the other projects in this great book.
Cabled Car Coat: 10-12 x 200 yards of heavy worsted or aran weight yarn: Cascade Yarns Eco +, Imperial Stock Ranch Columbia 2 ply
Lilly-of-the-Valley Shrug: 4-6 x 181 yards of fingering weight yarn: Brooklyn Tweed LOFT
Maritime Hat and Mitten Set: 2 x 250 yards worsted weight yarn: Sweet Georgia Merino or Dragonfly Fibers BFL
Purple Mountains Majesty Shawl: 3 x 420 yards of fingering weight yarn: Space Cadet Celeste or Dream in Color Starry
Pike’s Mitts: 140 yards worsted weight wool: Brooklyn Tweed SHELTER or Tahki Tara Tweed or Tahki Donegal Tweed
East Coast Tunic: 14-19 x 88 yards of DK weight wool: Miss Babs Northumbria DK, Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd’s Wool DK
Big Man on Campus Hoodie: 10-12 x 180 yards of DK weight alpaca or wool: the Fibre Company Acadia
Scandinavian Hat: 160 yards of DK weight linen or wool blend: the Fibre Company Savannah DK
Farmhouse Gloves: 133 yards in 5 colors of worsted weight wool: Brooklyn Tweed SHELTER
Jennifer Vest: 3 x 250 yards of light worsted weight cotton blend: Spud and Chloe Sweater or Berroco Remix
Wildflowers Scarf: 320 yards of lace weight yarn: Manos Lace or Miss Babs Yet
McEnroe Diamonds Scarf: 2 x 300 yards of worsted or DK weight wool: Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd’s DK or the Fibre Company Acadia
Random Harvest Afghan: 380 yards in 6 colors of worsted weight wool: Cascade Yarns Eco +
Sousa’s Mittens: 250 yards of MC and scraps of two contrast colors in worsted weight wool: Stonehedge Shepherd’s Wool or Crystal Palace Mochi Solids
Picnic Kerchief: 250 yards each of two colors Shepherd’s Wool
Straits of Mackinac Vest: 3-4 x 240 yards of Imperial Stock Ranch Pencil Roving
Gloucester Wrap: 10 or 14 x 125 yards of bulky weight: Sublime Chunky Merino Tweed or Berroco Peruvia Quick
Evergreen Ankle Socks: 800 yards of fingering weight merino: Lorna’s Laces Solemate, Space Cadet or Sweet Georgia BFL Sock
Lacy Leaves Scarf: 2 x 200 yards sport weight: Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk or St. Denis Nordique
Dreaming of Spring Mittens: 200 yards of each of three colors in sport weight wool blend: St. Denis Nordique or Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino
Betsy Baby Cardigan: 1 or 2 of 450 yards of sport weight wool: Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino or Neighborhood Fiber Company Sport
Winterthur Beret and Cowl Set: 275 yards in each of two colors in sport weight wool: St. Denis Nordique or Fibre Company Road to China
Oquirrh Mountains Wrap: 3 x 238 yards worsted weight wool: the Fibre Company Organik or Brooklyn Tweed SHELTER
Nutkin Cardi and Hat: 3 or 4 of 241 yards and 241 yards in each of three contrast colors: Berroco Remix, Ella Rae Superwash or Spud and Chloe Sweater