Posted by Nele Henderson on January 19, 2015 / Leave a Comment
We like to keep things fresh at Happy Knits, which means new shop samples for the new year (and new merchandise – stay tuned for new yarn arrivals and accessories!).
Rose modeling Flagermusen and bunny Ollie, pattern available in store
Beth is working on yet another Rikke hat, Sarah Young’s classic go-to slouchy beanie, and Annette is cranking out the third sample of her soon-to-be-published pattern. For now we will only say that it has to do with kittens, and that you will like it very, very much. Emma and I are over the moon in love with Isager yarns and patterns and simply must work up a couple of Isager sweaters! Much like our costumers, who fell in love with the sample of the Flagermusen Sweater (pictured above) that visited us in an Isager Trunk show in December, Emma can’t stop thinking about this modern and edgy sweater and is consequently making one for the shop. I myself just adore the photography in both Isager pattern books, Amimono Bird Collection and Amimono Map Collection. With my background in fashion I always appreciate more editorial-like photoshoots!
So I decided to work up the Himalaya Sweater, which looks like the perfect top to either dress up with a pair of skinny jeans and ankle boots or to throw over yoga top and pants on the way to practice. Which is where we get to my next point (no, not “Knitting is the New Yoga”, even though I will absolutely sign off on that statement, and its reverse): Time to learn some new tricks everyone! And this is true not only for new or intermediate knitters–even the most seasoned amongst us can use a little update on techniques and new angles every once in a while. When I decided to knit the Himalaya sweater, I didn’t read through the whole pattern at first. After choosing and winding up my yarn (I’m using Isager Tweed, Tvinni and Alpaca 2 all in one project, yay!) I took a closer look and realized that it is a very Scandinavian pattern = they assume a certain level of confidence and ability to work within guidelines rather than strict instructions. I have to tell you, I appreciate this kind of sentiment, because it requires you to think for yourself. To finish a project such as this successfully, you might have to take a closer look at some techniques to be able to improvise and confidently apply them to your project. I will have to work stripes in short rows for this project – thank heavens Veera Välimäki and Joji Locatelli are coming to town!
I will be listening closely to her class Stripes beyond the Basics – and maybe you should, too! There are still spots left….same as in Joji Locatelli’s Don’t Be Afraid of Short Rows, and Veera’s Shawls and Shapes class. Can you tell we are excited about them coming to visit and teach? We are hosting a meet & greet with the designers on Friday night, February 6th from 6-8pm. Don’t miss it, mark it in your calendar! Please keep in mind that during Joji’s and Veera’s stay, from February 6th to February 8th, the back room will not be accessible for knit groups.