Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Berry Colorful Yarnings Giveaway & More


Hi, Knitters,
I have selected a winner for the skein of the Julianna's Fibre Repeating Gradient sock yarn and the winner is..... Celticcaston on Ravelry! Congratulations Kelly, my New Brunswick buddy. I have contacted Kelly and Julianna. Thanks to everyone for entering.

Today I have another fun sock yarn giveaway for you. The owner of Berry Colorful Yarnings, Michelle Berry (how cute is that?), has sent me some of her beautiful self-striping yarn to try and I love it. The colors are so saturated and unusual and well-done. 

Starting on the left in the photo above, the colors are Hulk, Bright Beginnings and Berry Punch. The yarn is 25% Nylon and 75% Superwash Merino, 463 yards/100 grams, fingering weight. 


Thanks to Michelle's generosity I get to give away a skein of choice from the shop to one lucky winner! Please leave one comment on this blog post to enter to win. Please only click on Publish one time when you leave your comment, there is a delay before your comment will appear on the blog. Please include your email or Ravelry username so you can be contacted if you win.

Good luck!


I have a teaching event coming up right here in Madison on October 10th, 2015. KnitCircus is hosting a retreat at their new dye studio and retail shop. It is so close to my house and that makes me very excited. Amy Detjen, Jaala Spiro and I will be teaching all weekend. I am teaching my Sock Yarn Bunny Workshop and my new Shawl Shapes Design Workshop. I can't wait.

Read all about it and sign up by click right here: KnitCircus Fall Retreat 2015! 

I hope to see you there. It is coming up quick. 

On another Madison note I finished the first of the Madison Memories socks by Quaere Fibres. This is a custom colorway Janel dyed for the Itty-Bitty Knits Retreat group this past June. I am anxious to get the second sock finished so I can wear them this fall. I don't think she is making the Madison Memories colorway for her shop but she has lots of other fun yarns to choose from.


Needles: Signature Needle Arts dpns, 6-inch length, US size 1/2.25mm
Sock Blocker: theloopyewe.com


I am also working on another sock knit out of my handspun yarn. I spun 370 yards from 4 oz. of BFL roving in the Mulled Cider colorway from Friends in Fiber. I decided to add a red heel and toe on the Mulled Cider socks in some Opal Solid Series that I have on hand. I am using Knit Picks dpns in size 2.5mm because the handspun varies in thickness and tends to be a little heavier in spots. The sock fabric is turning out great. I cast on 60 stitches instead of my usual 64 stitches.

I have a new goal to always have a handspun sock on the needles starting this fall. I favor my handpun socks and I'd love to have more of them in my sock drawer to choose from. I need to get going on spinning up yarn for my next pair soon.

The cardinal yarn bowl is one of my favorite knitting accessories. It is made by the ceramic artist aaharrison and I feel like it is one of the most special pieces I own.

Click here to visit the aaharrison website!

Click here to visit the aaharrison shop on Etsy!

For the gifting season ahead you might want to keep this one in mind for any beloved knitter on your list. There are other styles and birds to choose from and you really can't go wrong it is all so lovely.


I have finished the funnel neck and yoke and have just separated for the sleeves on the Antrorse sweater by Shannon Cook. It is a simple, fun and fast knit. I love the funnel neck. The yarn is Quince & Co. Osprey in the Peacoat color. 


You can see the chevron pattern is starting to appear on the front of the sweater. The body should go really fast as it is just a straight down knit with only the simple chevron panel to be concerned about. Plus the yarn is heavier and I am using US size 10 needles which always makes for a fast knit.

Well, there you have a small snippet of what's going on at my house right now. August goes by quicker every year. I always feel like I'm hanging on to these last summer days by a thread. What's going on at your house this August? I'd love to hear.

I hope you are all well. Please remember to leave a comment to win a beautiful skein of striping sock yarn of choice from BCYarnings
xo ~ susan

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Julianna's Fibre Giveaway & More!


Hi, Knitters,
The lovely Julianna from JuliannasFibre on Etsy has contacted me to see if I would share a skein of her beautiful sock yarn with one of you. Of course I said yes! She sent me the same skein of sock yarn that one of you will receive and it is gorgeous. It is an unusual because it is a repeating gradient called Continuum Hand-Dyed Gradient Sock Yarn which I haven't seen before. I really like it. The yarn is squishy, dyed to perfection and just the most warm, water-y shades of blue. You will love this yarn, too.

Julianna works and lives in Ottawa, Ontario and she is sending the winning skein directly to the lucky winner. Thank you to JuliannasFibre for this wonderful opportunity for one of you.

Here are the details from the JuliannasFibre Etsy Shop for the Past Lives Continuum Gradient:
Julianna's Lucid Dream Sock Yarn
Superwash Merino/nylon sock yarn
80% Superwash Merino/ 20% nylon
420 yds/380 m
4 oz/113 g
Fingering weight yarn 
7-9 st.s = 1" on 2 - 2.75 mm

Machine wash and dry on gentle settings.
Handmade in a smoke-free pet-free studio.
(photo from Julianna's Fibre on Etsy)

Julianna has a swatch worked up in the photo above and it is really pretty. The colorway in the photos is called Past Lives and it is available for pre-order now. She has the Continuum Gradient available in purple and gray shades, too. JuliannasFibre also has beautiful tonals, self-striping and sparkle sock yarn in the shop. It's all well-done and the customer service has a very good reputation. Check it out if you are interested.

I see Julianna has a podcast, too. I'll have to watch this one. Click here for Julianna's podcast!

I already follow Julianna on Instagram. Click here for her Instagram feed!

Leave one comment on this blog post if you are interested in winning a skein of Continuum Gradient in the Past Lives colorway! We will be sock twins if you get a skein or if you win. In the comment please include your Ravelry username or an email where Julianna can contact you to gather your mailing information. Please only click on Publish one time and be patient for your comment to appear as there is a delay.

Good luck if you enter to win!    


For a couple of other random knitting achievements both big and small, I finished knitting up the first size addition to the Waiting for Winter Mitten pattern. Last fall I started gathering measurements to add on both smaller and larger sizes to my favorite mitten pattern. That's as far as I got.

I am determined to get the additional mitten sizes done this coming fall. My fingers are crossed! I have a good start with the first smaller-sized child's pair of mittens. They are really sweet and adorable, I'm very pleased. 

I'll keep you posted on my progress. For the mittens in the photo I used up leftovers of Noro Kureyon and alternated two balls every two rounds to get the colorful stripes. 



I haven't talked about socks for awhile. Back in the fall of 2013 I spun up a traditional 3-ply sock yarn out of 4 ounces of Polwarth roving from Into the Whirled in the Chromatic Composition colorway. I loved spinning the Polwarth so much. 

I cast on for this pair of socks quite a few months ago and quickly finished the first sock. The single sock sat and sat for months with no explanation. I kind of forgot about it.

Then the other day I saw the yarn and needles and one finished handspun sock sitting in my studio and I randomly picked it up and cast on. A few days later.....


I am wearing my new handspun handknit socks. And it just cooled down significantly outside, perfect timing.

I cast on 60 stitches instead of 64 because the yarn is a little thicker than commercial sock yarn. I used 2.5mm double-pointed needles instead of my usual 2.25mm dpns. I used my free pattern, How I Make My Socks. 

I had 376 yards to start. The finished socks weigh in at exactly 3 ounces. The leftover ball weighs in at 1 ounce. They fit perfectly and the cuff is my favorite length which is 6-inches. I'm very happy with my new socks. There really is something fun about knitting up your handspun yarn. It is gratifying.




One last thing has come to fruition. I finished knitting the character Loopy, from The Loopy Ewe! TheLoopyEwe.com, which is one of my favorite online and in person yarn shops, is celebrating their 9th anniversary this August. Sheri, the owner, asked if I would create a knit version of their beloved Loopy from their logo. Since Loopy just happens to be an adorable sheep wearing bright red patterned socks I had to say an enthusiastic yes!

The pattern and kits have now been released from The Loopy Ewe. Click here for more information on the website!

The pdf pattern is currently exclusively available through The Loopy Ewe. I will be releasing the same pattern on Ravelry under a different name (and with different socks) in 6 months, so in February 2016. I will announce it everywhere when the pattern is available in my Ravelry pattern shop!

Here is the information from The Loopy Ewe for the Loopy pattern and kit information page: 

Susan B Anderson has designed a knit Loopy and now you can knit up your favorite sheep in socks! Loopy is knit almost completely seamlessly. The body and head are knit separately in the round and then whip stitched together. There is a simple popcorn stitch section on both the body and the back of the head. The ears and limbs are picked up and knit directly onto the toy. The signature red socks are knit in with one of the socks worked in stripes. The face and sock details are embroidered after the knitting is complete.
Finished measurement: 7 3/4 inches (19.5 cm) tall when sitting
Materials Needed:
Note, we are currently sold out of White and Tan. If you'd like to reserve these skeins, please email us (support@theloopyewe.com) if you’d like us to save you a kit of all four skeins to make Loopy. ($48 for just the yarn, or $53 for yarn plus pattern.)
  • US 5 (3.75mm) DPN or size needed to obtain gauge
  • US 5 (3.75) 16" (40 mm) circular or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Fiberfill
  • Poly pellets (optional - considered a choking hazard for infants and young children)
  • Yarn needle
  • Black fingering-weight yarn or embroidery floss for face
  • Detachable stitch markers
Please note, this is a digital pattern and it will be emailed to you when we process your order.


The yarn I used to knit the sheepy sample is sock yarn or fingering weight yarn held doubled throughout the project. You could also use one strand of worsted weight yarn to get the same gauge.

Have fun if you knit up a Loopy. I'd love to hear about it.

Leave a comment if you'd like to be entered to win a skein of JuliannasFibre Continuum Gradient sock yarn. I'll select a winner in a few days.

Good luck and let the comments begin!

I hope you are all well. I'll be back soon with more.
xo ~ susan

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Episode 17: Door County and an SSK Recap!



Hi, Knitters,
I have a new podcast episode up on YouTube.

Click here to watch directly on my YouTube Channel!

I haven't put it up on iTunes yet or written show notes but I wanted to at the very least post the video for you. I have my manuscript pages arriving at my house early tomorrow morning and I have a hectic few days of book editing ahead of me.

I will update the post with show notes and get the episode up on iTunes as soon as I get a chance.

I hope you are all doing well and that you are having a great August. August really flies!

I hope you enjoy Episode 17 and the slide shows of SSK and Door County at the end.
xo ~ susan

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Ellison Bay


Hi Knitters,
I finished a beautiful shawl this past weekend. It was one of the loveliest knits I can remember. As soon as I cast on the Ellison Bay shawl I was hooked. The shawl is designed and written by Paula Emons-Fuessle of the Knitting Pipeline podcast and retreats. She is one of my favorite shawl designers and her patterns have such a way with intuition, logic and simple beauty. I am working my way through all of her shawl patterns. I have knit 5 of Paula's shawl designs so far. Up next will be Gill's Rock, Wild Goose, Cave Point and Balsam Hollow to name a few. I have my work set out for me (happily) but I really do enjoy Paula's designs, pattern writing style and aesthetic as a designer. Plus I end up wearing her shawl designs all of the time when they are finished.




So I love to do a little in-progress montage when I finish a project. It reminds me of all of the travels and times I worked on a project. In the first photo I was at the airport. I had just started Ellison Bay before I set out for Nashville and the SSK retreat. 


I worked on the shawl at the retreat a little bit but I ended up ripping back a lot of what I accomplished. Even though this shawl is incredibly simple I made a few errors due to being tired and chatting while knitting, basically not paying attention. I didn't mind a bit about ripping back a few rows here and there, it was fun knitting and it was easy to fix. Really, the pattern could not be any easier and clearer and the problem was my exhaustion after teaching all day and then knitting on the shawl. Being tired + knitting = mistakes and ripping back. Every time.

The yarn is Quince & Co. Chickadee in the Bird's Egg colorway. I did use all three skeins and I maybe had about half of the third skein left at the end. I did Paula's exact size and directions in the pattern. I love this yarn and color so much. I used US size 6, 32-inch circular needles to knit the shawl. I used the Rosewood needles from Knitter's Pride and they were lovely.  Click here to see the interchangeable needle set called Symfonie Rose!


That's my skirt in the photo above from Craft South in Nashville. It's called the Rising Sun Patched Skirt (I know I'll be asked about it). Craft South was selling the finished skirt to order on the website but the page was taken down soon after I posted about it last week. I don't know anything more about it and I don't think there is a pattern for the skirt. Sorry about that. 


The border on Ellison Bay is a really fun mock-cable rib. This stitch pattern is so simple and pretty. After working the border which is a four row repeat, I feel like making socks and a hat with this same stitch pattern repeat. It's very clever and pretty. 

I worked on the shawl while editing the third pass of my latest book manuscript called Kids' Knitting Workshop. There has been a completely new cover design since I last mentioned the book (I love it!). It is going to be a good solid book with loads of instruction for brand new knitters with the focus being on learning to knit in the round as a starting point. The book is up for pre-order now and is set to be released on December 1st, 2015, just in time for the holidays.

Click here to see more about my new book and the new cover! I'm really proud of this new book. I'm almost done after two years of hard work. That's a good feeling.

I also sewed on my machine and embroidered some quick wool felt penguins for TC's little swim buddies. I had the wool felt on hand so that was good. Each older swimmer on the swim team is assigned a couple of little buddies on the team. TC has two little girls, Mona age 10, and Sydney age 5. I cut out and stuffed and sewed the wool felt penguins with loops at the top to place on key-rings so they can hang the penguins on their swim bags. I embroidered the eyes and their names as a finishing touch. 

They turned out super cute! The final meet of the summer is this weekend so TC will gift the penguins to the girls along with a little candy as an end of season gift. I hope they like them. Oh, and I just made up and sketched the pattern on a piece of paper to cut out. It was so easy and a nice diversion.


Last weekend I went to Devil's Lake twice to do some hiking. After we hiked the bluffs we swam in the lake and I got to sit and knit on Ellison Bay for a bit. You can see my husband and daughter standing in the lake in the photo. 

I am excited because we are going to Door County coming up soon in August and the Ellison Bay shawl and many of Paula's shawls are named for locations in Door County, Wisconsin. Door County is one of my favorite places on earth so it is extra-good that Paula loves it, too, and names her shawls for Door County spots. 

I am going to film a podcast from Door County and I'll talk about SSK and other knitterly things while we are there. That should be fun.


I tried the new Wool Soap from Twig & Horn for washing and blocking Ellison Bay. Have you heard of Twig & Horn yet? It is the new sister company from Quince & Co. I can't wait to see this new site unfold. So far I have purchased the Lemongrass Wool Soap and the Wool Project Tote in blue. The products are American-made and beautiful. I have been using the wool project tote non-stop. I love it so much. I am thinking about doing some embroidery on it... I think that would be really cute.


The Wool Soap with Lanolin was simple to use. The directions are on the bottle and Twig & Horn has also published a How to Wash Your Wool Garments with their soap tutorial on the site. It is a great tutorial.


The main difference is that you have to give your garment a rinse after soaking which is easy. My shawl smells and feels so good after using the Wool Soap. It is so soft and conditioned. I just love it. I want to get a bottle of every scent..... Yes to that!

I love the squished up look of a shawl before you block. You can see the unique construction clearly in the photo above. There are 6 yarn over increase points and the body of the shawl is worked in garter stitch before the mock-rib border.  You can see that the increases stop when you start the border, you just work that section straight.


I blocked the shawl using only 2 pins on my blocking boards. It was so simple and easy to block this shawl. I use Julie Weisenberger's Knitter's Block blocking boards and I highly recommend them. I have the larger set in the blue carrying case.

I pulled the ends as far as they could reach to get a little extra length and then I just smoothed out the rest of the shawl to lay nice and flat and to open up the yarn overs a little bit. I love how wool will do what you ask of it as far as shape. I really wanted the top edge to be a smooth line even though it wasn't knit that way and it stretched right out and stayed. It's a miracle every time.





I've already worn my Ellison Bay shawl. I couldn't wait to throw it on. It is the perfect topper over your summer dresses and I can't wait until the fall to throw this over my shoulders and around my neck as the weather cools off. Also, I hear it's supposed to be chilly in Door County in August. You can bet Ellison Bay is coming along in my suitcase.

Shawl success is always a good feeling. Have you knit any shawls this summer? I'd love to hear about it.

The ceramic necklace I'm wearing was a gift from my friend Kriste last fall. I love this sweet little necklace. It is handmade in the UK by jolucksted on Etsy. Click here for the Etsy shop!

I'll be back soon with more summer knitting to share. I hope you are all doing well.
xo ~ susan

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Louise Cardigan



Hi, Knitters,
I am still on a sweater kick. I have completed three sweaters this summer and I am pretty far on a fourth. I am feeling good about updating and adding to my handknit fall and winter wardrobe for the cold weather season that's approaching. It has been so much fun and really refreshing knitting these garments over the last few months. My knitting feels a bit rejuvenated and my love for our craft has grown even stronger if that's possible.


The latest cardigan I finished is called Louise.


Here is some information you might like to know:


Yarn: Quince & Co. Osprey (considered an Aran weight yarn) in Kumlien's Gull, Honey and Belize

Needles: US size 9 and 10, 32 inch circulars; US size 9 and 10 dpns

Cardigan Size: 35 3/4-inch bust size

Buttons: Six 1-inch golden wood buttons from Wooly Moss Roots on Etsy (my favorite button shop - highly recommended!)


Modifications:
~ ribbed edge on bottom of the body is knit on the US size 9 needles instead of the recommended US size 10
~ lengthened the body
~ took out the waist shaping
~ shortened the sleeve length
~ Instead of binding off under the arms/sleeves and seaming, I left the stitches live and used the kitchener stitch to graft the sleeves and body together.
~ added patch pockets to both fronts (picked up and knit onto the body, sides of pockets stitched down)
~ added one additional button and buttonhole


The cardigan is knit from the bottom up. Once you reach the underarms, you place stitches on both sides on scrap yarn or bind off as the pattern has you do where the sleeves will be lined up and placed. Set the body aside. Knit both of the sleeves up to the underarm. Place the underarm stitches on scrap yarn or bind off as directed in the pattern.

Join the body and sleeves together and work the raglan yoke. Bind off to make the front neckline lower and slightly scooped. Bind off at neck edge. Graft or seam the stitches under the arms together.


I soaked and blocked the cardigan at this point to make the collar and button bands easier to pick up. This makes the fronts roll less and makes it a little easier to figure out where to place the buttons. 


Pick up and work the ribbed collar. Pick up and work the garter stitch button band and buttonhole band. I like to knit the button band first and place stitch markers where I want the buttons. I figure out how many stitches I want in between the buttons and the distance for the buttons to be placed from the top and bottom edges of the front.

I picked up and added the two patch pockets. The pockets are 5-inch squares including 1-inch of rib at the top. The pockets are set 7 or 8 stitches over from the button bands and 3 rows up from the bottom rib.

Once the button bands and collar are in place I steamed those sections and the pockets before I sewed on the buttons.


Stitch on the buttons across from the buttonholes. I used light blue thread and a sewing needle.



I highly recommend this pattern. Louise is simple, easy, cute and wearable. It is easy enough for a first time cardigan knitter. With the heavier weight yarn and larger needles it works up in a flash. 

Carrie Bostick Hoge is a master of creating incredibly easy but entertaining knitwear. Her use of color in Louise is part of what drew me in. The color choices I used are the same colors Carrie used in the pattern and sample. Carrie gets all of the credit for the colors. I love that Honey gold color but it isn't the best color for me to wear all over. By limiting the Honey color to the cuffs and making them bold and wide I get to enjoy wearing the color without having it right by my face. It's perfect. 


And if you are interested in my skirt, it is called the Rising Sun Patched Skirt. I just purchased it last weekend while I was in Nashville. I found one skirt like this on the racks at the new retail and workshop space called Craftsouth. The skirt is sewn by one of my longtime favorite fabric designers/sewing artists/pattern designers/illustrators, Anna Maria Horner. My skirt is a size small and it fits great. 

Anna Maria also has classes on Creativebug. I have taken her Whole Cloth Quilt Class online at Creativebug and it was wonderful. She is charming and talented. I have also purchased a lot of her fabrics through the years and many of my quilted placemats are sewn using her beautiful fabrics. 

Click here to visit the Craftsouth website! This is Anna Maria's new retail and teaching space. It is so much fun in the shop. Make sure to visit if you are in Nashville. They have gorgeous yarns, too!

Click here to visit Anna Maria Horner's blog! (one of my favorite blogs of all time!)


I'll be back soon with the SSK 2015 review! I've been busy doing lots of book editing this week and the time has slipped by too quickly. 

Have a good weekend. July is almost over and that's a little hard to believe.
xo ~ susan

Monday, July 20, 2015

Egg to Owl Reversible Toy Pattern ~ Introductory Sale Price!


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Hi, Knitters,
I am back from SSK or the Super Summer Knitogether in Nashville and it was a wonderful time. I am going to fill you in on the details later this week! I am still recovering from the fun and getting reorganized from the retreat. 

Today I am releasing a brand new toy pattern! The 15 second video above shows how the new toy works. I am so excited to introduce you to my newest reversible toy pattern called Egg to Owl Reversible Toy. It is almost completely seamless, the head is stitched onto the body but other than that everything else is picked up and knit on.


I am having an introductory sale price on the pattern starting today, July 20, 2015 and ending on July 27, 2015, for $1.00 off the regular price. Today through next Monday the price of the pattern is $4.00. Starting July 27th the pattern will be listed at the regular price of $5.00. No code is necessary, it is listed at the sale price on Ravelry for the week.



Here is some information you might like to know:

Egg to Owl Reversible Toy




Knitting

July 2015

Worsted weight wool - other fiber content could be used (50 yards each of 2 contrasting colors for the Owl, 20 yards for the feet and beak; 50 yds for the Egg)

Worsted / 10 ply (9 wpi) ?

5.5 stitches = 1 inch in stockinette stitch

US 5 - 3.75 mm

200 yards (183 m)

Owl ~ 5-inches tall
This pattern is available for $4.00 USD  buy it now
On Sale for $1.00 off starting July 20, 2015 and ending July 27, 2015! For one week the pattern is set at $4.00 (no code necessary) and on July 27th the pattern will be at the regular price of $5.00! Enjoy!
Click here to see a video showing how the Egg to Owl Reversible Toy works on my Instagram: https://instagram.com/p/4CvkrwhU2d/?taken-by=susanbanderson
The Egg to Owl is an adorable reversible toy that starts as an egg and when turned inside out becomes a sweet little owl. You start by knitting the egg that has an opening on the side. After picking up the stitches around the opening the Owl’s body is knit from the bottom-up. The head is worked separately and is stitched to the top of the body. This is the only seam in the entire the toy.
The ears, wings and feet are picked up and knit on to the toy. Safety eyes are used for the sample but are optional. Embroidered eyes would work fine as well. I suggest using the spiderweb embroidery technique to create round eyes. Here is a link to my favorite video tutorial by Kristin Nicholas for this technique: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LADmLY7Ukq4
Other materials needed:
A small amount of fiberfill
Detachable stitch markers
9mm safety eyes (optional)
Ruler or tape measure


Here is how the reversible toy works step-by-step. You start with the egg.


The underside of the egg has an opening. 


You turn the egg inside out and stuff the body of the owl with the egg.... 


.... and you end up with this adorable little owl!

~Enjoy!~


I hope you are all having a wonderful summer! It has been a summer full of knitting for me so far and I hope that continues.

I'll be back soon with a podcast and post about my adventures at SSK if you are interested.

xo ~ susan

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Perfect Retreat Shawl ~ Pattern Release Sale!


Hi, Knitters,
I have a new shawl pattern releasing today and I am offering a $2.00 discount! It is on sale starting today for $4.00 and ending when I get back from SSK on July 19th, 2015. On July 20, 2015, the shawl will be $6.00. There is no code needed, the price has already been lowered for you!


I am super excited about it. Jeanette from Sun Valley Fibers and I are both going to the SSK Retreat this coming week in Nashville, TN. Jeanette is vending and I am teaching (I have developed two brand new workshops debuting at SSK!). Jeanette asked me quite awhile ago if I would design a shawl out of her exclusive SSK colorway called Labyrinth. Jeanette's farm is local to me and she works right in Madison so she just drops yarn off on my doorstep on her way to work. It is a pretty good deal and I love working with another Madison fiberista.

There is a labyrinth at the center where we are staying in Nashville thus the fitting color name. The yarn is SunValley's MCN (merino/cashmere/nylon) fingering weight yarn and it is a delight! I could not get over the mossy green combined with a golden hue. The yarn glows in the most subtle and beautiful way. It is mystifying. I don't know how she did it but the effect is stunning. I don't know if the colorway is available for everyone after the retreat but I'll find out and let you know.  Or you could ask Jeanette directly: Click here to contact Jeanette of Sun Valley Fibers! Updated to add: Jeanette let me know that she does have the color Labyrinth available in her shop and you can get it dyed to order on any of her bases. It is a beautiful color. 

The Perfect Retreat Shawl is big and squishy and just the right size to wrap around your shoulders or neck. 



My son and I headed out to my favorite nearby nature conservancy to take photos of the shawl and it was just a beautiful day in the woods. There was almost a hazy quality to the air, an after rainfall-type feel. The setting reminded me of many of the retreats I have been on where nature and landscape play a major role in the mood of the retreat. 

The shawl is written in two sizes, 1-skein and 2-skein. I am wearing the 2-skein size and it is generous and cozy.


Here is some pattern information you might like to know and the reason for the name of the shawl:

The Perfect Retreat Shawl was designed for the Super Summer Knitogether or SSK Retreat so with the retreat knitting-theme specifically in mind I designed this shawl.
After the simple set-up rows, the body of the shawl is mindless garter stitch with a two-row repeat, one simple increase row and one knit row. After 99 rows of garter stitch you are ready to add some simple lace to the edge.
The shawl is designed to start the 6 set-up rows at home, head off to the retreat. Then you are set to relax and knit garter stitch to your heart’s content. By the time you get home you’ll be ready to add the final lace edging. While working on the lace you can remember the fun and friends from the retreat.
Another fun idea would be to start the Perfect Retreat Shawl with a yarn you have in your stash. Work the body of the shawl at the retreat. Then purchase a coordinating skein of fingering weight yarn at the retreat to use for the lace sections when you get home. You will instantly have created a memory shawl from your retreat!
The Perfect Retreat Shawl is actually just as perfect for non-retreat knitting, relaxing at home, travel, watching your kids’ sports or activities, waiting for appointments or for the water to boil while cooking pasta for dinner, etc. It’s a perfect shawl for your everyday life knitting.
Finished measurements after blocking:
1 skein shawl: 50-inch wingspan, 24-inch depth
2 skein shawl: 63-inch wingspan, 31-inch depth
Yarn: Sun Valley Fibers, 75% Merino, 15% Cashmere, 10% Nylon, 400 yards, fingering weight, 1 or 2 skeins in Labyrinth for selected size
Yarn amount notes:
The 1 Skein size will use most all of 400 yards.
The 2 Skein size finished shawl weighs 199 grams.
The Sun Valley MCN skeins are generous and only go by yardage, not weight. For the 2 Skein shawl I did have 37 grams left over from the second skein.
Needles: US size 6/4mm, 32-inch circular or size to obtain gauge
Gauge: 5.5 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch before blocking
Materials:
Stitch markers
Yarn needle
Optional: Blocking wires and pins







I hope you enjoy this new shawl pattern! One or two skeins of fingering weight is all you need. The Perfect Retreat Shawl is full of simple, mindless knitting with a simple lace pattern pattern to finish things off. It's an enjoyable knit suitable for beginners.

Thanks for the support, as always. I hope you are able to knit and retreat a little bit this summer even if it is only to your back yard.
xo ~ susan