Last Wednesday's Knit Night crowd numbered nine, with some regulars and their newbie tag-a-longs (who now officially belong). Our Yarn Girl, Julia, shared that she had just bought new ski gear for a little March Break adventure. Seeing as it was her first time on the slopes in over fifteen years, it was completely essential that she look goooood, since she couldn't ski worth beans fifteen years ago and absence hardly makes those skills stronger.
Julia found a free two-colour fair isle pattern on Ravelry that she liked, called Norwegian Star Earflap Hat by Tiennie.
She described her new ski-bunny duds as a fuschia and purple jacket, with lime green ski pants, and the Knit Nighters were all over it. They toured The Yarn Store and decided en masse that Madelinetosh Vintage was the way to go. It's the right weight (worsted) and easy care (superwash) with absolutely, perfectly vibrant colours (yum!).
The pattern calls for just one skein of two colours (Lime and Dahlia). Trusting the Knit Nighters implicitly (and who wouldn't??), Julia picked up her needles and cast on immediately.
There was a definite deadline for this little endeavour, and Julia met it on Friday morning, with flying hand-dyed colours!
Holy hotness, Batman! Not only the colours and the style, but the ski bunny herself! Who cares how the skiing was...Julia looks like she knows what she's doing (and we can't see all the snow stuffed up her back!).
Indeed, the lesson for the week is this: become a Knit Nighter and influence people!
If you are interested in learning the Fair Isle knitting technique, check out our Classes page, and call the store to sign up for Julia's Beginner Fair Isle Hat class, beginning April 6, 2013.
Join our free Knit Night group every Wednesday evening from 6:30 - 8:30 pm, and feel the power!