Saturday, 5 November 2011

A Look Back at the Yarn and Pattern Club

It has been a steep learning curve for me, this yarn and pattern club and it's been alot of fun! With January's subscriptions appearing in the shop in a few hours, and the last of the Autumn club parcels going in the post on Monday, I thought I'd do a little summary of the Autumn Club ~

It kicked off with a fabulous mystery pattern from Lisa Mutch of Northbound Knitting. I love Lisa's work, and I knew I could trust her to keep her design under wraps, although we were both dying to reveal it! The Canadian Postal strike meant she didn't receive her yarn in time to knit the sample in the mystery skein ~ Silky Sock in colourway 'Emma', so her sample of Deviate was knitted in a skein of Lioness Arts BFL Sock which she luckily had already stashed, phew! Below is my test knit, in Lioness Arts Symphony Sock in the Club colourway ~

At the end of August I gleefully mailed out 2 skeins of BFL Sock in colourways Heartache and Honey Moon, accompanied by the gorgeous Henslowe pattern by Beth Kling. Below is Beth's sample, in Heartache, and mine, in Honey Moon:

Its no secret that I'm a huge Veera Valimaki fan, and I loved knitting her Club pattern ~ Northanger Abbey. Her sample is in the repeatable colourway Picking Violets, but the Club colours are Keepsake and Forget Me Not, a variegated pink and a semi-solid blue on my 100% merino high twist base, King of the Jungle. By the way, Veera has a fab new website..

And the last Club yarn is King of the Jungle's soft and snuggly sister, Lioness Sock. A high twist heavy fingering like her 100% Merino counterpart, Lioness sock is 80% Merino 10% Nylon 10% Cashmere, and are accomanied by Micheline, a beautiful Stole / Scarf from Ariane Caron-Lacoste aka Falling Stitches

Thanks so much to Lisa, Beth, Veera and Ariane for joining me on this adventure, to everyone who tested the patterns and of course to everyone who signed up, there wouldn't be a club without you!