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There’s a chill in the air that signals that bittersweet end to summer. Like most knitters, I love fall more than the other seasons combined. So here’s a knit that celebrates end-of-summer dress-wearing, when you might need something to keep you warm out on the patio, drink in hand, Christmas lights twinkling…

This shrug has been sent to Urban Yarns where it will be on display for the next six months or so – my first store sample! It was a bit of a gamble on my part: I asked Anina what was on her sample wish list for the store; she immediately brought back a ball of Millais yarn and pattern book. I chose this shrug because it promised to be quick and interesting to knit, and it was.

I’m a bit embarrassed to say that the pattern calls for the yarn Rossetti by the same company (Louisa Harding), and I just assumed it was for Millais…and didn’t realize this until the shrug was completely finished. Luckily, it turned out to be a pretty good substitute, only having a little less drape than the Rossetti.

Pattern: Ribbon by Louisa Harding (Ravelry link here)
Yarn: Louisa Harding Millais (50% wool, 50% acrylic) in Peacock

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A few photos of the wedding shrug, which was knit with Handmaiden Silk Lace. I think it was a success: the colour was the perfect icy pale blue, and believe it or not, it helped keep the late June chill off.

Plus you can jump for joy in it!

It was the best day.

Oops! Sorry for the omission: the pattern is Sugarplum Shrug by Erika Knight. See it on Ravelry here.

I really want to start some new projects. Luckily, a few possibilities have presented themselves in the form of magazine ads. I found myself wondering who designs these ad garments for various yarn companies – some of them are extremely nice and, of course, perfectly show off the yarns for which they were made.

A few days ago I bought a dress to wear to my wedding. I have never owned a dress like this, and am unlikely to ever own another piece of clothing so amazing, and so I’m reluctant to add too many accessories to it. But that very evening, I was flipping through a knitting magazine when a Manos del Uruguay ad jumped out at me. A kind of shrug or bolero that might go very nicely with a Betsey Johnson spaghetti-strap dress…but here’s the thing. The pattern can’t be found anywhere – oh Manos, it’s so mean to tease. Apparently, th new pattern book will appear in April. My fingers are getting itchy.

Manos ad

More flipping, and another ad – the Mondo Cable Cardi for Dream in Color Yarn. A quick search on Ravelry shows that the cardigan doesn’t fit anyone as nicely as it fits the Nicole Kidman-lookalike model, yet I still want to make it…

Dream in Color ad

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