Making Light: Andorra's Solstice Anniversary Celebration

Today we’re celebrating the winter solstice and the one-year anniversary of Kelbourne Woolens first yarn, Andorra.

At Kelbourne Woolens, Andorra represents hope and light for the future, and what a year it has been for this little yarn! It’s the perfect yarn for your winter knits - it’s warm, light, inviting, durable, and a bit vintage - just like us!

We couldn’t have done it without you, so today we celebrate you - all the people who have supported Kelbourne Woolens over this transformative and wonderful year. To recap the best of 2018 we’ve gathered a collection of Instagram posts featuring Andorra WIPs, FOs, and designs from this past year.

Find Kelbourne Woolens Andorra yarn at one of our many excellent partner retailers, or ask for it at a local yarn shop near you.

We are grateful for your support this year, and because we love our Kelbourne Woolens customers you get a special treat this holiday season! All of our patterns in our Ravelry Store are 50% off between now and midnight on New Year's Eve! Use the coupon code HOLIDAZE at checkout. We hope that you and yours have a very happy holiday season and joyful New Year.

Designer Feature: Meta's Bonnet by Maura Kirk

Our dear friend Maura (another former Kelbourne Woolens employee!) stopped by yesterday with her darling wee babe, Meta, who was wearing her brand new Scout bonnet, now available as a free pattern!

Besides being one of the cutest wee little gnomes we have ever seen, Maura designed this bonnet for Meta with practicality and function in mind. The shape fits the head and covers the ears without a lot of additional bulk, and the construction makes for a quick knit.

SPECIFICATIONS
Yarn:
 Kelbourne Woolens Scout, Juniper Heather, 1 skein.
Gauge: 20 sts/35 rows = 4 inches/10 cm in Stockinette Stitch, after blocking.
Needles: US 6 and US 8.
Size: To fit 3-6 months (6-12 months).

Check out the free pattern on Ravelry here!


Navia Knitalong: Updates and Progress

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Did you hear that? That was the sound of the last three weeks flying by! We’re still excitedly plugging away at the knit along, though, and wanted to share our progress with you.

Kate:
Real talk, you guys. Between illnesses that never seemed to end, deadline knitting that I just shipped off, and a super secret gift I’ve been working on, I haven’t had a lot of time for my knitalong sweater! I did, though, manage to knit two swatches while sick in bed a week or so ago.

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One was useful in that it was to check gauge and to experiment with washing the swatch in my machine, and the other was useful in that it showed me a color option that very much did not work. I absolutely love the hand of the fabric once it was washed, but my stockinette gauge is too loose (14 stitches to 4” as opposed to the recommended 15”) on US 9 needles, so for my next swatch I’m going to see what happens on US 8 needles.

As I mentioned in the last post, despite black being one of my favorite colors, I wasn’t sold on my original choice. I then went with the below option, thinking the four colors looked great together - which they do! - but, as you can see in my swatch, the light brown and mid grey just do not work well together in the stranded colorwork pattern.

So now, I’m going to try a third option, going back to my original colors, but switching up the order a bit.

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I’m leaning towards the all natural (which will put the green as a contrast only used in the yoke), but I’ve been so determined to make it work in the body and hems that I want to try some alternate options with the green as well. Decisions, decisions! Crossing fingers once I get through these last few swatches, I’ll finally settle on a color combo and can actually start knitting soon!

Meghan:
I am loving knitting this sweater. I had been convinced all these years that I “just can’t do colorwork” and was super frustrated every time I tried and made something that ended up too tight to wear. However, with the encouragement of Kate and Courtney, I sat down and knit not one, but two stranded colorwork hats using Navia Duo (which I LOVE) and they came out great. So I decided to leap right into a traditional Faroese stranded yoke sweater which uses 3 colors in a row in some places!

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I am really pleased with my sweater so far and a few days ago I moved into the single color portion of the body. Using size 9 needles, this part of the sweater is practically knitting itself. I even went to see White Christmas in the theater last night and knit the whole time! At this rate, I’ll be at the yoke in no time.

Courtney:
This has been my sweater for when I just can’t knit on my deadline sweater anymore. I am a two-timing knitter, it is true. But, I am super happy with my Christmas-y color choices and am still absolutely convinced that I will be knitting the yoke during our family’s Christmas Eve festivities (the dreaded deadline sweater is due on December 19).

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I am using a size 9 needle for the body, and I machine washed my swatch, which is how I plan to treat my finished garment as well. You may notice on all of our sweaters that the knitting looks a bit loose and not at all how we are used to seeing a “good” knit fabric look. That is just the nature of this Faroese yarn! Tradition is meant to be knit a bit on the loose end, and once washed it blooms delightfully! According to Navia, most Faroese knitters machine wash their sweaters on the wool cycle, which allows for even more bloom. I think it works like a charm, and I’m not sad at all to let my front-loader do my work for me.


And that’s it! Hopefully next update Kate will actually be knitting her sweater and Meghan and Courtney will be done with their bodies and well into the sleeves.