Vanilla

Continuing our theme of simple elegance this week, we'd like to introduce you to two samples that are in the shop that have been capturing a great deal of attention.  These two simple scarves in natural oatmeal tones beautifully illustrate how exciting "vanilla" can be.samplesThe first scarf is a Habu kit that we just adore.  The Teikei scarf  is an gently asymmetrical design by Kirsten Johnstone that combines wool and (believe it or not) stainless steel for a fabric that cries out to be touched.  "The subtle shaping provides visual interest while minimizing bulk and allows numerous styling options to express the exquisite quality of this knit fabric."habuThe pattern calls for three lace weight yarns to be held together almost throughout the project.  You can see that the edges of this scarf have a delicate tracery that is created by working with just one of the yarns alone.  Has simple stockinette ever looked so appealing?textureThe second is a slightly modified version of Urban Chic by Yumiko Alexander that was knit up for us by our dear friend Tedi.  She is our simply elegant style guru, always gravitating towards patterns that highlight a clean aesthetic and look like a million dollars.Tedi created this sample using 3 skeins of Shibui Linen and US 9 needles. She modified the pattern to add 10 inches creating a finished scarf that measures 17" x 72".urbanIt couldn't be easier to imagine throwing this around your shoulders on a warm sunny day for some light protection against unexpected chills from overactive air conditioning.Some of our favorite scarves, shawls, and wraps do not involved complex lace work.  We love how simple patterns (that aren't too tricky to attempt while social knitting) and neutral colors can create accessories that we reach for again and again.Stop into the shop when you can and let us help you find the perfect pattern for your next summer accessory.