What a difference a day makes

Last week, in spite of the date, we were in the middle of summer here in Fort Collins with close to 100 degree temperatures. This week, it feels a bit like fall in New England.  Cool damp clouds are looming just overhead, chasing us indoors and towards our knitting baskets.Julie Conway brought in a sample that is fresh off her needles and I thought that it beautifully illustrates our transition from summer into Autumn. shellseeker blueYou may remember this Shellseeker. This sweater has been a huge hit in the shop this summer, with its loose informal boxy shape and beachy stripes.  I knit it up with Anzula Cricket, a deliciously soft sport weight blend of merino, cashmere and nylon.  This wonderful yarn is washable, and we have a breathtaking spectrum of colors in the shop.Inspired by that color selection, Julie made her version of Shellseeker with colors that she thought would work better for her cooler weather wardrobe.  Her charcoal grey and black version is stunning and gives a very different feel from the summery navy and cream. shellseeker greyShe also made several pattern modifications to ensure that the sweater would better flatter her figure.  Working with the ideas of the Knit to Flatter Craftsy Class of Amy Herzog, she decided that she would be far more comfortable in a longer sweater that had more of an A line shape.  I love the idea of making thoughtful modifications to a pattern that will ensure the finished project will be a favorite and worn all the time instead of being stuck on the shelf because its fit isn’t perfect.I would encourage you to pop into the shop to check out this new version of a sweater you may already love.  You might find that her modifications suit you as well.  We can talk a bit about your favorite sweaters, and how a few small changes can make an almost perfect pattern something that you'll want to wear all the time this winter.