A year in review

The holidays gave us some time to reflect on the past year and each of us wanted to share our favorites with you before diving into what's next.Julie's favorites from 2014 include her favorite things in the shop.  She has carefully curated a selection of products that we all enjoy, and the following are some that she loves and uses regularly."I burn our Tatine Candles every night. Forest Floor being my favorite. I feel as though they can help create a perfect evening: music, candles burning and knitting.I am in love with Jul Closures, especially the leather items. I can dress up even a borderline cowl with these lovelies. man hatMy current favorite pattern, The Man Hat by Haven Leavitt. I cast on last week with Blue Sky Worsted in black for University of Iowa. And I love it!A special yarn worth highlighting would be Blue Faced Leister from Hand Maiden, Fleece Artist. Theresa hit the nail on the head with beautiful holiday wreaths, and soon to be off her needles with be pillows in this loopy knit.   We can't wait to showcase these in the shop.Last but not least, I will not leave out Knitters Pride Dreamz Needles, for sure my favorite go to for almost everything."Dawn's list of favorites includes projects that she loves. lattice top 01Her favorite finished project (that she will actually wear) - is her Lattice Cap Sleeve top out of Madelinetosh Dandelion.  You can read more about this project in our earlier blog post.Theresa and Dawn agree in their favorite event which was our evening with Takako when she filled the shop with beautiful samples from Habu.Dawn's favorite new yarn this year is Titus from Baa Ram Ewe.  And her favorite finished project knit by someone else is the sample of Brooklyn Tweed's Natsumi that arrived in the shop late this summer.Theresa's highlight list includes the Color Block Bias Blankets that she and Dawn worked on last Spring.Her heart is torrn between two favorite yarns: Blue Sky Extra (which she hasn't worked with yet but has loved winding for customers) and Anzula Cricket which she's been thinking about using again for a third bias blanket for myself as she has given away the two she made for baby gifts. frozenHer two favorite projects that someone else knit would be the little Frozen Sweater knit up for us by our friend Helen (shown above) and the Equisetum Hat that Kristin knit with Suri Merino.  Theresa has a plan to knit a version of this hat for herself out of Shibui Alpaca DK.esjan 1 (2)Kimberly's favorite project that came of her needles this year would be Stephen West's Esjan Shawl that she knit up with Dramaturg from Leading Men Fiber Arts.Her favorite event was our wonderfully successful Underpants Drive, too cute!!Shes decided that she is going to cast on for her first sweater with her favorite new yarn of 2014: Kenzie.And her favorite project that someone else knit is the Color Tipped Scarf that Dawn knit out of Swan's Island Washable Aran.Kate shares Julie's passion for Jul Clasps.  These have opened up a whole world of shawl knitting which she never tried before.  Her new favorite technique is the German Short Row. peak 03And the project that she most enjoyed knitting this year was the Peak Scarf by Susan Lawrence that she knit with a double strand of Shibui Pebble.  This yarn is her absolute favorite and she has two projects currently on her needles and plans for more in 2015.Tune in later this week when we share what we're all looking forward to working on in upcoming months!