I’m loving this new sweater design by Lola Johnson of Third Vault Yarns. Swing Me Right Round can be worn with either side as the front and is meant to show off hand-dyed yarn in either fingering, sport or DK. A spreadsheet comes with the pattern that allows you to input your gauge and measurements and generates stitch counts, number of repeats and your increases. You can also choose to knit it from the center outwards — which eliminates any grafting — or from the bottom up. Whichever choices you make, it’s bound to look stunning (I can’t guarantee that you’ll get that 1985 Dead or Alive song out of your head).
Lara Smoot’s latest sock design, Heat Lighting, uses Unplanned Peacock’s Cozy Sock, a blend of Merino, alpaca and nylon, for an easy-to-knit sock in a fun, lightning-like lace pattern. It’s worked from the cuff down and incorporates a modified short row heel. Best of all: if you act fast, you can get this and all of Lara’s other sock patterns for 50% off until Oct. 1. Use the code Socktober at checkout.
Single Sheep, Keya’s newest yarn base comes courtesy of Blanche, Stella and Oliver — it’s the first yarn ever from the fleece of sheep on her Georgia farm! The yarn is a fingering-weight single, a la Tosh Merino Light. Quantities are limited, so make sure you buy what you need the first time. There are also autumn colorways on the Journey, Rocket Sock and Rocket Sock Medium bases, as well as new colorways of spinning fiber and new project bags with grommets.
Spencer Hill‘s Big Cartel shop will be a little quiet this weekend while Barb is at Knitters’ Day Out in Summerdale, Pennsylvania. The event includes vendors from Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, New York… and Australia. Barb will be bringing hand-dyed yarn, sheep-colored fiber and naturally-dyed yarn, while her friend Stephanie of Rock Solid Designs will have project bags, needle rolls, DPN protectors and original designs, including one in Barb’s Nell yarn.