The Barchan Earflap Hat is named after the horseshoe-shaped snowdrifts called barchans. Worked from the top down with a provisional cast-on, this ribbed hat has a seamless construction with no short rows or stitches to pick up. The slouchy version of the hat is shown, but the pattern can be easily adapted for a beanie style, with or without earflaps.
I’m in love with the Lana Grossa Fur Pom Pom from The Trendsetter Yarn Group. It attaches easily with a snap which you stitch onto the hat. It’s just so soft and fuzzy and gorgeous!
I used the beautiful worsted wool I bought in Dresden, Germany a few years ago at The Green Wheel. I love having yarn as a souvenir. It was so much fun to relive a little bit of that amazing trip!
During our yearly mother-daughter trip, my Meggie-pie and I enjoyed the best San Francisco had to offer.
Delicious food, the San Fransisco Ballet, Chinatown, the Golden Gate Bridge and luxury accommodations were a part of the package, but our trip was not complete without an Über ride to San Francisco’s premier yarn store, ImagiKnit!
ImagiKnit is a tiny store, but is packed to the brim with yarn delights from all over the globe.
Megan fell in love with the store’s darling mascots.
I was able to score a couple of skeins of Rowan Yarn’s Fur
and got to work as soon as I got home.
Next time you’re in San Francisco, don’t miss the chance to stop by ImagiKnit!
While driving through the Rhône-Alpes region of France last year
my husband and I stopped in downtown Grenoble so I could check out a yarn store (feeling lots of hubby-love here❤️), Maille á Part, located at 5 rue Génissieu. I went straight to some fingering weight alpaca, and stood there, trying to decide on a color. This was my first experience with Lang Yarns, a German company which has been in business since 1867. That’s almost 150 years!
Lang Yarns carries several wool yarns that are traceable, meaning can enter the yarn information printed on the lable here and learn about the farm and the sheep on the farm that produced the wool you are holding in your hand. Pretty cool.
Baby Alpaca is not a traceable yarn, but that didn’t take away any of the pleasure I enjoyed while knitting up the Grenoble Fair Isle Hat.
Last spring we got the chance to visit my brother and sister-in-law and their boys in San Diego, California, the most beautiful, peaceful place on the California coast. After lunch and before the beach, I paid a visit to The Black Sheep, a LSY located on Highway 101 in Encinitas.
This yarn store is the stuff of which dreams are made.
If you can dream of a luxury yarn brand, The Black Sheep probably carries it; Berroco, Classic Elite, Debbie Bliss, Jade Saphire, Rowan, and Skacel to name a few, every brand and style with an abundance of colorways.
I’d been dreaming of owning some Noro Solo for months, wanting to pair it with some of my striped Silk Garden in some sort of intarsia designed something or other. Instead, I ended up using most of it for Pierre’s Fringe Wrap.