A visit to KnitWit Yarn shop in Portland, Quince yarn, and the Gradient KAL.
|Frolicking Feet for my Radiant Gradient project|
The definition of gradient is: hmmmm funny because the definitions that popped up were related to math or temperature.... basically a change in the value over a slope or curve. So in color, gradient might mean shifting of color from hue to hue in longer stretches. At least that's what I thought it was. If you search gradient shawl patterns on Ravelry, you'll find many that play with shifting colors, whether within a single shade of color or over a range of complimentary or contrasting colors. If you choose to join the KAL, understand that I am pretty flexible with the definition of gradient, aim to find a colorful yarn or work within one color and use a variety of hues.
|Purl Bee, Ombre Wrap|
The yarn used is Mongolian Cashmere, eight skeins, for a total cost of $398.00 for the kit. I can daydream, ok? Imagine, how luxurious to knit and to wear?
|Radiant Gradient by Susan Ashcroft|
If you have not yet popped into KnitWit, please do. It a small and unassuming spot, surprisingly stashed with yummy yarns, and staffed with welcoming and knowledgeable knitters. They have such a vast supply of Quince and Co Yarn and now, Brooklyn Tweed yarns. As I checked out the display of gradient yarns, I fell hard for the olive and deep purple tones of the Frolicking Feet. I had to have it when I discovered it is a "Made in Maine" product!
|Quince and Co Chickadee in Carrie's Yellow|
Pattern: Scarf Squared by Pam Allen
Yarn: Quince and Co Yarn, Chickadee in the Carrie's Yellow colorway on size 6 needles.
This is such a simple but stunning pattern. You know how I love garter stitch... I love the stacked blocks of garter and the length will be just right for my mum, not too long or too wide. I need to try and finish it before going back to Maine this weekend.
So, will you join us in the Gradient KAL? No? Well, please come and look at what the group makes, maybe it will inspire a future project. Happy Knitting!