Last year Donna Arnold found a pattern by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee called, Pretty Thing.  And it was.  And we all loved it.  And we all knit it.  And again, this year, there is another great cowl pattern by our same hilarious designer (check out her weblog:  The Yarn Harlot, to see for yourself).  This cowl is available for purchase at her Ravlery pattern store and is well worth the price.  Why?  It is a big, oversized cowl…quite the rage right now.  It is done in four reversible stitches…IN THE ROUND.  What knitter can resist that?  But wait, folks, there’s more — it is done in chunky yarn on size US 10.5 (6.5mm) needles.  Zippity quick doo dah!  I scoffed at Donna yesterday…don’t like knitting with anything bigger than a US8 personally.  Of course, a new yarn arrives today and I need to make a store sample.  How convenient…Encompass just happens to be here.  I go hunt down the darn needles…and don’t you know…I am rather enjoying myself and the knit…hmmm…unscoff at Donna.  The End.  The new yarn is Ella Rae Chunky superwash wool…perfect for the people on your list who don’t quite “get” (J.A. you know who you are…) the bit about WOOL SHRINKS.  The yarn is all in beautiful heathered colors and I even managed to find a pink and a blue that are perfect for baby knits at a reasonable price.

Amity also arrived today.  This yarn is also an Ella Rae yarn, but is a blend.  It arrived in a series of neutrals, brights, and basic colors.  It is self-striping in a fair-isle sort of way.  Amity is a great yarn for a tight budget, for charity knitting, for prayer shawls and as a distinct upgrade from R.H. without a huge upgrade in price.

We brought in some Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran in the shade of pink she is known for and an exceptional charcoal.  Some Noro also arrived:  Kogayashi and King.  I hope to have a pattern for you to use with either of these yarns in the next few days…something easy to knit with hearts.

I hope all is well…this can be a very trying time of year…even so, stay positive and remember to breathe.  Above all keep knitting!xox theHumanLoom

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