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Thursday, May 19, 2016

A perfect pairing!
When you find that perfect yarn and pattern pairing, it is like finding the end of a rainbow! That's what happened the moment I saw the finished Clementine cowls that were popping up during our Thursday evening social knit. My favorite Clementine FOs were the ones that used 1 skein of Spincycle Yarns Dyed in the Wool and 1 skein of Freia Fibres Handpaints Ombré Sport. The pairing of these two gradient style yarns got to me and I had to cast-on a shop sample right away!

Clementine Cowl
Clementine Cowl Shop Sample
Freia Dusk/Spincycle Pick Your Poison

The shop sample was actually my second Clementine because I knit one for myself and I just loved the soothing hand work of the slipped stitch patterning. After knitting my first one, I did realize the error in my way of not reading all of the pattern instructions (do as I say, not as I do...). So should you decide to cast one on today, follow the suggestion in the pattern and skip the blocking because it does flatten out the fabulous texture of the polka dot pattern.

Have I convinced you to cast one on yet? Yes! Awesome! Here is another tip, go for contrast... not matchy, matchy. Here are some color combination suggestions:

Freia Espresso and Spincycle Overpasses
Freia Espresso/Spincycle Overpasses

Freia Dusk and Spincycle Pick Your Poison
Freia Dusk/Spincycle Pick Your Poison

Freia Melon and Spincycle Pussywillow
Freia Melon/Spincycle Pussywillow 

Freia Hard Candy and Spincycle Robin's Egg
Freia Hard Candy/Spincycle Robin's Egg 

Freia Autumn Rose and Spincycle Snow Hero
Freia Autumn Rose/Spincycle Snow Hero

I just recently ran into The SpinCycle Spinsters at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Indie Pop-up shop hosted by The Knot House (a definite must stop if you are in the Frederick, MD area). I might have taken home 1... okay it was actually 3 skeins of their fabulous wool. I snapped a few images for your viewing pleasure.

The Knot House Spincycle Booth

Spincycle Sample Knits

Want to know all more about the Spinsters of Spincycle? Check out Episode 57 of the Woolful Podcast.

Happy Crafting!


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