Tuesday, August 3, 2010

August 2010 Newsletter

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Transition into Fall with your August knitting time. The patterns and yarns featured in this Newsletter will help you glide effortlessly out of your flip flops and into your boots.

In This Issue: Introducing Madelinetosh Yarn / Flattering, Versatile Knitwear Designs /

Sandrasingh.com is excited to bring you the delectable yarns of Madelinetosh! A fellow Texan, Amy Hendrix the owner of Madelinetosh is renown worldwide for her luxurious fibers and hand dyed designer colors. I have the pleasure of introducing two of her yarn lines, the knitting staple Tosh Sock and her newest yarn, Tosh Merino Light.

HTML clipboard Tosh Sock is crafted of a luxurious 100% superwash merino wool. With a generous 395 yards per skein one skein is enough to complete a pair of woman's size large socks, but you'll also want to use it for your next lace project such as Ysolda's Ishbel.

Soft, single-ply fingering weight Tosh Merino Light is also crafted of 100% superwash merino wool. Each skein is put up with a generous 440 yards making one skein perfect for a pair of socks and two skeins ideal for a lace project. But Madelinetosh's breathe taking color palette will inspire you to knit or crochet pullovers, cardigans, hat & mitten sets and much more.

Both of these yarns are hand dyed in small dyelots. Amy achieves her rich colors by applying multiple colors to the fiber in thin glazes, adding true depth & dimension to each skein thus making your projects stunning and unique. With so many beautiful colors you can use this yarn again and again, and each of your projects will be exceptional.

To learn more about Madelinetosh visit my blog, knittingwithsandrasingh.blogspot.com
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Flattering, Versatile Knitwear Designs
This year Fall fashion ushers in clothing women want to wear, knitwear continues to reign the runways and garment versatility is key. Get mileage out of your existing wardrobe, knitting time and the pieces you create with one of these flattering new designs.

More than one styling option make these two long, open flowing cardigans by Through The Loops and Anne Richardson wardrobe staples. Lonicera, by Through The Loops, is a long wrap/vest. Work one in bamboo or cotton for a breezy summer accessory than work one in wool or alpaca for fall and winter.

HTML clipboardAnd Anne Richardson's flowing Ten Way Jacket is another take on this popular look. The pattern gives you the choice to hand or machine knit or even crochet this sweater in your favorite yarn and it includes a styling guide for 10 different options from causal to dressy.
HTML clipboardFor a sleek tailored look knit Schaefer's Linen Stitch jacket, fitted but not tight, the one button closure and stitch texture dress up this minimalist piece.

And the relaxed flair of Schaefer's Basketweave Kimono will make you look pulled together on any casual weekend. Both are knit in Schaefer's new yarn Chris.HTML clipboardSoftly with a whisper of lace, like fine classical music, HeartString FiberArts' Pianissimo Lace Blouse is a masterpiece in concomitant simplicity and elegance. Alternating diagonals of eyelets suggest a soothing repetitive melody punctuated with the dainty staccato of herringbone faggot lace columns. The theme of pianissimo is echoed in the softly gathered bodice that adjoins the lacy saddle shoulder continuations of the full-length sleeves.
HTML clipboardClassic Cables were seen in many top designer collections this fall and Lisa Ellis Designs skillfully combines a bold cable pattern with a short fitted cardigan resulting in the Seamless Short Sweater. Knit from the bottom up and the sleeves down for minimal seaming its shape is ideal for pairing it with anything from jeans to a circle skirt.
HTML clipboard And the adult version of Never Not Knitting's Spring Garden Tee, its reminiscent of Alana's child's pattern, incorporates more sophisticated, mature styling details including a wide scoop neckline and delicate sleeves, plus waist shaping and an extended length. The result is a basic, well-fitting tee that is elegant, feminine and flattering.
HTML clipboard Like the blush on a rose Ilga Leja's delicate shell, Blush, has a gossamer, graceful quality. The decorative openwork stitch pattern, made even more transparent with wrapped stitches, emphasizes the floral theme. The lightest of summer cover-ups, it can be matched with a camisole or a swim suit.
HTML clipboard Complete your new look by wrapping one of these lacy scarves around your neck. HTML clipboard For a fast and mindless knit you'll enjoy working the simple stitch pattern of the Fickleknitter's Easy Bamboo Lace Scarf.
HTML clipboardHTML clipboard Dainty fairy motifs at one end of HeartStrings FiberArts' scarf transform into flowers at the other end to create the Fairies and Flowers scarf, while bead embellishments define the fairy heads and flower buds.
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And one skein of Schaefer's light fingering weight, silk blend yarn Audrey is all you need to knit Rebecca Hatcher's Audrey Royal.

Thank you for sharing my August news. Remember I'm always happy to help you with any of your fiber arts needs and I'm a phone call or email away. Or you can reach me on Ravelry my group is Sandrasingh.com, on Twitter or on Facebook. Enjoy the rest of your summer and I hope you get to take some time to relax and create.

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