What’s Hot at Twill

Not quite sure what to knit? Want to join in on some of the fun at the shop? Here's what's hot right now: The Japanese Knot Bag is a clever and elegantly minimal way to secure your day-to-day necessities, or even your knitting supplies--the bag can double as a yarn bowl! Knitted in one piece and felted in the washing machine, this project was featured in out Christmas in July project list, and Sandy has already fashioned one for herself. You can use two strands of Lettlopi held together, or go bold with a colorful Noro yarn. We recommend in particular either Obi or Kureyon AIR. The Gryer Shawl is another lovely selection from the Christmas in July list. We have one here in the shop knit in Feza Harvest Worsted, but you could choose from any of the colors of Ella Rae Superwash Merino, Madelinetosh Vintage, or Rowan Pure Wool Worsted to make a shawl that's soothing to knit and comforting to wear with its squishiness and thicker-than-average weight. This project is suitable for an advanced beginner, and makes a good introduction to skills such as changing colors and knitting I-cord. We love the Molly Scarf (so much so that we put it on the Christmas in July list!) and we think you will, too! The sample at the shop was knit with Noro Tennen, but the pattern pairs very well with other variegated or self-striping yarns such as Noro Kureyon or Noro Silk Garden. With just four rows--well, really just two rows each repeated twice--this makes a great first short-row project. We're even teaching a Santa's Helper class for this, if you're intrigued but not yet confident enough to start it on your own! We're here to help. Kate's Poncho is a wonderful thing to have in the transition between seasons when it's not quite cold enough for a jacket, but still chilly. Sandy made one for the shop in Madelinetosh Vintage, though you could just as easily use Feza Harvest Worsted, Ella Rae Superwash Merino, Lettlopi, Zealana Heron... possibilities abound! Knit in one piece from the top down, Kate's Poncho is suitable for advanced beginners. Antiquity is a sweet fingerless mitten pattern from the Christmas in July project list that takes just 50 grams of sport- or DK-weight yarn. Jen knit a sample for the shop in Madelinetosh DK, but the pattern would work just as easily in a solid such as Rowan Pure Wool DK or Zealana Cozi. Never made mittens? Why not take a Santa's Helper class, pick up some new skills, and walk away with a finished project?