These beautiful pouches from Churchmouse Yarns, crocheted in Rowan Handknit Cotton are perfect as makeup bags, for knitting accessories, or for a variety of other uses. I would definitely line the pouch with beautiful fabric. Tip: Make a paper pattern for the lining by tracing the crocheted piece(s) onto light weight paper (tracing paper works well). For this type of project, add a small seam allowance, 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch. Cut the lining and stitch together. Hand sew the lining in place (wrong side against the inside of pouch) close to the zipper opening.
This beautiful, drapey, asymmetric tunic by Julie Weisenberger of Cocoknits is made from Louet’s Euroflax, one of the finest quality 100% linen yarns in the market. Leisl Project is available at Churchmouse Yarns and Teas, and could be knit up quickly to wear this summer. Linen is one of my favorite fibers; check out the post “The Ultimate Summer Yarn”.
As you’ve probably guessed by now, I love scarves – the ultimate accessory to add a little finesse to your outfit. This one by Churchmouse is knit in Rowan’s light and airy Kidsilk Haze. The dots aren’t made with colored yarn, but knit in a large eyelet pattern stitch – simple yet creates a luxurious lace. I would love to try this piece.
The Moroccan Slippers from Churchmouse Yarns are the crochet version of their popular Turkish Bed Socks. I have made many pairs of the Turkish Socks (a couple of pairs are shown above), which I wear mainly as loafer socks in the summer. I can’t wait to try a crochet version…probably quicker to make than the knitted socks.
Ombre shading techniques using 3 colors of yarn creates an artistic knitting project. What is ombre you ask – colors or tones that shade into each other, a gradation of light to dark. Churchmouse Yarns and Teas sells this kit made with their Bias Before and After Scarf Pattern, and fine weight Isager Alpaca Merino 2, a blend of 50% merino lambswool and 50% baby alpaca. Just imagine the colorways and luxurious, softness around your neck!
Designers always say how difficult it is to make a simply structured design look professional. I believe this, as the workmanship has to be perfect, well almost perfect. This design by Amy Christoffers for Churchmouse Yarns is a great example of simplicity at its best, worked in Berroco’s Ultra Alpaca elevated by a few design elements – patch pockets and applied I-cord. Stunning!
I know what this time of year does for us knitters and crafters – you want to make all your gifts, but you don’t have the time. So this Weekly Fave! is different, not a knitted project, but hand woven scarves and shawls by the artisans of Manos del Uruguay. These beautiful merino/silk pieces can be purchased on Churchmouse Yarns and Teas, perfect when you run out of time to make a gift for Christmas.