On any given day, there are a thousand stories in our city, and when it comes to artistic endeavors, there are even more. So, we have decided to use our blog space to share some of those stories. Some are from our team members, some from our friends and customers (one and the same group) and some are things we discover in the byways of our marvelous city. So we'll be sharing those tales here, from now on. We hope you will let us know how you like them by commenting. Also, if you have any interesting tales of your own to share, we hope you will let us know by leaving us note at the store. In the meantime, first up, is a little story we like to think of as "A Tale of Two Scarves."
It began, when Jane Martin, a Knitty City Staff person, gifted teacher, designer, and artist, fell in love with a scarf project that Diane Scheinman, a colleague and fellow artist, walked into the store with one day. Here's Jane's reflection:
"As soon as I saw Diane’s swatch for the Zick Zack (“Missoni”) scarf using Lang Mille Colori Baby, I couldn’t wait to make one. I put aside the 5 million other projects I was working on and immediately started and finished the scarf. It seems to make no difference what colorways are used or even what yarns are used; this pattern works with everything!"
"I wanted to make the scarf for my daughter-in-law, but ran into a major problem: she’s allergic to wool. One Monday I arrived at Knitty City and on the shelf was a new Berroco yarn, Folio Color. The colorways are beautiful and the hand is amazing. What happily surprised me was that the yarn was 65% alpaca and 35% rayon. No wool. The only hesitation I had about using it is that the colors are muted and I was pretty sure I wouldn’t get the same effect as with the Lang. I then discovered that Folio also came in solids. Jenny had the color card and I asked her to order some solids that we thought would pair well with the Colors. My son selected the Folio Color and, when the solids arrived, Jenny helped me select the perfect match."
"The stitch definition is lovely and the scarf is looking just as I hoped it would. It is very light and will be perfect in San Jose. The yarn is slippery and the only thing I would do differently the next time would be to use bamboo or wooden needles."
Thank you, Diane, for unleashing this pattern on so many of us. My niece is asking about a skirt that might also be used as a cowl and she loves the Missoni look. Okay, Diane, when are you available for consultations?
Here is a picture of the finished project that Jane sent along with her story.
We will post Diane's version here, as soon as we can get some pictures from her. If you have made (or are making) this scarf we would love to see your version. Please send us a picture and we will put it up on our Facebook page.