This week’s Finished Objects come from Mom (Debbie) and myself. The first, is Mom’s version of Celeste’s Rocky Peak Ridge hat! In Celeste’s pattern sample she used two colorways that were high contrast. In our sample, Mom chose two colorways of Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool that were lower contrast for a more subtle version.
Pattern: Rocky Peak Ridge, by Celeste Young, available for download on Ravelry or in print here at Sage
Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool, one skein of each color. For the previous workshop, many people used Frog Tree Alpaca Sport or Classic Elite Fresco.
My FO is the coffee cup cozy that Celeste designed for the Steeking class she will be holding at Sage next month! My mom helped me pick out the colors for this version. Even though this little cozy features tulips the purple and yellow remind us of spring pansies. I knit this from beginning to end in one night of knitting, even with interruptions from the puppies desperate to go out every 20 minutes.
Pattern: Fancy Tulip Cozy, by Celeste Young, available as a kit in class and at Sage, following the conclusion of the class.
Yarn: Plymouth Galway, 3 different purples, off-white and butter yellow. Celeste made her version in Cascade 220. Both are knit using size 6 needles, a bit smaller than called for on the label.
Steeking is a fun technique that allows you to knit something, such as a cardigan, in the round and cut an opening in your fabric (purling across the back in colorwork can become slow and complicated, and knitting in the round avoids purling). It sounds scary, but is actually really thrilling! For this cozy, you knit the tulip pattern in the round, working a band of extra, steek, stitches. When you’re done knitting, you reinforce either side of the steek and cut straight up the middle. Then you knit your button bands and hem in your ends!
Both of these small projects are absolutely perfect for playing with color and technique without investing your heart into a large cardigan or pullover. Celeste will be teaching classes on February 9th & 10th and can guide you through your first experience with either technique. Steeking will take place on Saturday – it is a longer class with a lunch break – and will cover knitting the cozy from beginning to end, cutting and finishing your steek. On Sunday, Celeste will teach a class in professional finishing techniques followed by a class in stranded knitting, working on the Rocky Peak Ridge Hat. These classes will take place in a classroom just next to Sage but not in the store itself, so we will have a dedicated space with refreshments and uninterrupted fun!
Check out our full class descriptions here or stop by in person to see our samples. Sign up as soon as you choose your favorite class – they are filling up fast! You can sign up using Paypal on the workshop page here, or give us a call at the shop – 508-457-9513