Many years ago when I was working the booth for CEY at a Stitches Market, an animated, friendly, and passionate knitter introduced herself as a "fan". This woman was named Carol Sucloski and I will always remember that meeting. I was impressed by her intelligence and humor, and her love for knitting and yarn. I had been in the yarn business for at least 15 years and was defintely jaded. She was just beginning to explore all that it had to offer. She was a lawyer by training and taking time off from her career to raise her 3 children. I think her passion for the law was being supplanted by her passion for knitting and yarn and color.
Fast forward a few years later to the days of the growing knitting community on the internet.... Carol and I kept in touch. She started a hand dyed yarn business called Black Bunny Fibers and had a very active blog called Go Knit In Your Hat. She did awesome book reviews which I always looked forward to because they were honest and very well written and researched. I was lucky to have 2 of my books reviewed on her site.
Now it is a few more years later and Carol has become an author of 4 knitting books and many articles for many knitting magazines including Vogue Knitting and Yarn Market News. She is a popular teacher at different knitting events too. Carol and I still keep in touch and so I was happy to see her newest book called Lace Yarn Studio: Garments, Hats, and Fresh Ideas for Lace Weight Yarns which has just been published by Lark Books.
I will be honest with you all - because that is how I am. Carol has asked me to design for each of her books. They have all featured sock weight or very fine yarns. I have always declined because I personally do not care for knitting with such fine yarn. It's just not for me but I know it is for so many of you knitters out there. Lace weight yarns such as KidSilk Haze (Rowan), Silky Alpaca Lace (CEY), Manos' Lace, and more have incredible yardage and boast gorgeous fiber content.
Knitting with these kinds of lace yarns is incredibly reasonable price wise because they will occupy a lot of your knitting time. Although the cost of the yarn may be high per ball, a project can take many hours so the cost per hour of enjoyment is very low. When I heard about Carol's new book Lace Yarn Studio featuring different projects using lace yarn, I jumped at the chance to feature it here.
Lace Yarn Studio begins with all you need to know about knitting with lace weight and fingering yarns. Needles to use, gauge, working with coned yarns which are typically used for weaving and knitting machines, fiber content, tips, blocking, yarn substitution, and more. The book is set up by number of skeins needed for a project. The amazing thing about working with lace weight yarns is some projects will call for a very small needle size. But then there are those which will use a needle much larger to create a lacey-airy project. There is a lot of versatility with lace weight yarns and Carol shows many beautiful projects.
I love these delicate cabled very long fingerless gloves with a ruched edging design above.
This beautiful cabled mini cowl is made of Kidsilk Haze in a lovely purple color. Stunning.
This scarf is a bit more "lace traditional" in its styling. It has a lace column edging and a lace diamond pattern that grows out of the columns. Very pretty.
This scarf design features hand-dyed lace yarn in two colors. This is an interesting way to use up odds and ends of yarns you can't bear to throw away or perhaps have not bought enough of. The green edging is knit vertically and then the main part of the shawl uses stitches that are picked up along the very long edge to create the larger brown section. You could make it larger and turn it into a pretty shawl to wear during the cooler days of summer.
This shawl uses a pretty stitch created with a lifted stitch to make floats of yarn giving a lovely texture to the finished fabric.
Lace weight yarns can also create a fabric which is more typically thought of as machine knit or ready to wear weight. Look at this incredible skirt above which has beads added in the knitting. Can you imagine the drape and hand it has? Pure luxury knit in coned Colrain Lace (50% merino, 50% tencel from Webs).
Lace Yarn Studio isn't all about the accessories. This very practical cardigan features some pleats for shaping. It is definitely a design that can move from day to evening and is incredibly versatile.
So here is what I have for you all today. Lark Books, Carol's publisher, has donated two copies of Lace Yarn Studio. Two of you will be lucky to win this beautiful new book! Check out Carol's website where she sells her lovely yarns.
Here's how you enter......
Answer the following question in the comments: Tell me if you like knitting with fine yarns and why OR
tell me what weight yarn you prefer to knit with and why.
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Contest is over. Congrats to Lynette and Mary Kate. The book will be shipped to you once I receive your Post Office Mailing Address.