Ever since I published Bluet last spring, I've wanted to make another in a fall color. So that's what I cast on for the Blue Peninsula Neckwear KAL, and I'm so glad I did. Knit in a lush blend of wool and silk, it's beautifully soft against the skin, and the color is perfect, too.
Pattern: Bluet, by Bonnie Sennott
Yarn: Stitch Sprouts Yellowstone (80% wool, 20% silk) in the Caldera colorway
Needle: US 4/3.50mm
This was my first time knitting with Yellowstone, a new DK weight wool/silk blend from Stitch Sprouts. With a brand-new yarn, you never know how things will go—but from my first swatch, I fell in love. Yellowstone knits up beautifully, producing even stitches that look perfect even before blocking. It's got great stitch definition, and the silk content gives the fabric a subtle, satisfying luster.
My first Bluet used around 425 yards (nearly all of two skeins) of Louet Gems Sport, so when the Yellowstone arrived, I wound up both skeins right away. But, this new Bluet used just under one skein—about 270 yards. The difference in yardage was surprising, but the good news is I have a full skein of Yellowstone left. So I've decided to give it away, along with a copy of the pattern.
Have you got a favorite way to block cowls or other projects knit in the round? To block Bluet, I gave it a soak in Eucalan and water, then let it dry on a towel. I used a rolled-up dinner napkin on each end and shifted it every few hours, like a scroll or a conveyor belt, so that creases didn't form.
For a chance to win this skein of Yellowstone and the Bluet pattern, just leave a comment about your favorite method of blocking by midnight EST, Friday, October 3. I'll use a random number generator to select the winner. Be sure to leave your Ravelry username or email, so I know how to contact you.