Vail, CO is a magical place. The mountain-scape is stunning. And the town of Vail has a quaint European vibe that is perfect for a ski town, but also a great place to stroll around, have lunch and do some shopping in its many stores and art galleries. I am lucky to have a family member who lives not far from there and have been to visit lots of times.
And just like Vail, CO, our MountainTop yarn Vail is magical and stunning! It is one of my favorite CEY yarns (I know…I shouldn’t pick favorites. But sometimes it’s hard not to). It is a fingering weight blend of alpaca and bamboo, which means it has a nice drape, beautiful luster, keeps you warm and toasty, and comes in 8 natural colors.
My favorite piece (I know, I know) in the book is Colette by Tonia Barry. It is a simple open front cardigan with a unique button detail on the sleeves that gives it just an extra bit of flair. It’s one of those cardigans that you will wear with everything – jeans and t-shirt, a skirt and boots to work, or over a dress for an extra layer of warmth.
The sleeves are each knit in one piece with the buttonholes worked into the fabric as you go. Additionally there is a purl bump worked into the sleeve as a placement guide for the buttons. Once you have finished the knitting on the sweater and have sewn it together, you simply fold the sleeve over and button the corresponding button in its buttonhole to make the sleeve more fitted and give it a je ne sais quoi.
There are some other great pieces in the book as well, including Margaux, which is crocheted. Jill Wright used a simple mesh stitch to highlight the shape of her tie-front cardigan with deep flowing sleeves.
Some of the other pieces in the book include a lacey chevron wrap (Simone), a pullover with a double peplum (Adele) and a pullover with lace panel on the front and a unique ruffled trim on the sides (Paulette).
Vail is best known as being perfect for shawls. Jump over to Ravelry to see some of the amazing things people have made with this beautiful yarn!