Category Archives: Quince & Company Sparrow

NEW PROJECT Day Blossom

Day Blossom

When we make projects for the store, I choose them with you in mind. You’ll can probably figure out which things I like to make for myself – mostly sweaters with simple silhouettes, accessories for the family, and quirky little things (mohair tissue box covers, decorative mini-sweaters, tea cozies with limbs growing out of them, etc). Day Blossom is kind of a crossover – I came across it while looking for a store project, and figured I’d take a chance on it. I fell in love with the texture, I love texture and playing with texture. It combines two weights of Quince’s linen yarns, one thicker and one thinner. In the pictures the yellow is the thicker yarn (Quince & Co Kestrel) and the neutral colour is the thinner (Quince & Co Sparrow).

I kind of like the little fringes, they reiterate the changes in the textile and create a bit of visual interest, but you don’t have to make them if you don’t want to. The size is nice too, it’s very comfortable as a scarf and as a shoulder cover. The linen is cool and comfortable, all drape. After a long winter and cold spring it’s nice to wear a garment that’s feels different. Linen and wool are kind of binary opposites; wool is all about warmth, air and body, while linen is cool, dense and drapey.

I like knitting linen with wood needles, but Liane said it drove her up the wall. When I made my first sweater with Quince & Co Sparrow I swatched quite a bit to make sure I got tension, and I tried both bamboo and brass needles. At first I didn’t like the wood, then I tried the brass, and after that I went back to the wood and preferred them. In the end, the needles weren’t really the factor I expected them to be, but getting used to working with the linen was the important part. Once I was accustomed to the fibre I was happy with my regular needles. As for all those swatches, Sparrow is super soft and machine washes beautifully so I use them around the house and the store. They’ve replaced disposable tissues for removing makeup, washing my face, and cleaning up little messes. To my mind, that’s a big bonus – the less I have to send to landfill the better!

The colours shown in the original pattern are Quince & Co Sparrow in Moon (a grey with a blueish cast) and Quince & Co Kestrel in Minos (purple). Their colours are STUNNING, I love them, and for a bit I had a hard time thinking outside of that box. But it’s been such a cold & dreary spring here that I felt I owed it to everyone to come up with something brighter, happier, more optimistic. To pull myself out of that blank mental space I pulled all of the colours off the shelf and shuffled them around on the table. I’m glad I did, the colour combo I came up with is sunny, it has just enough colour to brighten things up without being “HI, NICE TO MEET YOU! I’M YELLOW!” You can’t go wrong with the combo of a colour on a neutral, you just have to make sure that the tones in both shades are complimentary.

Materials

PROJECT Ranunculus

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Ranunculus

A client showed me this gorgeous, diaphinous top and I thought how great would it look knitted up with Handmaiden Flyss or Quince & Co Sparrow?! Both are sublime summer yarns; Flyss  is a soft, summery blend of % silk and 35% linen, and comes with lots of yardage, and Sparrow is 100% organic linen. And since it knits up on 6mm/US10 needles it will go FAST!

 Size

  • oversized for 32–36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48 Bust

Materials

PROJECT Cullum

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Cullum

Cullum is a tee is light, breezy top knitted in Quince & Co Sparrow. The simple lacy details at neck and hem give it a bit of elegance and interest, and the easy fit works with everything in your wardrobe. The classic black colour the designer chose is nice, but I think everyone looks prettier and feels happier in COLOUR, whether it’s muted or brighter.

Size

  • finished bust: 34¾ (36¾, 38¾, 40¾, 44¾, 48¾, 50¾)” or  88.5 (93.5, 98.5, 103.5, 113.5, 124, 129) cm
  • shown in size 36¾“(93.5 cm) with 2¾”(7 cm) positive ease

Materials

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PROJECT Gilead

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Gilead

I love this sweater; it’s simple, casual, and pretty. Plus the construction is roomy with lots of positive ease, so it’ll look great on a variety of body shapes. Gilead is made with cool & comfortable Quince & Co Sparrow. I like it in black, but I think it could be even lovelier in a less severe colour, like Truffle or Sea Salt, or a brighter colour like Citron.

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Size

  • finished bust: 37½ (41, 44½, 48, 50, 53½, 57, 61¼)” or 95.5 (104, 113, 122, 127, 136, 145, 155.5) cm
  •  shown in size 41” (104 cm) with 7” (18 cm) positive ease

Materials

  • Quince & Co Sparrow: 6 (6, 7, 8, 8, 9, 9, 10) skeins
  • 3.75 mm/US5 – 24” circular needle
  • 3.75mm/US5 double pointed needles
  •  Tapestry needle

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PROJECT Bolan

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Bolan

If you’re looking for a little bit more interest in your summer knitting, Bolan might be for you. Made with soft, cool, washable Quince & Co Sparrow it’ll definitely become a wardrobe favourite. Part of the interest is created by the new marled colourways (see below), which create a depth of colour and a little bit of texture.

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Size

  • Finished Bust: 43 (48½, 54, 59½, 65, 70½)” or 109 (123, 137, 151, 165, 179) cm
  • Shown in size 48½“ / 123 cm on a 33” / 84 cm, 5’ 9” / 175.5 cm tall model (15½” / 39.5 cm positive ease)

Materials

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PROJECT Miranda

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Miranda

Simple, elegant and pretty are all things I appreciate in a garment and a project, and I think Miranda ticks all the boxes. I like the oblong shaping (which always fits so well), the simple lace, and the use of basic garter stitch to create texture and visual interest. I like that it’s simple enough to look like it *could* have come from a store, but it’s sophisticated enough that you’d never find anything like it for sale commercially.  I also like that it’s great for transitional seasons since it’s made with  Quince & Co Sparrow linen. Plus, it only takes 4 skeins, so it isn’t going to become your life’s work (which is ok by me in the summer).

Size

  • 78″ [198 cm] wingspan and 12″(30.5 cm) deep at center

Materials

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PROJECT Linum

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Linum

A simple, linen summer tee like Linum will become a staple in your summer wardrobe! If you’ve been in the store you know that Quince & Co Sparrow has practically become my summer uniform – I ADORE wearing my Gillespie so much I’m going to make another. Many people don’t bother making a summer garment because the season is short (only about 4 months around here it is). I think this is closing yourself off from opportunity, especially since our summer wardrobes are usually smaller and we tend to get a lot of wear out of what is in it. Plus, by the time you’re tired of wearing your summer knit the season is over! Over the years I’ve come up with a few key components to a great summer knit:

  1. Choose a type of garment you actually wear. If you don’t wear commercial long sleeve cardies in the summer, you’re probably not going to wear one that you’ve knit, no matter how sexy the yarn is.
  2. Choose a textile that feels cool and comfortable AFTER it is blocked. If you want to know what it’s going to be like, feel or try on a store sample.
  3. In sweaty weather, machine washability isn’t necessary but it is an asset.
  4. Choose a silhouette that flatters your body. If you want to learn more about what works for your shape I suggest you check out Knit to Flatter by Amy Herzog, I learned a lot from her – the photography exercise was especially helpful. You can buy it online or look for it from your local library.

Size

  • finished bust: 38 (43, 48, 53, 58, 63 1/4)”
  • shown in size 38″
  • intended to be worn with positive ease

Materials

  • Quince & Co Sparrow:  4 (5, 5, 6, 6, 7) skeins
  • 3.75 mm/US5 – 32” circular needle
  • 4mm/US6 – 32”circular needle
  • 4mm/US6 – 32”double-pointed needles
  • Stitch markers
  • Stitch holders
  • 4mm/US6 or smaller needle
  • Tapestry needle
  • Pattern: available as a download, or check your local library for digital availability (I know we have access in Toronto)

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