After seeing the Knitbot Yoked Trunk Show from Quince & Co. at Nido, I fell in love with the Willard Beret & Mitts. They are knit in Quince & Co.‘s Owl yarn, with is a Wool/Alpaca blend. Owl is really a very nice yarn to work with, all of Quince & Co.’s yarn is! I especially love that Quince & Co. sources and spins as much of their yarn as possible within the United States. They are based in Maine, which as some of you reading this may know, is a dear, dear place to me. In fact, they are part of a rebirth of the textile industry in Maine. If you are interested in learning more about Quince & Co. read their about page here or this great article from the Portland Press Herald about the textile industry in Maine here.
Back to the Willard Beret & Mitts. My pieces came out a bit larger than I had anticipated, so I actually ended up throwing them in with the wash and letting them felt. Being that they were made in a Wool/Alpaca blend they didn’t shrink too much. They now fit perfectly and have a nice felted look that I think suits the color work nicely. Here are a few photos I took on this snowy day.