It started with Quince Linen – Sparrow and Kestrel. My rule of thumb is never to repeat projects in the same fiber. There are so many glorious yarns in the world and it is important to knit with everything and never to get stuck. I chose the Lida Shawl in Sparrow. Oops, I had to do Le Petit Sac and then, oops again, I had to create the Dejeuner Bag. Three Sparrow projects in row!!! It was love. The linen is not like other linens – all of which I have adored. This was even more. It has been love ever since.
Months later we became a Quince Flagship Store – to our extreme delight. We brought in Owl, Puffin, and Osprey. Later we added Chickadee. Nearly everyone who has worked with Quince wool has come back for another Quince project. It is that fabulous. This 100% American wool has great texture, wonderful weight and is dyed in heavenly colorways. And it feels incredible. The stitch definition is amazing. I started with the Effie Beret (one skein of Osprey). Despite my concerns about “wooly-ness”, by row four I was a Quince addict. It is just that wonderful.
The Nelse Slippers from the Home Book was my first experience with Puffin. Oh my! The slippers are knit flat – hooray – and make an amazingly warm and cozy garment for your feet. AND they knit up quickly. The yarn is single-ply and soft and squishy. Those who knit the slippers as gifts tend to keep the first pair for themselves and then come back for more. So…again breaking my own rules…I knit the State Street Cowl in Puffin. It took two evenings.
Kathy got the Quince bug about the same time and began her journey with a pattern from Shawls 5, Rikochan – that calls for two Owl colors. Her reaction was as mine. Joyous. She also broke the “move on to another” rule by immediately knitting the Sherwood Mitts in one skein of Owl! Then it was on to the Lily Slipper Flats in Osprey. They are so sweet and quick to create and make the simply finest gifts. BTW – they slip right in to your suitcase. Perfect for the traveler.
Not quite finished with her Owl obsession, Kathy went on to knit the Wending Cowl. By the way, Owl is one of the few blended Quince yarns – 50/50 wool and alpaca – it is both drapey (thank you alpaca) with great structure (love wool)!
Kathy’s first Chickadee project is the Caden Scarf. It looks complex but utilizes only the simplest stitches. Ann just finished a finger-less, fair-isle glove in Chickadee. Now they both are Quince fans.
In October, Sinclair started a Christmas gift for her father using Osprey. She was hooked after the very first swatch. One Aran Fisherman’s sweater later, she is a loyal Osprey convert. The structure of the wool is exquisite and after blocking, it is the softest wool she has ever felt. The stitch definition, too, is unrivaled. She picked up a skein of Owl for a pair of fingerless gloves at Christmas and marveled again at how amazing wool can feel. (You can read Sinclair’s blog on her Quince experience here.)
So if there is a Quince, there is a Quince to love. The challenge is to move on to another yarn. On the other hand, sometimes you wonder why bother? We recommend you come try Quince for yourself. But you might want to hurry – we may knit it all ourselves!