Around this time every year a touch of strife visits This is Knit. It comes in the form of oodles of delicious new-season yarns, in all their glorious colours and textures. The reason for the trouble? There's usually a scuffle among staff over who gets to knit with what yarn for our shop samples! This time around I pulled rank and nabbed a truly spectacular teal shade of Silk Garden Solo. Once it was mine all mine I had to tackle the next question... just what to make? This is where our trusty friends over Ravelry come in to play. A quick search for aran and worsted weight garments yielded inspiration by the bucket-load! I was particularly taken by Nanook (having seen a recent version "in the flesh") and these beautiful projects just pushed me over the edge... Cln's Nanook in Malabrigo Rios Metalandcloth's version shows the versatility of the pattern - Nanook works just as well as a maternity cardigan (and will still look good long after baby is born). My own version is very much a WIP right now but stay tuned for progress pics on our Instagram account, and hopefully the "big reveal" on this blog in the not too distant future... What would you knit from Silk Garden Solo? Have you ever knit Nanook or any of Heidi Kirrmaier's other patterns? ___ This post by Lisa is the first part of a staff series all about our Autumn/Winter projects. Stay tuned for updates from Jacqui, Jenny and all the rest of the crew!