This post should also be called It's a Swap: the Finale. I've written about the yarn that I received as part of the swap I participated in, but I haven't yet written about the yarn that I chose to send to Erin. Over this past winter, I spent a fair amount of time teaching myself the brioche stitch and while there were many frustrating afternoons trying to master the stitch, I grew to love knitting it. The brioche stitch produces a reversible knit which is really nice for a scarf or headband but what I really love about it is the fact that this stitch creates a double-sided knit which means that the FO is cushy and thick.
During those snowy weekends when I mastered the brioche stitch, I used a lot of Debbie Stoller's Stitch Nation Full O' Sheep which is 100% peruvian wool and comes in the nicest color range. So when it came time to look through my stash and pick one skein for my swap partner, I wanted to share with her a yarn that I enjoyed spending a lot of time with. In my stash was a color called Clementine, a terrific bright orange that wasn't too neon nor too pumpkin. Erin is working away on a bag with her skein, and I can't wait to see how it turns out.
For me, this yarn works really well in the brioche stitch, and I became a little obsessed with knitting brioche stitch cowls, enough to give away as gifts during the holidays.
Even our little Aurora got one ... at least for the photo shoot!