Sponge Cake Shawl Kits in Wonderland Yarns’ Mad Hatter

Go "bonkers" for the delectable "Sponge Cake" Shawl!
Kits in Mad Hatter from Wonderland Yarns ...

This wonderfully simple "Sponge Cake" shawl combines the best of two worlds ... a strikingly colorful piece and remarkably fun and easy knitting! Anything but ordinary, the "Sponge Cake" shawl lets you have your cake and wear it too!

FiberWild Exclusive

Sponge Cake Shawl Kit

by Amy Loberg

Arftul color changes and bold stripes join together in squishy garter stitch to create this marvelous shawl. The center blocks are worked with the mini skeins in five different colors; the sides are then picked up to add long colorful stripes. Knit completely in garter stitch, this project is a piece of cake without any of the calories!

Finished Size 14″ × 65″ after blocking
Materials Sponge Cake Shawl Kit
Shown in Cats in the Coffee/Un-Birthday/Dreamworld
32″ or longer Size US 6 [4.00mm] circular needles or size needed to obtain gauge
Gauge 20 sts = 4″ in garter stitch
Care Instructions Care: Machine Wash, Cold, Dry Flat
Skill Level Easy

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"Sponge Cake Shawl"   |   Mad Hatter Kits

Shown in Cats in the Coffee / Un-Birthday / Dreamworld

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Sponge Cake Shawl Kits

Stephanie (at Frabjous Fibers) and Amy put theirs heads together to bring you five delicious colorways … so grab a cup of tea, some needles and let the colors do the talking!​

Each kit contains two full skeins of "Mad Hatter" yarn and one "Mad Hatter Mini Skein Pack" (and of course, the pattern). Mad Hatter is a sport weight superwash merino wool with excellent stitch definition. This yarn creates a super springy yet cozy fabric with lovely drape and flow. It’s hard not to lose your head over this curiously soft and wonderfully hand dyed yarn!​

Fiber Content 100% Superwash Merino Wool
Full Skein Yardage / Weight 344 yds in 113g
Mini Skein Pack Yardage / Weight 86 yds in 28g per skein - 5 skeins per pack (430 yds in 141g per pack)
Gauge 20 - 24 sts over 4″ on US 4 - 6 [3.50 – 4.00mm]
Care Instructions Machine Wash, Cold, Dry Flat

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Football’s Beginnings and the Scoreboard Cowl KAL

Ball games have been played since ancient times, but the predecessor to our modern American football is the "Mob Football" played in Europe in Medieval times.  Mob Football was played between neighboring towns and involved an unlimited number of players each trying to move a ball using any means possible to markers at each end of town.  That's right, I said each end of town.  There wasn't a playing field, the players literally took the game out into the street, fighting to get the ball from one end of town to the other.  There were few rules, and the game was quite violent.  

​As Europeans came to America they brought their ball games, and as early American universities were established each university had their own traditional ball games.  But there was no standard set of rules, so intercollegiate games were difficult. 

That changed on November 6, 1869 when Rutgers University played Princeton University (then known as the College of New Jersey) in a ball game that used a set of rules suggested by Rutgers captain William J. Leggett.  The American rules were similar to England's Football Association rules.  Two teams of 25 players scored points by kicking the ball to goals at each end of the field.

The ancient Roman ball game of Harpastum.

The Ancient Roman ball game of Harpastum

Fresco painted between 100 BC - 400 AD.

Two teams of 25 players scored points by kicking the ball to goals at each end of the field. The rules of the game would go through many changes before becoming the football game we know today, but that 1869 game is still regarded by football historians to be the very first American football game.

So why is it called "football" when they throw and pass with their arms more than they use their foot to kick it?  (Perhaps it should be called "arm-ball"?)  It is called football today because at the historic 1869 game the players were not allowed to throw or pass the ball, it was kicked from end to end. 

Walter Camp, father of American Football

Captain - Yale football team 1878-79

In 1876 representatives from Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Columbia met to create a new code of rules for college football.  Although still called football, the new rules were more similar to rugby than to the English Football Association rules. 

Walter Camp, known today as the Father of American Football, was part of the 1876 convention and other rule setting conventions that continued to tweak the rules of the game over the next decade as the game became the modern football we know today. 

Note that in Walter Camp's photo his football tunic does not have buttons, instead it laces up the front like a corset ... though men's coats in the 1870s always buttoned and were never laced.  Early football games were extremely violent, and buttons would likely be broken off during a struggle.  Missing buttons would cause your tunic to flap around during the game and would give  your opponent something to grab onto, but a laced tunic would be held tightly in place.

So what's your opinion of football?  Are you a true fanatic ... or do you yawn during the games? Would you rather be knitting?  It doesn't matter, because anyone - fan or not - can knit the Scoreboard Cowl KAL.  The premise is simple - you knit in the main color when your team scores or makes a play, and knit in the secondary color when the opposing team has a score or a play.  Check out the details on our Scoreboard Cowl KAL informational page ... which includes list of Simplicity yarn colors your favorite team!  And just as exciting as a game winning touchdown, the pattern is free and the Simplicity yarn is 20% off

Happy Knitting (and scoring!) ... Scout

Fever River Lite Yarn and Galena’s Fever River

Game-of-thrones-LogoIf it’s a Monday morning, don’t expect us to get any work done until we have thoroughly discussed Sunday night’s episode of Game of Thrones.  We are obsessed!

We’ve had our exclusive Mountain Colors’ Alpaca Blend yarn for a few years now, but when we saw the similar sport weight yarn we had to add it to our collection. We named it Fever River Lite and created four new colorways, also inspired by Game of Thrones.

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Thrones fans will recognize the Fever River feeding the inlet Saltspear in the North, but the name has a local connection to us Galenians, too.  The Galena River runs through the center of our town of Galena (and is visible through the FiberWild! back windows!) before joining the Mississippi River.  Before it was named the Galena River, early French fur traders named it the “Riviere aux Feves” which meant the “River of Beans,” simply because a number of wild beans grew along the river’s banks.  English speaking fur traders corrupted the “Riviere Feves” into “Fever River.”  Fever River is a terrible name that conjures up images of fever and sickness, so in 1911 the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (yup, that’s a real agency) officially named the river the Galena River.

Terrible name or not, the name holds a historic charm and many locals continue to call it the Fever River.  A quick look through the phone book today still shows a number of businesses and organizations named Fever River.  In the early 1990s the U.S. Board on Geographical Names proposed changing the name back to the Fever River, but the proposal was rejected and the name Galena River officially remained.  Wisconsin, however, proposed and passed a state bill to rename the Galena river north of the Wisconsin state line back to Fever River.

Dragon-Tooth-Shawlette-Lions-Mane-Cowl-CompAnyways, back to the Fever River Lite yarn, which will not make you feverish or sick.  Although you may call into work sick just so that you can spend an uninterrupted day at home knitting with this gorgeous blend of soft merino and alpaca!

The exclusive yarn is available in four Thrones-inspired colors:  Dragon Blood, Little Lion, Green Dragon and Ice Wall.  And, yes, we also have Thrones-inspired patterns to go along with the new yarn:

  • The Dragon Tooth Shawlette features a rhythmic all-over tooth-like texture that’s simple to knit and gorgeous in the Dragon Blood colorway.
  • The Lion’s Mane Cowl is full of cables, with more twists than the Game of Thrones plot!  Fit for any mighty house in Westeros, the brown, yellow and gray of the Little Lion colorway will remind you of Tyrion Lannister’s tresses.
  • More to Come!  Stay tuned to see what interesting patterns Amy has come up with for our two remaining colors, Dragon Green and Ice Wall!

Happy Knitting . . . . Scout

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