This is a sweater I made for a friend of mine. It was a Christmas present and I think she liked it a lot. I love colorwork - it's hard for me to design projects with no color in them. This is made with pink tulips and purple leaves in lovely Koigu.
There was leftover yarn so she also got a hat. I had to look far and wide a year ago to find enough Tosh Pashmina in Antique Lace. I ended up finding it at Knitty City (not to be confused with "Pit-ty City", Junior's favorite way to torment me at the moment (My face. Junior's Armpit.)
In fact, I believe it was the friend's sons who introduced Junior to this game. New shawl patterns out soon and Husband is gone for a few days. Seems a good time to think about patining the kitchen cabinets...
I just released this new pattern for a baby dress. It's called the Colorblock Baby Dress. Knitted from the bottom up, then divided at the arm holes and knitted back and forth. The pocket is added at the end. It was made for the trunk show I did at In the Loop in Plainville, MA which carries a beautiful selection of Julie Asselin DK and worsted.
The yarn is Leizu, by Julie Asselin and is availabe in some retails stores and online at Mont Tricot. I love that it contains 10% silk because even that small amount gives it a beautiful luster. Madelinetosh DK would be the most obvious replacement since they knit up at the same gauge but really, any DK yarn would be fine. Available to knit in sizes: 3,6,12,18,24 months.
It's midnight now and I'm up early for the first part of the Great Rhody Yarn Crawl, where I will be at In the Loop from 10am onwards tomorrow. One of their specialties is Indy Dyers, and from the owner, Cheryl, I've been introduced to Phydeaux Designs and Julie Asselin, a Canadian dyer. It's a very well curated shop, with the entire line of Quince yarns and the new Ito yarns which seem like Technicolor Habu (an oxymoron, no doubt.)
I actually designed a baby dress out of Julie Asselin's DK Merino/Silk yarn which is oh so lovely to have on the needles. The pattern will be up on Ravelry this weekend and available at the yarn crawl.
Sunday, I will be moving South to Barrington, RI, to Knit One Quilt Too, where Yvonne in her sunlit store with comfy couches will be hosting crawlers. She carries some gorgeous indy luxury fibers, as well as Rowan, Noro, Madelinetosh, among others, as well as embroidery kits and fabrics galore, real wool felt and silk ribbon. Hers is a true haberdashery, with no corner unused. You'll try to leave and see just one more item you have to examine! It's going to be a fun weekend around creative people and I really appreciate these lys owners inviting me to participate!
I am nearing the completion of a couple of patterns that will be available this weekend to coincide with the Great Rhody Yarn Crawl. I will be at In The Loop in Plainville, MA on Saturday and at Knit One Quilt Too in Barrington on Sunday doing trunk shows of my designs.
The yarn pictures are gradated yarn sets, the pink one from June Pryce Fiber Arts and the blue from Black Trillium. I've wanted to design with these for a while and had an idea that is finally coming to fruition. More on that later as it progresses. Hope to see some of you this weekend!
While I'm mostly a knitter, I do like to crochet simple things. Mostly, I like using happy colors but cotton yarn, which is what seems to work best in crochet, is difficult to come by in the USA in lots of pretty colors. The Europeans and Australians seem to have endless pretty colors to use, but not so here.
It seems that Mo of Crochet Objet in Tel Aviv, felt the same way, so she developed her own line of yarns especially for use in granny squares. She calls them Granny Kit.
I'm looking forward to trying them out, as the shipping is reasonable and the colors incredible!
I have what I think is a fun crochet idea. It involves circles and it would be for the kids. This yarn is from Miss Babs and is aptly named Perfectly Reckless. Each skein seems to have different colors than the other. They really make me smile!
Look what Dover and Madden has done with Noro. Noro never looked so good, especially in crochet!
Idniama has a very mature but beautiful sense of color. Maybe I should try some duck egg, ecru and ivory. Yeah, Junior near ivory...they could rewrite the Ebony and Ivory song to.. Jun-ior and I -vory...go together like, uh....CNBC and Dick Che-ney...
Ok, back to Idniama. This is a very pretty color story. I've been looking at blue gradations lately as you will eventually see (one of my knitters is working on one as I type. Well, hopefully not, as it's 1:30am.)
I think I might just give the Perfectly Rreckless from Miss Babs a try. If Junior starts kvetching about the pink bits in it I'll simply show him the Deep Sea Jellyfish colorway above, and let him thank his lucky stars I didn't choose it. I'll update you if this design goes any further! Right now, it's just an itch somewhere in brain, keeping me up and on Ravelry much too late!
These days, every minute is filled with fantastic knitting adventures. I have some lovely things coming out in a bit and I'm very excited about it! Here's a teaser although truthfully, the skeins on top are for crochet experimentation. Catania cotton. Enjoy your weekend!
A bit of pink color gradation, just for some weekend inspiration (spring - can you feel it?) The snowdrops are out here at Casapinka and I received a fistful from each kiddo the other day. Love that!
This is what my road looks like now - with a bluish twilighty twinge. Everyone I know is tired of snow.
The lighthouse down the road is tired of snow.
Even the snow is tired of the snow. Overworked, underappreciated with out-of-touch middle management. I can imagine a few flakes up in the clouds, lounging by a warm fire sipping bourbons, when they get the signal to go. They heave heavy sighs as they put down drinks, take off their slippers and roll to the edge the cloud. "See you guys at evaporation!" they shout as they drop off their cloud, grateful they have a job with the economy the way it is. (Photo of a historic home's gate down the road from us.) Guess this would make a fun kids book topic.."Snowflakes feel the USA works them too hard and they deserve a full 4 weeks off like the Europeans get."