Hiya Knitters! A quick heads up, I will be unable to read or answer email weekdays for about 2 weeks. I’m in the middle of moving house from VT to RI, starting the new job, wrapping up those last finishing details for the book (it goes to the printer this week!!!!) and doing the mom thing… Its a little crazy… I really appreciate your patience and understanding. Once the new house has internet established I’ll be back and in the mean time I will do my best.
New pattern! The Brooke Hat and Cowl, a quick mid-winter pick-me-up.
“I’ve been sick for much of the winter (my immune system has taken a serious beating this season) and the only thing that’s kept me feeling anything other than completely bored is knitting! My boyfriend requested a scarf so I’m making him the Quay cabled scarf by Brooklyn Tweed. It’s an interesting pattern and knitting it pairs nicely with getting cuddled up on the couch with a glass of red wine and an old movie.”
2nd prize, a copy of the pattern PDF for Rachael H for having my favorite solution to winter blahs:
“My trick is to hole up with a honey whiskey and ginger ale, knitting that I really love (working on a sweater for each daughter right now) and nature documentaries about lovely warm places!”
Thanks everyone for commenting!
*Winner chosen by random number generator
Gracious did I really go the whole month of January without a post? Don’t give up on me yet, I promise lots of things are bubbling below the surface over here. First up will be this non matching set:A sweet Fisherman hat knit in Sincere Sheep Equity Sport a downy 100% Rambouillet Wool and a Cowl knit in Dirty Water Dye Works Edna Extra a lucious Polworth Silk, also seen here in the shoot for Faro.
These will be available next week but thats not all! I have a contest too, a PDF copy of the patterns + 1 skein of Equity Sport in the color St Barts will go to 1 lucky knitter*. St. Barts is a beautiful pure sky blue, bright as the sunniest days of winter (The yarn photo above belongs to Sincere Sheep). This 100% Rambouillet Wool from Kid Ranch in Buffalo, WY is also spun in Buffalo, WY. It is a semi-woolen yarn which means it has a cotton-y, next-to-skin-softness, but is stronger then most woolen spun yarns, its bouncy! One skein is enough to make the hat pictured above. To win share your secret for beating the mid-winter blahs in the comments before 12 AM EST (midnight Tuesday) and I will randomly select a winner on Wednesday the 12th of February. And you never know, if I really like your suggestion I might give you a pattern even if you don’t win the yarn.
* Contest open to North American mailing addresses only.
The Cinnamon Girl Cardigan began with a conversation about the yarn. Jill Draper Makes Stuff Empire is a hand dyed 100% Rambouillet wool from New York state, its a bouncy round Aran weight that finds that perfect balance between rugged and softness. In short its the yarn you want for a ‘forever sweater’, the kind of sweater you reach for season after season, classic and cozy but with a few twists… I could be happy the rest of my life with a cinnamon girl
Knit from the bottom up, this cardigan is nearly seamless (there is a short seam attaching the collar to the neck back). A few notes on the sizing, the Cinnamon Girl Cardigan is imagined with a relaxed fit. The cardigan shown measures 39” and is shown worn with 3-4” of ease. There is 2” of overlap on the fronts so the amount of ease (positive or negative) is not as critical as with a more fitted style of garment. I would not recommend more than 4” of positive ease (larger than your actual measurements) or 1” of negative ease (smaller than your actual measurements) but anything in between is a matter of personal preference. Measure a few favorite garments across the underarm and across the hip before deciding which size to make if you are unsure.
36, 39, 41, 44 1/2, 48, 50” finished hip circumference.
Get all the rest of the details and information on how to buy the pattern in my Ravelry Shop
Woke up to -15F this morning and so I am wearing all the knit wear today while I finish up layout on the Rhinebeck Sweater…
New pattern this morning!
Because the Maine Organic is available only in beautiful undyed wool colors I suggest the Spinnery’s Weekend Wool as a colorful alternative. They are not the same wool, the Maine Organic has a bit more halo and the Weekend Wool is a bit loftier but the gauge is spot on just note that the yardage in the skeins is quite different (250 y/skein for the ME O. and 140 y/skein for the WW) .
Things look good.
Day 10: A major setback
Here I am at the festival with a finished sweater and two beautiful girls, Maria (wearing Larch) and Dana (wearing Stonecutters).
The yarn was an absolute joy to work with- the stitch definition is incomparable and the dying is exquisite. It withstood the ripping and re-knitting of the yoke and 1 sleeve (don’t ask). Already dreaming about knitting with Empire again, in the meantime I’m going to get to work making this pattern available to you all. The name is still to be decided… Any suggestions?
Its Rhinebeck Weekend already!! Will I see you there?
If so make sure you visit the Green Mountain Spinnery’s Booth, not only do they have the delicious new Weekend Wool there, they will have the samples from the Green Mountain Weekend e-book there as well, including my Lodestar mittens pictured above.
The colors I chose for my Moxie, Logwood + Bittersweet, are a perfect match for New England foliage, in fact its exactly the shades of whats happening to the maple tree just outside my window right now.
The brilliant orange Bittersweet is tempered just enough by the purple-y grey Logwood, proving that once again nothing does color the way nature does. The Swans Island Natural Colors Fingering weight yarn comes in 26 beautiful naturally dyed colors + the 2 undyed Pure Blends colors (wouldn’t you love to see those marl together?) and the possible combinations are inspiring. Some of my favorites:
And that is just playing mix and match with 10 shades. I didn’t even begin to imagine what happens when you combine 3 or 4 different colors and start to play with color blocking…
Moxie is knit in an easy going 5 stitches/1″ gauge, easily matched by most worsted or DK weight yarns. If the marl look is not your preference the Swans Island Natural Colors Merino Worsted comes in all the same shades as the fingering weight and knits at exactly the same gauge. I’m thinking there is nothing as timeless as a perfect navy sweater…
All photos in this post are © Swans Island