New Pattern – Ixtapa

Ixtapa

Last spring I took an amazing trip to Ixtapa, Mexico, and from that trip emerged a design perfect the laid back beach culture.  I named the design Ixtapa in honor of the destination that inspired it, and after submitting the sample to Louet, I quickly knit another version in Charcoal.

The yarn is Louet Euroflax Sportweight Linen, in Champagne.  Worked on size 4 needles, the top is lightweight, and the lace panels accentuate the summertime feel of the top.

Some interesting features:
Side lace panels & lace hem in garter stitch lace pattern
Swing shape for body
Dolman Sleeves
V-neck finished with lace eyelets

Ixtapa Neck Detail

Hopefully you’ll enjoy this as much as I did!
xo

Anna Vest KAL – Day 1

Yesterday was the official start of the Anna Vest KAL being hosted by Karen at Fringe, and I celebrated by winding my 3 skeins of Retrosaria’s Beiroa.  I’m using 3 skeins since  I plan on modifying the pattern a bit, and adding length to the body.  I’m also planning on omitting the inset pockets, to keep the front very slim and flat against the body.  I’m really hoping to create a versatile staple for my closet with this cute rustic vest.

Now I just need to receive the book in the mail and I can get started!

Playing with Color

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Yesterday morning I was taking mental notes on my upcoming projects and designs, and I had this urge to see the skeins side by side, to determine if I like the color scheme I had chosen for 2016.  Turns out, I like it quite a bit!

I’m still finishing up a few commissioned projects, but I wanted to start sharing my ideas for this year.

Distraction with a KAL

Anna Vest KAL

I’ve managed to finish two and a half of the 4 projects that I’ve been commissioned on, and while it’s been fun working my way through the list, I’m sad that I don’t have much to blog about in the meantime.  I think I need to maintain a small side project to post about while working on those super secret designs.  Luckily for me, Karen Templer is hosting a sweet little KAL for her Anna Vest pattern that was released in Farm to Needle.

Retrosaria

The yarn called for is X, though after seeing Anna’s recent Tolt Yarn and Wool Instagram post, I’ve decided to use Retrosaria’s Beiroa, a single ply DK, instead, in the 409 colorway, a rich cream.  Since it’s a DK weight instead of the called for Worsted, I’m going to knit a size up, and hope for a casual loose fit (after swatching, of course)

There are no deadlines with the KAL which is perfect for me, but seeing all the fun photos on Instagram will help to keep me motivated.

What is keeping you going these days?