Must Knit – Instant Classics

Cloudy

Strolling through Ravelry I came across the latest book from Kim Hargreaves, Wilder.  Every singe book is a treasure trove of photos and patterns, and this is no different.  I’ve got my eye on Cloudy, the perfect cardigan for spring.  The mix of cables and lace is right up my alley (can’t wait to show you an upcoming design!)

Polwarth

I also found the much-awaited Polwarth pullover by Ysolda Teague, and can I tell you how much I love the ribbing detail at the neck.  I enjoyed watching the progress of this sweater on Instagram, especially as it’s knit in her very own yarn line, this particular sweater in a blend of wools in a sport weight.  Learn more about the yarn here.

Summer Knits – Madera

As mentioned last week, I’m getting started on some Spring/Summer designs that I’ve been wanting to self-publish.  After a string of submission deadlines, it’s nice knowing that I am on no one’s schedule here, and I can knit for the pure joy of knitting.

Madera

First up will be a fun summer tee using Tahki Yarns Cotton Classic Lite in this gorgeous rose color.  Can’t wait to show some sweet progress shots!

 

LA Yarn Crawl Haul

This weekend was the 5th LA Yarn Crawl and my friend and I stopped in at Alamitos Bay Yarn Company in Long Beach, and then headed up the coast to Twist, Yarns of Intrigue in Manhattan Beach.

Cotton Fine, DanDoh

Alamitos was fun, all the staff members were dressed up in cute pirate costumes, since they are nestled in the long beach marina, surrounded by hundreds of sailboats.  Elise snagged up some interesting cotton yarn, Cotton Fine by DanDoh in a gorgeous Bordeaux color.

Twist

Then off we went to Twist, where I picked up some amazing hand dyed Twist yarn in a color blend just outside of my comfort zone.  I’m excited to see what I can come up with to make with this yarn!

And last but not least, I purchased some Malabrigo in white and this gorgeous mix of blues.  The pattern for this has already been selected, this Gradient Cowl by Anna Stasiak.  Elise purchased the same yarn, in a slightly different shade of blue, and we’re going to be making these together!

I hope you all had a fun weekend, and I can’t wait to share more with you all this week!

What I'm Working On

I’ve finally managed to finish the 3 garments for the Holla Knits Design Collection Competition, and let me tell you, that was quite a feat!  I can’t wait to show you how these knits started as an idea and turned into full blown sweaters!

While working on those, I had been sneaking in a few rows here and there on the Anna Vest, which is a KAL being hosted through Fringe Association’s Karen.

I’ve been finishing up my design list for the year, and I have a few Klever Knits self-published pieces on the horizon.  Keep an eye out for a sweet summer tank and lightweight spring pullover.

Linen Quill

With the launch of Purl Soho’s Linen Quill, I quickly snatched up two skeins of Lavender Opal, a very dust lilac color that I’m in love with.  I’m not quite sure what to make with this yet, but I’m envisioning a very open and airy scarf to wear throughout the rest of spring and into summer.

I’m hoping this week I can share some FO photos of my Anna Vest, and maybe some teaser swatches of what’s coming!

Coming Soon:
Interweave Knits, Summer 2016 – Pathway Tee
Knit Picks Lace – Austen

Waverly Cardigan LIVE!

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So happy to announce that my cardigan pattern for Issue 59 of Knit Now has now gone live!  This cardigan was a quick treat to knit using Sublime’s Extra Fine Merino Wool DK in Julep, the best mint color I think I have ever seen.

The pieces are worked flat from the bottom up, and seamed. The neckband has a neat fold-over collar so that the lace pattern from the fronts is not interrupted.  Using size 6 US needles means that this is a relatively quick knit, and perfect for your spring wardrobe.

Other color options to consider: