I don't always write about new patterns here on the blog... To be honest, I work on so many things and by the time they roll around to being published, sometimes I forget I even knit them or I'm just too swamped to do anything about it. This is when I'd really appreciate it if someone would make cloning oneself affordable and not creepy. Recently, I met The Fiberists. They came up and introduced themselves at the Shenandoah Fiber Festival in the fall when I was doing a book signing. Comprised of Spencer and Reggie, I had seen their yarns at my LYS, Fibre Space and really liked them. The color ways are named for natural elements and I loved the softness, ply and both Spencer and Reggie. A few emails and meetings later, and we had hatched a plan for me to do three patterns for them for their trunk show at Fibre Space. If you're in the Alexandria, VA area, swing by this weekend on February 16th and 17th started at 10am-6pm both days to meet The Fiberists, manhandle some of their gorgeous yarns, check out their lovely trunk show and see my three new designs for them.
I love knitting baby blankets that don't assume the knitter can't handle something fun. I'm so tired of boring baby blankets in boring colors that are well, boring to knit. Babies need color and texture! Blankets shouldn't be a chore to knit for a new baby, they should be fun, with love and anticipation for the arrival in every stitch. Kinderhook Blanket pattern available here.
It's no secret I love cabling. Cabling in two colors? Even better! This thick cowl ensures no wind will get through and the unisex design means you can make a few for the coat closet and anyone can grab one and go!
Book Cowl pattern available here.
I think Fair Isle knitting will always be my favorite technique. I teach it so often for both classes and workshops and truly enjoy it. What I hear a lot from my students is they hate how the wrong side looks when they knit something in Fair Isle. This got me thinking... Wouldn't a reversible cowl be a great idea? Not only would it be extra thick, but it's be an inverted design, so you never have to worry about the wrong side facing out. Kitchenering ensures no seaming. Oh, I love this cowl!
Rimrock Reversible Cowl pattern available here.
Hope to see you this weekend at the trunk show!