Hello friends! I’ve released a new pattern: Downeast

Worked up in Swan’s Island’s Pure Blends Bulky. You can find them here: www.swansislandblankets.com, and they’re running a promo of 25% off all bulky weight yarn until December 20th, but calling is better (and easier) than ordering off the website. Plus it’s more personal, and we Mainers are friendly!

Question: Can you SEE the sleet? It was freezing out the day we shot on my friend Jen’s porch! When I saw this yarn, I decided I just had to make an over-the-top luxe sweater, but one that I could wear everyday and be practical with. Something warm, not too frilly or flouncy. Streamlined for running out the door with kids to do Christmas shopping, stop at the mechanics, muck to the post office, and relax by the fire.


It’s pretty much my favorite sweater ever, next to Ease. It’s that time of year when the temps drop and they drop QUICKLY here in Maine. I was just reading that our region is experiencing record lows that are around 40-50 degrees colder than normal. Yikes! My hands are dry and my woodstove is constantly running. (note the close up of my hands–I literally slather on bag balm every night. works wonders.)



When I first saw this yarn during a visit downeast (actually up the Maine coastline from me–it’s an old nautical term), my first impression of it was that it looked a little ropey in the skein. Once I touched it, squished it, though, and examined the construction, I was blown away. It’s got plies of plies, so it’s surprisingly pill-proof. I opted for the Pureblends because I love heathered yarn and the alpaca in this is guard-hair free.

One of the great things about this sweater is that at the gauge, 13 sts & 16 rows (for 4”), it knits up incredibly fast. It just flies!  This is the Coalesce Shawl, in testing now.


I’m so obsessed with this yarn I’ve decided to do a mini-collection in it. I’ve worked up a shawl, a poncho-type thing, and am now working on a bulky version of Ease. Yes, I know you’ve seen it before, but Ease at a bulky gauge is pure cozy!!! I’ll be looking for testers for the poncho thing and Ease very shortly, so keep an eye on the threads at Plum Dandi.

Talk soon (if I remember to update!)


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