IMG_7953 After a ridiculously long hiatus from this blog, I am back. Should I mention I forgot how to log in? All technology jokes aside, I’m working on something right now that I’m super excited about. I am teaming up with Annie RIley of Annie Yarn (also Woolhouse Fiber Co) to host my first Mystery Knit Along! It’s going to be laid back and a lot of fun! I know a lot of you were asking for another KAL after the Ultimate Sweater KAL, so here’s something to jump into for spring!

 

This yarn and I have fallen in love.It’s Destiny Sock, a heavenly MCN blend with subtle tonal hues. My camera really didn’t capture the color as well as I’d like. In real life, the color is a stormy grey with those hints of purple that a thunderstorm brings. I love it so much–the colorway is called February Sky and will be included in some of the KAL kits Annie is going to post. I’m working it up on 6’s (a hint!) because I love drapey, drapey, drapey knits, especially when it’s an accessory I can wear different ways (another hint!).

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I love how she braids these skeins. It makes the yarn stand out, but it’s also great for storage purposes. I can’t tell you how many skeins I’ve had unwind while sitting innocently in the plastic bins- or being carried around the house as I decide what to do with them. Sometimes I’ll bring things into the room I’m working in just to glance up at them from time to time, waiting for inspiration to strike. It didn’t take long with this stuff!

 

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I was actually scrolling through Instagram when I came across one of Annie’s photos. I’ve been an admirer of Annie herself for a while now because of her outspokenness regarding her faith and her skilled hand in the dyepots. Annie is sweet, giving, and very generous with both her time and her resources. She and her sister spent a good hour of their day yesterday helping me get this blog back up and running-asking nothing in return! (for which I am so thankful!)

 

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So, friends, keep your eyes peeled. I will be posting the information in Plum Dandi.

I’m aiming for a relaxed, bohemian feel (combined with my signature simple-preppy style)…so this should be interesting!

I really hope to see you on the thread…What are your thoughts? Will you be joining us in the future?

 

xoxo

So…I’m typically bad at posting, but this time I have an excuse. I’ve been recovering from sinus surgery (involving a deviated septum among other things) and also from being carless! The Ford finally decided to give up on me and I decided to go running back to Honda.

Anyways, it’s one of those weeks. Where you drive over a ginormous screw with your new car. And if you take it out, you’ll get a flat, so instead you drive “whompwhompwhomp” all the way home. Then your dog decides he doesn’t want to do his business outside tonight, the floor looks like a much better place.

Such is life, right?

Tonight, I decided to release White Leaf.

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(eeeek. Skin’s not looking so great!!!)

 

It’s only $2.00 to celebrate Plum Dandi (group on Ravelry) hitting over 2,000 members! I still can’t believe it. And every single person in our group is amazing. I love reading your stories, where you’re from, what you do for work, all those things. It’s so incredible to Melissa and I that we could get such a great group of ladies, who all lift each other up and support each other. It’s beautiful, and we’re humbled and grateful for it!

This is a comfort knit, plain and simple. Squishy Garter on the edges. Quiet garter texture on the body whispers subtleties, and a serene leaf lace motif travels silently up the side. The colorway, in case you’re wondering, is Augustbird’s Rich Aran (180 yards a skein!) in Softly. Perfectly matched for this pattern, don’t you think?

Restless-Knitter on Ravelry is also releasing a coordinating hat–I’ll update as soon as she goes live with it!

Come sit and have some white tea. Because we all know that after winter vacation, jumping back into the grind of things is, well, grinding…and this polar vortex (at least here) has made things frigid–good knitting weather, but too cold to WEAR THE KNITS OUTSIDE. sigh.

 

Aunt Lauri, if you read this whole post, this cowl is for you. The mitts are coming. But this is yours too. For your red peacoat.

 

Just in time for New England’s big ice storm to hit, I released Snow Squall.

The half twist rib is fun and slightly different to work, the twist stockinette fabric reminds me of snowdrops falling, and the ribbed cable reminds me of an ice-coated branch on a tree. There’s an optional pom–if you add it, the hat won’t be reversible. But poms are fun!

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The yarn is The Plucky Knitter’s Primo Worsted. This yarn is so nice–the colorway, Wintry Mix, is absolute winter perfection! It feels much like hair conditioner–it slides right through your hands! And, it’s superwash. Gosh do I love this yarn. I might need to eventually design a sweater in it. Thoughts?

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A little someone here is watching the snow come down, all cozy inside with the fire going, wanting to be playing out in it!

The pattern is discounted to $3.00 (no code necessary!) until New Year’s Eve. It’s a great last minute gift with just the right amount of detail or the perfect knit-at Christmas pattern. I really enjoyed doing this one–the cable is so fun!

I have another sweater in the works right now, Remedy, that is big and oversized and inspired by Lululemon–so keep an eye out for pictures soon!

xoxoxo

Also–keep an eye out for Cornerstone, which will be posted here for free very soon 🙂

WOW it is cold out today. It was 2 degrees this morning. We’ve been camped out by the woodstove all day. BRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!

One of the great things about my new Swan’s Island Bulky yarn obsession is that, well, it’s super warm. I decided to release this one early, too (thanks to my amazing test knitters and a lovely tech editor!) By the way, the bulky is still on sale until December 20th!

Coalesce

(on sale for a short time!)

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It takes 3 skeins of Swan’s Island–2 for the MC and 1 for the CC (though you may want an extra skein…or eight). The great thing about this is that none of the rows involve using more than 1 color! The slip stitch texture, which is super easy, does all the work for you.

It’s an extremely fast knit and thus, perfect for Christmas (or just those of you who, like me, NEED to stay warm all the time. I’m just always cold. ALWAYSCOLD. bah).

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Speaking of cold, can you SEE my goosebumps?

I have more bulky stuff in the works, and some fun worsted projects involving Lioness Arts yarn, Western Sky Knits, Malabrigo, Brooklyn Tweed, and of course, Swan’s.

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This pattern is on sale for $3.00 until Christmas–no code needed! Keep warm, friends.

 

I’m going to go huddle down in the corner with some yarn by the fire and chug steaming hot chamomile tea.

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.

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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.)

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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.

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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!)