So I released one of my new favorite patterns,. They’re fast, lightweight, airy, and somewhat romantic. I think Melissa’s style is rubbing off on me a bit!

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The first pair is worked up in The Plucky Knitter’s Primo Sport. Love this yarn, and I think it’s the perfect french grey!IMG_8446

The second pair is worked up in my favorite local company’s Chickadee.

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Keep checking back, because I have another fun giveaway coming up soon!

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The second Dani’s yarn showed up in my mailbox, I knew what it wanted to be. This yarn is smooth, substantial, and gorgeous. A bit sexy. Yarn, sexy? Yes.

The dyework, done by Dani Sunshine of Brighton, England, UK, is just stunning. It’s subtle enough to show off any stitch pattern, yet variegated enough for visual interest. And this blue! Moonbeam-blue. Sigh.

Dani’s shop is here

And the Ravelry listing for the pattern is here.

Enjoy! There’s still a few months of cold left, as much as we might want to think spring…definitely enough time to whip one of these up! Truly quick and easy to memorize.

 

 

I may not be the most patient person who ever walked the earth. Okay,okay..(husband is IN HYSTERICS as I write this). That could potentially be a bit ofanunderstatement. While I was waiting for my Quince yarn to arrive for the Scarves Etc. collection, I went down to Knitwit in Portland and got a skein of Osprey to play around with and swatch. I wanted to be ready to go the second that yarn arrived! While I was swatching, I thought to myself that it would be so lovely to have a matching hat for my scarf. Thus, Falmouth Hat was created! Chevrons, chevrons everywhere!

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The talented Carrie Bostick Hoge took these pictures. I love her work, and working with her was even better!

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If you want to make the hat on it’s own, one skein of Osprey is all it takes!

On Ravelry: Falmouth Hat

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Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes with a yarn company? I have. Last fall, I answered Quince & Co’s call for scarf submissions–and to my great joy, the Falmouth Scarf was chosen as one of the pieces for the collection. Not only that, but Pam asked me if I’d be willing to come in and model the scarves, since I’m a mere hour’s drive from their main operation.

I’ll be honest: I was excited, but also nervous. The models Quince chooses are all so stunning: there is a depth to them, a soul that you can see in the photographs. I admire Carrie’s work deeply as well as Pam’s spotless aesthetic.  Pam had told me minimal makeup–come with a bare face. That surprised me quite a bit!  (they want me AS IS?) That’s the thing. They want real people with real flaws and real beauty.

When I got there, I was more than surprised. I was greeted at the door by Jerusha, sunny and cheerful (and steaming, and organizing, and visualizing, and tech editing…and…)  ushered into a warm room full of sunlight overlooking the Casco Bay Bridge. Mellow music drifted across the minimally decorated space and delicious fruit adorned wooden bowls. Twisted, gnarled willow branches reached forth from vases.

The shoot itself was fun. Carrie is very laid back, and we both have 2 daughters similar in age. She kindly laughed at my cheesy jokes. Pam’s sweet dog sauntered around, eyes big, hoping for snacks, and Ryan typed away on a laptop, tweeting the excitement.

Here’s another shot of me and one of the other models: and seriously, she is the sweetest thing.

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It was amazing to get a first look at all the works in this collection. I hope, when you see it, that you will take the time to inspect each one carefully. The stitches, arranged so perfectly with color. The balance of drape and ingenuous construction. And mine: The Falmouth Scarf, loaded with simple yet rich texture in squishy Osprey. Perfect for wrapping around the neck once, even twice, tall enough to block the cold winds easily and sit nicely on the shoulders.

Osprey is one of my favorite yarns that Quince produces. It knits up so quickly yet gives satisfaction. It has the richness of hot cocoa with the clean finish of green tea. As most of you following know, I am obsessed with buying local, and Quince is the ideal company for this model. Their wool is 100% US sourced, US spun, US dyed, US shipped. Supporing local at every step of the way. While I’ve heard that they wanted to create a great, basic yarn that would be satisfying to knitters, I have to disagree. This yarn is exceptional, and goes beyond basic in my opinion. The angle of twist on each weight is different- some springy, some smoother. The hand is soft yet strong, and the wool blocks out beautifully. I can guarantee that once you knit with it, you’ll be adding more to your stash.DSC_9396

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Ah, it’s that time of year. Christmas is over, and I really enjoy slowing down (though, in all honesty: Idefinitelyhaven’t)…this means setting aside time to spin yarn, too, instead of just knitting it.

There are those days when the snow rushes down in thick clusters full of snowflakes, and the only thin line separating you from the outside world is your drafty windowpanes. The woodstove roars as you stock it with wood, and despite the wind and snow, there is a silence. These days make me crave something simple, something that is going to comfort. Something local, and something most certainly natural.IMG_6018

I got my hands on a sampler pack of wool from Friends in Fiber (http://www.etsy.com/shop/FriendsinFiber), run by Jan and Peg. They’re so sweet and I had actually drooled over some of their top over a year ago at a NH sheep and wool festival. The sampler pack is great for me as a spinner for many reasons:

I get bored spinning the same fiber for a while- the sampler had 5 different kinds of fiber in it! It was so fun, so I spun them to get about 162 yards of sportweight single-ply. I spun them from darkest to lightest, too, so it’s a nice little self-colorblocking skein. Here are some pictures:

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I skeined it up on the Ashford Noddy:

And wah lah!

Click through to friends in fiber’s website, leave a comment telling me which of their colors or fibers you’d like to try most, and I’ll enter you to win this skein!!! 🙂

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xoxo Until later