It was around this time of the year when I started to work up a design that I hoped might be looked upon fondly by the folks as Making Magazine.
Making is my favourite craft magazine. Always inspiring, with drool-worthy pictures, and high quality projects. I like the size of it in my hands and the feel of the paper. I like that it contains not only projects for knitters but much of the textile arts that I am a complete sucker for. So you can imagine that I am seriously chuffed to be included in this upcoming issue of Making. Wow!
This edition is called “Intricate” and the mood boards sent out to designers were full of golden hues and lots of texture. As I biked to and from work I was, as I am now, taking in all the smiling faces of sunflowers and dahlias and these became the motifs that I wanted to feature.
Mittens are my favourite garment to design and to knit – so that was an easy choice.
The result of my tinkering is the “Late Bloomer Mittens”. The picture above and the close up picture are both provided by the talented people at Making. Are they not lovely?
The Intricate edition will not be released till Oct 23, 2020, but look for preorders to open on September 14th from The Knit Cafe.
The yarn I used in the mittens was Lichen and Lace. A strand of Rustic Heather Sport and Marsh Mohair are held double throughout. We just received a lovely big box of both and here are some of the colour combos you could choose for this project or any other furry fabric that suits the gauge.
This is the time of year I like to think of as the knitter’s “selfish season”. We’ve been good and knit lots of warm and cozy knit gifts for our love ones and now it’s time to share some of that love with ourselves.
Big projects or small make something for YOU!
I’ve been following my own advice here.
I finally got a chance to return to a sweater I started in May! Now it is complete and I’m so happy with it. The pattern is called Pomme de Pin by Amy Christophers. I made it in Koigu KPM.
I have plans to switch yarn from teeny-tiny to big and meaty, hoping that the next sweater won’t take as long. I have some Brooklyn Tweed Quarry set aside to make one of the patterns from the Brooklyn Tweed’s Winter 2016 collection. It’s a sweater called Snoqualmie.
Iwona is well on her way to completing a sweater for herself too. She is making an older but still lovely pattern from Brooklyn Tweed called Levenwick. She is using Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in a yummy colour called Homemade Jam.
Iwona has also just finished a pair of mittens for herself. She used The Knit Cafe’s Your First Mitten Pattern. She made her own yarn with a melange of beauties like Silk Cloud from Shibui, and Madelinetosh Prairie, and… the piece de resistance…she added a small hole. Now she can operate her phone and still keep her hands safe and warm in her mitten. Smart!
What are your selfish knitting plans?
I finished these mittens this week.
Designed by me, on account of this scarf ↓. I needed a go-with for it.
I decided I wanted to pick up on the triangle motif without directly copying it. The yarn came from left-overs. Odds and sods of soft Manos del Uruguay Maxima and Malabrigo Worsted, both are 1 ply merino wool, and the very same yarn that comes in all those fun, neon colours I spoke of last time.
A ribbed cuff followed by the easy fairisle pattern does the trick for keeping the chilly winds out. There were a lot of ends to darn in which I seemed to do gladly, but you can minimize this by choosing 2 colours only. Yes- I am giving you the pattern. Right here! Right now! Here we go….. Continue reading →