Summer of Knitting

Posted by on July 21, 2014 / Leave a Comment

I don’t know about you, but summer has always brought on sort of a melancholic feeling for me…in a romantic way. Maybe it is the heat induced lethargy and spending seemingly endless summer breaks running through fields alongside the riverbank, swimming in cold lakes and sleeping on air mattresses on the patio.

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Seashore Kerchief, free pattern courtesy of Churchmouse Yarns 

in Allhemp6LUX colour Olive

Lounging on a blanket in the green grass, either in the back yard or a park, the essentials for me are: a pair of sunglasses (think 1940′s French movie actress),  a good book, some cold watermelon slices, homemade lemonade, and…..knitting mais oui bien sûr!

Because knitting is not just for winter, no (imagine, our friends living closer to the equator would NEVER EVER get to knit). For hot weather, you just have to make smart knitting choices. There are some lovely silk, linen, hemp and cotton yarns and blends out there that are just perfect for 100 degree weather. If you stick to light weight yarns, even wool, cashmere and llama blends have proven to be most appropriate. I’m particularly mad about my Twinleaf shawl for the past weeks since I finished it. It is perfect to wear with just about anything, on the bike ride to work in the morning, the walk to the yoga studio at night and it also functions quite nicely as a body blanket in the refrigerator isle at the grocer’s.

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Twinleaf Shawl by Grace Anna Farrow

Made with 2 skeins of Meadow from The Fibre Co., colour Black Adder and Serena from Manos del Uruguay, colour Oyster for the stripes, this was a very rhythmic and meditative project.

Annette made a wonderful thing also: the Ellen Scarf by Nancy Ricci. This elegant scarf is just the right thing to add some pizzazz to…anything. The star of the show is Sylph from Jade Sapphire, a cashmere linen lace weight blend that falls into the category of fluffy bunnies and fairy dust.

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Ellen Scarf by Nancy Ricci in Sylph

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Emma and I have been waiting anxiously for the Wildflower yarn from Knit Collage to arrive, and when it did we looked to the awesome shop Loop London for inspiration since they just published the free Wildflower Headband pattern on their blog, www.loopknitlounge.com

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And here are our Wildflower Headbands!

In the hemp and linen department we like tank tops and little kerchiefs that provide coverage but not warmth. Maybe you remember our Facebook and Instagram posts about the Villeneuve tank, another free pattern from the wonderful shop Espace Tricot. We settled on Hemp for Knitting’s allhemp3 and Fibra Natura’s flax for our versions. Other patterns in our queue for both yarns are the Tulip Tank Top and the Pebble Tank, both free patterns courtesy of Purl Soho.

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Villeneuve Tank Top, free pattern courtesy of Espace Tricot in allhemp3 colour Pearl

If you are particularly fair skinned like Emma you will probably love her idea of making a bandana to cover up the precious and delicate decollete. She just whipped up a simple triangle scarf that she finished with a picot bind off. Churchmouse yarns also offers a very pretty and again free pattern, the Seashore Kerchief! I think I will make the Bandana Cowl, famous free pattern from Purl Soho.

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Left: Seashore Kerchief, free pattern courtesy of Churchmouse Yarns in Allhemp6LUX colour Olive

Right: Emma’s improvised simple kerchief in Allhemp6LUX colour Veridian

 

Over the Moon about June

Posted by on June 17, 2014 / 8 Comments

It’s time again for another free pattern release!  Annette’s whipped up another one-skein-wonder that’s a perfect addition to your  summer evening outfit.  Depending on what fiber you use, this cute little “something” collar can be paired with a sundress to keep the sun off (think silk, hemp, linen) or spice up that tank and shorts combo with a collar knit with our new cotton/linen blend or to-die-for Llamalini.

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Nele’s all gussied up in Lantern Moon‘s sport weight 100% silk line, Indochine

The pattern is written for both sport and worsted weight yarns, but this collar knits up beautifully in any gauge, depending on your preference.  Truly a quick knit, this versatile accessory demands to be added to your one-skein-wardrobe!

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Emma’s dream come true: llama, silk, and linen tied together with a ribbon!

Find this lovely pattern HERE.

Joji and Veera Trunk Show!

Posted by on May 12, 2014 / 3 Comments

We are thrilled to announce the arrival of a surprise trunk show from Joji Locatelli and Veera Välimäki!  Twelve gorgeous samples by these two talented designers will be brightening the shop until Wednesday, May 21st.  Come on in and get inspired by these fresh new examples of knitted style.

 Nele’s favorite sample is the Laneway by Veera.

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Beth loves the Fine Tune cowl by Joji.

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Emma wants a Make Space sweater by Veera for herself.

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