Dropping in today to post the last of the Endless Summer shawl series for 2016! It's a bit late coming, but a beauty, and perfect for the cooler weather that's arrived here. I hope that you enjoy this large chunky lace wrap, knit out of our worsted weight Father yarn in our beloved Blue Raspberry color. Thinking about it... this wrap would make the perfect gift for a deserving knitwear recipient this upcoming holiday season. Or, you can always make one for you and one for them!
When I first started getting into knitting, like really getting into knitting, Kate Oates happened to fall into my path. It was the very beginning of my blog, Yarn On The House, and she became one of my first indie designers that so sweetly said yes to an interview and giveaway. Fast forward to now and we have managed to keep in touch all of these years. Not only on the knitting front, but also watching each others' families grow and be lucky enough to meet in person on a few occasions to drink wine, reminisce and laugh about the good, the bad and the ugly.
Kate is one of those designers that inspired me from the very beginning and she is still as wonderful and talented at producing wearable timeless garments with thoughtful detailing. Her pieces are ones that I would love to have in my closet... all of them. Only mine would be gray or black. You know me!
I am so very proud of my friend, Kate, for taking the leap into self publishing a real life printed book of her very own. Grown, Sophisticated Sweater Designs from the Maker of Tot Toppers, is a beautiful new book that features 10 raglan-style sweaters with minimal finishing, each inspired by an original Tot Toppers design. I hope that I was in some small way a little bug in her ear when she was deciding between digital only and print, because I knew deep down that this project was going to be magnificent and a collection of knitwear that will be in style for many, many years to come. And, I was right. The photography is stellar, the models are adorable, and Kate's genius garment engineering and tasteful design touch make this book, well, perfect.
YOTH was lucky enough to be included in two of her lovely patterns: the Grace Wrapper, a totally sweet and feminine wrap sweater that is perfect for skirts, long flowy tunics or dresses, and the handsome Scholar Cardigan, a very fitting companion for our unisex brand and yarn. The Grace Wrapper uses our soft Big Sister and the Scholar Cardigan was a perfect match for Father, our work horse of a worsted. And, that's only two of the ten great patterns in this book.
The book is available for pre-order here with some goodies to go along with it, or you can order this beauty as an e-book only, if you are a digital lover!
And, today Kate and I are hosting a giveaway for your chance to win a full pre-order package (Grown E-book & your choice of a single Tot Toppers coordinating children's pattern, the print version of Grown and a custom Retromantic Fripperies wooden treat) + a sweater's worth of Father (10 skeins) in our signature color Caviar for a Scholar Cardigan. All you need to do is pop over to Ravelry and go show Kate's new book some love and come back to comment here which of her 10 patterns is your favorite! The giveaway ends October 20th at midnight (Pacific Time), so make sure you leave your comment by then.
Hugs & Stitches!
P.S. I'm headed to Rhinebeck for the very first time. I'll be at the Indie Untangled event inside the Magpie Fibers booth. Be sure to stop by if you are there or just say hello if you see me walking around at the festival. I love meeting my peeps, in real life!
It's Endless Summer shawl time again! The warm summer days are winding down and the mornings are crisp. It is the perfect time to start a new project and finish just in time to wrap your neck up during the cooler months. We hope you enjoy the first shawl of the series: surf & sand.
During my travels, I visit a lot of wonderful yarn shops and like most knitters, I enjoy finding goodies to bring home. I'm loving all the speckles right now and what I love even more is being able to pair those speckles with our neutral tones. The speckled yarn in this project is a fun skein of Walk Collection Linea in the color Seashells that I picked up at the fabulous StevenBe shop in Minneapolis earlier this year. I knew right away that I wanted to pair this interesting linen, alpaca, silk blend with a skein of our Mother yarn in Shiitake. The two textures of each of the yarns compliment each other exceptionally well and I appreciate the matte finish of our base in a subtle warm taupe next to the multi-colored Linea.
This pattern is not for the faint of heart... it features a slipped stitch pattern worked in an interesting method, a biasing triangular shawl construction, selvedge stitches, half twisted stockinette stitch, and a complicated edging that looks like crochet when you are finished. All worth the work, in my opinion, and if you're not into the scallops, just leave them off.
Happy endless summer knitting and stay tuned for the next shawl in the series!
We're rolling into Minneapolis this week to host a big event we've appropriately named the YOTH Gallery Experience at StevenBe. We're pulling out all the stops and setting up our entire booth inside of StevenBe! Come visit with us if you are near by. Details on our Events page.
Other than that... we have a new pattern for you. Thank you to all the knitters out there that we met along our travels recently who have been waiting patiently for this to launch. We hope you enjoy this sweet relaxing knit using our newest Mother yarn, a heavy lace weight that shouldn't scare you off with the word lace. It's a treat to knit and an interesting shape with buttons and eyelets along the edges that make it wearable in a million different ways. Named after our dear friend, Jenny, that we love so much!