I’m pleased to introduce Kanoko Socks – inspired by the dots on the back of a fawn and an antique indigo kimono I wore for years. Kanoko means baby deer in Japanese and is aslo a shibori tie-dye technique.
You’ll find Kanoko Socks in the spring issue of Carrie Bostick Hogue’s magazine Making, available for pre-order now! Find out all about it here!
I kept it local using Amy King’s (aka Spunky Eclectic) Skinny Sock yarn. I love the subtle variation in the deep rich evening sky blue – called Deep Night. Hi Ho Silver makes the perfect dots. You’ll need 270 yards (247 meters) of the Main Color and 45 yards (42 meters) of Contrast Color in fingering weight yarn.
2017 is shaping up to be one of collaboration. I designed the heart motif on the sleeve of Alexa Ludeman’s colorwork pullover, one design featured in Heart on My Sleeve a new book by Tin Can Knits.
The book includes designs by Tin Can Knits, Shannon Cook, Romi Hill, Bristol Ivy, Tanis Lavallee, Joji Locatelli, Jane Richmond, and Ysolda Teague. All proceeds of the book (after Ravelry and Paypal fees) go to Against Malaria Foundation. So open your hearts and get a copy!
I contributed a design to A Year of Techniques by Arnall-Culliford Knitwear, my trusty tech-editors (and gifted designers in their own rights). The book offers 12 patterns, each accompanied by clear step-by-step tutorials and online videos, all designed to upgrade your knitting skills.
I can’t wait for you to see my project, I’m super proud of it, but remains a secret for now.
Besides me Jen and Jim (seen above), the nine other designers are, Bristol Ivy, Ella Austin, Ella Gordon, Martina Behm, Rachel Coopey, Romi Hill, Sarah Hatton, Tin Can Knits and Woolly Wormhead. Plus a foreword by Ann Shayne and Kay Gardiner of Mason-Dixon Knitting. Great fun, great learning opportunity!
Right now when you order you receive a welcome kit. Then, beginning in March through to August, on the first of the month you’ll get a new pattern plus it’s accompanying tutorial. In September, the entire print book, including the remaining 6 patterns and relevant tutorials, will be released to you.
Sunflower Mittens are my contribution to Maine Knits the beautiful new book by Beatrice Perron Dahlen.
I hope they’ll be your first knit of the coming new year, evoking sunny thoughts of summer during the darkest coldest months.
Beatrice has a nice little interview with me up on her blog today. In it I mention my Norwegian Great-Grandmother’s embroidery as an element in the design of Sunflower Mittens. The small motif on the left, is one out of 12 border motifs which are all different. In my imagination turned on end it looks like a Sunflower!
What about those trumpet playing horsemen…or are they smoking pipes?
The palm of Sunflower Mittens features a fishnet. Fishing is another reminder of a Maine summer, jigging for mackerel off the dock. But it could also be a trellis for growing beans or sweet peas.
Maine Knits is a beautiful book which includes designs by Maine based designers Carrie Bostick Hoge, Bristol Ivy, Cecily Glowik MacDonald, Alicia Plummer, Leila Raabe, Elizabeth Smith, Kristen TenDyke and Leah B. Thibault, as well as Beatrice and me.
Clockwise from above left: Machiasport Cardigan by Beatrice, Laurentide Pullover by Cecily, Broadturn Hap by Beatrice,
Astrantia Cowl by Beatrice, Peat Moss Hat, Leila, Beatrice Pullover, Old Orchard Cardigan by Kristen
Watch Beatrice’s instagram (@threadandladle) feed as she continues to tease us with more designs from the book!
Pre-order Maine Knits here: http://www.threadandladle.com/shop/maine-knits-preorder
100 pages, soft cover 8.5″ by 8.5″ in color and black and white.
MAINE knits includes 16 knitting patterns plus essays from MAINE folk. Designs inspired by the Sea, Farm and Wild will keep your hands busy and warm your soul. These are the things that bring us peace, nourish us, help us breathe deeply and remind us to live a beautiful handmade life.
I got a treat in the mail today, wool from one of the most remote, permanently inhabited islands in the UK, Foula, one of the Shetland Islands. The sheep on Foula are the least fussed with flock, living in isolation for a very long time, so their wool is probably the most like that of the original ancient Shetland breed of sheep.
The natural colors are beautiful, I got 2 balls of mioget and one ball of fawn. I intend to make a pair if Muckle Mitts so I can enjoy a good view of the yarn all winter! It feels surprisingly soft, which I was not expecting. Because the wool comes from such a small flock, several colors were sold out. I think that just adds to the charm. It seems pretty amazing that the wool can be ordered at all, and so lovely to receive with a handwritten thank you note.
It was easy to purchase online from the shepherds Magnus and Justyna Holburn who raise the sheep that grow the wool. Visit their website Foula Wool to learn more about it and to order. Don’t miss scrolling through the gorgeous sheep portraits taken by Magnus.
I hope to visit sometime, the ferry runs twice a week in the winter and 3 times a week in the summer. You’ve got to stay overnight. There’s good hiking with spectacular scenery and loads of birds to see. Foula means bird island in Old Norse. Sounds like an adventure I need to take!
Last summer, our group took a walk from the top of Sandness Hill, skirting the coast down to the beach at Deepdale and had spectacular views of Foula.
Be sure to visit Kate Davie’s blog for an interview with Gudrun and I about our trips!