Though it seems a far cry from Summer here in misty rainy Maine, it feels warm and sunshiny when I delve into the Summer Issue of Interweave Knits ! I am so happy my Cat’s Eye Tam is included in the lineup. I designed this hat for a summer spent on the water, where you need a bit of a hat when you leave early in the morning, steaming across the bay, heading for your favorite island. The old fashioned elastic Cat’s Eye lace pattern accomodates many head sizes and hair-dos. The fair isle peerie pattern is one of my favorites, and the colors! I love the the combination of Delft Blue and bright Crimson set off on a ground of natural Eesit…Thank You Jamison’s!
The Summer Issue has an article you won’t want to miss, by one of my favorite people in the world, Deb Robson, exploring fibers made from the stems of plants, called “bast”, such as flax and hemp. She is such a friendly writer, helping you feel like an instant expert – I’m looking forward to the release of her new book The Fleece and Fiber Source Book More than 200 Fibers from Animal to Spun Yarn due out next month. Ask for it in your local yarn shop!
I also enjoyed Melanie Rice’s wonderfully descriptive article on designing pictorial lace and Sabrina Gschwandtner’s profile of LA artist Ben Cuevas, he of the knitted Skeleton. There are couple of projects that have got me itching for the needles – I’ve got a special fondness for knit skirts and I love the look and clever construction of Annelena Mattison’s Swirl Skirt, and admire the lovely simplicity of Barnstead Pullover, from Lisa Shroyer’s new book Knittng Plus.
I planted my Sweet Peas, I’m anxious for sun and summer knitting!
PS: I’m teaching at Interweave’s Knitting Lab!!!!!