Comfort and Joy

I’m so excited to share with you a book that has so many connections for me!

Comfort and Joy: 7 Original Stocking Designs to Warm Your Holiday Season by Melynda Bernardi of French Press Knits.

Melynda, of the infamous French Press Felted Slippers, was one of the first people I ever reached out to when I was beginning my hobby-turned-business journey, and it so happens that this past October we were finally able to meet face to face and spend a weekend together at Rhinebeck! To know someone ‘online’ for so long, and for it to be just as easy and inspiring in real life, well those people are keepers. Anyway, to see this book come to life, from Mel sharing images of the stockings she was making for her family, to people calling out for the pattern/s, and then the determination to gather her thoughts and produce a Christmas book in the middle of the summer – it’s a project of pure love and dedication.

This festive book contains 7 different patterns, all based off one well thought out foundation pattern for the perfect stocking. Melynda then does what she does best and offers many more designs featuring the most amazing colourwork. My hands down favourite has to be the Midnight Clear Stocking, as I am also no stranger to the fierce love of some Norwegian inspired colourwork, but the Jovial Stocking and the Merriment Stocking come a close second. You might remember I test knit Melynda’s Merriment Cardigan pattern last winter, and feel perhaps Louella needs a co-ordinating stocking this year (also look out for the adult version of the cardigan, coming soon, yes?!!!!)
What else I appreciate about his book is the conscious choice of yarn. Harrisville’s highly stocking-worthy worsted weight Highland yarn is used throughout the book, and the depth of colours and the array of colour choices of this US spun wool do not disappoint.

I’ve been a bit quiet over the internets the past few weeks as I have just moved into a new house, down the road from the farm, and with it comes the most amazing fire place and mantel piece! One that you know will be adorned with a wee family sized collection of stockings this year! Want the same? I have one digital copy of this amazing book to give away to one lucky knitter.

All you need to do is comment letting me know which pattern you would cast on right away, and I will pick a winner end of day Friday 18th! Good luck!

You also don’t want to miss out on a competition Mel just posted!

Can’t wait? You can find a copy of this brilliant book at the following places… Christmas is closer than you think….. 🙂
Print book.
Digital download.

 

And here is the rest of the blog tour!

Week of 11/7 Drea Renee Knits

Pattern layout

At the beginning of this year I altered my pattern layout to allow for pretty hardcopy printing of my patterns. While initially my focus had been to produce a layout which allowed for no-fuss at-home printing (smaller images and less colour to print), I am now crossing the at-home printing with a pattern layout that will look good on display at yarn stores!

Although my most recent patterns are published in this fresh and clean layout, I am slowly working to bring my older patterns up to speed. I have conquered a few here and there but there were some I also wanted to re-shoot. One of them being my oldest pattern Stepping Stitches. Not only is it my oldest pattern, but it’s also a free one! So click through and you’ll be able to explore my new pattern layout, and some shiny new, gorgeous shots from Krista.

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If you have purchased a pattern that has, or will be updated, you will receive an automatic update through Ravelry.

Giveaway: The Knitted Hat Book

giveawayI have a jolly little giveaway for the blog today! I have a copy of Interweave’s The Knitted Hat Book and the chance to get your lucky hands on it!

I have two patterns in this book, the Squall Colorwork Beanie, and the Locality Slip-Stitch Slouch. Both hats use yarns that I love and admire – Quince and Co’s wonderfully soft Owl and A Verb for Keeping Warm’s gorgeous Floating. You can read more on each pattern in my previous post, but I wanted to share some more photos my talented friend and photographer Krista took of both designs!

To enter all you need to do is go view the designs in the book and come back to comment on this post letting me know which design you’d cast on if you won! Comments will close end of day PST Sunday Oct 9th and winner will be announced the following day! Thanks for joining in the fun 🙂

Congratulations TrishKnits! You won!!!!! 🙂

New Pattern: Bahaal

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Meaning’ restored’ in Hindi, this easy going crescent shaped shawl was designed at a time when I needed interesting but comfortable knitting. I worked with simple sections of stockinette stitch and dropped yarn overs, and geeked out using the Fibonacci sequence to arrange them. The Fibonacci sequence, if you’re not familiar with it, is sequence found over and over again in nature and extremely pleasing to the eye, and turns out for some very therapeutic knitting too!

The main sample was worked in Flying Fiber’s amazing British fiber wool ‘Yorkshire Medley‘, and calls for four skeins of this gorgeous DK weight. Is it a long wool yarn – an equal blend of Bluefaced Leicester and Wensleydale fibers – and carries a natural sheen, loft, and softness. Like this most shawls, it really comes to life when blocked!

This pattern is very adaptable and a wide range of substitute yarns would work with this design. For a second sample we used Fern Fiber‘s local Suffolk/Alpaca blend and a looser gauge for a huge, flowing shawl. I’m a major fan of this yarn having knit up my very own Stories from Snoqualmie Shawl (need to post FO shots!), and if you ever get a chance to get their hands on this seasonal yarn I highly recommend it!
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Yarn 4 skeins Flying Fibers Yarn Company Yorkshire Medley; 100% British Wool; 262 yds/240 m, 100g, shown in “Whitby Shale”.
or 1022 yds/935 m in DK weight yarn.
Needles & Notions: US 6/4 mm 30”/76 cm circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge.
Stitch markers, tapestry needle.
Gauge 16 stitches x 32 rows = 4”/10cm in Stockinette Stitch BLOCKED
Measurements:96“/244 cm wide, 30 “/76 cm deep.

The Knitted Hat Book

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Last week Interweave put out a new book; The Knitted Hat Book, and I’m excited to share the two patterns I contributed!

khb_2_33339_medium2The first is the Squall Colorwork Beanie, knit up using Quince and Co’s wonderfully soft and squishy Owl. The colourwork pattern is reminiscent of snow, or rain, falling from the crown. Owl’s wide selection of colours allows for many combinations to really make it your own! This unisex design gets a lot of use in our house as Mister is happy to grab it on the way out as I am. It is written up in three sizes to fit 16½–18 (18¼–20, 20–22)” head circumference, and calls for just two skeins of tweedy Owl.

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The second hat I designed for the book was such a luxury knit, using A Verb for Keeping Warm’s Floating. This hat, the Locality Slip-Stitch Slouch, features a waffly slip stitch pattern I absolutely love. The fit is relaxed, and controlled by using different needle sizes. This hat also comes in three sizes to fit 18¾–20¾ (21–23¼, 23½–25½)” head circumference, and uses just one skein of AVFKW’s Alpaca/Silk/Cashmere blend Floating.

As always, so happy to support amazing companies providing us with fiber and colour conscious yarns!

You can find The Knitted Hat Book, in print and digital download on Interweave’s site.

Here it is on Amazon.

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Pro-Verbial Yarn & Fiber Club Year 7


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Very excited to share that I will be part of A Verb for Keeping Warm’s Pro-Verbial Club this year! Sign ups for new members are open and I have a feeling you’ll want in!

This is the 7th (seventh?!) year of AVFKW’s wonderful Pro-Verbial Club – a club that sends out 4 shipments a year, each including an exclusive pattern and exclusive club colorway! This year it’s a big one and members will receive more yarn than previous years, and you’ll be able to sample a range of their wonderful US grown and milled yarns, CA specific yarns as well as Verb’s classics. What’s neat about this club is that you can also opt for a fiber option where you will receive equivalent fiber in the same content and exclusive colourway as the pattern calls for, and you can spin your own! Great if you’re looking to stretch your spinning skills this year. Dyers notes talking more about the yarn, fiber and dye used will also be included, as well as a lovely discount for all other regularly priced merchandise sold at Verb!

What’s more is that I have the honor of designing once more alongside my wonderful friends and talented designers – Andrea Mowry of DreaRenee KnitsAshley Yousling of Woolful and Julie Weisenberger of Cocoknits.

There is early bird pricing until Aug 15th, so I recommend you get ahead of the game! Sign ups close early September. More information and sign ups go here!!!

Knittin’ Little Summer KAL!


Last Autumn I had the pleasure of releasing a pattern with the then new Knittin’ Little – a quarterly collection of patterns for kids. Each season Knittin’ Little publishes an array of knitting patterns, from sweaters to accessories, by your favourite designers for both girls and boys. With the upcoming Summer collection releasing any day now a full year will be complete and Andrea is hosting a Summer KAL!

Knittin’ Little Summer KAL!

  • July 1st to August 31st.
  • Purchase any Knittin’ Little pattern (from Knittin’ Little or Ravelry), set up a project page and share photos of your progress in our Ravelry group and on Instagram (use #KnittinLittleKAL) during the KAL!

Simple as that.

There are plenty of prizes to be won, and at different times – before the KAL has started even!! Check out all the details on the Knittin’ Little blog to find out more!

I recently dyed a wonderful amount of Quince and Co’s almost-Chickadee yarn this wonderful shade of burnt peach-pink using avocado, and I have my fingers crossed that there is a pattern in the upcoming Summer Collection for a special knit for Louella!!

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