Sweater Knitting!

Having had plans to cast on my Sister’s Miss Bracken for the knit-along last week, I got a bit distracted*, but today I found an hour to sit down and do just that! Such a fast knit, I’m already done with neck shaping and a good few rows through some raglan increases! I have such a soft spot for Quarry, it’s soft and smooth, and all those flecks of colour!

Wednesday is our first KAL Prize day! I will be choosing (with the help of my Sister) our favourite in-progress shot on Ravelry! So make sure you have your project up and mention in the notes that you are knitting it as part of the KAL. You can use #brackensweaterKAL tag in your project page too. The first prize are these amazing wooden accessories from Sincere Sheep! There is a wood stitch gauge ruler, a cute needle gauge, and a magnetic needle keep! Can’t wait to see your entires – we will be looking at photos around midday (PST) Wednesday!

*The distraction is a pink sweater – yes, Pink. I found this beautiful cotton/wool yarn from Cestari at my LYS only a week ago, and couldn’t put down. It’s true what they say, the best time to read a book is when you first purchase it – same goes for yarn. Pink is NOT my colour, yet this one I’m just going for. Check out my progress (and angst) on instagram 🙂

Oh and that big pile of Quince yarn on my kitchen table? Something really fun for Summer!!

Bracken Knitalong!

March 1st! Time for a new project don’t ya think?

I’ve decided to host a Bracken KAL! Over the next eight weeks let’s knit some Bracken sweaters together!
You can choose the original child’s Bracken, or the adult version, Miss Bracken.

The ravelry chatter will happen in the Bracken KAL thread in my ravelry group – and I’ll also be talking and sharing on instagram! Use #brackensweaterKAL to make sure I can keep up with your progress (as well as the usual tags #brackensweater, #missbrackensweater, #byannieclaire!)

Both sweaters are knit with bulky weight yarn and are two of the speediest sweaters. I took the opportunity of being at Stitches West and grabbed up some goodies for you all to win along the way as we knit! I got a bit carried away and have chosen four times to win! I’ve tried to keep it fair and spread the prizes over instagram and ravelry as we all have preferences as to where we like to share our projects! If you want to be in the running for a prize on instagram make sure to use the tag #brackensweaterKAL, and on ravelry make sure that you project page is linked to your chosen Bracken pattern page! I will be checking both Miss Bracken projects and Bracken projects. For extra safety, you could enter the #brackensweaterKAL tag in your project page too! There are prizes for the best in progress photos, the best FO photos…. and of course, those of you over achievers who might whip up a Bracken for yourself as well as your mini-me, the best matching Bracken photo!!!
So, the key details

Cast on: any time from today!
Closing day: April 24th

Best in progress photo (ravelry): selected Wed March 15th
Best in progress photos
(instagram): selected Wed March 29th 
Best FO photo (ravelry): selected Wed April 26th
Best matching Brackens (ravelry/instgram): selected Fri April 28th!


Later this week I will be casting on yet another Miss Bracken in the Citrine colour way – for my sister (good job I LOVE this colour!)! Although both patterns call for Brooklyn Tweed’s beautiful Quarry yarn we will be chatting in the ravelry group about yarn substitutes! Hope to see you there!!!!


New Pattern: Menhir

When it rains it pours (literally and figuratively)! I have yet another new pattern to share today – Menhir.

Menhir was released this past weekend at A Verb for Keeping Warm‘s booth at Stitches West, and is part of part of an ongoing collaboration I have with Andrea Mowry of dreareneeknits, Naturally Straight Forward! The idea behind this collection is to showcase natural colours, feature patterns that are simple but engaging, and to incorporate some play on ‘stripes’ within the design.

The inspiration behind Menhir is taken from one of my most favourite sweaters. It’s one I found at a thrift store long ago, and I must wear it multiple times a week. In this hand knit version I kept the comfy drop shoulders, wide neckline and generously long sleeves, but added an all over texture for dimension and interest. The result is a luxuriously simple, elegantly comfortable sweater.

Enjoy 15% using code MENHIRLOVE at checkout, until end of day 3/1!

4 (4, 4, 5)(5, 6) skeins, A Verb for Keeping Warm Annapurna; 80% Superwash Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon; 385 yds, 4 oz, shown in “Topological”
4 (4, 4, 5)(5, 6) skeins, A Verb for Keeping Warm Dress Circle; 70% US Merino, 30% Silk; 390 yds, 4 oz
or 1200 (1330, 1500, 1640)(1800 1950)yds/1098 (1217, 1372, 1500)(1646, 1784)m in sport weight yarn

Needles & Notion
US 6/4 mm circular needle
US 3/3.25 mm circular and straight needle
1 set US 6/4 mm DPN
1 set US 3/3.25mm DPN
or size needed to obtain gauge
Removable stitch markers, tapestry needle

24 stitches x 34 rows = 4”/10cm in Extended Broken Rib

35 (39, 43, 47)(51, 55)”/ 89 (99, 109.5, 119.5)(129.5, 140)cm chest
Sample size is 43”/109cm, worn with 7”/18cm positive ease

Last year Andrea and I spent some time at Stitches West and came home with some gorgeous naturally dyed skeins from AVFKW. Fast forward a year later and we have a shawl and a sweater to add to our ongoing Naturally Straight Forward collection. Boho Blush is Andrea’s design and calls for their Entwined yarn in the colour way Mesa (I think we fought for that colour, haha!)

You can find kits for both shawl and pullover on AVFKW’s site here: Menhir Kit. Boho Blush Kit