Knitting and baseball – my two favorite things! Last week I got to attend the annual Seattle Mariner’s Stitch n’ Pitch.
This event was first started by the Mariners 10 years ago and now many major & minor league teams around the country hold their own SnP nights! It’s a lot of fun, even if you are not a huge baseball fan – Safeco Field, home of the Mariners, opens up their top deck area for yarn booths and other goodies and it’s so much fun to see (and buy) so much pretty yarn.
Did you learn to knit at school? Many schools, like Waldorf, include knitting as part of the curriculum. When I worked in a yarn shoppe in England, almost all of the older ladies that would come in had learned to knit …
It’s so satisfying to be able to knit something up in an afternoon and be able to use it right away to get another chore done! A quick garter stitch edging is followed by a tall slip stitch pattern for extra scrubbing power, perfect for tackling difficult dishes or for deep exfoliation.
When our newest yarn, Lindy Chain, arrived at the office, it was love at first sight. The gorgeous colors! The cool crispness of the fiber! The way it seemed to shine and glow! I was so excited, I had to sit down for a bit. Once I recovered, I realized I had the perfect pattern for this yarn all queued up- the lovely and classic Strathcona, by Jane Richmond.
During the hottest months of the year, I tend to gravitate to projects that use lightweight yarns or projects that use plant fibers rather my beloved wool. Luckily, our three newest collections covers those type of projects!
I love combining unique stripes and textures with bold colors. And the Ebb + Flow Dishcloth allowed me to do both beautifully! This easy to memorize dishcloth crochet pattern is wonderful for a quick weekend project. It combines single crochet with intervals of crossed double crochet stitches to create a contracting and expanding effect.
Heirloom Lace represents the ultimate aspirational pattern collection of gorgeous lace projects that I’ve come to think of as instant keepsakes. I find myself picturing these shawls draped over a linen sundress, instantly elevating a casual ensemble to something suitable for a romantic dinner or wedding this summer.
When my craft book collection started to get out of hand, I made a rule. I wouldn’t buy a new book unless I saw at least three projects inside that I wanted to make. Well, I am definitely buying a copy of Amigurumi at Home by Anna Paula Rimoli. I want to make every single thing in this book!
As you might know,
The usually misty Pacific Northwest has been hit with a heat wave this last week, which is showing no sign of letting up. To deal with the unexpected dose of sunshine, a sherbet-inspired dish cloth was in order.
New American Knits takes the slim, functional silhouettes from American sportswear genre and spices them up with lovely details inspired by famous American artists. I’m utterly smitten with each of the projects in this collection, starting with the absolutely gorgeous Nevelson Lace Pullover featured above. The color palette, photography and unexpectedly modern details has me reaching for my needles and contemplating another attempt at set in sleeves just so that I can have a few of these pieces in my growing knitwear collection.