For our third Appalachian Knits collection, Jennifer and I chose Magpie Fibers, a small yarn company based in Frederick, Maryland. Magpie is a small, two-woman operation started by Dami Hunter in 2014. Magpie is best known for it’s vibrant color palate and especially soft yarns.
Collaborating once again with our super talented photographer Olivia of Olive & West Photography, we planned to photograph our finished items at Asheville Glamping, a campground filled with beautifully renovated trailers, teepees and a large dome tent.
We set up in the dome, which is situated on the top of a large hill overlooking the campground and the rolling Blue Ridge Mountains. It was a perfect spot to anticipate the coming spring and show off our new designs!
Using Magpie’s Swanky DK yarn base I designed Allegany, a 3-color, plaid motif shawl.
Because of it’s size and shape, Allegany can be used in many ways. I envisioned it as a shawl you would bring on your travels, doubling as a throw or a picnic blanket. Something you may need in a pinch if the temperature suddenly fell, or you found a nice place to sit and watch the sunset.
There are a number of ways to pin, fold or wrap Allegany so it may be worn as a more traditional shawl. Outline sketches are provided with the pattern for you to color in and try out different color combinations for your knit! You can read more details about the pattern and see more photos on Ravelry.
Jennifer used Magpie’s Domestic Fingering to design Kinton, a lacy spring top.
Kinton is a relaxed fit top with cap sleeves and a lace panel running down the center back. The light and springy Domestic yarn makes it perfect for all seasons. You can read more details about the pattern and see more photos on Ravelry.
Lastly I brought along Braddock, a lightweight beanie knit with Magpie’s Swanky DK.
With a simple, texture pattern and the silky, smooth Swanky yarn, Braddock is perfect for year-round wear.
Wear it how you prefer, cuffed or slouchy. You can read more details about the pattern and see more photos on Ravelry.
All three pieces will be on display at Stitches West February 23rd-26th in Santa Clara, California at the Magpie booth, there will also be kits, and individual patterns available for purchase!
You can see more of our Appalachian Knits collections right now on Ravelry.