It’s already the end of March (how?!) and I realized I hadn’t posted anything about what I’ve got planned for the New Year.
First, I started 2018 out with a trip to New York City to visit Vogue Knitting Live! It was my first time at such a big event and it was a blast! I released two new pattern with Magpie Fibers at the event and had a small pop-up display in their booth for the weekend. I met so many knitters from all over!
Gailleann is an open cardigan, featuring a cable collar and a seed stitch body. It’s worked top-down with raglan shaping, while the cable band is knit simultaneously. It also has pockets!
Gailleann is knit with Magpie Fiber’s Domestic Worsted yarn, which is so sturdy and durable, and gives off amazing stitch definition. It really helps the cables pop! This army green colorway- called Tactical – was not my first choice, but I’m so glad the ladies at Magpie recommended it! It has some lighter goldish flecks which give it incredible depth.
You can see more photos and read more details about this pattern over on Ravelry. I have a stockinette version of this pattern in the works too, so check back!
The second pattern I released is a double-knit hat, Stoirm. Stoirm was knit with Magpie’s Swanky Sock yarn, a lush mix of merino, cashmere and nylon.
Stoirm is knit starting with a provisional cast on. The two-color section is worked first to the crown and closed at the top. Then the provisional cast on is removed and a second, solid hat is knit in identical shape to the crown and closed. Once you’re done simply fold one hat inside the other! The result is a super warm and soft reversible hat!
After Vogue Knitting Live in January, I got right to work preparing two more designs to be released with Magpie Fibers! I had planned to accompany these pieces at Stitches West, but normal life complications kept me from being able to make that trip.
Doineann is a cabled pullover with a super fun construction! The sleeves and chest are worked sideways, then the body is picked up afterwards and knit in the round with some cable detailing.
Doineann is knit with Magpie’s Solstice yarn, by far my favorite of their bases. Solstice is a blend of merino, silk and cotton, making it perfect for all seasons. It has a luscious feel, a bit rustic while also being soft and breathable.
And lastly is Sion, a lounge bottom pattern, available in two lengths! A long john version and a short, bloomer version. Sion is also knit with Magpie’s Solstice because I’ve wanted to knit some bloomers with this yarn since the first time I held it in my hands.
Sion is worked from the waist down, a folded waistband makes the perfect spot of an i-cord tie. The waist is knit in the round, and then split for the legs, which are also knit in the round.
Sion is a quick knit, but also so fun! You can see more photos and read more details over on Ravelry.
I’m so thankful to have Magpie Fibers beautiful yarns to work with. Definitely check them out for your next project!
For the rest of 2018 I’m excited to share that I am doing some teaching!! I recently started working with Echoview Fiber Mill, a sustainable mill here in North Carolina making yarns from local fibers. I am teaching classes like Knitting 101, Knitting 102 and other specialized classes, like how to use Ravelry, Steeking a Sweater and more!
You can keep up with what I’m teaching and where I’ll be for upcoming events now on my Event Page!