Knitting in NYC

Here in So Cal, I admit that I spend very little time in the company of knitters.  Earlier this month, I was lucky enough to take a trip to NYC and spend time Knitting in the City with Julie Hoover, Catherine Lowe, and the lovely ladies at Purl Soho.

We spent the first day at Sunday Suppers in South Williamsburg Brooklyn, enjoying the beautiful, seasonal fare prepared for us right there in the picturesque restored industrial space.  I was so inspired listening to Catherine Lowe and the Purl Soho Design Team giving us a peek into their processes and hearing about their histories.  Oh yeah, and there was also knitting...

The next day was spent at Saipu in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn, an amazing studio space filled with flowers, ceramics and a plethora of handmade wonders.  Eleven36 who specializes in ecologically and agriculturally sustainable foods, prepared lunch which was as beautiful as it was delicious.  The always-engaging Julie Hoover shared with us the fascinating story of her career. 

This is the second Knitting with Company retreat I've attended, put on by Catherine and Julie.  I really enjoy the sense of community experienced in the company of fellow knitters...no classes...just knitting.  I highly recommend it!

A new take on the knitted scarf

Skinny Scarf Pattern Collection Spring is upon us, and as the temperature rises, knitting scarves, especially oversized, thick winter versions are non-existent on your project list, but hold-on.   With endless styling possibilities, this new knitted accessory is great for adding effortless style to your wardrobe.  Whether you drape, loop or tie them up, these thin scarves will add flair to any neckline, from edgy to sophisticated.

Beautiful hues of Woolfolk Sno and Tynd, makes this a new go-to accessory, perfect for spring outfits.  The pattern trio includes 3 options, a chevron stripe, a more abstract diagonal stripe and a clean-edged lace.  Each pattern requires only about 260 yds of fingering-weight yarn, so they're perfect stash busters.  I suggest going pure lux and using the Woolfolk…if you haven't worked with this yarn before, you won't believe how soft, cushy yet lightweight it is. 

These scarves transition well to all seasons—drape one to add style to a floral sundress or coil around your neck to form a warming "hug" under your jacket without the bulk. Really into rope tying?  Have a flair for the dramatic?  I have you covered, my friend.  So channel your inner Steven Tyler and get knitting!

I'm offering the Skinny Scarf pattern collection for the introductory price of $4 (reg. $8), good through Sunday 3/19/17.  Use coupon code SKINNY upon checkout.  Offer good only on purchases from pampowersknits.com and Ravelry.com, not valid on previous purchases or purchases from other websites.

Wrap Trio eBook

I just released a new eBook called Wrap Trio.  This collection contains Duchess Wrap from my book Dress-to-Impress Knitted Scarves, Replier and a new adaptation of my Japanese Weave Wrap.

Duchess Wrap has a simple knit-purl stitch pattern with Intarsia-worked color borders. A scalloped cast-on edge serves as buttonholes for delicate round buttons strategically placed on a side edge so the rectangular piece is worn as a “V”.

Replier is a crescent-shaped wrap secured with hidden snaps and 2 large decorative hook & eye sets. Fold the top edge over and you get a flattering shawl colllar style wrap. This pattern is available as an individual download as well.

The Japanese Weave Crescent Wrap is an adaptation of the original and is exclusive to this eBook.   It is shaped with short rows to form a shoulder-hugging wrap versus the rectangular shape of the previous version. This wrap also differs from the original with the plaited sections being of different widths to provide even more interesting texture. The original rectangular version of this pattern is available as an individual download.

I'm offering the Wrap Trio eBook for the introductory price of $7 (reg. $12), good through Sunday 1/22/17.  Use coupon code TRIO upon checkout.  Offer good only on purchases from pampowersknits.com and Ravelry.com, not valid on previous purchases or purchases from other websites.

New Pattern Bexley Popover

Fall is here, and I'm going to resist the urge to say "sweater weather".  Here in So Cal it is still pretty warm, but we love us some sweaters.  Speaking of which…

Introducing new pattern Bexley Popover.  What is a popover, you may be asking?  Can I eat it?  Does it have cinnamon sugar sprinkled on top?  Think of a popover as the result if a sweater and a poncho had a child.  It's flowy like a poncho, but with side seams and armholes. I actually borrowed this term from J.Crew.  My interpretation is something like a pullover with a relaxed silhouette—chic with leggings or skinny jeans.

 This one is rectangular with slanted shoulders shaped with short rows to give it a more tailored drape.  The back neck is slightly more narrow than usual, causing the shoulder seams to fall towards the back, leaving you with a high-low hem (front is higher than the back). 

The yarn used here is Cloudborn Alpaca Sport.  It's a really soft, drapey, lightweight Alpaca yarn. The kit will be available soon on Craftsy—I'll let you know.  You can buy the PDF pattern here.

I’m on my way to Detroit Lakes, MN to do some major relaxing at the Knitting with Company Retreat.  Check out this line up: Norah Gaughan, Catherine Lowe, Julie Hoover and Karen Templer!  No classes, just hanging—I'm so excited! 

New Pattern Mary Jane - Lacy Liners for Short Boots

Hello—it's been a while.  Summer has come and is almost gone. 

My summer has been filled with travel--trips to pick up CP in Salt Lake City, last basketball tournament ever for TP in Las Vegas and a family vacation to Portland.

Thoughts of Fall Fashion are filling my head and my needles. 

I am plugging away at some new stuff that will be fun, fun, fun.

As a segue into Fall knitting, I thought you might want to consider Mary Jane Lacy Liners for Short Boots, shown here featuring Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock in Black Plum.  The boots are "Stunner" from John Fluevog—very beautiful with embroidered detail on leather.

Quick and easy (ish?), these short boot liners are done yoga-style with a split heel.  They can be worn with short boots and booties.  AND about half a skein of sock yarn is all you need.

 

I'm offering Mary Jane Lacy Liners PDF pattern for the low, low introductory price of $2.50 (reg. $5), good through Sunday 8/21/16.  Use coupon code SUMMER upon checkout.  Offer good only on purchases from pampowersknits.com, not valid on previous purchases or purchases from other websites.

If you're in to one-stop shopping, Mary Jane is also available on Craftsy as a kit for a mere $8.50 (at the time of this post) including Cloudborn Merino Superwash Sock Twist, available in some fun colors.  More John Fluevogs—"Simon" are from my personal collection and are currently on sale!

Check out my guest blog post on Craftsy with some different styling options for boot liners.