How about a Summer Knit-Along!

All this summer knitting with fabulous summer yarns has me itching to host a Summer Knits KAL!

Of course there will be prizes....including yarn, a project bag, patterns, and a Cave Point Hat kit!  

Sneak peek at the Cave Point hat, our contribution to Midwestern Knits, hitting the shelves mid-August!   A kit will be given away as a prize for the summer KAL!

Sneak peek at the Cave Point hat, our contribution to Midwestern Knits, hitting the shelves mid-August!   A kit will be given away as a prize for the summer KAL!

To kick off the KAL, I am running a sale on 12 of my warm-weather, summery patterns.  

la playa, Kismet, High Tide, Low Tide, Sisterhood, Portico, Portico Mini, Ginger Root, Ceylon, Zested, Valerian, and Sparrows & Swallows.  Links to all of these can be found in the KAL thread.

Use the code FPKsummerKAL at checkout on ravelry to receive 25% off any of the following 12 patterns from now through July 31st.  

And if you've been watching for the Isle of Hope or Petite Isle of Hope patterns, they will be published at the beginning of August and will also be included in the KAL.  I will offer the same discount code for them when they are released, so keep your eyes open!

The KAL will run from July 20th through September 22nd, when summer officially comes to a close here in the Northern Hemisphere!

Happy summer knitting, my friends....hope to see you on the porch, knitting along with us!


FO Love

I absolutely adore coming across one of my patterns so beautifully executed by a talented knitter.  It's truly one of the most wonderful feelings as a designer.  

I just had to share this gorgeous Portico from katiezahner (Ravelry ID), in her own equally gorgeous yarn, Nice and Knit sport.  

Portico, in Nice and Knit sport, "sailor's sky", from katiezahner

Portico, in Nice and Knit sport, "sailor's sky", from katiezahner

Here is the link to her project page, which also links to her yarn info on ravelry:

katiezahner's Portico

Bravo, Katie, this is one stunning sweater!

New Pattern: Sparrows & Swallows

Today I have a new design to share, Sparrows & Swallows, which is a set of linen cowls designed with mixing and matching in mind.  

Sparrows & Swallows, in Quince & Co Sparrow, shown in Sans and Eleuthera

Sparrows & Swallows, in Quince & Co Sparrow, shown in Sans and Eleuthera

Two complimentary textures play nicely together, are fun to knit, and the color combination possibilities are endless.

Knit in crisp linen, they can be worn year round, but they would be equally lovely in wool for cooler months.

 

Some days, we feel simple, content. Like a happy little sparrow soaking up the sunshine.

Other days, we may feel more spirited, like we can swoop and soar on the breeze, like a vivacious swallow.

And some days, we are a mix of both.  This set of cowls allows you to mix and match, use a pop of color, or a cool neutral, or both together.  

Interested in a summer knit Knit-Along??  Leave me a message here on the blog or pop on over to my ravelry group to let us know you are interested.  I'd be happy to put a little KAL together for all of my summer, or warmer weather, knits, including the following:

Low Tide, High Tide, Kismet, Portico, Portico Mini, la playa, Valerian, Zested, Ginger Root,  Ceylon, and of course, Sparrows & Swallows

I also have this design coming out in the next few weeks that would be great for a summer KAL:

Isle of Hope, for both child and adult


Another version of Convington, for Noah

I became a great auntie, for the 4th time, a few weeks ago.  To welcome the little guy, I worked up a version of Covington for him.  

I wanted it to be more masculine, since I knew my niece was expecting a little boy, so I left the mesh lace sections off and just worked the Whelk stitch for the whole piece.  I also didn't want his little fingers and toes to get caught in the lace, so this was perfect. 

Baby, Noah, and his Covington blanket, in Malabrigo Chunky, Blue Surf colorway

Baby, Noah, and his Covington blanket, in Malabrigo Chunky, Blue Surf colorway

This worked up pretty quick and is really snuggly and soft, perfect for new baby skin.  I also really love the size, almost like a stroller blanket, so he can carry it around with him with out tripping as he gets older.  I hope it becomes one of his favorites!  

I did change the cast on from the original pattern.  Here is my ravelry project page for notes. 

Welcome to the world, little buddy!  

P.S. credit for these cute photos goes to my hubby.  I made Noah a little matching bunny too, but I don't think he made it into the photo shoot, darn!  

 

 

Avana and a little escape...

To celebrate our 10 year anniversary this month, my husband and I took a very small, one night/2-day getaway to Door County, WI. 

We stayed at the most lovely little, quaint bed and breakfast on a sheep farm, the Chanticleer Guesthouse. 

Chanticleer Guesthouse, Sturgeon Bay, Door County, WI

Chanticleer Guesthouse, Sturgeon Bay, Door County, WI

See that top balcony...that was our room, in the old, remodeled hay loft of the barn.  It was such a great view, I could have sat there all day long watching the sheep graze.  We enjoyed the most delicious breakfast on our balcony and watched some deer in the evening light.  

Morning knitting with breakfast, coffee, my guy, and sheep....what more could a gal ask for?!?

Morning knitting with breakfast, coffee, my guy, and sheep....what more could a gal ask for?!?

We went out for a great dinner while we were up there, and it was nice to have a reason to dress up a little bit.  I got this dress for a steal last summer and wouldn't you know, I had to remove the tags when I packed it for the trip.  It just happens to go with my fabulous new Avana shrug that I just adore.  

Avana, in the Fibre Co, Savannah, in Seafoam

Avana, in the Fibre Co, Savannah, in Seafoam

This was such a great pattern to knit and the finished piece is really fantastic.  It's lighter than air, but kept me warm in the cool evening air.  The pattern is Avana, by Annie Rowden, and I would highly recommend it.  The only thing I would do differently next time would be to try steam blocking, as it grew quite a bit with a soak.  

Now, for the barrage of sheep photos, and a few more from our trip, here's an album!

It was a great little getaway, even if it was brief.  

Funny how life changes...10 years ago we had 11 days in Mexico and thought we needed to "get away" to relax so badly.  

Ha!  10 years later, less then 36 hours away from "life" was such a great refresher!  

 

Happy knitting, Happy Independence Day to my American friends, and I will see you soon with one more summer accessory in the lovely Sparrow.

la playa

I'm excited to share a fun little summer shawlette/shawl design I just published today!  

la playa

la playa, shawlette version, in Quince & Co Sparrow, Sans and Eleuthera

This June, my husband and I celebrated out 10 year wedding anniversary.  I had ordered these 2 colors of Sparrow for another summer design that will be published in July, but I wasn't done with the combo after that design.  Together, they just kept reminding me of the beautiful place where we were married, Playa del Carmen, Mexico.  

As a knitter, I often look for a fun little shawl or scarf to throw on with an outfit, but in the summer, tend to get away from this because of the heat.  My goal for this design was to make something I could style like a cowl or kerchief that wouldn't add heat on a summer day.  

I love the crispness of the Sparrow, and this piece is just the right size.  Two sizes are included in the pattern, for those who might enjoy a slightly larger shawl, or might even like to make one out of wool.  

The shawl is cast on with the main color and the lace section is worked.  Then the contrast color is added and the shawl is shaped along the top edge with decreases until only a few stitches remain and are then bound off.  

Low Tide

I'm a little late to the party on this one, but life has just kept me from posting much, which is a good thing, since I've just been busy enjoying life.

I released Low Tide, the children's version of my High Tide pullover a couple weeks ago, so I will share a little about that design now.  

Low Tide, worsted version, shown in FibraNatura Good Earth Solids

Low Tide, worsted version, shown in FibraNatura Good Earth Solids

As the adult version was, the kiddo's version is also written for 4 weights: lace, fingering, sport/dk, and worsted weight, and sized from 2-12 years. 

Low Tide, lace weight version, in Quince & Co Piper

Low Tide, lace weight version, in Quince & Co Piper

This really is a great little classic, versatile pattern to have in your arsenal.  So many options...solid, striped, wool, cotton, warm weather fabric, heavy winter version....so many ways to go! 

For all the details, including gauges, yardage, etc, check out the pattern page in my ravelry shop.  

Quick Sand

I've got a finished object to share that was a joy to knit and is very easy to wear.  

Quick Sand, by Heidi Kirrmaier

Quick Sand, by Heidi Kirrmaier, in FibraNatura Good Earth Solids, Safari 

Quick Sand, by Heidi Kirrmaier, in FibraNatura Good Earth Solids, Safari 

Don't you just love the back detail on this design?  So clever and lots of fun to knit.  

My gauge was slightly off on size 9 needles, but I liked the fabric, so I worked the size up from what I normally would knit for myself, to get the fit I wanted.  I also worked 1 less repeat for the body, to shorten the length slightly.  I was running close on yardage, and didn't really want to buy another skein, so I went for half length sleeves.  I actually really like them this way, as I wasn't sure I wanted them any longer on a summer cardi anyways.  For the sleeves, I worked one set of decreases, then worked 15 rounds, and bound off.  

She also has this design written for sport weight, Fine Sand, which I am thinking I might like to work up in a sport weight wool at some point.  It would make a great year-round cardigan in the lighter weight and wool.  

You can see more pics and all of my notes on my ravelry project page here:  Addiesma's Quick Sand Cardi.

Aren't our poppies and irises looking amazing here!?!  They have taken a little beating from the rain since then, and the irises are close to being done for the year.  The poppies have many more buds though....they are my favorite, so vibrant and full of life....and giant!  I love them!

 

 

High Tide

Wow, where have the past 6 weeks gone?!?  

We are wrapping up the end of the school year this week, with 3 days left, so I guess that's my excuse for being so late in posting about High Tide....or anything, for that matter!  May was super busy, but I have also been quite productive in my knitting and designing, which has also kept me away from the blog.

So, here is High Tide, which was quite the undertaking by the time I wrapped it up!  

High Tide, lace weight version, shown in Malabrigo Lace, Paris Night and Pale Khaki

High Tide, lace weight version, shown in Malabrigo Lace, Paris Night and Pale Khaki

When the test knitting phase for this design began, the discussion brought about the possibility of working the design up in other weights.  I loved the idea of coming up with something that was simple and classic and could be knit over and over, so I dove in.  With a lot of help from some wonderful test knitters and my amazing tech editor, we made it happen.  

Here is my worsted weight version, worked up in a favorite new warm-weather yarn, Good Earth, from FiraNatura.  

High Tide, worsted weight, shown in Good Earth Solids, Dessert and Cloud

High Tide, worsted weight, shown in Good Earth Solids, Dessert and Cloud

This design was about a year in the making, from inspiration to publication.  This little sweater was the prototype:

I knit this up for Addison about a year ago, in Malabrigo Lace, and it was the softest, sweetest little sweater.  After making hers, I decided I thought I had it in me to knit a lace weight version for myself.  However, I wanted to make a few changes to the design, so I added the split hem, the rolled edges, and changed the garter stitch to ribbing.  I was going for classic and fresh, and really wearable.  

When we traveled to Savannah for my sister's wedding in October, we got these pics by the ocean, and I gave myself the winter to get it written up and ready for editing.  It wasn't until the test knitting phase that the idea to write for multiple weights came into play.  

I really do love these sweaters so much, and plan to make them a part of my wardrobe for years to come.  I am also pretty sure I will be working up another version in the future, perhaps one like this amazing version in fingering weight by my friend, Christy of Hiwassee Creek Dyeworks. 

High Tide, sport weight, in Plucky Knitter Traveler Sport, shown in Boulangerie and Fiona

High Tide, sport weight, in Plucky Knitter Traveler Sport, shown in Boulangerie and Fiona

And I really adore this earthy High Tide from Melissa....check out her project page here.

And as she often does, my amazing Mama test knit this fun summer version for me.  Isn't it adorable on her?!?  

Grammy Joan's High Tide in Good Earth Solids, Dessert and Dive

Grammy Joan's High Tide in Good Earth Solids, Dessert and Dive

So, pretty much anything else you want to know about this design, as far as the yardage and sizing, can all be found on the pattern page on Ravelry here:  High Tide

As for the kiddos version... it's being test knit right now and I hope to publish it in about 2 weeks, with plenty of time for you to work one up for a wee one this summer!  

Here's a peek at what that one evolved into:

I sure have been inspired by all of this summer fiber!  I've been on a roll with linen and cotton/linen blends.  

Watch for another Mama/kiddo pullover design and 2 fun summer accessories soon!

For the Love of "Sisters"

I am so grateful for all of the "sisters" in my life.  

I am lucky enough to have a wonderful younger sister, who although she is younger, teaches me things about life and inspires me on a regular basis.  She is strong, smart, courageous and kind.  

Lizzie and I at her wedding, which she amazingly planned in 4 months, from over 1000 miles away.

But "sisters" come in all forms and span across the generations.  They exist in the literal sense of the word, and in the "spirit" of sisterhood.

Knitting has brought so many of these amazing "sisters" into my life.  Some of them stay for the long haul, some are there only briefly, but either way, they leave their mark.  

They make an impact.  

My Grandma and her identical twin and best friend, who deeply inspired this design

When I set out to design a piece for the trunk show at String Theory Yarn, I wanted to be sure to encompass their mission into the spirit of the design.  Janet Avila, the owner of this LYS, states the following on her website: 

At String Theory we believe that everything is connected to everything else; somehow what we do here in our small circle has both personal and global impact. That’s why we feature yarn from companies that provide an opportunity for impoverished women to feed their families and send their children to school. That’s why we support companies that limit their use of harmful chemicals, precious water and petroleum. That’s why we sit and knit.

So, to me, the Sisterhood stole reflects the connection and coming together of separate elements to form something whole. Each half of the stole is worked separately, from the outer edge toward the middle, and then grafted together. 
Personally, this piece represents the people and places in my life that have come together through the craft of knitting. I feel a true sense of the word “sisterhood” when I think about the things in my life that have led me to knitting. Deep family roots, as well as the true friends I have come to know and love, have made it a part of my soul, and helped me to realize the connection between past and present, small and global.

So, grab some sport or DK weight yarn, perfect for this time of year, gather with some of your "sisters," and be inspired.  If you are open to it, inspiration is there and it WILL find you.  

For all the ladies who have touched my life, young, not-so-young, and everywhere in between, this one's for you, and all of the "moments!"