Today it's my privilege to be the next stop on the Midwestern Knits Blog Tour!
When I first learned about this project, I have to admit, I was completely smitten with the idea of it. I poured over the mood board on Pinterest and knew immediately that I wanted to be a part of it. I am a huge fan of both Allyson and Carina's designs, so in my mind, there was no way it wouldn't be great.
Growing up in rural Wisconsin, the Midwest and the Great Lakes region hold a special place in my heart. The people are kind, the Summers are beloved, and you don't have to travel too far in any direction to take in a beautiful landscape.
When I began to brainstorm about a design proposal for this amazing collection, one thing kept coming back to me.....Lake Michigan. It's hard to explain, but I have just always felt like I was in the right place as long as the shores of Lake Michigan were off to the East. I live about 45 minutes from the lake, so it's not a part of everyday life for me, but just knowing it's there, somehow orients me. I'm guessing this is how people who live along the coast or near the mountains feel about their surroundings.
After exploring fabrics and settling on a few stitch patterns inspired by sand and waves, the Cave Point Hat was inspired.
The Cave Point Hat is a lace weight hat, worked up in two colors, and may just turn out to be the lightest-weight hat you ever own. Living in Southeastern WI, the phrase "cooler by the lake" is commonplace. These are the types of days I had in mind when I designed this hat.....the days when there's a little chill in the air. The days when the Spring or Autumn sunshine isn't quite enough to take the chill off, you need just a little something to keep you comfy. For those evenings around the campfire, or early morning walks along the lakeshore, this hat is perfect for the seasons when you don't need a Winter hat, but just want a little something cozy. We all know we need plenty of cold weather knits in the Midwest to battle our blustery Winters, but this design was intended for our other seasons....for all of those in-between days, which we tend to have in abundance.
If you are inspired to knit up your own Cave Point Hat, there will be a Knit-Along going on in the Midwestern Knits Ravelry Group, being run by the lovely Laura Ricketts, beginning in mid-September.
If you haven't gotten your hands on a copy of this beautiful book yet, you NEED to! It's put together with so much heart. You can simply feel the inspiration behind each design as you page through the fresh photography and modernly classic designs. Each designer has included an essay about their design inspiration, and fun little bios about everyone are also at the back of the book.
Thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to listen to me ramble about a place I hold close to my heart, the place I will always call "home," the Midwest!
Here is the Blog Tour Schedule, be sure to check out all the other stops!
Blog Tour: (click through links to view each page)
Aug 17: Launch: MidwesternKnits.com
Aug 18: Carina Spencer
Aug 19: YarnTalk Show
Aug 20: Knits in Class
Aug 21: @FrenchPressKnits on Instagram
Aug 24: Handmade By Stefanie
Aug 25: Laura Ricketts
Aug 26: DoogKnits
Aug 27: Front Porch Knitting
Aug 28: @ChooseBatman on Instagram
Aug 31: Knitspot
Sept 1: Cosmos and Cashmere
Sept 2: Nerd Girl Yarns
Sept 3: Lorna’s Laces
Sept 8: The Sweatshop of Love
Sept 9: @juriface on Instagram
Sept 10: Brown Sheep Blog
Sept 14: Weaver Knits
Sept 15: Mrs Crosby Plays
Sept 16: Subway Knits