Saturday, March 03, 2018

So, yes I did start off nice and slow, didn't I?  I haven't even managed to blog for an entire month.

But I DID release two patterns I wanted to tell you about - again with the wonderful folks over at YOTH.  Last year, for Stitches West, we worked on the Vodka Collection, and we had said this would be the first in a few collaborations with Veronika and her lovely yarns.

I'm looking at the different ways in which we all knit, and thinking about collections that would encompass the different kinds of knitters out there. The Vodka Collection was an exploration of the same shape of cardigan in 3 different ways, ranging from  some stockinette-heavy TV knitting to some  more committed cables - and you can read about those HERE.

So THIS year, we wanted to do another collection and I wanted to look at different types of knitters again, but this time in terms of the types of yarn we pick.  I started with big goals - another 4 (or even 5!) pieces, each in a different weight of YOTH's beautiful yarn, all ready in February.

But thinking about yarn weight made me think about the time of year, and in working on the different pieces, we agreed that we could turn this into a series - there will be more tequila projects as the year goes on, each based on the weather and season of what we want to knit when, and timed as such!

 With that in mind, the first two pieces are Agave and Reposado - something for the last cold weeks of winter, and something for the first warm days of spring!

If you are torn as to which you feel like knitting, the Ravelry code TEQUILA will get you $2 off a purchase of both - without any expiration date - because sometimes we are just between our knitting seasons and need choices, right? 

Agave is a deeply cabled, squishy and satisfying hat, knit in YOTH Father, one of my all-time favorite yarns ever. It's round and soft and makes one of the best fabrics out there, with great stitch definition.  I added some detail at the transition from brim to cable, and some more fun lines at the crown, and it's one last hat to get you over the hump of March.

THEN... Reposado is a light and airy tee, which can be knit now and then worn just as the weather starts to warm up.  It looks great over a loose shirt or dress, and it also works with a tank underneath, for when it gets even warmer.  It has a loose, delicate feel and is knit in YOTH's Best Friend, doubled.

The doubling of the cotton/wool yarn adds to the rustic look to the fabric and makes for a larger gauge knit, which takes less time to knit!   No sleeves, a little lace, and a nice open neckline.

The other pieces in the Tequila Series will follow, a couple for summer and then again in Fall.  Different weights, different types of fabrics - but each for a different knitting mood.   And I have an excuse to keep using ALL of YOTH's lovely base yarns.... (brilliant, right?)

So that was February.  I do have a few things in the works for March....