Friday, April 20, 2018

Introducing Ouzo.  I designed this for a Magpie Fibers trunk show this weekend - if you are in the Portland ME area, come say hello at KnitWit on Saturday, 4/21 between 1-3. I'll be there with my new sweater and some friends - designers Bristol Ivy and Beatrice Perron, plus Dami of Magpie Fibers. We will be there with a load of her gorgeous yarns, including Solstice which is what I used here -  it's fantastic yarn, light and lofty and just a little bit rustic.  Listed as a DK, but knits up beautifully at worsted weight, on #7 needles for a nice, quick knit.

But back to the sweater -

Dami asked if I'd like to be part of the trunk show and do a design and I absolutely said yes! I love this yarn, having already designed Desert Sunrise with it about a year ago.

I knew exactly what I wanted.  Because I wanted to own this outfit.  Really - including the clogs (you can see those on the Rav page) and the jeans and the tank top.  It's going to be my go-to summer outfit for porch drinks once the snow stops falling.

I'd been seeing these long, (it's a little longer on me - I'm shorter than my friend Gabriella by a few inches...) flattering summer cardigans in magazines and Pinterest lately and had an idea in my head that I really needed one.  With a little lace. Textured, gorgeous lace.

And some pockets. 

And the bottom of the cardigan would have a lot of ease so that when I wanted to wrap the fronts around me, I could.  But not so much ease that it wouldn't also just be lovely worn open and slouchy.

All the details for this one are on the Ravelry page - and it's available for $7.00 either there or on the blog under Cardigans. 

As for a cocktail?  I hadn't had much Ouzo before this week, but I may have a new favorite cocktail to go with my new favorite sweater.

1 oz vodka
1 oz ouzo
1 packet of sour mix (I like the BarTenders Friend)
2 oz water cold water
.5 oz fresh lemon juice

Shake the above ingredients in a shaker with ice.  Pour over ice in a highball glass and add about 1-2 oz of club soda. Garnish with a lemon slice. 

Depending on the sour mix you use, it may be a little sweet - feel free to add more water, club soda or lemon juice to balance.

Enjoy! Both sweater and cocktail...

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Flor de Jerez!

This one was designed to show off the subtle differences in a hand dyed yarn -- such as the Valley Yarn DK, dyed by Manos shown here.  (That's Bittersweet, one of the 6 colors I created for WEBS)!  This is the latest design in a series of patterns I've worked on this winter for this yarn.

I was going for a balance of both delicate and cozy, and wanted to play with different textures to really highlight the shades of apricot and pumpkin in this colorway. The sweater is actually quite simple to knit, but the combination is pretty striking.

A deep, shallow neckline gives it a nice modern-but-retro feel, and the hem is subtly shaped by the gauge difference between garter and cable panels.

I had a whole bunch of test knitters on this one, and was happily surprised at how it looked great on everyone - and worked in a variety of yarns.  It's easy to modify for depth or width, and although I like it with about 4" of ease for a loose fit, it also works with a more fitted silhouette.

Flor de Jerez is knit seamlessly from the bottom up - sleeves are knit separately and joined at the yoke, and a few short rows shape the neckline. Cables are both written and charted.

You can find all the info, purchase the PDF and see the test knits HERE.

The PDF is also for sale in the patterns section of the blog for $7.00.