Tuesday, May 15, 2018


Cynar came to be because I kept walking into the North Light Fibers booth at yarn festivals and conventions and could not stop playing with the skeins of Water Street Cashmere DK.  A colorwork hat would justify not one, but two skeins, so....



If you're wondering what to do for Father's day - perhaps the guy in your life needs a simple and luxurious hat?  And there's plenty of time to knit one up - it's super satisfying in this yarn, and totally portable (plus easy to hide!)

Designed also to coincide with the North Light Fiber annual retreat, at which I will be teaching this weekend with my buddy Bristol Ivy,  Cynar is a simple colorwork hat that allows the beauty of the yarn to shine.



I wanted to pair one of the tweedy shades with a solid, and these two together made me so happy, as the rich shade of the Charcoal really allows the hidden flecks in the Santolina to show up. 

A bold colorwork pattern from Andrea Rangel's Alterknits was modified a little to work on the hat, and the medallions on the crown make a lovely design.  It's a quick knit, easily followed and easily modified if you want a shallower or deeper cap. 

And Craig is now hooked on cashmere. 

The pattern is available on both Ravelry and in the Head section of the blog!

And Cynar is a fantastic addition to either a Manhattan or throw a little into a glass of Coke, with ice and lemon.....


Thursday, May 03, 2018

Introducing Armagnac -- with a discount code.  The Ravelry code "springcocktails" will get you $1 off the pattern until 5/12 - and once Jill Draper re-opens and restocks after MDSW on 5/8, the same code will get you free shipping from her Etsy Shop! 

I bought two skeins of Jill Draper's Mohonk Light in this gorgeous minty green on a whim this winter, and as soon as I touched them, I knew they were not going to sit in stash long.  In fact, I went back online about a week later and bought two more skeins in this deep rust color, which I figured was going to match everything I own.

I was right. 


I was in the midst of numerous deadlines and other projects, and this became my relaxation knit.  Something to work on mindlessly without the stress of having to finish, or the parameters of a publication.  The design itself became a simple, soothing knit as I worked on it just to make myself happy for a change - no voices, no guidelines, no deadlines in my head.

Three lace columns, a lot of garter stitch.  Easy to keep track of.  And no sizing to worry about. 

Once I finished, I was super happy.  This is my perfect shawl size, my perfect amount of detail, and the perfect weight.  For the last few cold and dreary months, this thing has NOT left my neck!


I ended up sending the second skeins to my friend Sandy, who knit the green sample for me, and it's even more beautiful in the mint!  Both of these will be at Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival this weekend, in Jill Draper's booth - since the yarn I fell for is her Mohonk Light. It's a fingering weight cormo, it's light and lofty, just a tiny bit rustic, and soft as can be. 

She has tons of it dyed up and ready to go at the festival, and will be restocking her Etsy shop for online sales on 5/8 when she's back home.  So if you are lucky enough to be in MD, stop by and squish everything - and if not, check back in on Tuesday -  and don't forget that discount code...


All the details and the PDF can be found on the Ravelry page or the "neck" section of the blog.