Fiona Ellis is the latest designer to offer one of her beautiful designs in celebration of our 40th Anniversary. The Flares and Graces sweater features clever chevron cable patterning, designed to highlight the wearers face and hands. Both the slightly flared sleeves and gentle waist shaping gives a slightly fitted silhouette to the body. Set-in sleeves complete the elegant look.
Knit in Valley Yarns Colrain, in the new Ocean Heather colorway, the cables really stand out due to the shine from the tencel fiber in the yarn. The remaining merino content gives the yarn a great springiness that helps the sweater feel cozy and soft, even imparting a fine halo effect. This pullover is sure to become a wardrobe go-to sweater that can be dressed up, paired with feminine skirts, or down, with your favorite jeans.
This week Kathy talks with first time guest Fiona Ellis. Fiona studied fashion design with a concentration in knitwear and specialized in hand knits – no programming knitting machines for her! She used to design Ready-to-Wear for mass production but made the switch to hand knit patterns when her first patterns appeared in Vogue Knitting in the late 90’s. Fiona specializes in colorwork and cables and her patterns include charts as well as written instructions. You can see the majority of her designs on Ravelry. Two of her latest feature Valley Yarns, Sugarbeach from Twist collective knit in Valley Yarns Longmeadow and Blue Helix from Knitter’s Magazine knit in Valley Yarns Colrain.
In the Spring 2014 issue of Knitter’s Magazine you’ll find the Blue Helix pullover knit in our very own Colrain in the Blue Lapis colorway. Designed by the lovely Fiona Ellis, this sweater features asymmetrically placed cables on the body and sleeves that make this fitted pullover a must-knit.
I’ve had several requests to post pictures of Pixie’s completed Summer Petals Cardigan which was our last CAL on Ready, Set, Knit. My apologies for being remiss in doing so. Here are the pics I took:
The pattern can be found in the summer issue of Interweave Crochet (it’s the cover sweater). The pattern calls for Rowan Bamboo Soft but Pixie substituted Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy. You’ll notice the picture of Pixie’s finished Cardi looks longer than the one on the cover. That’s because it is. Pixie opted to add a little length so that it would fit the way she wanted it to fit. I know doing a full garment as a CAL on our podcast was a bit challenging for some of you. Thanks for hanging in there with us!
One of our new patterns that we have debuted and you’ll see in our Holiday 2009 catalog which will be arriving in mailboxes over the next couple of weeks is Thetis.
Valley Yarns Pattern #288, Thetis is knit in our Colrain which is a 50% merino/50% tencel blend. It knits at 4 sts = 1″ and each 50 gram ball has 109 yarns. With Colrain priced at an affordable $3.99/ball – this lovely pullover is a great value costing between $35.91 and $51.87 depending on the size you make.
What I love about this particular pullover is it’s interesting construction. Here’s a quick video clip describing exactly how Thetis is made:
I hope you enjoyed the video. We have more coming with many of our latest designs.
It’s been a crazy week at the shop with New York Sheep and Wool last weekend and Stitches East this coming weekend. It has meant a lot of visitors. Yesterday along I had the pleasure to meet DarthKnitter from Twitter & Ravelry, Julie from Twist Collective, and my buddy Diane of Creatively Dyed Yarns among others. I had to leave mid afternoon to pick up the boys from school which meant I missed Team Ravelry:
Posing as Bob is the lovely Ysolda Teague who just did a book signing at the store a couple of weeks ago! Her Bob Head is priceless but best of all? She knit it in Valley Yarns Northampton Bulky! I love my boys but I am so bummed I missed seeing this (and of course them) in person!