Posted on | April 9, 2014 | 35 Comments
Several months ago, a good friend, Tanis, contacted a couple of us about an idea she had – what if a group of knitwear designers who also happen to be mothers put out a completely independent collection of handknit designs inspired by and made for their children? I loved the idea — both because I love designing knits for little people (quick satisfying knits that take a skein or two of yarn – what could be better than that?) and because I’ve been veering more and more towards independent publishing in the last couple of years and the opportunity to do that with the support of talented friends spurring each other on was too good to resist. Each contributing designer is someone whose designs and aesthetics I’ve long admired or who I’ve had the luck to know in real life, and in most cases, both. I think you’ll find that they are already familiar to you (Tanis Gray, Kate Gagnon, Margaux Hufnagel, and Melissa LaBarre-Rogers).
We collected ideas, sketches of designs, and an outline of a plan. I think the resulting collection is a good representation of each of us and our distinctive voices while meshing cohesively as a whole. There are lots of projects to suit all tastes – from simple but beautiful accessories to slightly more complex manipulations of color and texture that would easily fit in amongst a family’s most prized heirlooms. I’ll talk more about specific designs in the collection in a future guest blog post during our tour’s stop at Ysolda’s website, but for now, here are a few photos to whet your appetite. Patterns are available as part of the e-collection until October 1st. Thereafter, patterns will only be available individually.
Now for the contest…
Post a comment in the comments section on who your favorite person to knit for is. It doesn’t have to be a child or even a human! I’ll choose a winner randomly in a week to receive 2 skeins of Dream in Color Groovy in Velvet Port to knit my Kyle vest, pictured below (though of course, you don’t have to knit Kyle!). Groovy is a great, plied 100% superwash (!) merino wool yarn in chunky weight dyed in a variety of gorgeous nearly solid and variegated colors. Check out the full palette on Dream in Color’s website. Contest closes at midnight EST on Wednesday, April 16th. I’ll announce a winner on Friday, April 18th.
Be sure to follow the rest of our blog tour (italics for completed posts):
Friday, April 4th, Carol Sulcoski of Black Bunny Fibers
Monday, April 7th, Melissa LaBarre of Knitting School Dropout
Tuesday, April 8th Tanis Gray of Tanis Knits
Wednesday, April 9th, yours truly
Friday, April 11th, Susan B. Anderson
Monday, April 14, Kate Gagnon Osborn of Kelbourne Woolens
Wednesday, April 16, Vickie Howell, Host of Knitting Daily
Friday, April 18, Carol Feller of Stolen Stitches
Monday, April 21, Kate Chioccio of Dragonfly Fibers
Wednesday, April 23, Julie Crawford of Knitted Bliss
Friday, April 25, Katie & Kara of Nice & Knit
Monday, April 28th, Ysolda Teague (Guest Blog Post from me)
Tuesday, April 29th, Karida Collins of Neighborhood Fiber Co.
Friday, May 2nd, Cecily Glowik McaDonald of Winged Knits
Monday, May 5 – Carrie Bostick Hoge of Maddermade
Wednesday, May 7th – Thea Colman of Baby Cocktails
Friday, May 9th – Kate & Courtney, of Kelbourne Woolens
Tuesday, May 13, Jessica Correa, of Dream in Color Yarn Co.
Thursday, May 15, Kristen Kapur of Through the Loops
Tuesday, May 20, Tanis Lavalee of Tanis Fiber Arts
Friday, May 22, Alana Dakos of Never Not Knitting