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New Pattern // Boho Blush Shawl for AVFKW & Naturally Straight Forward

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 Boho Blush Shawl

Boho Blush Shawl

Almost 2 years ago, my dear friend, Annie Rowden and I, got together and began working on a project that focused on naturally dyed yarns and enjoyable patterns that were engaging, but still relaxing to knit!

At the 2016 Stitches West we were lucky enough to snag some of the most breathtaking, naturally dyed yarn from Kristine Vejar at her gorgeous A Verb for Keeping Warm booth! If you've never had a chance to work with AVFKW yarn, I cannot recommend it highly enough!

 Entwined in Mesa, that was soon to become Boho Blush!

Entwined in Mesa, that was soon to become Boho Blush!

I am always drawn to blush pinks, and I think that this Mesa colorway may be the perfect hue! I knew I wanted to knit up something flirty and romantic. As I ran the yarn through my fingers, its bouncy texture whispered garter stitch, with a little texture thrown in to keep it engaging. Some designs take a lot of contemplating, sketching, swatching and trial and error to get it just right. Boho Blush - was not one of those designs. This shawl was destined to be. I cast on and the stitches just flew off my needles, everything just falling into place! The brioche and lace bands add a balance of squishy texture and delicate openness to the shawl. Its crescent shape hugs your shoulders and the fringe is just. SO. FUN!!!

I know you all will love knitting this shawl! I can't wait to wear it all year round :) Make sure to also check out Annie's perfect new pullover, Menhir, also knit up in lovely AVFKW yarn!

Help me celebrate Boho Blush by saving 15% on your pattern with the coupon code BOHOBLUSH until 3/1/17 at midnight EST!!

xx

Stitches West Recap!

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 Ready to go in my Range Shawl, with my trusty helper sharing the load!

Ready to go in my Range Shawl, with my trusty helper sharing the load!

If you follow me on Instagram, then you probably know that I was at Stitches West last weekend with my good friend (and Naturally Straight Forward partner) Annie Rowden! Both of us are work-at-home-mamas, and this was a big trip away from the littles. Ashley was also able to sneak away from her business trip to join us for a couple days! We sacrificed sleep to soak up every spare minute of knitting and girl time, loading up our days with classes, yarn squeezing, knitting and meeting new and old friends!

 Veronika from YOTH and Dami from Magpie Fibers! Veronika is wearing the  Marley Shawl  knit up with a combination of their amazing yarns!

Veronika from YOTH and Dami from Magpie Fibers! Veronika is wearing the Marley Shawl knit up with a combination of their amazing yarns!

The YOTH & Magpie Fibers booth made you feel like you left the convention center and walked into a trendy yarn shop, complete with clothes, accessories, YARN, and couches (where I crashed with my knitting for most of the day Sunday - it was glorious!) As you can see from my yarn picks below - I apparently was in a very blue mood.

It was amazing to see the ladies of Spincycle and their yarns in person! Their booth was overflowing with color inspiration! This two-woman company sells yarns made in the USA from "sheep to skein" (which sets my heart a flutter) and offers truly unique products (more on them coming to the blog soon ;) .

 Kate and Rachel of Spincycle!

Kate and Rachel of Spincycle!

 I was also hugely drawn to yellows this weekend - can you tell I have spring fever? This colorway from  Spincycle  is called Greed - and I love it!

I was also hugely drawn to yellows this weekend - can you tell I have spring fever? This colorway from Spincycle is called Greed - and I love it!

 Kristine from  A Verb for Keeping Warm

With our love of naturally dyed yarns, Annie and I were in heaven at the AVFKW booth. Gorgeous isn't a big enough word to describe the amazing collection of yarns. A picture might say it better (because you know I couldn't leave without some of this yarn! Naturally...)

I wish you could reach out and touch them, and turn them over in your hands to see all of the amazing subtleties in the color.

 One of my absolute favorite keepsakes from the trip is Sincere Sheep's Sheep Tote! I mean - come on! How cute is this bag? Love it!

One of my absolute favorite keepsakes from the trip is Sincere Sheep's Sheep Tote! I mean - come on! How cute is this bag? Love it!

If you read my previous blog post, you know that we were lucky enough to release two new patterns with Brooke of Sincere Sheep (click here to read all about it!) And I'll say it again - if you haven't had the opportunity to work with Brooke's yarns, you should really head over to her site, because they are amazing! And while you shop you can listen to her awesome Woolful interview. She has a company you want to be supporting!

Inspiration was not in short supply - between stunning yarns, beautiful tools, and motivating classes - I am already busy plotting and scheming for well into next year! Stay tuned for some amazing collaborations, including some Yarn Babies posts with these amazing people.

 And Stephen West - because the knitting world just wouldn't be the same without him!

And Stephen West - because the knitting world just wouldn't be the same without him!


Congratulations to Carmen Bockman - the winner of last weeks giveaway! I've emailed you :)

Naturally Straight Forward // Spring Fever Flash Sale!

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As some of you may know, one half of Naturally Straight Forward (By Annie Claire) lives in Northern California, where they are already seeing signs of spring. The other half (yours truly) lives in Michigan - where we just got 12 inches of snow! The snow is beautiful - but my heart strings are tugging for some green - some afternoons spent outside with my daughter, and some sunshine on my skin. To help us get thru the rest of winter, and to celebrate what is coming soon, we wanted to have a little sale!

Use the coupon code SPRINGFEVER in my pattern store or on Ravelry for 15% any and all Naturally Straight Forward patterns 2/26/16-2/28/16 at midnight! Enjoy and Happy Knitting!!!

Naturally Straight Forward // Wildberry & Freshwater Shawls

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As many of you who follow me on Instagram know, I just spent the weekend at Stitches West with my Naturally Straight Forward knitting bestie - Annie Rowden of By Annie Claire!

Always looking to push our creative boundaries, we really wanted to do something special for Stitches West. So we teamed up with Sincere Sheep to create two new shawl designs- Freshwater (pictured top) and Wildberry (pictured bottom). If you haven’t experienced Brooke’s yarns - they should move to the top of your list!! Amongst my favorites our her Cormo (used in the Freshwater Shawl), Equity (used in the Wildberry Shawl), and Bannock (used in my Chevy Hat.)

Annie and I each started a shawl without telling the other what our plans were. Then about halfway thru we stopped and mailed it to the other person so they could finish it up however they desired! The result was two designs we couldn’t have achieved on our own! It was such a special way to celebrate our partnership and love of naturally dyed yarn and knitting!

We hope you love them as much as we do!

We originally released the patterns at Stitches West, but they are now available both here and here in my pattern shop and also on Ravelry! Both patterns are welcome additions to the ongoing Naturally Straight Forward Knitalong that I host in the DreaReneeKnits Ravelry group!


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Naturally Straight Forward: White Pine & Riverflow

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Happy New Year!! 2015 was a huge year for me - truly life-changing! I owe so much of that to all of you! Thank you for your amazing support with all of my patterns, from your likes and favorites on Instagram & Ravelry, to your purchases and amazingly kind emails and messages. From the bottom of my heart - my dream wouldn't be coming true if it weren't for all of you!

That being said, I can think of no better way to celebrate than with kicking off 2016 with my first ever sweater pattern release - White Pine! This pattern was a long time in the making. I began sketching for it last spring, and my testers finished up with it at the end of November! I hope you will love it as much as I do!

 White Pine

White Pine

I wanted a classic pullover sweater, that was easy to knit, while still remaining interesting! Simple enough for most intermediate beginners, White Pine is knit from the top down, completely seamlessly, while relying on the texture of the body to do all of your shaping for you! The growing garter stripes at the sides of the body not only create the dramatic slimming lines, they also gently shape the sweater into an incredibly flattering subtle A-line shape.

 Photograph courtesy of Annie Rowden

Photograph courtesy of Annie Rowden

The set-in sleeves are also knit from the top down, utilizing short rows so that you don't have to fight with sewing in your sleeve caps! I really love this technique, and I hope you have have as much fun learning it as I did! Faux seams running up the center front and back give the sweater that touch of timeless style that you can dress up or down. Knit up in your favorite worsted weight yarn, White Pine will fly off your needles!

My beautiful Naturally Straight Forward partner, Annie Rowden (byAnnieClaire), knit up the most stunning gradient shawl to complete our first release of the New Year! This woman has got a way with naturally dyed yarns! I love the texture and all of the color possibilities that are waiting for this bias shaped shawl!

 Photograph courtesy of Annie Rowden

Photograph courtesy of Annie Rowden

You can snag both patterns for 20% off until midnight PST on 01/06/2016, using the coupon code NSF2016. White Pine is available both here on dreareneeknits.com and on Ravelry. You can find Annie's Riverflow shawl here!

Cheers to the New Year and many happy stitches!!

Farm Slippers for the Whole Family

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I love the holidays!! Especially the days that we get to stay in our pajamas as long as possible...preferably surrounded by twinkling lights...while sitting next to the fire...with cozy slippers on our feet...

My newest pattern, Farm Slippers, is all about celebrating those days - sized for the whole family, quick to knit, and bursting with cozy! I knit mine up in the ever-amazing and soft Organic Merino from Fern Fiber! I am all about the marl these days, so if you feel like playing with a little color, grab two different sport weight yarns and hold them together as one strand. Or keep them classic with a heavy worsted or aran weight yarn.

These make great gifts for everyone on your list this year! There is just something so meaningful about giving gifts that you have made to the people you love. Our time is so precious, and often so fleeting, so when you choose to spend it knitting up something special for your loved one, it means so much! I hope you will join me in making this holiday season handmade. <3 <3 <3

Save 15% on this pattern until Wednesday @ midnight PST with the coupon code FERNFIBER !!