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//Mix & Mingle// The Perfect Shawl For Color-play

brioche, fade, KNIT in COLOR, knitting, new pattern, sale, techniquesAndrea Mowry3 Comments
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If you follow my work, then you know that I love to play with color! But I really didn't start out that way. I used to be terrified of picking out colors, full of self doubt and feeling like I just wasn't born with the "color gene."

Fast forward a few years and now one of my favorite classes to teach is Color Confidence! Now that color has entered my life, it brings me so much joy! I will always equally love a neutral palette (hey - neutrals are colors too!), but I love pushing my color comfort zone so that I am continuously exploring new color combinations and bringing new hues into my life!

If you have taken my class, then you will already be familiar with my favorite ways to play with color - Marling, Fading and Two-color Brioche!! These techniques helped to open up a whole new world of color-play. And the more we play (aka practice) the more our confidence grows!

So this sweet little crescent shaped shawl combines my favorite techniques all in one and is a super fun way to boost your own Color Confidence! Mix & Mingle is knit from the top down and finished off with my favorite edge treatment - an applied brioche border. Knit up in 4 colors, the possibilities are endless. I knit mine out of Hedgehog Fibre's Cashmere Merino - because who doesn't love to drape their shoulders in cashmere?? I am already planning a second, larger version. This shawl is so easy to adapt to different sizes by just adjusting the yarn weight you are using! The original is knit up in lace weight, but next on my needles I am going to use fingering weight yarn!

I hope Mix & Mingle inspires you to explore color and techniques in a new way, for a truly joyful knitting experience!! You can snag your copy of Here or Here! Enjoy 10% off your pattern purchase with the coupon code MIX thru 4/11/18 at midnight EST! Don't forget to use #mixandmingleshawl when you post on social media so I can see all of your gorgeous shawls!

If you love the ease of using a knit kit - head on over to Kitterly to check out their beautifully curated Mix & Mingle kits!!

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"Countdown To My Birthday!!" SALE!!

brioche, KNIT in COLOR, knitting, saleAndrea Mowry7 Comments

Hello everyone!!

I hope you have been enjoying your summer!

It’s that time of year for my annual birthday sale! I am kicking it off a bit early, as I’ve got a really fun surprise to share on my actual birthday (so stay tuned for that on August 1 ;)

Until then, please enjoy 34% off of all independently released DRK patterns with the coupon code KNIT until 7/31/17 at midnight EST! And THANK YOU so much for all of your support over these past few years!!

xoxo,
Andrea

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

brioche, Finished objects, knitting, NaturallyStraightForward, new pattern, sale, yarnAndrea Mowry6 Comments
 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

New Pattern // Rose Gold Shawl

brioche, KNIT in COLOR, knitting, new pattern, sale, yarnAndrea Mowry6 Comments

Good morning, Knitters!! I hope your week is treating you well! We are having some surprisingly balmy Michigan weather (yes, 50+ degrees in February is very balmy!!) But winter is far from over and when I want some major squishy and cozy knits to wrap up in - I always reach for brioche!

Rose Gold is my newest shawl and is worked in two color brioche from side to side to form what I like to call a peaked asymmetrical crescent! This shawl is one of my favorite shapes because it creates a long wingspan and a fairly shallow depth, so it is very wearable! The brioche begs to hug the curves of your shoulders while the remaining length of the wings dance in a cascading spiral.

I teamed up with Black Trillium Fibres and used two of their gorgeous gradient sets. The effect is a soft melting from light to dark that is mirrored on both sides. I love how bold the final border is with the deepest pigments and brioche lace.

I hope you all love it, too! If you are one of the lucky heading to Stitches West this weekend, make sure to stop by the Black Trillium booth to snag some yummy yarn!

To celebrate Rose Gold, please enjoy 15% off of the pattern with the coupon code ROSEGOLD until Sunday 2/26/2017 at midnight EST :)

Sync Cowl // A New Pattern for MadelineTosh

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Happy Autumn everyone!! I don't know about you, but I am thrilled with the shift in weather. Bring on the cozy knits, warm bevies and crisp fall smells! Are you ready for some cool weather knitting and the gift knitting season?

I am thrilled that my new pattern with MadelineTosh was released just in time for the change in seasons! The Sync Cowl is an awesome beginners brioche project that is totally customizable and unisex! (Perfect for gifts!!)

The Sync Cowl utilizes marling your yarns (holding 2 strands together) along with 2 color syncopated brioche (which is much easier than it sounds) and is available in 2 sizes! The Single Loop version uses 2 strand of DK for a bulky knit and a cowl that stands up tall to protect you from the wind. The Double Loop version uses 2 strands of fingering weight yarn and is long enough to loop around your neck twice for the ultimate snuggle factor. The color combination possibilities are ENDLESS! I can't wait to see what you all come up with! You can get your pattern now in my Pattern Shop!

What will you be knitting this fall? Selfish knitting or gift knitting? Maybe a bit of both??

Briochealuscious // A New KNIT in COLOR Pattern!

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Briochealuscious is why I LOVE SHAWLS!!! They are just SO. MUCH. FUN. TO. KNIT!!! For this new KNIT in COLOR pattern, I grabbed up some of my all time favorite Hedgehog Fibres yarns and they told me exactly what they needed to be. A crescent shawl that hugs the shoulders so perfectly, that it's reminiscent of the sweet touch of someone you love. Enough length to wear it in a multitude of different styles. Stripes and short rows, which always make for a fabulous shawl, plus garter stitch, seed stitch, and my favorite - brioche! I took this shawl over the top with a really amazing applied brioche border - Oh yes, you read that right!

This is the shawl for those coveted single skeins from your favorite dyer! I've included weights, so it is an awesome stash buster. You can use as many (or as few) different colors as you'd like! And the best part??? This shawl is part of my huge birthday sale!! So use the coupon code bday33 to save 33% on this, and all of my patterns until 8.7.16!!

And don't forget to check out my awesome SIL/KNIT in COLOR partner Knitgraffiti and her new shawl Sonnen!!

I am hosting an Anniversary KAL for KNIT in COLOR over on Ravelry! Come join the fun and cast on something bright, bold and beautiful!!

//Yarn Babies// Hinterland Yarn, the Range Shawl, a giveaway and a Knit-along!

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 Working away on my Range Shawl knit out of it's namesake - Range from Hinterland Yarn

Working away on my Range Shawl knit out of it's namesake - Range from Hinterland Yarn

This past winter I was fortunate enough to get my hands on some of the amazingly woolly, squishy and soft Range yarns from Hinterland! These undyed beauties worked so perfectly in a gradient, and played the role of muse as I found different ways to explore texture and the melting of one color to the next. The Range Shawl definitely tops my list for some of the most fun I have had in exploring creativity in my design work!

 Utilizing slip stitches to form a tweed pattern that melted from one color to the next!

Utilizing slip stitches to form a tweed pattern that melted from one color to the next!

I can't wait to get some more of the Hinterland yarns onto my needles, and I want you to have the chance to try it out as well! Read on to learn about Hanahlie - the woman behind the alpacas and Hinterland Yarn, in her own words, and to enter your chance to win the Range Shawl pattern and the yarn to knit it up!!


 Hanahlie's Alpacas! Image captured from http://www.hinterlandfarm.ca

Hanahlie's Alpacas! Image captured from http://www.hinterlandfarm.ca

Could you tell us a little bit about what brought you to starting your own yarn line?

I started Hinterland after taking on a few alpacas that were in need of a home. At that point I didn't really know very much about alpacas or llamas, but had a great interest in fibre and working with my hands. Slowly, over the course of a few years, the herd started to grow. My husband and I got involved in helping out animals in rescue situations, and managed to build our herd from these rescues along with helping many of them find new homes. 

After a few years the fibre started piling up in my garage (as it does at many fibre producing farms). I couldn't keep up with hand spinning, nor am I very good or fast at it, so I decided to get some yarn commercially made. I wanted to keep my production in Canada. It was important to me to have woollen spun yarn, so with our limited options here, I went with a small mother and daughter owned and operated mill in northern Alberta. After a year or so of experimenting with different yarn combinations, I settled on a 50% alpaca and 50% Canadian Rambouillet (French Merino) wool. 

Can you tell us about the different bases Hinterland has to offer? Do you have a favorite??

The Hinterland bases are Range, which is somewhere around an American worsted weight yarn, Ravine, a bulky aran weight, and Watershed, which is a softly spun single chunky yarn. I also do a few small batch single breed yarns like Alpine & Glade (both BC grown Corriedale), and Cabin & Burrow (Washington grown Navajo Churro). But those yarns come and go. 

My favourite is Range. I think it's the most versatile, and I just love the intense bloom after blocking… it totally changes the fabric. It's also the yarn that other people seem to love the most too, which is great! 

 Range Yarn in "Honey"; image capture from http://www.hinterlandfarm.ca

Range Yarn in "Honey"; image capture from http://www.hinterlandfarm.ca

Where can we find your yarn?

The Hinterland online shop : hinterlandfarm.ca 

Tolt Yarn and Wool, in Carnation WA, and the Beehive Wool Shop in Victoria BC. 

What advice would you give to people out there wanting to follow their creative dreams?

Start with doing some diligent market research, and figure out who your market is and how to connect with them. Making the right connections and alliances are not only valuable from a business stand point, but also extremely necessary for maintaining momentum and staying positive. I have found it deeply fulfilling on so many levels to have made new friends, and supporters along the way. Without them I wouldn't have continued in the way that I have. So I would say that is the biggest piece of my business that I have found the most crucial, above and beyond the dollars. Secondly setting some short term and long term goals. Knowing where you want to be and how you plan on getting there is another really big one. Always look ahead and be thankful for the people who have helped you get to where you are. 

What is your spirit animal?

I have always thought my spirit animal was a bear… not for the reasons you might think of when imagining a bear (standing on their hind legs being ferocious), but because they remind me of the forests around where I live. Here the bears are very docile and peaceful. They are a very important part of our natural landscape and even protected in some areas in the rainforest and along the coast. They are a big spirit, scary and beautiful at the same time. I am fascinated by them. 

What is your favorite noise?

I think my favourite noise would be the sounds that the forest makes in the fall when it's getting cold and wet. It's kind of eerie, but complex too. 

Anything else you would like to add?

I'd just like to thank Andrea for including me and my story about Hinterland. I truly appreciate every connection I've made with my small business and feel just so thrilled that knitters, crocheters, and weavers out there are enjoying the product that I make - in collaboration with the alpacas ;-) 

 Hanahlie; Image captured from http://www.hinterlandfarm.ca

Hanahlie; Image captured from http://www.hinterlandfarm.ca


Have you been thinking about getting your own Range Shawl on the needles?? We would love to have you join us for a Range KAL for the month of May! We will cast on May 1 and knit together thru the month! For all of the information and to get signed up - head on over to my Ravelry group!!

To kick things off with a bang, we are giving away a Range Shawl kit to one lucky winner! Leave a comment below telling us about some of your creative dreams, along with your email address, and I will pick the winner next weekend!


Congratulations to last week's O-Wool Giveaway Winner - Katrina! I've emailed you about your prize!!

Two New Hats for Tolt Yarn & Wool // Snoqualmie & Rudbeckia

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In February, I released the Range shawl, which was the first piece of a fun little collection with a focus on texture and yarns with a story, for Tolt Yarn & Wool. I am so excited to kick off March by releasing the second part of the collection, which is two hats knit up with Tolt's very own Snoqualmie Valley Yarn! This yarn is so special - sheered from pasture-raised grass fed sheep using organic practices, it is truly "farm to needle." And so dear to my heart - Tolt generously donates 20% of the profit from this yarn to the Seattle Children's Hospital. As some of you know, we are forever grateful to the Children's Hospital near us that helped save my daughters life, and they can always use whatever support we can give them!

First up is the Snoqualmie Hat! When I started this hat I wanted it to be something that I just couldn’t set down, but that also felt soothing to knit. A pattern you could finish in a weekend, and that looks great in everything from a natural undyed yarn, to more bold colors. This hat is all about the texture. It is addicting to knit as you move from one fun stitch pattern to the next. The different textures play well together to form a flattering slouchy style hat. Fun to knit and easy to wear!

Next up - the Rudbeckia Hat! Two of my favorite details of the Range Shawl were the brioche and tweed sections, that melted from color to color. I had so much fun knitting those - and knew it would be equally as fun (and so satisfying) in a quick hat! The Snoqualmie Valley yarn used for this hat was dyed by the amazingly talented ladies of Local Color Fiber Studio, whom I blogged about a couple weeks ago! The blue was dyed with Red Cabbage and the green with Rudbeckia (which is the hats namesake). I love these colors, and even more so together! By alternating sections of two color brioche and a simple tweed, you get to see the colors play off of each other, as well as adding a texture that "pulls and gives" just enough to add the perfect drape to this slouchy style hat.


You can save 15% on all patterns in the Tolt Yarn & Wool collection until Wednesday, March 2 at midnight EST with the coupon code TOLT!


In super exciting news - I will be teaching these hats at Tolt Yarn & Wool in Carnation, Washington on March 12! If you are in the area and would like to sign up or get more info you can head here. I will also be hanging out at their open stitch night on Thursday, March 10 from 6-8! If you want to stay up to date with more events, keep an eye on my Events page, and don't forget to subscribe to the blog!

Range Shawl // Tolt Yarn & Wool // Hinterland

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Joyful knitting. When yarn and needle come together in a serendipitous moment, and your hands don’t even need to be told what to do. You just sit back and watch something beautiful spring from your needles, stitch by stitch, seemingly effortlessly.

That is how I feel about the Range shawl.  The yarn is Hinterland Range from Tolt Yarn and Wool. Made from 50% Rambouillet and 50% Alpaca, it is woolen spun, soft and strong and utterly perfect in the four beautiful, undyed natural shades of White, Honey, Maple and Truffle. Together they form the a stunning neutral gradient, that when combined with some clever knit texture, melt sweetly from one hue to the next.

I love when the fiber tells me what it wants to be. Designing this shawl really was pure joy. Everything just worked. As the vision popped into my head, it easily translated to my hands and I was able to savor every stitch. As it poured from myneedles, I dreamt of winter walks in the woods and quiet, fluffy snowflakes falling from the sky. Wrapped up warm, protected from the wet and the cold, with only the crunching of my boots as the soundtrack to my adventure.

I hope you delight in knitting this shawl as much as I have!


To celebrate this collaboration with Tolt Yarn and Wool and joyful knitting, please enjoy 15% off this pattern until tomorrow night (2/3/16 Midnight EST) with the coupon code RANGE !

Vintage Prim

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 Brooklyn Tweed version of the Vintage Prim - oh so squishy and wooly!

Brooklyn Tweed version of the Vintage Prim - oh so squishy and wooly!

I am releasing a new pattern today that is very near and dear to my heart.  Last December I published my first ever little collection of knitting patterns - The Staghorn Collective. The gem of the bunch was my Prim hat. That sweet little hat opened a new world of possibilities for me, thanks in large part to an amazing yarn shop owner and her daughter. Shelli and Ashleigh from Knitterly in Petaluma, CA.  An incredibly encouraging email lead to another collection of designs, an interview on Woolful and a trip to California to teach a knitting workshop. (Can you say "dreams coming true!!")

I owe a lot to that little hat and all of the wonderful people I have met because of it! Fast forward to a couple of months ago when the extremely talented Heather Bostic of House of Ala Mode dyed me up a custom colorway and named it Vintage Peony. This woman is magic with yarn and I knew I wanted to use it for something truly special. This yarn is all of my favorite colors rolled up into one stunning skein!

 Woah Mama! - detail of Vintage Prim knit in Vintage Peony and Sea Foam by House of Ala Mode!

Woah Mama! - detail of Vintage Prim knit in Vintage Peony and Sea Foam by House of Ala Mode!

I was flipping thru one of my all time favorite knitting books - Knitting Fresh Brioche by Nancy Marchant (this woman is a genius!) - and stumbled upon her stitch pattern for what looks like the classic cabled Staghorn! Serendipity stepped in, shoved my face a little closer, hit me over the head with a skein of Vintage Peony and said "Helllooooooo!!!" And that was that. I was determined to knit up a sister hat to the original Prim - a wiser, more intricate, possibly a little hipper, big sister.

This hat plays well with both fancy hand painted, speckled yarns, and more classic woolen spun natural yarns. Vintage Prim uses less than 250 yards of fingering weight yarn, and despite it's complicated appearance, even my newbie brioche tester said it would be just fine for brioche beginners!

So let's celebrate!! Vintage Prim, along with my 3 other brioche patterns, Briochealicious Shawl, Marley and the Briochealicious Hat, are 15% off with the coupon code laborday2015, now thru September 7 at midnight EST!! Snag up one, or all four, and head over to my Ravelry group to knit with us in the KNIT in COLOR KAL!!!

xoxoxo - Andrea

 

Two New Delicious Brioche Patterns!!

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Hello everyone!! I am so excited for today's pattern release!! A hat and a shawl that are perfect for the beginner briocher, and enjoyable and relaxing for those brioche veterans out there! I wanted to create some staple brioche patterns that could be knit again and again, changing up colors, adding stripes, and allowing the knitter to flex their creative muscles! My goal was to make these patterns approachable for every level of brioche knitter!

Squishy garter stripes and two-color brioche give the Briochealicious Hat a lot of room to play! Try different colors for each brioche section, grab that coveted speckled yarn that has been hanging out in your stash, and get this fun hat on your needles! Plenty of drape gives this hat a breath-ability that makes it perfect for anytime of year! Both sizes are able to fit a huge range of ages thanks to the stretch and elasticity of brioche and garter!

Marley is a traditional triangle shawl that is a fabulous beginner project for brioche newbies! You will get into the brioche groove quickly and then enjoy a relaxing knit all the way to the border where we will switch to a beautiful marled garter edge! After searching around I couldn't find a simple brioche triangle shawl anywhere and new this gap had to be filled! I can't wait to knit myself a couple more of these- I am thinking one with neutrals and one striped version as a stash buster!

To celebrate these new delectable brioche patterns you can save 20% until midnight tonight with the coupon code YUMMYBRIOCHE !!  We would love to have you come join us over at the KNIT in COLOR KAL! We will be knitting away on any (and ALL) of the awesome patterns in the KNIT in COLOR catalogue - including these 2 new patterns, the Briochealicious Shawl and Pop Fizzle!

xoxoxo - Andrea