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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

Stitches Midwest!

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This past weekend I got to go to my first ever knitting event! I traveled to Chicago with my KNIT in COLOR partner, Lesley of Knit Graffiti, to explore Stitches Midwest. We had SO MUCH FUN!  Being surrounded my a bunch of fiber loving enthusiasts, stash enhancing and learning new techniques - how could it get any better??

This is how^^^^^^! Hanging out with Stephen West of West Knits was way too fun! He is an incredibly genuine, kind and funny person and he is really pushing this craft we all love so much to the next level! I am so thrilled to call him my friend!

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I think I did pretty good on the stash enhancement/self control front in comparison to some of the #showusyourhaul pictures I have been seeing on Instagram!! I had to pick up some of my favorite - HedgeHog Fibres - Monarch, Tulp, Where's My Bike, Bike Bell, and I also snagged some new-to-me Miss Babs - Verrassing, and that amazing turquoise you see up there is from a Michigan dyer named Fiber Story - Koi Pond. I am already gearing up to start swatching for some new designs!

I wish I could hang out with that many knitters and yarn lovers all the time! Have you ever gone to a big knitting event? I would love to hear some recommendations, stories or tips! This certainly won't be my last!!

xoxo