Drea Renee Knits

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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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Comfort Fade Cardi - A Very Special Collaboration with La Bien Aimée

KNIT in COLOR, knitting, new pattern, sale, yarn, yarn babies, fadeAndrea Mowry28 Comments
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Today's post is extra special! I feel so honored that I was able to work with Aimée of La Bien Aimée to create a new colorway - Drea!! Talk about fun! I put together a fun mood board with some of my favorite colors right now, and Aimée and Hiro brought them to life as gorgeous speckles on my very own colorway. Seriously, a dream come true! Never did I think I would have my very own colorway!

 These inspirational photographs were found on Pinterest.com.

These inspirational photographs were found on Pinterest.com.

Once I was holding a skein of Drea in my hands, I knew it was the perfect yarn to build a fade for the cardigan I had been dreaming up! With the help of Aimée, we put together a 4 color fade in her the amazing LBA DK base! It is such a dream to knit with, and I am thrilled that they will be offering kits, curated for your specific size this Friday the 13th on labienaimee.com!!

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Aimée graciously agreed to an interview so we could hear more about La Bien Aimée, which I know many of you adore!!

What inspires your gorgeous colors?

I find a lot of inspiration in nature and my surroundings. I live in a busy city so nature isn't always very present but through my travels, I draw a lot of inspiration from the places I visit. I have recently traveled to Patagonia and Portugal where the light is different in each place. The city colors of Portugal are so light versus the rich earth tones of the Patagonia wilderness, these colors offer us an endless palette of colors to work with. Paris is a beautiful city I call my home and I have to say that the light here can be magical. The golden hour is this perfect rose gold hour of beauty and I always look forward to seeing my city bask in this light. 

I know it is probably so hard to pick, but if you had a first timer coming into try your yarn - what base would you suggest? 

It depends on what the knitter wants to make.... if it's a shawl, I would say try our Merino Singles base. It's a smooth, round and endlessly soft merino fingering which is amazing for shawls. If you are trying your hand at knitting socks, I'd say give our Merino Twist base a go. Try one of our speckled colorways like Pop Grunge or our new color Drea where the speckles have such high definitions on our Merino Twist base. 

I am over the moon to have been able to work with you to create the new colorway - Drea! I would love to hear about the process from your perspective!

We have been trying to work with Andrea for a while now but our schedules were not lining up and I felt like after watching her knit and produce her designs that we could develop a special colorway for her. She had once told me that she loved Namu, one of our first speckle colorways and I felt like we could create something whimsical and special for her. I asked her to put together a mood board for us with colors that inspired her. Andrea did a fantastic job of bringing together a palette of sophisticated and modern colors for her board. From there we were able to  make some custom speckles for her colorway, Drea.  We are thrilled to see what Andrea will make with Drea!

For those of us still dreaming of the day we get to visit your shop in person, what is the best way to find your yarn? 

We have a brick and mortar shop in Paris, France. Our shop hours can be found here: 

https://www.labienaimee.com/pages/loisivethe

We have monthly updates through our website: labienaimee.com. Also, follow us on Instagram for our insta-updates. We schedule regular updates but also update the website as stock becomes available. 

If you want a custom order (4 skeins or more of one color): you can write us at labienaimeeyarn@gmail.com to set up a custom order of our current colors we are dyeing. 

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

Go for it! Keep positive. If you are wanting to start your own business of a yarn shop or dye shop, get organized and research the materials and investments that need to be made but in the meantime, play in your kitchen and hone your skills be it as a dyer or knitter.  Let your voice be heard in whatever creative media you choose. 

I am often asked how I started my first business, l'OisiveThé. It was nine years ago this year that I opened the doors to my tea house/yarn shop.  It was a risk leaving my office job and good pay to open this new concept shop but a risk I took because I knew if I waited any longer I wouldn't have done it.  I spent many years working without pay,  working very long hours and working every weekend to get my business off the ground. I interacted with as many creative minds, knitters, and crocheters as I could. I found my voice through social media and I started a weekly knit group that I hosted at L'OisiveThé. Nine years later, this group is still going strong and I have a café that hosts knitters from all over the world. 

What is your spirit animal?

My husband says that I am a Puma. I agree that I have cat like personality, especially when it comes to sleeping during the day and being up all night long. I like to work at night. It seems to be the time I get the most work done.

 Team LBA Yarn!! - Francesco, Aimée & Hiro

Team LBA Yarn!! - Francesco, Aimée & Hiro

Thank you, Aimée for sharing with us!!


And now - back to the sweater!! I am so excited to introduce the Comfort Fade Cardi!!!

Last spring when I released the So Faded pullover, I immediately began receiving emails from knitters who really wanted to knit a faded sweater, but they felt much more comfortable in a cardigan! For me, a cardigan does double duty in my wardrobe - it signifies ultimate cozy comfort, but also is the perfect layer and makes my outfits feel complete. I couldn't wait to start designing a faded cardigan that I could wear ALL. THE. TIME!

I have found that Reverse Stockinette is the perfect canvas for fading and I knew I wanted a super cozy Garter shawl collar! The cuff fade is my favorite little detail of the Comfort Fade Cardi, and it's open style and slim sleeves make it incredibly flattering and the most unique sweater in my handmade wardrobe!

I really hope you love this sweater as much as I do! Please enjoy 15% off of this pattern with the coupon code DREA until Friday, 10/13/2017 at midnight EST!

If you are interested in snagging one of the custom kits from La Bien Aimée, make sure to set a reminder for yourself that pre-orders will go live this Friday, 10/13 at 5pm EST (11pm Paris)!! Each kit will be customized to your specific size!


 Faded cuffs - my favorite detail ;)

Faded cuffs - my favorite detail ;)

Psst...keep an eye out for a new shawl pattern with LBA Drea & new colorways from Magpie Fibers coming in the next few months!! If you want to be the first to know when a new pattern goes live, make sure to subscribe over there in the right panel, and blog posts will be delivered right to your inbox!