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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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A Whirlwind Trip and THREE New Patterns!!

knitting, new pattern, sale, techniques, yarnAndrea Mowry3 Comments

Hello everyone!

I have just gotten home after almost 3 weeks of traveling in the PNW! I can't wait to share more about my trips in the next few weeks, but today I am so excited to share the release of not one, not two, but THREE new patterns!!

The Weekender

First up - my perfect pullover! When Brooklyn Tweed came out with their line of marls for Shelter, I knew I needed a marled sweater (or three ;) . I have been living in this sweater since it came off of my needles! It is perfect dressed up or down - whether going out to dinner with friends, or hiking in the woods this flattering sweater is fun to knit and even better to wear!!  The Weekender is knit from the bottom up seamlessly, with a three needle bind off to close the shoulders. The sleeves are then picked up around the armholes and knit down to the cuffs. You begin with a tubular cast on and end with tubular bind offs! If you have never tried any of the tubular techniques, now is the time! This was my first time playing with them, and I have to say - now I totally get what all the fuss is about! I love how they turned out!!

Yarn: Brooklyn Tweed Shelter Marls in Narwhal

 Photograph by my lovely and insanely talented friend Jonna Hietala (Editor in Chief of Laine Magazine)

Photograph by my lovely and insanely talented friend Jonna Hietala (Editor in Chief of Laine Magazine)

I loved my long sleeve version so much, I immediately cast on a sleeveless version! This modification is SO easy!! Just don't add the sleeves - that's it!

Yarn: Brooklyn Tweed Shelter Marls in Newspaper

Both samples were knit up in the size Small, with a finished bust circumference of 44"/112 cm for 10"/25.5 cm positive ease on my 34"/86 cm bust.

A very special thank you to Kjerste of Wax and Wool, etc. for helping me name this pattern!!


Hoarfrost Shawl

Next is my current go-to shawl - Hoarfrost.

I chose the super bouncy Lakes Yarn and Fibers Organic Targhee worsted weight yarn for this super cozy shawl. I love using heavier weight yarns for lace projects! It amplifies the look of my project while providing instant gratification! This asymmetrical shawl is worked sideways, casting on at the corner and using the bind off edge to form the last side of the triangle. I find that working this shape in a worsted weight yarn, creates an incredibly wearable and cozy shawl that is also pretty quick to knit! I began this shawl with my favorite knit and purl texture that is totally reversible, and ended it with my favorite fir cone lace pattern, enclosing the entire shawl in the super neat i-cord edging!

Yarn: Lakes Yarn & Fiber Worsted Targhee in Hoarfrost

 This and all other images, aside from Jonna's, are by my incredibly talented husband - Peter Mowry! You can find more of his photography on Instagram under @petermowryphotography

This and all other images, aside from Jonna's, are by my incredibly talented husband - Peter Mowry! You can find more of his photography on Instagram under @petermowryphotography


Tincture Hat

Last, but certainly not least is my new hat Tincture! As I was developing my brand new mosaic knitting class for Vogue Knitting Live, I wanted to create an extra special project for my students! It was so fun to surprise them last Friday with this brand new pattern that we all knit together! This super cute toque combines my favorite mosaic pattern with Brooklyn Tweed's Arbor for a gorgeous and modern hat that looks way more complicated than it is! If you have never tried mosaic knitting (coined by one of my heroes- Barbara Walker), I highly recommend it!! It is a great introduction into colorwork, without having to worry about tight floats or managing more than one color at at time!

Yarn: Brooklyn Tweed Arbor in Thaw & Tincture

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What’s better than fall knitting?! To celebrate this huge November multi-pattern release, if you purchase Hoarfrost and The Weekender, you will receive Tincture as your free gift! Simply head on over to Ravelry and add ALL 3 PATTERNS to your basket and enter the coupon code NOVEMBER to receive Tincture for free! Coupon code must be entered before transaction is completed and is good through Friday, 11/10/17 at midnight EST! (Please note that all 3 patterns - Hoarfrost, The Weekender and Tincture must be in your basket before checkout or you will not receive the free pattern. The discount cannot be applied retroactively. Thank you!)

These patterns will be available on DreaReneeKnits.com next week sans promotion.

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

KNIT in COLOR, knitting, new pattern, sale, yarn, yarn babies, fadeAndrea Mowry27 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!

New Pattern // Marluks

knitting, new pattern, sale, slippers, techniques, yarnAndrea Mowry2 Comments
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One of my earliest patterns was a pair of mukluks (which I still adore!) The generous cuff length and afterthought heel make this style of slipper my most knit and (maybe more importantly) worn house sock! They are so comfortable and I love the look - they feel like a compliment to my outfit and I may have worn them in public more than once (although, my poor slippers didn't appreciate the jaunt on pavement!)

When A Verb for Keeping Warm told me they were getting ready to launch a new marled version of their amazing Pioneer line, I couldn't wait to try it out! If you have never knit with Pioneer, I cannot recommend it enough! This 100% Organic California Merino is woolly, but not scratchy - think sturdy but cozy, and great stitch definition! It is one of my all time favorite organic yarns! I'd been dying to get some new slippers on my needles and was so excited to cast on!

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With holiday knitting upon us, I wanted a fun relaxing knit that would double as the perfect selfish or gift knit! The mukluks are offered in 3 adult sizes and can be adjusted to fit different foot lengths. The textured panel keep this knit engaging, without being too complicated. I hope you love these new Marluks (Marled + Mukluks ;) as much as I do! Please enjoy 15% off with the coupon code MARL until 10/4/17 at midnight EST! You can also purchase a ready to go kit from A Verb for Keeping Warm HERE!

I also had a major "Aha!" moment with these slippers. I love an afterthought heel (as you may have guessed if you have knit any of my slipper patterns. An afterthought heel is awesome as it is pretty easy to execute, and if you ever wear out the heel, you can simply remove it and knit a new one! The trickiest part is probably the removal of waste yarn and slipping your stitches back on your needle. So while knitting these I realized I could place a lifeline in the rows of stitches on either side of my waste yarn, so that when my waste yarn is removed when I am ready to knit my heel, the stitches are safe and secure on my lifelines until I slip them back on to my needles! This also takes all the guess work out of if you are getting all of the necessary stitches back on your needles. I filmed a fun little video to show how I do this (below) and there is a handy link in the pattern as well!

For more fun tutorials you can head over to my Youtube channel and subscribe! I've also just updated my Interviews page with some fun new podcasts and blog interviews! If you hoping to attend one of my workshops, you'll want to keep an eye on my events page!

"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 Patterns // So Faded & So Faded Pint Sized

Finished objects, KNIT in COLOR, knitting, new pattern, saleAndrea Mowry40 Comments
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Good morning, knitters!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend! We are kicking this week off with such an exciting pattern release! Ever since I finished my Find Your Fade shawl, I knew I needed a faded sweater! I was so inspired by some gorgeous yarn I had bought from Primrose Yarn Co a few months ago, and the So Faded sweater jumped on my needles and pretty much knit itself!

The first (of 3!!!) that I knit, I opted for a cropped fit. It is perfect for layering over collared shirts and dresses or worn with high rise jeans and (my personal favorite) overalls! I knit the sleeves to just about the elbow which is perfect for transitional seasons - hello Spring!!!

The day I bound off my cropped version I immediately grabbed some gorgeous Woolen Boon and cast on another! I wanted a more classic style - hip length with 3/4 length sleeves. Halfway thru, I KNEW I HAD to knit one for my daughter! I reversed the colors I used for my classic fit and had hers finished in just a few days! The changing colors make this sweater so exciting to knit, I just couldn't put it down! One of my favorite details is definitely the garter shoulders. I love that it makes this perfect everyday raglan stand out from the crowd. Because it is knit seamlessly from the top down, it is super easy to customize! Knit it the length you want for the both the body and sleeves! (I am crossing my fingers someone will decide to do a short sleeved version, binding off after the garter shoulders ;)

To celebrate this pattern release I am offering 15% off of all of my Faded patterns! Use the coupon code FADED on So Faded, So Faded Pint Sized and the Find Your Fade shawl until this Friday, 4/21/17 at midnight EST!

Keep your eyes out for amazing So Faded kits from awesome indie dyers! Custom kits will be available thru Kitterly.com, Hue Loco and Woolen Boon - just to name a few!

Psssttt...later this week I will be sharing a very special interview and giveaway with Nicole from Hue Loco!

New Pattern // Across the Pond Cowl

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I am so excited to share my collaboration with Spincycle Yarns and Loop in London!! The Across the Pond cowl was released this past weekend at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival. I am thrilled to bring it to all of you today!

As I began dreaming up a cowl design for Spincycle’s gorgeous yarn, I knew I wanted to create a mash up using two different techniques, and that at least one of the techniques involved colorwork. Spincycle’s Dyed in the Wool yarn takes colorwork to the next level with the way it melts from one tone to the next. I love it! A cowl is the perfect canvas for trying out some new techniques, and mosaic knitting is a favorite of mine! My love for knitting drew me to the graphic herringbone stitch pattern you see in “Across the Pond.” I love that it looks like big knit stitches! Mosaic knitting is also an awesome introduction to colorwork, as you are only ever dealing with one strand of yarn at a time. I also really love eyelets, and add them into patterns whenever I can! I found that the angles of the mosaic pattern balance out the round polka dots of the eyelets. Utilizing some different techniques and styles in this cowl also felt like a way to represent the colliding of two really awesome businesses - Spincycle Yarns & Loop London! The resulting cowl is so easy to wear. I love to thrown it on with jeans and a t-shirt, or dressed up with my favorite jacket. I hope you love it, too!!

To celebrate Across the Pond's cyber release, please enjoy 15% off of your pattern purchase with the code POND until 3/15/2017 at midnight EST!

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 :)

New Pattern // Kingston // PLUS Interview & Giveaway with Wool Days!!

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Hey everyone!! I am SO thrilled for today's post! Not only do I have a new pattern to show all of you (eek!!), I also get to share an interview with Megan from Wool Days, whose gorgeous yarn you see above in the photograph of my new Kingston Tunic! (And...a giveaway and sale!! Ah!!!)

I used Wool Days luxurious Scout yarn to knit up this super cozy and flattering sweater! Ever since I designed the Kingsley Hat (one of my very first patterns!) I have been itching to use the same stitch pattern in a larger piece. When Megan sent me this stunning Blueberry colorway, I knew I had finally found the perfect project for one of my favorite textured stitch patterns! Kingston is perfect over slim jeans or leggings and is incredibly flattering on all different figures, thanks to slim sleeves and a cozy cowl neck!

So let's jump right in to Megan's interview!


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

Wool is a fibre that ticks ALL the boxes and I'm just a wee bit obsessed. It is nothing short of brilliant in its simplicity. A renewable and regenerative resource when managed with care, wool has virtually unlimited uses – not least of all to delight the hearts & minds of those who love creating with good wool. My love of good wool has grown out of my thirst for knowing where things come from and how processes can be simplified. Which goes hand-in-hand with knitting. Creating practical, beautiful and enduring items with my own two hands for those I love is one of my most treasured skills. Knitting is such a richly fulfilling and creatively inspiring part of my story - introducing me to joy, patience, ambition and connection in a way I never could have imagined. And knitting with wool, good wool, is one of my absotule favoruite things. Wool, gently spun into yarn designed to be held by loving hands; yarn that responds well to direction and is full of character - lively, forgiving and buttery soft. Wool from happy sheep and caring farmers, wool that has not been stripped of its natural goodness or treated with chemicals. I love good wool. 

I waited such a long time for someone create a business that celebrated the incredible history, diversity, passion, strength and community that surrounds Australian wool. Because I think it's such an important story to explore and I wanted to support it - the story of the farmers and their land; the story of sheep and their breeds; the story of mills and their mix of traditional & modern practices; the story of dreamers and doers. The story of the things we make & the things we hold dear. It needed to introduce transparency into an 'old fashioned' industry by exploring fresh ideas and sustainable thinking. 

But no one ever did. So, along with my handsome blue-eyed man, I started the business I didn't want to wait any longer for. Neither of us have done anything like this before, but we do both have incredibly varied work (& play) backgrounds. So we took what we knew, learnt what we needed to and dived in. Wool days took 3 years of solid work by the two of us to build before we launched in April this year. 

Was there a pivotal moment that made you start your business?

No moment as such, more of a slow but strong realisation that I was spending more and more time exploring & enjoying my absolute passion for good wool, and that I wanted to create something more with the energy and drive I had. I thought by moving from passion to business I could create a space and a product to inspire, educate and facilitate the most beautiful conversations. 

What inspired the palette of your yarns? 

We want our yarns to be practical, beautiful & enduring. So our colours needed to stand alone, play well together, be suitable for garments & accessories, work for boys & girls, kids & adults. Our first batch of yarn has 5 colour ways, and an undyed yarn was a must (because it's my absolute favourite!) and then I picked my 4 favourite colours to create with. Simple really ;) 

 Megan holding a basket full of Scout!

Megan holding a basket full of Scout!

Can you tell us the story of your yarn?

I spent so long perfecting Scout's design structure - softness, adaptability, forgiving - but more than anything it's the character of the wool that I wanted to highlight. And it's without a doubt that the wool is the true star of the show of our yarn. 

Scout wool comes from Eden Valley Farm in Dumbleyung, Western Australia. The 2000 hectare property was settled in 1905, and has been in the Lloyd family since 1945, with Ross and Terri Lloyd as the current owners (sheepdogs Jeff & Dot help out too). The property has been certified Demeter Biodynamic since 1988, a system that supports and develops world class ecological & sustainable production of food and natural fibres. As well as raising sheep, Ross and Terri also grow grain crops which they process into grain flour and stockfeeds.

Eden Valley is home to 4,500 Merino sheep (originally descendants of Collinsville Merino). Since 1950 the family have been breeding their own Stud Merino Rams to do well in their Biodynamic farming system, with a quiet temperament and natural resistance to parasites, they thrive in the low rainfall environment, producing a bright white wool with a soft handle (the fibre is 21 microns).

Shearing takes place mid August when the weather starts to warm – it takes 4 shearers 8 days to shear all 4,500 sheep. Ross and Terri do all of the sheep handling & management themselves – sheep classing, feeding, lamb marking, crutching, pregnancy testing etc. They feel that avoiding outside contractors for stock handling (except shearing) benefits the sheep’s wellbeing and enables them to treat each animal as an individual. It has been an absolute pleasure and a wonderful education sourcing our wool from Eden Valley. 

From here Scout is minimally processed in New Zealand, then packed with care by us and sent off to its new home for wool lovers to make it their own. We design knit & crochet patterns to work with our yarn - beautiful, practical & enduring patterns. They delight on first sight, inspire the making process and bring endless joy as a finished item - whether you are picking up your needles / hook for the first time, looking to progress your skills or searching for a particular technique to explore. 

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

Believe in yourself & what you are doing. Don't ask permission, don't follow and don't compromise. Do it for the love of it and be kind to yourself. 

What is the most important thing you have learned since creating your business?

I am incredibly passionate about what we're doing and so by far the greatest expectations and pressures come from myself. I am constantly needing to remind myself to slow down and take care of my little family (my man and I) otherwise we would work 24/7 and burn out! 

Where can we find your yarn?

You can purchase our yarn from our gorgeous (if I do say so myself!) online store wooldays.com 

What is your spirit animal?

It's not a spirit animal, but when I was a little person my nickname was wombat. Because I plodded along doing things in my own time, I always got there in the end but I never wanted any help .. I just wanted to keep on plodding at my own pace! 

What is your favorite noise?

We have been living on our beautiful bush property for almost a year now, and every morning I wake to the sound of kookaburras laughing away in the gum trees. It's such a joyful start to my day and I have come to love it dearly. 

Anything else you would like to include?

Just a massive THANK YOU to you Andrea. I have been a long time lover of your story, your passion, your patterns and voice within this incredible community of wool lovers. I can't get enough of your blog posts, and feel incredibly honoured to be here in this space with my own yarn baby. Also, in May this year we are launching our new yarn - a 100% Aussie grown and processed biodynamic single source beauty. Very exciting!


So, are you dying to get your own Kingston Tunic on the needles??? Great! Let's have a sale and a giveaway!!

Thanks to Wool Day's incredible generosity, I get to give one of you lucky readers a Kingston Tunic Kit, complete with the pattern .pdf and Scout yarn in the color of your choice! To enter, leave a comment below telling us what you look for in a good sweater! Please remember to include your email address in the body of the comment so that I have a way to contact you! The giveaway will be open until Friday, 2/10/17 at midnight EST.

For those of you who just can't wait:

  • Receive 15% off of your pattern in my shop or on Ravelry with the coupon KINGSTON until Friday, 2/10/27 at midnight EST!
  • Receive free worldwide shipping when you order your Kingston yarn at wooldays.com before February 21!

New Pattern // Find Your Fade

knitting, KNIT in COLOR, new pattern, saleAndrea Mowry4 Comments

Happy December!! For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere - we are enjoyingthe prime knitting season! (Although let's be serious - I consider every day of the year to be prime knitting time ;)

For those of you that follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a few months ago when I began a new creativity experiment. My first experiment birthed my FunFunFun Shawl, which as you can guess by the name - was all about having fun! I craved some stripes, so in they went! Next up - how about some simple lace? Check! Texture? Oh yeah! Color change? Why not?! That first experiment was like hitting refresh on my brain, and it lead to a renewed outlook, and lots of new ideas!

Well, back in July, I was really CRAVING color. I also wanted to throw out any constraints and just cast on and let my needles and yarn take me wherever felt right! I started by reorganizing my yarn collection. I love to do this! I find that pulling out all of my yarn reminds me of what I have - including lots of special skeins that are so easy to "save for the perfect project." My friends, let's use these most precious of skeins! I want to take mine off of the shelf so I can start wearing them already!

As I dove head first into my stash, I found myself gravitating towards some of my really special club colorways. I love to participate in yarn clubs with the dyers such as Hedgehog Fibres. It's like Christmas for 3 months straight! They dye up special skeins that will only ever be done for that club. Never to be repeated! So of course - they go straight to the "so special" section of my collection.

Do you belong to any yarn clubs? Do you ever wonder what to do with those special skeins??

This is my answer to that question! Propelled by my color craving and a desire to try something new to me, I cast on for a new shawl shape. This super fun asymmetrical shawl utilizes increases and decreases for the shaping. I think chose the always relaxing and super squishy garter stitch with contrasting rows of a simple garter lace. Now I had the perfect canvas with which to paint on!

I laid out lots of yarn and untwisted my skeins. Laying them side by side I began to see how I could melt from one color to the next...

Find Your Fade was born. Every section is so fun to knit, all the while excitement building for the next section and the next color! The possibilities for this shawl are endless!


Get creative - this is YOUR shawl! Use only 1 color, or 3, or 10. Need help with color selections? I highly recommend diving into your stash (or the shelves of your LYS) and untwisting the skeins and then laying them next to each other. Look for nuances that can be seen from one color to the next - if your first color has some gold (like mine), why not snag an awesome speckled skein that also has some gold and another color you love (ahem - pink), so that after the speckled skein you can start stitching up that favorite pink skein you have been hoarding! And so on and so forth! Still feeling nervous? Head on over to my Ravelry group and show some pictures of the yarn you are trying to decide between! Everyone there loves to help!!

To celebrate the release of the Find Your Fade shawl, please enjoy 15% off of this pattern with the coupon code FADE, until 12/7/16 at midnight EST!!

I hope this new shawl pattern inspires you to let loose with your own creativity <3

Let's knit some love // 50% off Sale

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I know there are a lot of us feeling pretty emotional today. I am finding it hard to even find the words. Mostly, I feel very sad.
What tends to offer me comfort in times when my mind is in so much turmoil is knitting. I am wondering if I might be able to offer a little bit of comfort to some of you. Keeping our hands busy with something that is so positive. Maybe knitting for someone you love. Or knitting to give yourself some much needed love. I'm hoping to do a little of both as I work through this flood of feelings.
If you are wanting to do the same - please feel free to use coupon code KNITLOVE to save 50% on all of my self-published patterns.

Wishing us all some light and love. <3

Sale ends 11/13/16 at midnight EST.

New Patterns // The Wanderlust Collection & Mae Pullover

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 The Wanderlust Collection: Ramble Shawl, Drift Hat, Take Flight MItts

The Wanderlust Collection: Ramble Shawl, Drift Hat, Take Flight MItts

Knitting season has arrived, and I can think of no better way to celebrate than a slew of new patterns! All of which are fun to knit, and great for gifts or selfish knitting! Above is my Wanderlust Collection that I designed in collaboration with KnitPurl PDX and North Light Fibers. This shawl, hat and mitt set is dreamy knit up in Water Street - a stunning cashmere/merino yarn from North Light Fibers, available in gorgeous heathered shades! You can read all about my inspiration for this collection over on the Knit Purl Blog where I did a guest post!

 The Mae Pullover knit up in YOTH Father

The Mae Pullover knit up in YOTH Father

Today's pattern release is the MAE pullover, designed with YOTH's dreamy Father yarn. This sweater is incredibly quick to knit, and uses only a few skeins of yarn. The result is a double v-neck, oversized tunic that is fabulous dressed up or down! Some of my favorite details are the exposed shoulder "seams", broken stockinette texture and of course - the v-neck in both the front and back. I love this new addition to my handmade wardrobe, and I hope that you will, too!

So to get things into full swing - how about a sale?! You can save 25% on my Wanderlust Collection when you by the entire collection, until 10/8/16 - no coupon code needed. The discount will automatically be applied at checkout!

To save 15% on the Mae pullover, use coupon code FALLKNITTING until 10/7/16 at midnight EST!

Happy knitting everyone! I hope those of you in climates experiencing fall are enjoying every bit of it! I know I am!!

Spin Raglan // A New Pattern

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Can you feel it? That little bit of a change happening?? The mornings are a bit more crisp, the leaves are already showing signs of changing, and everything just feels a bit - wonderful! I love love love LOVE autumn. I wish it lasted for 6 months of the year (I am fine with the other seasons taking up 2 months each ;)

I am so ready. Give me all the woolly wools, the crunchy leaves, the socks, shawls and hats! And this sweater. This sweater is my perfect raglan. Spin is easy, fast, and has just a little something to make it special. Worked from the top down and completely seamless, some of my pattern testers finished it in less than a week! A number of them knit two! It fits well and is oh so cozy. Layered over thermals and flannels, or just pulled on over your jammies on those chilly mornings, it is just what every handmade wardrobe needs.

Knit up in Independence from Spincycle, it flies off the needles. Which is just what I needed to get Rhinebeck ready!! Are you going to Rhinebeck this year? It is my first time going, and I am so excited! So excited, in fact, that I thought we needed a KAL to get ready for it! Even if you aren't going, come on over and knit with us! Let's celebrate the best season of the year together :)

Don't forget to save 15% on your Spin Raglan pattern purchase with the code SPIN until 9/14/16 at midnight EST!

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!!

Birthday Sale!!

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Today is my 33rd birthday - and what better way to celebrate than with my biggest sale yet!! Save 33% on all of my self-published patterns here and here with the coupon code bday33 until Sunday, August 7 at midnight EST!!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the overwhelming support of my little knitting business! There is not a moment that goes by that I am not endlessly grateful for every like, heart, comment, email, and pattern purchase!

Happy Knitting!!

PS - stay tuned for a new pattern release tomorrow that will also be part of this huge sale!!


Congratulations to Lisa - winner of the last week's Republic of Wool giveaway!!! I've emailed you!

Sheltered Poncho // A New Pattern

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Oh. My. It is hard to find the words to express how excited I am for today's pattern release - the Sheltered Poncho. "Why?" You might ask...

Well - I finished this poncho back in January, but I don't allow myself to wear my designs until they are photographed and all ready to publish. And well, in January, I was already pretty "rounded" with a baby in my belly. Annnnd I tend to spill things. So yes, much better to wait until after there are plenty of pretty pictures to document the new design before it has truly had a day in the life of Andrea. (I would love to blame those messes on my kids - but let's be honest, I'm usually the culprit.)

This poncho folks - this is my "perfect wardrobe staple." I am all about layering, and really all about flattering garments to any body shape and size. Ponchos and drapey capey's - they're my jam. And this - well, this is the king of the crop, in my not so humble opinion (insert blushing emoji here.) And now I am so excited to finally be able to wear it! (I don't care if it is 90 degrees here right now - that's what early morning walks and AC are for!)

So let's talk about this poncho! It is a breeze to knit up in worsted weight. If you choose a nice lofty woolen spun yarn (like Brooklyn Tweed's Shelter) it is still incredibly light weight, while also cozy. Most importantly, it fits in perfectly to a modern wardrobe with faux seams, subtle texture and a cowl neck. The back hem is a bit longer (perfect for wearing over leggings), and let's not forget the hood!

So are you ready to get your favorite fall wardrobe staple on your needles? (Hello Rhinebeck sweater!) How about a little discount to celebrate? Use the coupon code SHELTERED to save 15% thru 7/20/16 at midnight EST!

Seriously folks, I really do hope you love this pattern as much as me!

xoxo

Goldfinch Shawl Pattern Release (& new patterns available in the shop!)

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 Knit up in O-wool O-wash Sport in Paw Paw, Devil's Pool, &amp; Watermill

Knit up in O-wool O-wash Sport in Paw Paw, Devil's Pool, & Watermill

I am thrilled to be releasing my Goldfinch shawl today! This shawl came out of the pure necessity of having a fun shawl on my needles! I wanted something super enjoyable to knit - the kind of pattern that you just can't put down!

Originally, I had hat plans for these beautiful yarns from O-wool, but as they lay there all snuggled up together, I just couldn't bare to separate them! This is one of those designs that I did very little preparation for - instead choosing to let the yarn tell me what it wanted to be. Short rows just felt right! And then stripes, yes stripes. How about some simple lace? Yup, perfect! I hope you have as much fun with this shawl as I did! And I can't wait to see all of the amazing colors everyone chooses to use! So what are you waiting for?? Save 15% with the coupon code Goldfinch until 7/6/16 at midnight EST! And don't forget to share your progress and finished pictures with us all by using the tags #goldfinchshawl and #dreareneeknits!!


I am also thrilled to announce that I have 2 more of my favorite patterns up in the shop!

This is Nascha - the perfect layering piece to knit up in preparation for fall! If you have yet to try your hand at brioche, this is the perfect beginner pattern. Even better? The two-color brioche gives you a completely reversible fabric, making it a versatile piece in your handmade wardrobe! Knit up in Quince & Co. Owl & Owl Tweet, it is pure, woolly heaven!

This is the Om Shawl! This large shawl can be worn in so many different ways, and is SO.MUCH.FUN to knit! Squishy texture, colorwork, relaxing garter stripes - what more could you ask for? How about worsted weight yarn that results in a surprisingly quick knit?? It's not too late to join the Om & Yoga Shawl knitalong taking place in my Ravelry group! We will be knitting together until August! And once you have bound yours off, make sure to check out this video for a peek at a few of my favorite ways to wear this style shawl!

Gather Shawl // A New Pattern

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I designed this shawl for Gather DTLA and the LA yarn crawl using gorgeous hand dyed yarn from Stimpy Lab and Quince & Co. Tern! Shawls are a year round wardrobe essential for me. I love trying to wear one of my handknits everyday of the year, and shawls make that easy!

Gather wears well thru out all of the seasons and in any climate with its open lace, great drape and generous size. Pair your favorite fun sock yarn with a solid, and the color combinations are endless! I am always looking for ways to use my coveted hand dyed yarns that I tend to hoard in my stash. I think a lot of us keep them as little trophies, as they are so beautiful all skeined up. But they are even better knit up - and such a delight to watch the color changes as we knit stitch by stitch! That being said, this shawl would be just as gorgeous knit up in neutrals - or even in a single color, really allowing the texture to shine!

I hope it will become a wardrobe staple for you, just as it has for me! The techniques used (even the lace!) are simple enough that any level of knitter should have no problem with this project. Using different colors and textures, it is such a fun knit that it just flies off the needles!

To celebrate the release of this shawl, I am offering the coupon code GATHER for 15% off of this shawl pattern until Wednesday, May 4 at midnight EST!

Gather DTLA still has a limited supply of the yarn that was hand-dyed by Stimpy Lab for this pattern! I believe there are just 5 kits left, and she can ship anywhere! And if you are in the Los Angeles area, they are hosting a KAL for this pattern beginning on Wednesday!!

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!!!