What I really want is a Kathryn Davey wardrobe

What I really want is a Kathryn Davey wardrobe

I’m thinking idly about clothes even more than usual lately — wondering what it is I still own that’s not in the suitcase I’m living out of, how I’d like to dress myself for this new land of four seasons, what I might sew for myself when I get my machine back, and so on. The one conclusion I inadvertently arrive at is that what I really really want is a whole wardrobe of clothes just like the ones Kathryn Davey makes for her beautiful dolls. So chic, so simple, so color-coordinated. They’re like the clothes in my suitcase (I mean: black/white and indigo, right?) only with a uniqueness and handmade elegance mine are utterly lacking. Anyway, dolls as fashion inspiration — who knew?

For more of Kathryn’s amazing work, see her website and her Instagram.

These are really too good

These are really too good

Hey, so that amazing Bookhou pocket pouch I was teasing you with in my last Channel photo? It’s now in the webshop! It comes in four fabulous fabrics — three prints plus charcoal waxed canvas. (Actually, two of them went immediately home with me, but I had trouble not adopting all four.) Also, the soft box you all can’t get enough of? Now in three prints. AND there’s a fantastic small oblong triangle pouch, in the same four fabrics as the large pocket pouch. I definitely recommend mixing and matching (and acting fast) — check ’em all out at Fringe Supply Co.

(If you got wind of a certain tote bag and have been waiting for it to appear, I sold them all at Stitches Midwest, but I expect to have more soon!)

I hope you all have a wildly relaxing weekend. As always, I’d love to hear what you’re working on!

Blog Crush: Cinnamon Girl of Maine

Blog Crush: Cinnamon Girl of Maine

Last night, I sat down at my computer. That sounds like the first half of a sentence, I know, not the whole thing. But it’s gotten to be a foreign experience. Feeling particularly drained from the past three months and happy for a little screen time, I was longing for a really good blog to fall into. Ashley Yousling highlights good feeds on her Instagram account sometimes and one of the usernames in her recent batch had stood out to me: @homesweethomestead. I thought, hm, I wonder if the homesweethomestead girl (Julie is her actual name) blogs. And then I spent a very happy hour reading Cinnamon Girl of Maine. Julie and her husband bought a farm in Maine a couple of years ago and, as she puts it, “The dream is simple. It’s to lessen our needs and meet as many of those left as we can.” Lots of people [raises hand] have this dream, and many act on it, and many of those blog about it. But man, this girl can write! It’s not a knitting blog — in fact, I read back as far as January (so far), and at no point did she write about knitting, per se. But the act of knitting — keeping her family’s heads and hands warm — is as integral to her life and photos as are the chickens and dahlias and jelly jars. It’s elemental.

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New Favorites: Palmyre

New Favorites: Palmyre

I was at my friend Jo’s house recently and asked her what she’d been knitting. (She knits nonstop.)  She said, “Karen, I just finished my favorite thing I have ever knitted.” When she led me to it, I was surprised to see a shawl — and a rather basic looking one at that — but when I threw it over my shoulders, I fell instantly in love. It’s Nadia Crétin-Léchenne’s Palmyre, a simple stockinette shawl with a lace border. (That’s Nadia’s pictured above, to be clear.) Jo had knitted it as a sample for the Haus of Yarn Bus, using oatmeal-colored Kenzie, and it is so light and warm and lays so nicely on one’s shoulders. It’s just a magical combination of yarn and stitches.

Those of you paying extra-close attention will recall that the bus is driven by my dear friend Meg*, Jo’s daughter, and that Meg and the bus were also at Stitches Midwest this weekend, two aisles over from me. So when it got chilly in the convention center and all I had with me was all I have in my possession these days (living out of a suitcase and all), namely summery sleeveless tops, you can guess what I did. I borrowed that shawl, wore it for two days, and I did not want to take it off. Not sure I can live without one of my very own.

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*who we’ve been staying with, who taught me to knit, etc, etc …

So nice to meet you!

So nice to meet you at #stitchesmidwest!

Hi, everyone! I’m back from Stitches Midwest, equal parts exhausted and energized. Ok, maybe a little more exhausted than energized, but that will pass! It was absolutely stunning how many people came through that little booth over the weekend and introduced themselves as blog readers. It’s such a weirdly solitary thing, blogging — talking to thousands of people you can’t see. So it’s a real treat to gather faces and names, and I appreciate all of you who took the time to tell me what it is you like most about the blog. (Number one answer was definitely the Tag Team Sweater Project.) But I’d love to take this opportunity to check in with more of you about that. While I take a minute to try to get caught up around here, I’d love to hear what you like most about the blog and what you’d like to see more of as we head into high knitting season.

And of course enormous thanks to everyone who shopped the shelves at the show!

I’ll be back as soon as I catch my breath …

Return of the high-fiber tote

The high-fiber tote is back!

I’ve got things in the booth at Stitches Midwest (booth 429!) that some of you have been waiting for — most notably, the much lamented “High-fiber” tote bag. Well, today it’s also back in the webshop, now in the same size and shape as the Knit and Let Knit tote. So if you’ve been awaiting its return, here’s your chance to grab it! Also, at the moment, there are Bento Bags in all sizes and colors. (Note that shipping is on hiatus while we’re in Chicago but will resume on Tuesday morning.)

Have a great weekend, everyone. If you happen to be at Stitches, please do say hello!

New Favorites: from the Knightsbridge collection

New Favorites: from the Knightsbridge collection

I’ve been waiting forever to rave about these patterns and I can’t wait any longer! My friends Kate Gagnon Osborn and Courtney Kelley at Kelbourne Woolens (they sell the Fibre Company yarns) have been working for months on this collection for their newest yarn, Knightsbridge, and it’s so, so good. I saw the call for submissions last winter. Saw the teaser pics from the photo shoot last spring. Saw the yarn and the finished garments at the trade show in May. And nearly stole my favorite pullover right off of Kate when she was wearing it at Squam. (Remember I said then you’d be hearing more about that sweater she was pictured in.) They finally listed the patterns on Ravelry a few days ago and they should be for sale — along with the yarn — in a day or two. So I’m waiting no longer!

If you look at the whole Knightsbridge collection, you’ll see there are lots of good patterns by lots of good designers. And I love all of it far more in person than in the photos (which isn’t often the case). I’m particularly crazy about the stitchery on Maura Kirk’s adorable Harvey vest. I don’t think I could pull off that retro neck, but it would be easy to modify — and I will very likely knit that at some point. But as it happens, my very very favorites of the bunch are all by Kate and Courtney themselves:

ABOVE: Courtney’s Teegan sweater is freakishly similar to that little post-it sketch on my own pinboard, so obviously I’m gonna love it. And this is probably not the only time I’ll post about her Royston cap. Would you look at that amazing crown?!

BELOW: Kate’s Gillam is the One that Must be Knitted. (She slipped me a working copy of it awhile back, knowing the depths of my love for it. Thanks, Kate!) And her Henrietta hat is just a perfect cable beanie, complete with luscious doubled brim.

New Favorites: from the Knightsbridge collection

I have one and two half skeins of Knightsbridge in my stash, which is sadly all in storage at the moment. I’ll tell you that I saw the yarn the night before I saw the garments and I was a little underwhelmed by it. It seemed too soft to me — by which I mean too gooey for stitch definition and long-term wear. But once I saw how it knitted up, I was totally blown away. Look at those cables! I can’t wait to knit with it.

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