First, I want to say thank-you to everyone for all the nice birthday wishes here and elsewhere. Bob and I had a really lovely time in Point Reyes — ate and drank way too much, stayed in a lovely little cottage with a heated marble bathroom floor (which was strangely compelling), and generally enjoyed some much-needed time together. I came home happily exhausted and swamped by the orders that stacked up in the 26 hours I was away. So please forgive my silence, but I’ve been catching up with my to-do list while feeling really out of touch with my own knitting and the world of knitting in general.
Last night, I sat down on the couch with the single goal of trying to reconnect — dipping into the various wells of inspiration — and I was so happy to stumble across a brand-new knitting designer, Alice Hammer. French, lovely and with a taste for slouchy-chic sweaters and pretty little hats, she just began publishing her patterns in October. You can see them all (so far and coming soon) in her webshop and on Ravelry. Her blog posts and Ravelry listings are written in both French and English, so I hope and assume the same is true for the patterns themselves. Suffice it to say, she’s off to an enticing start.