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Absolutely perfect

Do you know what I love most about my camera lens? I love that it makes all the toys and things in the background of my photos just look so pretty instead of so messy.

Holden in Handknits 002

Do you know what else I love? Or who, rather. Meghan. She's a sweetheart. She so thoughtfully knitted this for baby Holden a while back with a skein of my Philomath Worsted, in my favorite color (Silver Screen). Is that too sweet or what?

She's a fantastic designer and has even more patterns on Ravelry, which you should check out. Especially if you love shawls.

Holden in Handknits 001

I love the xoxo motif on the sides of this little vest. And I absolutely love that she made it big enough so that it's just a tiny bit too big for him now that he's right at 6 months old. That means it'll be absolutely perfect for him for our Georgia fall and winter and he'll probably be able to wear it straight through to spring. And then I'm going to put it away and keep it until maybe one day when Holden's son will get to wear it.

Holden in Handknits 006

Knitters are wonderful and generous folks, I've learned.

Which reminds me, if you're a yarn dyer or any sort of maker whatsoever, and you feel you could use a pick-me-up, just give something away on a blog. Right now I'm giving away some yarn over on the Knitty Blog and the comments I'm reading are making me smile!

You can also check out the Small Things blog this weekend, where I'll be giving away a skein of Muscadine Sock for your autumn knitting pleasure.

In pattern news, there's a new crochet shawl pattern that was designed with 2 skeins of my Eulela DK. Shibaguyz used my Olivine colorway for Tiamat - very dramatic!

And last, but most definitely not least, one of my customers (hi K!) used some of my yarn for a test knit she was doing for Yarn Madness' brand new Dyning pattern. I was thrilled to see my yarn as one of the suggested yarns when the pattern was released! Madeleine is a new-to-me designer but I've already bought two of her patterns and I'm planning to knit them ASAP. Vinkel is a really cute sweater with an interesting design that I think will work great here in Georgia, where it's not always so cold, even in winter. And of course I had to get Dyning, which I'm thinking of knitting long enough for it to be a dress for Miss V, but we'll see when I get there.

In the meantime, I'm working on a hat for R and still trying to overcome my second sock syndrome on a pair of Nutkins! But what about you? Are you knitting anything fun this fall? Any new-to-you designers I should know about? Do tell!

Pattern Release: Sugar Mountain by Meghan Jackson

Meghan Jackson has designed the most perfect shawl to knit for Spring!

Sugar Mountain Detail

Sugar Mountain was designed with my Coquina DK and uses 2 skeins. Alternately, you could use just one skein of my Muscadine Sock, for a lighter shawl. 

Sugar Mountain A

The colorway shown is brand new, called Frosted, which is a very pale purple.

Frosted Coquina no text

From now through the end of February, I'm offering a dye to order listing of yarn in support of Meghan's pattern. You might choose Frosted, or your favorite colorway. More details in the shop!

Pattern Release: Foster by Terri Kruse

Terri Kruse has written a beautiful new cardigan pattern with my Philomath Worsted in mind.

Take a look at Foster.


Foster is a top-down knit with a couple of options - you can knit the cardi so it opens on the left or right side, and shape your waist or not. I love the asymmetry of the cable in front, and then there's a centered cable in the back. Beautiful.


Terri designed this in my Tanis colorway, but since I like for folks to have options, I'm offering to dye this up in a sweater quantity for you in your choice of colorway. You can read more about that here - feel free to ask me any questions you have. Just keep in mind that sometime around the beginning of March, I will have to put that listing on hold until I get back in the swing of things after Baby H arrives in April.

So what do you think? Isn't it gorgeous? It looks like the perfect cozy knit to me. I think Terri did an outstanding job!