Pattern Revamp! Tristania is new and improved!

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A while back, I dove back into my Tristania pattern to research how I wrote a few elements and saw some parts that could be better. Although I hadn’t received negative/constructive feedback about the pattern, I couldn’t see selling anymore copies of the pattern without making some big changes. I’m so glad! Tristania has now been revamped with a full schematic, consistent industry-standard wording, and more intuitive construction. I’m thrilled that I can put her to bed, so to speak, without worrying about whether someone may have trouble.

This is still a maternity- and nursing-friendly pattern. You can choose the increases for the bottom to have a more standard fit or allow for more belly room. I personally like the “loose” fit, which is the one between standard and full term, even though I will not be having more kids. And the deep V that is so handy for nursing is still super stylish. I love it so much!!

Check Tristania out and enjoy this summertime knit!

New publication: Turning Corners scarf in knitscene Accents 2018

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Most days are pretty quiet on the publication front, as you usually aren’t aware of when your new patterns are being released, but the final “we’re going live” emails are so much fun to recieve. This one in particular made me gasp upon seeing the photography.

Interweave’s new knitscene Accents 2018 issue includes a ton of gorgeous and quick gift ideas and I strongly recommend leafing through the look book! My “Turning Corners” scarf is a geometric beauty, constructed in 2 halves and seamed in the middle. It is worked in garter stitch using a mosaic, or slipped stitch, colorwork technique that is perfect for those of you who are leary of jumping on the colorwork wagon. You work with only one color at a time and the result is curl- and purl-free! Please contact me with any questions and I hope you enjoy making it!

New publication: Collecting Bag in Interweave's Knitting Traditions Magazine

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Excuse me as I get a little squeal in (eee!!!), but I received my new issue of Knitting Traditions magazine by Interweave and it's so cool to see my work within its pages! 

If you're unfamiliar with this magazine, it is a treasure. Each issue focuses on a time period and features articles on all kinds of topics from that era, with knitting patterns accompanying the stories. This issue tells the story of the turn of the 20th century and hits on all kinds of amazing women's history (be still my heart!). I feel personally honored to have my Collecting Bag as the accompanying pattern for the Girl Scouts article. My mom was my scout leader and I LOVED my scouting days. 

The Collecting Bag is a roomy tote with a central bee motif worked in stranded knitting. The color changes on the sides are worked using an intarsia method. It sounds complicated, but it's pretty simple. The gussets add interior space and the lining/straps makes it nice and sturdy for anything you could hope to carry (or collect!). Why a bee, you ask? Two reasons: I was inspired by the beautiful depiction of insects in both the Art Nouveau style and in the work of my favorite poet, Emily Dickinson. I named it "Pedigree" in the proposal based this poem:

The pedigree of honey
Does not concern the bee ;
A clover, any time, to him
Is aristocracy.

It was, admittedly, a mid-century work instead of the early 1900s, but it is still a favorite. If you have any questions while working this one up, feel free to send me a message or go to my message board in Ravelry!