Lisa Mutch, the talented mastermind behind Northbound Knitting, specializes in creating striking designs and intriguing hand dyes for fiber and yarn. Lisa’s eye for design is front and center, in the varying textures, subtle asymmetry, and engaging stitches in her patterns. One of my favorite Northbound Knitting patterns is the Fortress Cardigan. The amount of detail in this garment is a perfect example of Lisa’s undeniable talent for design.
Beautiful, moody, lush, and mysterious are a few words that come to mind when I think of Northbound Knitting yarn. Lisa’s choices of fiber and yarn reflect the need for different fabrics, moods and tones: the crispness of Corriedale that crunches through the fingers as you spin; the luxury of cashmere for creating soft waves of fabric or the high energy twist of Merino that adds definition to an array of colours.
Here at Knit Purl, we carry BFL/Silk/Cashmere, a rich and luxurious fingering weight yarn. The soft cashmere, silk, and wool blend paired with the piercing colorways will lure knitters to BFL. Northbound Knitting is most known for the amazing greys that Lisa creates. She is able to take a color that might seem simple to some and add layers upon layers of depth.
Metallurgy for instance, is a mixture of light iron greys that are ever so slightly sprinkled with bright bursts of saturated gold and copper. Then there is Monsoon, which contains fantastic concrete greys with gorgeous pops of Mediterranean Sea blue and green. My favorites are Inkblot and Sterling. Inkblot has a clean cream base with smokey charcoal greys that I can’t wait to get my hands on. While Sterling is everything that I enjoy out of simple, chic grey yarn, and would be perfect to use for the Imbue wrap.
Northbound Knitting has mesmerizing colorways, so be warned, once you start knitting with BFL Silk/Cashmere you might lose track of time.
If you haven’t done so already, be sure to read the post from earlier this week on Lisa’s design inspiration.