Knitting is an act of blending. Fibers, yarns, techniques, patterns, and even stories merge together to create a finished piece to share with and inspire others. This month, we’ve been exploring the concept of knitting together, and the blending of traditional and modern influences into our knitting. I want to talk a little bit about knitting together with different fibers (and different makers!), and I hope it inspires you to share your stores, too.
You’ve seen our exclusive Dyed in the Wool colorway, Eastbank Esplanade, but I’ve also fallen in love with another color new to us, Grumpy Birds. It’s light green with a strip of gold, and when I saw it, I knew: this was how I was going to make my Pine Bough cowl! I’ve been in love with Dianna Walla’s awesome design since it came out. I’ve just been waiting for the right yarns to go along with it.
I had a bright, color-changing, springy 100% wool for the pattern, but I didn’t know what to use for the background color. Being used to Shibui’s Mix concept, I thought I’d experiment with Pebble held double. The indescribably soft silk, merino, and cashmere blend is a lace-weight yarn, but doubled it can act like a sport or DK. The color I chose was Brass, but Spore was a close second! After a couple of swatches, I realized I would need to go down a needle size, but I really liked the effect of Dyed in the Wool and Pebble working against each other.
My dimensions are smaller, but my Pine Bough knit up so quickly! The fabric is really soft, the colors are amazing, and the cowl will be so cozy in the winter months. I took a break from it to work on some summer knits, happily knowing it was there waiting for me to pick back up. When I did, I finished it so quickly. Now I just have to wait until it cools down enough to wear it.