Hello everyone, and happy Thursday! I hope you’re all enjoying the week so far. I have a few great things I’m really excited to share with you all today.
Last week Kristin and I were drooling over Pas De Valse by Portland designer Marnie Maclean from the Fall ’09 issue of Twist Collective. Strangely enough that same day, Lauren came in wearing the one she had made. Fate? We think so.
We love the casual drape and perfect for spring weight of this cardigan and both can’t wait to get started (we’re working on convincing Eva to join us as well). Knit with fingering weight yarn, Kristin is going to use Habu N-68 Linen Wool Roving (a gorgeous 80% wool, 20% linen blend) color 5.
I was going to use Isager Alpaca 2 color 402 until we received a giant box of Madelinetosh this week including the brand-new-to-us Pashmina (coming to the website tomorrow!). Upon seeing this yarn the decision was clear – this 75% merino, 15% silk, and 10% cashmere blend is absolutely perfect for this sweater! It was difficult to pick a favorite, but I couldn’t get out of the store without 5 skeins of the Moorland colorway.
I can’t remember where I first read about this, but I found it again last week and I can’t believe I haven’t blogged about it yet! Andy Holden is an artist from England and until tomorrow you can see his Art Now Installation at the Tate Britain in London.
The Pyramid Piece is a work driven by conscience, which I think is really interesting. When Holden was 14, he visited Great Pyramid of Cheops in Egypt with his family and stole a piece from the pyramid. Over the years, the guilt he felt for this grew and giant replicas of the stone were created with yarn, foam, and steel supports.
This knit version of the stone is 100 times bigger (in length) than the original fragment and is 55 square meters of knitting in total. While the scale is a reflection of his manifesting guilt, it’s also a meant to convey the feeling Holden first felt as a boy among the giant pyramids.
The Pyramid Piece is shown in conjunction with a film Return of the Pyramid Piece (2008) where he documented his mission to return the stolen rock to the exact spot from which it was taken. I really love this piece, if you’re interested in this or Holden’s other work I really recommend checking out his website.
It’s no secret that all of us here at Knit Purl are big Julie Weisenberger and cocoknits fans. While cruising her website last week for new things, I found this super-cute bathmat pattern available for free:
Knit with ripped up twin sheets on size 19 needles, this would be such a fast (and useful!) project. It might be fun to try it with Shibui Highland Wool Alpaca held double. This pattern reminds me a bit of that beautiful table runner from Rowan 45, I’m definitely going to attempt this project this weekend. If you’ve never looked before there are some really great free patterns (and tutorials) available through the cocoknits website including my absolute favorite, the Smitten.
Unfortunately, I have a ton of Skif Sample Packets to ship so I’m going to have to cut this a little short today. Have a great weekend and check back next week for another edition of Fashionknitsta. Until then, as always, stay chic blogfans!