Spring is on Its Way

Although we did get a tiny bit of snow the other morning (that was gone before day’s end) there are signs that spring is just around the corner. Little flowers are blooming, the weather is warming up, time spent outside is increasing.IMG_7498

Spring is my favorite season, hands down. Always has been, likely always will be (although I’m up for change, we all know I like regular change).IMG_7455

Green grass and new plants, new life and baby animals, the crispness that lingers on the breeze until Summer fully arrives – Spring is the best.IMG_7470

What’s your favorite part about spring?

Looking Ahead to Spring – Some of My Faves (Part 1)

Even though it’s snowing outside today and we’re in the depths of January, the magazines are previewing their spring issues and I can’t help but look ahead!  Today we’ll just talk about one of them and why I find it especially appealing.

Interweave Knits Spring Issue looks like it’s going to be a good one.  Part of the fun for me, personally, looking through any of Interweave’s products (Interweave Knits, Knitscene, Knit.Purl, etc) is looking at the photos and trying to pick out where they were shot!  Living in the same state and having lived all over it (Denver, Lakewood, Golden, Loveland, Fort Collins, etc) means that I’ve been fortunate to visit a lot of different places.

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The story including the Timetable Pullover by Andrea Sanchez was shot in the newly-renovated Union Station in downtown Denver – a quick drive or lightrail ride from my house.  The setting and this sweater itself are beautiful.

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The story including Joan Forgione‘s Beech Leaf Shawl was shot in a pottery studio in Fort Collins called Smokestack Pottery.  This little space is so cute and fun to visit – I even have a few bowls made by the artists who work there in my collection!

© Interweave Knits

Seeing these gorgeous knits in settings that I myself have been in multiple times makes me smile.  They bring to mind happy memories with great folks.

That bowl in the background is from Smokestack, I find it makes a perfect yarn bowl!
That bowl in the background is from Smokestack, I find it makes a perfect yarn bowl!

Are you looking at spring patterns yet or do you prefer to remain in the current season?

Pattern Release: Drift Cardigan

Another seekrit revealed!  Today I’ve released the Drift Cardigan.IMG_8627

With an easy-to-memorize and fun-to-work lace motif being highlighted on the fronts and back, this is more than your basic raglan sweater.  Dropped stitch details accent the lace and keep the cardigan squarely in the Spring and Summer seasons.  The boat neck gives it a bit of extra sophistication and the shape gives a lot of options for ways to wear it!IMG_8629

This sweater is knit from the top down with raglan sleeves, so there are no seams to sew and just a few ends to weave in!  IMG_8139

You can download it directly from Ravelry, Craftsy or Etsy and get started on your own version!

Pattern Release: Spring Crinkle

I’ve been teasing you with pictures of this for a little while now, and I’m happy to say that today’s the day!  Emily from LMS Studio Arts and I have worked together in the past and she’s so much fun to collaborate with!IMG_8612

The Spring Crinkle Slouch was designed using some 50% Superwash Corriedale/50% Nylon yarn from LMS Studio Arts dyed in the Giddy Gherkin colorway.  I *love* this yarn.  I love this colorway.  I love that it’s mostly a solid with little tonal effects to it and specks of blue throughout.  IMG_8639

I love that the stitches are so well defined on two fairly different needle sizes.  I love that it has some grip and won’t fall off my head from being too smooth.  I love that it shows off the ribbing and the lace texture equally beautifully.IMG_8610

The pattern is now available on Ravelry, Etsy and CraftsyIMG_8613