Although I love the place I live, I’m not native to East London. It is one of the quirks of my (everyone’s?) brain is that the further away I live from Seattle, the more important it seems to my identity. I visited my city and my people at the end of summer this year and enjoyed all the usual joys of the season, plus some exciting new ones.
Especially joyful was visiting Tolt Yarn and Wool. I got excited about that one, and took so many pics that it will have to have its own blog post.
I also met my new nephew, which was also actually really nice.
It was a lucky coincidence that my sister had a photogenic baby. I was so pleased I designed some knitwear for him, and we had a several little photo shoots.
ELK masters the one-handed baby dressing
My parents’ place is in a wonderful part of the world; rural, but not far from the bright lights of the big city. I couldn’t resist the morning sunlight on dewy spiderwebs.
No trip to the hometown is complete without some serious shopping, and I did pretty well this year, splurging on Quince and Co, not once but twice!
I also bought a pair of Signature Needles. After all the hoopla at Unwind Brighton* I to find out for myself what all the fuss was about. I have just started my first project with them, so will have to give a report on them later….
The sweater is knit in pieces, so is great for knitting on the go. Each piece begins with a tubular cast on (a tutorial can be found here), and then the trim is knit with a 2 colour-brioche rib (a tutorial can be found here), and the body in a stockinette stitch. After the sweater is put together, the heart is Swiss darned into the back (a tutorial can be found here).
This is particularly thrilling for me as it is my first pattern published by a magazine, and a fabulous magazine at that! It was really a learning experience for me and I am pleased to say that there are several more patterns being published in magazines in the near future.
The name ‘Heritage Heart’ comes from both the shape of the jumper and adornment: the shape is an updated interpretation of a traditional men’s jumper, and a heart is Swiss-darned into the centre back to create a sweet focal point. This Aran-weight jumper is a quick and satisfying knit.
I used Rowan Silk twist for the main yarn, and an undyed Organic Merino Wool from Coldharbour Mill. These 2 yarns when knit together create a hazy, soft colour palette. Any undyed wool would work well with a dusky-pink or grey/oatmeal type of marled yarn, although there is an excellent version by miyokomeow in the projects-really great colour combo.
In other news, the Naloa KAL is still going strong and there’s still time to win super prizes! Get Naloa here!
In the midst of our Naloa KAL (there’s still time to knit and win prizes! You can get Naloa here), I have made a guest appearance on the Kettle Yarn Co. blog, From the Purl Side, to show & tell a little about finishing the shawl.