Coastal Knits: new Spring Knits coming soon!

coastal knits

5 new designs from TSC yarns!

I’ve been working with the folks at Tahki Stacy Charles for 3 seasons now. My latest collection, Coastal Knits, is soon to be released featuring Nina, Flora, Mini-Tempo, Cotton Classic Lite and Tandem.

The first in the Coastal Knits collection, Driftwood:

Driftwood

  • Driftwood in Nina- This tunic length vest is highly textured, knit in a vertical drop stitch pattern. Alternating columns of temporary yarnovers are added every 6th row and dropped 6 rows later. It creates an interesting openwork pattern. Knit all in one piece from the bottom up in Nina, a linen cotton blend.

Ocean Lights:

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  • Ocean Lights in Flora- Just a bit of sparkle with this all in one piece knit tank. The shirt-tail hem is created with short-row shaping to add a touch of casual. It is knit all in one piece from the bottom up in a “crisp lace weight cotton studded with sequins.”

Next in the Coastal Knits lineup: Beachcomber:

beachcomber from coastal knits

  • Beachcomber in Mini-Tempo- Beachcomber is an easy to wear drape-front cardigan in a Filatura di Crosa textured and self-striping cotton blend yarn. The stitch pattern looks more complicated than it is. It’s an easy to remember 4 row repeat!

Inlet:

inlet from coastal knits

  • Inlet in Cotton Classic Lite- Quiet and classy, Inlet is all about style. The side shaping and dramatic fronts create a close fit; knit in 100% cotton.

Abalone, the last of the Coastal Knits collection:

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  • Abalone in Tandem- Sometimes it’s just all in the details! A perfect garment for spring and summer, this lace rib pullover features knit-in sleeves and a wide boat neck, making it a gem to knit! The stitch pattern is a simple one-row repeat.

All will be available through my Ravelry design page later this month (Driftwood is up now) as downloadable pdf’s. I will also be adding the kits to my online store after all the patterns are finished, so stay tuned!

Winter Woolfest 2015

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We’re gearing up here in my part of Kansas for the Winter Woolfest 2015 in just over a week from now. It’s January 17th from 10am to 4pm at the Columbian Theatre in Wamego, KS. There will be lots of vendors both upstairs and down- and classes listed starting at 10:15 and running until 3pm; most of which are free! You’ll need to get there early to sign up, though. Signup starts at 10am.

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New buttons from Wildflower Knits

Wildflower Knits will have a booth; I’ll be upstairs since this is just my second year participating. In 2014, I started doing more events, like the XRX, Inc Stitches events, so the booth has grown beyond a couple highlighted designs and tons of buttons. I’ll have kits for several new accessories, the Vests Rock! Collection, my patterns, and of course, tons of buttons at the Woolfest. I’ll also be bringing along my “bargain basket” full of needles, hooks, and accessories.

stratified mitts
Stratified Mitts kits available at the Woolfest

The Winter Woolfest is the brainchild of Jennifer Schermerhorn, owner of the Wicked Stitch in Wamego, KS. I recently heard her shop is closing; hopefully to give her more time to plan exciting events like this one (and continue to create her amazing fiber sculptures.) It has grown from a handful of vendors to filling both floors of the Columbian Theatre in the six years since it began. Watch  the Facebook page for Winter Woolfest 2015 in the days leading up to the Woolfest for highlights on what to see and do.

I remember the first year I participated having so much fun! It was great to see so many people that I knew from having the shop; like a surprise reunion of sorts! If you’re in the area, you won’t want to miss it. Even if you’re not that close, it’s worth the drive and just 9 miles north of I-70.

Find me in my booth, stop by and say hello; bring me a little slip of paper with your name and contact info and you’ll get entered into a special drawing- just for reading this post!