During the warm months, it’s great to have projects you can easily carry around with you. This week’s featured designs fit in that description. Now that the garden is in – and we’re finally reaping the rewards of planting 6 different types of greens (during the winter months, my husband, a true foodie, hunts down seeds for some of the more unusual varieties), it’s time to take time to sit back and enjoy the FOOL (fruits of our labor). Which, to me, means being able to finally do some knitting or crocheting on the back deck.
Tell us what YOU’re doing in your backyard – whether it’s planting, harvesting, running after kids, lolling in your pool – whatever makes summer summer. AND tell us what you’re knitting or crocheting. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org
For this week’s featured designs, it’s something fun and something functional – both practical, though – the Chakra purse in Spa and the Keene toddler vest in Country.
And Now for Something Completely Different…
I’d like everyone to meet Liz Walsh, Caron’s new Fashion and Design Coordinator. Liz has some great talents, such as quilting and crocheting. But with regard to the latter, while she may know how to crochet, she says, “I just pick up a hook and pull through stitches. I have no idea what they’re called or how to write them down.” But that’s going to change with future blogs. We’re going to go step-by-step in making Liz’ wonderful sunflower, crocheted in Country. You can follow along, send in your suggestions (there are SO many more qualified crocheters out there than me) and make your own sunflower. At the end, we’ll have a pattern!
Kim Rutledge, who designed the Chakra Purse, describes her inspiration for her design like this:
“I was sent NaturallyCaron.com’s new Spa yarn in Rose Bisque right before Valentine’s Day and asked to design a purse and filet scarf [editor’s note: you’ll have just enough time to create the purse before you see the scarf, one of August’s featured designs.] Since I am currently a woman in love…….
I am lucky enough to have a love with a sensitive heart, a fondness for old sweet love songs, and the thoughtfulness to send me love notes often. He inspired “Love Notes,” a motif of musical notes with hearts used as the whole notes on a music staff. I designed the purse with a raised heart pattern to contrast the open stitch of the filet scarf, which you’ll see in August.
NaturallyCaron.com’s new Spa yarn has the softness that Caron’s Simply Soft is know for yet is a thinner gauge yarn (yaaa!!!). Don’t be afraid of thinner than worsted yarns! Yes, a project may take a little more time but more stitches per inch allow for more intricate patterns, a lighter hand for greater drape and softness you wouldn’t believe.”
Keene Toddler Vest
Designer Marilyn Losee I’ve known for many years as being someone of multiple talents: she hand knits, knits on the Sweater Machine, crochets and embroiders. Marilyn describes her Keene Toddler Vest, knitted in Country’s Spruce and Silver Service…
“After 12 granddaughters, it was such fun to make something for a boy! I designed the vest to be somewhat fitted, more dressy, and something that could be worn under a jacket.
“I also find that the nicest quality of Country is its great blocking capabilities. All I need to do is pin the piece to shape and spray the piece lightly with warm water, then let it dry.” [Editor’s note: if you choose to steam the project, be sure NOT to touch the iron to the piece and that your piece is upside down on a thick towel so the cables aren’t inadvertently pressed so they lose their texture.]
So be sure to come back next week when I’ll get into the history of knitting – it goes much farther back than you imagine! AND I’ll bring you two more new NaturallyCaron.com designs.