After 3 terribly long weeks of winter, spring appears to have finally arrived in the Bay Area. And perfect timing, because I was getting awfully sick of my stuffy fall/winter wardrobe. I’ve lived in Texas or San Francisco my entire life, and while San Francisco never gets that cold I still haven’t gotten the hang of dressing for temperatures below 60 degrees on a regular basis. That’s why I just love spring and summer, I get to pull all of my vintage sun dresses out of the back of the closet and get to knit beautiful, lightweight things. I know most of the knitting world is focused on knitting warm garments out of warm yarns, but I’ll take tank tops, short sleeve sweaters, lace, and knitting with lovely fibers like cotton, linen, and hemp.
So of course, I’m bound to be excited when my favorite knitting magazine, Knitscene adds the first ever summer issue (on stands April 19th). I can always find at least a few patterns that make buying the magazine worth it for me, and this issue is no exception. Here are a few of my favorites from the preview:
I never leave my house without a cardigan; Windsor looks excellent for those days when there’s just a little bit of a chill in the air.
I don’t usually do pullovers — they make me look frumpy — but this neckline and silhouette look totally manageable. I’m fighting the urge to buy yarn for it.
Sackets Harbor Pullover
This shawl looks so cute and easy to wear.
I love the scallop detail and the way the model is wearing the shawl in this photo, but I’m not entirely convinced it would easily stay on my neck. Also, I’ll take that blouse while we’re at it.
You can view more of the preview here. Be sure and let me know what you’ll be making from this issue!
I’m finally back from Austin! While I can’t say it was the best trip, I still had fun and I always love spending time with my mom. Living half a continent away can be tough sometimes!
The first day I was there I thought I might have broken my foot and spent the day laid up on the couch watching reruns of House. The next day my foot felt better, but I soon came down with an upper respiratory infection which I am still dealing with. All this down time meant I finally had a chance to finish Tuck! Photo courtesy of my mom.
Completed Project: Tuck
This project was so fun and I love the finished product. It may be my favorite garment I’ve knit to date.
Of course I did manage to venture out of the house a few times and so we paid a visit to the Old Oaks Ranch Fiber Arts Center in Wimberley.
This charming little shop is situated in a rural area and includes a sculpture garden, a herd of alpacas and a large room for weaving. It’s a bit of a journey from my parents house, but well worth the drive. When we arrived we were immediately greeted by the super friendly owner and offered a glass of water, which was great because it was well over 90 degrees outside. The shop is quite cozy and there were several people there chatting and working on various projects.
While there actually wasn’t much of a selection of vegan fibers, I still picked up 2 skeins of Habu Textiles XS-32 20/18 Bamboo, which I think wants to be a shawl. I also picked up a few skeins of 2nd Time Cotton from Knit One, Crochet Too, which is made from recycled fabric scraps from the garment industry.
On the plane home I started the Arrowhead Shawl with the 2 skeins of Hempathy I had leftover from Tuck.
I don’t really wear shawls over my shoulders, but living in San Francisco means I’m always looking for light weight scarves for the summer, and I think this will be perfect!