My summer: Music festivals, Interviews… and playing tennis?
It's July… Is it that it's just too hot to knit, or is it that I've got nothing but a ton of heavy weight yarns?! I think the answer is BOTH!
My latest pattern release is in-keeping with the weather at least! VESTival was inspired by the bohemian fashionistas at music festivals. I recently went to the Love Supreme Jazz Festival this summer and I needed something warm, yet light and airy to wear. The weather was rubbish for the time of year - in fact. it was so bloody cold I kept my jacket on! I even thanked the stars that I brought my long-arm fingerless gloves with me… it was THAT cold!
Anyway, 3 days prior to that event, I couldn't decide on what to wear. The weather had been changeable (changing between cold/windy and cold/rainy) along with sudden bursts of sunshine. So, I quickly ran up a vest using 2 skeins of ToshMo Light by Madelinetosh. This yarn offers generous yardage, beautiful colour and great tonal depth. The small percentage of mohair also gives it that extra fluff to trap air.
Pattern Launch Discount: Get 20% OFF VESTival! - no coupon necessary. Offer ends midnight GMT, 7th August 2016.
Link to pattern: VESTival! - http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/vestival
The whole pattern is written for hand knitting, although I did crank out the bottom section using the Addi Express King Size (purely for speed!), but the rest of the construction is hand knitted. I've got my eye on making another one using Hedgehog Fibres' 'speckly' coloured yarns - Super fun!
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I took part in an interview with pattern designer/author, Robin Hunter on her "How to become a Professional Knitter" blog, and it was so much fun to do! It was the first time I'd ever been asked questions about my work. I don't think I'd ever really taken my knitting design work seriously until that interview. See it here: http://knittingrobin.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/an-interview-withjimenez-joseph.html