February, the shortest month of the year, certainly seemed to fly by quickly this month. For me it was a month of new beginnings, specifically I started a new job. You can hear all about it – and what I do for a living – on my Knit Tea Live!
. Fair warning, moving into March I am still committed to updating Fiber Happenings on Friday, BUT, having a new ball to juggle I may be late on occasion. Thank you for understanding. For now, let’s look back at the amazing work indy designers brought us!
Lauren Rad of A Bee in the Bonnet
is one of my favorite designers. I featured her work in a designer spotlight during the February 14 Knit Tea Live!
. What I love about Lauren’s work – aside from he photos that I want to daydream in- is the way she combines texture with lacy details. Her work strikes an elegant balance of cozy and light. I think her latest pattern: The Snuggery Hat perfectly illustrates what I am talking about. (Even the name feels light and comfy). Also, I’ve said it before and I will say it a million times more. Follow Lauren on instagram
. Not only are her knits beautiful, so are her blooms!
Of course, there were more patterns in February. Read More to see all the pretty things made of pretty string.
I love knitting in the round, and this book taught me a lot! I refer to it often and where I first learned about helix knitting!
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Victoria Marchant Knits: Raindrops Fingerless Gloves
Raindrops is a pair of short fingerless mitts decorated with eyelet raindrops. When I saw the stitch pattern I immediately thought of a little pair of mitts to take the chill off a cold umbrella handle on a wet rainy day. This is the result! They can be made with a small amount of yarn, making them perfect for leftovers of your favourite 4-ply.
Granary Knits: The Wind That Shakes The Barley
A semicircular shawl, worked from the hem up, featuring lace barley ears. This shawl is knit in DK weight yarn.
Liz Corke Knits: Dromanach Fingerless Gloves & Claiseach Hat
Liz Corke released two patterns this month!
Dromanach, meaning ridges in Scottish Gaelic, is a simple fingerless mitts pattern with garter stitch detail up the outside of the hand and around the thumb.
Meaning furrows in Scottish Gaelic, Claiseach is a simple hat pattern with garter stitch detail up each side. Knit as either a beanie or a slouchy hat it is a fantastic way to show off those special yarns, especially speckled and variegated yarns.
Amy Snell, The Devious Knitter: The Wanderloo Socks
Wanderoo is a sport-weight sock that takes us on a little adventure. Its cables meander back and forth as though they can’t quite make up their mind where they want to be: a little to the left, back to the right, sometimes a little longer, sometimes a little less.
Wanderoo is worked toe-up, with contrast color toes, heels, and cuff. The heel construction uses short rows and a clever little mini gusset that delivers the perfect amount of extra room across the ankle for those who need it.