I know old people are always marveling at the rapid passage of time, and I hate to be a cliché, but I cannot–CAN. NOT.–believe that it’s Labor Day weekend already. Where did the summer go? Where has 2/3 of 2016 gone? What is happening? This weekend, I’m trying to slow down for 72 hours. Knit. And then knit some more. And maybe go look at the ocean at night. Eat a couple of BLTs. Things to carry with me into fall and winter, seasons that I love very much. The sweater seasons.
My ceaseless online rambles have yielded up a few shiny nuggets of goodness that I want to share, and then I’m out of here.
Ankestrick is releasing Ahoi, a new collection of seaside sweaters, in an ebook and single-pattern downloads. The first pattern in the series is called Clam.
As you may know, I have a mental collection of knitted tunic patterns. I love a tunic. I like how a tunic is a dress, but not a dress, and a top, but a top that covers your butt.
Clam has so much of what I love in a tunic. Sock yarn on small needles, so it doesn’t droop. Garter stitch stripes. POCKETS. A neat little stitch detail at the hem, cuff, and pocket edges. I’m excited for this collection.
Sight is Life
I don’t know how I missed this until now, but a group of designers is putting out an ebook to benefit Sight Is Life. As explained by Kirsten Kapur, “Sight is Life is an initiative which funds the work of a doctor in the Democratic Republic of Congo restoring sight of 1,800 people annually. All proceeds are donated to this ophthalmologic work in the poorest country in the world. The e-book will also contain designs by Boo Knits, Joji Locatelli, Kristina Vilimaite, Romi Hill, tincanknits, and Veera Välimäki. Additionally, the e-book will include a shawl pattern presented as a Mystery Knit-A-Long! The shawl pattern was developed by 7 designers together including Ambah O’Brien, Hanna Maciejewska, Helen Stewart, Josh Ryks, Kristina Vilimaite, Lee Meredith, and Monika Sirna.”
Spread the word. The patterns are beautiful, and so is the cause.
Speaking of time passing quickly, it is already time to register for the 2017 edition of Shakerag Workshops, a two-week artists’ colony that takes place in rural Tennessee every June. Look at the lineup. Ann, let’s figure out how to get there next year. Just for the food, and the time with effervescent energy bomb/wise woman/role model Claire Reishman (pictured above). Maybe we can pick up some pottery skills or something.
Happy weekend, all.