I have GOT to stay away from the Twitter. Yesterday, Julia lobbed out a link to a pattern that she declared to be a redemption of the dreaded snowflake sweater.
I instantly investigated, being in the throes of snowflake fever thanks to Brenda and her avalanche of crocheted snowflakes. (A few flakes remain if you hurry over there.)
What I discovered is Kate Davies’s brand-spanking-new pattern, Boreal. She introduced it YESTERDAY, people.
Love it! Stand aside, all other snowflake patterns! This one has a very cool positive/negative thing to it. It looks as sturdy as a tree, warm as a blanket, in fact a modern reinvention of the familiar snowflake sweater.
My mind instantly drifted to the pile of gray yarn I confiscated at Rhinebeck, the insane wool/mohair Grand Manan by Tess Designer Yarns, along with the creamy homegrown yarn that came from an alpaca owned by a neighbor of Veterinarian Knitter Mel Who Lives In Maine. You know: Henrietta the Now-Deceased-Yet-Semi-Eternal-Because-Of-This-Yarn Alpaca.
This somewhat lumpy and misshapen swatch happened last night in some mysterious way. Crazy. Yarn drunk. I don’t even recall how I found size 7 needles.
Anyway, I am sort of proud that I got to be one of the first to buy Kate’s pattern, because it’s just so stinkin good. I am becoming convinced that we as consumers should think of our dollars as votes. VOTE FOR GOODNESS. Encourage people like Kate Davies to continue cooking up astonishing patterns like this by sending her your money votes. Here’s where you can find Boreal. Kate has tons of inventive patterns at her website, Needled. An excellent rabbit hole.
I can’t believe I started a new sweater yesterday.