Whoah, what a ride the past few months have been! I shall let you in on the details soon, for now, a glimpse into the latest Army of Knitters collection.
After a FABULOUS few days in Reykjavik, Iceland, visiting my AMAZING friend, Ragga, I journeyed on to my parents’ house, for an extended stay.
- My octogenarian Dad outside the family dwelling
I hadn’t seen most of my family in over three years so it was a well needed and wonderful visit.
- Gallons of tea were consumed
- Butter melting into a hot crumpet – what a wonderful sight!
During my English excursion, I drank a lot of tea, ate far too many cakes and biscuits and managed to finish my Winter 2013/14 collection, A Rural Idyll.
For this collection, I teamed up with one of my favourite yarn companies, Malabrigo to create warm and cozy knits to snuggle up in all Winter long.
I coaxed my sister, Julie into modelling for me. A little bit reluctant at first, due to her age and limited experience, I managed to make her feel comfortable in front of the camera and she very much enjoyed the morning, wearing warm, soft knits and being directed by her little sister.
- Early morning on the farm
I drove over to the farm where Julie, her partner, Mark and their daughter, Kate live. Acres and acres of flat, frost-covered earth greeted me for an early start. Julie made us hot bowls of porridge drizzled with honey to help keep out the chills, then I played make-up artist before starting the shoot.
- Trudging through the mud, dressed in fabulous knits
Julie suggested a tree-lined footpath, where she walks the dogs, for our first location. Sunlight peeping through the trees made it all the more beautiful.
MILL HILL SPINNEY DRESS - Malabrigo Silky Merino.
With its round yoke, A-line shape, and wide, ¾ length sleeves, this is a beautiful 3-season dress that will look good by itself or layered over leggings and a long sleeved top. The yarn provides wonderful drape and shows off the cables, which start out smaller at the neck then grow in width and length to compliment the dress’s shape. Dress it up with an over-sized cowl or your favourite jewellery, you’ll want to wear this dress time and time again!
OLD BLACKBERRY WOOD BERET - Malabrigo Rasta.
Super quick to knit and wonderfully cozy to wear, this beret would make the perfect gift for your stylish friends.
Worked from the bottom up and in the round, you can easily make one in an evening!
SHEEP SPINNEY COWL - Malabrigo Rasta.
Snuggle up in the warmth and comfort of this beautifully soft cowl. Quick to knit in a simple, textural lace stitch,
it is worked in the round and seamless. Can be worn in several different ways and looks fabulous!
WYNNSTAY WOOD SKIRT – Malabrigo Rastita.
Keep warm this Winter in a dramatically full skirt which moves beautifully as you walk, flatters the figure with its elasticated waist, cables – which get wider as it’s knitted and faux pleats. The simple to remember stitch pattern is perfect for cozy evenings. Looks great in solid colours as well as variegated yarns.
FOXHILL WOOD CARDI – Malabrigo Worsted.
A rather unique construction, this pattern starts at the centre back to form the curved yoke. Completely
seamless, the cardi is fun to knit and so cozy to wear. The half-fisherman’s rib stitch offers maximum warmth for the
back and sleeves, while the front is worked in stockinette stitch and gently sloping cables. The back incorporates
short rows for a flattering curve to the bottom edge. Finished with a 2-way zip, this will become your favourite sweater!
THURLBY LANE BEANIE – Malabrigo Worsted.
This yarn is so gorgeously soft and the colour incredible that I couldn’t let a skein left over from my Foxhill Wood
Cardi just languish in my stash – it had to become a slouchy-beanie! Easy to memorize, the Half Fisherman’s
Rib stitch creates a warm fabric with excellent elasticity – perfect for this very wearable hat.
Thank you, Julie for being such an excellent model! I might have you model some more knits for me when I return to England in May!
Thank you to Mumble Trimbles for helping me choose the title for this collection – you’re a star!
I’m back in the United States now, enjoying the freezing cold temperatures and blue skies. I hope you enjoy knitting and wearing the pieces from this latest collection, I know that I LOVE them!
Until next time, big snogs,