For the past couple of months I have been working on a special new project for Sweet Fiber Yarns. Last year I released my first seasonal collection of patterns, and this year I plan to do it all over again.
Creating a new collection of knitwear patterns is a very organic process for me. Rather than sitting down and outlining the entire collection in front of me, I like to begin with a very loose and open plan. I find it best not to decide on an exact outcome ahead of time because it is in the doing and in the getting there that the best ideas often come to light.
I began the collection with a heavy concentration on dark, twisty cables and seed stitch but as the weather changes and the landscape begins to bloom I cannot help but be inspired by the lush florals and rich leaves that now surround me. At first I was slightly concerned that the two different moods might clash but have since decided to wait and see where these projects take me. The more I work on them, the more I come to enjoy the contrast between the design styles and the more I look forward to seeing how this collection will look when finished.
Above is one of the newer designs I have started based on my recent sources of inspiration. I'm really enjoying how the lace is unfolding, reminiscent of leaves and traveling vines without being too literal. I'm using Merino Twist Worsted in a brand new colourway that will be released alongside the new collection in early Autumn. I do wish I could share more information with you, but for now it must remain a secret.
If you're interested in joining my list of test knitters for the summer, please check out this post on Ravelry. The first test knits for my new collection will begin early next month.
a few snaps of inspiration from my garden