This month I’m joining with The Fringe Association in celebrating fashion the slow way – Handmade, Quality over Quantity, Indie Fashion, Small Batchs, Sustainability, Know your Source, and Buy Local.
This Mobius Cowl designed by Maie Landra, owner of Koigu Wool, was featured on the cover of Vogue Knitting Winter 2013/14. While I am a huge fan of Koigu yarns, I chose to use some yarn from my stash – Frogtree Pediboo, to create this lovely, fun-to-knit cowl.
QUALITY OVER QUANTITY
While learning to knit and design, I have learned that I enjoy working with quality yarns. I love the beauty and feel of natural fibers in my hands. I love learning about small companies and co-ops all over the world who employ local create fabulous yarns. This Aprés-Ski Wool Sock pattern knit in Noro Kureyon will be featured in my Winter 2016 collection.
Thanks to internet sites like craftsy, ravelry, knitty and etsy, it is now easier than ever for individuals and micro businesses to be in the business of designing fashion. I’ve jumped into the game myself! Below are two designs-in-progress that will be featured in my Winter 2016 collection: Downtown Jackson Scarf and open cable cowl (working title).
I had a great time visiting the Mountain Colors workshop earlier this summer. Hats off to the many yarn companies and individuals who hand paint and hand dye their beautiful yarn. I’m making the most of these stunning colors with my new design, Selway Poncho, a part of my Winter 2016 collection.
A year ago I took a trip to europe for my 50th birthday. One of my favorite purchases was this no lable dk merino wool from The Green Wheel in the artisan section of Dresden, Germany. The owner explained that their yarns are from southern German co-ops who raise sheep. I love working with this high quality merino yarn. Pictured are my Green Wheel Merino hats. In the works is a complimentary neck gaiter design for the boyz to keep them cozy during ski season. The free pattern will be available in my Winter 2016 collection.
KNOW YOUR SOURCE
The Buffalo Wool Company is an excellent example of a yarn company who really knows their source. The downy bison fiber used in their exquisite yarns and clothing is sourced from their own bison herd in Texas. I have used their yarn for two of my new designs; Yellowstone Skate Ski hat and Downtown Jackson Gloves, both available in my Winter 2016 collection.
Ron and Cheryl Smith, owners of Paintbrush Alpacas sold me this beautiful yarn at a local fiber fair. I enjoy supporting local artists for purely selfish reason, the yarn is unique and lovely! This pattern is from Country Weekend Socks by Madeline Weston.