For some reason, I see the space of the blog as a more serious space... A place where one is expected to elaborate things more in depth, right? That's why the immediateness of Instagram and Facebook is always so tempting, and I end up communicating with my readers in a shorter way. But then, it seems that all is joy, all is knitting, and all I do is sit down on the couch and create this bunch of patterns out of nowhere... With perfect smiles and perfect skin... Well, you see, I have a very imperfect skin ;)
Life has been sort of stressful on this side of the computer... I have been blessed with many opportunities and with many offers to work with my all time idols. To try the finest and most exquisite yarns. Who would say no? I have made many friends, I have met the most amazing people over the last couple of years. I have travelled to places I never thought I would go to. But of course, it also meant an amount of work that maybe I was not prepared to do so quickly. I always say this: I work slowly. Many people on the are amazed at my speed, but the truth is that this is my day job, I knit and write for a living, and sometimes I just work too many hours a day. I love my job so much that it's even harder to put things down and take short breaks. That means that many times I've had to ask loving friends to lend me their helping hands to finish things in time.
I started to realize I was feeling a bit stressed towards the end of last year. I kept seeing people meeting all around the world, and in my head there was this need to be part of everything that was happening. As Helen from Curious Handmade cleverly called it: FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out). It stressed me not to be part of anything cool or awesome happening, I wanted to know more and possibly work towards it. But it also stressed me to do so.
I told myself it was time to slow down last year, and I am still working with projects I committed to before that day. I am starting to see the end of this pile of knits and patterns I had to work on, and it is finally looking like soon I'll be able to go back to my old pace, calm and quiet. I am, after all, too far away from where most of the knitting world is, and I think I still need to learn a lot to work in such rhythm. I am certain I am not prepared to do many of the things I've already done... And when I look at myself with objective eyes, I am an Argentine mother, who one day decided to write a pattern and see how it goes. ❤️
|gratuitous kid photo ;)|
But! This doesn't mean I don't have anything new or exciting coming up. In fact, I do believe that all I have in the works is super fabulous, and I am still partnering and collaborating with the most awesome people in the world, and still getting to know new friends and still taking some opportunities! I just wanted to share with you that I do feel sometimes the social media give this false impression that we can grow indefinitely and work on countless projects with no effect on how we feel....
I am currently working on a few things I thought I'd show you. The first one is a design for Madelinetosh, and it's currently waiting for the final editions of the pattern. I don't know many details about how or where this will be released, but I wanted to show you how amazing the yarn I got to work with is:
On the top one, I used their Tosh Merino Light, one of the most versatile yarns I've worked with, and definitely one of my favorite. I do enjoy working with single ply fingering weight yarns A LOT. They make super lofty garments, and I do feel these sweaters are ones that I could wear in Buenos Aires, where the temperature never goes below 0ºC. The colorway I used is called Kitten. I didn't know this color (not that I know all of their colors anyway), and it surprised me in such a lovely way. It's the perfect mix between brown and gray. Really, you need to try it. I don't think it can look bad on anyone ;)
Also, it was a surprise to realize, when I swatched for this, that even though I am a huge fan of Madelinetosh's yarns, I had never worked with their Vintage base before. Again, I loved it, and it's a problem, cause now I need to go buy more... The color I used is called Moonglow, and icy blue with some gray base. Just... perfection, I do love these colors for myself so much. :)
The top sample took 4 skeins of fingering weight, and the bottom sample took 6 skeins of plied worsted weight.
So yes! I am currently immersed in some serious pattern writing.
Particularly today I am knitting a shawl. This is a design for Sundara's luxury yarn club for 2015, called The Petals Collection. My design is for the November installment, and the yarn Sundara sent is blissful. I can't show you the color, since it's an exclusive colorway, and I am pretty sure she'll want her customers to be surprised, but I don't think she'll matter if I show you a peek of the texture in my project.
Remember I said this was a luxury yarn club? Well, I think the description runs short, since the yarn I am working with is a sport-weight blend of 65% white cashmere and 35% silk. On top of this, Sundara's dyeing always makes yarn look even finer.
The club features also Veera Välimäki, Kirsten Kapur and Thea Colman, as designers for the other 3 installments.
Hmmm, let's see, what else am I working on?
This is one project that is not related to work, even though I designed myself. And it's one that fills me with joy. My friend Nash, from Fiber Crafts with Nash, finally gave the news that she is expecting a baby!
I almost never take knitting time to work on projects for others, but this girl and their baby are too special to me, so I decided to make them something with my hands (cause I never do anything with my hands, right?).
I decided to make them a shawl/blanket following my own design So Close. I love this design so much, it's one of my all time favorite knitted garments, so I wanted Nash to have one too. I didn't use mine as a baby blanket (since my boys where grown already when I designed this), but I did use it as a scarf, as a shawl for knitting during the cold evenings, and also as a blanket for myself when watching TV. I thought such a project would be useful for nursing, and Mom can wear it after the baby doesn't need it any more. So yes! I am quite excited about this gift.
I am going to try to make it with just one color, but my yarn might not be enough and there's no chance of getting more of it, so we'll see... I am using Juno Alice in Goldmine colorway, but sadly Asti (the dyer) is not making yarn any more.
I am working on 2 projects that require buttons:
The one in the left was finished, but I tried it on and realized that the front is actually 4 rows longer than the back (???), so I need to undo the bind off and fix that. I wouldn't have mind if it was the other way around... Oh well.
This is a super quick project that was inspired just because I wanted to play with the yarn: the beautiful ASAP from Madelinetosh, in the most playful colorway: Holi Festival, hehehe... I love it!
The project itself is so silly and simple, that I am not sure I should write a pattern for it... What do you guys think?
The one in the right has me completely crazy in love. It is, again, a collaboration. This one is with The Uncommon Thread, another of my love affairs with yarn. The yarn I am using is another example of single ply fingering weight yarn, and the colorway is called... Baby Elephant Walk. Seriously, you just want to knit with this yarn because of the name! Lots of texture for this one, but hopefully it will turn out super flattering too ;)
So what's next?...
As I said, there are a few things coming up (there should be a new pattern of mine out there next week, hopefully), but I have been thinking of doing some designs on my own for the next couple of months. I have been dreaming of using up some great yarns I have in my stash to make a little collection... like I used to make in the past.
I even went ahead and put together a color scheme. This is how excited I am about having some creative time!
All this traveling I've been doing has inspired me to bring some of the ideas and yarns from the Northern Hemisphere and mix them with my own colors and make something with a Southern spirit. I want to use more South American yarns, so you might see some Malabrigo popping up in this collection (if it ever comes to be true), and I might also get some Manos, both from Uruguay.
But the surprise in this mix is my best friend Ale, who launched this year her own hand-dyed yarns, Pura Hilados, using minimally processed merino wool from Patagonia (in Argentina). Her yarns are super amazing, but I was waiting for her to create the perfect colors for me to work with. And she came home with these precious a couple of days ago:
|Pura Fina: sombra (top) and petalo (bottom)|
This is my next project! Pura Fina in colorways Sombra (charcoal) and Petalo (nude), ready to become a striped wrap. I decided that I have had too many secret projects going on already, so whenever I work for this collection, I might show you some of the projects and not wait until all of them are done... Hope it doesn't get me in trouble! ;)
What I do know is that I am going to take my time with it, and it might take a loooong time. I won't stop working on other things to favor this project, it has to grow organically, and when it's ready, it will be ready!
I would really love to hear from you if you are reading this... it makes me feel I wrote all morning for someone out there ❤️
Thank you for reading,