Knitting isn't just an art form, it's practical magic! Take the Dark Arts Hat & Cowl, for example. With just a few waves of my pointy knitting wands, an unlikely pair of hand-dyed yarns were transformed into an eye-catching, feather-light set of Spring accessories.
The Dark Arts Set began with two unlikely yarn companions: a charcoal Merino single with neon speckles, and a rainbow-bright skein of mohair/silk. Two yarns that had been hanging out in my stash for over a year because, honestly, I had no idea what I was thinking when I bought them, and no idea what to do with them. I'd only rarely designed with variegated yarn, and I'd never designed with speckled yarn. The colours? About as far away from my usual neutrals as you could get. But I was determined to make them work. So...I took my knitting needles, practiced a little swatch alchemy, and magically transformed two very "not me" yarns into a "totally and completely me" set that I am so very proud to share as an original COLD COMFORT design.
I can't wait to see all the magical yarn combinations YOU will choose for your very own Dark Arts Hat & Cowl. Don't forget to share your FO's on social media with the hashtags #darkartshat and #darkartscowl. Now, go, my friends, and make your own knitty magic! The patterns are available on Ravelry now.
When the going gets tough, the tough neglect blogging.
It's been a full three months since my last post--insert embarrassed emoji here--but I want you all to know that I've said three hail Betsy's and promised to do better this year. Time will tell, lol.
My last post celebrated the launch of my Celtic Charmers pattern. But a month later, when it came time to publish The Weston Tweed Wrap, I'd run out of steam. After launching The BFF Collection at the end of September [TEN patterns!] and Celtic Charmers just a few weeks later, when November 19th rolled around, I was knackered. So much knitting, pattern-writing, photography, editing, and marketing went into that pattern...and I still had a holiday market to prep for!
So, yeah, come publication day, the most I could manage was to update the cold comfort landing page. Blogging about The Weston Tweed Wrap--or anything else I knit in the three months after that--simply got put on the back burner. You know what they say, "out of sight, out of mind". Well I guess 'they' read my blog. I meant to hit pause, but it seems I hit stop. Well, good news! Finally, it's time to hit "play". Here we go...
the weston tweed wrap
PATTERN LAUNCHED 11-19-18
Pattern launch day for The Weston Tweed Wrap was November 19th, 2018. The pattern did quite well on Ravelry, but stopped just shy of making it into the Hot Right Now Top 20. Unfortunately, a scheduling error at The Fibre Co. caused a delay in social media sharing, but it was an honest mistake, and I was still very happy with the very warm reception that this very warm wrap received!
The second of two designs created in collaboration with The Fibre Co.,The Weston Tweed Wrap is an epic, oversized, giant-bear-hug of a wrap.
From a knitting perspective, it's a pretty impressive piece that only requires basic knitting skills--surprise! The tweed pattern doesn't require colour work. Heck, it doesn't even require purling! What does it require? Patience. Stamina. And, of course, love :)
st. george's night market
DECEMBER 14TH, 2018
They say there's "no rest for the wicked". I must be very, very wicked! The moment The Weston Tweed Wrap was off my plate, market prep was very, very ON!
Friday night, December 14th, cold comfort knits participated as a vendor at St. George's Night Market, a curated pop-up holiday market for last-minute shoppers. It was my second time as a vendor at a Burlington Made event (@burlingtonmade on Instagram) and I really can't say enough good things about how well-organized, well-curated, and well-attended Stephanie's shows are (follow the links to learn more and/or connect on Instagram).
It seems that after last year's show, my hats and other knits had gained a bit of a reputation, and I'm happy to report that just a few hours into the show, I was almost sold out. And by closing time, I was left with the 'extremely onerous' task of packing up three hats. Three hats!
I've already started knitting for next year's show!
gift knitting / gift getting
DECEMBER 15th - 24th, 2018
December 15th. Wicked child that I am, there wasn't a moment to rest after the Night Market. With only 9 days left until Christmas, it was time for gift knitting to commence...and FAST! Thankfully, I only had a few gifts to knit. Luckily, I'd been smart enough not to sell all my stock. With what I held back, and what I managed to knit, I'm happy to say that a few special friends will be enjoying warm heads and hands this winter! Two of those friends, my "brother from another mother" and "sister from another mister" (collectively known as BJ) one-upped me in grand fashion with the best hat EVER, hand-knits notwithstanding. Yes, that's me wearing a sheep hat. Yes, it's as awesome as it sounds/looks/feels. LOL.
2018: what a year!
DECEMBER 29th, 2018
17 Patterns Published
137 Pictures Posted
17, 565 Total Likes
65 Hand-Knits Knitted
...and a partridge in a pear tree ;)
Once the holidays were over and everyone had finally stopped to chill out for a while, along came one of my favourite Instagram 'traditions'; the end-of-year "best nine", or "top nine".
It's always fun--and surprising--to see which nine posts were your most liked in any given year. Wow. 2018 was a very yellow year! If you already follow me on IG, THANKS! Thanks for all the love. Thanks for a great year! If you're on 'the gram' and want to start following me there, my handle is @coldcomfortknits :)
new year, new knits
JANUARY 3rd, 2019
New year. Still wicked!
January 3rd provided proof that there really is no rest in my little knitty world. Just a few days into the year a spring shawl was already forming on my needles. My first ever crescent shawl! Having never knit a crescent before, naturally I figured I could design one (whaaaat?).
Spoiler alert: I finished it in less than a week. It turned out beautifully--I'm really pleased with the result. And, it was so much fun to knit that I've already cast on another one--a completely different design--and I'm already up to 200+ stitches!!!
The pattern(s) will be available in time for Spring knitting. I hope you'll stay tuned!
Happy New Year! Happy Knitting!
Six months. That's how long it's been since I first saw the submission call from The Fibre Co. for their Yarn Support Program for Indie Designers. Now, after months of behind the scenes wooly work, here we are. Publication day. Woohoo!!! Celtic Charmers is now available in my Ravelry shop! Click HERE to link to my shop.
Celtic Charmers is a pair of rustic fingerless mittens/gloves inspired by my British Heritage, and my love for all things wooly. Knit from Lore, the newest yarn from The Fibre Co., and featuring an impressive-looking--yet easy to knit--cable, they are a wooly classic I hope knitters will reach for again and again. In fact, if you use the recommended yarn, you'll get to knit two pairs right away! One for you. One for a lucky friend or loved one. It's true!!! One skein of Lore is enough for two pairs of Celtic Charmers. Does it get any better?
YES IT DOES! To celebrate the release of the Celtic Charmers pattern, and the spirit of collaboration that inspired it, I'm offering 20% off the regular price from now until 10 p.m. EST on October 24th, 2018. Use coupon code ILOVELORE during checkout.
Why are you still reading? LOL.
If you've been following me on Instagram (@coldcomfortknits) you know that earlier this year two of my designs (two!) were selected by The Fibre Co. to be part of their Yarn Support Program for Indie Designers [insert happy dance here].
And so, a few months ago, my mail box was graced with eight deliciously wooly skeins of pure Romney wool, all the way from Cumbria!
In exchange for this delightful gift, I got an early chance to experience the magic of Lore; an honest woollen spun DK-weight wool courtesy of the Romney sheep breed.
Lore is the newest addition to The Fibre Co.'s dreamy natural fibre lineup. One of those skeins was destined to become a pair of warm and rustic pair of fingerless gloves: Celtic Charmers.
And, now, I'm so happy to announce that the time has finally come to release this design into the world. Well, almost. The pattern will be live on Ravelry this coming Monday, October 22, 2018. But I couldn't just release such a special pattern without a bit of fanfare, could I?
No, I could not! So...if a free skein of Lore and a free pdf pattern for Celtic Charmers seems like your particular cup of tea, head on over to my Instagram feed and enter to win! You have until 8pm EST on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018 to enter.*
*Unfortunately, because to the outrageous cost to ship from Canada, the giveaway is open only to residents of Canada and the USA. Sorry rest of the world! I promise, it's not personal!
Hand knit hats. Hot coffee. Good friends. What more could a knitter ask for?
Oh, a sale??? Okay! How's this...?
buy 1 get 1 free on all patterns in the bff collection
I design modern, wearable hand-knits from decadent natural fibres. Also:
My spirit animal is a sheep.
My primary knitting fuel is vanilla-hazelnut coffee.
& My inner child is actually an inner senior-citizen :)