Well, it’s been an exciting, interesting, informative, reflective, saddening, and emotional (yes, there are more I could add) few months in the online knitting community, hasn’t it?! If you’re unaware of what I’m talking about, head over to Instagram or Ravelry, and scroll through your feed. I’m sure in no time at all you’ll come across the “conversation” that has been going on. If you’re not following me on Instagram, you can do so, and you’ll see mention of it in my feed.
I’m going to bypass a summary for the time being, but I will be visiting this topic again. In the meantime, I’d like to get back to what I’m on this site for, sharing with you news and stories about knitting! And with that I have a couple of things to share.
Firstly, I was at Vogue Knitting Live in New York City last weekend, and have a lot to telll you about. Unfortunately, I have to edit and upload videos, pictures, and dessiminate notes before I can do that. That will happen next week so you’ll get a recap of VKL in case you weren’t able to make it. It might even convince you to get there next year! Or to another event this year!
The other thing I want to share with you is a new pattern. Malcolm. I’ve wanted to release this pattern for awhile now and was planning to do it in conjunction with VKL, but with all that,s going on in the online kntting community at the moment I thought it may be inappropriate timing. I think I may have erred in that assesment. Actually, it may be the very best timing possible right now. I was speaking with a good friend yesterday and she convinced me that right now “we definitely need cables, and hugzzz”, so I’m releasing the pattern.
The pattern is called Malcolm, and it is a sweater featuring the Barrington Braid in an asymetrical placement. You also have the option to knit the sweater with the braid on the sleeve as well, or not. I actually created this pattern 2 years ago for North Light Fibers using Atlantic, a Falkland Islands Merino wool. The yarn is a delight to work with and has an excellent hand. You can click on the link above to find out more about the micro mill on Block Island. They are definitely worth looking at for their yarns, colours, and kits available!
With regards to Malcolm, I wanted to have a cable in the sweater (I know, big surprise), but wanted it to be fairly simple otherwise. I also liked the though of off centering the cable to give it a unique look. While it is a man’s sweater, it can be worn by women as well, as Sophia shows in some of the images in the pattern. The cable pattern is both charted and written out in the pattern, so regardless of your comfort level, you’ll find the pattern readable. It is an advanced beginner or intermediate pattern. The cable may look daunting, but by the time you finish the first repeat, you’ll have it firmly in your head.
The pattern is on Ravelry, here, if you’d like to have it in your onine library, or you can get it on this site here. I hope you enjoy making Malcolm as much as I did and I know you’ll get lots of wear from it. Whether it be a layer for those cold winter months, or an outer garment for those cool spring and fall days.