Happy 2011! We are deep into winter now, with feet of snow outside here in the frozen northeast. Temps below zero last night, which meant hot water bottles for the kitties where they sleep in their down sleeping bag nest. But we are all cozy and warm, especially because I have been knitting a lot with lovely, soft Malabrigo Yarns.
January brought the new year, and the release of my eBook, made in cooperation with Malabrigo Yarn, The Best of Times, A Dickensian Winter Collection.
This is the first in a series of eBooks that Malabrigo Yarns is making in cooperation with independent knitting designers, and I was very flattered to be asked to create the first book in the series. I created 6 new designs for the collection – 2 neckwarmers, 2 shawls with lace and beads, a beret style hat, and beaded mittens – all named after characters in the novels of Charles Dickens.
In addition the collection is full of not only full color photographs of the designs, but lots of Victorian era artwork, quotes from Dickens novels, and other goodies that strongly evoke the settings and characters of his novels, and the times they are set in, the mid to later 19th century.
OK, that one’s not in the book, but I love it so much I had to include it. What is in the book are lots of other wonderful Victorian art like this and 6 beautiful new patterns. They can be purchased as an eBook here
This ruffley neckwarmer can be worn in many different ways. Reminiscent of a Victorian high collar, the Ninetta makes a glamorous statement while keeping you warm and cozy. One fan of this design described it as a “wooly cravat” which I think captured the feeling of it beautifully! Made out of Malabrigo Merino Worsted.
A mix of elegance and practicality, the Madeline Shawl mixes the warmth of garter stitch with the sparkle of beaded lace. Pattern contains both written and charted instructions. Made with the DK weight Malabrigo Silky Merino this shawl/scarf keep you warm while adding a bit of glamour to your winter.
Knit out of Malabrigo Sock yarn, the Miss LaCreevy Shawl uses a simple stockinette body to off set the beaded lace edging. Shaped to stay on your shoulders with minimal effort, this pattern contains both charted and written instructions.
Reminiscent of a high-necked Victorian blouse the Julia Neckwarmer is a great showcase for special buttons. Twisted stitches create a lattice pattern, and ruffles add a feminine touch. Knit out of DK weight Malabrigo Silky Merino, it is warm and beautiful.
Available in three sizes to fit children to adult large, the Estella Hat, a slouchy beret, uses twisted stitches and small cables to create an intricate design that tapes into the crown of the hat. The Estella Hat contains charted and written instructions, and uses 1 skein of Malabrigo Merino Worsted.
Made in Malabrigo Merino Worsted, and available in 4 sizes to fit children up through Adult Large these mittens have a contrasting color cuff and beaded ribbing that add a touch of sparkle to your winter.
I had such a wonderful time designing this collection, and working with Malabrigo. I’m off to take some photos of designs in progress. Next up some sneak peeks at twisted stitches that I’m playing with these days…Happy knitting!