New Patterns for (shh) Fall

I have THREE new patterns out with Swans Island! I know, it’s only the beginning (maybe early-middle) of summer and we’re already talking about fall?! But we all know that knitting takes time, and you need a new project to take on vacation, so now’s a great time to start a new sweater that’ll be ready to wear for the earliest cool nights.

All three are worked up in Natural Colors Merino fingering weight, which is so light and has great yardage. Thank you SO MUCH to my amazing sample knitters – I couldn’t have done it without you.

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River's Edge

River’s Edge Pullover is worked seamlessly from the bottom up with a bit of a flare, in an easy garter ridge pattern.

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Rockport Henley 1

Rockport Henley

Rockport Henley is a sweet pullover with seed stitch details. Short rows shape the front and back hems. The body and sleeves are worked in the round to the underarm, then back and forth for the upper body and set in sleeve shaping.

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Waterfall

The Waterfall Cardigan is a top down cardigan that you’ll want to live in! The fronts overlap from the neck to the waist, before curving away to the sides. The long sleeves are ribbed for a close fit, and instructions are included for an optional belt.

We were able to get some more photos of the front from the photographer, so it’s a bit easier to see!

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Snooker Mitts: New Pattern and KAL!

New Pattern Release! These fingerless mitts are knitted up in Mountain Colors Perspectives Twizzle. This worsted weight yarn is 85% merino, 15% silk – and the silk is a strand plied with the wool, rather than blended with it. The silk takes dyes differently than wool, so the plied yarn has a great marled effect to it.

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Snooker Mitts feature a seed stitch cuff and simple buttonhole thumb. The main body of the mitt is worked in a pattern that mixes seed stitch with slipped stitches, which I really like – the purl stitches really sparkle in the Twizzle yarn.

There are three sizes, and although I personally have small hands, I knit up the Large size to make sure there would be enough yarn!

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Looking for a little project to kick start your fall knitting? Join us in the Mountain Colors Ravelry Group for a knitalong starting August 1! You can of course start earlier if you want, the pattern is available now.

The knitalong will run from August 1-22 in the Mountain Colors group, and there are prizes! Check out the KAL thread for more details.

snooker mitts knit

snooker mitts knit

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$6.00 CAD

Achievement Unlocked: San Francisco!

We’re returned from our jaunt to San Francisco! It was awesome.

We attended my cousin’s wedding in Walnut Creek for the first few days – it was HOT but there were actually a few shops and restaurants in walking distance, even if it did take 4 pedestrian signals to cross under the highway! The hotel had a pool, so we bought bathing suits and hung out there for a bit before going to the wedding at Heather Farm.

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Once back in SF proper, we toured all around.┬áIt was fairly warm, but nicely breezy. Every day we’d get up a pretty relaxed time, have breakfast, go around for awhile and have lunch, walk around some more and then pretty much pass out at the hotel at dinnertime. My feet were pretty tender from all that walking – you never know what giant hill was around each corner.

By the time dinner came around we’d pretty much be done with being out, so we mostly had dinners in the hotel suite with my mum (groceries or take-out), except for the one night we had ramen, in Japantown. I didn’t take many photos, but here are a few highlights…

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Took a hop-on, hop-off bus one day – it got us to Fisherman’s Wharf, which was great, but then when we wanted to leave, the last bus had already gone! We ended up waiting an HOUR to take the cable car back downtown. The Cable Car Museum was a great (and free) little museum stop.

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SF MOMA recently reopened after a long renovation – it’s beautiful. And rather large!

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Union Square

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Japantown was great – interesting shops and buildings, yummy ramen. We actually spent more time there than I was expecting.

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Asian Art Museum.

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Happy hour oysters at the Farallon with my mum! (I should probably have gotten some photos of the three of us.)

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Golden Gate Park. We went to the California Academy of Sciences and the de Young museum, which had a great observation deck view.

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So many pretty flowers and plants, surviving the drought.

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Lands End was a highlight – definitely worth the bus trip! The views were breathtaking.

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Golden Gate Bridge, of course. (We didn’t go across or even very near it, ha!)

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Sutro Bath ruins.

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I was there!

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And of course, high on my list was visiting A Verb for Keeping Warm in Oakland! It was beautiful, I spent a bunch of money, and then we went out for tacos with Kristine and Julie.

I’ll share my purchases from Verb next post! Stay cool.