This ebook is all about keeping warm in your own Safe Haven. For me, that meant a double layer of alpaca. However, I know that might be too much for you, so there are also pieces made with just a single layer. This collection became all about options for keeping warm, at just the right level for you.
It all started with Harbour Lights cowl; the warm lights of home on a cold night. Turn down the top for a flash of stripes, or wear it inside out and reverse your options. I found the perfect yarn in the most spectacular colours in Blue Sky Alpacas Sportweight and Melange.
I love cowls, but my lovely sample knitter doesn’t feel the same way as me. And she also doesn’t feel the same way about deep teal paired with reddish oranges either, much as I adore that combination!
So I knew there had to be an equally soft scarf, and in softer colours. I like to design with real people in mind. Yes, designing is often about what I want to knit since I’m the knitter I know best, but it’s also about what others would like to knit. And not a hypothetical knitter either, but a real knitter whom I actually know. With the cool colours of a winter beach, I knew Mel would love Seawall.
Luckily, we also disagreed (yes, disagreed) about the perfect hat – a double layer for me, and just a single layer for Mel. So it’s no accident that the Storm Warning hat goes with the Harbour Lights cowl; I made those samples to be super-snuggly and in colours with which I’m obsessed. I can’t wait to wear that hat in a biting East wind; it’ll be perfect!
And yes, Mel made the single layer Leeward hat in her favourite selection of shades from Seawall. One layer of alpaca on one’s head is quite enough for some knitters, and I understand that. Now we were both happy with our perfect pairs of winter accessories.
The wristees were an obvious addition, quite apart from a certain sample knitter’s need for complete sets that include head, neck and hands in the warmness! I am always conscious of how I’d feel about buying the yarn for a design, so I wanted something that took care of the leftovers from colourwork.
Port and Starboard are my solution. In fact, they’re great for all kinds of leftovers. With this in mind, if you just want one of the other pieces as a single pattern, you can add the Port & Starboard wristees to your basket for free.
Lastly, I wanted a neck-warmer for less bracing weather, but that would go with the single layer cowl and wristees; a lighter-weight set. That’s how Tide Tables cowl came about. It also gave me a chance to show a different colour combination, with an option to see in Autumnal shades to suit the lighter-weight knit.
Now it felt like a cohesive little collection, with options for our different climates, different times of the year and different internal thermostats. The colours say Safe Haven in different ways, with either the warming lights of home or in calm tranquility.
So which is your favourite piece (or pieces) and which colours are for you?
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Highly versatile, the Instant Cowl can be made in any weight of yarn you like – from summer cotton to winter wool. Wear it draped singly, or doubled up around your neck to keep chills at bay.
Suitable for any ability, knitters from beginners to advanced will enjoy making this pattern. Although this is a technically a knitting pattern, you will find that it is easily adapted for crochet. In fact, I’m so sure that you could make one in a day that I’m offering the chance to win prizes!
I’m so excited about the Knitting and Stitching Show later this week, Thursday to Sunday. This year I’ve got to wait until Saturday until I can go and I’m not sure how I’ll manage to wait that long! I know there are other shows out there, but I live in London so the big stash enhancement event for me is the annual pilgrimage to Alexandra Palace (Ally Pally) for what they claim to be “the best textile exhibition in Europe”. What am I looking forward to seeing in amongst all that choice?