Wednesday, December 13, 2006
One of the best things about my fiber journey has been all the nice friendships I have found along the way. A special friend is Deb Schildt, whose growing business, Handmade in the Hills, features her handpainted yarns and prolific array of high-quality goods all made by Deb herself. Although Deb has been a vendor at several juried craft and fiber shows for a few years, this was to be her first year for Rhinebeck. A few weeks before the event, I was inspired to create a garment and accompanying pattern for Deb to wear in case her booth got chilly that would showcase the finished result of the unique dye technique she has developed. We have all fallen prey to the temptation to buy a gorgeous hank or several of a multicolor roving at a festival, only to find the knitted or woven result is blotchy or otherwise garishly unwearable.
Deb's method produces a yarn that looks as good in the garment as it does in the skein. Although I have watched her dye, and frankly attempted to mimic her technique, I can't do it, and can't figure out how she does it. Must be magic.
Anyway, what I came up with was this fast and easy pattern. Deb did the photography and graphics, I did the knitting. At the festival, the patterns sold out by Saturday afternoon, and I like to think she sold a ton of yarn to inspired knitters even after that. Now we have more copies. If you would like to knit this very easy very warm very flattering piece, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org . Pattern is $8 and can be completed in a weekend!