WANT: Fairchild and Clover

lovely Fairchild
lovely Fairchild

I’m crushing hard on Bristol Ivy’s latest design, Fairchild, featured on the cover of Pom Pom Quarterly. The subtle yoke shaping, the cute front pleats that look like mini-pockets, and the back pleats that have a sort of racerback look.

To be honest, though I’ve admired Bristol’s sweaters from afar for months now, I have yet to make one. Fairchild might have to be the first.

And, wouldn’t you know it, A Verb For Keeping Warm just unveiled another beautiful hand-dyed yarn, Clover, that apparently knits up to just the right gauge for Fairchild.

beautiful naturally-dyed Clover (swoon)
beautiful naturally-dyed Clover (swoon)

I still have a little stash of Verb’s first original yarn, Pioneer, that I’m saving for just the right project. I had a front-row seat to Kristine’s planning and dyeing process for Pioneer, and saw just how much work went into that yarn (and boy was it worth it). Now she’s teamed up with Sweet Grass Wool to make a brand-new DK-weight wool/silk blend. I’m so excited to see what Verb will do next to help re-invigorate the domestic wool industry, and I’m *dying* to get my hands on some Clover. A naturally-dyed swingy sweater might have to be a wedding present to myself (more on that later)…

WANT: Studio Pullover

GAWGEOUS
GAWGEOUS

When I first heard from Cirilia Rose that she was publishing a book, I knew it was going to be good, of course. Since way back in our Web’s days, I’ve admired Cirilia’s style and design sense. Something that stands out in all of her designs, is her talent for integrating the perfect knit into every facet of style. She’s no cloistered knitter; rather, she’s a writer, explorer and fashionista who applies those sensibilities to her amazing knits.

The designs in Magpies, Homebodies and Nomads are all fun and eminently wearable, but the Studio Pullover is the one that really has me drooling. The gorgeous mohair intarsia reminds of me of a Rhodopi cherga, a homemade shag rug/bedspread with long mohair ties, that you’ll likely find yourself lounging on or under if you spend any time in the Rhodopi Mountains.

photo courtesy of Guest House Geranitsa (благодаря!)
photo courtesy of Guest House Geranitsa (благодаря!)

Only Cirilia could come up with something covered in a rainbow of mohair, yet flattering and easy to wear. She also includes some great insight into her design process (and it IS a process). Love it.