Head For The Hills

In a week’s time, registered knitters will head to Northern Montana for Farmer’s Daughter Fibers’ 2nd Annual Montana Mountain Retreat. Happening June 20-23, knitters will bunk at the cozy and historic Izaak Walton Inn and take classes from Andrea Mowry, Caitlin Hunter, and Bristol Ivy. When not learning mosaic knitting, designing your own cowl, or discovering how to translate your inspiration to yarn, guests can take a botanical nature walk with Kate Coulton, explore Glacier National Park, or simply take in the breathtaking views. Head to Instagram to follow the fun and then sign up for Farmer’s Daughter Fibers so that you can sign up for the next retreat happening in Winter 2020.

Knitting In A Land Down Under

Designer Casapinka is heading to Skein Sisters outside of Sydney to teach a series of workshops. Learn the techniques of mosaic knitting, a regular technique employed in many Casapinka designs, and have some laughs while you learn how the designer pairs color for her bright and colorful shawls. There will also be an evening meet and greet with the designer where you can chat shawls, colors, and get an update on her plans to take a polar bear plunge at the Bondi Icebergs.

Lace Meets Brioche

Brioche knitting expert Nancy Marchant takes her stitch of choice to the next level by combining it with lace knitting. In her new, 228-page book, Knitting Brioche Lace, experienced brioche knitters can learn how to work two-color brioche lace with 30+ new stitch patterns, all with clear explanations and charted instructions. For brioche newbies, start with the book’s general introduction to brioche knitting, learn the abbreviations, and reference the dictionary of brioche lace stitches. Once you’ve tackled the new techniques, enjoy the nine projects included in the book. The book begins shipping in late June.

CAST ON: Spirit of Trees by Irina Anikeeva

This new sweater from designer Irina Anikeeva, features a botanical lace yoke that demands attention. The intricate yoke is balanced with a classic stockinette stitch throughout the body of the sweater. Cast on this top-down sweater with a solid color of sport weight yarn, like Ewe Ewe’s Ewe So Sporty, which the designer used to create her sample.