Summer Speckles

Just in time for Summer, Wool And The Gang’s new Hand Painted Shiny Happy Cotton is here in six Italian-inspired colorways. The same 100% pima cotton as Shiny Happy Cotton, this hand-painted variety gets its color from artisans in Peru who use small brushes to strategically dab paint along the 155 yards in each skein. Choose the subtle colors of Leonardo Lilac or bright hues of Amalfi Red to knit one of the many patterns in the Hand Painted collection that pair well with playful speckles of the yarn. But choose quickly – this yarn is a limited edition offering.

West Coast Knitting Retreat

Tickets are on sale now for 2019’s West Coast Knitting Retreat hosted by West Coast Nest, a Vancouver Island destination that connects guests with learning experiences that focus on nature, education, sustainability, and transformation. Join designers Faye Kennington and Andrea Rangel for knitting instruction, learn about rare-breed wool from Catherine Knuttson, and try your hand at Cedar Weaving. Take guided walks along the Wild Pacific Trail and knit with friends during this memorable 3-day event.

Crochet Meets Nature

Artist Susanna Bauer wows us with her delicacy and power as she explores fragility and strength through the application of crochet techniques on leaves. Each hand-sized sculpture starts with a dried, fallen leaf where a shape is typically cut out and replied using yarn and a crochet hook. While their beauty is appreciated by most who look, hand knitters and crocheters have a special appreciation for the hard work, patience, and originality of these jaw-dropping pieces of work.

CAST ON: Island In The Sun by Susanne Sommer

If you missed Woollinn Fest this past weekend, you can still revel in some of its inspiration. Released in conjunction with the event, Island In the Sun, is now available on Ravelry. With three colors of fingering weight yarn, this large, triangular shawl features contrasting sections, with one- and two- color brioche, short rows, and bobbles. Instructions for the pattern are available in both English and German.