Inspiration

It is always exciting to see how a magazine editor or an independent designer will envision one of our yarns being used. Recently CEY yarns were featured in three different patterns in three new magazine issues.

First, we saw the Bartram Vest by Cassie Castillo in Interweave Knits Summer. Look how they've taken the natural, undyed shades of Mohawk Wool and set them in the great outdoors. What a perfect match!

Photo by Harper Point Photography. Copyright Interweave.
Next up Interweave Crochet revealed the Lattice Lace Shrug by Lei Wilkins. The drape of Firefly is such a perfect fit with this flowing vest. They must have had Firefly's light-catching sheen in  mind, knowing that it would really pop when this piece is in motion.

Photo courtesy of Interweave.
Most recently, Veera Valimaki's Multi-Directional Cardigan was released in the Early Fall issue of Vogue Knitting. The softness of Inca Alpaca matches the softness of the setting, and is put to good use in this two color piece. There are so many possible color combinations. Would you choose a tone on tone combination or two colors with a stronger contrast?

VOGUE Knitting Early Fall 2015. Photo by Rose Callahan.
As much as we are moved by the vision of the editors and designers on these magazine pages, it is the next step that is our favorite. Now you, the knitters and crocheters, will choose your colors and make the patterns your own. Seeing what you come up with inspires us the most.

A Favorite Sweater

There are certain things that we are always on the lookout for: perfectly fitting jeans, truly comfortable shoes, and a go-to sweater.  You know the cardigan I'm talking about.  It fits like a hug. It looks good enough to run about town in. It goes with everything and it always makes the wearer feel better than the moment before it was put on.

It's a lot to ask of a sweater, but isn't this the dream we have for each new cardigan project? We keep it at the back of our minds as we're carefully choosing a pattern, then picking the perfect yarn in just the right color.

Seedling Hoodie by Tonia Barry in color Steele Blue.

CEY designer, Tonia Barry, recently designed her own version of the perfect go-to sweater.  She made sure to include all her go-to sweater requirements. It's hooded, worn with a bit of positive ease, and knit up in Seedling, a beautiful organic cotton.  Her pattern was featured in last week's CEY Web-Letter.

As knitters, we all have different opinions about what our go-to sweater needs to be. When I saw Tonia's hoodie, I could see her perfectly wrapped up in this cozy piece. And while I adore this cardigan, my own dream sweater might be a little different. Would it have a hood? Long or short sleeves? Is it snug enough to be layered under a jacket or cozily oversized? Would it be a neutral color or some shade that really pops?

Indian Summer by Tonia Barry, Derby and Sheburne by Susan Mills
There are probably as many different kinds of go-to sweaters as there are knitters who knit them. But then again, how we love to wear them. Do you know what yours looks like?




Forecast for summer

June is one of my favorite months. Here in New England summer has truly arrived! But one of the best parts are the crisp warm days with limited humidity and comfortable, cooler nights. However……. as we all know, weather is fickle!

Our newest pattern collection, Forecast, has plenty options to help cope with changeable weather and blasting AC.

Fahrenheit, knit in Soft Linen – a great trans-seasonal yarn – has long sleeves making it perfect for cool nights.

Fahrenheit knit in Soft Linen
Ozone can be worn buttoned up to ward off any drafts, or open as a nice layering piece. It’s knit in Classic Silk, a versatile and soft cotton/silk blend.

Ozone knit in Classic Silk
Wavelength is a beautiful wrap – wear it over a sundress when the sun starts to set. Make it in Bella Lino for a crisp, cool linen finish, or if you are thinking about taking this piece into the fall season, try Alpaca Sox. Both have beautiful colorway choices, in hand dyed and kettle dyed effects.
Wavelength in Bella Lino
Wavelength in Alpaca Sox
Seedling, 100% organic cotton, is a comfortable layer for wearing next to your skin. Choose to make a chic cropped version of Stratosphere or, for a go-to summer cardigan, opt for the long sleeved version.
Long Sleeved Stratosphere in Seedling
Short Sleeved Stratosphere in Seedling
 Have fun creating one (or more!) of these versatile designs from Forecast as you enjoy all that summer brings!

Summer Knitting

I am lucky enough to live near a beach; actually many beaches. And I love to knit when I sit on the beach. There is something special about the soothing nature of the rolling waves, and the yarn easing its way through my fingers and making stitches on my needles.

But beach knitting can’t be just anything. I remember a long time ago working on a very complicated colorwork vest, one that required a lot of yarn on bobbins. That was a challenge in any location, much less a breezy, sunny, sandy locale. And I don’t really like working with heavy yarn when I’m on the beach. But a lightweight wool is fine, and cotton and cotton blends are perfect.

As I begin to plan my summer knitting, I’m thinking about choosing two projects: one that takes a little thinking and needs constant attention, like this
Greta in Wrap It Up
And one that is more mindless, for when I’m on the beach with other people, or when it’s a windy day.

Nereid in Seaside Village
Since it’s going to be hard to narrow down my choices, I might have to plan for more than two projects. After all, there is also knitting while watching baseball, or by the pool, or at the cottage in the woods – or just knitting in the summer when there is nowhere to be but home!

Do you knit at the beach or when you are camping in the mountains? Or in some other type of relaxing vacation setting? What is your summer knitting strategy?

5 Reasons Why Knitters Love Scarves and Shawls



Giuliana in Villa from Wrap It up 1506
1. Scarves and wraps are usually quicker to knit than a sweater. And knitters love to start new projects! The sooner you finish a project, the sooner you can plan and start the next one.

2. Since they are quick to finish (see above), you can shop for yarn more often. 

3. No finishing. With rare exceptions, most wraps are done when then knitting is done. Weave in a few ends and it’s ready to wear. No tedious seaming, ribbing, or buttons to sew.

4. They always fit. Nothing is more disappointing to a knitter than working for months on a sweater only to finish, try it on and discover it isn’t a great fit. If you wanted to wear a sweater that isn't flattering, you could save yourself a lot of time and go buy one.

5. They make great gifts.  For knitting and non-knitting friends alike, handmade gifts are the best – and a scarf always fits (see #4 above!).

A quick glance at favorite projects on Ravelry confirms that wraps are very popular. Our May pattern collection, Wrap It Up, is all about wraps. From rectangular scarves and stoles, to triangular and circular shawls, in garter, chevron, ridges, and lace and eyelets, Wrap It Up has a wide and diverse selection.


As always, our printed books have a scratch-off code for a download of the entire collection. Or you can purchase individual designs as pdf downloads. Click on the cover below to see all the projects in the book.

Wrap It Up 1505


Behind the Scenes: Photoshoot for The New Generation

Our newest pattern book, in stores now, is all about baby. We shot The New Generation at the end of August last year at a beautiful, small public garden in Hollis NH. We had so much fun with our three adorable models! But photographing babies is always a challenge.

First there is the challenge with babies too young to sit up on their own. Here is Kayla, on her back, lying on the Marion blanket, knit in Sprout.

Lying down works for blankets but not so well for sweaters. For sweaters we need a helping hand. 

And even with Mom’s support, it’s difficult to show off that sweater (Betty Ann in Sprout).
We tried propping up our model Cameron in the corner of a bench – what you can’t see is mom’s hands, just out of the shot, ready to grab him as he slides off the bench.
Older babies or toddlers are a different problem altogether. Our charming model Lili, 20 months, took off running as soon as her feet hit the ground and she didn’t stop! All we could do was chase her and hope for the best. We went through the tall grass and round and round and round the entire garden. (Below is Lili wearing Emmeline in Provence.)

After a couple of hours of top speed, non-stop running, Lili (above in Fannie in Liberty Wool) had a nap but the rest of the crew had to carry on and finish the model-less shots -  including Edwina and Edwin in Mohawk Wool shown below.

The Edwin Pullover and Edwina cardigan use the same cable in different ways. Both are truly heirloom pieces and each also has a coordinating hat.

View all thirteen designs for baby in The New Generation here.

Along the Shore

It’s so fun when a new yarn arrives. Shiny. Full of possibilities. Ready for swatching and the contemplation of designs. Our latest introduction is Santorini, and boy, are there a lot of possibilities! We’ve come up with some patterns that allow the yarn to sing – all found in the pattern book called Along the Shore.

Looking for something easy? Try Naushon  - as shown on the cover, it’s a lovely wrap that will handle any spring-like chill. Or make it narrower  
Naushon knit in Santorini
and you’ll have a really fun, colorful scarf.

And then there’s the Sankaty cardigan.
Sankaty knit in Santorini
A great sweater for just about anyone. And how about a cute tank top? Nashawena fits the bill. 
Nashawena knit in Sanibel and Santorini
In all the excitement about patterns in Santorini (Sanibel’s cousin – you can knit any of these patterns in Sanibel too!), let’s not overlook some other great patterns in Along the Shore.

Tuckernuck in Sprout – a cropped cardigan for spring. 
Tuckernuck knit in Sprout
Squibnocket in Chesapeake – looking for an easy-to-wear skirt? This is it! 
Squibnocket knit in Chesapeake
And two adorable tunics: Madaket in Firefly and Katama in Seeding. Throw on over white pants and you’re all set for the beach picnic! 
Madaket knit in Firefly            Katama knit in Seedling
We also have three cute tops: Nonatum in Provence, Montauk in Cerro, and Tashmoo in Mesa. Pick the one that best suits your style (or all three?) and you have the summer season covered.
Nonatum knit in Provence | Montauk knit in Cerro | Tashmoo knit in Mesa

Along the Shore can be found at your LYS, or online at ravelry.com. You can also find individual patterns on ravelry – stop by your LYS for them to help you make the purchase and while you’re there, they can help you find Santorini and other great yarns right in their shop!