April 2008
In this issue:
  • New Pattern - Lyra 
  • New Pattern  - Bramble
  • Designer Spotlight - Sonya Philip 
  • The Kits are here!
  • Our Favorite Stores
New Pattern - Lyra 
Lyra ToteOne of my great joys in designing is playing with color. What often goes hand in hand with that is lots of finishing.
I decided to set myself a bit of a challenge and see if I could keep the first, but dump the second. Plus it was about time for a new purse design.
Introducing "Lyra". This is a series of projects in mitered squares that require virtually no sewing. If you knit in the ends as you go, the only sewing you'd have to do is attaching the bamboo handles to the tote at the very end!
The 6-page pattern is extensively detailed with many color charts to help you each step of the way, you may find it to be quite the tutorial for mitered squares!
For flexibility the knitting is worked (straight) on circular needles thoughout. The panels work up quickly making this an easy project to pick up when you have a few minutes to spare here and there. The Lyra Tote has become my favorite knitting bag and garners compliments wherever I go!
New Pattern - Bramble

Bramble OwlBramble is the first in a new series, designed for Knitwhits by the talented Sonya Philip (read more below). Here we've used Louet Riverstone for the body and Mohair for the underwings. At a portable 6" tall, Bramble may become a new favorite for a little one, or your newest desk mascot for your office (that's where I keep mine!).

Bramble can be worked up quickly in an evening or two, with simple, clear instructions to keep you on track. This project is worked entirely on DPNs, but only the body and "eyebrows" are worked in the round.
I made two of these last weekend, and the second was as much fun as the first. Being a quick knit, I have a feeling I'll be making many more in the future!
We don't have kits for this yet, but you can order your pattern here today.

Designer Spotlight - Sonya Philip 

SonyaI met Sonya about 5 years ago when we were both going to the same Monday Night Knit Meetup. I liked her the moment I saw her. Her smile and sparkly eyes gave a glint of a great creative and artistic streak. Now, five years on, I'm fortunate to have her join Knitwhits for a few projects. Here is how she describes herself:

"The continuum of my making goes something like this: printmaking, creative writing, knitting, jewelry making, gardening, ceramics, mosaic, and felting. As a frustrated sewer, discovering knitting in my late 20s helped link my creations with my love of textiles.

From the Marimekko bedspread my mother made, to intricate Ikat weaves from the Philippines, color and pattern were in my life from an early age in fabric form. Her own making was redoubled by that of my father, an architect by training and profession, but the man could lay a brick and swing a hammer. Do-it-yourself was and still is the reigning ethos.

I am a mother of three and am married to my webmaster. Our clan lives in San Francisco, where I teach knitting and fiber arts and come up with hare-brained ideas on a daily basis."

Take a look at Sonya's blog, full of great inspiration, beautiful photography, yummy recipes and more...
 The Kits Are In!
AmelieAfter a few ups and downs (namely, great new packaging ... that fell apart on contact!), and some serious further packaging research, I'm happy to say that we now have kits available in our Togs for Tots and Home Lines.
Caitlin, Ripley and Siena Sweaters are each available in two sizes and two colorways. Size ranges are from 2-4 years and 6-8 years. Both the larger and Small Kits include instructions for all four sizes, however you will need the larger kit if making a sweater or cardigan for a child aged 6 and up.
Caitlin comes in Candy and Mint.
Ripley comes in Wood and Rose.
Siena comes in Persimmon and Lime.
Amelie is also now available as a kit, and makes a thow that is approximately 32"x 48". Antiqua includes 20 colors in a beautiful soft palette that looks gently aged. Seaside comes with 8 shades of blue and green on a cloud grey background. The Kits include the pattern and machine washable fingering weight Merino.
 Our Favorite Stores 
You can now find Knitwhits Patterns and Kits at these fine stores:
Far North Yarn Company, 2636 Spenard Rd, Ste 6, Anchorage
Tel: 907-258-5648
Mew Mews Yarn Shop, 1100a Pine St, Louisville
Tel: 303-665-5591
Yarn Garage, 2980 145th St. W, Rosemount
Tel: 651-423-2590
The Swift Stitch, 402 Ingalls St. Ste 12, Santa Cruz
Tel: 831-427-9276
Knit and Pearl Boutique, 5 E. Figueroa St. Santa Barbara
Tel: 805-963-3930
Happy Knitting!
Tina Whitmore