BC Garn Alba: The Erika Knight Baby Collection

Is there anything more precious than knit baby clothes? Even if you don’t have kids there is something irresistibly charming about tiny baby clothes, especially if those tiny clothes are made in soft and colorful BC Garn Alba.

When our friends at BC Garn premiered the Erika Knight Baby Collection last month we were delighted! This new collection features 12 new baby designs in BC Garn Alba, a 100% GOTS- certified cotton available in 24 neutral to bright colors.

At Kelbourne Woolens some of us have children, while others are very happy aunties and uncles for life; regardless, we all would love to make these sweet knits for the wee ones in our lives. The collection ranges in size from 0 - 12 months, so there is a little something here for new arrivals to babies on the cusp of toddlerhood.

We’re particularly smitten with the two blankets in this collection. The Toy Pocket Blanket is a simple expanse of texture knitting with a pocket worked and sewn on in finishing. It’s a great podcast/TV watching project and might need a little stuffed toy friend, too. The Travel Blanket uses several colors of BC Garn Alba that works up beautifully in garter stitch. The little button hole in the blanket is made for a car seat carrier buckle for comfort and ease.

The sweaters in this collection are both adorable and easy—even if you’re new to knitting these sweaters are a great way to start sweater knitting in pint-size! The Garter Stitch Cardigan has two integrated front pockets for visual charm and a back up pacifier.

Blankets, sweaters, and little hats are the first things we think of for baby knits, but who doesn’t love a good pair of leggings? The Striped Baby Leggings are the perfect little pair of pants to easily slip over a diaper. An elastic is hidden inside the fold over hem to keep them in place until a diaper change or bath time!

Find all the colors and stockists of BC Garn Alba here and get to stitching from the Erika Knight Baby Collection for the wee ones in your life!

Happy Knitting!

The Wine Press Pullover, Interweave Knits Fall 2019

It’s that time of year again—the weather is oppressively hot and we’re starting to dream about fall sweater weather season. It’s as if the editors at Interweave could hear our innermost desires, because Interweave Knits Fall 2019 is hot off the presses!

Image by Harper Point Photography

Image by Harper Point Photography

The Wine Press Pullover by Moon Eldridge in Interweave Knits Fall 2019 is made in one of our favorite transitional weather yarns, BC Garn Bio Shetland. It’s a lofty, light fingering weight heathered wool perfect for breathable knits and colorwork of all kinds.

Sometimes that “all kinds” includes intarsia, the cousin of stranded color work yokes seen currently dominating the “Hot Right Now” list on Ravelry. Intarsia occasionally gets a bad rap, but here’s the thing—intarsia is FUN. Really, we promise! Intarsia allows for large block motifs often seen in traditional Cowichan sweaters and 90s throwback sweaters, respectively. This is a color work muscle worth developing so when a beautiful pattern like Moon’s Wine Press Pullover pops onto the scene it’s a project to gleefully cast on without apprehension.

Image by Harper Point Photography

Image by Harper Point Photography

The Wine Press Pullover is worked from the top down in the round making it a breezy stockinette knit, but the most interesting part of this top is the sleeves—obviously! The sleeves are picked up and worked flat from the top down so the intarsia motif is worked back and forth (this is the preferred way to work intarsia). The sleeves are seamed together after blocking, allowing the grape and vine motif to block out flat.

Image by Harper Point Photography

Image by Harper Point Photography

The haze of Bio Shetland lends itself well to pictorial color work creating an impressionist-like result. The captivating still-life grape and vine motif on the sleeves of this pullover blends into the simple stockinette body with sweet reverse stockinette side panels.

Image by Harper Point Photography

Image by Harper Point Photography

We love the silver grey and jasper color ways in the sample. Gray is such a comfort color, but there are so many color options available in Bio Shetland. Which one will you choose?

Download or head over to your LYS to purchase Interweave Knits Fall 2019 and get your fall sweater knit on!

Happy (pre-Fall) Knitting!


Courage KAL Update!

How’s your Courage coming along?

Earlier this month Courtney interviewed Shannon Cook, the designer of the popular Courage shawl. In collaboration with Spincycle Yarns, we launched a quick and low-key Courage KAL perfect for relaxing summer knitting. Shannon’s Courage showcases both Germantown and Spincycle’s Dream State, which provides visual entertainment without much fuss.

Kate and Meghan B have been knitting away on theirs over the last month and are nearing the finish line. Since their shawls are almost done we thought it was a good time to check in with the #couragekal hashtag on Instagram and see how everyone else is progressing on their shawls, too!

Instagram Round Up Time

1) Andrea Rangel @andrearangelknits

If there is one thing Andrea’s known for it’s her an eye for color—her book Alterknit is proof enough. When we saw her soothing blue and earth tone color palette for her Courage we were smitten. Well done, Andrea!

Image: Andrea Rangel

Image: Andrea Rangel

2) Fibre Space @fibrespace

Fibre Space in Alexandria, VA put together several kit suggestions for the Courage shawl. We love a good color grid. If you’re digging one of these combos give the shop a call and they’ll send one out!

3) Ivonne @knittingivy

Ivonne finished her Courage in record time! We love the sharp styling, those neutral tones, and lush wingspan on the FO. ❤️

Image: Ivonne @knittingivy

Image: Ivonne @knittingivy

4)Trish @trishington

Trish’s artful lay down of her project and notions caught our eye and the unexpected use of Navia’s Trio made us clap in delight! Trio adds a rustic charm to this gorgeous purples and neutral Courage.

Image: Trish @trishington

Image: Trish @trishington

5) Michelle Carter @mysocalledhandmadelife

Oh! Michelle’s beachy vibes Courage is really making us wish for beachside knitting! The shore is calling for a quick getaway this weekend :)

Image: Michelle Carter

Image: Michelle Carter

Find more beautiful Courage WIPs on Instagram—simply follow the #couragekal hashtag—and find all the colors and stockists of Germantown here.

Join us in the KAL! There is still time to whip up a Courage before the summer is over!