First, I just wanted to let you all know that my friend Stephannie Tallent has a new e-book going live, The Wild West: Volume 1 Lace! Stephannie was a tech editor for Knitcircus Magazine and her designs combine impeccable technique with pretty and well-thought-out patterns. Stephannie is an expert at cables, twist stitches, colorwork and lace. In this follow-up to her California Revival Knits, she’s broken the collection up into smaller books based on technique, so you can pick and choose your favorites! Just for the next couple of days: preorder the book on Ravelry and use the code LACE1 for $3 off!
This last week, I must have a touch of spring cleaning fever. My mom, the maven of all things home beautiful, had taken this book out of the library and let me borrow it form her: Happy Home, by Charlotte Hedeman Gueniau. Charlotte’s lighthearted, bright but clean style captivated my imagination, so over the weekend our family made some changes inspired by her book.
Inspired by the bright textiles, we revisited Belle’s homework area and made it more cheerful.
Lil Buddy’s space got a re-vamp to keep up with our skater boy.
And some shelves from the kids’ room made a welcome behind-sofa storage for shoes and sports equipment by the back door.
Charlotte’s company, RICE, provides colorful, fun homewares compliant with the UN’s Global Compact for labor and materials. I loved looking at all of the storage, brightness and lively ideas in the book!
In fact, it got me hungry for more Scandinavian design, and starting ideas jumping for a new yarn collection.
Check out more fun on the Topsy Turvy Blog Tour (and more chances to win) tomorrow with Wendy Bernard, of Knit and Tonic!
A lot of my Lair time lately has been devoted to getting Yarn Club orders ready; almost everyone in the Summer Gradient Club and half of the Matching Socks members’ packages are mailed! But we did get in a shop update this weekend, with a focus on sparkly yarns, in regular and Matching Socks gradients, and a bunch of laceweight gradients and yummy kettle-dyes, too. I’ll be adding more daily all this week…
NEW! Double Gradient; starts and ends with the same color. Shown in Aphrodite.
Spring Morning Matching Socks in NEW Merino/Cashmere/Nylon Opulence base.
Just leave a comment here about your favorite kind of sweater to wear, or your favorite design form the book (check it out on Ravelry here), or a comment about something you’ve knitted for a guy and how he liked it.
The giveaway will run through this Sunday evening, January 27th. Thanks so much to Potter Craft for supplying the book!