Hello All! I have some very important and exciting news! The ROSE CITY YARN CRAWL starts today, and with it so does my TRUNK SHOW AT DUBLIN BAY KNITTING COMPANY! (can you sense my enthusiasm). I am so lucky to share window displays with the lovely Linette Grayum, and the amazing designers behind Never Not Knitting and Knitbot! seriously, that blows my mind! wow.
As I’ve already mentioned, I’ll be in the shop on Friday and Sunday if you want to say hi. Its been a couple of years since I have been in PDX at crawl time and I have to be honest I am pretty excited about it. While I’ve never actually “crawled” – I have had the pleasure of working at Dublin Bay for a crawl or two and let me tell you it is a wild weekend. I can’t wait!
I am also excited to share, what I think is my favorite pattern in the “Isla and Friends” collection to date. Its one of the first designs that I ever envisioned, and I am SO SO proud that it has finally come into being.
The “Neverland Dress” takes its name from its sweet little peter pan collar, as well as one of my favorite stories. Of course I loved the Mary Martin production of Peter Pan and a kidlette, and the Disney movie…and of course, what is perhaps the greatest film of all time…Hook. But I really fell in love with the tale of Peter Pan when I read the book adaptation of J.M Barrie’s play as a child. I think it was, specifically, Captain Hook’s whimsical relationship with the English language that completely captivated me. It is the first time that I remember being drawn to a character because of an author’s use of language. This same love has drawn me to Austin and Lawrence and Steinbeck and Shakespeare and many many other authors as a grown up, but I think it started with Captain Hook. This pattern is very special to me.
The little dress is created by starting with a provisional cast-on. The shoulders are worked in a raglan style, and the increases to create the skirt give it lots of body and flounce. This (I hope) contrasts with the more tomboyish t-shirt sleeves.
My favorite part is the “faux petticoat” a special invention of mine. Stitches are picked up along the interior of the skirt just above the hem, and knit in a contrasting color to create the look of a petticoat with out all that extra weight, yarn or energy. Its finished off with a lovely picot bind off, that to mind mind, makes this dress just over the top cute.
The dress is finished off with an easy to knit little peter pan color. Like the “baby bells and shells” sweater, it also features a keyhole back with i-cord ties, making it easy to take on and off of little ones. I have to admit that I am really proud of it. For this reason its the center piece of my trunk show. As always, you can find this pattern here at bwoolens.com or on ravelry
ALSO: for those of you who can’t make it to the trunk show, I am having a little give away so make sure to check out my profile in instagram (@b.woolens)!!
I hope you enjoy this sweet little dress as much as I enjoyed making it.
As always, happy knitting!