Life is all about the new right?
In July something new happened in my life…my baby sister (we are seven years apart so she really is my BABY) had a baby of her own.
I was honored to be there when little Isla came into the world, and it was by far the most amazing experience I have ever had. Watching Mya bring this beautiful, perfect, little life into the world and in one miraculous moment transform before my eyes into a mother was truly incredible. To be there for this wonderful tiny person in her first moments of life was also unbelievably cool. I love her in a way that I didn’t know I could love a person. It is wild. Of course it doesn’t hurt that she is completely and utterly perfect…and there is no way that is my auntie bias talking…at all…I mean look at her!
Isla’s arrival also happened to coincide with a few other transitions in my life, and the opportunity to try my hand at something new that I have been toying with for a long time, but until recently hadn’t been able to really commit too. So it seemed only right she be part of this new phase.
With that in mind, I am very excited and proud to announce the release of my first line of knitting patterns: Isla and Friends. This is a series of patterns for babies, children and the people who love them, inspired entirely by Isla and the lovely family of which she is a part.
Isla’s parents are both incredibly talented artists who appreciate fine craftsmanship, quality materials and classic design.
But they are also new parents and suddenly find themselves drawn to all things simple (and easy to clean). With these elements in mind I have set out to create a series of patterns that embody the characteristics that Isla and her mom and dad value most. Over the next few weeks I will be releasing the ten patterns that makeup the “Isla and Friends” collection as individual patterns, available for purchase/download on raverly, and eventually on my own site. Once all of the patterns have been released they will also be available for purchase in the form of an ebook.
To kick things off and spread the knitting love I have decided to share the first pattern for free!
Its called the “Simple Cheveron” baby blanket and I have to say I am pretty fond of it.
When I set out to make a baby blanket for little Isla, before her arrival, I wanted something that I could knit while I was in the car, watching a movie, sitting around chatting with friends and family. I will be the first to admit that I have a short attention span when it comes to blankets. They have to be simple enough that I can multi-task while I do them or they end up shoved in the bottom of my knitting basket.
There are a lot of lovely chevron blankies out there but none of them were written in a way that suited my fancy. I wanted something where the increases and decreases required to make the “V” pattern looked balanced and intentional, not like an unfortunate side-effect of the pattern. So I wrote up my own.
I worked with this gorgeous fiber that was gifted to me by the lovely folks at Gather DTLA. It was created by a hand-dyer from Southern CA and I absolutely love it. It was a pleasure to knit with and the fact that it is 100% merino superwash meant that it paired with the Malabrigo beautifully. The ripples of the stripes and the nature of the stockinette fabric also make it an ideal project to show off those gorgeous hand-painted yarns in all their glory. The superwash makes it soft and easy for Isla’s mommy and daddy to keep it clean. So far its gotten rave reviews from both baby and parents.