Episode 38: No Pompom Regret

Episode 38 Imagined Landscapes Podcast - No Pompom Regret

 

Patterns

Winter Bright Hat – worsted, 5 sizes from baby to adult large

Winter Bright Hat - a worsted weight knitting pattern that loves to show off your favourite yarns from Imagined Landscapes

Better Sweater KAL

FO thread is live

 

Destination Achieved

Katie:

Sarah:

 

Are We There Yet?  

Katie:

Sarah:

 

On the Horizon:

Katie:

 

Imaginary Knitting

Katie:

Sarah’s Designer Support Group: KinoKnits, Tellybeanknits, & Paper Daisy Creations

 

On the Knitted Path

Katie:

  • Elfe – would be great for either top or bottom heavy folks, depending on how you weight the carler colour to draw the eye up or down

Off the Knitted Path

Sarah:

 

Katie:

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Episode 37: Step Away from the Scissors

Better Sweater KAL

Katie:

Sarah:

NEW PRIZES!

  • one copy of the pattern of your choice from TalithaKuomi’s Towers of the Desert collection – everything from bracelets to vests and sweaters
  • Stitch markers from the fabulous TrufflesShuffle as a chatter prize

FO thread is live

 

Destination Achieved

Sarah:

 

Are We There Yet?  

Katie:

Sarah:

  • Shawl design

 

 

Off the Knitted Path

Sarah:

Katie:

Episode 36: Comings and Goings

Destination Achieved

Katie:

Sarah:

 

Are We There Yet?  

Katie:

Sarah:

 

On the Horizon:

Sarah

 

Better Sweater KAL

  • Discount code from IndigoDragonfly!  15% off yarn orders over $75; expires Feb 28, 2018
    • coupon code: imaginedkal15

 

-Dragon Fibre Bags – Medium bag – yellow and green, knitting themed fabric fits 3 skeins easily, 5 pocket section, yarn guide,

-Sun Valley Fiber – 2 skeins, one each (Post pictures in the thread)

– Katie’s Mystery Cross Stitch

HandpokedGirl (Riana from near us) – Ezekiel, her first design and a lovely cardigan

-more to come – contact us if you want to donate a prize!

 

 

Discussion of our sweaters

 

helix method – 3 yarns at once in a spiral for in the round projects to prevent pooling

 

On the Knitted Path

  • Vogue Knitting Live – Gnancy!!
    • Thanks to Serasmom/Eleanor for having lunch with me!
    • Classes:
      • Snip’n’Zip
      • Making Successful Sweaters with Amy
      • Making YOUR Gauge Work with Patty Lyons 
  • YARN: Magpie Fibers – 8 skeins of Swanky DK in Empty Night for Vertical Impressions
    • Cozy Color Works Superwash Merino (feels like there’s cashmere in it) in Bordeaux
  • Shout out to Destination Yarn
  • Katrinkles

 

Off the Knitted Path

Sarah:

  • PrairieCon Board game day – our first public gaming with strangers…

 

Board games for beginners

(not just for beginners, just also a good place for beginners to  start)

Sushi Go Party

Episode 35: Better Sweater KAL

Better Sweater KAL - knit along with /imagined Landscapes podcast

Happy New Year! We talk about the “Word of the Year” concept.

Katie mentions the Enneagram, and a book called The Road Back to You

Destination Achieved

Sarah:

 

Are We There Yet?  

Katie:

Sarah:

 

On the Horizon:

Sarah

  • Hat for Rainer

Katie:

  • VKL homework! I leave in 2 weeks!
    • contact if you’ll be there

 

Better Sweater KAL

Rules of the Knitalong

  • Post a picture of you in your sweater that you knit between Jan 1-Mar 31 (prior swatching permissible) in the FO thread (not up yet).
  • Any full sweaters qualify – no shrugs or ponchos. Tshirt-style sweaters ok.
  • Bonus Entry – explain why you choose that pattern and any mods you made so that the sweater would be flattering. Mods include using Custom Fit, because…duh.
  • Knitting done by Mar 31, have until April 7 to post pictures.
  • for chatter prizes, post in the KAL thread and use #ilwinterKAL2018 on Instagram

Discount code from IndigoDragonfly!  15% off yarn orders over $75; expires Feb 28, 2018

  • coupon code: imaginedkal15

 

Prizes:

  • Dragon Fibre Bags – Medium bag, fits 3 skeins easily, 5 pocket section, yarn guide
  • Sun Valley Fibers – 2 skeins, one each for 2 winners
  • Katie’s Mystery Cross Stitch
  • more to come – contact us if you want to donate a prize!

Discussion of Craftsy Knit to Flatter Lessons 1-5

  • Premise of this and her book Knit to Flatter: About presenting a visual impression of balance as a silhouette. Easier to visually widen something narrow than make wide narrow
  • Three body types
    • Sarah: I’m probably balanced, but I feel bottom heavy, and I know that if I’m not careful I easily make choices that can emphasize my bottom and throw me out of whack – hem length in particular
      • Also, I can easily forget I have short legs compared to my torso
      • Top-heavy, bottom heavy, balanced.  Also variations in terms of short vs long torso, short vs long legs, curvy vs straight, busty knitters
      • Sarah’s Featherweight cardigan (oops, nope – I meant my Reservoir)
    • Katie: balanced with tendency towards top heavy
  • “Next favourite sweater”:
    • Focus on getting a perfect size for shoulders, because that’s hardest to alter
    • Pieced, seamed, set in sleeves, plain fabric
    • Katie’s Hubris Sweater

Our sweaters:

  • Sarah: Sequin – Using Custom Fit – for the third time.
  • Katie: Dopamine. I have plain cardis, I want WOW.
    • Will make the fronts symmetrical

What’s your favourite sweater? What sweater type do you love for your body type? Tell us in the KAL thread! (PS You don’t have to read all the posts. Skip to the end and jump in!)

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Giftalong Interview with SqueakOwl

Indie Design Gift-A-Long

Today’s interview, the last one of the bunch on the last day of the Giftalong, is with someone who isn’t a designer but is intimately involved. Known on Ravelry as squeakowl, she’s a volunteer and chief elf.

How long have you been involved in the GAL?

I’ve been involved with the event since year 1, so since 2013. My first year was doing a portion of the Designer Hunt and the Random Select Designer Trivia clues, but I didn’t write any of them. Eventually, the next year, my mom (Nina Machlin Dayton, a.k.a. ninaknits) asked be if I would be willing to do more of the games work, and so I ended up taking on the Designer Hunt and Random Select Trivia completely. The rest is GAL history. I quite like writing and designing all the clues and questions, and I LOVE playing Prize Fairy.

Why volunteer when you’re not a designer?

Well, originally, I was sort of “recruited” by my mom (who is both a Participating Designer and the GAL’s fearless leader), but since it’s fun, it turned out to not be too much of a chore. I do eventually have aspirations to be a designer, but that’s a sort of back-burner aspiration right now. Maybe someday!

How do you manage the huge set of details?

Google Docs, and Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. So. Many. Spreadsheets. Plus, labeled folders on my desktop for the picture clues for the Designer Hunt.

How do you find ideas for the games? (Because I love them and think they’re so fun and creative)

Aw, thank you! I’m glad you like them. I find ideas by combing through the designer pages, mostly. Sometimes I see a pattern with a name that would make a good picture puzzle, sometimes I see one with such an interesting name that I have to go in and see why the designer picked that name. And then I sprinkle in just enough details about the designer themselves to make them identifiable…but not TOO easily identifiable. ;)

What has surprised you about the GAL? What are some funny/awesome moments you can remember?

I think the thing that has surprised me the most is how much we’ve grown as a group since the first year – the first year, I think our minds were blown when out group member numbers grew so quickly in the first year. Now we’re about 20-odd members shy of TEN thousand! It’s kind of unbelievable. And I’m also always so pleased (although not entirely surprised) at how much fun it is hanging out “backstage” with all the other Mods. We’re a really great group, in my opinion, and they’re just great to talk to. Every year, without fail, there’s not a day that goes by during this event that I don’t laugh out loud at some conversation that goes on in Mod Land!

Are you a big gift knitter? What’s your favourite knitting to give?

I do knit some gifts, and I mostly enjoy knitting accessories like hats and cowls. I just learned to knit colorwork (fancier than plain stripes), and am now addicted. I usually don’t have much time to knit many gifts, though, because I’m usually knitting samples for my mom, Nina Machlin Dayton.

If someone were to knit you a present, what would you most love to receive?

Honestly, if someone went to the trouble to actually knit me something, I’d love anything. My mom designed me a bonnet-style hat for Christmas, and I’m loving it! I’m always touched when someone takes the time to make me anything, and since I know how time-consuming knitting can be (and how much nice yarn costs), knitted items are always particularly lovely.

Tell us about your favourite yarn.

OMG SO MANY. I have a thing for many yarns. I think I’d have to go with anything by Malabrigo, or anything by Madelinetosh. I’m a sucker for intense colors (not neons, just rich and saturated) and softness, and both of those yarn lines have that in spades. My stash would be MUCH bigger if I had the funds…

As for photos, how about a picture of the view I have while I work?

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I get to sit on a comfy couch, and look at my gorgeous Christmas tree, and my snowy picture window. (And I was watching “It’s A Wonderful Life” when I took this photo)

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Giftalong interview with ash alberg

Indie Design Gift-A-Long

Welcome to ash alberg.
See patterns on Ravelry. Follow on Instagram.


What makes you excited about being a designer? What part of the process do you find rewarding? 

the most rewarding thing is definitely seeing others knit my patterns and find their own joy through that process. i think about that after i publish a pattern, though. during the designing process itself, i love seeing a new pattern grow, and seeing the finished object once it’s off the blocking mats. i also really enjoy taking pattern photos. sometimes it can be stressful just trying to carve out time for it, but i like having an excuse to do slightly fancier make-up and play with my camera.

What inspires you? most of my inspiration comes from nature.

i’m a hedgewitch, so i use plants and stones in various healing rituals. specific yarns will also inspire me – local yarns that i can source and have a story attached to them, or an indie dyed yarn with particularly good speckles or a rich semi-tonal. i’ve got a few designs that have been inspired by dear ones as well. lately, my designs have been shifting more towards silhouettes and stitches that fit into my daily wardrobe. i love layers, and i really love a good all-over stitch pattern.

Are you a full-time or part-time designer? 

i work more than full-time as a designer in terms of standard hours, and also have a part-time admin job to make sure my bills are paid. up until 2 months ago, that part-time job was full-time for another organization. for the past 3 years, i’ve worked an average of 80-100 hours/week between my jobs. with the day job switch, i’m falling somewhere between 60-80 hours instead, which is a really lovely shift. i’m able to spend more time with people i care about, and to get back to baking. i’m grateful for that.

Does the place you live affect how or what you design?

absolutely. i thrive in organized chaos – too much mess stresses me out, but i also don’t like to be super clean and tidy. i make a lot of nests that probably look like piles of junk to other people but that i know contain specific projects. baskets are my favourite organizational tool. as far as geography, i live in the canadian prairies, which are literally freezing (-40 celsius) in the winter and hot and sticky in the summers, so layers and using different fibres for different seasons is important.

What’s your favourite thing to design?

shawls, because i get to play with shape and construction and really get to know a yarn through the process. but in terms of my everyday wardrobe, i also really love having handknit socks and sweaters. i’d like to spend more time with sweater designing, but i seriously hate grading…

If someone were to knit you a present, what would you most love to receive?

probably a blanket, which sounds kinda weird, but i find i’m a lot more particular about clothing, plus the realities of designing so much means i can fill a lot of holes in my wardrobe if i want to. blankets are cozy, can be passed down through generations, and add to my nesting abilities. plus i can share them with people i love if i want to, or just make myself my own blanket fort if i don’t!

Tell us about your favourite yarn. 

ooof, do i have to choose just one? i have a few go-tos that i find myself regularly returning to – julie asselin’s nurtured, yoth yarns’ father, and woolen boon’s boon classic all appear a lot in my stash and on my needles. i’m shifting more and more to minimally processed yarns with clear sources too, and am super lucky to have long way homestead and ferme fiola farm within a 45 minute drive of where i live. i’m in the very baby stages of a new long-term project that will be highlighting the canadian fibre shed (farms, mills, and fibre producers, although i also love a lot of canadian indie dyers too). i’m excited to see how that will affect my knowledge of fibres and design choices.

What’s one thing about being a designer that surprised you?

i’m constantly being surprised by it. i’m surprised sometimes by people who seem to grow in popularity really quickly, because i know from experience that one viral pattern or magazine publication doesn’t automatically mean everything you design from then on will receive the same reaction. but i’m learning that a lot of marketing and biz coaching goes on behind the scenes, and that a lot of the people who seem to go viral out of nowhere actually have a solid base in one or both of those areas (or someone close in their life who does). i try to remind myself on a pretty regular basis that those factors don’t mean someone else isn’t also working really hard and with a lot of heart, it just means they have an advantage and they are (smartly) choosing to use it. for myself, i’m working on how to balance the business side of designing (where i’m less comfortable) with the creative side (where i prefer to hang out) without losing my joy of it all. i never want design to get to the point where it just feels like work. i would probably stop at that point, and i have no desire to stop.

 

Giftalong interview with Natalie Pelykh

Indie Design Gift-A-Long

 

Let’s settle in with Natalie Pelykh.

See her patterns on Ravelry. Follow her on Instagram.

What makes you excited about being a designer? What part of the process do you find rewarding?

The most exciting thing in designing – the possibility to create every time something new and unique. Each of my projects is a different story. Sometimes I spend a lot of time thinking and drawing sketches, diagrams, knitting and ripping samples and only after a long preparation work I start to create something new. And sometimes an element of architecture or beautiful flower is so inspiring that I go home, take yarn, needles and something new is born in a few minutes.

I like to communicate with my talented test knitters and the most rewarding part of the tests is the results of the test knitters’ work.

Every time with special excitement and trembling I wait for it, sometimes I see it even in a dream, the fantasy draws its image through the few outlines that I manage to see before our first meeting … and here comes this day! The day I see it, the first finished project of my design in testing! With what I can compare this day – perhaps with the birth of a child, because not only designs, but all works of testers are dear to me as children!

What inspires you? 

Ukraine is a country wealthy of nature, gorgeous colors, flowers and variety of plants. I am surrounded by ancient architecture of Kievan Rus. Of course, all this inspires and is reflected in the patterns and models created by me.

Are you a full-time or part-time designer? 

Yes, I’m full time designer, and knitting is life style for me. But…Life cannot consist only of a hobby or work. To get full satisfaction and be happy, you need a balance in all areas of life – family, children, health, and home. Sometimes it is not so easy to learn how to find a “middle ground” in all of this. But I’m trying! And I have a wonderful assistant – my family, my beloved children, and my beloved husband that make my life really happy.

What’s your favourite thing to design? 

A few years ago I discovered a new activity for myself – the creation of Family look and I really like this kind of my work! There are a lot of opportunities when you create garments that are slightly different each other, but they have general features suitable for the youngest family members as well as for adults. In the nearest future, I have a few projects that I wish to bring to life.

And, of course, hats! I just love to design new hats with cabled crowns!


If someone were to knit you a present, what would you most love to receive? 

Oh, I love shawls but….I do not knit them…so I can only dream about such a present.

Tell us about your favourite yarn.

I like natural fiber, be it natural cotton or merino wool. Garments from these materials are comfortable to wear, hold up well to everyday use and are haptically pleasant, too. I don’t have particular brand preferences, I like to experiment with yarns and try out new ones – what a blessing that nowadays such a great variety of factory-made yarns as well as those from artisan masters is readily available!

What’s one thing about being a designer that surprised you?

Success is not an exact formula, following which you can create a unique thing.Everyone has her/his own way to find, with mistakes and lessons learned. Create something of your own which is unique – this will be your success!

Giftalong interview with Ashwini Jambhekar

Indie Design Gift-A-Long

Got your cup of cocoa? Tea? Let’s settle in for a chat with Ashwini.

Find her patterns on Ravelry.

What excites you about the GAL? What’s your favourite part? 

I love the sense of community, and getting to know other knitters and designers. I’ve even had the chance to meet some GAL participants in real life, after meeting them initially during a GAL! I also like the opportunity to knit other people’s designs and not worry about the designing and grading, since most of my other knitting during the year is for publication.

What makes you excited about being a designer? What part of the process do you find rewarding? 

I love seeing the things that I imagine come to life. I can make garments exactly as I like them, and I’m happy to see that they appeal to others too.

Are you a full-time or part-time designer? 

Part-time. I’m a scientist in real life!

Does the place you live affect how or what you design? 

Yes, very much so. I live in New England where it’s cold and wet most of the year, so I enjoy designing wool sweaters that will keep me warm. I don’t work much with plant fibers since they’re not very insulating and become wet easily.

What’s your favourite thing to design? 

Wool sweaters! But I aim to make them sleek and feminine, because I want to look stylish while staying warm. I want sweaters that I can wear to work and then go directly to an opera or ballet in. I feel like there aren’t many sweaters that can serve as corporate or evening-wear, and I’m trying to fill that gap.


Are you a big gift knitter? What’s your favourite knitting to give? 

I love knitting for my mom and my husband. Both are most appreciative recipients. My favorite things to knit are garments, so I aim to gift sweaters, though I’ve also gifted socks on occasion.

If someone were to knit you a present, what would you most love to receive? 

Socks. I love wearing hand-knit socks around the house, but don’t particularly enjoy knitting them. I’d rather spend my efforts on a gorgeous sweater that I can show off! However, I always like to have a couple of pairs on hand. I often take the GAL as an opportunity to knit socks, since it’s more fun to do it with company.

 

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Giftalong interview with Raven Knits Design

Indie Design Gift-A-Long

Today we’re learning more about Mindy Dykman from Raven Knits.

Find her patterns on Ravelry. See her photos on Instagram.

What excites you about the GAL? What’s your favourite part? 

The thing that excites me most about the GAL is the community of designers coming together.  We work in such an isolated way, most of us, with little contact between designers and little knowledge of what others might be working on.  The GAL has become my way of seeing what others have been up to in the past year, either design wise or in their personal lives.  It’s like an annual class reunion, except full of the people I really want to see.

My favourite part is trolling the participating designers thread.  Sure, the bundles are super convenient for matching yarn you own to patterns of things you specifically want.  …but going through the 300+ designer list post by post, admiring the photography, and clicking thr0ugh to their patterns page is how I find amazing things that I’m not looking to cast on for this GAL, but would totally miss if I only searched in the bundles.  It’s how last year I found an amazing blanket pattern by Faye Kennington (Modern Puzzle Blanket) that I would never have even considered during a GAL, but wound up making over the summer for my college aged son.

Faye is a participating designer again this year; hers is one of the many faces I delight in seeing again.

What makes you excited about being a designer? What part of the process do you find rewarding? 

I’ve always been a very tactile person.  My mother talks about taking me shopping and me “patting” all the things in the shop, taking in the different textures.  I still love best to start with the yarn.  Beautiful skeins whisper ideas to me; sturdy wool wanting to be mittens, or delicate silks longing for lace.  Walking into my stash is like opening the door to dear friends full of possibilities.

The most rewarding part of the process is when an idea actually comes to fruition.  Sometimes that idea is easy, and the pattern just falls off the needles; sometimes the idea is elusive and I work and work and work before we understand each other.  Binding off, blocking, seaming, and seeing how what was once only a thing in my head is now a thing in the world; that’s the best part.

What inspires you? 

The world inspires me.  …that’s a very trite answer, isn’t it?  But really, my best inspirations come when I’m out walking with my dog.  I’m always taking pictures of things that poke my imagination; the branches of trees and how pine cones grow differently on different species, the aerial movements and how the feathers lie on the wings of birds, the small creatures weaving homes and trails through thick growing marsh reeds.  The little natural details that so often get overlooked if we always speed through the countryside in a car.

Are you a full-time or part-time designer? 

I’m a full time designer who keeps part time hours.  Or, well, I know many people assume I spend my entire day knitting, and that’s really not true.  I block out my time so that I can knit at least three to six hours on knitting days, but I also need time for social media, for communication with customers, and for actually writing patterns.  …honestly, that last bit is the most time consuming part.  I work four days a week, and try to keep my evenings and weekends for personal knitting and for time with my family.

Does the place you live affect how or what you design? 

I think it does, absolutely.  Considering I draw so much inspiration from nature around me, I think I would be a very different designer if I lived in the far north, or in another climate altogether.  I design with the same philosophy as some writers; write (or make) what you know.  The place I am authentically informs my ideas.  I’d feel a bit, well, false, if I were trying to design as though I lived somewhere else.


What’s your favourite thing to design?

Once upon a time, I imagined I would design garments for little boys.  Mostly because for many years it was sweaters for my sons that I knitted primarily.

…but now my favourite thing to design is a shawl.  I love the interplay of textures and lace.  I love taking a stitch motif and seeing how far I can bend it; how many different shapes can be made from the same general idea.  Shawl knitting allows so much personal variation.  Shawls are fluid; there’s no shaping, gauge is a suggestion rather than a rule, and no two people will interpret the same shawl pattern in quite the same way.  That delights me no end.

Are you a big gift knitter? What’s your favourite knitting to give? 

I love giving knitted things.  Mostly I like giving blankets; I gave an afghan to both my maternal cousins for their weddings, and I have one I need to seam up and send to my nephew and his new wife.  I also gave one to my youngest son to take away to college with him, and I have one planned for my eldest son who is graduating from his program this spring.  Oddly, I’ve never designed a full sized blanket.  Maybe that’s something to consider for the future.

If someone were to knit you a present, what would you most love to receive? 

Send me socks!  For some reason, I never quite got bitten by the sock bug.  I’ve made three pairs in the past 30 years, and they’re never the thing I want to cast on next.  But I do love wearing the socks that knitting friends have given to me.

Tell us about your favourite yarn. 

Oh golly.  My favourite yarn tends to be whatever I’m working with at the moment.  …but if you’re interested in checking out some local-to-me indie dyers, take a look at Deborah of Yarn Indulgences, or Shireen of the Blue Brick.  I could bury myself in their yarns very happily.

What’s one thing about being a designer that surprised you?

Honestly, the biggest surprise for me was that people actually like my work.  That sounds a lot like false modesty, but I think it’s a reflection of how personal and private designing can be.  I’m here in my little space, working on dreams from my own head, and I throw them out into the world hoping they’ll be loved by someone else.  …and they are.

Blows my mind.

 

Giftalong interview with Gabriella Henry

Indie Design Gift-A-Long

 

Joining us today is Gabriella Henry of SweetpDesigns.

Shop her patterns on Ravelry. See her on Instagram.

 

What excites you about the GAL? What’s your favourite part? 

This is my 5th year participating and I look forward to the GAL every year. I love the sense of community and getting a head start on some gift knitting. The best part is finding new to me designers – the design talent on Ravelry is really quite amazing and I love that the GAL really highlights this. My favourite part of the GAL is looking through the bundles and adding to my queue/wishlist/to do list/wip pile. The fresh hit of inspiration always does wonders for my knitting mojo!

What inspires you?

When I design I’m mostly inspired by texture and colour. My designer page is pretty colourful and you can see I am drawn to rich, jewel tones. I have also designed pieces inspired by the New Zealand landscape and the various places I have lived around the country. One of my most popular patterns (Faultline) was inspired by the 2011 Christchurch earthquake which devastated the city where we were living at the time.

Are you a full-time or part-time designer?

I’m a part time designer and a full time primary school teacher. This is my first year teaching so it has been really busy and designing has taken a bit of a back seat while I adjust to a new working life. I’m hoping I can find time next year for both!

What’s your favourite thing to design? 

Probably shawls. I love the endless ways to add colour and texture and all the shape possibilities. They are my favourite blank canvas for letting my inspiration run wild or to showcase a special yarn. I mainly design accessories and I try to design things that are fun to knit and easy to wear. There is usually a bit of texture but never too difficult or involved. I try to design things that an adventurous beginner could attempt and a seasoned pro could do while watching TV. I guess because these are the sorts of designs I enjoy knitting myself!  I have also dabbled in crochet design – my Lucie pattern is knitted but has a quick crochet border.

 

If someone were to knit you a present, what would you most love to receive?

I love knitted socks and they are really the one thing I don’t like to knit myself. I have tried a few times but second sock syndrome hits and I end up with one lonely sock with no mate! So I do really love to receive knitted socks as a gift <3

Tell us about your favourite yarn. 

My favourite international yarn is Tri’Coterie – lovingly dyed in France by Maylin Tan, my knitting-BFF, and my favourite New Zealand yarn is anything by Outlaw Yarn (but especially their super soft Bohemia Worsted). Tri’Coterie specialises in luxury yarn and rich colour so knitting with this yarn is always a special treat. Outlaw Yarn is designed and spun in New Zealand using New Zealand fibres like possum. I love supporting the local knitting resurgence here.