Artem Shawl by Steve Rousseau, Knit by Isabella Zorman in Anzula Breeze

Wow, I feel honored to contribute to the Anzula Blog! What a pleasure to work with Anzula Breeze in Emerald and the Artem Shawl by Steve Rousseau. Yarn and pattern work very well together, a beautiful combination. I'm very happy with the result.

Some time ago, I came across Steve Rousseau Designs. Lots of beautiful, rectangular shawl patterns to choose from. It is because I used to work as a mechanical engineer drawer and my love and attraction for geometry, sure enough I had to bookmark it under "what's knitting" and keep an eye on the "Artem" pattern.

While I was finishing up a cardigan, already pondering on a possible next knitting project, I got this idea to spoil my mother-in-law with a knitted gift. Knowing her, I knew it had to be a turquoise/emerald color. With this clear idea, I went to my local yarn store, here in Ithaca NY, but I couldn't find the right color, nor the suggested yarn.

Lots of SRDesigns use Shibui Knits pebble, a silk, merino, cashmere yarn. And I wasn't sure about the merino. Although soft, my mother in law thinks it's itchy. Many thoughts about this gift and online yarn research continued over the next few days.

She is an elderly woman who loves "elegant" but doesn't want it to be ruined. I'm afraid it would lie dormant, nicely wrapped in silk paper, ever hopeful that it will one day fulfill its destiny.

I've read somewhere that making a hand-knit gift is an emotional experience. So is online yarn shopping! I can't touch the yarn, and the colors are more often miles away from reality and I miss talking to the yarn experts! But I did find Fancy Tiger Craft in Denver, sells online with a nicely organized website. This is where I discovered Anzula Breeze the first time.

It was love at first sight! Honestly, the more I knit, I could swear some yarns scream "pick me, pick me!" I had some very fantastic results in the past. Being silk and linen, Breeze is heavenly soft, drapes beautifully, is elegant with a slightly rustic touch, very nice stitch definition and the subtle variation in tone adds unexpected depth.

I used About 1 1/2 balls of Breeze, US needle size 3 to match the gauge. The shawl finished measurements after wet blocking, 24 inches by 74 inches.

The Artem pattern is easy to follow, once established, it becomes quite intuitive. But still, don't binge watch your favorite show, I had to unravel a couple of rows!

Wet blocking such a large piece was a bit intimidating at first. a) where do I block it? and b) I don't even have that many pins. At the end I did not have to use any pins! Other than stretching a bit and even the lines, Anzula Breeze holds the stitches very well.

I'm very, very happy! In fact so happy, that I ordered some more Anzula Breeze to combine with a Isabell Kraemer sweater pattern. I'll keep you posted!

Isabella Zorman

Pattern Spotlight: Emerald City Socks by Lisa Ross

This week I’m excited to introduce the third pattern in my Socks of Oz collection: Emerald City.

I was so excited to collaborate with Anzula on this design and the pattern is perfectly paired with their Squishy base. If you’ve never used Squishy, you’re in for a treat for both your knitting hands and your sock-wearing feet. It combines incredible softness with a silky smooth twist. It glides between your fingers as each stitch is made and the footwear created is *almost* too soft and pretty for shoes. The subtle variegation in the semi-solid Anzula colorways pair perfectly with the lace design that extends up the instep of this design.

Although the lace along the front of the sock is the main feature, there are little details along the way that both the knitter and the wearer will appreciate. The one that makes me ridiculously happy are the lines of twisted rib that extend from the base of the heel all the way up to the cuff. These simple stitches create clean lines up the back of the leg reminiscent of the seamed stockings that were popular at the time the Wizard of Oz was released in theaters. It’s a modern twist on classic style.

The pattern includes lace that is both charted and written, as well as a photo tutorial for working a sewn bind-off for a flexible cuff. Though seemingly complex, this sock is easier than it looks with no wrapped or picked-up stitches. Best of all, there is a knitalong happening in the Paper Daisy Creations group. If you complete ONE sock by the end of May, you could be eligible to win one of the amazing prizes, including your own skein of Anzula Squishy! For more details, click here.

Just for being awesome, Anzula fans can purchase Emerald City for just $2 with the code ANZULA. The entire collection of four patterns is being released on Ravelry throughout the month of April, and for a limited time, is only $5 with code SOCKSOFOZ.

Happy Knitting!

New Pattern Round Up!

We are so lucky to have a myriad of designers working with our yarn, so occasionally we like to showcase some of our new favorites! This is by no means exhaustive, and if you'd like to see all of the patterns designed with our yarn, you can visit Ravelry here or Pinterest here.

Roxanne by Heddi Craft

This stunning scarf was knit up in our Alpaca/Tencel/Nylon yarn, Meridian. Shown in Alice, this delicate yet strong piece is sure to take your blues away!

Treadwell by Taiga Hilliard

Yet another gorgeous design by Taiga Hilliard, Treadwell is a lofty shawl knit in Burly. Its asymmetrical shape is modern and sleek while still being comfortable and warm. Shown in Petunia, Gravity and Charcoal.

Golden Valley by Bonnie Sennott

Even though Bonnie is a new designer to our yarns, she hit it out of the park with Golden Valley. Knit in Ava, this geometric shawl features peaks and valleys that really show off the yarn. Shown in Toffee.

Electric Snowflake by bunnymuff

Bunnymuff is known for her incredible colorwork, and this tube cowl delivers! Our newest yarn, Lunaris, and two of our new colors, Tesla and Birdie, really pop in this soft and sparkly accessory.

Jessica's Boyfriend Sweater by Celia McAdam Cahill

When this design graced our inbox, it was true love. A raglan sleeve sweater with kangaroo pockets, this sweater is sure to keep you warm - perhaps like a boyfriend might? Knit in For Better or Worsted in Seaside. 

There are some of our favorites! Be sure to check in again for our next pattern round up!