Warm Days, Cool Knits with Corrina Ferguson

Memorial Day weekend is the traditional kick-off of summer in America. Some of us have been experiencing summer-like weather for a while, while others still have a little while to go before they're ready for summer activities. Moving into the summer season, we are all probably looking for lighter knits and lighter projects - but we still want a full range of options.

I've been perusing Corrina Ferguson's new book, Warm Days, Cool Knits, for a little while. (You may remember our interview with her here on the blog earlier this year as we were releasing the pattern books from Stitch Sprouts.) Corrina is a designer who lives in the South, so her need for lighter knits is a year-round one. She's collected twenty beautiful patterns to complement the seasons of the South. But don't feel that you have to have year-round sunshine to use this book - with the variety of the designs and a lightweight knit's innate layerability, you'll find reasons to grab this book again and again. 

Two of the patterns in the book were created in our yarns. The Alliemay Tunic was knit in Breeze. It's a lovely open piece that's very versatile - you could wear it over your bathing suit, over a tank top and leggings, or over a fitted dress. The belt can be adjusted to be worn at an empire waist, natural waist, or drop waist as shown. And you'll need no more than 2 skeins to create this. 

© Joe Hancock

© Joe Hancock

The other pattern is a brilliant sweater with coordinating cowl. Zolena sparkles for the holidays in Nebula. The cabling in the cowl matches the cuffs of the sweater for a really pulled-together look. 

© Joe Hancock

© Joe Hancock

Corrina's designs are classic without being stuffy (and a couple are downright fun), and each time I flip through the well-designed book I notice another great detail. If you haven't checked this book out at your LYS or bookstore, I highly recommend picking it up. 

Cross-Country with Sabrina & Logan

Are they coming to your town? They will be stopping at lots of their favorite yarn shops across the country on their way to TNNA in Columbus, Ohio, and bringing knits, yarns, and patterns for three hour trunk shows.

Wednesday, May 13 - 3 pm - Jimmy Beans Wool, Reno, NV

Friday, May 15 - 2 pm - Blazing Needles, Salt Lake City, UT

Saturday, May 16 - 12 pm - Unraveled Sheep, Sandy, UT

Tuesday, May 19 - 10 am - My Sister Knits, Fort Collins, CO

Tuesday, May 19 - 5 pm - Fancy Tiger Crafts, Denver, CO

Wednesday, May 20 - 4 pm - Colorful Yarns, Centennial, CO

Thursday, May 21 - 4 pm - A Knitted Peace, Littleton, CO

Saturday, May 23 - Yarns... Sold and Told, Salina, KS

Sunday, May 24 - The Studio Knitting & Needlepoint, Overland Park, KS

Tuesday, May 26 - Knit Stop, Indianapolis, IN

Friday, May 29 - Monday, June 1 - TNNA Summer Needlearts Tradeshow in Columbus, OH

If they are coming through your city make sure to visit them at your LYS - like you need an excuse!

The Muse Connection Social Media Takeover

A special event is happening in London in June and we are happy to be supporting it. If you haven't heard of The Muse Connection, read on for more about the event, the creators Helen & Kate, and some fun you can expect this weekend no matter where you are! - Meg

Sometimes you just need to find time for your creativity. 

Sometimes, you need an afternoon where you can talk about your latest yarn obsession, day dream aloud about the colour you’d use for your latest project and be in the company of those that just understand. 

With that in mind, we’re inviting you to join us for a Muse Connection take over this weekend on Anzula's Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

The Muse Connection is a series of gatherings to celebrate creativity, share inspiration and come together as makers. Each ‘Volume’ is hosted by Helen of Curious Handmade and Kate of A Playful Day, two podcasters and bloggers who understand how important it is to set aside time to indulge your creativity. With the aim to provide a fresh source of inspiration each time, no two Volumes are the same giving each a limited edition feel. It felt right to collaborate with Anzula, whose hand dyed yarns and busy involvement with their fibre community inspired us as knitters!

So join us for a weekend of inspiring images and making in London. If you want to get a sneak peek ahead of the kind of fun to look forward to, you can find Helen as @curioushandmade and Kate as @aplayfulday

See you there?