I am very pleased to announce that latest design from the incredibly talented Jennifer Steingass (@knit.love.wool on Instagram) features Upton Yarns Bluefaced Leicester DK weight yarns (spun from the fleece of Two Sisters Farm, Warren, Maine).
That was my grown-up voice. My actual voice implies much more gleeful undignified muppet dancing. (The muppet dancing took place on several occasions) . (Sam the Eagle did not and does not approve).
Jenn's design, Arboreal, published here on Ravelry, is a lovey top down yoked sweater using a very pleasing, intuitive, motif of repeated leaves, and just enough waist shaping to be flattering. (Jenn currently has a 20% off sale going, use the code LEAVES).
Her patterns are easy to follow, and really just a pleasure to knit, though I was impatient and left the sleeves off of my version.
I really love the elegance of Jenn's original two color design, but when I started planning my own I got a bit sidetracked by the potential for more color inherent in such a simple design. Because of the way I use natural dyes, repurposing the exhaust from one dye bath to combine with other dyes or exhausts (never mind the multiple dip nature of dyeing with indigo) I often end up with color gradients.
So then I had a few gradients that I really liked.
And then yoke kits happened.
I'm dyeing the main color to order (the 2017 BFL DK weight just made it back from the mill in time!) and offering yoke kits on the Arboreal page I've put together .
Jenn and I will be at the Highlands on the Fly knitting retreat at the New England Outdoor Center in Millinocket, Maine next weekend (she's the keynote speaker, I'm a vender) and most of my yarn will be going with me. So if you have your eye on anything, don't wait! All my yarns are extremely limited in quantity.