Greetings my colleagues! As I’m sure you heard earlier this week Needles and Artifice has been unleashed upon the world! Available for you in print and digital format right here at Cooperative Press, or as a download on Ravelry. Get yours today! (or just admire the lovely pictures)
We here at Mischief Central are eagerly awaiting our very own Box O’ Books, and the first order of business (after oohing and aahing and crying for joy) is signing a whole lovely pile of them for our amazing Kickstarter supporters! We’ll let you know as soon as they’re on the way. We’ll also be hard at work putting together the other prizes that included additional treats along with a finished book, with those on their way ASAP as well! Thanks again SO MUCH for your continued support and patience seeing this project through to fruition!
More news and plans on the horizon, but in the meantime I’d like to showcase two more patterns from the lush and serene Countyside chapter of Needles and Artifice. Enjoy!
Designer: Heidi Kunkel
This scarf was inspired by the Laminaria shawl by Elizabeth Freeman. I have a strong affinity for knitting lace, and I’ve always preferred floral lace to other more geometric patterns. I had worked nupps many times before, but the Laminaria pattern introduced me to a variation on those: purling each of the increased stitches individually on the following wrong side row. I was hooked from my first try of this “Estonian Star Stitch”, and I knew I wanted to make this stitch the centerpiece of a scarf design… thus, the Mountain Lily scarf was born.
Designer: Jen Schripsema
Because I lack impulse control when it comes to haircuts, my hair seems to be perpetually in “that awkward growing out length” and I struggle to find flattering hats. Beanies look terrible and slouchy hats often leave my ears out in the cold. One day when browsing hat patterns in Ravelry, I thought to myself, “There’s no reason why bonnets should be exclusively a baby garment.” To prevent the style from looking too twee or feminine, I used a traditionally masculine herringbone stitch pattern and added metal buckles. Think less “Little House on the Prairie” and more modern Amelia Earhart.