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When friends knit together

Last year was very intense and creative for me. It was the year of shawls, festivals, meeting  fabulous knitters and making pretty things. It was also the year when I published probably my favorite collection “Impulsive Knits“.

Dieuwke and I met each other for the first time in Brighton at a festival. It clicked immediately and the idea of the collaboration came up pretty fast. A number of emails and Skype chats later we created a small collection of knitwear we’d love to find in our closet – from mittens, through hats and shawls to sweaters.

Impulsiveness can sometimes have negative connotations, but there’s a lot to be said for running with an idea and letting it take you to new and often unexpected places. And as there’s safety in numbers and two heads are better than one, embarking on a spontaneous adventure with a good friend provides a certain sense of security while increasing the creative possibilities.

“Impulsive Knits” was conceived when Justyna and Dieuwke met at Unwind Brighton, hit it off, and impulsively decided, “Hey, why not put together a collection?” Since then they’ve gotten together whenever possible, meeting up at several European yarn festivals and in Justyna’s hometown of Torun, Poland. Their time together has been gleefully spent planning, designing, chatting, laughing, eating, sightseeing, and of course knitting. (OK – there was a little bit of whining, but everybody knows that knitters don’t waste much time on that.)

The patterns in this collection were inspired individually, not based on a certain theme, but rather on each designer’s personality, aesthetics and yes, impulse, and enhanced by their new-found friendship and shared experiences.

And dessert….don’t forget dessert.

There are lots of design photos in the lookbook and the website, so I thought I’d show you some funny ones ;-) Or a peek behind the scene.
From our trip to Malbork Castle. No idea why I was dancing ;-)
These two accompanied us in the photoshoot. Well, actually they fell in love with Dieuwke the moment they met her. I should have taken a photo when they climbed her with giggles (so far as I know it was with her content ;-)

It took us two days to take all the pics we needed. A huge amount of coffee and meringue kept us focused…
…or hyper active ;-)
There was also a little bit of nervous sleeves finishing with hair drier blocking action afterwards ;-)

The whole time we worked on the collection was really nice and brought so much inspiration, laughter and positiveness. We published it during summer and are still very grateful to everyone who helped us, commented, shared and gave it some love.

The moment we published the patterns, we both created a promo so that you could get the patterns from each of us at a discounted price. Simply add all patterns by one designer in your cart and the amount at check out will be $19 (save $10!). Sadly we couldn’t combine promos across the both of us – but buying both halves of the collection will save you $20 in total ;) The promotion will be valid indefinitely so don’t worry, you can use it any time.

Now I’m back to my needles with a new sweater and I’m thinking… maybe there should be a new collection this year too?

Busy Bee

Last week was very busy. First my son got sick and had to stay home. You know what it’s like when your child skips kindergarten and all your plans fall through. Well, it happened to me…  Thankfully I managed to publish a cardigan design made in wonderful Malabrigo Sock – Criollo .

At the moment the cardigan is at a 10% discount on Ravelry. You do not need to type in any coupon code, just add it to cart and voila.

When Wojtek went back to kindergarten, I was still busy as I volounteered to help his teachers on a trip to a farm. We had so much fun and it was truly good quality time spend with my kiddo. It did keep me away from the keyboard and working though.

But it does not mean I’m not working at all. I am. Three more collaborations are coming in the very near future and I must say I’m truly excited about each of them as they are made with yarns created by very talented dyers.

I also finished a new cardigan design called “Carabe” so a lot of typing is ahead of me.

Hope you and I have a wonderful weekend now!

Rama Lama

There is nothing cooler than a Hubby modeling your latest design for you, is there?

Okay, maybe the fact that design was created in collaboration with Malabrigo is also pretty cool.

Here it is. My first Malabrigo collaboration – Rama Lama.

Rama Lama is a seamless bottom-up cowl knitted all in one piece. It starts and finishes with Garter Stitch. The body is worked in Beaded Stripes pattern based on simple knit, purl and slip stitches. It can be made in two sizes: cozy neck warmer and long infinity loop. Each version of the design uses less than two skeins of Malabrigo Worsted, but if you have lots of small leftovers of this yummy base, this is THE design to stashbust them.

And here’s my Hubby is his own Rama Lama, which he requested the moment he took off mine after the photoshoot. I have to say that he was pretty annoying with questions “Are you done yet?”, but at the same time I was really happy he actually WANTED something so much :-) No wonder. Have you ever worked with Worsted? This yarn is gorgeous, soft and not itchy at all.

 The design is at a discount. First 50 people receive 20% discount, next 50 buyers receive 15% and finally last 50 people receive 10% off. The coupon code is RAMALAMA.

I hope to show you a different version of the loop very soon.

In the meantime, happy knitting!