Dieuwke van Mulligen

I met Dieuwke in person for the first time at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival, and she charmed me with her friendly manner and beautiful sweater.  She was wearing her newest design, and it made me think that perhaps I should revise my opinion on the drop-shoulder style!

This lovely number is Feather and Fan-tastic, and it would be perfect in Rainbow Heirloom Merino Light

This lovely number is Feather and Fan-tastic, and it would be perfect in Rainbow Heirloom Merino Light.

After our meeting, I stalked her online, and found she has published a range of really special designs!  Here are a few… and some perfectly matching yarns from Rainbow Heirloom in case you want to cast on right away!

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Hallow Moon is one of Dieuwke’s most popular designs, and it’s easy to see why. It’s striking, simple, and useful for those mini-skeins you’ve been hoarding!

I’ve been developing Trios in Rainbow Heirloom Solo Light, there are a couple still available in the shop… but these hot little numbers sell out QUICKLY.  If you’re interested to learn when new stock is released, get Rainbow Mail (and you’ll have a chance to #winRHyarn every month too!)

Rainbow Heirloom Solo Light

This Trio is called ‘Get Granny’ : ‘granny pants’, ‘princess rockstar’, and ‘fav aunty’

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Well… enough yarn porn!  Back to my favourite designs from Dieuwke!

brighton beach by Dieuwke Van Mulligan

Brighton Beach is another lovely shawl design, with an exquisite edge detail. It looks perfect to feature a hand-dyed skein!

Mom's Socks by Dieuwke Van Mulligan

Mom’s Socks are an elegant heavy-weight sock pattern. They’d be perfect in Rainbow Heirloom Sweater!

The latest designs from Dieuwke van Mulligen are in Impulsive Knits – a collaboration with Justyna Lorkowska / Lete’s Knits.  Modelled by the beautiful designers themselves, this fun and lighthearted collection of designs probably includes a new wardrobe staple for you!

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I love Likeness, Meringue, and Nogat… these ladies know how to combine pattern and texture in stylish and effective ways.

“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.

From meeting Dieuwke and Justyna, I can understand how their infectious enthusiasm and design talent lead to this great ‘impulsive’ collaboration!

Of course I sent her home to Denmark with a pile of Rainbow Heirloom yarn… and she proceeded to knit a very unique and beautiful sweater!

Dieuwke clearly loves to explore interesting knitting techniques, and bring them into her design work in inspired ways! This is intarsia in the round!

Dieuwke clearly loves to explore interesting knitting techniques, and bring them into her design work in inspired ways! This is intarsia in the round!

Which is your favourite design?  Dieuwke has a new design coming soon in Rainbow Heirloom yarn, in one of the Nostalgia Club yarns, and I’m sure you will love it!

Fireside and Lodestar

Imagine yourself sitting around a beach bonfire, your best friends and family laughing with you over a great joke. Fireside, the Nostalgia Club Colour for August 2015, was inspired by moments like this.

Fireside by Rainbow Heirloom

‘Fireside’ the August Nostalgia Club colour was inspired by perfectly golden moments like this one.

On Rainbow Heirloom Lush DK, this flickering fire-bright colour is alive with yellow, orange, and vivid red hues.  There are still a couple more hours to enter to win 2 skeins of Fireside on RH Lush DK!  Sign up now for your monthly chance to #winRHyarn!

August features one of my favourite yarns to work with, Rainbow Heirloom Lush DK.

Rainbow Heirloom LUSH DK
weight: DK weight yarn
content: 70% baby alpaca / 20% silk / 10% cashmere
yardage: 246 yds (225 m) per 100 g skein
needles: 3.5 to 5.0 mm (US 4-8)
gauge: 20 – 24 sts = 10 cm (4”)

If you love this yarn (and I really do!), you’ll want to try the other Lush yarns: Lush Light (437 yds / 100 g), and Lush Lace (655 yds / 100 g).  They have the same luscious blend of baby alpaca, silk and cashmere, which is like butter to knit with, and blocks beautifully with amazing weight and drape.  There are a few skeins in the shop now, and there will be more in our update later on today, Friday August 7th at 8pm BST (check your time here).

Lodestar: a modern lace stole

Lodestar is the first of a number of upcoming designs to feature Nostalgia Club yarns!  Tin Can Knits (the design side of my life) has just launched this lovely lace stole pattern, you can find it here.  Wrap this soft and comforting stole around you on cool summer evenings, or crisp autumn mornings!

Lodestar Stole in Rainbow Heirloom Lush DK

Lodestar Stole in Rainbow Heirloom Lush DK has a striking geometric lace.  It is a simple but satisfying knit which grows quickly in this DK weight yarn.

Lodestar Stole in Rainbow Heirloom Lush DK

The geometric lace of Lodestar is nearly reversible – perfect for an accessory to be worn draped around you on cool summer nights.

Lodestar Stole in Rainbow Heirloom Lush DK

Wear Lodestar as a big snuggly scarf, or as a beautiful dramatic stole over a summer dress.

Lodestar Stole in Rainbow Heirloom Lush DK

Nostalgia Club: Colours that tell stories

The Nostalgia Club is a series of limited-edition colourway + yarn combinations, inspired by images and stories from my life.  The colours for June, July, and August were inspired by stories of home, images forest, driftwood, and perfect bonfire nights.  If you are only now learning about this exciting yarn club, you can still become a member!  Order just the yarn you like (1-month), or get fantastic discounts by signing up for 3 or more months.  Join in now!

Nostalgia Club by Rainbow Heirloom

Do you have closely-held memories of a perfect beach bonfire?  The summers of my childhood were centered around nights like this, but these particular photos come from a very special camping trip to Vargas Island in 2012.

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Vargas Island trip 2012 – the imperfect ‘sunset jumping’ shot!

Rainbow Heirloom Solo Light

Rivulet Shawl in RH Solo Light

Jess of Ginger Twist Studio in her Rivulet Shawl in RH Solo Light in ‘jewel sea’.  This simple and satisfying project takes 2 skeins of Solo Light.

Rainbow Heirloom Solo Light is one of my very favourite to dye, and is absolutely beautiful to knit with. The single-ply sock-weight merino soaks up colour like a sponge, creating vivid and luminous colourways.  For more even more photos, surf Instagram for #RHsololight.

Rainbow Heirloom Solo Light

Solo Light in ‘koala haircut’ and ‘new asphalt’.

Rainbow Heirloom Solo Light
weight: 4-ply / sock weight yarn
fibre content: 100% superwash merino wool
yardage: 400 yds (366 m) per 100 g skein
needles: 2.25 to 4.0 mm (US 1-6)
gauge: 24 – 30 sts = 10 cm (4”)

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RH Solo Light in ‘grey whale’, ‘caramel OOAK’, and ‘gold dust OOAK’.

Solo Light is beautiful in stockinette, it would be perfect for a lightweight drapey cardigan.  It also makes exquisitely delicate garter stitch stripes.

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RH Solo Light in ‘new asphalt’ and ‘favourite aunty’.

This single-ply yarn has a crisp clarity that is ideal for knitting lace!  You can really see the smooth perfection of each stitch.

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RH Solo Light in ‘favourite aunty’ and ‘new asphalt’.

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The simplicity of the Rivulet shawl really highlights a beautiful colourway!  Check out more photos of this beautiful project on the Ginger Twist Blog.

Here some of my favourite colourways on Solo Light, available for purchase now at Ginger Twist Studio in Edinburgh!  Not in town?  There’ll be some Solo Light available in our next shop update, Friday August 7th at 8pm BST.

Want to know when new yarn is listed in the shop… and have the chance to win Rainbow Heirloom Yarn every month?!  Just sign up for our email updates.  You can learn more about the Nostalgia Club here.

Rivulet Shawl in RH Solo Light

Island – an ebook and yarn giveaway!

If you’re an avid knitter, you’ve probably come across the beautiful designs of Jane Richmond.  What you might not know is that she lives in and works on Vancouver Island – the same beautiful corner of the world where I was born and raised.

While developing the Nostalgia Club, and imagining designs which would work well with my yarns and story, and Jane’s book Island immediately came to mind.  Island really speaks to me; both for the clever and elegant designs, and for the superlative photography and styling.  For me, browsing through this collection was like taking a trip home to visit the most beautiful places on Vancouver Island.  It made me miss home!

Island by Jane Richmond

The five designs from Island

win a copy of ISLAND … and some beautiful yarn too!

Island by Jane RichmondJane has kindly agreed to sponsor a giveaway of her ebook Island, and I’ve chosen 3 beautiful skeins of Rainbow Heirloom yarn which would pair perfectly with these designs.  To enter, simply comment on this post, and let me know which design you would knit first.  For extra chances to win, enter on Instagram and Facebook too!  The lucky winner will be drawn on Sunday, July 26th at 8pm BST.

Which yarns have I picked for our lucky winner?

Arbutus cowl

A skein of RH Sweater in ‘fav aunty’ would be perfect to make an Arbutus cowl!

Strathcona Scarf

A skein of Rainbow Heirloom Twinkle light in ‘driftwood’, the exclusive July Nostalgia Club yarn would pair perfectly with the Strathcona Scarf.

Rathtrevor Mitts

A skein of RH Sweater in ‘cloudy sky’ would make a lovely pair of Rathtrevor mitts.

What have I been knitting lately?  I’m working on the Strathcona scarf from Island in Rainbow Heirloom Twinkle light in ‘driftwood’ – this is July’s Nostalgia Club yarn, and it is only available till the end of the month, so order now if you want some!

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Strathcona Scarf

I’ve only just started, but I’m loving the rhythmic simplicity of this knit!

Nina, my friend and model for Tin Can Knits, has recently finished an exquisite Grace cardigan, also from Island.  It needs buttons, but even without them this is already her go-to hand knit cardigan.

Grace Cardigan

I love the lace panel that adds just enough interest to this simple, elegant cardigan.

Grace Cardigan

I’ve also recently finished a tiny Stovetop hat in Rainbow Heirloom Sweater in ‘driftwood’, this month’s Nostalgia club colour.  Each month has a featured base, but for a limited time you can order the club colourway on our most popular base, Sweater, too!

Stovetop in Rainbow Heirloom Sweater

Stovetop in Rainbow Heirloom Sweater in ‘driftwood’

So which design from Island would you knit first if you won this giveaway?  Leave your answer in the comments, and for more chances to win you can play on Instagram and Facebook too!

Driftwood… a subtle neutral inspired by sun and sand

My favourite place on earth, Long Beach, on the west coast of Vancouver Island, is a vast sandy beach with views west to the horizon.  Constantly battered by the wild Pacific, this is a beautiful place of patterns in the sand and thick tangled forest.

Driftwood on Rainbow Heirloom Twinkle Light

Driftwood on Rainbow Heirloom Twinkle Light

Driftwood is a calm and slightly warm neutral, inspired by the sand and sun-bleached driftwood where you sit while you listen to the waves roll in.  The colour is subtle, like driftwood which has been turned to a silvery shimmering taupe by light and salt.

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Driftwood is the second of nine yarns in the Nostalgia Collection, a unique club by Rainbow Heirloom

The featured base this month is Twinkle DK, one of my softest and most luxurious yarns!

Rainbow Heirloom TWINKLE LIGHT
weight: 4-ply / sock weight yarn
content: 50% superwash merino, 50% silk
yardage: 400 yds (365 m) per 100 g skein
needles: 2.25 to 4.0 mm (US 1-6)
gauge: 24 – 30 sts = 10 cm (4”)

I love how this yarn sparkles and shines, and really highlights the beauty of this colourway.  It’s a great yarn for lace, because each stitch has great definition and clarity.

Driftwood on Rainbow Heirloom Twinkle Light

Win these skeins! Every month I give away of one or more skeins of the featured club yarn to a lucky winner from my email list, just sign up for a chance to win!

Twinkle Light is perfect for accessories and lightweight garments.  It’s SO soft that it can be worn next to the skin by the most sensitive of knitters.

You can get this month’s colour, or sign up for a 3, 6, or 8 month club subscription, and get up to 15% discount, and ‘front of line’ privileges for ordering more yarn… at your discount!  The Nostalgia Club is a series of monthly colours inspired by my own stories, which I hope will resonate with knitters!  Read more about the club and the story here.

Sand Patterns

This month’s colourway is also available on Rainbow Heirloom Sweater, for this month only!  I’ve just finished a lovely little Stovetop Hat in this yarn (the pompom is in ‘birthday suit’).

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Stovetop Hat by Tin Can Knits in Rainbow Heirloom Sweater in ‘driftwood’

Check out some more lovely colourways on Twinkle Light in the shop now:

Verdant… into the wild wet woods

I grew up on Vancouver Island, on the far west coast of Canada.  It was only once I’d moved away that I realized what a special place it was where I had grown up.  I suppose many people have this realization, after the teenage urge to flee your hometown has passed.

Verdant on Rainbow Heirloom Merino Light

June Colourway: ‘Verdant’ on Rainbow Heirloom Merino Light, is inspired by the temperate rainforests of my home.  Deadfall breeds new life as moss, mushrooms, and ferns carpet the moist forest floor.

One of the overriding memories of my childhood is being surrounded by green.  In my part of the world, trees grow like grass on the hills.  Later, living in California and Scotland, I wondered how the hills there could stay so bald and barren.  In the Pacific Northwest, it seems that any piece of land, left fallow and untended, is quickly subsumed by the rainforest, taken back by nature.

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Verdant on Rainbow Heirloom Merino Light is the Nostalgia Club colour for June 2015.

a childhood spent roaming the wild

My sister and I were lucky as children to be given a lot of freedom to fend for ourselves.  In my memory, summers were endless golden times and we roamed around, playing games in the woods behind our house, swimming in the ocean every day, and cooking hot-dogs for dinner over a beach fire.  The backdrop to everything was the forest.

Verdant is a complex, layered green is inspired by the forests of my childhood.  With earthy brown undertones, and shots of teal, this colour shimmers with life and vitality, like the fern-coated forest floor.

Rainbow Heirloom Merino Light

This bouncy 2-ply superwash merino takes soaks in dye and is perfect in subtle semi-solids.  It is great for lightweight sweaters, shawls, scarves, and colourwork projects.

Rainbow Heirloom MERINO LIGHT
weight: 4-ply / sock weight yarn
content: 100% superwash merino
yardage: 400 yds (365 m) per 100 g skein
needles: 2.25 to 4.0 mm (US 1-6)
gauge: 24 – 30 sts = 10 cm (4”)

Today, June 5th at 8pm BST (find your timezone here) we’re having an update that will feature more beautiful shades of this yarn…

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Some other lovely colourways in RH Merino Light and RH Solo Light that will be available in the update today (June 5th) at 8pm BST.  Check them out in the shop preview.

I’m currently knitting a Playdate Cardigan, from Tin Can Knits latest book Max & Bodhi’s Wardrobe in Rainbow Heirloom Merino Light in the club colourway ‘verdant’, and an exquisite vibrant teal called ‘jewel sea’.

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The Playdate Cardigan by Tin Can Knits in 1-row stripes using Rainbow Heirloom Merino Light in ‘verdant’ and ‘jewel sea’.  It’s got adorable little hidden pockets!

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A few more hot shades available in this update…

Nostalgia : colours that tell stories

Starting now, and continuing over the next 9 months I am releasing a very special club, a series of colours that tell stories. These colours have sprung from my own stories, and memories of home, of my journeys, and of the beautiful moments of my life so far. Perhaps they will inspire you to share your own story, and create something that is full of care, love and nostalgia.

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The first three months are my ‘SHADES OF HOME’, inspired by the iconic landscapes of my birthplace on the west coast of Canada, these are colours and stories that remind me of home. The next part of the story, ‘ON THE ROAD’ are three shades which are inspired by my journeys, challenges, and the excitement of discovering new places. The final three colours are inspired by those ‘SPECIAL DAYS’ in my life which are most poignant and packed with meaning and memory.

#winRHyarn

Sign up to get Rainbow Mail, and every month you will have a chance to win one (or two or three!) skeins of the featured Nostalgia club yarn!  There’s still a couple hours to enter to win these 2 skeins…

Verdant on RH Merino Light

Sign up to win 2 skeins of Rainbow Heirloom Merino Light in ‘Verdant’ – the Nostalgia Club colourway for June 2015.  Just get Rainbow Mail for a monthly chance to win!

What will you knit?

I’ve put together a pinterest board with some inspiring projects that would be great in Rainbow Heirloom Merino Light!  Check it out here.

What colour was your childhood?

Share your own stories, your colour inspirations and memories with me on social media, or comment on this post.

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Nostalgia: a colour club, and a chance to #winRHyarn every month!

This year at Rainbow Heirloom I am exploring the theme of Nostalgia, and creating colours inspired by some of my favourite places, moments, and memories.

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a Rainbow Heirloom Colour Club

Each month (on the first Friday) I will release a brand new colourway and base yarn combination, inspired by the photos below.  And the best part?  A monthly yarn giveaway!

#winRHyarn … you have a chance every month!

The best thing about the Nostalgia club?  I’m giving away a skein (or two, or three…) in the club colourway EVERY month to one of my customers.  For a chance to win simply sign up for Rainbow mail.

The update for this limited-edition club yarn will happen on the first Friday of each month for the next 9 months: June 5th, July 3rd, August 7th, September 4th, October 2nd, November 6th, December 4th, January 1st 2016, and February 5th 2016, always at 8pm BST (check your time zone here).

This club is a great opportunity to try one of my new base yarns.  The Nostalgia colourways will be semi-solids that won’t ‘compete’ with stitch patterns in an accessory or garment.  But they’ll be a bit different than my current colourways, some will be slightly more variegated, and a bit moodier.  You can get a pretty good sense of the sort of colour I will be dying from the photos, and I will be releasing photos of the yarn just before the update, so it won’t be a surprise!

Surprise and savings – sign up for a club membership

If you DO love a surprise, and want to save some cash, then you can sign up for 3, 6, or 9 months of club yarn, get great discounts, and get your yarn guaranteed, without having to show up and hope there’s still some available.  Club members also have the opportunity to buy larger quantities of a given yarn when the colour is released (if it’s a favourite), at their members discount.  When the first update goes live (June 5th 8pm BST), all of these club options will be available for purchase in the shop.

June’s club colourway is VERDANT on Rainbow Heirloom Merino Light

Verdant on Rainbow Heirloom Merino Light

June Colourway: ‘Verdant’ on Rainbow Heirloom Merino Light

Rainbow Heirloom MERINO LIGHT
4-ply / sock weight yarn
100% superwash merino
400 yds (365 m) per 100 g skein
needles: 2.25 to 4.0 mm (US 1-6)
gauge: 24 – 30 sts = 10 cm (4”)
care: while this superwash wool can go through the washing machine safely, for best results and longevity hand wash and lay flat to dry

This bouncy 2-ply superwash merino takes soaks up the dye and is perfect in subtle semi-solids. It is great for lightweight sweaters, shawls, scarves, socks and colourwork projects.

The new club colourway will not be the ONLY yarn in the update this Friday, you can preview the yarns that will be available in the shop now!

Verdant on RH Merino Light

Sign up now for a chance to win 2 skeins of Rainbow Heirloom Merino Light in ‘Verdant’ – the Nostalgia Club colourway for June 2015.

Flax Sweater for Max (Free Pattern!)

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Superwash merino wool is lovely and soft, and very absorptive (ideal for drooly babies!).

My son Max is now 6 months old and has outgrown the large crop of first-size baby sweaters that I knit in anticipation of his birth.  This is sad, but it also gives me a practical reason to knit some more little sweaters, and they hardly take any time!

Baby Sweaters

Packing away a pile of tiny baby sweaters…

Flax Sweater by Tin Can KnitsThe Flax Sweater from Tin Can Knits Simple Collection is an extremely versatile pattern, sized from newborn all the way to adult 4XL.  The design gauge is 18 sts / 4”, but when I knit it in Rainbow Heirloom Sweater, I went for a gauge of 20 sts / 4” instead.  The colourway I used is ‘jewel sea’ a deep bold teal.

How to adjust for a different gauge

I chose the 1-2 year size, and took a look at the stitch count at the body, which is 92 stitches.  At 4.5 sts / inch, this yields a finished chest size of 20.5” (92 / 4.5).  At my gauge of 5 sts / inch, it would yield a finished garment measurement of about 18.5”.  I thought that was a little bit skinny, so I decided to just cast on a couple extra stitches at each underarm, so my final body stitch count would be 96 sts (for a finished body measurement of 19.25”).

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He’s trying so hard to learn to crawl!  Rainbow Heirloom Sweater in ‘jewel sea’

That’s how I decided to knit the 1-2 yr size, which ended up coming out about the size of the 6-12 month size, perfect for my little man!  I knit the sleeves and the body nice and long, and I bet this sweater will fit him for the next year.  The neckline was just fine, because the sweater is pretty much proportional all over, simply knit at a slightly smaller gauge.

Flax sweater by Tin Can Knits

Gotta love a little frowny-faced baby!

Here are a couple other versions of Flax that I knit for Max when he was a little bit smaller…

Flax Sweater by Tin Can Knits

A teeny-tiny newborn size Flax in Rainbow Heirloom Twinkle Light in ‘fluffy bunny’. It fit for about 4 weeks!

Flax Sweater by Tin Can Knits

Rainbow Heirloom Sweater in ‘young temptress’ and ‘black cherry’.

At Tin Can Knits, 2015 is the Year Of The Sweater… so Alexa and I set a goal to knit a sweater a month for the whole year!  If you want to join us, we will be sharing our progress on Instagram, FacebookTwitter, and Ravelry… join in by tagging your posts with #TCK12sweaters2015

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Win 6 skeins (1500 yds) of Rainbow Heirloom Sweater!

Ever wondered what knit designers talk about when they get together? 

My design partner Alexa and I were recently interviewed by Lydia and Sophie at Pom Pom Quarterly, you can listen to the interview on Pomcast 5.

How can I win?! 

Alongside the interview, we are teaming up with Pom Pom to give away a SUPER EPIC prize – a signed copy of our new book Road Trip (check out all the patterns here, and pick your favourite one to enter!), plus a sweater’s worth (6 skeins) of Rainbow Heirloom Sweater, custom-dyed to your favourite colourwayTo enter, leave a comment on the PomCast 5 Blog post, letting us know your fav design from Road Trip.  And share to social media to get an extra entry!

Road Trip

Road Trip is available as an ebook (14 great patterns for only $18) or if you prefer, order a print + ebook for $23 + shipping!  Check out all the patterns here.

What colourway would you pick?  I’ll share a few of my own personal favourites…

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I love the bright bold purple of ‘princess rockstar’ which is tempered by shots of grey and black. I’d make a Lush Cardigan or a Caribou Cardigan in this colourway!

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The bright neon pinky orange of ‘killer flamingo’ is very hard to capture in a photo! This colour really screams FUN… I’d make a cropped cabled cardi in this colourway… perhaps one of the adorable designs by Andi Satterlund?

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Fluffy Bunny is a lovely soft and neutral colourway… perfect for showing off lace patterns, or creating simple satisfying garments. Nina recently knit a beautiful Windswept pullover in this colourway – more details on that coming soon!

Windswept in Rainbow Heirloom Sweater

The lovely Nina (check out her blog here!) modelling her Windswept in Rainbow Heirloom Sweater in ‘fluffy bunny)

Lush Cardigan … a work in progress

Lush Cardigan in Rainbow Heirloom SweaterI have knit a Vivid blanket, and a number of smaller projects in Rainbow Heirloom Sweater, but this Lush Cardigan project is the first adult sweater project that I am knitting just for me in my new yarn!

I’m making it in what is probably my favourite colourway – ‘favourite aunty’, a medium red with pink, brown, and some orangey undertones.  It’s a complex colour, but very subtle… and it makes me happy, which is the most important thing of course!

Rainbow Heirloom Sweater in 'favourite aunty'

Rainbow Heirloom Sweater in ‘favourite aunty’

My progress so far, in photos:

Lush Cardigan in Rainbow Heirloom Sweater

When making the Lush cardigan, the lace yoke band is knit first…

Lush Cardigan in Rainbow Heirloom Sweater

After the lace yoke band is complete, you block it to flatten it out, and reveal the lace pattern… I truly love blocking lace!

Lush Cardigan in Rainbow Heirloom Sweater

The yoke of the Lush cardigan in progress… just a few rows before the separation of body and sleeves.

Lush Cardigan in Rainbow Heirloom Sweater

The Lush cardigan at the separation of body and sleeve stitches – the sleeves stitches are put on hold on waste yarn, and underarm stitches are cast on using the backward loop cast on method. Now to start knitting the body…

I am planning to try something a little different with this knit.  Instead of knitting the sleeves from the top down (as described in the pattern), I cast on at the cuff, and knit the first sleeve in the round, simply reversing the shaping.  I also decided to knit full length sleeves, rather than the 3/4 length sleeves described in the pattern.

To join the sleeves to the body, I will work a few rounds from the underarm downward, and then use kitchener stitch to graft the live stitches from shoulder to the sleeve.

Lush Cardigan in Rainbow Heirloom Sweater

One sleeve is done, and the body is in progress… soon I will try to graft the two together and see how that works!

I decided to try this method because I like knitting sleeves one at a time from the cuff up… they are more portable, and seem (to me) to go more quickly when they aren’t attached to the body of the sweater.  Once the body is complete, I will make the attempt to graft one sleeve on, and decide whether it is a successful method, or not!

Rainbow Heirloom Sweater

When sourcing the first yarn for Rainbow Heirloom, I had a number of criteria.  Mostly, though, I had to LOVE knitting with it.  Made from 100% superwash merino wool, Rainbow Heirloom Sweater is super soft, machine washable, and tightly spun (for durability), making it ideal for both baby knits and adult sweater projects.

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Beautiful stitch definition and subtle semi-solid colours enhance lace patterns

luminous semi-solid colours ::: The yarn takes dye beautifully, resulting in vivid, luminous colours with excellent colour depth and complexity!

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