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Cohle KAL.

Cohle KAL.

Whoa. There’s some serious dust on my blog… A few quick words before I launch into the KAL details.

One of these days, I will pick up where I left off on the “build a house” conversation. Let’s just say it’s been quite a process which is STILL on-going. (I may need therapy.)

For now, I’m happy to report that I’m finding new energy and time to focus on my work. A couple main things contributing that that are:

1) I have an amazing studio space in my house now.
2) I’ve passed on the BT pattern layout torch.
3) It’s the beginning of a new year and I’m feeling optimistic.

So… Look out, I’m hoping many of the things I put on the back burner are now going to catch on fire!

Alright. So, Let’s talk KAL.

Cohle is one of the designs I published in 2014 when I became obsessed with Shibui Pebble. (I’m still obsessed, by the way.) My sample ended up in the “Friends of Shibui” trunk show circuit and even though I had planned to knit another sample immediately, it didn’t happen.

UNTIL NOW.

I’m about to launch into some serious pleasure knitting and I’m hoping some of you will join along with me!

There will be no pressure with this. I’ve never “hosted” a KAL like this before, but I think it will be fun. A few people have already expressed interest, and I’m hoping a lot more will either join in or cheer us on. The pattern, materials list, etc. is available here.

Just one rule:

Post your process/progress on Instagram (@jgourmet to follow me) with the hashtag #CohleKAL. That’s it.

Leave a comment here or on my Instagram post and let me know if you’re joining in.

I will be paying attention!!

Build a house, phase 4.

Build a house, phase 4.

Yes, the excitement is mounting! We have entered the finishing stage!

These photos were taken early May and uploaded to my Instagram feed, but I figured it was time to document the progress here. (Click image above to open full photos in lightbox.)

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Build a house, phase 3.

Build a house, phase 3.

The LONGEST phase yet.
Thank you, winter.

Here’s a quick recap…

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Build a house, phase 2.

Build a house, phase 2.

Just as winter has arrived, so have our windows!

We have a few of them…

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Build a house, phase 1.

Build a house, phase 1.

Finally!

Let the house building begin.

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Dafne in linen.

Dafne in linen.

There’s a small part of me that refuses to admit that summer is over.
(The remainder of me is ALWAYS more than happy to welcome Autumn.)

Before we wave goodbye to summer, I wanted to share a little project I worked on a few months ago, in a new yarn released by Jones & Vandermeer — Lustrous Linen.

As the name suggests, it’s a wonderful 100% linen chained yarn in a fingering weight; and when held double it’s perfect for Dafne. The resulting fabric has an amazing sheen and luxurious drape, slightly more open stitch but not at all too sheer to be worn alone. I LOVE it.

Hope you all had a wonderful summer! x

PS: More photos if you click on the image above.

Dafne winners.

Dafne winners.

Thanks to everyone for your kind comments!

The winners of the Dafne pattern give-away are …
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On the horizon.

On the horizon.

A new summer knit design, Dafne, is available!

Leave me a comment below for a chance to win a free copy of the pattern. Winner(s) will be announced on Friday at 9 AM EST.

Best of luck :)

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Collection just for Kids.

Collection just for Kids.

Several times throughout the year, I get to wake up
with the anticipation of a new Brooklyn Tweed collection launch.

After the buildup and teasers from the previous week,
it’s always so fun (and a bit nerve wracking) to get online and see the reactions.

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She has a pulse.

She has a pulse.

I’m so hopelessly bad at maintaining this blog.

Has everyone given up on me? I don’t blame you.

Clearly, I’m not driven by blogging regularly, but I do like to share what I’m up to from time to time, in a way that is deeper than Instagram/Twitter/Facebook – which I’m much better at doing spontaneously. So believe it or not, after over 4 months of NOTHING, I’m posting this today!

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