What could be more fun than working with brilliant artists? Nothing, that's what.
Once Upon A Time, Lisa Millman of Dicentra Designs and Sheila Ernst of Glasspens hatched a cunning plan whereby they would combine their dreamy yarn and gorgeous buttons into a knitting kit, with a pattern for a hat.
Excellent notion that it was, neither Sheila nor Lisa ever managed to find the time to design a hat. Turns out they were both pretty busy making glass and yarn, respectively. But then they proposed that I join in the fun by creating the hat pattern for them. Well, if you insist, you fabulous geniuses, you. Ow, Ow; stop twisting my arm.
And that's how our project added up to more than the sum of its parts. We proudly present: "Embers".
The Yarn: Dicentra Designs "Moonbeam"; a blend of 85% Polwarth wool and 15% Tussah silk. Delicious much? You will love it. And by "love", I mean "roll around on the floor with" it.
The Button: Handmade flameworked glass by the incomparable Sheila Ernst. It's a whole miniature world inside a perfect glass bubble. Hold it up to the light and get lost in its depths.
The Pattern: "Embers", by Yours Truly. One size, to fit adults. My idea of the perfectly balanced beret: soft, without being slouchy, tailored, without being severe. Texture galore, and fun to knit.
Kits will be available on or about February 14th (Romantic!) from both Dicentra and Glasspens, for only $48. Find both booths at a fiber gathering near you, and visit their websites, too. This project is so new you may not see it on their websites yet, but you can send an e-mail to either artist to order.
I love it when a plan comes together.