On Sinatra and Pretty String...

Sometimes I find myself humming the Sinatra version of the tune "I've Got the World on a String" when I think about designing. That song quite literally reflects how I feel about designing knitting patterns--like I'm the luckiest girl in the world to get to do something I love so much for a living. I've talked to a lot of knitwear designers about this and it seems that the feeling is pretty mutual across the board. We love what we do. Not to mention that we have an obsession with string...really pretty string. I guess a lot of knitters do, it's a pretty common affliction.

So to give you a sneak peak, here are some of the "pretty strings" I am planning to and am excited to design with over the next few months:

Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted:

Their slogan is "We make pretty string." Fitting, eh?

Swans Island Bulky:

Organic and naturally dyed merino wool. Yum.

Zealana Rimu DK:
Awesome possum!

Spud and Chloe Sweater:

The perfect sweatshirt sweater would be made from this yarn...

Rowan Softknit Cotton:
Deliciously soft cotton anyone?

Bijou Basin Ranch Bliss:

50/50 Yac and Cormo Wool. Rustic, soft, AND beautiful...
also, it's dyed by Lorna's Laces. :)

So these are the yarns on MY list to work with! What's on yours? Better yet, what would you like to see a Free Pattern for here at Jimmy Beans? What yarn would you like to see featured? I would love to hear your suggestions!

Happy knitting everyone!

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  1. I can't wait to see what you make, especially with the Spud & Chloe.

    I've been wanting to knit a top for my little one, but all the patterns I've been finding are heavy sweaters...I think it would be unique to see a summer friendly shirt for a baby. Maybe I'm just crazy! ;)

    Shawls are always great!

  2. I want to rub my face on all of those yarns right now! So yummy!

    I would love a pattern for a simple baby/toddler/girl skirt. I've been thinking about one with the three yarns from Rowan's denim cotton collection. I'm a sucker for a denim skirt!

    Thank you :)

  3. I would like to see a winter poncho pattern that is larger than the typical triangle shawl and without the "spine" down the center back. Something very wearable as WINTER WILL BE Coming/ Thanks,Linda.

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