Fiber Freeze Frame | Entangled Vines WIP

This found its way to my needles last weekend. As soon as I made it past the sleeve division, I was right back onto the sleeves - partially because I cannot resist Alana's beautiful cables, but mostly because I loathe sleeves. 

I'm almost ready to bind off sleeve #1, start sleeve #2, then I can settle in with quality tv stockinette knitting.

Pattern: Entangled Vines by Alana Dakos (Botanical Knits Book 1)

Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Fuchsia

Raveled: Fuchsia Entangled Vines

Maybe I'll find some time to crank out a bit more of the Big Herringbone Cowl, but we'll see... Cheers!

Forest Floor | Knitting Botanically

cover_lo_1000x1294 The spring arrival of Botanical Knits had the wheels spinning for our shop samples - and maybe a little selfish knitting, too.

When the pre-order email arrived, there wasn't a question about carrying Alana's new pattern collection at Firefly Fibers - the question was... what shop yarns will we use for each of the projects?

This beautiful book includes 12 designs that are all lovely (yes, all) and I hope to knit my way through most, if not all, of the projects in the book for either the shop or myself.

Botanical Knits collectionAs the owner of a LYS, I want knitters to have a quality and pleasurable knitting experience. As a knitter, I understand the importance of being able to sit down with yarn and a pattern to confidently knit my own version of what the designer has created. Handknitting is something that most of us enjoy at leisure - even if some of us are a bit obsessive about it - and a well-written pattern is worth every penny to make the most of our 'leisure' time.

Alana's Never Not Knitting pattern line quickly made a home in the shop just a few months after we opened. The pattern layout & presentation is simply stunning and her pattern instructions are so well written that they're do-able/knit-able for a variety of skill levels - from beginner to advanced with basic pattern reading skills - and Botanical Knits is more of the same.

I recently finished Forest Floor from the new collection:

ForestFloor1Pattern: Forest Floor from Botanical Knits by Alana Dakos

Yarn: Suri Merino by Blue Sky Alpacas (416 Meadow)

Raveled: Forest Floor (shop sample) for Firefly Fibers

ForestFloor3This was so much fun to knit and I can't wait to start the next project from the book!

This Forest Floor is a shop sample and you can visit Firefly Fibers to see it in person - maybe you can even help me decide on the next project!

I'll share snippets along the way on Botanical Knits and other project progress here on the blog, on my Facebook page, and on instagram... so stay tuned!