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