For this design, I didn’t have to look far for inspiration. In the area I live in (where I’ve lived almost my entire life) there are wheat fields, pea fields, babbling creeks and brooks that run gracefully down off the nearby Blue Mountains. And scattered throughout this valley are over 50 vineyards.
Driving around in the outskirts of town on a late Summer day, you can see the sun kissing the grapes as they ripen under the August heat. The intricate bright green vines wrapping around twine and up and over old wood posts. The sight is one reserved for anyone fortunate enough to live in this area…or any wine valley, for that matter.
Earlier this year I had the pleasure of meeting a lovely Fiber Artist and Knitter named Julie Asselin. Her yarns are hand dyed and made with care and attention that can only come from someone who loves what they do. The very BEST kind of Artesan to work with, in my book!
For this cowl design, I worked with Julie’s Leizu DK. A plump Merino and Silk blend yarn with a simply gorgeous color palette and generous yardage at 260 yrds. My goal for this design was to make it a one skein project and one that had structure but still had drape and movement.
The vibrant color along with the winding cables and squishy little bobbles lend to it’s name…First Crush.
Just as the Vintners get ready for their first crush of the season to make that perfect red, I fell madly in love with Julie’s yarns, this one in particular being my first crush.
The handcrafted Austrian Cherry Wood buttons can be purchased online here.
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