New Design! Chez Moi Cowl by Tanis Gray

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Chez Moi, designed by Tanis Gray in STF Sunna

Tanis just published her fabulous new cowl design, Chez Moi, which she designed in STF Sunna, in Capri (bright blue with spring green and darker blue speckles) and Atlantis (the deep, rich blue).

I really love this design, because it’s reversible! I love how Tanis flipped the colors so that on one side Capri is used for the house motif, and on the other it’s Atlantis.

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Inside and outside, showing how the colors flip

Tanis writes about the inspiration for this design on her blog: “Inspired by my son as a little boy always asking me “to leave the light on,” this is for anyone who knows that home is where the heart is.” I know my kids both wanted the same when they were young, and this is such a sweet memory (especially for me, as my kids are not kids anymore and are heading off to college this Fall!).

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For some reason, this little house motifs make me think of Dr. Who. Really, I have no idea why, because they don’t look like the phone booth at all; perhaps it’s the little square window. A follower on Instagram asked if they were bird houses, and they could totally be that, too.

I love the way Tanis has repeated one design element across the entire cowl. It creates a clean, contemporary look to this cowl that’s really striking. Using two high-contrast colors really makes it pop while still retaining its elegant, modern look. I’d love to see it knit in two neutrals, too.

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I love that the reversibility of this design creates a double-thick fabric (yes, there is so much to love about Chez Moi!). Let me tell you, this cowl feels amazing. Tanis sent me her cowl to display at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival next weekend, and it is just amazing. Sunna is a long-time favorite (probably the most popular of all my bases), and it’s the perfect yarn to wear right up against your neck. The blend of superwash Merino, cashmere, and silk creates a next-to-skin-soft fabric that just can’t be beat.

Tanis is teaching a workshop on Fair Isle knitting at my studio in Sperryville, VA, on May 12, followed by a dyeing workshop with me. Spaces are filling up but there are still a few left. You can read all about it here.

Knit & Dye Fair Isle Workshop!

I’m so excited to announce an upcoming workshop at my studio at Blue Ridge Artisans in Sperryville, VA!   Come out and spend the day in beautiful Rappahannock County, just 90 minutes from Washington, DC. to learn fair isle knitting techniques from renowned author, designer and knitwear teacher Tanis Gray, and yarn dyeing two ways from Jennifer Heverly (me 🙂 ). I’ve been dyeing yarn since 2003, and will teach you how to dye yarn two different ways, to create two colorways for your own unique colorwork project.

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The pink is so bright and fun it defies the camera 🙂

Tanis Gray is coming to Blue Ridge Artisans to teach Fair Isle knitting on Saturday, May 12, 2018, from 9 am to 12 pm. If you’ve never tried to knit colorwork, or you’ve been too nervous to try, or you can’t quite get your floats right, or you just want to improve your skills and learn some new tips, Tanis is the best! You’ll come away from this workshop with lots of tips and techniques to start knitting with two colors, or take your colorwork to a whole new level.

Tanis will cover basic Fair Isle knitting techniques for English, Continental and Combination knitters, tackle common issues, proper technique, how to trap floats, Latvian braids, Fair Isle history and set good Fair Isle knitting habits. You’ll put everything you’ve learned into practice and knit an exclusive unisex Fair Isle cowl designed in Spirit Trail Fiberworks yarn for this workshop. This 3-hour class is open to all levels, but participants should be comfortable casting on, joining and knitting in the round.

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Participants will knit this beautiful cowl, and then dye their own yarn for another project.

After a 2 hour lunch break (there are lots of options within walking distance from my studio), participants will reconvene for an afternoon of dyeing fun with me, from 2 pm – 5 pm. In this workshop, participants will learn the basics of dyeing yarn, and will dye two skeins using two different techniques – kettle dyeing and speckling – to create the perfect contrasting yarns for colorwork projects.

Two skeins of worsted weight yarn are provided prior to the workshop for Tanis’ portion of the day, and you’ll have your choice of fingering, dk, or worsted weight yarn for the dye portion of the day.

So, what do you get? 6 hours of instruction from two experienced teachers, 4 skeins of yarn, and the supplies / materials to dye two of those skeins yourself. And, a relaxing and fun day in beautiful Rappahannock County, Virginia!

For more information and to reserve your spot, check out the Eventbrite page!

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