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.
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!).
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.
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.