Nautical Knitting Cruise 2016!

Happy Monday... I've got some good news for you!

Remember last year's Nautical Knitting Cruise? Well we have another one planned for this December! (and oh my, re-reading my re-cap post just made me a little nostalgic!)
Join Melissa Leapman, Patty Lyons and myself for another fabulous adventure at sea!
This time we'll be leaving from Miami and headed to St Thomas, Tortola, and The Bahamas... our boat is newer (like brand-new) and bigger and I've read great things about the food/boat activities. The itinerary is longer leaving us all a bit more time to relax and knit poolside. (IMHO the last cruise was too fast!)
You can read more about the cruise here. There is info for signing up with some excellent new travel agents that Melissa has cultivated a strong relationship with. I'll be teaching 9 classes on the cruise, and one of them will be for a new shawl design, Escapado!
How about we have a little giveaway?
I'd love to hear about what you want to learn in Escapado,  I'll try to incorporate your ideas into it!

Leave a comment below sharing a technique with me you'd love to learn on the cruise, and I'll choose one of you to win an Escapado kit (you'll have to wait until next November to receive it!). .I'll keep comments open through April 29th and announce a winner in my next blog post!

Oh, and the winner of last week's La Jefa yarn giveaway? Congrats go to PrettyPinkZebra Get in touch with your size and address and Spirit Trail Fiberworks get you your yarn! Thankyou so much for the La Jefa love last week... I'm thrilled that y'all love her as much as I do... I can't wait to see her start to come off your needles, she is going to be great for the cruise!


La Jefa: New Pattern!

Oh, you all have been patient! Ready for the last sweater in the Novus Collection
Introducing LA JEFA!
La Jefa (pronounced La He-fa) means Boss Lady in Spanish, and this sweater is certainly the boss!
I've been working on La Jefa ever since I got yarn from Jennifer at Spirit Trail Fiberworks in November. I ripped a few times, revamped things once, and then had a slew of people test her to make sure La Jefa fit more than just my body type!
Oh, I love this sweater! The wait was worth it, I promise!
La Jefa is definitely the most challenging of the 3 sweaters in the Novus Collection, but if you have knit Hot Flash or Las Cruces, or are comfortable with lace, you will be ready for her!
I actually knit two La Jefa's... the second is knit in Anzula Breeze (the same heavy lace silk/linen I knit both Crucero's with) in Shitake.
I think you can see the stitch details a bit more clearly in it! The back and side seam panels use the stitch I developed for Meta Mystery KAL
And the "body" uses the same stitch I used in Clarus! So really, though it looks complicated, this might be a familiar knit for a few of you!
La Jefa uses the exact same construction as the other sweaters in the Novus Collection, if you aren't familiar with it, check out the blog series I did on it!
This blog post would have WAY too many photos if I posted all the great ones from the shoot. Go take a peek on Ravelry, you can see a gazillion more, plus all the testers lovely versions knit in a variety of great yarn choices!

And lucky you! Guess what? Spirit Trail has offered to giveaway a Sweater Quantity (2 or 3 skeins, size dependent) of Nona in Rose Kissed (the color shown above) to one of you lucky blog readers! And Jennifer is so in love with La Jefa that she is offering 20% off Nona through 4/25/16. Just enter the code BOSSLADY at checkout.

Just leave a comment below letting me know who is La Jefa in your life! Don't forget to leave a way to get in touch with you... I'll keep comments open through April 24th and announce a winner in my next blog post!


Crucero Banda with new kit colors!

Remember Crucero Shawl from earlier this winter? Well I came home from the cruise with a bee in my bonnet... I wanted to release the kits in a few more colors AND I wanted to design a version that wasn't quite as fussy, more of a scarf, than a shawl!
So, Crucero Banda (Scarf in Spanish) was conceived! Crucero Banda has all the same stitches as Crucero Shawl, it is just worked entirely flat.
It begins with a rectangular strip of twisted dropped stitches (you Synthesis knitters know how to do that!) and then two strips are worked off of each long edge of that creating a long scarf with a center panel.
It has the same lace stitch and beaded edgings as Crucero Shawl, but the start is was easier and the fit a bit more modern!
This shawl is SO easy to wear! My Mom is getting it for her Mother's Day/Birthday present, but she doesn't read my blog, so I am safe!
And there are 3 new Anzula Breeze kit colors... I've put them in my Etsy shop and made them a little less expensive as I know many of you have the pattern already and I decided to not bundle it with this kit so you weren't paying for it twice! Plus if you already own the pattern for Crucero Shawl, Crucero Banda is only $4 more.

oh, and p.s., those of you waiting for the last sweater in the Novus Collection?
It will be out SUPER soon, just waiting for a spring day to take photos on a "real" model!
Goldie (my model above) is a bit tougher when it comes chilly lake shoots...