In October my friend Alexis Winslow as well as a few other friends came to stay with us for the weekend. I had so much fun showing them around Maine, and through all our touristing Alexis and I couldn't help but talk knitting. Knitwear design is such a niche, and so having someone else to talk to that is doing what you are doing is a real treat! Alexis was wearing some of the pieces from her recently released ebook, Speckle & Stone (it hadn't been released yet at the time), and I totally fell in love.
If you aren't familiar with Alexis' work, you should most definitely check it out. Our styles are very different, which makes Alexis' perspective and designs all the more interesting to me. Her work is full of bold colorwork and beautifully constructed details.
Seeing Alexis' pieces in person, walking around Maine made me want to cast on for every single piece. It's hard to choose a favorite, but I'll try...
The Tiber Cardigan is positively stunning. Having finished some circular yoke designs recently, I know both how fun, but how tricky these can be to design. Alexis has done an amazing job with this cardigan. Love!
The Brenta Hat is perfect. I love, love the vintage-y motif, and the color palette is right up my alley. It's gorgeous! I may have even noticed and commented on Alexis' Brenta hat when she walked in my house before I remembered to be the proper hostess and say "hello and welcome" to all my friends! (Sorry guys, I've got a one track mind, and that track is "knit".)
Lastly, I want to show you the Arno Pullover. It's a simple enough knit, but one of those sweaters you'll want to wear everyday. What I love most about it (besides the fantastic marled colors) is the construction details. I don't typically go for set in sleeves, but this one I can't wait to knit! One of the biggest reasons for this is because it is still completely seamless! Seamless construction with a tailored look - score! This sweater is a total wardrobe essential.
Well done on another great collection Alexis! I can't wait to make them all.
And be sure to check out Alexis' book, Graphic Knits!