We asked Alicia to answer some questions about her new design, what inspired it and why she chose one of our best-selling yarns as her medium. She has also elected to donate a portion of the proceeds from this pattern to 'Maine Needs,' we asked her about that too!
1. What inspired the textural pattern of Woodstove Season?
When I design it's deeply personal and emotional- so much so that even stitch patterns can communicate moods and feelings. I love what the chevron represents, in so many ways. Chevrons are up, chevrons are down. There is a balance there- for every high there is a low and they create this beautiful rhythm of peaks and valleys. Much like this year, there have been many highs and lows--especially with the isolation and tension that a global pandemic has brought. Chevrons promise another high for every low, they create a balance visually that seems to me to feel like growth and beauty when viewed as a whole. I felt like that pattern from the Woodstove Season Cardi needed to be revisited for this very reason.
2. Why did you choose Stone Wool's Romney + Merino yarn for one of your samples?
Romney + Merino was actually my birthday present to myself. My mother and I spent the day together and we went down to Knitwit in Portland as a treat- I spent over an hour looking at colors and bases, asking myself "what do knitters want to see me design with? What colors would they like best?" when I realized that I was trying to choose yarn for other people and not myself. I then reasoned that I should grab the first yarn that spoke to me, and I grabbed the Romney + Merino. There's something so comforting about a rustic neutral skein.
3. What's your favorite part of winter knitting?
Definitely the cozy, calm stillness. There's a solemn quietness to the world during wintertime, a peaceful rest where the ebbs and flows of the other seasons fade into silence. I love that peace, it's such a clean reset to grow and reflect each year.
4. How did you learn about Maine Needs, the organization you are donating a portion of the proceeds to?
You can find Woodstove Season on Ravelry
, and our Romney + Merino yarn in our shop
in ten delightful colors!