One of the many designs that I have been working on is Orinoco, which I named after the giant boulders at the bottom of the Venezuelan side of the Orinoco River, near the Amazon Rainforest. The boulders are ginormous, smooth and beautiful, and can only be seen during the dry season.
The sample of Orinoco is being worked by my good friend Kristie, who is a sample knitter extraordinaire. She also knit the sock “Rick” in Cookie A.’s new book, and has also sample knitted many items for Chrissy Gardiner, whose patterns are available in print and pdf through Handicraft Café.
Orinoco is a design that I’m doing in partnership with Frog Tree Yarns, a not-for-profit company that provides yarn that is fairly traded and socially conscious. It uses their new merino/bamboo yarn, which will be available through Handicraft Café very soon.
Another one of my recent projects is Audra, which incorporates an all-over cable texture. Audra is not named for anyone in particular, but I did think that perhaps this is something that a modern-day Audrey Hepburn might wear, hence the echoing of that legendary name.
The sample for this garment is being worked by my good friend and first-time sample knitter Denise. Poor Denise had to rip out half of the garment though…despite my math, the width of the final garment was only large enough to fit a pre-teen.
Like Orinoco, this project is designed in partnership with a yarn company. Audra and 4 other projects that I’m working on are in partnership with Southwest Trading Company. Audra is worked with a new wool/bamboo yarn from SWTC. Unfortunately, Handicraft Café is not carrying that new yarn at this time, but we do carry (and will have listed very soon) another one of SWTC’s newer yarns: Therapi, which has jade in it!!