This summer has been quite the busy one Chez Yarniad, with swimming lessons, play dates, baseball, and, oh, growing a person in my belly. :) I'm happy to say that my second trimester has been lovely, but I'm just getting to that point where the heat is starting to get to me and I'm feeling kinda large. But I will say this for being pregnant in summer: stretch jersey dresses. The high temps mean I can basically wear the equivalent of a nightgown all day every day, and it's completely acceptable. I don't know how I made it through my first pregnancy in winter -- the last time I tried wearing a pair of pants, I just gave up and took a nap.
Anyway, this is a knitting blog, so let's talk about some knitting, shall we? I have some very exciting projects in the pipeline that I unfortunately can't share at this time, so today I'm going to talk about someone else's knits!
Back at TNNA in May, I had the pleasure of meeting up with Julie Turjoman, author of the awesome Brave New Knits, who gave me my first published-design opportunity and who I am now lucky to call a friend. She recently came out with a stunning collection of knits that utilize light, non-wool fibers. The focus is pretty, easy-to-wear, flattering pieces that are looking awfully tempting to me as we climb towards 100 degrees here in Turlock. And while true that these are fantastic knits for summer, the right color choices and layering pieces would make these great the rest of the year as well. For whatever reason, not everyone needs wool underlayers, even in winter.
So, let me introduce you to Knits that Breathe:
Knits that Breathe is a book of 12 light pieces, all done in fibers such as cotton, linen, bamboo, and silk. The collection includes tops and cardigans both, all styled and photographed beautifully. Want to take a look inside? Here are a few of my favorites, with links to Ravelry design pages included.
Haven is ultra-chic -- I can see this with leggings or jeans, with a camisole underneath (as shown), or layered with a long-sleeved tee in cooler weather.
Iced Frappuccino is another extremely lovely top. I love the decorative stitch patterns and am obsessed with that eyelet-y yoke.
Splash is one of the cardigans of the book. An open-front cardigan is always a great idea.
That's only four of them -- the additional 8 designs in the book are all just as pretty, easy, and flattering.
There is a group on Ravelry dedicated to Knits that Breathe if you'd like to chat with others knitting these projects. All patterns are on Ravelry here and purchase options (including the e-book, paperback version, and combo package) can be seen on Julie's website here.
OR....if you'd like to WIN a (signed!!) copy of this stunning book, simply leave me a comment with your favorite design from the book and your contact info (email, RavID, Twitter handle, anything) and it could be yours. You have until 11:59pm Pacific time next Sunday (August 3rd) and I will draw a winner next Monday morning. Good luck!
© Zoe Lonergan