Here I am in New York, after a stop in Los Angeles, where I explored yarn shops (of course). Visiting Wildfiber is like going back to my childhood home, with one exception: it is as big as I remembered, with lots of space to sit and knit, which I did last Wednesday night in the company of some old friends I’d not seen in three years. It was a lovely way to begin my trip to the USA.

The next stop on my shop tour was Knitter’s Studio, on 3rd Street in West Hollywood, followed by Twist, in Manhattan Beach. Both are charming, with beautiful selections of natural fibres. Cathy Karen, of Twist, has her very own selection of beautiful yarns she dyes herself.

Now that I’m in New York, having spilled a glass of tomato juice all over my lap during the flight and arriving without my luggage which took another 24 hours to show up  – amazing how helpful a little shampoo and a hairdryer in a hotel bathroom can be when you have no other options and you’re late for dinner – I’m excited that Abigail, a new cardigan I designed for The Knitter magazine, is on the cover of Issue 20, out this week.

Abigail is inspired by the blouses of the 1950’s and 60’s which I love. Think Betsy of Mad Men, and a pair of slim pants or a full skirt.. It could also be lovely worn open, over a dress.  I gave it a tailored, Peter Pan collar which I’d wanted to try for some time.  I’m excited at the way it turned out!

It’s very fun to knit (one piece to the armholes) with no dreaded button band to pick up or attach later. It’s all done as you go. One of my favourite details is the touch of eyelet gathering on the sleeves and pockets.

Sizes are 81cm(32″) to 117cm(46″) chest. The yarn is Debbie Bliss Eco Baby.

Now I’m off to explore New York with India. We’ve heard there’s a new knitting shop in Brooklyn that has a liquor license!  Now that’s a new angle.

But before I go I have to mention String, on East 65th St. It’s a lovely shop, airy and light, located upstairs in an old brownstone. Linda Morse, the owner, imports cashmere  and has it dyed by  Koigu in some of their Kpppm colours.

8 Responses to “Abigail”

  1. Kathleen Says:

    What a pretty little sweater! The details, including that collar, are lovely. Enjoy your stay here in NYC – you have perfect weather :)

  2. Barb Says:

    Lovely! The collar is beautifully shaped.

    Enjoy NYC! I’m envious…

  3. Alice Says:

    Hi there! I found your blog, then discovered you are form NZ too! i guessed through the new dowse etc etc in your blog roll. Nice to find your blog, your knitting is lovely!

  4. Karen Says:

    Cute sweater, Mel – it is on my short list of projects-to-do-soon! I will be on the look-out for The Knitter!

  5. Karen B Says:

    I’m so glad to hear you were back for a visit! I’m moving (dual residency) back to the LA area and will be not too far from Twist. I’ll have to visit. Wildfiber will have to come occasionally since the 405 is SUCH a pain. I love Abigail. I’ll look for the magazine.

  6. Emma Says:

    Congrats Mell on making the cover! This is gorgeous. I expect to see if framed and in your knitting studio when I next come for my lesson. In fact….I expect to see a whole wall with your covers all framed up…..just like in Vogue. Then we can make a movie like September Issue!

  7. Susan aka paintermom Says:

    I love this! Is it available as a separate pattern to purchase? I don’t think Knitter is available in the US, is it?

  8. Mel Says:

    Hi there Susan,
    The Knitter is available in the USA, at Borders or Barnes & Noble. You can also subscribe here: http://www.myfavouritemagazines.co.uk

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