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All photos by Alexa Ludeman © 2013 and used with permission.

New designs to look at! I’m excited to announce my inclusion in a new knitting book called Cascadia. It contains a fabulous collection of knitwear by West Coast designers including Jane Richmond, Tin Can Knits, Emily Wessel, Alexa Ludeman, Megan Goodacre, Judy Marples, Melissa Thomson, Amanda Kaffka, Amanda Milne and myself, of course. Even better we all had the opportunity to knit with yarn dyed by our local yarn dyers: SweetGeorgia, Kattikloo, Everything Old, Sweet Fiber and Indigo Moon.

Without further ado, let me present Wake knit with SweetGeorgia Yarns Tough Sock.

With knitting on my mind I was thrilled to see lacy stitch patterns in the wake behind the BC ferry while going through Active Pass. Every time I rode the ferry I just knew I had to recreate the frothy movement of the water in a sweater design.

The body is worked in one piece to the armholes before dividing to work the fronts and back separately. Waist shaping is achieved by using progressively smaller, then progressively larger needle sizes making an unbroken flow of lace to hug the curves. English tailored shoulders and fully-fashioned details finish off the polished, yet feminine look.

My second design in Cascadia is a man’s pullover called Wickaninnish, knit in an organic merino aran dyed by Saltspring Island’s Kattikloo Fibre Studio. The fine details of design and much of the knitting for this sweater were done at Long Beach in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. The weathered tones of driftwood, beach grass, wet sand, grey skies and rolling waves are inexorably linked with the design in my mind. Inset sleeves, a shawl collar, and English tailored shoulders give it the comfort a man wants for serious beachcombing. The rugged location just calls out for a sweater like this to brave the challenge of the waves and the wind.

Pre-orders for both the print and digital versions of the book have begun over at Cooperative Press. The digital copies will be available later this month and the print copies will be shipped mid-October in anticipation of Knit City.

Edited to add: Wake and Wickaninnish are now available as individual patterns from me.