The Impetuous Weaver Makes Good Use of Sunlight

Oh, that delightful time of year when we can shed our layers of woolens and wiggle our toes in the grass! These first sunny days can make us feel a little giddy here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, as though anything is possible (and we also know that "june-uary" could be just around the corner, so Carpe that sunny Diem!).


a lacy maple tree with early green leaves is viewed from below with blue sky behind


The big, giddy plan when the sun came out last weekend was to dye a Giant Tub of yarn and fibers outdoors, using the heat of the sun.




Summer Stripes from Pom Pom Quarterly


We are loving Pom Pom Quarterly's latest collection. It's full of simple and wearable summer garments featuring stripes of all sorts!

stack of striped summer sweaters


It starts with a breezy, oversized tee in one of our favorite yarns, Shibui Knits Reed. Herrera features subtle and flattering stripes, a deep vee back, and plenty of fluid drape, thanks to the chainette structure of this beautiful linen yarn.

Herrera Tee


The Anni top utilizes a clever slip-stitch pattern to create easier-than-it-looks vertical stripes, so you can worry less about the process, and have fun playing with colors. Knit in Juniper Moon Zooey, it has the right balance of crispness and squish, and will be a timeless knit in Zooey's palette of subtle neutrals and mellow colors.

Anni Top three views


For an even quicker project, how about the Judoka bag? Straightforward knitting plus clever folding and sewing make this a project that even a new knitter can accomplish, with stunning results. Written for three sizes (the smallest and largest are shown), you just might want all three!

We are thinking of working this one up in crisp Ito Gima, a tiny cotton tape yarn, for its strength and interesting texture. Or maybe Spincycle Dyed in the Wool, with its built-in stripes!

Judoka bag flat

Judoka bag in action

        Judoka with knitting


For more information, or to purchase Pom Pom 25 and back issues, click here.

Happy Summer Knitting, from the Weaving Works!