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KnitMe: Filament No. 1, Fall 2016

Recently my friend Anne contacted me to let me know about a new venture she was launching, Knit Filament.  Knit Filament is a new publication that is the brainchild of Anne Podlesak and Kathleen Dames, designers and friends that celebrate their friendship and their love of designing lovely garments.  Anne asked if I’d be interested in reviewing a copy of their premiere issue, Filament No. 1 – Fall 2016.  Of course I said yes!

The issue arrived last week and I was immediately impressed by the printing quality. The booklet is 8.5 x 11″ with a sturdy cardstock cover, and lovely colorful pages.  My favorite thing about this first issue is its styling; the whole issue has a lovely vintage feel.

Filament No. 1 includes eight patterns for women including:

  • Four sweaters: 2 cardigans and 2 pullovers
  • A hat and gloves set
  • A shawl
  • A pair of socks
  • A cowl and fingerless mitts set

I should start by saying that I love all the patterns in the issue, but I wanted to share photos (with permission) of my two favorite items in the collection.

The first is a cabled sweater by Kathleen Dames called Beaton.  Beaton is the cover sweater and I absolutely love the cables (which I’m sure is no surprise to you) and the shawl collar. It also makes me want to knit a sweater in a neutral color. It looks so cozy for fall and winter.

Beaton by Kathleen Dames, pattern featured in Filament Issue No. 1, Fall 2016 or available on Ravelry

The second pattern that caught my eye is the pattern for the Milkweed Socks by Anne Podlesak.  I absolutely love the texture on these socks created by the different stitch patterns.  I have a skein of tweedy sock yarn that I think would be a perfect match!

Milkweed Socks by Anne Podlesak, pattern featured in Filament Issue No. 1, Fall 2016 or available on Ravelry

The remainder of the patterns in this volume are just as wonderful.

The issue itself features various modeled shots of the garments in the front section, followed by the pattern details in the back. Another detail that I love in the front section are the little sketches of the sweaters included along with the actual photographs. Obviously I haven’t knit anything from this volume yet, but all the patterns look to be well written, with clear, easy to follow instructions along with charts and schematics.  All in all, I would highly encourage you to give this one a look.

Filament No. 1, Fall 2016 can be purchased in hard copy from the Knit Filament website for $21 plus shipping. Included in each hard copy is a coupon code so you can also download the issue on Ravelry.

If you don’t want to order a physical copy, the issue can be purchased as a digital download only on Ravelry for $21.  Finally, patterns can also be purchased individually for between $5 and $7 per pattern.

Anne and Kathleen have also offer to give away a copy of Filament No. 1 to one lucky winner. Please head over to my Ravelry group for details on how to enter to win a copy of your own!

A special thank you to Anne and Kathleen at Knit Filament who sent me a copy of Issue No. 1 (retail: $21.00) for free. I received no other compensation for this review. All opinions and photos are my own, unless otherwise noted.

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Drink Me: Tea Market, Vintage Christmas

Since this is the month for all things holiday, I was thrilled when I stopped in at Tea Market a few weeks ago and found their winter blends available. I was totally intrigued by “Vintage Christmas.”

While Tea Market doesn’t have an official ingredient label, I know this tea contains chocolate, mint, sprinkles, silver balls and popcorn, among other things.  It is available for $4.65 per ounce.

Opening the package was amazing – if you love chocolate and mint it smells just like chocolatey minty Christmas. I loved the sprinkles and silver balls in the blend, even if they don’t add anything but a bit of pretty sugar. I was most skeptical about the popcorn, but I didn’t even notice it in the tea.  The taste was great – actually very simple and sweet. It would be delightful on a cold evening.