I was lucky enough to get to go to Rhinebeck (aka, the New York Sheep & Wool Festival) again this year. The whole weekend was just beautiful and a lot of fun, so of course I pulled my classic maneuver and snapped precisely two photos during my entire stay.
The first is one of my delightful Cooperative Press booth mates, Andi, showing off the gorgeous yarn dyed by another of our delightful booth mates, Cheryl Potter of Cherry Tree Hill and Potluck Yarn. The second is of a sheep about to get clipped up for show at the festival. No, I don’t know what kind of sheep it is. What, did you come here for information? Silly goose.
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But Elizabeth, you may be murmuring to yourself, you lured me here with the promise of another boys’ knitting pattern roundup. And boys’ patterns you shall have, my invisible, murmuring friends. So many this week, in fact, because an entire, fabulous, five-pattern, beachy collection came out recently: Saltwater Knits by Andrea Sanchez. The booklet includes three sweaters, a vest, and a hat – all in a very wide range of sizes (6 months to 12 years) and all suited to boys or girls.
Check out the lovelies:
Aren’t they utterly charming? I am particularly enamored of Lighthouse Keeper, Pacific Grove, and Whale Watcher for their unusual shapes. It’s hard to find sweaters for boys that aren’t just variations on the standard themes, but these are each innovative in their own way – and yet entirely wearable for all that.
Andrea has very kindly offered to give away one free copy of her e-book to a reader of this blog. If you would like a chance to win, please leave a comment below between now and November 1, and I will randomly choose a winner. In your comment, please tell me one of your biggest joys and one of your biggest frustrations in knitting for kids. Please tell me your Ravelry ID as well, if you have one.