Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Paris Anyone?

I'm so excited to share my two new designs from Kollage Yarns! Introducing....

Le Petit Pont

Le Petit Pont.2

When Erica from Kollage Yarns asked me to design a one-skein scarf project out of 200 yards of this gorgeous, silky, Creamy yarn, I'll admit, I was a bit nervous. Would that be enough yarn? It almost felt like my own version of Project Runway. Make it work!

Le Petit Pont small

The color and the lace reminded me of springtime in Paris, sipping on cafe au lait and enjoying a fresh macaroon. Le Petit Pont....the little bridge. This little bridge in Paris. I also knew that for me, I'd want the flexibility of a slightly larger scarf for those breezy walks along the River Seine (oh, how I wish the photo shoot budget allowed for this!).

Le Petit Pont

Le Petit Pont3

400 yards of fingering weight Kollage Creamy yarn was the perfect amount for this larger version of Le Petit Pont. The pattern features both sizes.



My test knitter, Discoknits, did a fabulous job knitting up this version. I can't wait to cast on my own! Gaylen test knit TWO of the smaller versions and I'll share pictures of those once I get to Stitches East. Thank you, thank you Disco and Gaylen! You both are such wonderful knitters and were beyond super speedy!

Le Petit Pont features an easy to memorize 8-stitch, 8-row pattern. Every other row is a simple purl row without lace patterning. As I knit on my scarf, I fell in love with the ease of the pattern and the gorgeous results, and immediately thought of a warmer, cozier version for the winter. And, if it was a cowl or infinity scarf, then every other row would be knit, which equals an even easier design. Which is a definite win for me. I pitched this idea to Erica, and a few days later, gorgeous skeins of Kollage Yarns Solace arrived on my doorstep.




I'll admit it. I'm enamoured with the infinity scarf version of Pont Neuf. I'm already on my second one (for me to keep!)! A big thank you to Nartian who test knit this in less than three days! Seriously, where would I be without my knitting friends?! The pattern uses approximately 300-325 yards (you'll need 4 skeins of Solace, but will use less than 3 1/2 skeins) makes me think of lots of yarns I can stashbust with. Can anyone say Christmas gifts??



The cowl version uses approximately 125-150 yards (2 skeins) and knits up in a flash. You can probably get both versions out of 5 skeins. Again, holiday gifts!


For a few minutes during our photo shoot, as we sat outside Pamplemousse Patisserie et Cafe, on a misty Sunday morning when the Bay Area got its first rain, I almost felt like we were in Paris. My dear friends, Thayer, aka Ilikecake, my gorgeous model, and Tricia, my photographer who is willing to climb ledges and chairs to get just the right shot, were absolutely amazing again. If ever there is a book (hey, a girl can dream), you know who will be on the cover and who will be behind the camera. And I promise to pay them in actual money, not just macarons and quiche :) Big hugs ladies!! I so appreciate it!

Both patterns are available for immediate download at Patternfish (Le Petit Pont and Pont Neuf) and will be available this weekend at Stitches East in The Fine Needle booth #218, 220, 222. You'll find me either in their booth or the Kollage Yarns booth so be sure to stop by and say hi and to check out the new patterns in person! The patterns will also be available at your favorite LYS that carries Kollage Yarns.

With less than 2 months until Christmas, both Le Petit Pont and Pont Neuf will make quick, gorgeous gifts this holiday season! I know what I'll be knitting a few more of.

Quick reminder about the Sock-a-licious and Bellingrath Pattern giveaway going on. Enter here for a chance to win! And don't forget about my pattern sale. Receive 20% off any of my individually sold patterns by using the coupon code stitcheseast from now until Nov.1.

Happy Knitting! Au Revoir!

xoxo Irishgirlieknits


Jocelyn said...

Awesome! Makes me want to knit the infinity scarf now from my stash. Nartian did it in under 3 days? Is she Superwoman or what?!

Erica said...

Yet again, you exceeded my expectations. Great job and I'm glad you were up for the challenge!

Erin said...

Great photo shoot and very pretty patterns!

Jen said...

So beautiful! Another lovely job! :)

Anonymous said...

loerly just loverly!
i'll be stalking you at stitches!

Channon said...

See?! You're such a good enabler. I'm in a scarf mood, so scarves you design! They're all quite stunning.

*Sarah said...

Well, if I wasn't at work, this post would have me casting on ten minutes ago! Need an infinity scarf just.like.yours! And now.

Jana said...

Wow, you did it again. Absolutely beautiful. I rushed to click for my La Petit LOVE it. As usual your photos are just gorgeous and not only makes me want hand knit scarves but a yummy mocha.
Thanks for offering this.

Nartian knits said...

LOL! I'm not superwoman, but the first rainy weekend of the season plus a slew of really good sports games on tv made for lots of knitting time. Also, worsted weight yarn makes for quicker lace knitting.

I'll need to get my own copy of petit pont & get cracking on my own Pont Neuf. Thanks for letting me test knit. That was fun.

gMarie said...

I love it! I love the infinity scarf - what a lovely idea. g

Bezzie said...

Great collection!!! I've never been an infinity scarf fan, but this may make me a convert!

And it's "macarons" not macaroons. Lots of people spell it macaroons in reference to those cookies (and "-oon" does seem to be acceptable for the most part), but the French name is macarons. Hey, I didn't get to be a Cookie Czar eating Chips Ahoy! ;-)

Tricia said...

I'm so excited for you!

I had a blast at the photoshoot. Sometimes I think I like photography because I have an excuse to climb up on things for a different perspective.

Such lovely lovely designs.

Zonda said...

They are both beautiful patterns!! You are an amazing designer! Have fun at Stitches!

Christine said...

I did not go to Petit Pont, but I did take your advice to have a Nutella Crepe! Thanks for the tip! It was delicious!

Discoknits said...

2 more winners (or is that 4 more winners?) Carrie. Well done. Enjoy Stitches :0)

Caffeine Girl said...

You just get better and better! These are so beautiful! And they are great ways to make a dent in my sock stash. Congratulations for coming out with some more awesome patterns!

Rani said...

You are crackin' a can on those gorgeous patterns. The photo shoot looks so soft and pretty. It's fun to see the pattern in different colors like that.

Tece said...

Look at you go , girlfriend! You have become a designing whirlwind!! Love your newest theme and designs....

Stacy said...

Have cast on and am about 1/4 way through an infinity scarf in Kollage's Glisten. LOVE the pattern!! Can't wait to knit a few of the scarves as well.

It was so great to meet you at Stitches East! Can't wait for WEST!!

weebug said...

both are lovely!

Marisol said...

O.k. Can I just say I love this!!! I need one right now. I think I just got my knitting mojo back. Just 20 minutes ago I was contemplating not knitting a lick for Christmas!