Whew, what a busy summer it’s been! A good portion of my knitting this summer has been focused around a new project that I’m embarking on with my good friend Christina, and I’m beyond excited to share it with you all here!
Introducing Appalachian Knits: an on-going collection brought to you by Christina and myself. This collection will celebrate the fiber farms, mills and dyers of the Appalachian region. With a focus on beautiful and practical knits, these patterns will be a collection of designs made with yarns produced in the fiber rich region of Appalachia. This collection is very near & dear to our hearts, and we are so excited to share it with the world!
My first contribution to the collection is Old Rag – an incredibly cozy, textured shawl. Knit using Cestari Traditional 2 ply wool, this shawl is sure to be one you reach for over and over again during the colder months.
I honestly can’t say enough good things about this yarn and this company. A family run company located in Churchville, Virginia, they raise, mill & sell their yarns online and in stores throughout the country. The yarn I used for this shawl is a definite contender for my “desert island” yarn. It’s super bouncy and soft, it smells incredible, and the way the wool is processed leaves in a good amount of natural lanolin, which makes your hands so soft while knitting.
The shawl combines fisherman’s rib and slipped stitch sections to create a plethora of texture on both sides. And as a bonus, the wrong side is also extremely attractive! Named after Old Rag Mountain, a mountain in the Virginian Appalachian Mountains, just a few miles from the Cestari farm, the color sections mimic the layers of mountains seen throughout the Appalachian Mountains.
You can purchase Old Rag here through Ravelry, and from now until Wednesday, August 17 at midnight EST, use the code “appalachian” to receive 25%. Make sure to check out Christina’s pattern, Hawksbill too! And if you’re interested in following along with us and our designs, you can find us on Instagram at @appalachianknits.