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Designer Spotlight: Evening Whispers by Kam Baker

By day, Kam Baker is the artistan behind Everyday Peacocks, a brand of fancy stitch markers and shawls pins that she refers to as “yarn jewelry.” By night, Kam is a multitasking mom of three, often cooking, cleaning and wrangling kids while knitting. She doesn’t have as much time as she’d like to design, but she does a pretty good job with what she’s got!

Make that a really good job! Kam published Evening Whispers, a beautiful shawl pattern this summer. Delicate but warm, the shawl features a section of stockinette knit in Berroco Folio, a section of seed stitch knit in Boboli Lace and a section of lace the uses both yarns with stranded colorwork. The design is available in two versions – a crescent shape as well as a rounded triangle.

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Evening Whispers by Kam Baker

How did you come up with this design?

My friend Lucinda handed me a freshly started shawl one day and said, “Here, finish this.”

Any interesting stories about your process?

My process is a little scattered. Sometimes I see a design in my mind and then feverishly knit and reknit until I get it right. But other times—as for this pattern—I start with the chart. I will map out a design that I think will get me close to what I am seeing in my mind, and then I will swatch it. I block it out and evaluate it, then change anything that’s not quite right. I think I edited and swatched the lace panel for this shawl about three times before it was what I wanted it to be!

How did you decide on the yarn?

When this project was first put into my hands, the choice was obviously already made for me! When I started working on the crescent version of this design, I wanted to repeat this tactile fascination, but also add some delicious color! Lucinda suggested I take a look at the Folio. I fell in love with the sweet softness of it — what a gorgeous mix with the smooth texture and vibrant colors of Boboli Lace! It was perfect!

What’s your favorite thing about knitting?

I think it is the mental stimulation mixed with a creative spirit! I love knitting lace because it is constantly changing most of the time — I feel a bit like I am solving a puzzle as I go along. It keeps my brain active and allows me some brief moments of quiet pride when I get to marvel at the beautiful things I have created. Oh, and yummy yarn…did I mention how much I love yummy yarn?

Evening Whispers by Kam Baker

Evening Whispers by Kam Baker

Do you have a cool design you want to share? Or did you recently finish a project with Berroco yarn? You can email Ashley: apalumbo@berroco.com or post it to the Berroco Lovers forum in Ravelry.

 

Designer Spotlight: Hearts & Flowers Shawl by Jean Chung

When Jean Chung needed something to break up the reading and studying in law school, she got serious about knitting. So serious that, within two years, she was designing her patterns of her own. Since then, she’s had designs appear in Knitscene, Twist Collective and Knitty, among others. Read more

Emily Explains: Pattern Stitch for Holman Hunt

I have to begin this blog post by saying that Andean Mist is my new favorite yarn. It is so soft and fluffy without shedding all over you! When working on booklet #347, I designed Holman-Hunt – a large, rectangular shawl with an easy-to-memorize pattern stitch repeat. For those of you who are intimidated by charts, it is lace pattern with written instructions!  Read more

Emily Explains: Color Options for Splice

What is soft, cuddly and furry all over? Marmot! This yarn’s soft fur-like texture lends itself to many fun accessory patterns, but Norah believed it would make a lovely garment, too! Splice is a simple pullover that combines both Vintage DK for the sleeves and Marmot for the body. Read more

Emily Explains: How To Crochet the Pattern Stitch for Bantry

August is here and I am thoroughly enjoying flipping through the latest fashion magazines to see what is new for Fall ’14. I love this spread in W so much, it is actually making me long for sweater weather!

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Designer Spotlight: “Thanks! Piet” Wrap by Candy Key

Candy Key says that her life changed when a “real yarn shop” finally opened in her area. Yarnies, located in Abilene, TX, allowed Candy to build a stash with fabulous yarns, which continues to inspire her knitting! Read more

Emily Explains: Reaching the End of Your Shawl, Chock

For those of you who are participating in the Chock knit-along, you are doing great! Read more

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