I am a huge fan of Susan B Anderson’s work. When Mary Lou, Gale, and I were planning our book, Drop Dead Easy Knits, she was one of the first designers who came to mind to create a pattern for us. And she did not disappoint. Her Bear in a Bunny Suit is one of my favorite patterns in the book. So imagine my joy when Susan wrote and asked me to design for her wonderful yarn brand, Barrett Wool Co.
Susan and I chatted about design ideas and color choices. A few days later a box of beautiful yarn arrived. With yarn in hand it was an easy thing to create a design in this delightfully squishy American wool. Barrett Wool Co’s Home seemed to demand that I create a design that takes advantage of its lovely, cozy feel. It whispered in my ear that a combination of garter stitch and mosaic would be just the thing. Sonora is the result, and Susan released the pattern yesterday. (If you click through, that link will take you to the Ravelry page where you can see Susan’s gorgeous photos taken at the Grand Canyon. They will take your breath away.)
Before I shipped the sample off to Susan, I bribed my daughter IJK to venture out to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, on a cold but sunny February day, to take some photos. IJK was a sport and modeled the shawl despite the cold. The giant wool shawl and an offer of a delicious lunch played no small part in convincing her to tough it out.
Susan is offering the pattern at the discounted price of $4.00 until tomorrow, April 30th with the coupon code SONORA. You can read more about the design and see Susan’s suggestions for additional color combos on the Barrett Wool Co blog.