Meet Pearl
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When this bear arrived in the mail from Southwest Trading Company the kids immediately wanted to name it. They settled on Pearl. She’s here to be a model. Yesterday I got signed contracts returned to me so I can finally start talking about my current project, tentatively titled, A Bear’s Suitcase. It’s a book!

When this project was proposed to me, I was excited because I’ve always used knitting on a small scale as a way to try out and learn new techniques, and so I thought the book would be a great venue to teach all the things I love about knitting. Many of the patterns will be done in one piece, there will be some fair-isle, some lace, and lots of fun techniques.

Right now I’m in the thick of designing and knitting. I’ve got several projects left to design, but most are on either my needles, or on those of my crack team of bear knitters (who knew bears could knit?). The deadlines are incredibly tight, and somehow this is not the only project on my plate this summer, so it’s a balancing act, but I’m having fun.

The little bolero that Pearl is wearing is knit in Tye Dye from Knit One Crochet Too. I loved exploring and choosing the yarns for the book–you know I lean towards yarns that are sustainably produced, and I was able to use lots of my favorites as well as lots of new yarns too.

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Meet Pearl