The clock is ticking, knitters! I you don’t want to hear it, but Hanukkah is 6 days away and Christmas is 11 days away! Will someone please tell me how that happened?!!
Who doesn’t love quick, last-minute knits? We’re offering up a new free pattern that’s perfect for crunch time. Check out our Keystone Hat by Lydia Abel! You can get the pattern here or on Ravelry here and it takes only 1 hank of Simply Sweet Whipped Cream and 1 ball of Bamboo.
Lydia has designed for Be Sweet before, so we asked her a few questions…
Be Sweet (BS): How long have you been knitting?
Lydia Abel (LA): I HAVE BEEN KNITTING SINCE I WAS ABOUT 6 AND DID MY FIRST LACE FULL SIZE TABLE CLOTH IN FINE COTTON ON A CIRCULAR NEEDLE WHEN I WAS 11.
BS: Who taught you?
LA: KITCHEN STAFF IN A COUNTRY HOTEL IN CAPE TOWN SOUTH AFRICA AND THEN MY MOTHER.
BS: What is your favorite fiber to work with?
LA: I LOVE COTTON BUT LATELY I HAVE BEEN EXPERIMENTING WITH DIFFERENT FIBRES .
BS: What is your favorite Be Sweet yarn?
LA: I LOVE THE WHIPPED CREAM AND HAVE MIXED IT WITH LIKE COLOURS IN BAMBOO. I HAVE USED BAMBOO WITH ORGANIC COTTON (BAMBINO) – THAT IS JUST SO SMOOTH AND GREAT COLOURS.
BS: What is your favorite sweet treat?
LA: ITS A TOSS UP BETWEEN ICE CREAM OR CHOCOLATE.
BS: What is your favorite thing to design?
LA: I LOVE MAKING BABY BLANKETS – SO MUCH VARIETY AND FREEDOM TO EXPERIMENT. VINTAGE DESIGNS GIVE ME PLEASURE TOO.
BS: If time, gravity and money weren’t an issue, what would you design and knit?
LA: SOME OF THE NEW ITALIAN AND FRENCH FUR AND EXOTIC YARNS ARE SO EXCITING FOR COWLS AND HATS AND SOME VERY AMAZING WRAPS. I HAVE NEVER TRIED CLOTHING SO THAT WOULD BE SOMETHING IF TIME ALLOWED. THERE ARE SO MANY GLITTERY YARNS THAT I WOULD LOVE TO TRY.