I’m lucky to be heading back to the City again this weekend, but for a totally different purpose: my granddaughter, Hazel’s, second birthday party. It’s SO hard to believe it’s been a full two years already! But with one of her first complete sentences being, “I love you, Gram,” I’m a believer….. Here’s Hazel riding on the F train from her home in Park Slope to one of her mom’s jobs in the City (Naima has a custom/private garden business, www.blueingreen.org.)
Rather, it’s more on the wall than off. I was in NYC for our latest NaturallyCaron.com photo shoot this past week. I try to get at least a couple hours to look around (even though serious looking around takes days, not hours). This visit I was excited to see a new Free People store in the trendy section of Fifth Avenue, between 14th and 23rd streets. In that area you can find Forever 21®, H&M, Anthropologie, Express, Black/White® and a whole lot more. It’s my stomping grounds for new looks and, in the case of Free People, new wall art that combines knit, crochet and fabric in both their wall art and their fashions. While the store wouldn’t let me take any photos from inside, I was told that if I stood outside the door, there was no problem. So this is from the front of the store peering inside. I love the bohemian look and color palette of Free People – which inspired me to find an Indian restaurant to kind-of continue in the bohemian theme, this time for the palate. And check out the yarn balls!
For this week’s featured designs, we have one that I know many of you have been waiting for, Kim Rutledge’s Chakra Scarf, crocheted in Spa Rose Bisque. You’ve had just enough time to finish the Chakra Purse, so now you can complement it with the scarf!
And for knitters, it’s Susan Shildmyer’s cabled London Tunic in Country Renaissance Rose. Tunics have to be everywhere. I love American fashion: one year it’s total navel-baring, the next it’s tunics. Keeps us all buying – and creating. But I love the ebb and flow – and I especially love this year’s tunics. I only wish I’d kept some of mine from the 80s……Ann E. Smith’s feminine Aran-style sweater Willow Stream in Spa’s Naturally is a wonderful contemporary yet romantic take on a traditional favorite. With bobbles and cables throughout the front, it’s interesting knitting for experienced knitters – and gives more novice knitters a chance to practice making bobbles. Since the bobbles and cables are just on the front, the sweater is faster to knit than you may think. Check out the pattern here.
And for crocheters who just can’t get enough of motif designs, Treva McCain, who designed the super-popular Tucson throw, has once again come through and designed this fall-inspired Fresno Throw, in rich shades of Country’s Vicuna, Spice House, Plum Pudding and Spruce.