Our friend Hannah Fettig has been collaborating with fellow knitwear designer Alana Dakos on a book of patterns called Coastal Knits: A Collaboration Between Friends on Opposite Shores, set to be released in October. Alana, who lives in California, and Hannah, who lives in Maine, each designed patterns inspired by their respective coasts. They also wrote up a few company spotlights to feature in the book, including one of Swans Island. Hannah recently posted a preview of the book on her blog. We can’t wait to get our hands on a copy.
Also check out Maine Magazine‘s September issue. Writer Jennifer Hazard did a nice job of rounding up great places to shop, eat, visit and explore in the Lincolnville area for their “48 Hours In . . .” column. The communities in and around Lincolnville are full of talent, creativity and diversity, and we were thrilled to have been included on the list.
We were so excited when The Cashmere Goat opened in nearby Camden earlier this summer. The shop carries yarn, an assortment of notions, knitting books and knitting magazines. Check them out next time you’re in town. And if your significant other is not a knitter, there’s a comfy lounge section where they can kick back while they wait. The Cashmere Goat 20 Bayview Street Camden, ME 04843 (207) 236-7236
Here’s what a few of us at Swans Island have been enjoying for our summer reading. What’s on your list?
Bright’s Passage, by Josh Ritter | A Perfect Red: Empire, Espionage and the Quest for the Color of Desire, by Amy Butler Greenfield | Made For You and Me; Going West, Going Broke, Finding Home, by Caitlin Shetterly
The Knitters Book of Wool: The Ultimate Guide to Understanding, Using, and Loving the Most Fabulous Fiber. by Clara Parkes | Wild Color: The Complete Guide to Making and Using Natural Dyes, by Jenny Dean
Faith, Hope, Love, Knitting: Celebrating the Gift of Knitting with 20 Beautiful Patterns by Lorna Miser | The Art of Knitting: Inspirational Stitches, Surfaces, and Textures, by Francoise Tellier-Loumagne
We love our warm, summer days here in midcoast Maine, but we also appreciate days like we’ve had this past week: fog unraveling along the coast, crisp coolness in the air, mild gray in the sky. Our creative director spent a recent morning slacking off on the beach and happened to have one of our indigo throwswith her. How perfect!