Emily and I are both the kind of people who are inspired by places. We have even written 3 books particularly inspired by place: Pacific Knits was inspired by the good old PNW, Handmade in the UK was inspired by Emily’s move to Edinburgh, and Road Trip was inspired by the wonderful vacations we have taken to Tofino and the Rocky Mountains.
3 books inspired by place
So, when the lovely ladies at Knit Social invited us to contribute designs to Cascadia, a collection inspired by our home, we had to say yes! Emily and I set to work jointly designing a sweater, Britannia.
Britannia is a beautiful beach, located just off the Sea to Sky Highway between Vancouver and Whistler. It is an idyllic location on Howe Sound, from which you get that iconic BC view of ocean, forest, and mountains. It was settled long ago as a mining community and the beach is very near the old copper mine. My kids have enjoyed the tour of the (now closed) Britannia Mines. Panning for gold anyone? Checking out giant tires?
For our sweater, we wanted a garment that embraced what we each love: cables and lace. A bold central cable is flanked by panels of simple open lace. Britannia is a perfect sweater for layering, and, while it appears fancy, has straightforward bottom-up construction.
For the yarn we chose a subtle hand dye by SweetGeorgia yarns. It has all the lovely depth of colour of a hand dye, without detracting from the stitch patterns in this sweater. Emily is wearing ‘lettuce wrap’ and Hunter is wearing ‘goldmine’.
I knit up a Britannia for Hunter’s Christmas sweater this year, also in SweetGeorgia Superwash DK in ‘slate’. She has been particularly smitten with this years sweater, wearing it all the time! It is such a joy when they love the hand knit you made for them.