To Try Something New

You know, we all reach a certain point in knitting where there just aren’t many techniques we haven’t tried. As knitters, this isn’t a huge deal. Since the craft is built on a foundation of performing the same basic skills in one combination or another over and over and over again, for the most part we are pretty content to do just that. When the opportunity arises to try something new though, well, I have to check it out. Whether it’s hands-on or just reading or watching an instructional video, I like to stay apprised of the newest techniques.

A few weeks ago, I was asked to check out The BagSmith. This company takes the idea of ‘go big’ seriously — they specialize in big, bulky, luxurious yarns and tools as well as patterns to compliment these unique materials. Their first yarn, Big Stitch Alpaca, was designed to work with US 50 knitting needles. Yes, you read that right — five-zero, size fifty needles. Working with these specialized yarns, the company created designs that range from rugs & blankets to wraps & cowls & other garments that are written for knitting, crochet, and Tunisian crochet. They’ve definitely been busy!

More recently, The BagSmith introduced Apple Creek Chunky which is a 90/10 merino/silk blend. This low-twist single works up on a US 15 and comes in 8 colors. Coordinating Felt Pelts are also available & can be used alone or with the Apple Creek Chunky in a really wide range of projects. When given the chance to try my hand with a combination of Apple Creek Chunky & a Felt Pelt, I simply had to give it a try.

Mari’s Lovely Pillow Kit arrived on my doorstep and I wasted no time winding my yarn and prepping the felt pelt. Having never done anything like this I had absolutely no idea what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised that it proved to be a quick and easy project. Starting with a very simple process of cutting the felted piece into squares, folding them, and then using a small knitting needle and yarn needle to “thread” the pieces onto the yarn…IMG_9438I was surprised to find the process very reminiscent of prepping for a project with pre-strung beads. A speedy process once you get the hang of it, my yarn & felt were ready to go in no time.

IMG_9443I have to admit, it looked pretty wild!

The pattern and knitting were very simple and — seriously — quite fun.

IMG_9445Thanks to the chunky yarn & the US 15 needles everything came together quickly. I have to also give a shout-out to the Knitter’s Pride Nova Platina Interchangeable Circular Chunky Needle Set for saving me a trip to the craft store for bigger needles. Oh, how I love having all the needles I need at my fingertips!

In any case, I whipped up this pillow in just a couple of days and…

mlpIt turned out great!

mlp3As you can see, the front has this very textural quality created by the pre-strung and strategically placed felt pieces.

mlp2The back is a plain stockinette, showing off the super soft & pretty variegated Apple Creek Chunky yarn. The Forest Canopy colorway suits my outdoorsy family just perfectly, too.

As a special treat, the folks at The BagSmith are offering a special discount code so you can try this kit, too! Simply use the coupon code pillowparty when you checkout to receive $10 off your very own Mari’s Lovely Pillow kit. A super fun project — whether you’re looking for a unique accent piece, a house-warming gift, or you just want to try something new, go ahead and give this kit a try!

One thought on “To Try Something New”

  1. I am so happy you had fun playing with the knitting method I designed with The BagSmith yarn and felt pelt that Mari used to create the pillow you made. I created more then a few designs for BagSmith, I hope you try more of the designs. Have a great knit day,
    Terri of Carasan Designs.

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