mishi2x Designs




Q is for Quince

I remember having a sweet illustrated alphabet when I was little, and the Q stood for Quince.  I never knew what it was, and my usually curious mind never bothered to find its meaning.  I never thought much about the word until, what feels like ages ago, rumors started to spread about a "Pam-Allen yarn".  Of course, I squealed (internally) and immediately tried to find as much information about it as possible. 

When I found out the new company's name would be Quince & Co., I was intrigued.  (Since having my illustrated alphabet, I had found out that Quince was a fruit, but nothing more than that.)

What I didn't know about Quinces is that they are resistant to frost and must have a cold spell in order to flower properly.  Well if that isn't the perfect name for a yarn company, I don't know what it is!

Luckily, I've been able to work with their yarn and today they released a design I created with their Osprey yarn.  I had such a great time playing around with their yarns. Osprey is so unbelievably soft, it just glides right through your fingers.  I was drawn to Osprey in particular, because I had been working with so much Fingering and Worsted weight yarns, that something bulky really caught my eye.  What I also love about Osprey is even though it's bulky, I didn't feel like I was lifting weights while I was knitting.  The yarn is very light despite it's gauge, and the resulting fabric has a lovely drape.

When I started swatching for Wickerwork, I had an inkling of what I wanted to do.  A garment, for sure.  Something simple with that little twist of Pam Allen (y'all know what I'm talking about), feminine but not overly girly, and finally the necessary dash of New England - all things I associate with Quince & Co.  The first swatch I made, was the stitch pattern I went with.  I can't tell you how unusual that is.  It usually takes a little time to get used to a yarn and how it behaves.  And more time to get a sense of what types of stitches look good.  And even more time to figure out what needle size and gauge work.  But I clicked with this yarn right out of the gate.  We just meshed.

Once the sketch and swatch were approved, it was onto the actual garment.  I hem'ed and haw'ed about what color I wanted to use, and ultimately left the decision up to Pam.  She chose Honey, and I don't think there's a more perfect color for this design.

First of all, is that not the most perfect name for that color?!  I love it!  It makes the stitch pattern really stand out, and the color is so much fun and unusual without being jarring or obnoxious.  I think you'd also be surprised how complimentary this color is on a number of skin tones.  Seriously.  I didn't believe it at first either.

Anyway, I really meant for this design to be accessible.  I think it will look great on a number of different body types.  I truly hope you enjoy Wickerwork.  And definitely give Osprey a try.  You'll fall in love!