There is something going on in Maine and I wish I was there....
Maine seems to have a growing group of fantastic knitwear designers amongst the wonderful homegrown yarn mills and yarn companies. One of these knitwear designers is Alicia Plummer. And yes, that is Alicia in the photo above, she is both talented and gorgeous.
Here is Alicia's designer description from Ravelry:
Designing for me is like writing a novel expressing everything I’m feeling and doing and thinking. Color, lines, fit, can tell a story, and I love seeing how others interpret and knit up my stories.
I’m messy, disorganized, and loving. I design because I wear my heart on my sleeve, and designing is a perfect outlet for self-expression. I’m heavily influenced by the rustic beauty of our old farmhouse and my small town here in rural Maine.
My aim is to design things that have the down home comfort of New England but are also everyday items that someone can grab and throw on and still look good.
I think this sums up Alicia's designs perfectly. Take a look at her design page on Ravelry and you, like me, will want to knit every single pattern up for yourself or someone you love. Alicia's brand name is, Two Little Plums, in honor of her two young daughters.
Here are some links to find Alicia in other places:
I am going to highlight just a few favorites of mine from Alicia's designs today. The Falmouth Scarf, above, was in the recently released and wildly popular, Scarves, Etc. 2013 by Quince & Co. I love that many of Alicia's accessory designs are unisex.
Alicia also graces the cover of Scarves, Etc. 2013 wearing Mainline. The beautiful, natural photography by Carrie Bostick-Hoge and Alicia's beautiful, natural good looks certainly contributed to the overwhelming success of the Scarves, Etc. ebook. My dream is to knit through the entire book.
Who doesn't love a little top-down seamless top called Sebago Cove for their little plum? Simplicity is often found as a thing of beauty in Alicia's designs.
This is the first pattern I purchased from Alicia called Splitstone. It was funny because I had just purchased this pattern before I went to The Loopy Ewe Spring Fling and when I got there lynnzimm was sitting next to me knitting her own Splitstone in Madelinetosh Vintage in the Whiskey Barrel colorway. It was nothing short of gorgeous. Click here to see Lynn's version.
After I ordered the pattern, I received the sweetest email from Alicia. I was so touched that she gifted me several more of her lovely patterns. I asked Alicia if it was okay for me to do a spotlight blog post about her designs and she happily agreed.
One of the patterns I was gifted was Woodstove, a cozy cardigan knit in Brooklyn Tweed Shelter. Alicia recently sent out an updated and improved version of Woodstove. I can't wait to dig into this cardigan and I'd really like to knit it in Shelter.
Alicia Plummer is one to watch as she has quickly gained recognition in the knitting world. She has an easy, wearable aesthetic. Most importantly, her patterns are doable, unique, and comfortable, a great combination.
Plus, isn't she glowing on the inside and out?
Check out Alicia! She's a good one.