coastal knits

Hello there, thanks for dropping by! For those of you who don't know me, my name is Carrie and I work as Art Director for Quince & Company. I do all the photography at Q, so taking snaps of knitwear is a usual occurrence. But, it is not everyday that I get invited to photograph a collection of garments for such a special project. I was honored and up for the task.

Actually, let me back up a bit and tell you about how Hannah and I first met. Do you mind Hannah?? Several years ago I moved here to Portland, Maine and was trying to find some work as a photo assistant. Diane (of the infamous Ferdinand) gave me the name of her friend Hannah, a local wedding photographer. Yes, that's right—both Hannah and I started off doing wedding photography! We corresponded, though didn't actually meet until a year or so later when I was working at the Fibre Company's mill. We both made the transition from wedding photography to knitting....because that's what everybody does, right? Strange...we were destined to work together.

So, Hannah asked me earlier this year if I'd be up for doing the photography for Coastal Knits. There were a few ideas kicking around, but eventually it was settled that Alana would photograph her pieces and I'd photograph Hannah's. I do believe, it all worked out for the best. Alana was able to capture the beauty of her west coast locations so nicely. And, since I share Hannah's love for this area, I hope I was able to capture a little of the magic of Maine.

I thought I'd keep things brief for the rest of this post and just show you some outtakes from the East Coast photo shoot.

The first location was Two Lights.

We started the day at dawn.

Had the most amazing morning fog. Dreamy.

Second location: Willard Beach

The fog held on. No complaints here.

We took a quick snack break at Scratch.

Third location: Casco Bay Ferry Lines
The fog was lifting.

Jocelyn, our model, was a natural.

Love this one in Sparrow!!

Fourth location: Eastern Promenade

The sun was out in full swing, so we hid under a tree.

Fifth location: The West End

The image below is the very last shot from this session. J was really workin' it. I believe this photo actually made it into the book but, I love it so much I had to include it here. I really like that L.L.Bean dress, too! Oh, and I should mention that amazing Volvo belongs to Hannah's husband, Abe. (Thanks for letting us cruise around town in it. So much fun.)

And, the oh so pretty streets of the West End.

That's it! Thanks for coming. And a big Thank you to Hannah & Alana for including me in Coastal Knits.

yarn yarn yarn

I have been super busy lately...still haven't gotten around to posting about Rhinebeck. Well, hopefully that will still come once I upload those photos to my computer. Til then, here is a peek at some new yarn I purchased.
The top photo is a lace weight I bought at The Sanguine Gryphon booth. And, of course, just as I found out about them (I'm a little behind...) as they are ending their business together. Ah, well. The bottom photo was also purchased at Rhinebeck at the The Greenwood Hill Farm booth. I LOVE this yarn. It's soft and lofty...can't wait to knit a pair of mittens with this.
The middle photo is some pretty String Theory yarn I bought at Purl Diva. I think this will become a sweater for Immie.

Stay tuned for this Wednesday—it is my turn on the Coastal Knits blog tour!



Good Morning...

Want some cables to go with your cowl? Here is Liesl, my new design. Just in time for this chilly, chilly chill that has come our way! (I'm wearing this right now in fact.)

Liesl is knit flat and seamed together. Made with Lark in Peacock.

Available on Madder and Quince and Ravelry.



I have just moved into a new Quince office, which is great in so many ways, but also sad since I'm not working from home and can't sneak little moments with my Immie.
But, there's nothing to complain about, really. The space is open and white. I'll be able to have mini photo shoots here—making the winter months less of a hassle in terms of location hunting. AND, I get to share it with my good friend, Karen. Not bad at all.
On the table are pieces of fabric I have been cutting out for a little tote bag. Cecily and I have been taking beginner sewing lessons together. SO MUCH FUN.

ps: I have a new pattern I'm releasing tomorrow...


knitbot signing

Quick post....a photo taken yesterday by Purl Diva's owner, Ellen, at Hannah's book signing. Cecily, Immie, and I couldn't resist heading up to Brunswick to join in on the fun.

More soon!



I'll be handing out Q button pins at Rhinebeck! Hope to see you there.



Today is my birthday! I thought it would be a fun time to offer a special 20% off promotion on my Ravelry patterns. Just enter the code: birthday. Hope you enjoy the day.

Offer expires end of day on Tuesday.




Good Morning. It is 9am and I have already been up for over 4 hours now! Just finished photographing a model at Crescent Beach. So pretty—both the model and the location. There's more, more, more photography happening later today. I've been spending a lot of time behind the lens lately for a fellow designer's book (due out next year). So fun.