Summer Solstice Offering 2020, Interview with Jacqueline Cieslak
The Summer Solstice 2020 Offering!
Summer is very nearly here and I have been so looking forward to sharing what we've been working on! This season's offering has a little something extra special. I collaborated with Jacqueline Cieslak to create a design using our brand-new base, Undine!
Undine is a fingering weight, linen and organic cotton yarn that we dyed in an exclusive, limited colorway- Chestnut Blossom!
Sol is a tank for the Summer Solstice - it is a beautiful sleeveless top featuring an original asymmetrical lace pattern inspired by the delicate blossoms of the horse chestnut tree. It is a double v-neck, without a front or back. The pattern includes 9 sizes with instructions for cropped or full-length, details for modifying the width of the straps, and both written and charted instructions for the lace panels. Modern in it's ease and simplicity, this will be something you'll want to wear all summer long!
Jacqui and I have been busy behind the scenes for the last few months! This Limited Summer Solstice 2020 Offering includes a printed booklet with the pattern for the Sol Tank, the coordinating washcloth pattern to use up any leftover yarn, an extra large moon pouch with artwork from our very own Irene Wachtler and three full skeins of our newest base, Undine. We took a deep dive into our inspiration for this season, the chestnut tree! Part of the distinct Portland landscape, these beautiful trees bloom with conical flowers and are a significant marking of summertime.
- Gorgeous full-color 24 page booklet includes a printed copy of the Sol Tank Pattern, the coordinating Washcloth Pattern, Jacqui's Sugar Scrub Recipe, Berry Foraging Guide and more! You are going to love this!
- Ravelry Code for electronic version of the Sol Tank Pattern
- 3 Full Skeins of Undine in an exclusive colorway, Chestnut Blossom (1146 total yardage, enough to make all sizes)
- Limited, printed extra large moon pouch with artwork from our very own, Irene Wachtler
Interview with Jacqueline Cieslak
I was fortunate enough to work with Jacqui on the Summer Solstice Offering and put together this booklet which was so fun and inspiring to create. Jacqueline Cieslak is an incredible knitwear designer and friend. She writes patterns clearly and beautifully, spending extra time on the details so that the work is accessible to all. I had a chance to chat with Jacqui and ask her a few questions about her process and favorite things.
RD: What is your go-to piece in your current wardrobe?
JC: I have a mustard cotton scarf that I throw on with everything these days! I love creative ways of layering in the summer and I've been getting a lot of wear out of a lighter-than-air white cotton double gauze duster. It's great over tanks or crop tops when my shoulders get cold and it adds some drama to otherwise very basic outfits!
RD: What first inspired you to design?
RD: What childhood fashion trend would you bring back?