The summer issue of Knitcircus went live today!  There’s me modeling Cinnamon Bay.  (Note, on me, the bodice fits snugly.  The plus sized models at Knitcircus weren’t available, so the model there is wearing it with some positive ease.)  The yarn is Blue Sky Alpacas Skinny Cotton in Island Blue.  If you’re looking for a cotton that won’t hurt your hands while knitting, here it is!  (must say the same for their worsted cotton as well….)

ETA:  A couple of you have asked about the name.  Dave & I went to St John USVI for our honeymoon (over 10 years ago!).  We rented a house, the Castle, which you seriously needed a 4WD vehicle to reach.  (We were able to go during the off season, or at least the shoulder season, can’t remember which, so it wasn’t hideously expensive.)  Cinnamon Bay is a small bay on St John.  It’s a lovely place to snorkel or just hang out.  If I recall correctly, it was there that we saw a big barracuda while snorkeling — adrenaline rush!

As promised, I’m running a giveaway for 3 pattern collections and 1 subscription.  All you have to do is comment on this post with a way to contact you) by midnight PST May 11 2011.  I’d love to hear what your favorites are from the collection.  Mine?  Gosh…Marie Grace’s patterns almost make me wish for kids to knit for.  Her ganseys are classic & versatile.  Allison’s Litha hat is so pretty…I’m a sucker for twisted stitches.  And Kieran Foley’s Mughal shawl…just wow.   And that’s just to start…

And…isn’t the cover just stunning??