Category Archives: colorwork

Fana, Faroe or Fair Isle?

I've just completed about half a year of knitting for charity, family, and pretty much anyone who isn't me. When I told my husband that what I really wanted for my birthday this year was to knit something for myself, he emphatically agreed! (and of course added that he wants something too.) I want a new sweater. Not that I don't have a bunch already, but there's just something awesome about new things, you know? I went into my craft room and saw my completely insane stash and immediately drew a blank. With so many choices, what should I knit? So I implore you, dear reader, to help me decide! So far this year I've knit myself a Setesdal-inspired sweater, a colorwork yoked sweater, a lace panel cardigan, and a stranded pullover with Turkish-inspired patterning. So, what next?

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Advanced Cabling Techniques: Intarsia Cables

In the second installment of our Advanced Cabling Techniques video series, we add color to our cables! In last week's video, we highlighted how to create multiple crossing cables, which are cables with a three dimensional appearance that makes it look as though you are creating interlocking rings. This week, we shine the spotlight on intarsia cables! These eye-catching cables are combined with the colorwork technique known as intarsia, allowing one section of the cable to be in a different color than the rest of your knitting. The best part is, with only the help of a highlighter or marker, you can easily transform any cable chart into your very own cabled, colorwork creation. Check out the second Advanced Cabling Techniques video to start adding intarsia cables to your projects!

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Winter is Coming

Or where I show just how geeky I am. Earlier this year I, like many other people, became obsessed with Game of Thrones on HBO.  George R. R. Martin's series A Song of Ice & Fire was on my to read list for many years but I'm rather ashamed I never picked them up until after the first episode of the TV series (I had to know what happened next!).  And I quickly became just as obsessed with the books - I've now been working my way through the audio books - they are great to listen to when kntiting! So when this pattern popped up on Ravelry recently, I had to make them:  

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Cute as a button!

I don't know if this has ever happened to you, but I was browsing through the kazillion of fun buttons at Joann's a while back and found this button "Cute as a button".  Which describes my granddaughter. (I think that's what any nana would say! right?)  (here's a picture of Kalyn -not big on smiling- with big brother, Cole)

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Felici Favorites are here

In June, I asked for your nominations for Felici Favorites, your all time favorite colorways of our Felici self-striping yarn. I was overwhelemed by the number of responses I got!! It took a long time to look through all the comments here and in the KP Lovers Group on Ravelry (Ravelry link), but based on your suggestions and our sales data for Felici, we narrowed it down to 9 colors and placed our order. And now they're here!! Thank you so much for helping us make this tough decision.

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Road Trip!

What better way is there to experience the countryside than a good old road trip? Well, if gas prices are prohibitive, you can bring the countryside home with you with our Road Trip Tote kits! These three kits capture the spirit of place with brilliant intarsia panels. So pack up the car and let's go!

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Winners of Mastering Color Knitting!

What a nice thing to do on this dreary Monday morning - announcing our Mastering Color Knitting winners!  So I picked out some comment numbers this morning using my trusty Random.org number generator.  And here are your winners!

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Mastering Color Knitting – and a giveaway!

Since finishing my first real colorwork project (the Grab a Pint Mitts I wrote about awhile back), I've been wanting to get more & more into colorwork.  Well, lo & behold, Melissa Leapman is putting out a brand new book called Mastering Color Knitting!  Perfect timing right? There are some neat patterns included - I really like this scarf included in the double knit reversable section

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Some flowers for mom – and you!

I was walzing through a yarn shop a few months ago, and I called my mom to ask if there was anything I hadn't knit for her yet. She reminded me of the tams we used to wear all the time (I say 'we' but I really mean 'they were hers and I destroyed them') and how she wished she had one again. It had been a looooong time since she'd seen one in a store. So, I said, "I'll see what I can do." I picked up some yarn and got to thinking. My mom's favorite garden flowers are impatiens. So, I figured an impatien-like design would be nice. Leaves make a pretty good crown - yeah, that'll work. And a few days later, I brought the result into the office: Immediately, I was descended upon by Chroma-bearing coworkers saying "THIS MUST BE A PATTERN!"

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Rainbow Fishies!

Since my Beer Pint Mitts, I've been on a SpillyJane pattern kick.  I made these for my niece for Christmas:  Made in Stroll Tonal Blue Violet and a bunch of scraps But honestly, they took me awhile - mainly because once I finished with the bodies I had something like a billion ends to weave in. So I threw them in a corner until I was ready to face them.  I mean I love how cute the colorwork mittens turn out but...the ends... Enter Chroma. We got our early shipment in and all of us were instantly in love - I had so many ideas of things I want to make!  But I ended up deciding on another SpillyJane pattern...and this went much quicker   Rainbow Fishies!

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