Category Archives: Works in Progress

Skip swatching at your own risk

We were out to dinner last night and it was a bit breezy and cold. It was ideal for the Swarm of Bees sweater by Lisa Kereliuk in Reclaimed. Just the incentive I needed to cast-on and get started. It's a good thing I took the time to work the swatches.

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My (almost finished!) Diadem cowl

When the samples of Diadem first arrived in our office, the thing I remember most was the feeling of being completely in awe of the colors! Immediately, I went into project brainstorming mode: grabbing colors, making notes of pattern possibilities, rearranging color palettes, piling up stitch dictionaries. Diadem in Tourmaline There were just so many good possibilities! And finally, after many piles of mini swatches (both knit and crochet), I settled on making a cowl with a simple stitch pattern to really show off the ever-so-subtle shade shifts.

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The Big New Thing

And I do mean big! Getting into crochet has been a great spark for me. I love learning and trying new things and experimenting. I love to push my own boundaries, too - so when I kept seeing amazing images of arm-knitting and arm-crocheting, I needed to try it! Basically, arm-knitting and crocheting is when the material you're working with is so large that your arms become the needles or hook (or, if you're really crafty, you make the tools yourself!). This larger-than-life technique isn't new - it's been a perennial favorite of installation artists who work with everything from fiberglass to 1,000 strands of yarn at once. But it is new to me. I had a wad of plain Wool of the Andes roving sitting around, and on a whim I grabbed it, split it into two halves lengthwise, and tested what could be done with it as yarn. The sample didn't look like much, but it was promising. So, in my typical go-big-or-go-home fashion, I ordered 20 hanks of Full Circle roving in quarry and set out to make...something!

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On the Slow Train to Stroll Tweed happiness

It feels like everyone in the office has gone crazy over our new Stroll Tweed in fingering weight. I certainly fell in love with the colors with natural nebs. But, my project isn't quite finished and I want to be clear... I'm not jealous!

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Desert Color

After a pretty busy summer, I was finally able to take a vacation. Of course for me, vacation equals very little human contact and lots of dust. It was off to the desert for me! I love the high desert of Oregon, and spend as much time there as possible. When I'm back in civilization, I notice that I tend to favor desert colors in decor and clothing. So it should come as no surprise that the colors of Wool of the Andes Superwash that I'd picked out to play with are straight out of no-man's land.

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Announcing our “Yarn with a View” Instagram Contest

  The most important thing I’ve learned from our recent foray into Instagram is that you folks are taking your knitted and crocheted works-in-progress EVERYWHERE:  parks, gyms, schools, buses, planes, beaches, literal mountain tops, you-name-it. That’s why I’m pleased to announce “Yarn with a View”, our first-ever Instagram contest! It’s a chance for you to share the gorgeousness of your projects, your versatility as an on-the-go crafter—and maybe win a delightful $50 Knit Picks gift card in the process.

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Sooo Close!

I'm getting really close to finishing my Chroma blanket! Out of 120 5" squares, I've crocheted over 100 of them. I only have three more rows of squares to attach, and then it's on to the border! It's already big enough to provide some serious warmth.

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Tatting! The adventure begins!

A very long time ago I made an attempt to learn to tat. I'm typically a self-taught crafter, and the internet wasn't around at that time. Needless to say, I gave up almost as quickly as I started! Moving forward to 2 weeks ago, (yes, only two weeks!!!) I gave needle tatting a try. Now there are great books and you-tube videos to help you learn. So along with those sources and a tatting needle, I found it so quick to pick up! I know there are shuttle tatting people and there are needle tatting people. I now fall in the latter group.

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Reclaimed winners!

So excited to see all the entries – I wish I had more copies to give away!  This was our first giveaway on the lovely new blog so I’m excited to announce our three winners! First up is Amanda, who chose 3 favorite patterns!  She wrote: Can I pick three? Is that cheating? 😉 I love the Addison dress but I’m not sure I’d have the patience to knit that much stockinette. Swarm of Bees is beautiful and from my experience so far, ...

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Something old, something new

When I went back to visit family on the east coast a few months ago, I had the opportunity to grab some hand-me-downs from my granny's house. I was able to go back in time and send myself an entire box of my great-grandmother's linens! What amazes and inspires me about the treasure trove of table dressings I now possess is not just the quality of the work, but the quality of the care shown by my great grandmother and my granny over the last 75-100 years.

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