26
Aug

The making of a neo-classic

When we were developing Chroma, we discussed its merits in the realm
of faux fair isle. (That is, stranded knitting where the yarn does the
color changing for you.) For some reason, I’ve always associated the
words ‘faux’ and ‘bas-relief’ – perhaps it’s the silent letters, perhaps
it’s just the mashed-up remnants of art school. But whatever the
reasons, that planted the seeds of a Greco-Roman inspired faux isle
pattern. Given that the medium of architecture (espectially in
antiquity) was stone, Chroma was sure to inject new life into an old
theme! And what resulted are the two Architecture Hat and Mitts sets.

Each of these two kits is a separate pattern. The first one, Columns, was inspired by columns of the Ionic Order…

25
Aug

IDP Photoshoots

As the IDP Coordinator, one of the more fun parts of my job is doing photo shoots.  Some designers aren’t able to take photos that work on our website so every 6 weeks or so, we schdedule an IDP photo shoot where we photograph the projects on one of our models.  Usually, when I do the shoots, there’s about 20-30 projects that need to be photographed all in one day!

My favorites shoots are the ones we can do outside – often times (especially from October – March) we aren’t able to because it’s too cold (or in most cases rainy!).  But in the milder months, it’s a lot more fun. While most of the photos you see in the catalog are shot in different locations, all the IDP shoots are done right around our office.  Luckily, our offices are surrounded by nature rather than buliding so we have lots of options for backgrounds!

Like we have pretty trees…

 around the office

11
Aug

Vacation Projects

So what kind of crafting projects do you choose for your vacations?  Do you choose something simple & mindless (why stress about something while on vacation?) or do you go all out for something complicated?

For myself, I pretty much choose mindless projects for when I’m traveling for vacation – that way I don’t have to carry charts or anything around.  But I’m going to do something different when I’m on vacation next week. I’m not going to be doing any traveling beyond a trip to Seattle on the weekend to see my two favorite baseball teams play and I’ll be driving so no time to knit then!  So it’ll be a “staycation” and I decided to challenge myself.

(both of these photos courtsey of Erica Jackofsky)

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10
Aug

Going toe-up can be a good thing – for socks!

Now that Sock Summit has come and gone, I have to plan out what to do
with all the yummy new sock yarn I have! Since I have a goal to use up
all my Sock Summit purchases by the end of the year, I’d better get
cracking. But, after having knit so many pair of socks, I’ve learned a
lot about speeding up the process. First came the Magic Loop method and
knitting two socks at once – that totally eliminated second sock
syndrome for me. But what really sped things up was knitting my socks
toe-up. That gave me the ability to finish the socks at any point I
wanted past the heels, and not have to worry about running out of yarn
before the toes were done.

But, toe-up cast-ons can be fiddly and
hard to manage – and there are lots of them to choose from! So, how do
you find one that suits you best, and how do you actually work the
cast-on? To help, I did some short tutorial videos for the three toe-up
cast-ons you’re most likely to encounter: click to see more!

10
Aug

Sock Summit Recap

It was just over a week ago that sock knitters took over Portland,
Oregon for the second ever Sock Summit! I was lucky enough to have gone
to the first Sock Summit, and was just as excited about being able to
attend this year as well. First of all, I have to point out the obvious -
knitters are pretty awesome people! No matter where I found myself or
which table I sat down at, I was quickly immersed in conversation with
other knitters. It sure is a wonderful feeling to have an instant point
of connection to everyone around you, all connected by our simple love
of all things fiber.