Monthly Archives: August 2013

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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Podcast 222: Interview with Kate Haxell

This week, Kelley had the pleasure of chatting with designer Kate Haxell, author of the book The Knitter’s Palette. A wonderful resource filled with absolutely functional inspiration, Kate chats about her process for creating the book as well as her fascination with color, yarn and texture. Follow along with Kelley as she talks through each chapter with Kate and learn more about her fascinating take on color and fiber. And if Kate’s charming enthusiasm doesn’t inspire you, her wonderful tips and insights are sure to have you looking at your stash in a completely new way.

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The Knitter’s Palette by Kate Haxell

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My Favorite Independent Designer Photos

Some of my favorite days at work are photo shoot days. Every catalog cycle we log anywhere between 1-4 location shoots and 2-5 in-house studio days where we shoot tools, garments, yarn, books and all sorts of other things that crop up along the way. Each kind of shoot has this moment when everything just clicks and Amy and I can get that “perfect shot” that was exactly what we had in mind. Every once in a while we have a shot that totally exceeds our expectations and makes me actually clap my hands and gasp when I see the image on the screen.

I wanted to take a minute and shine the spotlight on some of my favorite photos that we’ve taken recently that maybe didn’t make it into the catalog or are Independent Designer’s patterns that I’m especially proud of. Enjoy!

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Choosing Color Palettes

My very favorite aspect of crocheting & knitting is choosing a color palette (followed closely by the keen anticipation of waiting for yarn to arrive at my doorstep). A tasteful color scheme is crucial, as it will make or break a project. There is an endless sea of brilliant color combinations to choose from … you just have to know where to look!

First, I set up a Pinterest board to store my color palette images. Next, I start compiling images with lovely color schemes. There are quite a few sites that make this a breeze. My favorite is Design Seeds, which is updated daily with gorgeous color palettes pulled from photos.

Here’s an example of a yarn color scheme in our wool line Palette that I extracted from a Design Seeds image:

Horse Hues Palette

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It’s back to school time – don’t forget your Geometry!

Well, the days of summer are drawing to a close – it’s time to go back to school. My favorite subjects in school were science, art and math – all of which are reflected in my latest collection, Geometric!

This is a 6-pattern collection that draws upon ideals from geometry, modern art and architecture. Each pattern features a graphic detail that stands out against otherwise simple knitting.

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Tatting learning curve

Tatting - Getting the hang of it

Wow! I had an interesting weekend with my balls of Curio and tatting instruction books. My hands might remember the motions for tatting but my mind has certainly filed away the technical understanding way back in a mental file drawer. I’m not looking for excuses for my high learning curve but I have to say the tatting world is a bit complicit.

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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 …

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Rediscovering the joys of shuttle tatting

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There’s a lot to be said for a craft that can fit in a pocket. That was certainly the appeal twenty-five years ago when I was doing a lot of hiking and camping.

When I returned to our Vancouver office for the summer, I fell in love with our new crochet thread line – Curio. The colors are absolutely stunning. While I was admiring Curio, Kim mentioned that we had also picked up a tatting shuttle and a couple of instruction books. That certainly got my attention! I couldn’t believe tatting had found its way back into my life.

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Go to your Happy Place

We all have a place that we hold dear in our hearts – our own ‘Happy Place’. Now you can have two more to wrap yourself in – the Happy Place Afghans!

These afghans make beautiful bedspreads and feature whimsical scenes from some popular happy destinations. The Forest afghan takes you to a dense, geometric pine forest with an owl for company, while the Ocean afghan invites you to share the rolling waves with an inquisitive whale.

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