Category Archives: colorwork

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Toasty Plus Pot Holder Free Pattern

All these fog banks, drizzle-filled afternoons and cold mornings mean that I've moved all my soup recipes to the front of my recipe box and stocked up on bags of onions, carrots and celery to simmer down into rich vegetable stock. My house is going to smell amazing for the next few months. My pot holders have been doing double duty because I use them to grab things from the oven, to pop hot lids off of stock pots and stick them under casserole dishes to protect my cherished cherry table. It's hot dish weather and I definitely needed to beef up my pot holder stack NOW! Enter the Toasty Plus Pot Holders.

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Ready for Winter?

You can be, with the newly-refreshed Woodland Winter Mittens kits! We've splashed some new color on this old favorite pattern. There's the warm, rich greens and browns of the Forest Floor colorway:

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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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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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An old Favorite returns in time for Fall knitting!

As much as it pains me to know that summer is on it's way out, I'm so happy to be getting back to sweater knitting for Fall. That's why I'm over the moon that we've re-released the beautiful Lofoten Pullover! This Norwegian-inspired unisex pullover is worked in Wool of the Andes Sport, making it super toasty and a much quicker knit that a traditional ski sweater. Right now we have kits available in Brown and Black versions, or you can use our Kit Builder feature and pick your own colorway!

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Zippered Pendleton needle case makes travel easy

But, having a selection of Options needle tips and cables available doesn't make me any more productive. For the next couple of days, Bob and I are staying with friends who have a home just outside Vancouver, B.C. Wendie and Dave are delightful hosts.

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Cupcake Fingerless Mitts on the go

I have inched up to SpillyJane's Cupcake Mittens like they were a wild tiger. I fell in love with the design, bought the pattern and even chatted with SpillyJane on one of my podcasts. Of course, while we were still in Mexico, I didn't easily have access to Palette yarns. I decided that I could wait until I could try making a raid on our office yarn stash.

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Palette Galore!

I think that by now, we're all pretty familiar with the gorgeous shot of the Palette family that's been in the catalog and on web since September of last year. I know it particularly well because Kerin and I are the ones who sat down and sorted each ball into the lovely color order that you see here and I'm the one who sat down AGAIN and resorted it after the photography department was done with it in order to label each ball correctly in catalog. I can't tell you how long this took, only that I'm getting pretty good at spotting the differences between Thicket and Briar Heather!

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Among the Bamboo Blanket

Blankets are one of my favorite go-to projects for baby showers and little ones - there is just something really special about putting one's time and efforts into a larger project like a blanket or throw. And even though it is a bigger commitment than say, a sweater or a hat, I like knowing that a blanket is sure to get a lot of use and will be there, even as the little one gets older. I tend to lean towards simple stitches for these larger projects, but the super adorable Among the Bamboo Blanket is definitely tempting me to reconsider my simple ways the next time I need a baby blanket project. My favorite part? This pattern is available as two different kits: a colorwork version and a knit/purl textured version! Among the Bamboo Blanket (colorwork version)

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Harmonious colors in Fia

If you've been intrigued by the Celtic motifs of the Fia Pullover but aren't so keen on green, here are a few more suggestions of colors that would work well for this pattern! Fia looks best in two colors of the same family: two pinks, two blues, two greys, and so on. The most important thing to look for is a difference in value - how different the colors are in brightness. Choose the 'background' color first, which in the case of Fia is the darker color. From there, compare colors in the same family that are a lighter version (check out the great color descriptions with each one!). Colors that are only a touch different, like Delta and Whirlpool for instance, won't contrast enough with each other to show detail. But if you like Delta, Sky and Clarity are in the same family and would make a better match.

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