Category Archives: colorwork

2015 Fair Isle Collection Look Book

Bright pops of color and captivating patterns are hard to resist during the grey days of winter. And Fair Isle is the perfect remedy for us knitters, though it can be a bit intimidating at first! We carefully crafted the 2015 Fair Isle Collection to walk knitters through the fair isle technique with pint-sized projects like the Lavender Sachets. Once you've built up the foundations of fair isle, you'll be ready to tackle slightly larger projects like the Earflap Hat & Cowl Set. Finally - the culmination of technique and dedication ends one of several tempting sweaters and cardigans. Want to see more? Take a peek through our 2015 Fair Isle Collection Look Book to discover your next color crush!

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Color Explorsion at Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat!

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat in Tacoma, WA.  Hundreds of fiber enthusiasts attended classes in knitting, spinning, weaving, as well as other great subjects. There also was a great market place that was hard to resist!  My focus that weekend was Intarsia and Fair Isle knitting. My first class was a 3-hour class, "Learning to Love Intarsia" with Sally Melville. I have been so intimidated with Intarsia.  This class definitely changed my mind! Here's the swatch I created.

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Warm Winter Wishes

It’s hard to believe that the holidays are already upon us! I’ve got some presents to wrap and some cookies to bake, but other than that I can relax and finish my sweater this weekend. It’s almost done! Hopefully I’ll have it done by Wednesday, so I can give gifts in style. Only a yoke to go! To those of you that are traveling for the holidays, stay safe and happy travels! And to all, have ...

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A Bevy of Brava Blankets

There's nothing quite like a handknit blanket to warm you up on a winter day. And they're even better when they're washable! That's why we have several blanket kits in our super-soft, sturdy acrylic Brava yarn. It's hard to go wrong with the Hue Shift afghan! This favorite blanket is available as kits in four colorways...

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Take the chill off with the Glacier Bay collection!

Nothing like a foggy November morning to remind me that winter is nearly upon us! Here in the Pacific Northwest, we've had a few frosty mornings already. This is just the kind of weather that inspired my new Glacier Bay collection! This collection features six accessories that are stylish and cozy.

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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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