I’m a huge fan of details, especially when it comes to finishing projects. I like good, proper hems, perfectly coordinated buttons, and fine stitching along a steek. Even more than that, though, I love authentic touches. That’s why I’m so thrilled that we’re carrying authentic Norwegian pewter buttons and clasps and Swedish cotton ribbons from Lilleknappen!
I’ve been waiting for this day for quite some time, actually. I found Lilleknappen when I was looking for good quality pewter clasps several years ago, and we’ve finally been able to add their fantastic products to our lineup. That means that the pile of sweaters that have been waiting for trimming can finally be finished! (for two years my favorite Icelandic sweater has been held shut with a safety pin!)
I was in great need of comfort knitting this weekend. I’m afraid I have sad news, Xena passed away last week.
Christmas is almost here. Well, if you crochet and knit, that is. This is my first holiday season as a crocheter, and I hope my family and friends are prepared for the sudden shift in the types of gifts I bestow. Goodbye gift cards, hellllooo scarves.
It’s October 1st, which means it’s my favorite month of the year! Every since I was young, I’ve loved October – cooler days, falling leaves, pumpkin everything, and especially all sorts of spooky things to celebrate Halloween! Whether it’s listening to an old favorite song, watching a favorite movie or visiting our local haunted houses, every October I’m ready to celebrate.
And a lot of our IDP designers have gotten into the spirit – check out some of these great patterns to get started on before the 31st shows up.
First off, the marvelous Joanna Rankin has several patterns that are perfect this time of year.
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!
This week, Kelley gets a chance to catch up with her long-distance knitting friend Lynne, author of the blog Island and North Country Life. Lynne leads an extremely interesting and unique life – traveling the world as a lighthouse caretaker, all the while knitting and spinning no matter where she is headed to next. Kelley talks with Lynne about her fascinating journeys as she recounts her past visits to Deal Island in Tasmania, Australia and more recently, Five Finger Island which is located off the coast of Alaska. Each fall, Lynne returns to return to her home base lighthouse at Seguin Island, ME. Leading a life where change is a constant, Lynne shares her practical approach to knitting, organization, trip preparation and more!
Lynne’s last adventure at Five Finger Lighthouse in Alaska
You can find Lynne’s blog here:
Island and North Country Life
And you can read more about her lighthouse adventures here:
Deal Island, Tasmania
3 easy ways to listen…
The vision of the Capra collection is heirloom-knitting, creating the types of pieces that will have just as much place in your wardrobe today as it will a decade from now (or a decade ago!). Since we’re the sorts to get the inspirational ball rolling, we’ve assembled six looks using three different pieces from the collection: A lovely cabled cardigan, a classic scarf and a cleanly-bold pullover.
Dianthe Cardigan by Kathryn McNaughton
Worked from the bottom-up in uncomplicated stitches, the Dianthe Cardigan gets special elevation from diamond cables that run along the body and sleeve.
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.
This week, Kelley expresses her gratitude for knitting and how it adapts to whatever you need it to be in your life. Whether you are looking for comfort, a distraction or a challenge, you can turn to knitting no matter where life takes you.
In recent years, Kelley has found knitting as a comfort in her life and in this episode, she shares how she is ready to get out of her knitting comfort zone in order to search out new challenges and take on new techniques. Hear more about Kelley’s knitting goals in addition to which techniques she is looking forward to trying out.
Next, Kelley reviews a DVD from Anna Zilboorg in which she shows how to work her ingenious technique for socks that allows worn soles to be reknitted as often as needed in addition to a few other books to help inspire your own knitting goals. Finally, Kelley catches you up on her currents WIPs and what she has planned for her upcoming projects.
Reviewed Books & DVDs:
Knit Free-Sole Socks by Anna Zilboorg (DVD)
150 Scandinavian Motifs by Mary Jane Mucklestone
Knitting Counterpanes by Mary Walker Phillips
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Hah! You were expecting knitting weren’t you? Well, I spent last week on a horse trek through southern Utah and Northern Arizona. I did take along a tatting project since it didn’t take up much room but I have to confess I didn’t get any tatting done. Each day was quite full of horse trekking activities.