13
May

New socks for my mom

Our new colors of Imagination are now available! We have four new shades: Galactic, Treasure, Magic Wand, and Atlantis. Atlantis is definitely my favorite with its rich blue-greens and the bright shot of red as an accent. When the samples arrived at our office, I grabbed two skeins and got to work on a Mother’s Day present for my mom, Marilyn. I can finally show you pictures without ruining the surprise!

Imagination socks in Atlantis

11
Apr

Podcast 212: New Yarn and Collections for April

This week, Jenny and Stacey get a chance talk about all of the new and exciting things that are out for April! First and foremost is Felici, our limited-edition self-striping fingering weight yarn – hear about all of the wonderful new colors that are now available.

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Next, Jenny and Stacey talk about the two new pattern collections out for April: In Tune by Luise O’Neill and Urban Texture by Tabetha Hedrick. You’ll also hear more about the new kits that are available and which books make out must-have lists while the big book sale is going on!

Finally, Stacey gets a chance to talk with designer Tabetha Hedrick – hear more about her inspiration and design process behind her collection, Urban Texture.

And due to the popularity of the kits, we have sold out of the Dish Towels and Pookies kits but fear not! You can still find the pattern downloads for these kits here:

Dish Towels Pattern by Kerin Dimeler-Laurence
Pookies by Barbara Prime

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12
Mar

The magic of safety eyes

Way back when I first started knitting toys, I was always disappointed in my embroidery skills, especially when it came to their eyes.  For instance, about 6 years ago, I made a couple of the Mochimochi Knitted Grass guys by Anna Hrachovec.

While I like them, they just didn’t quite have that cute look I love with knitted and crochet toys.  Their eyes are uneven and no matter how much I tried, I could not get it to come out right. They just look all wonky to me. 

Then I discovered safety eyes!  Not only did they save me from my unsuccessful attempts at embroidery, they gave my Grass Guy a little sparkle in the eye that just made him so much more adorable.

4
Mar

A Billowing new cardigan

Spring is finally starting to hint at its arrival here in the
northwest. There are buds on all of the trees, and it’s actually almost
light out when I’m driving to work! This means that cold-weather
knitting is winding down, and it’s time to satisfy the need for
something a bit lighter. Since I was also eager to try out the amazing
new yarn Billow, I figured that a nice open-front cardigan would be just the thing for Spring!

Ever since we got the first samples of Billow, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.

15
Jan

Beads, glorious beads!

Did you see? We now carry beads for you to add to your knitting!

Beads add a wonderful element to knitted items. They add sparkle and
drape to lace shawls, fancy highlights to handbags, and they stand out
against plainer items to create something special. With this in mind, I
wrote the Starry Stole pattern!

This free pattern features a pattern of beads in a starry field on a background of simple stockinette stitch.

10
Jan

When geology meets yarn…

A moraine is a deposit of rocks and debris left by glaciers as they
advance and recede. Moraines often add some really interesting terrain
to the existing land, resulting in crazy looking hills and land that
looks  folded or striated. Glaciers make for some pretty spectacular geologic
features – moving bits of the Earth from place to place, bit by bit,
blurring the line between ‘here’ and ‘there’.

Musing on those glacial effects resulted in the Moraine Pullover!

It
might be hard to see where to draw a comparison, but in the stitch
patterning of Moraine, each ‘point’ recedes and advances through colors,
leaving its mark in the next ripple.

3
Dec

New Imagination colors are now available!

Have you seen the five new additions to the Imagination family?

I designed the colors so long ago that I almost
forgot what they were! It was like I was seeing them new for the first
time when I saw they were now available. I am really happy that they are
here now because I think they really help round out the entire yarn
line. I wanted to create more opportunities for combining Imagination
colors, so I created three new tone-on-tone colorways: Ruby Slippers,
Arabian Nights, and Enchanted Forest…Ruby Slippers because it felt
like there wasn’t enough red represented in the line before, and it
could go well with Pirate King, Munchkin, or Gingerbread House…Arabian
Nights because I know we have a lot of purple lovers out there (myself
included)…Enchanted Forest because, well, I just love dark green, and I
wanted a green a bit cooler than Frog Prince.