When our newest yarn, Lindy Chain, arrived at the office, it was love at first sight. The gorgeous colors! The cool crispness of the fiber! The way it seemed to shine and glow! I was so excited, I had to sit down for a bit. Once I recovered, I realized I had the perfect pattern for this yarn all queued up- the lovely and classic Strathcona, by Jane Richmond.
I started day dreaming about a cowl in Lindy Chain the minute we finished unpacking the boxes here at the offices. I pounced upon two balls of lovely, rich blue Navy and decided to try an open stitch to make the perfect summer weather accessory. You can find the free Alcea Cowl pattern here on our website!
So have you seen our purty new yarn Lindy Chain?
I love this yarn! Before we got it, I’d never used chainette yarn so I was little dubious, but we all had a lot of fun playing with it.
With Memorial Day this past weekend heralding the unofficial start of summer, my favorite season, I thought I’d take a look at my to-knit list and start planning my warm-weather pieces! I knit year round, although I usually knit smaller items with more plant-based fibers in warmer months, since they’re cooler to hold and take up less space when toting them around on trips.
Hawthorne is my newest yarn crush with the lovely color palette, local yarn names (so much fun to pick!) and the wonderfully durable fiber blend it’s perfect for so many different projects. Alison has been making baby sweaters, I’ve seen a few lovely shawls and I’ve personally made almost four pairs of socks since we got the samples in the office. We also reknit the Gradual Rib Hat from the Geometric Pattern Collection in Rose City and Irvington, I like the new colors even BETTER than the original Stroll colorway!
My son Nate is growing like a weed, and keeping up with his increasingly-large clothing is a bit of a challenge. I tend to get all wide-eyed from sticker shock when I see baby and toddler sweaters in stores, so most of my knitting lately has focused on little pullovers and cardigans.
Well our Yarn Madness is over…and Wool of the Andes came out on top with 60% of the vote!
Eight new colors are here to spice up your knits! Stroll Brights Special Reserve is the same wonderful sock yarn base in set of super bright colorways. Remember, Special Reserve means they’ll only be around while we have stock so grab some while you can! I snatched one ball of Pucker as soon as we opened the box of samples because it’s just SO BRIGHT and wonderful, there’s no way I could pass it up. I knew right away that I wanted to do a Color Affection shawl with a bright pop of color and the screaming pink was perfect for it.
I love our new yarn Hawthorne.
You probably could tell because I wouldn’t shut up about it on our latest podcast. Since I’ve been using it like crazy in several projects, I thought I’d share some tips & tricks for working with what can be a challenging yarn to some people – hand painted yarn.
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.