I love dreaming up new ideas to show off all of our gorgeous yarn! At least one yarn line each catalog cycle needs an updated photo to represent the family for the year so I keep a sketchbook full of ideas. Now it’s your turn! Ready to try your hand at it? Today, we’re pleased to announce our “Yarn Glam” Instagram Contest—a chance for you to share your creative eye for yarn beauty, and maybe win a delightful $100 Knit Picks gift card in the process!
Portland has been struck with a big, chilly ice stick this weekend. We’ve all been shut up at home, waiting out the weather (thankfully the power stayed on the whole time) and I bet more than a few of us were working on our craft projects! I spent the weekend feverishly finishing up a pretty basic pullover in Brava Worsted Peacock. You know the kind I’m talking about – acres of stockinette stitches, a good bit of positive ease for a comfy, simple layer. However, there was one part that I wasn’t looking forward to wrestling with: set in sleeves.
… but I finally finished it. In the amount of time it takes to make a human, I completed my gloriously grand and lusciously large City Tweed blanket. Big enough cover a queen-sized bed, it’s like being wrapped in an electric blanket made of marshmallows. So lush, cozy and soft!
I’ve struck again! This time I used the luxurious Aloft to make a quick and easy headband pattern for a vintage-esque accessory. Introducing the Rhoda Headband!
This week, Kelley explores different opportunities for knitters to connect and create community via the internet. Whether through Ravelry, Knit-alongs, blogs, Instagram or Twitter, knitters nowadays have more options than ever to take part in creative communities as a way of connecting with each other, without being limited by location. Kelley explores the different facets of these online communities as she looks to strengthen her connection to other knitters. Next, Kelley shares a few of her most recent audiobook discoveries and catches you up on what projects and KALs are keeping her needles busy.
(Photo from Ravelry pattern page of the Beekeeper’s Quilt)
Swarm of Bees Sweater
Beekeeper’s Quilt – Hexipuffs
Reading and Audiobooks:
Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Luis Zafon
The Angel’s Game by Carlos Luis Zafon
The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Luis Zafon
A Game of Thrones by George Martin
The President’s Henchman by Joseph Flynn
Enchantment by Orson Scott Card
Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop
3 easy ways to listen…
During this time of year, with the days grey & dreary, I want a little cheer in my household. So I decided that I needed a bright & happy dishcloth, that way at least doing boring things like dishes is a little more exciting!
I’m so happy to finally share my first contribution to our 52 Weeks of Dishcloths Knitalong – the Wavy Chevrons Dishcloth! My general rules for dishcloths are that the pattern has to work up quickly and be easy to memorize. And this simple crocheted chevron pattern fits the bill perfectly.
Every year, I cast on for a new project for the new year. This year, I opted for my favorite type of pattern – a plain cardigan with some neat details. So I went with Andi Satterlund‘s Armande from Knitty.
I just love the pockets & collar! I happened to have more than enough Wool of the Andes Superwash (my new favorite yarn) in Garnet Heather and it seemed like a perfect choice. So I dutifully cast on January 1st.
I’m so glad that the Under 100 Knit Collection is finally out! Now that it’s done (and I don’t have to keep track of tiny tags and missing pairs of things) I can take a breath and really appreciate a few of the projects in this collection!