3.24.2015

What the HK is on Your Needles? Vol. 38

I spent a little time last week poking around Ravelry and found some new projects knit in Hazel Knits that I'm dying to share with you.

Like usual, I'm inspired by the patterns, the colour choices and the photography.

Let's have a look, shall we?

Up first today, is Anj's (ravname: knittyanj) Cruiser mittens by Cailyn Meyer. Anj chose to knit her fantastic mittens in Cadence in Lichen. Anj run Meadow Yarns in the UK, our UK HK stockist. I'm not sure how she was able to narrow down her choice, what with a range of Cadence colours to choose from at her fingertips, but I think Lichen was the perfect choice for these mittens.


Gail (ravname: writergirl3) was the first person to post a completed pair of Triple Threat Socks by Knittymelissa as part of our March/April Ravelry knitalong. She chose to knit her stunning pair in last month's featured colour, Icicle in Piquant Lite. The beads add the perfect icy touch.


Emily (ravname: emarkus) knit a beautiful Washington Park Shawl by Debbi Stone in the lovely combination of Lichen and Plum Glace in Entice. I'm starting to think Lichen goes with almost every colour. This pattern was one of the Rose City Yarn Crawl's 2015 mystery patterns.


Check out Gail's (ravname: islandbirdknits) amazing Princess Fiona sweater by Amy Miller. Gail's sweater is in Artisan sock in Jam Session and it looks like it fits her perfectly. I'm sure it will get a lot of wear.

I'm amazed by the stitch definition on Mallorie's (ravname: VandyGirl) Linesx3 socks by Jeannie Cartmel. They are knit in Piquant Lite in Hoppy Blonde and the texture is out of this world!


Sandy(ravname: Sandals) knit this classy Smokeberry cowl by Wendy Neal. Knit in Lively DK in Tropical Sunset it has a delicateness about it that speaks to me.  So pretty!


And finally, Hilary (ravname: hthomps) knit this gorgeous pair of Contrapposto socks by Heidi Nick and Claire Ellen in Artisan sock in Citrus Blossom.  Contrapposto was our January/February mystery knitalong pattern on Ravelry and these socks are a joyous representation of what that KAL (and all our KALs) was all about (even with its snowy background).  If you'd like to see more of the finished mystery KAL socks click here! Or come and check out our current KAL and knit along with us.


Thanks to everyone for graciously allowing me to share their projects. 

I can't wait to see what pops up next!

3.20.2015

Sometimes I'm worried all of our technology will wipe out the traditions of old - written family recipes, faded photo albums - and other record keeping like this swatch book. This is beautiful!






"A shimacho–or stripe album–is a keepsake of home weaving swatches which was composed by families to remember the cloth they’ve woven. It’s been said that girls leaving their homes upon marriage would carry such an album with them to their husband’s family’s home in order to replicate or be inspired by her family’s woven cloth..."


Follow this link to see more of these fascinating swatch books and learn about their history.


Found via Botanical Colors on Facebook.

3.18.2015

Big Wheels in Neutrals headed to fibre space in Alexandria, VA for late April trunk show.
 
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3.17.2015

That's a whole lotta bright! (Saffron, Electrolyte and an "in-progress" hot pink)

3.01.2015

March's Featured Colour

We are very excited about March's Featured Color of the Month, Lipstick 1984, a bright fuchsia pink with an undertone of blue. It was one of our early colors and, like the 80s, it's time for it to make a comeback.

Clockwise from the top: Lipstick 1984 on Artisan Sock, Bougainvillea sock knit by Viki (ravname: Viki), Turn a Square hat (shown with Queen of the Night) knit by Kendrea (ravname: KendreaB), Lodgepole Cowl (shown with Frost) knit by Viki, Red Rock Canyon Shawl (would look awesome with Icicle) knit by Christine (ravname: mapleweave) and Hello Big World baby vest knit by Viki.

Lipstick 1984 will be 10% off the regular price throughout the month of March. The first batch in most of the yarn bases will be ready to ship on March 6th.


2.11.2015

What the HK is on Viki's Needles?

The last few months I've definitely gotten my knit on. So many projects have come off my needles (I've already knit 10 socks so far this year)! 

This is not usual for me. I knit a lot but I'm not the person who takes their knitting everywhere with them. I don't even knit in front of other people. I'm starting to think maybe I've been isolated at home this winter more than usual (it has been extremely cold this winter and I hate the cold). At least I've got my knitting to keep me company. And a nice pot of tea.

It probably also helps that I've joined a super fun sock pattern club and I've developed a serious crush on Cadence.

Let me show you what I've knit since the last time I posted an update.

My last finished knit for 2014 was probably one of my favourites for the whole year.  I knit this Lodgepole Cowl by Sara Gresbach in Cadence in Lipstick 1984 and Frost



I adore these two colours together and never would have thought to combine them myself. The inspiration came from my Nike shoes. So now I have a cute matching cowl/shoe set to walk the neighbourhood in when Spring finally arrives. 



My first project for 2015 was another cowl in Cadence. This one is the Swingtime Cowl designed by our own Wendee Shulsen. Mine is knit in White Winged Dove, Smolder and Smudge. I think it is a very sophisticated combination. I can see wearing it with a nice black, dressy wool coat. There are some Swingtime kits available in the HK online store (this colour combination is currently out of stock).


As I mentioned above, I've joined a sock pattern club that is keeping me knitting. Claire Ellen's sock club includes patterns inspired by locations in the Lord of the Rings.

The most recent patterns I've finished are December's Cozy on Caradhras in Artisan Sock in Silhouette.


Followed by January's The Long Dark of Moria in Artisan Sock in Smolder.


And my most recent cast on is February's The Falls of Rauros in Artisan Sock in club colour By the Seashore.

Each pattern is so different from the last - cables, knit-purl patterns and twisted rib - and inspired. And the best part ... each of these patterns would qualify for the current Hazel Knits Ravelry KAL featuring patterns by Claire Ellen and Heidi Nick (you know, if I wasn't the one hosting the KAL and could qualify - but you totally would qualify).

Speaking of the current KAL, I used it as motivation to finish my second Tree People sock by Heidi Nick. This pattern was our May/June mystery KAL from last year and I knit mine in Artisan Sock in the club colour Coleus. This is a beautiful sock that taught me an important lesson. Always cast on the second sock as soon as the first is finished or I risk getting distracted by something shiny. The second sock was finished during a very enjoyable week of knitting and I felt shame for having let it sit so long (staring at me every day in my office).



Do you know what is very popular this year? Boot toppers. Sock legs that stick out the top of high boots so that you don't have to have a lot of bulk in your boot. Well, this is a trend I could get behind so I quickly cast on and finished a pair of Ballymeade Boot Toppers by Robin Ulrich in Cadence (told you I had a crush) in Ruby Love.


They add a wonderful pop of colour to a normally dark outfit. And just a touch of extra warmth against the wind. 

Hmmm ... I wonder what I should knit with Cadence next? Any suggestions?

2.02.2015

Say hello to February 2015's Featured Color of the Month - Icicle!

Icicle is a soft, yet bright turquoise blue. This color will be 10% off the regular price throughout the month of February.



And because I know this question will inevitably be posed, here is a quick snapshot of Icicle and Cirrus together.
Cirrus (smaller picture) is more blue in hue and more textured, whereas Cirrus is more turquoise and dyed in a tonal solid manner.