5.20.2015

What the HK is on Viki's Needles?

My abundant sock knitting has continued over the last couple of months. I'm obviously spurred on by my participation in the Claire Ellen Lord of the Rings Sock Club. I'm almost managing to keep up.

The one sock that I just can't seem to finish is February's The Falls of Rauros socks. I've finished one sock and cast on the second, but those twisted stitches tend to hurt my hands so it isn't usually my first choice of projects to pick up despite how beautiful it is. I'm knitting mine in Artisan sock in an old club colour called By the Seashore.


But I did move on and finish March's beautiful cabled In the Golden Hall socks in the meantime. Mine are knit in Artisan sock in club colour Tapestry, a suitably golden colour.


And I also finished April's delightfully textured The Dead Marshes socks in Artisan sock in the slightly marshy club colour Hedgerow.


And I'm halfway through May's intricate The Paths of the Dead socks. The colour doesn't exactly go with the theme but it was time to liven up Middle Earth with some happy colours so I choose Artisan sock in Cherry Blossom. This way I can also participate in our current Ravelry knitalong - Popular Patterns or Pinks! 

Our previous KAL featured designs by the lovely KnittyMelissa, so I joined in and knit the interesting Triple Threat socks in Artisan sock in the club colour Smudge. I hadn't worked with beads much before and found it very fun. I'm sure I'll be selecting more beaded patterns in the future.


I also knit myself a fun short sleeved sweater, Global Warming by Suvi Simola, in Cadence in Lipstick 1984.  I had to make a few adjustments to the pattern since it was written for only one size (smaller than me). I added a few stitches, added some length and knit at a slightly looser gauge and came up with a sweater exactly like I was hoping for. I'd say I can't wait for Winter to wear it again, but I totally can. I can wait a long, long time if it means it is warm out for a while.


One of the fun things I occasionally get to do is knit samples for Hazel Knits' Trunk Shows. It's a great opportunity for me to knit things I wouldn't usually choose to knit for myself. Like shawls. Don't get me wrong, I think they are beautiful and super fun to knit, but I just can't figure out how to wear them. I never feel quite comfortable or myself. Hey, but that's just me. I guess I'm more of a scarf wrapped about my neck three times kinda gal.

My most recent sample knit was the stunning Darwin Shawl by verybusymonkey in Entice in Pine Forest. I knit the large size and used a touch more than 600 yards.


And finally, I finalized and published a hat and mitten set called Follow (each pattern also available individually). All knit in Artisan sock, the colour combinations I used were: Queen of the Night with Hydrangea, Splish Splash with Sassafras, Storm with Crescent, and Red Carpet with a Rogue orange.


Work is continuing on my "in progress" socks, another design which is almost done and who knows what else! Maybe a popular pattern in pink so I can continue participating in the current KAL. And of course, I'll be casting on my June LOTR socks in less than two weeks!

Happy Knitting!



5.13.2015

Today is the first day of the Northwest LYS tour - a local event for us - and we have two new colorways to show off.

Phinney Ridge is a blue-purple-teal color that was inspired by both the flowers in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood and also by the colored stripes on our light rail trains. This color is only available on Cadence during the LYS tour and is only available at The Fiber Gallery. This super cute hat pattern is designed by Cory Ellen Boberg of Indie.Knits. The Fiber Gallery will happily ship. 206-706-4197


We also teamed up with the JANe creators for a new kit with a new yarn color, only available at Wildfibers in Mt. Vernon.


The new color, Aloe is dyed on our Tempo yarn base. This warm, cabled hat was designed by Melissa Goodale of Stick Chick Knits and the fresh new yarn bag was created by Dancing Sheep. Wildfibers has a limited quantity for the LYS tour - and will also ship - 360-336-5202. The kit is $56.95.

Have a fun, safe LYS tour, PNW folks!





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.