Thursday, February 24, 2011

Back from Stitches West

Finally I got back from Stitches West in Santa Clara, California. Due to a snow storm and cancelled flights it was one day later than intended. My hope to get a glimpse of spring weather in CA faded away in chilly rain and temperatures below the ones in CT, but other than that and a nasty cold I caught, Stitches was great.
Seeing my design Morning Breeze on the runway was very special and exciting! Unfortunately I was too thrilled to take a halfway decent picture.
The market place was huge and inspiring. Here are some things I picked up:

These 2 beauties I got from Tactile and I'm planning on a new design with them.
Maia, the owner, has beautiful shades of natural dyed yarn which made it hard for me to choose.

I couldn't resist this color from Rabbitworks Fiber Studio

I got the last two Japanese Knitting books!!

I met Cayenna from Caya Colour Yarns

One of the great things about a convention like this is to meet wonderful people. I enjoyed talking to complete strangers about knitting, fiber and the world... 

This group of enthusiastic grafters stood out for me. They had so much fun with their blue scarfs. They call themselves Knit Whits and they knit for the Paralympics. Their enthusiasm and joy was contagious. Stitches West for me was not only about designers, vendors and yarn but also about being part of this great community of craft lovers. 

 Even though the weather was bad I saw some messengers of spring.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Morning Breeze & Stitches West

Wednesday I will be off to Stitches West where my newest design Morning Breeze will be shown on the runway. That I'm excited is an understatement. 5 precious ladies from my yarn shop will join me on my trip to California. 
If you want to meet me and the garment join me on Friday, February 18th and Saturday, February 19th @ Creatively Dyed's booth 924. I will be there at 1:00 pm ....

For the cardigan in the picture I used one skein of Creatively Dyed, Sydney in color Emerald worked on a size US 4( 3.5 mm).
It's a luscious silk-linen lace weight yarn with a gorgeous drape. Usually green is not my color but her Emerald is just beautiful and made me rethink my relationship with green. Not every thing can be blue or teal.......

It's a top down raglan with a knitted on bottom part and lace edging. Your new favorite layering piece you can put on over just everything. The slim drapey silhouette cascades down past hiplevel in the front.

PS: You can also use fingering weight or up to light dk for Morning Breeze

Monday, February 7, 2011

TALVI - another pattern release

This scarf will give you many possibilities to play with color and texture.
Talvi is worked on the bias in strips that are attached as you go and it looks good in any gauge. It is easy to make this scarf wider or narrower. Self-striping or hand dyed yarn makes it an even more fun knit.

For the scarf shown in the picture above I used three different colors of Noro Kureyon.
Size: 6” (15 cm) wide and 60” (152 cm) long
  • Needles size US 7 (4.5 mm)
  • Approx. 327 yard (300m) worsted weight yarn
Get this pattern in my shop 

PS: Talvi means winter in Finnish. Not that I'm able to speak it, but we had plenty of winter here.....

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Long Live The Scraps II

is now available in my shop as a recipe to create your own blanket / afghan / throw.
Have fun playing with texture, color and at the same time use up these scraps and single skeins. Any weight of yarn works. For this blanket I used most of my bulky odds and ends.

Reducing my stash gives me a good excuse to buy more yarn. ...