Woodard Bay Hat and a New Partner

Row House Yarns is now carrying my Woodard Bay Hat pattern which I’ve redone in both DK and Aran weight yarns. The Airy Blue and Saffron Spice hats are made with Hazelwood, a DK weight yarn and the Gray hat is in Arranmore, both from Jorstad Creek.

This hat is knit in the round, with directions for two sizes which can be made in either weight yarn. Because the twisted rib pattern is very stretchy, each size fits a wide range of head measurements. This stitch pattern also makes this hat warm and cozy; warm enough to keep you toasty while watching the Great Blue Herons and Cormorants at the Woodard Bay Conservation Area. If you like birds, especially big water birds as much as I do, you will love Woodard Bay near Olympia.

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We at BK Collective are excited to collaborate with Row House Yarns. Row House Yarns sources its yarns from artisans who monitor the sourcing of their fibers.  They take care to use fibers only from well-treated animals, and they also act environmentally responsibly in different ways by minimizing the use of chemicals, re-using water, using recycled materials (including in yarn), and sourcing locally when possible. Row House Yarns also provides extensive support for beginning knitters.



Port Townsend Gallery Walk with the Bazaar Girls


The first Saturday evening of every month, Port Townsend has a Gallery Walk with featured artists displaying their work at downtown galleries and stores. Last Saturday, March 7, the Bazaar Girls Yarn Shop and Fibre Emporium hosted Jorstad Creek yarns and BK Collective patterns as their featured artists.

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You may remember my earlier post on this wonderful local yarn store.

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Kerry Graber, the owner of Jorstad Creek, and I were at the store all day meeting customers and talking about our yarns and patterns. Continue Reading

The Canyons


The Adventure Guy and I love the canyon country of Southern Utah. This spectacular picture of Bryce Canyon was taken by Jean-Christophe Benoist and licensed under an agreement with Wikimedia Commons.

The majesty and rhythm of Utah’s canyon country inspired two new patterns I am releasing this week, the Canyon Trail Shawl and the Canyon Rim Shawl.2014-12-13 14.32.58 (2)2014-12-13 15.27.38 Continue Reading

An Idea from the Yarn Harlot

I want to share a great idea from the Yarn Harlot.
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Some of you may not have met the Yarn Harlot. She’s a wonderful and very funny lady from Canada who has captured knitters, all kinds of knitters in her many books. Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off or The Yarn Harlot’s Guide to the Land of Knitting, ends with this:

“We all know it looks like yarn, but it is love . . . and for this it’s worth giving up all your closet space.”

For more from the Yarn Harlot check out her blog where you can also find links to her many books.

The idea I want to share is her One Row Handspun Scarf, a free pattern that has been knit into 9178 projects by members of Ravelry. Continue Reading

BK Collective is published on Patternfish

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2015 just keeps getting better!

BK Collective is now published on Patternfish, a Canadian website with knitting, crochet and weaving patterns.  We are featured in the Patternfish February Newsletter which you can find here. Click on Our Newest Designers and Publishers in the upper right hand corner of the In This Issue box. The main focus of the issue is the best selling patterns of 2014.  We aren’t in that section, yet.

You can also click on this link if you want to go directly to the BK Collective patterns. Continue Reading