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.

 

 

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The Canyons

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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

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.

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Getting Ready for Madrona and a Free Pattern

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Something wonderful happens in Tacoma, Washington next week.  The Madrona Winter Retreat is Thursday through Sunday, February 12 through the 14th.

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The Madrona Retreat happens every year at the Murano Hotel.  The hotel is a jewel in downtown Tacoma.  It is filled with art, largely art glass, and is less than a mile from the Museum of Glass. During Madrona the hotel is also filled, filled I tell you, with knitters, spinners, and every other kind of fiber enthusiast.

Every year Madrona Fiber Arts brings in a host of fiber stars. This year Judith MacKenzie, a nationally known teacher, master weaver, spinner, dyer and fiber artist, will be giving the keynote talk at the banquet. Lucy Neatby is returning and Amy Herzog is coming for the first time. There will also be a lot of fun with Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (The Yarn Harlot) and Franklin Habit. I am excited to spend a day with Galina Khmeleva learning more about Orenburg lace knitting.

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You Gotta Have Pictures

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When I envisioned designing and publishing knitting patterns, I thought I had the necessary skill and experience. I thought it would be a straightforward process, involving knowledge and skills I’ve honed over the decades. After all, I’ve been knitting forever, reading knitting patterns forever, writing and editing complex specialized documents for half of forever.

What I didn’t think about were the pictures.

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A knitting pattern needs pictures. And not just any pictures. You need pictures that beckon to knitters. Pictures that call out “Make me, you know you want make me.” Continue Reading

KnitCrate!

Hello 2015!  You are looking good.

KnitCrate is featuring a new pattern of mine in their Indie Crate this month .

What’s a crate? KnitCrate periodically sends a package to subscribers. The package contains yarn and a pattern for a surprise project along with other treats. There are different types of crates:  Beginners, Intermediate / Advanced, Sock and Indie. “Indie” as in independent by hand dyers of yarn. You should check it out.Tweed DK

The January Indie Crate will include 2 skeins of Jorstad Creek Tweed DK. Tweed DK is a 100% Merino yarn. If you are looking for a tweed yarn that is soft and squishy instead of scratchy or stiff, this is a yarn you should try.  Kerry Graber, the independent hand dyer at Jorstad Creek yarns, creates vibrant colors with a lot of depth.

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With the yarn is my new Cedarbury Cowl pattern. This cowl will keep your neck warm in the coldest weather with rich texture from two different cables running from the outside edge to the neckline. The cowl is knit in the round with cables and twisted stitches as well as tapered by decreasing stitches as you work toward the neck of the cowl. The taper is distinct in the small cowl on the left worked with undyed Jorstad Creek Tweed DK yarn and subtle in the volume of the large cowl, which is made with Cascade 220. Continue Reading

Introducing the Lakemoor Vest

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I am really excited to show you the pattern I am releasing today on Ravelry and at the Nordic Knitting Conference in Seattle. The Lakemoor Vest is a relatively simple project with a big impact. It is a fun way to use that beautiful, wild sock yarn you could not resist but wouldn’t use for socks.

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