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

Maker’s Mercantile

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Maker’s Mercantile is a yarn store and more in Kent, Washington. It is very near a well known local landmark, the Ikea store.

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The Mercantile is hosting a trunk show of Jorstad Creek yarns until the end of the month. The picture above shows some of the yarns on display and worked into designs by Evelyn A. Clark, a local designer. 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

My Grandparents’ Afghan

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I recently went through the treasures in a cedar chest and rediscovered this afghan.

I knit most of this afghan when I was in college. Many of us knit or crocheted, often waiting in line for dinner. (Why we waited in line so often for so long isn’t clear to me now.  Maybe it was the social hour or maybe the good stuff was likely to be gone if you weren’t toward the front of the line.)

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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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Finding the Best Yarn Companions

It is fall in the Pacific Northwest and my urge to knit is strong. Even stronger than the urge to buy school supplies! (Every September I want to buy pens and paper. How can that still be true, after all these years?)

One of my favorite yarn choices is a combination of a one multi-colored and one solid-colored yarn, probably because a wide range of effects are possible. Some combinations have a bold, high contrast look while others combinations are subtle and complex.

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These pictures show details of a vest I made using sock yarns. Much of the impact of this combination comes from the high contrast between these two yarns. The contrast is created in part by a light-dark contrast and in part by a contrast of hue or color. (These are only two of seven kinds of contrast Johannes Itten discusses in his classic work The Elements of Color, but two are enough for me.) Continue Reading