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
Something wonderful happens in Tacoma, Washington next week. The Madrona Winter Retreat is Thursday through Sunday, February 12 through the 14th.
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.
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.
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.
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
I’m happy to be here after a long absence. There was an illness in my family that occupied my attention. It has taken a long while to get back on track.
I did find time to design a new pattern I call the Spiral Cowl, based on a stitch pattern I showed you in a prior post. It only uses about a half a skein of medium sock weight yarn, so you can make one for you and one for a friend from one large skein. I’ve knit one with Noro’s Silk Garden Sock which creates the beautiful rings of color. And another with Jorstad Creek’s Whidbey which has a lot of body and highlights the ridges. Continue Reading
When I approach designing a scarf, I have a few criteria. One of the most important is that the scarf looks the same from both sides. There are a number of simple knitting stitches that can create such a scarf: garter stitch, ribbing, and seed stitch to name a few. There are also laces built on garter stitch which are traditional in many cultures but rarely my choice as they have a bumpy, horizontal look.
My third published pattern uses another approach to a reversible scarf. The Foot Steps Lace Scarf has a strong vertical pattern and reminds me of foot steps in the snow. It is a simple pattern with only 3 different rows. Continue reading