Spring Fling Fun!

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Thanks to everyone who came to the Spring Fling party and Saturday celebration. We had a blast!

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This fun group didn’t drink the Kool-Aid, but their yarn did, in my home-safe dyeing class! We had such a good time, and they all created such fresh spring colors.

 

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Just like when we have friends coming over for a dinner party, hosting a Studio party gives us a reason to spruce everything up and put up some fun decorations. We played up the Tea Party for the new Alice in Wonderland yarns.

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Shari drew up a friendly welcome sign, and we brought out the special Spring Fling colorway. We had a few left, so we’re leaving them up in the store just a couple days longer…

IMG_6478Ann showed us her masterful top using a Still Flying gradient  undyed yarn and a very cool slipstitch pattern. Beautifully knitted!

 

Saturday, the fun continued as John Loeffelholz led a group of intrepid knitters thorough the intricate process of knitting with sock machines. They don’t make these babies anymore, so you have to learn the ins and outs of these antique machines…

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Sorry this wasn’t the best photo, but the people in the Sock Machine class were totally absorbed the whole time, and learned a ton about coaxing their metal friends to perform. John is one of the nation’s experts on using sock machines, so we’re very lucky to have him in the area. Thanks, John!

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How cool is this thing?!?!?

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And they even made a sock at the end! Pat has a big smile for a job well done.

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The party continued in the store on Saturday, with lots of visitors out and about enjoying the gorgeous weather. This lovely young knitter drove over from Milwaukee to check out the yarns in person and show off her mad knitting skills. This was one of three pairs she’s working on! She loves that you just cast on and knit the Gradient Stripes and they do all the striping for you. As a new sock knitter, she said it gave her confidence.

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It was an event to remember, and we’re definitely doing it again next year. Happy spring everyone and thanks to everyone who came to see us!

Happy knitting,

Jaala

 

 

Knitcircus Podcast #80

Amy will stop at nothing to track down the elusive rainbow sheep…

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Mentioned this podcast:

Jamies Food Revolution

Purple Citrus Book

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Huge and Huggable MochiMochi

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Oland Stricken/Oland Breien book

Once and Future King

Sally Melville Einstein Coat

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The Beginners Guide to Writing Knitting Patterns by Kate Atherley

Miss Winkle by Martina Behm

Vivian. by Ysolda Teague

Please tell us: What really spectacular piece of knitting should we have in our booth?

 

Alice in Wonderland Collection!

 

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We’re so excited to share our new Alice in Wonderland yarns that we had a Mad Tea Party on You Tube!

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The setup was the most fun, creating all kinds of crazy yarn/pastry scenarios…IMG_6398

Amy was especially known for her famous Orange Mad Tea (it’s suspiciously fizzy…)

Watch for a special Mad Tea Party display in the store starting at the Spring Fling party this Friday! Of course, if you’re not near Madison, you can enjoy all the Alice colors on the website….

Hope your spring day does not include the spatter of snow we got this morning!

Jaala

 

 

Interweave Presents: Salt Water Taffy Sock Kits

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Whoooo! We can finally share this exciting news with you; Interweave collaborated with us to offer an exclusive pattern and kit!

The Salt Water Taffy pattern features toe-up construction and just enough texture to keep it interesting, and is written by our own Amy Detjen. The Knitcircus Dye Team (me, Katie and Emily) handled the The Salt Water Taffy Extreme Gradient Stripe Sock Sets. The neatly-packaged yarn and printed patterns are available in the Interweave Store just while supplies last.

Interweave has always been a huge leader in our industry; as a beginning knitter, I used to page through Interweave Knits again and again, dreaming of which design to make next. Their books have always combined solid technical knowledge with beautiful design. So it’s an honor for us to be collaborating with them on this project!

Happy knitting,

Jaala and Amy

 

 

 

Knitcircus Podcast #78

Double Knitting is having a Moment. Amy and Jaala may be having a senior moment…

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Mentioned this podcast:

Stephen West

Ysolda

Martina Behm

Felicity Ford

Wollmeise

Loopy Ewe

Knitting Pipeline Podcast

Elizabeth Zimmermann

Spry Whimsy

Susan’s Fiber Shop

Alisdair Post-Quinn

Double knitting by M’lou Baber

Malojos Jewelry Design

Miss Winkle, by Martina Behm

Giveaway:

Black, sparkly yarn courtesy of Woolgatherers.

Pickford Bandana

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Pickford was one of the most fun and satisfying patterns I’ve designed. Back in November, I started noodling around with the idea of a bandana cowl. Looking around at Ravelry at some of my favorite designs like Zuzu’s Petals and Starshower, I was surprised at the construction; they all start by knitting flat, then joining for knitting in the round once the shawl-in-progress is wide enough to fit comfortably around the neck. This creates basically shawls that  are fastened in the back, which is exactly what they were going for.

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That construction creates a shawl-like project that starts low on the neck and lies flatter on the chest. My neck is always cold and feels vulnerable, so I wanted my design to go up a little higher, keeping the neck warm, but not being tight. Even though I like my neck warm, I can’t stand anything tight, which makes me odd, I know.

Starting from a cowl construction instead of a shawl construction seemed like the best angle, and would be much simpler to knit. But it needed to get wider at the bottom for comfort and to create the bandana shape I wanted.

The first iteration of the pattern featured increases at the “point” every round, which made it pontier. I liked that one, and it’ll be coming out as a new pattern soon, but I wanted to try something subtler (if you visited us at Vogue Knitting Live New York, it was a sample in the Impressionist section of the booth). The next try increased every other round, and I liked that, too, (it’s the Over the Rainbow cowl I wear pretty much every day, and at the Knitting Pipeline Retreat), but the Pickford version made just the bandana cowl shape I envisioned for a worsted-weight cowl.

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This created just the warm, yet drapey and easy-to-knit cowl I had hoped for all along!

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Test knitter Alane made a darling Pickford  and gave me excellent pattern feedback. Thanks, Alane!

I love this construction so much, I’ve already got a lacy spring version on the needles. I hope you enjoy it, too!

Happy knitting,

Jaala

 

Mystic KAL with Anna Dalvi

 

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Happy Pi Day, knitters! Hope you’re enjoying your Pi and/or pie…we celebrated a little early with a homemade pumpkin pie.Li’l Buddy was trying to memorize Pi to 45 places for a math contest today….

Podcast winners

Thanks to everyone who entered with so much wonderful information about your local yarn stores and indie dyers! We learned so much from your responses and you gave us a lot of places to add to our must-visit list…

The Winners Are:
Amber gets the Mrs. Crosby Likes to Play

Rachelle takes home the Sakkie courtesy of Intertwined Yarn Shop

Joyce will enjoy two skeins of alpaca yarn from Bleating Heart Haven

If you’re anywhere nearby, please check out the Rites of Spring Fiber Frolic on April 16th!

MYSTIC HAVEN KAL

We love Anna Dalvi‘s ingenious lace designs, and are thrilled that she chose our Greatest of Ease gradient yarn for her next Mystery KAL!

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We don’t know exactly what she’s got up her sleeve, but we know it will be fantastic.

The KAL starts on March 30th and we’re offering participants a special 10% discount! If you’re interested, you can choose from any of the 100g Gradients we have ready to ship, or order a custom-dyed Greatest of Ease 100g Gradient and we’ll do our best to expedite it so you can start on time (to order: choose your color, then choose Greatest of Ease as the yarn base and 100g as the size of the cake). Please check out the fun and find out the discount code in the Knit and Knag Ravelry Group.

Have a great Monday and happy knitting,

Jaala and Amy