About Knitcircus

When not knitting at Little League games, Jaala can be found knitting at beloved LYS The Sow's Ear, a Madison Knitters' Guild Board meeting or her own living room. She's taught both her kids to knit, and even to make tuna sandwiches for the rest of the family, so feels pretty good. If she could only figure out how to knit while typing, she'd be golden.

Many Sock Sizes

We’re so happy to offer our famous Matching Socks Sets in multiple sizes now! We always thought most women’s sock patterns used a whole 100g skein of yarn (about 400 yards), but as more people began knitting the socks sets, we noticed that often a color was missing from the finished project. Of course, using a toe-up sock pattern helps with that because you can just bind off whenever you’re done, but still, people seemed to be getting awfully tall socks.

Some of us have un-dainty feet, and a whole sock set was definitely needed to make a nice mid-calf sock. But some of us have normal-sized women’s feet, and some can even wear kids’ shoe sizes. So we put our heads together and came up with a solution. We now offer all of our Gradient and Gradient Stripes Matching Sock sets in three sizes.

Small socks set – approximately 200 yds/set. Perfect for wristwarmers, children’s socks/mittens or women’s anklets. This set of Hunter Hammersen’s A Lady is Known wristers were made with a small sock set.

 

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Medium socks set – approximately 300 yds/set. For women’s mid-calf socks sizes 5-10, women’s mittens, Men’s size 6-8 or kids’ knee socks. The Medium is now our go-to sock size for women.

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Because it’s less expensive than the Large, that basically means we’ve lowered our prices on women’s socks!

Below you can see the difference between the two. These were knit with the same size foot, approximately a women’s size seven. Of course, if you want a nice, mid-calf sock, you would knit the Large for a bigger foot. If you want a taller sock and you have smaller feet, this is how you do it!

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Large socks set – approximately 400 yds/set. Women’s size 11-13, Men’s size 9-11, men’s mittens or women’s knee socks.This is me (a women’s Size 10) wearing the Large sock set. There’s still plenty of length there even with a longer foot.

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You can now choose the Small, Medium or Large sizes for every one of our Dyed-to-Order colors! Just find the color you’d like and choose the sock sets from the Size of Item drop-down menu. Here’s the As You Wish Medium sock set, for example.

We know it can seem counter-intuitive to look for socks in the listings for regular Panoramic Gradients, so we created special Collections on the webpage with the Gradient Matching Socks Sets (long stripes) and Gradient Stripes Sock sets (short stripes).  Both of those kinds of sock sets are dyed to match down to the stitch and are dyed in continuous gradients, so you just cast one and knit, no need to change balls or weave in pesky ends.

You lovely knitters asked us for more sizes, and you got it!!!!!

Happy knitting,

Jaala

 

 

Spirit Lake in Knitscene

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We are thrilled! Jessica Anderson designed the Spirit Lake Shawl for the new Knitscene Handmade magazine with our yarn. (Find the online magazine here).

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She used 100g of Greatest of Ease in the colorway I Am a Princess and This Is My Tiara, developed for our beloved Amy from The Big Bang Theory. We love the shawl shaping, the fun lace and how it shows off the gradient beautifully.

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Thanks so much, Jessica and Knitscene handmade! (all photos: Knitscene Handmade)

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Knitcircus Podcast #82

Amy goes to Iceland and Jaala enjoys the May snow at home.

Listen on Libsyn and on iTunes.

Mentioned in this episode:

Helene Magnusson

Love Story yarn

Pebble beach by Helen Stewart

Leftie by Martina Behm

Helen Stewart/Curious Handmade

Susan B Anderson

Zombie Knitpocalypse

Down Cellar Studio Podcast

Splash Pad KAL

Gorgeous Gradients Ravelry Group

Zorba’s Restaurant

Daubes Bakery

Piper’s Journey

Alberta Shawl

Stephen West’s new shawl Knit ‘n Slide

 

 

Stitch Dictionary and Happy Birthday Color Winners!

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Thanks to everyone who entered to win the Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary, by Wendy Bernard! The winner is Savannahgal!!!!! Please get in touch with us and let us know your mailing address, and we’ll send the info straight to the publisher. (Please send to jaala@knitcircus.com)

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Thanks also to everyone who voted on the Happy Birthday Knitcircus colorway! The winner: Forever Floral. You are a sophisticated crowd. We renamed it Big Top Birthday.:)

I love this color and can’t wait to get dyeing! In the meantime, we’ve put up a listing in the store so you can pre-order yours to have in hand on the big party day. Choose Big Top Birthday Panoramic Gradient in many sizes, or Matching Sock sets in small, medium or large.

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Which brings us to this other fun news: it’s our birthday, and we want you to come to the party! We’ll have exclusive yarn, bags, treats, door prizes and free cake. We hope to see you at the Studio June 24th!

 

Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary: Win Book and Yarn!

Welcome to the Knitcircus stop on the Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary Blog Tour! I’ve long been a fan of Wendy Bernard’s patterns, blog and books, so getting to talk about her new one is a true pleasure.

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The Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary is a welcome follow-up to Wendy’s Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary.

I’ve been a big Wendy Bernard fan for many years; since back in the day when knitting blogs were new, Knit and Tonic has always been a leading voice in the fiber-blog community. Wendy’s California-chic designs captivated me from the start. Her Favorite Cardigan (below) has long been one of the sweaters I most want to knit.

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Wendy has a knack for breaking down large ideas (design your own hat, cowl, sweater) into manageable parts and reconstructing it so that you feel confident tackling your next project. If you haven’t gotten a chance to check out her Custom Knits series, I highly recommend them. The Custom Knits 1 and Custom Knits 2  books show you how to design your own top-down sweater, with lots of tips and patterns by Wendy. The Custom Knits Accessories is my fave, since I’m mostly an accessories knitter. She gives you all the tools you need to create your own sock, hat and other accessories patterns, with clear guidelines so you can succeed.

The All -Around Stitch Dictionaries build on Wendy’s expertise in guiding knitters to technical success. Most stitch dictionaries give you a stitch pattern and written directions for working the pattern flat; the more modern ones often include a chart. Wendy noticed that changing from flat to knitting in-the-round could sometimes be tricky, so she includes charts for both. She also gives the reader insight into which kinds of stitches do well on both sides (when designing a scarf, that’s key), and indicates which patterns are fully reversible, two sided (look good, but are different on each side) or only to be used with one side showing.

The second installment, The Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary, includes very clear photos and charts for every stitch, but in her usual inimitable way, Wendy includes a whole Designing From Scratch appendix, with basic recipes for Basic Top-Down Socks, Basic Toe-Up Socks, Top-Down Cap, Bottom-Up Cap and Triangular Shawls in Two Directions,  with beautiful photos for each.

IMG_6836                        Here’s a photo I snapped from my copy of the book (notice the user-friendly notebook binding?). This shows the Checkerboard Cables charts and photos. Thanks to the publisher  for letting me share this pattern! You can see they’re awfully nice, clear charts and photos showing both sides of the swatch.

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WIN THE BOOK AND YUMMY YARN

Stewart, Tabori and Chang are so generous, they’re giving away not only a copy of Wendy’s new book, but 2 hanks of yarn from Blue Sky Alpacas. (USA readers only for shipping, please!)

Now, I’m sure you’re all champing at the bit to know how you can win the Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary and the yarns. Just comment and tell us:

What would you be likely to knit with the Stitch Dictionary? Sweater, Socks, Hat, Cowl, Shawl? Which way would you knit it? Top-down, bottom up, in the round or flat?

Follow the rest of the stops on the blog tour to see more stitch patterns from the book!

 

5/18: AboutKnitting.com

5/23: Craft Gossip

5/11: WEBS

5/28: Blue Sky Alpacas

 

Kickstarter Project: One Year Later!

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I can’t believe it’s been a year since our Kickstarter was funded!

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Thanks to our backers, we moved out of my basement and into this happy place with our little store up front and space to dye all of our yarn. When we put up the Kickstarter project, we had no idea what would happen and waited with trepidation when it finally went live. After weeks of setting up rewards, crunching numbers for the move and days of filming and editing the video,  we pushed the button to make it live with trembling fingers.We held our collective breath, wondering if anyone would even notice.

Imagine our surprise and gratitude as we compulsively hit “refresh” and watched first a few, then many of our friends, customers, family and knitters we have never met pledge to make our dream of a real studio a reality. Only three days! That’s how long it took with so much generous support coming from the knitting community.

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I may have cried with relief when we hit the magic mark when we knew we would get funded. I may be tearing up a bit now just remembering it.

In this past year, we’ve gotten the store all outfitted with custom shelves, added a new sink in the dye area and generally made ourselves very comfortable and happy here.

We now have eight people working at the studio, all of whom are amazing. They’re all knitters except our newest person, but she’s a spinner, so it’s okay. Many of our people are either mothers or students, and I try to make it a supportive, welcoming environment for those whose schedules are in flux. We’re working toward a living wage for everyone and a working environment where every person feels valued. I count myself so lucky to have found Amy J, Amy D, Shari, Tashi, Katie, Emily, Sarah, Bug and soon Liz. You could not assemple a more creative, competent, resourceful and hardworking bunch of people.

We’ve held dyeing classes, techniques classes, Machine Knitting classes,a Retreat, a holiday party, Spring Fling, hosted knitting groups, and created Take-Out Tuesday as a beloved shop tradition.

We’re hosting Ann Budd this summer and a second Knitcircus Retreat is in the works for fall with the lovely Susan B. Anderson.

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We still have more big dreams of  adding more yarn lines, improving the store, traveling to more shows, partnering with more designers and podcasts, hosting more parties, classes and events and maybe even having a mobile store one day.We are enjoying every day in our lovely new digs and cannot thank you enough.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for making our Studio and Store dream come true.

Happy summer,

Jaala

Knitcircus Podcast #81

Amy’s off to the land of ice (and wool). Jaala’s staying to keep the studio wheels turning!

Listen on Libsyn or iTunes

Mentioned this podcast:

Yarnover

StevenBe

Romi Hill

Susan B. Anderson

Sun Valley Fibers

Alisha Goes Around

Miss Winkle

Salt Water Taffy Yarn

Masterpiece Knits: The Modern Collection, by Dragonfly Fibers

Indigodragonfly fibers

The Knitter Magazine

Arne and Carlos

Meg Swansen’s Knitting Camp

Zombie Knitpocalypse

Jaala’s Kugel recipe