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.

Knitcircus Podcast #107

In which Jaala and Amy knit while they record their chatter.

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Topics of note:

Pattern: Needle in a Haystack, by Jaala Spiro

TV Show: Supergirl

Exotic Locale: Amsterdam

Events: Meg Swansen’s Knitting Camp

Pattern: Wolkig, by Martina Behm

Pattern: Rattan Shawl, by Libby Jonson

Pattern: In Threes Sweater, by Kelly Herdrich

Pattern: Sugar Sprinkles Cowl, by Sharyn Anhalt

Pick a Shawl KAL on Ravelry, starts July 7, with Jaala Spiro and Liz Avery (coming soon)

Events: Stitches Midwest near Chicago

Cool People: Ron Miskin of The Buffalo Wool Company

Fiction: The Enzo Files

Cool People: Janine Bajus, the Feral Knitter

Knitting Books: A Stash of One’s Own, by Clara Parkes

Blog: Decor8

 

 

Knitcircus Podcast #106

In which Jaala and Amy just visit!

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Topics of note:

Knitcircus Colors: Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy

Designer: Susan B Anderson

Pattern: Wolkig, by Martina Behm

Pattern: Needle in a Haystack, by Jaala Spiro

Designer/Teacher: Meg Swansen at Knitting Camp

TV Show: This is Us

TV Show: Arrested Developement

Authors: Rainbow Rowell

TV Show: Parks and Recreation

Knitting Books: Sequence Knitting, by Cecelia Campochiaro

 

 

Knitcircus Podcast #105

In which Jaala name-drops more than Amy, for once!

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Topics of note:

Designer: Janina Kallio

Pattern: Herald, by Janina Kallio

Knitcircus Colors: Just Have a Little Faith in Me

Pattern: Spotlight, by Janina Kallio

Knitcircus Colors: Many Happy Returns, The Sensible Ms Dashwood

Pattern: Scrappy Bias Shawl, by Emily Clawson

Knitcircus Colors: Pardon Me, Sir

Events: TNNA in Columbus

Designer: Christopher Salas

Designer: Angela Tong

Designer: Stephannie Tallent

Designer: Heather Zoppetti

Designer: Mindy Wilkes

Designer: Jen Lucas

Designer: Adrienne Ku

Yarn: Baah Yarns

Yarn: Twisted Owl

Designer: Stefanie Japel

Designer: Stacey Trock

Pattern: Find Your Fade, by Andrea Mowry

Pattern: Free Your Fade, by Andrea Mowry

Pattern: Color Affection, by Veera Välimäki

Cool Stuff: Purl and Loop Looms

Cool Stuff: Schacht Looms

Pattern: Flight Path, by Elizabeth Morrison 

Cool Stuff: Katrinkles

Cool Stuff: Papa Sews Too

Cool Stuff: Zing Needles

Direct download: Podcast_105_done.mp3
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Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy

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Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy is one of the new Impressionist Speckled Gradients. We are all in love with these gradients with pops of unexpected color throughout.

This new dyeing process started one day when Elizabeth and I had been hanging out at beloved yarn/coffee shop The Sow’s Ear. On the way home I told her about some dyeing experiments I’d been working on and described some of the pitfalls.

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Bug got so excited that she used her finely-honed style sense, picked out the Cancun Boxy Lace Top and knit it up within a week!

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One of the first Speckled Impressionist Gradients was Just Have a Little Faith. You guys know I’m a little obsessed with the TV show Prison Break, with its suspenseful, clever plot and self-sacrificing hero. The grays and blues of the first season begged to be made into a speckled gradient!

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The next one, with its rich greens and blues, had to be an homage to some more favorite characters. You guys loved Frog and Toad as much as we did!

Every time we create a new color of the Speckled Gradients, it generates a lot of excitement in the studio. We’re all trying to get dibs on the yarn first! It’s really fun to knit, because you keep asking, “Which color will this stitch be? How about the next one…”

Happy knitting,

Jaala

 

Finished Objects Sampler

Seeing our customers’ Finished Objects (FO’s) posted online is one of my favorite things about working at Knitcircus. For a moment, I can stop feeling the pressure of my 300+ patterns in my queue on Ravelry and vicariously knit All The Things.

While I’m personally a process knitter, I have this habit of going through my Unfinished Objects (UFO’s) about twice a year and getting 5-10 things done. It’s enormously gratifying. Now if I could just get organized enough to post them on Ravelry, I’d be as virtuous as these knitters I’m featuring today.

There are all kinds of ways to measure one’s success in knitting. Today, behold the finishers:

pattern: Switch-A-Roo Leg Warmers by Sarah Smuland

yarn:

knitted by: TheScribe on Ravelry and Instagram

Antler Hat Kwince Mischief Speckles

pattern: Antler Hat by tincanknits

yarn: 100g skein of Ringmaster worsted in Mischief Managed Speckles colorway

knitted by: Kwince

pattern: Mustardseed by Boo Knits

yarn: 100g cake of Greatest of Ease in Brass And Steam colorway

and 100g cake of Greatest of Ease in All The Bacon And Eggs You Have colorway

knitted by: Kathnits

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pattern: Socks on a Plane by Laura Linneman

yarn: medium sock set in Greatest of Ease in the Space Is Big. Really Big. colorway

knitted by: domtheknight

Stay tuned for more beautiful FO’s in the weeks to come. It’s making me itch to finish some projects myself. Keep ’em coming, dear knitters.

–Liz

Susan B. Anderson’s Little Hedgehog Class at Knitcircus!

Spaces are still left in Susan B. Anderson’s Little Hedgehog class next week!

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pattern: Hedgie by Susan B. Anderson

On June 17, for our second birthday weekend, we are hosting nationally-known teacher/blogger/designer Susan B. Anderson. A long time friend of Knitcircus, Susan is teaching her Hedgie toy pattern, which will be chock full of toy-knitting tips and tricks.

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Susan B. Anderson

A quick knit in worsted weight yarn, this tiny friend features the charm and skill Susan’s designs are well known for. Using different textures, and a darling personality, you’ll add to your toolbox of toy techniques and have a sweet toy to gift or keep by your side.

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The class is scheduled on June 17 from 9am-12pm. She will also be teaching her Smooth Operator sock pattern, exclusively for Knitcircus Yarns, on that day from 1:30-4:30pm.

Sign up on our website here or call and register by phone at 608-841-1421.

Hope you can join us!

–Liz

 

 

NEW Parasol Silk/Merino Blend

New Yarn Release!

Parasol.

 30% Mulberry Silk. 70% US Merino. Fingering weight. Yum.

Parasol is 100% USA-sourced and USA-spun to our exact specifications.

It’s another Knitcircus exclusive.

We’re smitten. Once we cracked open the box o’ yarn from our US mill, we were hooked. On its softness. Its shine. And of course, its silkiness.

This yarn is so different for us in a few important ways:

  1. Finally, by popular demand, Parasol offers y’all a hand wash yarn. I get it; not everyone digs the superwash merino, so now you can hand wash to your heart’s delight.
  2. Drape. Serious drape. We knitted up this Haruni Plus shawl by Emily Ross, and the thing just drips softness and flows effortlessly from your shoulders. We used the colorway Crazy Little Thing Called Love in a 150g cake. It’s dreamy. We even put kits together here in our store because we got so excited.haruni2
  3. Our colorways look so different on Parasol. This silk/merino combination simply takes our dye so differently than our other bases, so I thought I’d give you a comparison that knocked our socks off. Behold, our colorway La Vie en Rose in silk/merino Parasol (left) and 100% merino Trampoline (right):

 

 

Here’s another one. Our colorway Just Beet It in silk/merino Parasol (left) and 100% merino Trampoline (right):

 

We knitted up another shawl out of Parasol, and this time it’s Knitcircus owner Jaala Spiro’s Juniper Lemon shawl pattern. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

colorway: Springtime in Paris

cake size: 100g/440 yards

We know you’ll love this new yarn base. We’re offering it in all of our gradient colorways as well as our kettle-dyed semisolids and handpaint speckles. Enjoy!

See you soon.

–Liz