Create Your Own Colorway Contest
For the first time ever, you can be the inspiration for a Knitcircus Gradient or Impressionist colorway!
Between now and midnight on Thursday, April 12th, send a photo with colors you would love to see in a Knitcircus yarn to firstname.lastname@example.org, post it on the Knticircus Facebook Page or post on Instagram with the hashtag #knitcircuscontest.
April 13th, we’ll pick the top three photos and you’ll get to vote on them.
The two runners-up will receive a Knitcircus Gift Certificate for $25.
The winner will have a Gradient or Impressionist yarn developed from their photo, along with a coordinating Semi-solid or Speckled Handpaint.
The colorway will be released online and in-store May 12th, with a party at the Knitcircus Studio, and the winner will win a cake of each yarn in the yarn base of their choosing.
(Knitcircus employees/families not eligible to participate)
Last week we welcomed the 2nd indie-dyer trunk show to the KnitCircus store! For the last couple of months I have been excitedly awaiting our shipment of Savvy Skeins yarn. Ever since I first discovered Ali’s yarn around 2013 or 2014, I’ve been captivated by her use of color. Gorgeous hues come together to make the most interesting variegated colorways and her pin-point speckles are spot on (forgive the pun). Getting the chance to host her hand-dyed yarn here at KnitCircus is truly a treat.
Surfing the Savvy Skeins Instagram account and periodically visiting her website over the years, I came to love a few specific colorways and looked forward to possibly seeing these in person. And while Rusted Wagon Wheel, Boots and Spurs, and Pumpkin Spice Latte did not disappoint, I found myself unexpectedly drawn to a few other skeins. When I saw the soft, cool tones of Storm Chaser I immediately pictured a pair of textured socks like the Hermione’s Everyday socks by Erica Lueder. I love knitting those as there’s just enough patterning to make them interesting, but the stitch sequence is easy to memorize. Savvy Skeins’s Sensible Sock is the perfect base for knitting socks with it’s 80/20 merino wool and nylon combo.
I’m usually a fan of earth tones and neutrals, so I was surprised when I found myself repeatedly picking up a skein of the Psychedelic Sister colorway. The colors in this yarn are so fun and unexpected! A bright turquoise base is splattered with hot picks, greens, and purples in a random, artistic way. I think this yarn would make the cutest and most unique Flax Light baby sweater. The Flax Light is a versatile pullover that every man, woman, and child should own, and there’s just enough yarn in one skein of Ali’s 100% merino Lavish Sock base to knit the smallest size. What a fashion statement that would be on a little one!
I just love it when I’m so inspired by color and these yarns are speaking to me, wishing to become fabulous handknitted items. Come find out which ones speak to you! We will have our Savvy Skeins trunk show set up for the rest of March, but be sure to hurry if you’d like to see the whole selection, we’ve already seen some skeins go out the door to their new homes. We hope to see you soon!
KnitCircus store manager
As an independent yarn dying company, we appreciate and understand how much work goes into beautiful hand-dyed yarn! There are so many talented fiber artists out there and we feel that it’s important to support one another in this community. Once we moved into our new shop location, a goal of ours was to be able to host trunk shows so that our customers would be able to see and buy hand-dyed yarn that wouldn’t be available to them otherwise. Yesterday we received a big box of yarn from Space Cadet, a yarn company based in Pittsburgh, PA. Our first trunk show of the year is here!
While unpacking this yarn, we couldn’t help but squeeze every skein and inspect each colorway closer. Even now, with the yarn spread across our classroom table, I can’t help but gaze longingly at it from across the room. I haven’t decided which skeins will come home with me, but I will definitely be adding some to my stash over the next two weeks. There are beautiful tonals and semi-solid colors, and I’m considering choosing two for a Snow Day shawl by Mina Philip out of the squishy sport weight base called Lyra. I also have a hard time passing up hand-dyed sock yarn, and Space Cadet has a gorgeous 80/20 blend of Merino and nylon as well as a 75/25 blend that has a bit of sparkle added to it. It’s pretty likely that a new pair of Space Cadet socks will be in my future…
I really hope that you’ll be able to come and peruse the trunk show for yourself. There really is something for everyone and we’re so glad to have this added to our inventory for the next couple of weeks! And keep an eye out for future trunk shows!
Jaala Spiro and Amy Detjen star in… “The Podcast that Time Forgot!”
Listen on Libsyn or iTunes
Apparently, Amy forgot to upload this podcast (ahem) because she is being a dotty broad (this is Amy typing, so I can say that about myself).
This is what I think we spoke of:
2018 Knitcircus Kindness KAL on Ravelry
Pattern: Getting Warmer, by Espace Tricot
Event: Winter Ravellenics
Event: X Games