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.

Black Friday & Small Business Saturday; Gifts for You

This Thanksgiving weekend, we are very grateful for you, our wonderful customers and knitting community.

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Knitcircus is lucky enough to have both an online store and a real (if small) brick-and-mortar store, so we’re thrilled to participate in Small Business Saturday this weekend!

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We also want to give you goodies on Black Friday, but want the Knitcircus Crew to enjoy the holiday with family. So we’re offering a free gift online on Friday and both in-person and in the online store for Small Business Saturday!

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That’s right! You’ll get a Knitcircus Tape Measure free with any purchase from 8am Friday to midnight Saturday! No coupon code needed; we’ll just add it to your order when we package it up.

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We have lots and lots of yarns ready to go both in the Store and online. Please stop by the Studio Saturday from 12-5 and say hi to me. We’re at 634 Grand Canyon Drive in Madison, Wisconsin. Right next to the Mermaid Car Wash; go all the way to the back of the brown Evergreen office complex and you’ll find us there!

Have a wonderful holiday weekend filled with good food, good company and good knitting,

Jaala

 

Quick Knits Ideas and KAL

I’ve just started a Quick Knits KAL over here on Ravelry, because holy cats, how are we already at the middle of November? Holidays, people. Winter is coming. Personally, I’m panicking a tiny bit. This calls for some quick knitting!

Jaala and I both whipped up some speedy knits recently, had an impromptu show and tell in our staff break room, and realized we might not be the only knitters freaking out.

Join our KAL by casting on a project with a Knitcircus yarn, post your progress, and be eligible for amazing prizes. This KAL ends December 21, so cast on now! We’re featuring Jaala’s pattern Michigan Waves:

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yarn: 100g cake of Ringmaster worsted in colorway Chance of Flurries

Here’s Jaala’s seed stitch hat that she just brought in for show and tell:

 

yarn: 80g cake of Lap of Luxury in colorway Spring Awakening

pattern: Toboggan Run by Jaala Spiro

And here’s my cowl:

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yarn: 100g cake in Magnificent DK in the colorway Also I Can Kill You With My Brain

pattern: Codachrome by Theresa Schabes

Here are a few more small knits in Knitcircus gradients that we’ve been inspired by for our Quick Knits effort.

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yarn: 75-100g cake of Ringmaster in the colorway Pigeon

pattern: Vanilla Twist by Jaala Spiro

Here’s a cowl knit up by Raveler Miazoe:

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yarn: 100g cake of Ringmaster in the colorway Chance of Flurries

pattern: Starry Night by Andrea W.

 This next cowl gives you an opportunity to pick out some gorgeous buttons. Here we’ve used washable bamboo buttons from Katrinkles that have a 1 x 1 ribbing pattern laser etched on them.

yarn: 100g cake of Ringmaster in the colorway Treebeard

pattern: Ellis Cowl by Carina Spencer

And finally, a shop favorite. Over the Rainbow, one of our bestselling colorways, brings this hat pattern alive with its clever combination of garter and stockinette:

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yarn: 100g cake of Ringmaster in Over the Rainbow

pattern: Barley Hat by Tincanknits

Tincanknits has generously donated a prize for one of our upcoming KAL prize drawings. Check out our KAL to learn how to be eligible for prizes (it includes casting on with a Knitcircus yarn, and posting in the thread, so it’s easy to join) – you’ll be eligible for a prize and get some holiday knitting done at the same time! Folks in our KALs are super sweet, too, so you might make a new knitting friend along the way.

Happy knitting!

–Liz

Top 10 Gifts at Knitcircus

I’m always running late with my holiday gifts. Every year, in about the second week of December, I promise that next year, finally, I will start thinking about gifts in November. (Some of you actually manage to think about gifts well before that, but I’m trying to ease myself into this).

This year, I’ve decided to curate a list for you of Knitcircus’ best gifts. Share this list with your loved ones, pick out something for your fellow fiber artists, or treat yourself to a much-needed tool or gadget. See our entire collection here for even more options.

  1. Ann Budd’s Stitch Gauge Ruler – Our bestselling tool, it’s a perfect stocking stuffer or little gifty for the knitter who doesn’t love counting those tiny stitches – oh, wait, that’s all of us!20151215_100015
  2. Knitcircus Sock Blockers – These lovely wooden blockers will show your socks at their best and are Instagram-ready! Available in small, medium, and large.

     

  3. Yarnit – it’s our favorite yarn holder, with a handy strap for hanging over your shoulder or around your neck. Globe available in clear and sparkle options. yarn-it-4_29_16
  4. Soxyzz – a measuring tool that measures foot size when you stand on it or if you don’t have your recipient handy, you can easily convert their shoe size to foot length for perfectly fitting socks.
  5. Katrinkles earrings and buttons – These are my favorite earrings! Made of lightweight bamboo, with sterling silver ear wires, they feature 1 x 1 ribbing laser etched on their fronts. I’m already planning my next sweater around these buttons.

     

  6. Bags from Hopkins Studio – Made by Hopkins Studio in Chicago, these handmade, beautifully sewn bags will keep your knitting safe and sound with these point protectors, pouches and bags:
  7. Stella Lamps – with 3 different types of light (cool, warm and bright white) and 5 different brightness settings, these LED no-bulb lamps are the best handwork lighting we’ve ever used. Styles available: table, task and floor lamps.
  8. Knitcircus Kits – The Chromatic Cowl and Niela Cowl are two of our favorite projects. If you’re ordering for a gift before the holidays, order a ready-to-ship kit so that it arrives on time! Chromatic Cowl Kit:

     

    Niela Cowl Kit:

  9. Knitcircus Swag – support your favorite yarn company with these indispensable tools emblazoned with our beautiful Strongwoman:

Needle gauge keychain or stitch/needle gauge measure

 

 

10. Gift Cards! The perfect gift for a knitter who wants to pick it out him/herself.

Good luck with your gift giving, and don’t forget to support Small Business Saturday on November 26th this year. Our studio store will be open that day, too, for those of you who live nearby.

–Liz

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Knitcircus Podcast #90

Once again, Jaala and Amy visit with the microphone on… see what we talked about!

Listen on Libsyn or iTunes

Amy’s Gradient Yoke Sweater, by Amy Detjen

Hitchhiker Scarf, by Martina Behm

Silk Moon Crescent Shawl, by Jaala Spiro

Laeta Shawl, by Susanna IC

Smooth Operator Socks, by Susan B Anderson

Hedgehog Fibres in Ireland

Keiran Foley of Knit/Lab in Ireland

The Constant Knitter in Dublin

Liadain De Buitlear in Ireland

Socktober at Knitcircus

After knitting for almost 17 years, I’ve finally fallen head over heels for socks. (And discovered the beauty of sock puns.) I’m enjoying pretty vanilla sock patterns, mostly playing with cool yarns and getting to know heel and toe structures.

I love having a sock tucked in my purse, and after a long weekend in the Great Smoky Mountains this summer, when I finished a whole pair of socks, I was hooked.

We’re celebrating Socktober at Knitcircus, and I thought I’d share some amazing finished objects from Ravelers that make such great use of our matching sock sets. If you see a set of our socks, you might not know at first glance that they’ll match to the stitch.

Salt Water Taffy Stripes in the balls and in the sock! Voila!

After having had many arguments with commercially-dyed skeins of 100g of striping yarn, struggling to find the correct starting place for my first and second sock to make them match, it’s hard for me to go back.

Our sock sets come in Small, Medium and Large sizes, by the way, so that you can use up every inch of the set’s striping or gradient goodness. Take advantage of every color!

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pattern: Paragon Socks by verybusymonkey

yarn colorway: large matching sock set in colorway I am a Princess and this is my Tiara

knitted by: lilybelle7

 

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pattern: How I Make My Socks by Susan B. Anderson

yarn: large matching sock set of Greatest of Ease in discontinued colorway Eat Pray Knit

knitted by: daisysdragonfly

 

pattern: Jaywalker by Grumperina

yarn: large sock set in Greatest of Ease in colorway Race to the Cookie Jar Stripes

knitted by: Knitterlymind

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pattern: Rose City Rollers by Mara Catherine Bryner

yarn: small matching sock set in Greatest of Ease in colorway Electric Mayhem Stripes

knitted by: Taine

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pattern: Simple Skyp Socks by Adrienne Ku

yarn: large matching sock set in Greatest of Ease in colorway Spring Fling

knitted by: MarlysHF

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pattern: her own toe-up sock pattern

yarn: large sock set in Greatest of Ease in colorway The Can Can Can

knitted by: monica

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pattern: Pagoda Lace Socks by Wendy D. Johnson

yarn: medium matching sock set in Greatest of Ease in colorway Drink Me

knitted by: Jayannell

Enjoy your sock knitting this month! And if you need a sock skills enrichment class and you live close to Madison, WI, take a class with our own Amy Detjen on December 3 from 2:00-4:00 pm here at our studio. Her class will cover Sock Cast Ons and Bind Offs. Sign up here.

–Liz