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.

Favorite Character from Literature #3: Liz

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Hiya! It’s Liz here. You’ve met me here on the blog in the last couple months, and Jaala asked me to share my favorite character from literature, Anne of Green Gables.

 

 

As a child I devoured the Anne of Green Gables books.

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Anne of Green Gables

Anne Shirley was a strong-willed, smart, fiercely loyal girl with an amazing imagination. As an orphan, she was placed in the foster home of an elderly couple who soon realized the challenge in their red-haired charge.

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Anne finds herself in tremendous mishaps constantly. Here she accidentally gets her best friend, Diana, drunk on raspberry cordial. Her mistake was trying to be a good hostess but not knowing exactly what raspberry cordial was (true story: I didn’t know either when I was 11 years old and read the books).

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Here Anne’s friends recite poetry as Anne, playing Ophelia, drifts downstream. Anne is a hopeless romantic, even as her predictive skills fail her. Later in the scene she nearly drowns as her canoe begins to fill with water.

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I love the story of Anne’s relationship with Gilbert. When they first meet, he teases Anne relentlessly, calling her “Carrots”, which angers her immensely.

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They soon become academic rivals, friends, and, well, you’ll have to read the books yourself to find out how the story ends.

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Anne Shirley was definitely the heroine of my young reading career. I loved her for her feisty, stubborn attitude as well as her kindness and honesty. Just as I avidly read L.M. Montgomery’s books, I watched the series on PBS at every opportunity. For our colorway series this fall I hope to include “auburn” as one of my gradient tones in honor of Anne’s beautiful hair.

–Liz

 

 

 

 

 

Knitcircus Podcast 88

Listen on Libsyn or iTunes.

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Amy and Jaala are in stitches. Or at Stitches. Or something stitchy….

Mentioned this podcast:

Susan B Anderson

Stitches Midwest

Franklin Habit

Buffalo Wool

Makers Mercantile

Amy’s Upcoming Ireland Trip

Big Bang Theory

Wisconsin Sheep and Wool 

Martina Behm

Leftie

Elizabeth Zimmerman Pi Shawl

Chromatic Gradients

Welter, by Hunter Hammersen

Fall Sweater Challenge

 

Pick a Shawl KAL

There’s still time left to join our Pick a Shawl KAL over in our Ravelry group – our cast on date is August 15. Choose a shawl pattern and a Knitcircus gradient and post it our thread. Check out the KAL invite at the top of thread and you’ll see the rules for how to be eligible for prize drawings.

I didn’t choose my project until yesterday, so don’t worry, you’re not too late. Here’s my combination:

shawl photo: Ines Sousa

I’m knitting Tulipa Espiral by Ines Sousa out of our colorway Sea of Tranquility. So dreamy.

If you’re still looking for ideas for shawls, check out the bundle I created on Ravelry here. Also, maybe these beauties will inspire you, too.

Willowbrook Shawl Brenda Castiel

photo: Anne Podlesak

That’s the Willowbrook Shawl by Brenda Castiel.

Next we have Nurmilintu by Heidi Alander, knitted by Susannova. I love its little lace inserts highlighted by the gradient’s color changes.

Susannova Nurmilunti

Colorway: The Can Can Can in a Greatest of Ease 150g gradient cake

In the same colorway and gradient cake size, check out Haruni by Emily Ross below, as knitted by Aquarivirlib.

 

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Isn’t it amazing to see the same colorway knitted up in different patterns? Both knitters have the peach end of the gradient landing in the lace edging, which is such a gorgeous, soft effect.

I hope you join us and I can’t wait to see what shawl and colorway combination you choose!

–Liz

Speckles and Summer Camp

Gradients + speckles. We’re smitten.

We took three of our most popular colorways, Over the Rainbow, Watermelon, and Big Top Birthday, and turned them into the latest knitting and dyeing trend – speckles!!

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 above: Over the Rainbow Speckled Handpaint

above: Watermelon Speckled Handpaint

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above: Big Top Birthday Speckled Handpaint

Things got a little more exciting with this lavender beauty, which we’re calling Purple Haze:

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If you know Knitcircus, you know we couldn’t stop there. We were dreaming about the perfect combination of Speckles and Gradients in a project. How could we take our gradient dyed yarns we’re so well known for and stripe them with speckled yarns?

Ah, serendipity. In the throes of our Gradients + Speckles mania, we discovered this shawl:

Summer Camp by Laura Aylor:

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photos: Laura Aylor

Laura Aylor took thick garter stripes and added a gentle scallop to the edge. I find this wavy edge lends fluidity to her garter triangle in a world of sharp-edged shawl cousins.

We immediately had one knitted up in Big Top Birthday:

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This project combines the rich sophisticated tones of Big Top Birthday Gradient with its playful, speckled counterpart. It’s a perfect combination, without seeming “matchy-matchy”.

Order a kit in one of three colorways, and head with us to Summer Camp! Meet us by the campfire. I’ll bring the marshmallows.

–Liz

Favorite Characters from Literature #2: Katie

 

Hello!

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Jaala asked me to say something about myself this week, which is strange for me. My name is Katie, and I love being behind the scenes helping to make things tick.

Every day is something different for me at Knitcircus; today I’m in the office with my puppy curled at my feet but yesterday I was busily dyeing up batches of gorgeous yarn to send to online customers and for us to take to Stitches Midwest.

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Roscoe Likes to Help in the Office

 

What am I doing tomorrow? Who knows?!? When I’m not dyeing yarn or working on the website listings, I am prettifying displays and ordering needles and notions for the Studio Store and at most of our shows working the booth.

At home I am busy raising my son Cole and step-son Jacob with my husband James. We also have two cats, Captain Fitzwilliam von FancyPaws, Fourth Earl of Bigglesworth (Fitz) and Cleo, in addition to our puppy, Roscoe.

I can often be found knitting or crocheting on the couch watching Midsomer Murders or any BBC Masterpiece Classic in the evenings.

Fall Collection Color

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For my Fall Collection literary character I decided on Elinor Dashwood from Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility.

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It’s not that I directly identify with Elinor but I do feel an affinity for her. Elinor is steady, mature, soft-spoken but well-respected, and the rock of her family during a sad and turbulent time.

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Elinor always makes me think of a lighthouse during a storm; strong and steady and still standing after the storm passes.

Aside from my love of English literature, I have a deep and abiding appreciation for anything funny and awesome. So I will leave you with this thought: Go see Ghostbusters.

Space is Big….Really Big

Inspired by the Hitchhiker’s Guide Trilogy by Douglas Adams, this color celebrates the vastness of space.

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“You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist, but that’s just peanuts to space.” We love the other-worldliness of this impressionist with it’s changing space-scape and all the planets, galaxies, stars, and supernovas bursting throughout.

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This color is available in Small, Medium and  Large Sock Sets

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The shawl shown uses one 100g gradient in Greatest of Ease, or chose any size you like: 50g, 75g, 100g, 150g, 200g and 300g.

 

 

Terribly Simple Variation

I love the genius simplicity of this pattern by Caitlin ffrench, fantastically easy to work just as advertised! But because this was a prototype of a new color, I wanted to see how the color behaved with different stitch types. This is a loose recipe for the changes I made to the Terribly Simple pattern to create a fun sampler-type shawl.

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If you’re an adventurous/confident knitter, please feel free to play along! Please note; I wasn’t counting stitches or attempting to make everything come out even like I would with a “real” pattern. So approach this with a playful spirit!

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Rows 1-26: Garter Stitch

Next 20 Rows: 2 Rows Stockinette Stitch, one garter ridge (Knit on WS, knit next row)

Next 12 Rows: Garter Stitch

Next 4 Rows: Stockinette Stitch

Eyelet Row: *YO, k2tog, k1, rep from * to end of row.

Next 4 Rows: Stockinette Stitch

Eyelet Row: *YO, k2tog, k1, rep from * to end of row.

Next 4 Rows: Stockinette Stitch.

Next 4 Rows: Seed stitch.

Next 2 Rows: Stockinette Stitch.

Eyelet Row: *YO, k2tog, rep from * to end of row.

Next 5 Rows: Stockinette Stitch.

Eyelet Row: *YO, k2tog, k2, rep from * to end of row.

Next 2 Rows: Stockinette Stitch.

Next 6 Rows: Garter Stitch.

Next 4 Rows: Seed Stitch.

Repeat these next 2 rows 3 times:

Eyelet Row: *YO, k2tog, k2, rep from * to end of row.

Next row: Purl all sts.

Next 6 Rows: Garter Stitch.

BO with Jeny’s Surprisngly Stretchy Bind-Off.

Have a great weekend,

Jaala