Knitcircus Podcast #81

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

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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

 

 

Spring Fling Fun!

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Thanks to everyone who came to the Spring Fling party and Saturday celebration. We had a blast!

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This fun group didn’t drink the Kool-Aid, but their yarn did, in my home-safe dyeing class! We had such a good time, and they all created such fresh spring colors.

 

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Just like when we have friends coming over for a dinner party, hosting a Studio party gives us a reason to spruce everything up and put up some fun decorations. We played up the Tea Party for the new Alice in Wonderland yarns.

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Shari drew up a friendly welcome sign, and we brought out the special Spring Fling colorway. We had a few left, so we’re leaving them up in the store just a couple days longer…

IMG_6478Ann showed us her masterful top using a Still Flying gradient  undyed yarn and a very cool slipstitch pattern. Beautifully knitted!

 

Saturday, the fun continued as John Loeffelholz led a group of intrepid knitters thorough the intricate process of knitting with sock machines. They don’t make these babies anymore, so you have to learn the ins and outs of these antique machines…

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Sorry this wasn’t the best photo, but the people in the Sock Machine class were totally absorbed the whole time, and learned a ton about coaxing their metal friends to perform. John is one of the nation’s experts on using sock machines, so we’re very lucky to have him in the area. Thanks, John!

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How cool is this thing?!?!?

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And they even made a sock at the end! Pat has a big smile for a job well done.

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The party continued in the store on Saturday, with lots of visitors out and about enjoying the gorgeous weather. This lovely young knitter drove over from Milwaukee to check out the yarns in person and show off her mad knitting skills. This was one of three pairs she’s working on! She loves that you just cast on and knit the Gradient Stripes and they do all the striping for you. As a new sock knitter, she said it gave her confidence.

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It was an event to remember, and we’re definitely doing it again next year. Happy spring everyone and thanks to everyone who came to see us!

Happy knitting,

Jaala

 

 

Alice in Wonderland Collection!

 

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We’re so excited to share our new Alice in Wonderland yarns that we had a Mad Tea Party on You Tube!

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The setup was the most fun, creating all kinds of crazy yarn/pastry scenarios…IMG_6398

Amy was especially known for her famous Orange Mad Tea (it’s suspiciously fizzy…)

Watch for a special Mad Tea Party display in the store starting at the Spring Fling party this Friday! Of course, if you’re not near Madison, you can enjoy all the Alice colors on the website….

Hope your spring day does not include the spatter of snow we got this morning!

Jaala

 

 

Mystic KAL with Anna Dalvi

 

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Happy Pi Day, knitters! Hope you’re enjoying your Pi and/or pie…we celebrated a little early with a homemade pumpkin pie.Li’l Buddy was trying to memorize Pi to 45 places for a math contest today….

Podcast winners

Thanks to everyone who entered with so much wonderful information about your local yarn stores and indie dyers! We learned so much from your responses and you gave us a lot of places to add to our must-visit list…

The Winners Are:
Amber gets the Mrs. Crosby Likes to Play

Rachelle takes home the Sakkie courtesy of Intertwined Yarn Shop

Joyce will enjoy two skeins of alpaca yarn from Bleating Heart Haven

If you’re anywhere nearby, please check out the Rites of Spring Fiber Frolic on April 16th!

MYSTIC HAVEN KAL

We love Anna Dalvi‘s ingenious lace designs, and are thrilled that she chose our Greatest of Ease gradient yarn for her next Mystery KAL!

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We don’t know exactly what she’s got up her sleeve, but we know it will be fantastic.

The KAL starts on March 30th and we’re offering participants a special 10% discount! If you’re interested, you can choose from any of the 100g Gradients we have ready to ship, or order a custom-dyed Greatest of Ease 100g Gradient and we’ll do our best to expedite it so you can start on time (to order: choose your color, then choose Greatest of Ease as the yarn base and 100g as the size of the cake). Please check out the fun and find out the discount code in the Knit and Knag Ravelry Group.

Have a great Monday and happy knitting,

Jaala and Amy

 

 

 

 

 

Knitcircus Podcast #77

Knitcircus Podcast #77

Amy’s getting ready for Edinburgh and Jaala has to give her dustmop a bath.

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Carol Feller, Vinca Pattern

Twist Collective

Knitty

Damn Daniel

Carpool karaoke

 

Periscope: Follow Amy on Twitter (amydetjen) and she’ll periscope Edinburgh

Julia Farwell Clay Niela

Knitlandia

Ann Budd

Giveaway: Four Skeins of Yarn given by participants in the  Rites of Spring Fiber Frolic, April 29-30 and May 1

Yarn from: Bleating Heart Haven and Intertwined yarn shop in Two Rivers, Wisconsin

Listen to podcast for giveaway details!

ETA: Winners have been chosen; see the next blog post for details! Thanks so much to everyone who entered.

 

Stella Winner and Women’s Day

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Thanks so much to everyone who entered the Knitcircus Podcast #76 contest to win a Stella Lighting lamp! More than 100 people emailed Amy for this truly fabulous prize; wow! I guess you guys really are listening. Many of your entries were funny, charming and delightful, as you all must be!

And congratulations to Kym, whose new Stella light is already in the mail. Man, those people are good!

Wishing you all a happy International Women’s Day. As a world, we’ve made a lot of strides, but we still have plenty to do. Some of my favorite organizations supporting women worldwide are:

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Heifer International, which helps families, and specifically women, through the gifts of livestock and knowledge of how to care for them.

The Malala Fund, helping girls get educated worldwide

Association for Women in Science

Of course, we are a woman-owned business with women employees, and many companies, shops, designers and notions purveyors are women, so you can find lots of great businesses in our industry to support.

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Special props go out to Darn Good Yarn, (above) with their coop of women in India, From the Mountain Handspun Cashmere by Afghani women, and Lantern Moon, with their fair trade products.

Go forth and do good!

Jaala

 

 

Sweater Trendspotting

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Fashion-industry wisdom holds that what we see on the runways this year will be on the needles in a couple of years, and what’s on retail hangers this year will be on our needles even sooner. I took a pictorial tour of the fashion site Polyvore to get a sampling of this year’s retail trends.

  • As with handknitting, gradients are huge! Since we dye gradients, that’s fun to see. Some appear to be different skeins, some appear dip-dyed on the garment, and some fade softly like our cakes do.
  • Handkerchief, shark bite, shirttail, asymmetrical and mermaid tail hems are all definitely in vogue.I find these styles flattering to a lot of figures, so that’s nice to see.
  • Shawls, capes, ponchos and fringe are making a comeback. I wonder if we’ll see a return to the poncho handknititng craze of the mid-2000s?
  • Chunky yarns are huge right now (get it?) on the runways and in stores. I saw a lot of chunky combined with a cropped style to offset the yarn’s thickness. Chunky hats, cowls and scarves seem to be popular with handknitters this winter…
  • Both traditional-looking colorwork and cheeky takeoffs on the traditional seem to be making a splash. Good to know that our heirloom yoke sweaters won’t be going out of style!

It’s fun to see what stores are making with sweaters…what will we do?

Happy knitting,

Jaala