Kindness KAL and Project Peace

The new year brought with it an outpouring of emotions, and I’ve been astounded by folks’ ability to channel their feelings into their knitting. Themes I’ve seen emerge have included peace, hope, kindness, generosity, and empowerment.

Jaala, owner of Knitcircus Yarns, was also inspired, especially after our staff held a meeting in which we discussed the question: How can we give to our communities in need? She designed the Kindness KAL shawl, and we were stunned by the popularity of this project. Ravelers’ impressive response is evidence that knitters are yearning to give back, to create beauty as a means to an end.

The Kindness KAL is ongoing: check out the pattern link here on Ravelry and you’ll find more details here in our group. The KAL lasts until March 1, so there’s still time to participate. We continue to collect hats for Halos of Hope, and Knitcircus will donate $500 to organizations in need that we’ve selected. Check it out and we hope you join in!

Project Peace by Christina Campbell was another runaway success. She included a World Wide Knit-In for Peace in her KAL activities, and she has tens of thousands of participants!

I’ve put together a selection of amazing Kindness KAL shawls and Project Peace cowls below. You knitters inspire me!

First the Kindness KAL shawls. Here’s Jaala’s original shawl, knit in a 100g cake of Fairy Dust (sparkly!) in the colorway Peace, Love, and Understanding:

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This version is being gracefully blocked with wires and pins. It’s a stunner, too, in one of our favorite colorways, Vampire Boyfriend:

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knitted by: crochetwithbeads

yarn used: 100g cake of Lavish in colorway Vampire Boyfriend

I was so excited to see this new colorway, The Knit Sky, knit up here. Such amazing jewel tones:

knitted by: summerspark

yarn used: 100g cake of Fairy Dust in colorway The Knit Sky

This version of the shawl is the same as the lovely sample hanging in our studio foyer, and Andrea has lovingly photographed it with a painting by a friend she wanted to give a shout out to, Robert Turano. Both are works of art, these:

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knitted by: aeastman

yarn used: 100g cake of Fairy Dust in colorway Peace, Love, and Understanding

Chance of Flurries is another of my favorite blue colorways. I love the closeup of the lace pattern this knitter included:

knitted by: catseatyarn

yarn used: 100g cake of Trampoline in colorway Chance of Flurries

Project Peace cowls are just so impressive, too. I love that it’s supposed to be an everyday meditation on peace, and customers I’ve talked to who have knitted one have emphasized how peaceful the knitting is for them. Celeste, whose cowl is pasted below, said the Project Peace KAL has had a “profound effect” on her life.

knitted by: corcorancm

yarn used: 100g cake of Corriedale in colorway Groovy Kind of Love

Sara used an even larger amount of yarn for her cowl pictured below – I love that this pattern is so adaptable to different amounts of yarn.

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knitted by: SareBearKnits

yarn used: 150g cake of Corriedale in colorway Sea of Tranquility

Also check out Christina Campbell’s recent version of the cowl, which she knit up in worsted weight:

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yarn used: 100g cake of Ringmaster worsted in colorway Treebeard

Keep up the good work, knitters! As Elizabeth Zimmermann stated so beautifully: “Knit on with confidence and hope, through all crises.”

Take care and happy knitting!

–Liz

Knitcircus Podcast #93

Cuddle up and knit!

Listen on Libsyn or iTunes.

Things that Jaala and Amy spoke of during this episode:

Jared Flood and Brooklyn Tweed, Winter 17

Susan B Anderson’s yarn line – Barrett Wool Co.

Book: 200 Fun Things to Knit (and 200 Fun Things to Crochet)

Peace Project by Christina Campbell, the Healthy Knitter

Lopi Affection, by Hélène Magnússon

Book: Huge and Huggable Mochimochi

The Wonderful Wallaby, by Carol Anderson

Belle’s Cabled Hat (not yet released)

Knitcircus Kindness KAL – upcoming!

Holiday Knits

I’ve been frantically getting my holiday knitting organized – never mind it’s halfway through December – and I was recently inspired by folks’ gorgeous socks – and a hat! – knit out of our Feliz Navidad Stripes colorway. Get ready for some sock magic. These knitters got these done pretty darn fast, considering how new a colorway it is for us. Or maybe I’m just the slow sock knitter in the room. I’ll ‘fess up.

Psst…we also put these Feliz Navidad sock sets on sale, so snap them up. They’re vanishing quickly and appearing under Christmas trees all over the country.

Here’s a set knit by Donna on Ravelry, using her own pattern and excellent photostyling:

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yarn: Feliz Navidad medium sock set in Greatest of Ease

And here’s Lori’s Vanilla sock set:

yarn: Feliz Navidad medium sock set in Trampoline

It’s always fun to see the stripes pattern reversed, so here’s Florence’s set with green at the cuff:

yarn: Feliz Navidad medium sock set in Trampoline

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

And finally, a hat! I love when knitters use our matching sock sets to make hats, and here’s Sarah’s. This little genius held two strands together from the two balls of yarn in her sock set, and to great effect! She said she had only five yards left from each ball after making her pompon:

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yarn: Feliz Navidad medium sock set in Fairy Dust (sparkly!)

We love when you share your projects on Ravelry, and when you do, you’re piqueing some knitter’s interest, and inspiring his or her project-planning brain. Also, it’s kinda like show and tell for grownups and you don’t even have to stand up in front of the class.

–Liz

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