Space Cadet Yarn Has Landed!

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!

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         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…

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       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!

-Jennifer

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Knitcircus Podcast #120

The Podcast in which Amy and Jaala discuss about 300 topics in 26 minutes. Buckle up, butttercup.

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Topics of note:

Events: Vogue Knitting Live, NYC

Famous Knitters: Alice Starmore and Jade Starmore

Books: Glamourie, by Alice and Jade Starmore

Famous Knitters: Lucy Neatby

Patterns: Snowfire blanket, by Lucy Neatby

(kit for Snowfire available here)

Famous Knitters: Stephen West

Famous Knitters: Patty Lyons

Events: Vogue Knitting Boot Camp Retreat

Events: Ravellenics

Events: Knitcircus Kindness KAL

Events: Bingo KAL

Pattern: Apple Pie hat, by Tin Can Knits

Famous Knitters: Tin Can Knits

Apps: Next Door

Famous Knitters: Nancy Merchant

Totally Mag Knitting Tools: Katrinkles

Events: Vogue knitting Live Chicago

Famous Knitters: Janine Bajus

Events: Meg Swansen’s Knitting Camp

Knitcircus Podcast #119

Jaala Spiro and Amy Detjen star in… “The Podcast that Time Forgot!”

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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

Enjoy!

Ravellenic Winter Games

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In a little over two weeks the world will be watching as the Olympic torch makes its way into the arena in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Athletes from all corners of the globe will come together to celebrate and compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics! I’m not sure about you, but I love the Olympics. I love seeing each country’s opening ceremony uniform, hearing stories of overcoming obstacles and following dreams, and learning about the individuals representing each country. Plus, I get to watch all the snowy competition from the comfort of my couch, preferably with a knitting project in my hands.

Though we won’t be representing our countries in the Olympics, us knitters, crocheters, spinners, and weavers can get into the spirit and compete for some bragging rights in the 2018 Ravellenic Winter Games! If you’re unfamiliar with the Ravellenic Games, let me bring you up to speed. A few years ago, Ravelry.com created a challenge for all fiber crafters that coincided with the Olympic games. There were teams that you could join and events that you could participate in with the main goal of bringing the fiber arts community together much like the Olympics brings the world’s athletes together.

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     Participating in this event is simple and open to all skill levels. You basically pick an event, create a project page for it, and post your finished project in the correct “Finish Line” thread in the Ravelry group. You can join a team, or not, depending on your availability and how much you want to commit. You can sign up for as many events as you like; there is no penalty for not finishing a project in the given time. Casting on cannot be done before the Opening Ceremony, and everything must be cast off before or during the Closing Ceremony. Check out and join the Ravellenic Winter Games 2018 Ravelry group to get more information.

I’m brainstorming which events I’d like to sign up for and which yarns I’d like to use. It’s going to be hard to decide, but a few that are catching my attention are: Shawl Skating, Mitten Moguls, WIPs Dancing, Freestyle Spinning, Sweater Skeleton, and Sock Hockey. All of these events have separate conditions and rules, so be sure to read the initial post in each thread before starting.

If you’re planning on participating, we’d love to hear what projects you have planned! Are you joining a team or are you going to be an independent “athlete”? Keep an eye on the KnitCircus Facebook and Instagram for updates on all of our Ravellenic projects! Good luck and have fun!

-Jennifer

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Knitcircus Podcast #117

The podcast in which Amy and Jaala rattle on about not much of anything.

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Topics of note:

Events: Vogue Knitting Live in Chicago – March of 2018

Book: Arne & Carlos Christmas Balls

Book: Sequence Knitting

Knitcircus Colorway: Wild Rumpus

Pattern: Elizabeth Zimmermann Baby Blanket

Comedian: Michael McIntyre

Comedian: Jim Gaffigan

App: 36 Questions

Recipe Book: Tassajara Picnics Recipe Book

Podcast: Driftless Knitting

Last Minute Knits!

The Christmas season is my favorite time of year, but it never fails to sneak up on me. I always start making lists and thinking about what gifts to buy and which to make well in advance, but time inevitably flies by. Here it is, the beginning of December and Christmas is only a couple weeks away. If you’re like me and you have a few items left on the “To Make” list, never fear. We have some great ideas for projects that are knit in our squishy superwash merino worsted weight yarn called Ringmaster. They’re quick and easy, so you should have no trouble finishing before the holidays!

The Pickford cowl is a pattern designed by our very own Jaala Spiro. This cowl mimics the look of a triangular shawl wrapped around your neck, but there are no ends to manage! It looks great knit in our gradient, speckle, and Impressionist yarn as well as our self-striping skeins of Ringmaster. Plus it only takes one ball of yarn! Shown in Birds of a Feather gradient.

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If you’re in need of an interesting, but simple hat pattern, the Blufftop Hat is just the thing! This beautiful textured hat is subtle enough to let the yarn truly shine, yet fun and fast to knit. Add a pom-pom or leave it plain! Shown in Happy Little Trees Ringmaster gradient.

 

We recently saw an Antler Hat by Tin Can Knits made up in our Shades of Gray gradient colorway and fell in love! The stitch definition is just wonderful and the cables in that hat pop beautifully. Again, one skein of Ringmaster worsted is all this hat takes!

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Speaking of Tin Can Knits, their Barley Hat pattern is also a great gift knit! Simple, but fun and interesting, this hat is mostly stockinette with a garter section thrown in for added texture. There are a few examples of the hat knit in our speckle and gradient colorways, but I have a feeling it would be just delicious in our Impressionist Speckle yarn too!

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Last, but certainly not least, is Zuzu’s Petals. This lovely lacey cowl looks delicate but is warm as can be around your neck. It shows off all the colors of our gradient yarns and is so fun to knit! Be sure to follow the worsted weight instructions in the pattern and this project is sure to fly off your needles!

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These are just a small selection of patterns that would be great for our Ringmaster yarn, but there are so many more ideas on Ravelry and in our store! Happy holiday knitting!

–Jennifer

A New Member of KnitCircus Yarns!

On a busy Saturday morning here at the KnitCircus yarn shop, I look around and realize how lucky I am to work in a place like this. Every day I am surrounded by beautiful yarn, helping people pick out something special, and gathering skeins to be sent to their new homes. My name is Jennifer and I have recently joined the KnitCircus Yarns family. For the past nine years I have lived in Winona, MN going to school and then working at the local yarn shop there called Yarnology. It was a dream come true to combine my career with my passion for fiber arts, something I am thrilled to be continuing here at KnitCircus. A few months ago, my fiancé and I made the move to Madison and have started settling in to our new home.

I thought it’d be nice to take a little time to introduce myself since I am new and will hopefully be meeting many of you at our new shop location. I’ve been a knitter since I was eight years old, taught by my industriously crafty German grandmother. I picked it up and put it down throughout my childhood and became truly addicted seven years ago when I was a Junior in college. I never looked back. A few years after that I learned to spin yarn and recently I’ve started dabbling in knitwear design. A lot of my pattern ideas and names, and even my Instagram and Ravelry handle (@driftlessknitter) is influenced by the beautiful Driftless region of the Midwest that I’m lucky to call home. With the rolling hills, lakes, mighty rivers, and valleys there isn’t a shortage of inspiration around here!

Most of my free time goes to knitting, but my second hobby of choice is sitting down with a good book and reading. I’ve loved books and stories my whole life, so I decided to study literature in college. That degree taught me to write well, communicate, and think critically, all useful things to have in your toolbox when working at a small business.

The last few weeks here at KnitCircus have been busy in the best way. I’ve been learning a lot, not only here in the store, but also in the dye studio. And I’m looking forward to when we will host classes and knit nights so I can get to know the lovely knitters in the area. If you’re local make sure to come say hello and if you’re not, well you might have to plan a yarn-cation to Madison!

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