Amy talks about travels in Ireland and Jaala holds down the fort.
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This Thanksgiving weekend, we are very grateful for you, our wonderful customers and knitting community.
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!
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!
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.
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,
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:
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:
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
Once again, Jaala and Amy visit with the microphone on… see what we talked about!
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
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!
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
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
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
pattern: Simple Skyp Socks by Adrienne Ku
yarn: large matching sock set in Greatest of Ease in colorway Spring Fling
knitted by: MarlysHF
pattern: her own toe-up sock pattern
yarn: large sock set in Greatest of Ease in colorway The Can Can Can
knitted by: monica
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.
One of my favorite things is to
lurk search around Ravelry looking for projects made with our yarn, and the shawls just keep coming. Today I needed to share the inspiration with you that I keep turning up in my Ravelry travels. I’ve been finishing up WIPs and planning my fall knitting in the last couple weeks, and it’s because of you, dear knitters.
Quick, add this one to your queue! It’s a Hitchhikeresque, toothy triangle shawl with an easy basketweave pattern stitch. Knitted out of one of our most popular colorways:
Yarn: 150g/600yd Greatest of Ease in the colorway Come What May
Pattern: Minty Bricks by Ronny Lange
knitted by: rie4
I also love when Ravelers post a before and after shot of the yarn and the project it grows up to be. Here’s a lovely cake of silky gradient just teeming with potential:
Yarn: 380 yds/100g Ballerina in the colorway Spring Flowers Version 2
*Bonus: this yarn is a limited edition that is currently on sale*
And the stunning project it became:
Pattern: Dragonfly Wings by Boo Knits
knitted by: April2x4
Yep, Boo Knits strikes again with a spectacular shawl. Boo Knits has become a familiar designer name around the office ever since we saw Sweet Dreams this summer:
Yarn: 400yds/100g cake of Greatest of Ease in the colorway Brass and Steam
Pattern: Sweet Dreams by Boo Knits
Knitted by: blackplanet
And last, but not least, some more crochet eye candy. Yes, we’re called Knitcircus, but most of us knitters here crochet, too, and we can certainly appreciate this stunner:
Yarn: 150g/600yd cake of Greatest of Ease in the colorway
Pattern: Rowan Berry Shawl by Laurinda Reddig
crocheted by: jenlucas
Such a lovely scallop on that edge.
Fall has just begun, I just finished a sweater – I’ll blog about that in the next week – and it’s just in time for cooler temps and falling leaves. On that note, check out one of our brand new colorways, aptly named Sweater Weather. See you soon.