Hello, fellow Friends of Knitcircus! My name is Beth, and I’m a knitter from outside of Portland, OR. It’s a fiber lover’s paradise here in the Pacific NW, with more than a dozen LYS that participate in our local Yarn Crawl, the same number of independent dyers, and many designers. Many of the local dyers do gradients, but none of them catch come close to the beautiful skeins that come from Jaala and Knitcircus crew.
Just as the wand chooses the wizard, I firmly believe that the yarn chooses the pattern. I don’t claim to be a yarn whisperer, and some yarns are more selective than others. When I try to knit something other than what the yarn wants, the project just doesn’t work out, and ends up getting frogged. Along the way, I’ve noticed that many of the Knitcircus yarns appear to have a sense of humor when it comes to selecting their patterns! Jaala asked me to share some of their ideas with you.
It started with a skein of Over the Rainbow Gradient Speckle that insisted on becoming the Emerald City Shawl by Shannon Squire.
After that things just took off! Some of the projects currently lined up in my queue:
A skein of ‘Starry Night’ wants to become the ‘Summer Sky’ shawl by Janina Kallio
‘Mallard’ is insisting on becoming the ‘Dodo’ shawl by Heidi Alexander
‘Evergreen’ is begging to be the ‘Timberline Lodge Shawl’ by Kay Hopkins
‘Toasting Marshmallows’ chose the ‘Flame Keeper Shawl’ by Laurie Beardsley, and
‘Fruit Kabob’ jumped at the sight of the ‘Bosc Pear Shawl’ by Tetiana Otruta.
What does your yarn want to become?
Jaala’s note: We are thrilled to have Beth write this blog post for us! I just love her inspirations! Many of the colors mentioned are exclusive Yarn Club colors, because she’s that kind of awesome. To see all of the current available colors for your yarn and project ideas, please check out the Knitcircus site. Happy knitting!