Kindness is Everything/Kindness KAL

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Wow, we’re still in the middle of the Peace Project KAL, so it’s hard to realize that the New Year will be here in a flash. I’m thrilled to say that this year will bring another round of the Kindess KAL! It was so heartwarming to see how many people participated last year and to appreciate all of their different Kindness KAL projects with creative color and yarn combinations. The new KAL will feature a new Kindness KAL shawl pattern (not published yet) and will run from February 1-April 1 2018.

I’m really happy with the new Kindness colorway this year (there was a pile on Liz’s desk this morning and I had to pick it up and pretend-eat it, I love it so). The soft grays flow into sky blue and rich purples.  Purple has traditionally been associated with magic, and I also associate it with forgiveness and kindness, any emotion that expands the mind and spirit. Hopefully you will all enjoy it, too!

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These days, we need acts of kindness more than ever. The way the KAL will run isn’t set yet; if you have ideas of how people can contribute time, talent or money to organizations through the KAL, please leave a comment here or on instagram (@knitcircus_yarns).

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The inspiration for this colorway’s name came from the Madison, Wisconsin mothers who created these yard signs.  If you like what you see, you could get one for your own window or yard!

You don’t have to wait for the KAL; use this color for any favorite project! But do mark your calendar to knit along with us for Kindness starting February 1.

Jaala

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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

 

 

 

 

 

New Stripes, New Shop, New KAL

Wow, Knitters,

I’ve got so much that’s new and exciting to share with you! it’s hard to know where to start.

New Shop

First, and very big news to us: we have our own Knitcircus Yarns web store now! You can purchase 100g Gradients, 150g Gradients, Matching Socks Sets and Gradient Stripes Socks right from our site now. Whooo! Big props to Webmistress Cindy for her hard work getting it all prepared for you.

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The new Gradient Stripes socks are flying off of our virtual shelves, and I’m dyeing them up as quickly as I can so that you can start playing with them! We sent many, many packages out the door in the last two days, so if you live nearby, you may have your sock sets in hand soon! More are heading out today because we really want you to be able to knit with them.

New Knitalong

We can’t wait to see what you’re knitting, so we’ve started a KAL in the Knitcircus Group to bring everyone together to share and enjoy progress on their Gradient Stripes socks. We’ll have weekly prizes and surprises, and Webmistress Cindy is putting together a list of good sock patterns to use. Just post progress pics in the progress thread to be eligible to win! Note: if you would like to work the KAL with original Matching Socks Sets gradients, of course you can!

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Webmistress Cindy has already knitted most of her first sock! She knits fast. She’s using a prototype for the Sand Castle colorway that has a little less contrast in the blue section than the for-sale colorway will.

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Susie Anderson’s finished sock so intrigued me that I wanted to try the Tropical Sunset colorway for myself.

Gradient Stripes Giveaway!

Speaking of Susan B Anderson, she’s doing a fun giveaway on her blog right now, in fact, two giveaways for the new Gradient Stripes Socks! She talks about the yarns and shows her finished sock on her video podcast, and has a really creative idea for the giveaways. It’s so fun that she’s doing videocasts now, because Susie’s personality just shines and she’s one of the dearest people I know. I’m so lucky to live near her, but now knitters in far-flung places get to be charmed by her, too!

Bye, Bye, Baseball

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In kid news, Lil Buddy’s fall baseball season wrapped up; unfortunately, he hurt his hand right before the last day of play, but still had a blast with his fall tournament team. What a talented and fun bunch of kids.The World Series starts next week, so that will be the last hurrah. I can’t wait to make the traditional homemade caramel corn….

It warms the cockles of my heart that he still wears my handknits in public; above he’s sporting two-years-ago’s Gryffindor hat. 🙂 Belle has a new hat, a variation on the Valentina I made for her last year, but I haven’t gotten to snap a pic yet.

Happy Friday Pet Pics

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Of course, I couldn’t have a blog post without including some cute pet pics! Sasha and Squeak are good friends and enjoy napping together when they’ve worn themselves out chasing and play-fighting.

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Buppa purchased an early holiday present for Lil Buddy; new ski boots! And Squeak got the box.

Silk Moon KAL

Hi, Knitters,

I don’t know about you, but now that September is here and the kids are back in school, I’m itching to start some satisfying fall projects!

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We’ll be running a series of knitalongs in the coming months, and we’re easing things in with the Silk Moon Crescent Shawlette. This is my most popular design, possibly because it is such a quick and rewarding project. This garter-stitch shawl with an easy-to-memorize increase pattern is true potato-chip knitting!

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Here’s the classic version made with Noro yarns; you can use any worsted-weight Noro you have in stash.

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New for this KAL, we’ve released a new fingering version of the shawl! Many of you asked for fingering-weight instructions for of this fun knit, and we listened. Silk Moon Crescent now includes instructions for both worsted and fingering weight projects.If you’ve already purchased the pattern, you should already have received a notification about the pattern update.

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Use any 400-yard fingering weight in your stash, or choose from Knitcircus Yarns’ 100g fingering gradients.

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The KAL will start on Friday, but you can cast on as soon as you like. We have special Silk Moon Crescent Kits available in the shop, and we will be rushing kit orders made by September 19th. The dyed-to-order kits include a copy of the pattern and two cakes of Ringmaster or our new dk-weight Merino Cashmere Nylon, Knitcircus Calliope, in some of our best-selling colors. There are also a few special kits made up out of bases or colors that are currently in limited supply. If you prefer fingering, orders of any 100g fingering weight yarn made in the same period will include a free Ravelry download code for the pattern.

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The KAL will include new prizes every week and will officially run from Friday, September 12th to October 15th. Please join us in the KAL thread in the Knitcircus Ravelry Group!

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Have a happy start to fall knitting season,

Jaala

 

 

Knitcircus Podcast #39

It’s the Ravellenics, it’s contiguous, it’s a plane, it’s…the Knitcircus Podcast!

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Amy and Belle

Listen on Libsyn or iTunes

Sun Valley Thaw Retreat

Ivy Vest: Dream in Color KAL

Debbie Bliss Aran Yarn

5200 K by Suvi Sumola

Moebius Cast on: Cat Bordhi

Stitch Maps, by JC Briar

2014 Winter X Games

Vogue Knitting Live NYC

Knitcircus Matching Socks Club

Ravellenics

Team Sasquatch

Amy Detjen Travels Ravelry Group

Land’s End

Contiguous Sweater Patterns Ravelry Group

Susie M

Churchmouse Yarns and teas

Lorilee Beltman

Jennie the Potter

The Yarn Harlot

Amy Herzog: Knit to Flatter

Amy’s new Craftsy Class

Corrina Shawl Pattern Release and KAL

ImageThe Corrina Shawl pattern is now available, and will kick off this year’s Summer of Shawls KAL! Last year, we had a wonderful group of knitters participating, and some fun prizes, so I hope you’ll join the party. We’ll have three newly-released shawls, one each for June, July and August.

The Corrina Shawl was created for the Knitcircus All Wrapped Up Yarn Club, to use one skein of fingering-weight handpainted yarn, approximately 420 yards. It would be a perfect stashbuster for a subtle or not-so-subtle handpaint. The constant increases for the crescent shape minimize color pooling, and the simple dropped-stitch lace pattern makes it fun and achievable.

ImageWant this shawl, in these colors? There’s a limited number of Corrina Kits available in the Knitcircus Yarns shop! Kits include a printed pattern in plastic sleeve, a skein of Pixie Dust yarn in the Andromeda colorway shown, and a mini-skein of Knitcircus Aerialist yarn, just for fun.

The shawl was knit in Knitcircus Pixie Dust fingering, USA-made superwash wool/silk/nylon combo, so you can choose any Pixie Dust skein from the shop for a similar subtle glittery effect, or use any fingering-weight stash yarn you’ve been saving for something fun.

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Please do join the fun in the Corrina Shawl Knit Along Group on Ravelry, where we’ll have prizes and surprises throughout the KAL!

The Knitalong runs from June 1 to July 15th, plenty of time for this one-skein shawl (maybe even one for you and one for a friend…)

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A Tale of Two Shawls

So, many of you may know that Amy Detjen not only co-hosts the Knitcircus Podcast, but is a trusty tech-editor for Knitcircus and for my own patterns. She’s the intrepid number-cruncher who worked on the Silk Moon Crescent Shawlette. The Silk Moon is a simple concept, and easy to knit, but deceptively tricky to write. The many increase rows, each with a unique number of repeats, added to the rate of increase on the borders, make for a demanding edit.

Amy and I went over the row numbers, and then the stitch numbers and then the row numbers again, and then the stitch numbers again. In the course of all this, Amy, in her wonderful, upbeat way, got out her needles, checked through her stash, and cast on for a crescent shawlette. By the time the pattern was finished, so was her shawl!

I, meanwhile, wanted to work one of the shawls in the larger size, so went to our beloved LYS, the Sow’s Ear. Since I always want the brightest colors, I told myself this time to tone it down, try something more subtle. The Noro Kureyon #250 I took home with me was gorgeous (of course, what Noro isn’t), but as I knit, I kept saying to Mike, “It’s just so dark!”

Amy and I had never seen each other’s shawls, so when she got out of her car to record the podcast the other day, my heart gave a leap of excitement–and then a little stab of envy. She had used exactly the colorway #102 I originally wanted!

Being Amy, she was wearing a lovely deep purple shirt with her shawl. As we exclaimed over each other’s knitting, she asked to try it on, to see what the larger size felt like. Of course, it looked perfect with her purple ensemble.

“I could just keep this…” she hedged.

“Would you like to trade?” I asked. Of course, she could take it as a joke, but I hoped she wouldn’t.

“Are you serious?” she said.

“Yes!”

So the trade was made, and each of us felt like we got the better end of the deal. And there’s something about wearing something knit by a friend that makes it so much sweeter.

Oh, and knitters, I just found out that WEBS is having a sale on Noro Silk Garden! If you’ve wanted to try it for your first Silk Crescent (or second, or even third, as in the case of one amazing KAL knitter), now’s your chance. And, unless you have a friend like Amy nearby, I suggest choosing the color you like the most.:)

Congratulations to all of our Silk Moon KAL participants and finishers! This is just so much fun, and we still have three weeks of knitting. Watch for a new Saturday Surpise prize this weekend.

Jaala

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