Knitcircus Podcast #43

Amy photographs every daffodil in Seattle and Jaala still hasn’t seen one! Plus, miles of Kitchener Stitch and why toe-up socks are so great.

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Mentioned this Podcast:

Vogue Knitting Live Seattle

Knitcircus Yarn Shop

Lorilee Beltman

Amy Singer

Clara Yarn

Emily Ocker’s Circular Cast-On

Cat Bordhi’s Personal Footprints for Insouciant Sock Knitters

Lovely Knitted Lace, by Brooke Nico

Wild West Lace E-book Volume 1, by Stephannie Tallent

Wild Ginger Restaurant

Amy’s Craftsy Class

Mary Rowe Knitted Tams Schoolhouse Press Booklet (out of print but coming soon; scroll to bottom of page)

Schoolhouse Press Jamieson Spindrift sale

Laura Nelkin Beadle Needle Video

Kitchener Stitch

Yarn Con Chicago



Books Galore and Scandinavian Inspiration

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Hi, Knitters!

First, I just wanted to let you all know that my friend Stephannie Tallent has a new e-book going live, The Wild West: Volume 1 Lace! Stephannie was a tech editor for Knitcircus Magazine and her designs combine impeccable technique with pretty and well-thought-out patterns. Stephannie is an expert at cables, twist stitches, colorwork and lace. In this follow-up to her California Revival Knits, she’s broken the collection up into smaller books based on technique, so you can pick and choose your favorites!  Just for the next couple of days: preorder the book on Ravelry and use the code LACE1 for $3 off!


This last week, I must have a touch of spring cleaning fever. My mom, the maven of all things home beautiful, had taken this book out of the library and let me borrow it form her: Happy Home, by Charlotte Hedeman Gueniau.  Charlotte’s lighthearted, bright but clean style captivated my imagination, so over the weekend our family made some changes inspired by her book.

Inspired by the bright textiles, we revisited Belle’s homework area and made it more cheerful.


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Lil Buddy’s space got a re-vamp to keep up with our skater boy.IMG_1405[1]

And some shelves from the kids’ room made a welcome behind-sofa storage for shoes and sports equipment by the back door.

Charlotte’s company, RICE, provides colorful, fun homewares compliant with the UN’s Global Compact for labor and materials. I loved looking at all of the storage, brightness and lively ideas in the book!

In fact, it got me hungry for more Scandinavian design, and starting ideas jumping for a new yarn collection.

IMG_1395I pulled out some fun books: Learn to Knit, Love to Knit, 55 Christmas Balls to Knit, Northern Knits Gifts, Shades of Winter, and Knitalong. Learn to Knit, Love to Knit for its cheerful colors, CHristmas Balls for the Scandinavian colorwork and stories, Northern Knits Gifts for the cheerful practicality of Scandinavia, Shades of Winter, photographed at Sweden’s amazing IceHotel, and Knitalong is just pure fun.

photo:Chris Furuya
photo:Chris Furuya

Here’s a sneak peek at some samples for upcoming colors from Knitcircus! And, of course, we’ve been busy in the Lair, so watch for a shop update tomorrow morning.


Topsy Turvy Winner, Sheep and Shop


Thanks a million to everyone who commented on the desirable designs in Susie’s new book! Many of you reminded me with your snowmen that it’ time to cast on some gifts. 

The winner of the wonderful Topsy Turvy Inside Out Knit Toys is Jennifer G! She’s been notified.

Check out more fun on the Topsy Turvy Blog Tour (and more chances to win) tomorrow with Wendy Bernard, of Knit and Tonic!

Shop Update


A lot of my Lair time lately has been devoted to getting Yarn Club orders ready; almost everyone in the Summer Gradient Club and half of the Matching Socks members’ packages are mailed! But we did get in a shop update this weekend, with a focus on sparkly yarns, in regular and Matching Socks gradients, and a bunch of laceweight gradients and yummy kettle-dyes, too. I’ll be adding more daily all this week…



NEW! Double Gradient; starts and ends with the same color. Shown in AphroditeImage



Spring Morning Matching Socks in NEW Merino/Cashmere/Nylon Opulence base. Image


Lots of reds/browns/purples/burgundies for autumn, like this Warm Brick skein.

Sheep and Wool



Last Saturday, Amy and I made the scene at the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival! So many wonderful vendors there, I can’t wait to tell you all about it in my next blog post. 🙂


Knitcircus Podcast #29

What’s your knitting “default setting?” The gals reveal theirs, talk linen stitch, hard-to-find-yarn and coin a new term. 

This podcast was recorded over skype; sorry for the echoes. Jaala was apparently knitting at the bottom of a well. Next time: none of that!

Listen on Libsyn or iTunes.

Mentioned this podcast:

Knitcircus Podcast Facebook Page There may be special deals and treats for people who are in on the secret….

Churchmouse Yarn and Teas


Phat Fiber

Nancy Marchant


The Knitter’s Life List

Susan B. Anderson


The Loopy Ewe



Beekeeper’s Quilt

Sally Melville Styles





Fiber Friday: Variegated Yarn and Knitted Farm Animals WInner

Fiber Friday posts are something I’ve always loved to read (and when I say read, I mean, drool over pretty yarn pictures) so let’s join in the fun!

First, we have a lucky winner to announce:

the Knitted Farm Animals book goes to Diane! (She’s been notified).



Now for some fun yarn pictures!


This week, I experimented with high-contrast colors in the same skein. The ones pictured combine some of my favorite deep oranges, cheerful yellows, sky blue and tropical sea blue. 


What do you think? Cheerful, spirit-lifting, a little too over the top?

Have an excellent weekend,






Boyfriend Sweaters Book Giveaway



Who doesn’t wanted to cozy up in a comfy men’s sweater once in a while? Women can wear guy’s styles with panache, and sometimes we also want to knit things that our guys will actually wear.

Bruce Weinstein’s new book, Boyfriend Sweaters, 19 Designs for Him That You’ll Want to Wear, introduces a number of classic looks, with tips and tricks for other techniques like colorwork, kitchener stitch and double knitting. 

Just leave a comment here about your favorite kind of sweater to wear, or your favorite design form the book (check it out on Ravelry here), or a comment about something you’ve knitted for a guy and how he liked it.

The giveaway will run through this Sunday evening, January 27th. Thanks so much to Potter Craft for supplying the book! 


Knitcircus Podcast #26

The gals talk peanut butter, snow shoveling, lace trolley cloths and 211 ways to cast on and bind off.

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Mentioned this episode:

Koolhaas Hat

Susan B Anderson

Spring Sparkle Yarn Club

Slippedstitch Studios


Amy in the Wall Street Journal (go to the Interactive Graphics tab for pic of Amy)

Vogue Knitting magazine

J.C. Briar

Knitting with Icelandic Wool

Cast On, Bind Off

Patterns for Guernseys, Jerseys & Arans

First Book of Modern Lace Knitting