Knitcircus Podcast #105

In which Jaala name-drops more than Amy, for once!

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Topics of note:

Designer: Janina Kallio

Pattern: Herald, by Janina Kallio

Knitcircus Colors: Just Have a Little Faith in Me

Pattern: Spotlight, by Janina Kallio

Knitcircus Colors: Many Happy Returns, The Sensible Ms Dashwood

Pattern: Scrappy Bias Shawl, by Emily Clawson

Knitcircus Colors: Pardon Me, Sir

Events: TNNA in Columbus

Designer: Christopher Salas

Designer: Angela Tong

Designer: Stephannie Tallent

Designer: Heather Zoppetti

Designer: Mindy Wilkes

Designer: Jen Lucas

Designer: Adrienne Ku

Yarn: Baah Yarns

Yarn: Twisted Owl

Designer: Stefanie Japel

Designer: Stacey Trock

Pattern: Find Your Fade, by Andrea Mowry

Pattern: Free Your Fade, by Andrea Mowry

Pattern: Color Affection, by Veera Välimäki

Cool Stuff: Purl and Loop Looms

Cool Stuff: Schacht Looms

Pattern: Flight Path, by Elizabeth Morrison 

Cool Stuff: Katrinkles

Cool Stuff: Papa Sews Too

Cool Stuff: Zing Needles

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Grand Canyon Shawl and Studio Update

grand canyon shawlWe’re very excited to present the Grand Canyon Shawl, an exclusive knitting pattern for Kickstarter backers! The Grand Canyon sunset photo I used for the colorway also inspired this design, which showcases different layers and textures  like the striated rock formations in the real Grand Canyon.

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The shawl begins with a garter-tab cast-on, then moves through a relaxing stockinette section with periodic increases, changing to Vine Lace and finishing with a chevron lace pattern and garter edging.

Our lovely Assistant Dyer Erin modeled for this shoot, and our Yarn Processor, Ryan, took the photos. I got lucky having such a multifaceted crew! Everyone whose pledge reward includes the Grand Canyon shawl or the Shawl Collection will get this super-secret pattern via email or Ravelry once the campaign finishes up. I hope you enjoy it; I had a lot of fun designing it with you in mind!

Moving Right Along…

Our landlord, Tom, has been keeping renovations going at a quick pace at the studio-to-be and we just got word this morning that he finished up all of the electrical work. Plumbing is still in the works and I’m going to pick up a new double utility sink for dyeing hopefully tonight and another tomorrow. We’re heading over there now to take more measurements for the second sink area.

I can’t believe TNNA is next weekend and then we’re going to be moving in!!!!! I’ll be in Columbus for TNNA, so please flag me down and say hi if you’re there! This year, Knitcircus is sponsoring the Designer Dinner, hosted by the one and only Marly Bird so we’re pumped about the party.

Thanks so much for all of your Kickstarter support; this couldn’t happen without you! Please spread the word if you have friends who might be interested, because we still have 16 days to make our stretch goals and stock the new space with yarn, working machinery and furniture.

And, good for her, but sadly for us, Amy D headed with a group of knitters to Ireland this morning. Safe travels and good knitting, Amy!

Happy knitting,

Jaala

TNNA, Giveaway and April Showers

Indianapolis, prepare yourself for knitters like you’ve never seen! Chris and I can’t wait to join the fun at this year’s National Needle Arts trade show! We are not exhibiting this year, so not stressing about putting together a gorgeous booth, just looking forward to seeing our wonderful designer and yarnie friends. We’ll have plenty of Knitcircus Yarns gradient and kettle dye samples along, so just say the word if you’d like to try out our yarns!

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We’ll be staying with Stephannie Tallent and Toby Roxane Barna, which should be a hoot. If you’re going and would like to meet up, please shoot me an email (jaala@Knitcircus.com).

We’ll be at Sample It, the Stitchcraft Designer Meetup and as many Yarn Group events as humanly possible. Anybody familiar with Indianapolis who can tell us where to eat or have coffee? I wonder what will be the new Jeni’s?

Hunter Hammersen Yarn Giveaway!

We first met the talented Hunter Hammersen when she submitted a stunning sock design to Knitcircus way back when it was a paper magazine. Since then, she’s gone on to publish five gorgeous themed pattern books, including Silk Road Socks and the Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet series (Volume Three comes out soon!).  Hunter is giving away two skeins of Knitcircus Yarn on her blog!

New in the Lair

We’ve been busy in the Lair as always, so here’s the news from yarnland!

We’ve added an 150g custom order option to all of our dyed-to-order yarns, which means you can have that beautiful gradient in the perfect amount for your Hitchhiker or other larger project. We’ve also added the Turquoise Pool, Summer Afternoon, Apricot, Toast and Cranberry Relish color options.

After an unplanned hiatus, we have a new supplier and now have an even better Greatest of Ease base; 80% Superwash Merino, 20% nylon for lovely and practical sock knitting. So you can choose that for any custom order and we’ll have more ready-to-go in the shop soon.

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The April special colorway Come What May was a spectacular success and is now joining our regular lineup of custom orders! Anyone who ordered it, we’re dyeing them up right now and expect to have them packaged up and in the mail next week.

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Following one beautiful day, we’ve now enjoyed rain, hail and high winds. But the fruit trees have tiny buds, and the daffodils are in bloom, so we’ll take it!

Sending good thoughts to all of those dealing with dangerous weather. Stay safe!

Jaala

 

 

Knitcircus Podcast #15

Please note: the California Revival Knits giveaway is still going on all this weekend! Make sure to comment for your chance to win! 😉

Knitcircus Podcast #15

Amy and Jaala get yoked, try local beer and talk sock blanks.

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Mentioned this podcast:

Elizabeth Zimmermann’s percentage system (EPS)

Yoke-Along on Knitcircus Ravelry Group

Spotted Cow Beer

Stripes! By Whitney Gegg-Harrison

Sweaters From Camp

Jaala’s List of Yoke Sweaters

Knitcircus News: Intarsia

Cascade 220

The National Needlearts Association

Jeni’s Ice Cream

Blue Sky Alpacas Sport

Rocky Mountain Dyeworks Stag Ranch Aran

Balm to the Soul Shawl

Brown Sheep Nature Spun

The Sow’s Ear

Green Mountain Spinnery; Wonderfully Woolly

Jacquard Acid Dyes

FiberArt Café/Fairy Yarn Mother