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05 Dec '13

KAL Preview: Iris Electra

It's already time to talk about knitting in 2014, if you can believe that! For the first quarter knit-along, and for the first time ever, we're using one of my own designs. What makes this pattern extra special is that I've written is to make particular use of one of my Arco Iris Spectrum Gradient kits. Add a few beads as you knit, sew on some buttons at the end, and viola! a cheerful rainbow to get you through the cold times. Here's what will be in each kit: - 1 Spectrum Gradient kit in Pebble Sock (100% luxuriously soft superwash Merino) in Arco Iris - 6/0 Glass Beads - 1 paper copy of the pattern What you will also need: - 9 small buttons (3/8" to 1/2") - US 3 circular needles or similar to get gauge - a small crochet hook, suggested size .8mm to 1mm (for applying beads) Iris Electra is a cheerful, convertible scarf that becomes cowl with just a few buttons. Knit flat and on the bias, the pattern is easy to memorize and simple to execute. Added skill comes with attaching the beads as you go using a crochet hook rather than pre-stringing them. To see more about ordering yourself a kit, click through here. KAL Details: - Runs Jan 1 2014 to March 31 2014 - Pattern exclusive to kits until April 2014 - Get helpful hints and ask questions via the Black Trillium Ravelry group
25 Feb '12

45° North

The last time I spent months working on a single project, I think it was for a graduate-level literary theory class. This time, it's all about yarn! I've been working with Twisted of Portland, Oregon, to create a line of nearly-solid saturated & bright colors using my 100% Merino Sock yarn. I started getting things together before Christmas, dyeing little 10 gram skeins in nearly 50 colors. Shannon & I worked together and picked 25 in a nice, wide palette, saving the other for possible future additions. Dyeing the yarn was a whole different process than I usually use so that 10 skeins could be dyed together, creating dyelots with as little variation as possible between skeins. Of course, this is still hand-dyed yarn, so if you have a big project in mind make sure you buy plenty of yarn and don't hesitate to alternate skeins to minimize color changes. I learned so much doing this project that I feel like I should use some of it on future projects for my own Etsy site, though I have no precise plans at this moment. I'm extremely excited to be able to share this project with all of you, so please take a sec to cruise on over to Twisted's website and peruse the colors. Now to think hard about my Spring 2012 colors list...