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December 16th, 2014

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A bowl of yarn snips. A palette. A starting point for a project we started late last spring: our Home book. We made an afghan, two pillows, and a knitted bowl big enough to house a small project or spare balls from your stash. We also made things you’d wear to stay cozy: Chunky socks and slippers, and a shawl that wraps around you like a small blanket. Naturally, we included sweaters, pieces that make you feel at home whether you wear them there or not.

The projects are straightforward; they’re simple shapes for easy wearing, worked in interesting textures to hold your knitting attention. All are comfort knitting, easily worked over a cooling cup of coffee on a Sunday morning or snugged on the couch in front of a Netflick. The colors, as you can see, are soft, warm, gentle on the eye.

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December 16th, 2014

White socks. Cool, crisp, and adorable. These from Deneise Kemp (Cabinfour on Ravelry) and called, aptly, School Girl. Worked in Chickadee, color Egret. I love the detail over the toes and the chiseled rib cuff.

Says Deneise, “I wanted to bring a fresh, modern look to the sweetly feminine bobby socks of the 1950s. They’re perfect paired with Saturday jeans and Birkenstocks or dressed up a bit for a beautifully modern look.”

Inspiration? From here.

If Egret doesn’t suit, Deneise suggests, “Clay, Petal, Chanterelle, Twig, Belize, Aleutian, Honey, Camel…..

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And, of course, if, like Dorothy, you have a pair of ruby slippers, by all means knit yourself a pair in Bird’s Egg.”

 

 

 

 

 

December 11th, 2014

 

 

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Cecily Glowik MacDonald’s cardigan, Gweneth. In Finch. Take a close look at that pretty lace panel that she’s added along the center fronts of her little sweater. Those matching panels are a single repeat of Vine Lace from Barbara Walker’s Treasury of Knitting Patterns. Vine Lace is one of the simplest–and prettiest–lace patterns to ever embellish a knitted piece. Proving, as Cecily’s designs always do, that a simple stitch pattern used judiciously can have all the impact you need.

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Another thing I like about this sweater: The compact ribbed edgings. Nothing fancy, nothing to call attention from the lace detail. Perfect, pretty restraint. Everything balanced.

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And still another thing: We’ve seen a lot (tons) of top-down sweaters in recent years, for good reason. There’s little finishing needed (who LOVES to sew a sweater together?). And body and sleeve length can be easily adjusted. Gweneth, however, is worked from the bottom up to the armhole (as one piece), BUT. Like raglan sleeves in top-down sweaters, the sleeves are joined without sewing. They’re picked up around the armhole after the shoulders are seamed and the cap is shaped with short rows. Once the necessary curve is complete, the sleeve is worked in the round as usual to the cuff. Note how tidy the sleeve join is at the shoulder.

I love this cardigan in gray. But then, I love everything in gray. However, given that we’ve had freezing rain here for several days (gray on gray on gray), I’m thinking Gweneth would also be lovely in a warm color, perhaps one of the ones below.  From the left: Apricot, Clay, Belize (take me there), or Twig, a warmish, woodsy color.

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December 2nd, 2014

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Carrie Bostick Hoge’s beautiful collection, Madder Anthology 1: Camilla, Sibella, Imogen, and Beatrice, is a stunner. She used four motifs to create a series of lovely knits that are both practical and elegant. We talked with her a bit about her process and how this collection came to be.

1) You’ve stuck with a minimal number of design elements, yet the patterns seem to cover a lot of creative ground. Tell me about the thinking behind this limited design palette, and how did you use those few elements to create such a wide array of styles?

I generally don’t like to overdo things and that philosophy seems to be a big part of my style as a knitwear designer. Keeping things simple isn’t just about keeping things easy, though that is often a fun side effect. To me, it is about balance—finding a stitch that really speaks to me and working it in a variety of wearable silhouettes in a pleasing and beautiful way. It suits me not only to design this way, but also to knit in this manner and to wear clothing in this style.

2) Your photography has a soft, dream-like quality to it in this book. Tell me about how you conceptualized of the photography. Did you use a filter? What was the effect you were trying to create?

Yes, dream-like…I always try to capture a dreamy beauty through my photography. Light plays a huge role in the success of that, as does the location.  The palette was very soft and warm, so I wanted to respect that and so I sought out the warm light in the early and later parts of the day. I used a Portra Film filter.

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3) Where did you do the photography? What drew you there?

A few of my favorite spots in Maine—Two Lights, Kettle Cove, and Crescent Beach.

4) How did you choose the yarns that you chose? We really like the palette that you used, and it works wonderfully with the rest of the book’s aesthetic. Tell me what types of colors you are drawn to. Are there any colors on your wish list for Quince & Co?

I actually was intending the four stitch stories to work together as a collection. But, once I started seeing the knits pile up together, I noticed that I used a lot of the same colors in each story. I really enjoyed working with two of the newer colors in Tern: Mist and Terra Cotta. Also, Sedum is one of my new favorites. I’m really drawn to those warm pinky browns and like to see it in contrast to the cool, gentle blue shade of Mist. And, Chanterelle has been a favorite since day one. I feel like I can work that color into almost any collection!

Hmm…new colors for Quince….more browns, grays, earthy pinky/peaches, and blue-grays.

5) Tell me a little about your design process. Does the overall style and shaping of the piece come first, or is the “knitterly” elements, the unique stitch patterns and arrangements that come first? Where did the inspirations come from for the patterns in the book?

First comes the stitch obsession. Lots of swatching occurs! I love getting to know a stitch and finding what types of fabrics work best. I like to experiment knitting in different weights of yarns, different needle sizes, and sometime different fibers. Once I get a feel for the kind of “fabric” that works best, the next step is to imagine a silhouette that best suits this. Sometimes there are styles of sweaters I’m really itching to create and other times I really have to dig deep and search out inspiration (Pinterest is a great resource).

The silhouettes I designed in Anthology 1 were all inspired by easy-to-wear styles I enjoy in my own wardrobe.

6) What’s next for Carrie Bostick Hoge?

Soon I will be releasing a limited edition book called Elements that feature 5 sweaters. Contributors are myself, Bristol Ivy, Olga Buraya-Kefelian, Amy Christoffers, and Cecily Glowik MacDonald.

Also, in the new year I’ll be releasing a couple Simple Pleasures ebooks—gray sweaters in simple shapes. Fun winter knitting!

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All photography by Carrie Bostick Hoge.

November 13th, 2014

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Meet Caspian and Audouin, new heathered brown birds in Chickadee.  What makes these new colors special is that they’re blended completely from undyed wool. Our gray heathers are spun from white and dyed black fleece (“black sheep” are really brown) to make pretty shades of gray. For these brownish guys we used naturally brown fleece, from black sheep, with white.

We love the warmth and softness in these new shades. They’d be pretty by themselves and superb as a warm background for color work. Don’t you think?

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October 2nd, 2014

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Melissa LaBarre had just released Willard, a swingy open cardigan with a large, cozy collar. So very much in time for fall.

Love how the collar extends below the hem of the sweater and how it widens at the neck. Great texture stitch, too. So neatly etched knitted in little Finch. Color is Camel.

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Thanks, Melissa!

September 16th, 2014

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Scarf season is on its way. Just about time to burrow one’s nose in a cozy circle of wool around the neck. So. We’re announcing our fourth Annual Call for Scarves (ACFS).

The past three years, we’ve asked you to submit ideas for the perfect scarf. Each time you’ve sent us wonderful ideas. So bring them on again, please. Tell us about your perfect neck piece.

Is it a cowl that circles the neck in dramatic textures? A simple skinny rectangle long enough to go around the neck three times? Is is a triangle that cossets the neck and shoulders? Show us your idea(s), be it (they) original and wacky, classic and comforting, sophisticated, cute, textured, colored, cowled, wrapped, shawled, short- or long-ended. What we want is the scarf you want to live in. And one that’s relatively easy to knit (we think scarves should be comfort knitting).

So, please–send us your design(s). We’d love to have your submission by Tuesday, October 7. If we accept your idea, we’ll get yarn to you pronto and hope to see your finished piece by November 28. You’ll get to keep your scarf when all is photographed and done (it tours in a trunk show), and we’ll pay you, too, for your design.

Please submit your ideas via email to info@quinceandco.com. Scan your swatch and sketch (rough drawing is fine) and put SCARF in the subject line. No need to use a Quince yarn in your swatch, we’ll get the idea and, if we accept it, we’ll send you a Quince equivalent. Questions? Email us at info@quinceandco.com.

Okay–come on! Let’s see those scarves!

 

September 13th, 2014

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If you don’t mind a little shameless self- and Quince promotion, please take a look at the latest issue of Amirisu, in which we are featured. A great honor. Thanks to Meri Tanaka, Amirisu editor, I had the opportunity to talk at length about  Quince & Co and our experience (hopes, dreams, frustrations) making yarn in the US, a subject close (close, close) to my heart.

Also in the magazine are lovely sweater designs in Quince yarn by Olga Buraya-Kefelian, Hannah Fettig, Carrie Bostick Hoge, and Mary Gehling. Such great company to be in! Every sweater shown in the magazine is one I’d want to wear and all anticipate the pleasure of pulling on a cozy layer when days turn cooler. Keep reading.

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Love Olga’s cardi (called Abuku, ‘bubble’ in Japanese). The pattern (worked in Chickadee/Belize) with its pretty perforated collar stitch is a variation on the stitch-theme she used in Circles and Dots, her collection of sweaters and accessories in Q yarns. One of the many things I love about knitting is how one idea can lead to so many others. A stitch pattern can lend itself to hats, yokes, front (and back) panels,  collars, all kinds of things, taking on a new personality with each new application and color–as Olga’s Abuku demonstrates so beautifully.

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Here’s the cover sweater, the perfect warm-you-up cardigan (Forest) in Owl/Hemlock by Carrie Hoge. Lots of cushy garter stitch with a generous collar.

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Above, cozy Into the Woods, designed in Osprey/Honey by Mary Gehling.

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And so pretty in Osprey (Frank’s Plum, this time) is Mayu by Hannah Fettig.
Thanks, Meri and Amirisu, for featuring us in your lovely magazine. And thanks, too, to Mary, Hannah, Carrie, and Olga for great sweaters.
Issue 5 is available in print and individual patterns are on Ravelry.

 

 

September 10th, 2014

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Not long before Quince & Co launched, over four years ago now, Melissa LaBarre and Cecily Glowik MacDonald agreed to do a small collection of sweaters and accessories in Q yarns. That collection became Wool One. Yesterday we released the fifth in their wool series, Wool Five. As always, the sweaters included are simple to make but feature knitterly interest in the way of tidy cable panels, a knit-and-purl border pattern–that kind of thing. The accessories, this time a textured cowl and pretty beret, are ones you’ll wear day after day this winter. You might want to make them in more than one color–for fun or for gifts.

I don’t know about you, but much as I’ll miss long days and balmy nights, I don’t mind the advent of shorter days and colder temperatures. So welcome is the return to needles and wool. For you, too?

 

 

September 6th, 2014

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Deneise Kemp (cabinfour on Ravelry) sent us a picture of her socks called Laule’a that she designed and knitted in Lark/Glacier. Couldn’t resist showing you. I love how pretty they are in light blue.

Deneise calls these bed socks and they were inspired by Karen Templer’s post on house socks. (Not all socks are made for walking.) The pair took two skeins, and on a size 6 needle, they worked up at five  stitches to the inch.  For other color options with the same airy look, she suggests Iceland, Chanterelle, and Petal. For a richer autumn palette, try Honey and/or our new Bosc.

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