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Archive for January, 2012

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

A little while ago, we put out a call for scarf/cowl/shawl ideas for a late winter e-book. You sent them in. And in and in.

We had many, many great designs to choose from and it was difficult indeed to winnow the pile to 10 or so. (I think we ended up with 11, a good odd number.)

Last week, on an unusual cloudless day, we photographed the pieces. And now we’re cranking, cranking on pattern proofing. With luck, we’ll publish our scarf book next week. So it’s time for a little preview.

We start with a snippet of a lovely, cabley Osprey piece. See more of it soon and come back tomorrow for a peek at another scarf.

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Raining today. January thaw is prolonged this year and heralds spring too early. That said, who doesn’t appreciate the suggestion of warmer days and sounds of summer? Elizabeth Doherty used Chickadee colors Storm, Egret, and Carrie’s Yellow to make a beret of whimsey, Bumble. We love it.

 

Bzzz…

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

We loved our hang tags. We adored them. But stringing tags on bakery twine was just too labor intensive. So, we’ve switched to wrappers. And we’re getting used to them. And, really, we’re starting to like them. And soon, I know we’ll love them.

We still have lots of inventory tagged with those now-vintage hanging labels. If your next order should feature bakery twine and rounded ‘Q’ tags, you might want to carefully detach them. Could become a collectors’ item.

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

I love this long and lovely cowl, named Deephaven. Love the classic Guernsey border stitches, the textured allover cable pattern. Love the contemporary shape–a cozy neck ring. Bonnie Sennott knitted it in Lark/Chanterelle. Find the pattern on Ravelry–right here.

Unwrapped.

Pretty detail.

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Can I tell you how cold it was? Very. We’re reaching the limits on outdoor shoots these days. But where else to shoot Kristen TenDyke’s chill-resistant Tundra than in our favorite marsh.

We all have our idea of what makes good design, and mine is (usually) less-is-more. But in Kristen’s sweater, I love a little more. Love that she has taken two complementary stitch patterns and combined them to lovely effect. Ribs would have been great, but the strong horizontal lines in the basket-pattern borders makes this sweater.

The pattern stitch used in the body is squishy and warm, sturdy, but not stiff (because it’s worked in Osprey/Kumlien’s Gull). AND–here is a sweater with a hood that’s becoming even when you wear it.

Or when you don’t. Brrrrr.

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

No sooner had we published our e-letter on Katrine yesterday, than we had a query about the sweater’s collar. How does it looked open and lying flat? Hmm. We don’t know because it never occurred to us to unbutton the neck on Cecily’s cozy cardigan. Perhaps because we were shooting bright and early—and coldly–on a local beach. The more buttoned up, the better.

So, in lieu of the collar worn in other ways, I offer detail shots that might be interesting. Please note the way the raglan shoulder flows into the collar. Or, more correctly put, the collar flows into the raglan shaping– for the sweater is knitted collar to hem. Note also the smooth line of stitches along the raglan line…

and the separated decreases/increases that shape the sides.

Note also, how Bhaji, our brave model, does not look particularly cold. A feat, indeed.