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Archive for April, 2012

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Preview #2–Wool 3. Comin’ up.


Friday, April 27th, 2012

What does a tea cup have to do with a sweater? Well, they’re both the result of careful design and experienced craftmanship. No? They often share a certain delicate patterning–pretty details that make you smile. You agree?

See the picture below for our first preview of Wool 3–due out next week.

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Taking a picture of a knitted piece is more than making a clinical snap shot. Much as we need to shoot specific details to aid the knitter, we try, too, to show the intangibles. We want to convey the feel, literally, of the piece itself. Is it soft or rugged? Drapey or structured? Does the stitch pattern stand out or disappear?

Beyond trying to show a knitted fabric in a way that your hand might understand if you were to touch the piece, the picture needs to tell a story. The parts therein need to come together harmoniously, intelligibly. The styling, palette, location, camera angle–everything in the frame of the picture has to support, bring home, the knitted project.

Not that we go around at a shoot consciously checking off things on a list. Much of this is instinct and accident. Sometimes it all comes together in such a satisfying way. Other times, something is missing.

For this Sparrow shawl–we took a walk at noon to see if we could find the perfect setting. Carrie (photographer) stopped us in front of an old Victorian house. Perfect.

I love the background of the magnolia tree starting to shed its flowers, covering the ground with perfect petals. The antique iron fence and sunlit path provide a sense of place. The perfect profile posture of the model lends a formality to the picture that fits with the upright vertical lines of the fence. The breeze and the way Ari is holding the shawl show off its drape.

What might we do over, if we could? Perhaps the white top underneath the shawl. Much as its color and embroidery fits with the overall mood, the pale top doesn’t provide enough light/dark contrast, making it difficult to see the striking lace patterns Bristol Ivy used in Rue. Still, I love this shot, even if it isn’t perfect in all respects.

That said, we have over a hundred shots to choose from. And I can give you, tada!, a detail shot that let’s you caress with your eyes the rhythm of those pretty yarn overs.

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Carrie’s miniature Sibella modeled by one of our faves, little Immie.

The yoke pattern is adapted from Frost Flowers, a lovely traditional lace pattern (Barbara Walker, Volume 1). Somehow these oldies never get old.

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Greetings from Quince & Co.

We’re hosting a Knitbot Essentials giveaway this week. The winner gets both print and e-book versions. To enter, write a comment below by noon this Friday. We’ll choose a winner at random and announce it at 5:00 that evening.

It’s noon–and comments are closed.

The winner is–oh, I’d love to win! Sent by Tanya1319. Congratulations!

Monday, April 16th, 2012

If you aren’t already familiar with the UK’s crafty magazine Mollie Makes, Let us introduce you. Why? Because we’re featured (so proud) in the current issue (# 13). Remember that little hat, the High Street Cap from way way back? One of our first e-letters, I believe. Well, happily for us, Mollie Makes liked it and is featuring it in their current issue. More Quince projects to follow this one. So glad!

Here, ta-da, is the spread.


Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Another lovely, lovely sweater from Carrie Hoge. This one, Sibella, is worked in the round from the bottom up. Note the petal-like pattern that circles the yoke. If you’ve been following Carrie’s work, you’re already familiar with her pattern series using the Frost Flowers stitch pattern from Barbara Walker’s A Treasury of Knitting Patterns. And here it is again, Carrie style.

This time, she’s isolated part of the pattern’s motif and interspersed it between a few rows of garter stitch in which she hides the yoke’s shaping. Ingenious.

The sweater is worked in a Chickadee heather. It may be warm where you are, but it’s nippy still around here. Definitely sweater weather. But it helps to have a reminder of flower weather circling the shoulders.

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

For anyone interested in yarn specifics for each project in Hannah’s book, we now have the info on our website. So if you’d like to order yarn at the same time as the book, now you can see what and how much you’ll need. More questions? Just ask.

Always a little something to add. Like yarn requirements.

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Announcing! So happy to say that Hannah Fettig’s Knitbot Essentials is here. Our first print book (yes, paper!) and also available in digital form.

Essentials is a collaboration, Hannah’s designs knitted in Q&Co yarns. A good match? We think so. We adore Hannah’s clean, modern style. So airy and simple. Her swingy cardigans are unstructured, yes, but in a structured way, i.e. they fit around the neck and shoulders, just as they should. Her designs, too, are straightforward to knit. We could hardly believe, when we were proofing the patterns, how short and breezy they were. Love.

Want to learn more? Check out the lookbook here. And let us know what you think.