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Archive for May, 2012

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012


Many thanks to everyone who retweeted and shared our facebook comment in order to enter our Wool 3 giveaway contest. And congratulations (!) to our winners, Sue Harrison (chosen from retweeters) and Susan Bayer Leibowitz (facebook sharer). Wool 3 is on its way to you both.

To everyone else–again, we thank you! Stay subscribed to our e-letter for the announcement of our next giveaway. And if you’re disappointed that we didn’t make it a comment-on-the-blog giveaway, not to worry. We’ll be doing that version again. Soon!

Friday, May 25th, 2012


If you’ve tried to order Tern recently, you’ll know that we’re out of every color but one, Sea Grass.

We planned carefully and thought we’d given the mill enough lead time. But the things that can go wrong, oh, the things that can go wrong.

Tern is a blend of wool (domestic) and tussah silk. Tussah fiber is harvested after the silk moths have flown their pods, and the wild fiber left behind varies widely in form and quality from mulberry, its consistent and cultivated sister silk.

Our last bale of tussah fiber stubbornly refused to be blended with wool as completely as need be. We found tiny little nubs in the final yarn. We loved the little nubs for their interesting addition of texture. But our Tern, the one you’ve come to love and expect, is nub-less. So after weeks of combing, blending, spinning, and skeining, we had to say NO to that batch of Tern.

We’re working on our next batch now, and believe me, it will be as perfect as it can be. We’ve learned from our mistakes. Think the fibers are blended? Good. Time to blend, blend, and blend some more.

After spinning, the yarn will go to the dye house. And should be back in OUR house by the end of June. With luck, the yarn will be home before then. We’ll let you know by e-letter when this little bird is back in its nest.

Friday, May 25th, 2012

A foggy Friday is a good day for a giveaway, agreed? In case you missed it, yesterday we launched another giveaway. This time we’re offering two digital copies of Wool 3, the latest in the Wool series from designers Melissa LaBarre and Cecily MacDonald.

To enter go to our twitter page or our facebook page and retweet or share our facebook page accordingly. Every retweeter and sharer is automatically entered. Pretty easy.

And if you want to see what’s in the book, check our lookbook version here. Good luck!

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Sometimes it starts with the yarn. Sometimes with a tear sheet. Sometimes with a polka dot dress.

When we saw this pretty piece, we knew we had to knit something to wear with it. A sweater would have covered it up. A shrug would take too long to knit. A little chapeau in Finch would be just right, a topper lightweight and breezy. And River, a clean, almost-nautical medium blue makes a good counterpoint for crisp red dots on summer white.

Originally, we were going to shoot this on the wharf. Hence, the name Porthole. But we ended in a back street several blocks away. Perhaps we should have called the cap Back Alley Beret. ?

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

In the yarn biz, you never know when something will go awry. A little miscommunication can grow to unwieldy dimensions when spread over hundreds (or thousands) of skeins.

If you’ve ordered any of our dyed Sparrow, you may have noticed that the label is threaded onto the skein with a proper strand from the skein, not tied on with a separate piece of yarn. Be sure, when removing the label, that you don’t cut the strand that attaches the label to the skein. Instead, cut the LABEL.

Repeat: Please cut the LABEL.

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Love this breezy hat, Paravel, inĀ  little Finch, designed by Megan Goodacre. Her pretty sweater Harrow was the subject of our last post. More of her splendid stitch details in this little topper.

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

From the current issue of Twist Collective, a sleeveless pullover in Tern. Designer Megan Goodacre has a feel for understated details: A bit of waist shaping, an eyelet/garter stitch bottom border punctuated with a column of small buttons,

and two more small buttons placed at the corners of the squared neck.

We think Megan has an affinity for Tern, remember Hamilton, her graceful scarf from Scarves, etc.? A beautiful interplay of stitches and yarn.

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Very honored to have another Q&Co project featured in the latest issue of the UK magazine Molly Makes. This time, the piece is the Jonna Cowl. Do you remember it? Designed in Chickadee by Carolyn Kern and featured in our Scarves, etc. collection. The color is Bird’s Egg. Fits nicely with the cover palette–those lip-smacking faux cookies in pretty icy pastels.

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Love this post from 1391 Miles Apart. Stephanie used sturdy garden twine to knit this practical scrubbie. But imagine it in Sparrow. A little linen yarn would be gentle on grandmother’s porcelain tea set. No?

Looking at this photo makes me want to get up and wash some dishes.

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Wool 3–launched.