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Archive for June, 2012

Thursday, June 28th, 2012


We love garter stitch. Knitting garter stitch is like a visit with a long-time beloved friend. We hear the same from you, too. Mention garter stitch and everyone in the room says, “Ahhh.”

Paula Emons-Fuessle’s Hyla Brook shows how easily garter stitch combines with other patterns. This time with a little interspersed yarn-over pattern to keep the knitting interesting. For another pretty example of garter stitch-plus from Paula, see her Pipers Journey.

Hyla starts on a few stitches at the center front edge and is worked out and down from there. In this version, the shawl ends with a garter stitch ruffle. But Paula also gives instructions in her pattern for a plain, unfrilled garter-stitch border. Note the shawl’s drape: Over the shoulders (above) and worn with point in front (below). That drape has much to do with Tern, the wool/silk blend used to knit it. The color here is Buoy. Perky and pretty, no?

It’s fitting that we photographed Hyla Brook in the woods. As Paula explains in her pattern intro, the shawl was inspired by the song of peepers (hyla), the little frogs that come to life in spring. If you aren’t familiar with Paula’s podcast, Knitting Pipeline, you might want to listen next time you pick up your needle. You’ll learn lots about knitting, and a little about flora and fauna (and pipes!) as well.

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Stoneleaf in Chickadee/Split Pea, a little get-ready-for-fall shawl from Leila Raabe. No lace here, or delicate ornament. Just wonderful, wonderful  textures with crossedstitches and reverse stockinette ridges. And I think it looks good folded over at the neck and showing the other side. Do you?

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

For Tuesday, we give you Aime, Ann Budd’s lovely, lovely lacy shawl in Finch/Oyster. You begin the piece on a few stitches at the center-top edge and work out and down to the bottom edge. The center ‘spine’ is worked over 17 stitches so the shawl ends in a round dip instead of a point.

The main stitch is a pretty diamond pattern featuring those wonderful Estonian nupps.

After the body of the shawl is done, pick up stitches along all edges and work a lace border in the round for a grand finish. So pretty, this!

Note the top of Manaan’s rubber boot in this otherwise ethereal photo. Practical footwear is always welcome in our favorite marsh.

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Today we launch our week of shawls. Here’s Gemma, our Monday shawl, designed by Bristol Ivy and worked in Finch/Leek.

Gemma has an unusual construction. It begins on 6 stitches at one of the side corners and is worked to the opposite long edge. Hence, it’s oh so slightly asymmetric. And each side leg of the triangle is bordered with the same lace pattern, but on one side it’s given in one repeat, on the other, it extends the length of the side edge for a several-row repeat. See below.

As always, too many great pictures to choose from. (Thanks a lot, Carrie.) Why the one below? Because it shows the lovely drape that Finch gives to the piece. See those pretty folds?

And how the light finds its way through those fine Finch strands?



Sunday, June 24th, 2012

Sunday afternoon and proofing, proofing these shawl patterns. And the more I look at Carrie’s lovely photos of these pieces, the more I’m appreciating how distinct each triangle is from its neighbor. In spite of a common shape and construction, each shawl uses stitches and yarn in a unique way. This one combines single garter ridges with slip stitch cables in a closed-in triangle. No lace here. Just texture that looks good from both sides.

Coming this week!

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012


With a little garter stitch…

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Sometimes, we just love ‘feminine.’

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

A shawl a day–all next week! Preview #1.

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Ours is no ordinary tote. It was hand screened by Ethan MacDonald. Those of you who are familiar with the lovely designs of Cecily Glowik MacDonald, e.g. Solstice, might be interested to know that her husband, Ethan, is a man of many talents. He can construct a life-size castle with turrets and portico out of cardboard boxes, a family crest from knitting needles, wedge the pointy ends of plastic sword fish swizzlers into our ceiling with a flick of the wrist, and, not least, he can hand screen a Q on anything and everything. Last summer he made us T-shirts on the warehouse ping pong table. And recently, he printed a limited edition of Q tote bags. Want to see the process?

First you get ready–all materials in place.

Next you open the gooey stuff.

You apply it. (That’s Ethan’s work area in the background. He’s also an expert shipper. Is that my iron I see back there under the desk?)

Spread the goo.

Very carefully lift the screen.

And evaluate the results.

Show a little scepticism.

But only a little.

Yes, that’s a T-shirt he’s just finished. But the tote making was equally entertaining.

Thanks, Ethan–awesome totes.


Friday, June 15th, 2012

Graceful and delicately detailed is Elizabeth Doherty’s Meris caridgan in Finch/Sorbet. Imagine, can you? It’s worked from the top down. Truly.

Meris is not for the faint hearted. There are things to pay attention to: Neck shaping, a lace pattern, short-row sleeve caps, and a refined i-cord edging all around. Worth it? I think so. Really, it’s not that it’s hard. It isn’t. And every bit of knitterly technique contributes to the sweater’s gently contoured fit and thoughtful detailing.

Note the sleeve cuff detail and the dart shaping.

A column of yarnovers makes a good button band, choose the yarn overs you want for your little buttons. And see how clean a trim that i-cord makes.

And the back–oh, the back.

And one more photo because I can’t resist. Love that swinginess.