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Archive for December, 2012

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Dyed last week. Beginning batches. Pretty palette. Blurry photo. Progress!

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Oh–what you can do with yarn. Even when you’re not knitting. Take a look at what Hannah at Hetterson has done with a few simple stitches and a strand of Tern in Seagrass.¬† First she made the little jumper, then she did the tidy embroidery. How lovely the result!

Thank you Hannah and Chelsea at Frolic for making yarny goods, and for making them so very appealing!

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

More knitalong updates. Hannah has posted video #2 for her Cradle Cardi knitalong. I watched #1 as I ate my lunch today, made me want to drop my yogurt and get my needles out. What is it about watching someone make stitches? Totally contagious. I can’t proof a pattern without wanting to cast on and try it. Now I’m waylaid by video.

Stay tuned. Knitalong chapters three and four due out in the next few days. By the end of the week, you’ll have a little cardi for a little someone.


Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Gudrun just posted two knitalongs she’s launched for her book Knit with Me. One is a general knitalong for any project in the collection, the other is specific for Granny Apple (below), a great starter sweater newbie knitters. And good practice for experienced ones. It’s worked top-down¬† with interesting (and optional) drawstring and pocket details.

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012



Wet snow today, chilly outside the mill. But inside, warm and toasty, and lots going on. After a few fits and starts last week, Saco River Dyehouse is up and running and officially open for business–pinch me. You can read all about it in our local paper–with video!

We’re dyeing yarns, this vat, that vat, trying to catch up on the Quince & Co inventory. By Thursday, we’ll be ready to ship all the colors used in Hannah Fettig’s little book, Mabel’s Closet. And shortly we’ll publish more collections that we’ve been sitting on while we waited (and waited) for YARN. Oh–the things you can do when you have yarn on the shelves!

Friday, December 14th, 2012

We love the blog Frolic. It isn’t knitting specific, but it’s wonderful for inspiration. And every now and then, Chelsea posts something made from needles and yarn. LIKE the wonderful little hat designed by Hannah at Hetterson that appeared on the post for Dec. 12. The cap is worked in chunky Puffin, in Nasturtium and Egret–so simple, so modern, so easy! And the instructions to make the hat are right there on the post (thank you, Hannah and Chelsea!).

So head over to find out how to make the Speckled Hat. If it’s too much of a crunch to knit it before you know when, then it might be nice to get needles and yarn and be ready to go come January, post-holiday mayhem.

Note: At the moment, we’re out of the colors used in the hat, but it would look great in other combinations, e.g. Clay and Petal, Twig and Goldfinch, or Pea Coat and Carrie’s Yellow.

If you can wait a week or so–the original colors will be back in stock. Yes, they will. !

Friday, December 14th, 2012

And we’ve picked three winners for Wednesday’s Knit with Me drawing! One skein each of Puffin in Carrie’s Yellow is on its way to Maggy Wolf, Gregory Robles, and Janie Berks. Congratulations!

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

The book is here! Don’t forget about the giveaway!

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Tomorrow morning, just after cock crow (or at 9 am EST), we launch Gudrun’s Knit with Me. In celebration of the event, we’re hosting a giveaway! If you order on Day One, we’ll put your name in a hat and at the end of the day (around 5), we’ll pull three names. Each winner gets a free skein of Puffin in Carrie’s Yellow, enough yarn to knit a version of the Rubens hat. Don’t know Rubens? Check it out on the lookbook, now posted!

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

One day to go! Tomorrow we launch Knit with Me, Gudrun Johnston’s delightful book of knitwear inspired by the knitting connection between herself and daughter Maya. And today, after a series of peeks at what’s inside, we give you all the front matter in lookbook version, which you can find right here. For a little more of the back story, a few more pics below.

One of Maya’s illustrations that you’ll find interspersed throughout the book.

Inside the barn, Gudrun adjusts the bow on Maya’s Granny Smith for the very first picture taken at the shoot.

A pile of plaid blankets. Gudrun styled the shoot around plaids and small prints–and wellies.

Taking a knitting break.

Puffin! in Carrie’s Yellow with needle.

A picnic set up. Plaid blankets, thermos, apples, a few wild flowers, and an apple cake with a slice cut out.

Late afternoon next to the hen house, La Maison de Poulets.