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Archive for January, 2013

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

You can order the pdf book here. And the individual patterns here.

And just a reminder, if you really want to duplicate the pieces you see in these pictures, use the yarns (Quince!) they were worked in. Best way to duplicate color, drape, and pretty stitch definition.

And let us know how you like our crochet adventure. Should we do more?

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

We’ve been hard–oh, so hard–at work on Crochet, Book One–proofing, inputting changes, scribbling our questions on endless copies of each pattern page, checking with designer Rebecca, checking with Kristen TenDyke (our esteemed crochet tech editor–thanks, Kristen!), proofing some more, puzzling over chart repeats, asking endless questions. We’ve learned a lot about crocheting that we didn’t know before. Remember, we’re more knitters over here than crocheters. (But I think that’s just changed.)

At any rate: Done and done. Hooray! Getting our e-letter ready to announce the launch.

AND, more important. We have three winners! We’re about to send our first pdf copies of Crochet to Angela, Sherri, and Jodi–all chosen from the comments on our last blog via a random number generator. Thanks so very, very much for all your encouraging comments. We really appreciate them!

Don’t go far, we’re about to post the book. Won’t be long now. Ready?



Monday, January 28th, 2013

This shawl. The work of fairies, no?

I love it. It’s crocheted, not knitted. And it’s not hard to do. I’ve just proofed the pattern, and I could easily follow the instructions. And if I can figure them out, so, oh so, can you. You’ll need a hook, (F/5) and two skeins of Sparrow. The pattern? We’ll post it on Wednesday when we release our first ever crochet (!) collection. T’will be an e-book of five lovely designs by Rebecca Velasquez: The shawl above, the mitts below, and the sweater, hat, and ascot all further below.

For a chance at one of three giveaway copies of Crochet, post a comment below. On Wednesday, just before we launch the collection/patterns, we’ll choose 3 entries and announce the winners right here. So, thoughts…? Read on for notes on the pieces that follow.

Apricot–my favorite color on this bleak, gray day in January. This is NOT how it looks here today.

An easy beret. So pretty, so modern. With a knitted hatband, no less.

And little keyhole ascot, with floral motifs embedded in the mesh pattern.


Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Here it is. Today. Book 4, the latest edition in the Wool series. A cowl, a beret that I particularly adore, and three great top-to-bottom sweaters, two of them cardigans that I can’t say enough good things about.

Each of these pieces fills the three requirements for my current ‘good knitting’ test :

1) The knitting is easy. Life is hard enough. I want to move forward with confidence when I knit. Gone from my life are tricky charts and fussy fitting details.

2) The piece is wearable. I want to throw it on ALL the time. Doesn’t sit on a shelf waiting for the right occasion.

3) There’s something just a little unique about it. Not a call-attention-to-itself detail, just something quietly pretty.

I love this collection. Hope you’re drawn to these pieces as much as I am. See the lookbook here.

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Sometimes (most of the time?), it’s so about the details. Here: An asymmetric opening and a cable panel on a small pocket.

And here: Rows of plush garter stitch in a chunky yarn to outline a sweater’s edges.

Both cardigans worked from the neck down. (Yes!)

And here: A shot of the palette to get you in the mood.



Monday, January 21st, 2013

Okay. Is there anything better than top-down construction, garter stitch, toggle buttons, and POCKETS?

Preview #3 of Wool 4. Coming Wednesday.

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Schedule a photo shoot and you can be sure that you’ll be slogging through the worst blizzard of the season. Or, if it’s summer, the sun will be hard yellow and shining maniacally. But we got lucky on the day of the Wool 4 shoot. We were comfortably warm and dry indoors, with lots of soft winter light to work with. Joy.

Note the gentle illumination of the living room window sill in the photo above and how it highlights the folds on Melissa’s cushy, rosy cowl below. Look closely and you can almost make out the interesting stitch variation in this otherwise garter stitch cowl. It’s hard to see here (this is a preview, after all). So remember to look for its knitterly details when the book comes out next Wednesday.

Chloe says, “Really? THIS hat?”

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Coming next week, Wool 4. Another collection from Cecily Glowik MacDonald and Melissa LaBarre, in collaboration with Quince & Co. More tomorrow.

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013


Here’s another look for traditional Fair Isle knitting–something modern and graphic. Bristol Ivy’s Linnae pullover uses a dot motif in rows that go round and round this simple raglan sweater. It’s worked in Chickadee (Kittywake and Bird’s Egg) and it’s all about the details. Note how the dot motif moves across the raglan columns and how the edges are trimmed in a scant line of blue. It’s neat and trim and pretty.

Fun to picture this piece in other color combinations: Carrie’s Yellow, say, and fresh Egret, or mellow Twig and Leek, or possibly Clay with Iceland dots. ? Let us know if you give this sweater a go in another palette. We’d love to see the result.

Finally, on another topic, take a look, too, at the wall behind Chloe. See those decal flower motifs? You’ll see them again soon in the upcoming Wool 4, Melissa LaBarre and Cecily Glowik MacDonald’s fourth book in their Wool series. We shot the book, and this photo, in Cecily’s living room. Such lovely light!

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Remember Interwoven? We recently re-released the book in e-version. And now we’re offering an Interwoven Gift Pack (e-book + yarn) in a giveaway to one of our e-letter subscribers. The winner will receive an e-copy of the book and two skeins of Puffin and Tern in one of the color palettes from the book. Your choice.

The winner will be chosen at random from our e-letter subscriber list on Wednesday at noon. Sign up for the list from our homepage (top right corner, If you’re already a subscriber, you don’t need to do anything to enter–your name is already in the pot.

Good luck!