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Archive for April, 2013

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Over a year ago, we contacted four knitwear designers, who make, among other things, great, great socks. And we asked them to design a pair of socks for a booklet that we planned to publish last summer (that would be summer, 2012). However, if you’ve followed this blog, you’ll know that our dye house closed unexpectedly last April. The result being that for a long time, we didn’t have the necessary yarn colors in stock, so we put off (and put off, and put off) publication until we had solved the dye house situation and we had the pertinent inventory again.

We did, and we do. Almost. (Pair #4 will be published separately–very soon.)

AND SO, on Wednesday, we’ll show you our first dedicated sock book. Three designs in little Finch, our 100% American wool, spun with four plies for sturdiness.  The above pair, Harbor Bar from Cookie A, features a simple Fair Isle pattern worked with the wrong side, then the right side facing for two iterations of a diagonal pattern.

The sweet pair below come from Michele Wang. Called Petit Fours, they’re dainty, but not too so–modern and feminine in Clay, one of my all-time favorite colors.

And here (below) we  have Star Athena’s Seven Layer Cake. Check the layers of stripes and think of Austrian pastry. These are a play on Victorian details–lace edging, sweet ties, and diminutive striping.

Finally, our sock models, Nyanen and Brie, with bare feet. Note the greenery outside our office window. It HAS been a while.


Friday, April 12th, 2013


The sub-title of Amy Herzog’s book, Fit to Flatter (STC, 2013) says it all, “21 sweaters for all shapes and sizes. The only instructions you’ll every need to knit sweaters that make you look good and feel great.’ And isn’t that what we always look for in the knits that we make? An old friend. A garment we trust. Does that sound corny? I know it’s true for me.

Happily, Amy used two of our yarns in the book (thanks, Amy): A cardigan in short and long versions worked in Chickadee with pretty cable panels on each front and the swingy (above) knitted in Osprey/Pomegranate . We love these easy open cardigans–this one with a single button closure and a simple cable detail for trim. We can see it worked in other Osprey colors, too–Bird’s Egg, maybe? Soft Clay? Or possibly springy Leek. Your pick?

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Well, wow. Thank you all SO much for your comments and great, great Sparrow ideas. Stay right there. We’re reading them, sorting, and making a plan. We’ll get back to you with our take on your suggestions soon. Thank you!



Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

New Sparrow colors are in (above). And we love how they fit in with the old (below). So pretty.

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

We’re moving–slowly–toward spring over here. Cool days, still. Windy, and often rain at night. But enough warm sun that crocuses against the wall are up and at ‘em. It’s great to be swatching with linen and thinking about cool, floaty shapes. Also, appreciating the pleasure of swatching for its own sake, seeing what this stitch and that will look like knitted on this needle or that one.

So what can one do with a swatch? How to keep things simple and enjoy the pleasures of a lovely stitch pattern unfolding on the needles, without the complications of shaping or seaming? We think of scarves or rectangular shawls. A simple afghan for the foot of a bed in white sheets. Placemats might be good. Or a super-simple top from two rectangles seamed at the shoulders.

If you’ve got an idea, we’d love to hear it in a comment below. Or vote on the ideas above and/or suggest a swatch, and we’ll spin the numbers and work up a simple pattern from a pretty swatch in our little bird.

Spring is almost here.





Monday, April 1st, 2013

Little by little, Quince & Co is partnering with a few stores to sell Q yarns. Our latest home is in Brookfield, Wisconsin, at Cream City Yarns.

Like all perfect yarn shops, Cream City has juicey displays,

a cozy corner for quiet knitting,

and inspiration everywhere you look.

Stop by for a visit. A good selection of our yarns are right there for you to see and touch. And squeeze and sniff. All that good stuff.