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The Buzz at WEBS – August, 19, 2011

Friday, August 19th, 2011
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This week the staff is buzzing about…

1. Recently I was at Sock Summit. As crazy as it sounds, surrounded by an entire marketplace of gorgeous sock yarn, one skein kept calling out to me – and it was in our booth!  Madelinetosh Tosh Sock, in the colorway Kale, was too pretty to pass up that weekend, so I cast on for a hat to help keep my hands busy while we waited for dinner and on the trip home. Knit on size US 5 needles, I am so happy with the drape of the fabric and the crisp stitch definition in the cables.  I’m glad this yarn finally caught my eye. > Tina M.

2. A lot of the older issues of Interweave Crochet Magazine are now out-of-print. But The Best of Interweave Crochet includes some of my favorite patterns such as Northern Dream Pullover, Babette, and Luna Sweater. What a great collection! > Dena C.

3. Swans Island Worsted – This gorgeous certified organic merino yarn features all natural dyes. It is an exquisite merino that is worth considering for your next special project. > Kathy E. (Note: Patterns for this yarn coming soon.)

4. The Fibre Company’s completely awesome new yarn, Acadia, felt like knitting with a fluffier, bouncier version of my former favorite yarn of theirs, Terra! I love the rustic texture, gorgeously saturated color, and the sheen from the silk; the complexity of the yarn worked really well with the pattern, Kate Gagnon Osborn’s Avery Cowl, which is a free Ravelry download. I was so sad to give this up, I think I’ll probably be buying enough of this for a sweater sometime in the near future! > Elisabeth P.

5. I have been scoping out my next weaving project for several months. And every time I walk by the weaving samples the Blue & White Striped Dishtowels catch my eye! I just love the feel of the Valley Yarns 8/2 Cotton Linen and the absorbancy it has is incredible. It has been a while since I have woven some towels for myself, I think it is high time for a fresh new set! > Karen M.


Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009
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We have just received in the latest “special” issue from Interweave Knits.

This year’s Holiday Gifts issue is HUGE!  It has nearly 60 patterns – twice as many as most issues.  There are lots of great gift ideas, as you would expect.  Many are quick knits others are more involved.   There are several that spoke to me that I’d like to highlight below:

First is the Ripple Cardigan designed by Coralie Meslin and knit in Rowan Kidsilk Haze.

This is a gorgeous cardigan that has a simple style but very interesting construction.  It is knit in multi-directional pieces.  The pattern has 6 sizes and depending on your size, you’ll need 4-7 skeins of Kidsilk Haze.

Next is the Little Majolica by Kristin Nicholas.  Without even showing a picture of this pullover, you know it’s going to be a colorwork masterpiece.

Told you so!  This stranded piece utilizes two colors.  As if that weren’t enough, Kristin introduces a two additional colors by utilizing the duplicate stitch.  Duplicate stitch is one of those underrated embellishing techniques.  I think this garment gives the duplicate stitch instant credibility.  Little Majolica is knit using Kristin’s signature yarn Julia – named after her beautiful daughter.

I’m also lovin’ Slip-Stitch Layers by Simona Merchant-Dest.  Knit in Mission Falls 136 Merino  Superwash, this simple but stylish pullover is absolutely a sweater I would wear.

Unlike stranded work, slip stitch only uses one color per row and the knitter “carries” or “slips” stitches from row to row.  In addition to creating a beautiful result, the fabric is also warm.  Perfect for folks like me who freeze all winter!  Slip-Stitch Layers is generously offered in 7 sizes and requires 7-11 skeins of MC and 4-6 skeins of CC.  Just remember our yarn discounts apply!

The “story” in this issue that really spoke to me was “One, Two, Three” – beautiful projects that utilize 3 or fewer skeins.  Here are the ones that I particularly like.

The Quicksilver Bag by Norah Gaughan.

Really, do I need to say more than that?  Probably not, but I will!  Adorable and functional with a simple construction.  The picture shows the bag as a casual accessory.  With the sheen and texture of Bonsai, I can imagine it sophisticated and dressy as well – change the handles and such and Poof!  A completely different bag.  It would also be beautiful knit in Bonsai Colors.  A great and easy gift too that is affordable!

As I’ve said previously, I freeze all winter.  When temps dip below 70 degrees I’m not happy.  Also well documented is my affection for cashmere.  Let me show you one of the ways I get through our long, cold New England Winters:

Cashmere.Fingerless.Mitts.  The delicate and feminine Wine and Roses Mitts were designed by Jolene Treace and were knit in Jade Sapphire Mongolian Cashmere 2-ply.   That would be One Skein of Cashmere.  I know, times are tight and even one skein of this lovely yarn is a bit pricey at $41.00.   Maybe this is your splurge, maybe it’s the project you find a nice substitution from your stash for.  I love the design and I think we all deserve a bit of luxury if possible.

Next up is a lovely project that features one of our Valley Yarns!  Building Block Scarves by Sarah Hoadley are knit in our Sugarloaf.

Sugarloaf is 52% Merino and 48% Acrylic Microfiber.  It’s super soft, knits at 4 sts/inch and has a nice drape.  I’m tickled with the results!  The construction is pretty neat too.  If utilizes a long cast-on to form the perimeter and then knit in the round to the center and features mitred corners.  Also, if you scroll back up to the cover image, guess what you’ll see!  One of the scarves!  I knew the scarves would be in this issue but I was simply tickled to see one of them on the cover!  Woohoo!  Congratulations Sarah and thank you Interweave!

Last but not least are the Kumara Red Socks.  How could I not favorite a sock pattern?  I think it has unofficially been the year of the sock.

The Kumara Red Socks are a quick knit and will wrap your feet in warmth and luxury.   Kumara is a merino/camel blend from Classic Elite which is super soft and lofty.   These socks only require 2 skeins and what a great gift they will make!  I’m just not sure I’d be giving them away.

I have just highlighted 7 of the 57 projects in this issue.  There are just over 60 days until Christmas (fewer if you are knitting for Hanukkah) and these are all possibilities in that time frame for most of you (some are beyond my reach at this point, but I’m slow and steady so don’t go by me).

I hope these ideas have inspired you!  What do you like in this issue?  Are one of my faves one of yours too?

Kathy

Winter IC!

Monday, December 29th, 2008
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In the mayhem that is holiday/year-end sale at the shop, the Winter issue of Interweave Crochet showed up on the scene.  I always get excited when the new issue arrives – you all know I *heart* crochet and can’t wait to see the projects.

I know, there’s always the sneak peek on the Interweave site, but there’s just something about seeing the actual magazine all together that is magical.  Plus, this is issue is the second to last one under the direction of editor Kim Werker, whom I also *heart*.

We are often asked for yarn for various projects and usually given the lead time, I’m surprised to see a publication that has a project featuring our yarn.  Time goes fast, I forget. . . . This issue of IC provided just that kind of surprise!  Here are the Instant Decor Pillows designed by Janette Higgins:

Yeah, I *heart* these too.  I’m not sure I would include the glitz (I know, I can barely believe I’m saying this myself) but I love the concept.  It is pretty crazy crocheting – up on a size U hook, but I did a felted mat a few New Year Eve’s ago and was on a Q and was done in just a couple of hours.  I love the instant gratification.

As much as I love the pillows, I’ve got to say, this issue is PACKED with great projects:

This is the Dragonfly Shawl designed by Lisa Naskrent.  Isn’t it lovely?  I can totally see adding some gorgeous beads to the edging.

This is the Elinor Cardigan designed by Robin Chachula and knit in one of my favorite yarns, Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk.  This is such a classic design and could easily be dressed up or down.

*Gasp*  I’m not a fan of working with fine yarns, but this might just be the design that pushes me over the edge.  Amy O’Neill Houck designed this Frostbite Scarf and it truly took my breath away (thus the gasp at the beginning).

Author and designer Kristin Omdahl created the Golightly Tunic.  I love the length and treatment at the top.  Very innovative and proves once again that crochet can be extremely versatile.

Lastly, I was simply tickled when I saw the designer on this darling Peppermint Hat & Scarf set!  The amazing Marilyn Murphy!  Former shop owner, current President of Interweave and one of the smartest people in our industry.  Where does she find the time??

Besides these designs, here’s a little something that paraded through the office before the holidays that just made me smile:

 

What do you think of this issue?  What projects are you adding to your queue?  Tell me what’s inspiring you in the world of crochet these days.

Kathy

Interweave Crochet Fall ’08 Preview!

Friday, September 5th, 2008
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Just posted is the preview for the Fall ’08 issue! Check it out here http://interweavecrochet.com/issue/2008/materials_fall08.asp#ridgeswing.

The designs are really beautiful and I have to admit to being partial to the Stepping Stones Cardigan by Kristin Omdahl. She used our Valley Yarns Deerfield and the finished cardi is really stunning! Can’t wait for the issue to arrive.

More updates from Twist are coming too!

Kathy

Show 51: Interview with Mary Beth Temple

Saturday, October 27th, 2007
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New Closeouts, Interview with author Mary Beth Temple and Kathy & Pixie finish the Tilted Duster!

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Show 50: Interview with Sharon Woodcock

Saturday, October 20th, 2007
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Kathy & Steve discuss new closeouts and interview Sharon Woodcock of Lantern Moon; Kathy & Pixie continue the Knitalong; knitting the Collar and seaming the sleeves.

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Show 49: More Tilted Duster KAL

Saturday, October 13th, 2007
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Show 48: Interview with Kim Werker

Saturday, October 6th, 2007
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Interview Kim Werker from Interweave Crochet and Tilted Duster Knitalong, seaming the fronts & back.

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Show 47: Interview with Jennifer Edgar of Eucalan

Saturday, September 29th, 2007
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Jennifer Edgar, Managing Director at Eucalan, and Knitalong with Kathy & Pixie

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Show 46: Tilted Duster KAL

Saturday, September 22nd, 2007
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All about Valley Yarns and Knitalong with Kathy & Pixie; Tilted Duster Fronts

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