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Year of the Dragon

According to the Chinese zodiac, this is the Year of the DRAGON. According to Pantone, this is also the year of Tangerine Tango, a vibrant shade that blends the most energetic qualities of pink, red and orange. The pairing somehow seems fortuitous…

The year is supposed to be one full of powerful energy and productivity. What an inspiring forecast! I’m helping the mystical Dragon along by attacking my personal resolutions with vigor. Yarn is my life, and here at Skacel, we ADORE a strong red. I didn’t have to search very hard to find a gorgeous selection of this elusive but incredibly dynamic shade. Pictured above, clockwise from left: HiKoo Simpliworsted in #16 Gypsy Red, Zitron Filisilk in #3004 Red, Schulana Cashmere Moda in #5, Schulana Kid Seta #7 Burnt Orange, HiKoo Timidity in Gypsy Red/Milk Chocolate, Zitron Nimbus in Tomato, Zitron Unisono Solid in #1159, HiKoo Simplicity in Ghost Chili, Schoppel-Wolle Zauberwolle in #1701 Ombre.

I hope this pile of glowy goodness is inspiring. I think I have just enough time to whip up a Twin Cities Headband before VK Live in NYC. It’s sure to be cold, and I’d love to broadcast my color obsession and keep warm at the same time. If you spot me wearing it, come and say hello and I might have a surprise for you…


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In Lieu of Snow

I am heading into my first winter here in Seattle, and I must say, I miss snow! It could be the visual thrill of a sparkling expanse of clean white, or the noise dampening effects of a fresh blanket of cold powder. It could be the fun of trudging through suddenly silent woods, or the cozy feeling of being trapped indoors while a storm rages outside.

I recently designed a simple cowl that could be knit in one snowbound evening. It calls for 4 balls of Schulana Cortina Nuvole, a yarn that reminds me of freshly fallen snow–soft, fluffy and light. Download the free Columbia Cowl pattern here.

I’ll be heading back East to celebrate the holidays with family, and I’m crossing my fingers for some snowfall. Until then I’ll content myself with holiday nail varnishes and my Yuletide board on Pinterest…

Hope your winter is looking magical wherever you are…



The Winners’ Circle

The first Progressive Needles Knit-Along project is done! The Triplicity Shawl is an adorable skill-building shawlette knit with HiKoo Simplicity, a soft, washable DK-weight yarn that comes in a wide range of over 50 solid shades and nearly a dozen multicolor options.

Playing along with the KAL means that you get a free pattern with lots of in-depth tutorials by Michelle Hunter, but it also means PRIZES! We offer weekly prizes by hiding clues on our websites. Anyone can play, but to qualify for the monthly prizes, you have to knit-along and send us pictures of your finished projects. Learn more here, and check out our October winners:

KAL Winners

1st Place goes to Rose Weckesser of Columbus, OH (upper left). She wins a set of Turbo Clicks and she purchased her KAL yarn from Knitting Temptations in Dublin, OH.

2nd Place goes to Loretta Magers of Prospect, OH (upper right). She wins a Skacel Goody Bag and she purchased her KAL yarn from Spin a Yarn Fiber Garden in Marion, OH.

3rd Place goes to Miriam Yarnall of Dayton, OH (middle left). She wins a Skacel Goody Bag and she purchased her KAL yarn from Fiberwild in Galena, IL.

4th Place goes to Dagmar Eriksson of Ortonville, MI (middle right). She wins a Skacel Goody Bag and she purchased her KAL from Beyond the Rainforest in Grand Blanc, MI.

5th Place goes to Abby Mroczenski of Des Plaines, IL (lower left). She wins a Skacel Goody Bag and she purchased her KAL yarn from Mosaic Yarn Studio in Des Plaines, IL.

I know that the second project is already underway. To catch up with the KAL, visit Michelle’s blog.




I recently moved into a new house. Moving twice in one year, not very fun. Getting my very first dedicated crafting space? Extremely fun! The very first thing I did was unpack my most used, most loved craft books. I usually arrange by height, but this time I tried something new, something borrowed from one of my favorite yarn shops, Purl Soho. Even though I’m 3000 miles away, I consider it an LYS. They arrange their yarn chromatically and I really love the effect that sorting method has on my books:

I always love getting a peek at other people’s bookshelves, so I thought you might like to take a peek at mine. Some of my current and/or enduring favorites:

What are some of your favorites?
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Cold Weather Knits

From autumnal sweaters to wintery woolens, take a closer look at recently published patterns that call for yarns distributed by Skacel. Click on each photo to get more details.

Autobahn by Kate Gilbert, knit in Zitron Nimbus. Pattern available in Twist Collective, Fall 2011
Ramona Cowl by Melissa Lemmons, knit in Austermann Step Classic & Schoppel Wolle Zauberball. Pattern available in Knitscene Winter 2011.
Kent by Katya Wilsher, knit in Zitron Gobi. Pattern available in Twist Collective Fall 2011.
Ribbon Cable Cardi by Helen Sharp, knit in Schulana Kid-Seta and Zitron Ecco. Pattern available in Vogue Knitting Fall 2011.
Brier Toque by Cecily Glowick MacDonald, knit in Schoppel Wolle Zauberball Crazy. Pattern available in Weekend Hats.
Gathered Collar Pullover by Katya Frankel, knit in Schulana Sumerino and Schulana Kid-Seta. Pattern available in knit.wear 2011.
Watercolor Beret by Carol J. Sulcowski, knit in Schoppel Wolle Zauberball. Pattern available in Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts 2011.
Friendly Grey by Jutta Buecker, knit in Zitron Mistral & Zitron Nimbus. Pattern available in Knitty #37 Deep Fall 2011.
Snowfall Sweater by Jill Draper, knit in Schulana Cortina Nuvole. Pattern available in Interweave Knits Fall 2011.
Nordic Mittens by Lone Smevik Soleng, knit in Schulana Cashmere Fino. Pattern available in Vogue Knitting Fall 2011.

What will be first on your needles?…


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The New Girl

Hi everyone! I’m Cirilia Rose,  the newest member of the Skacel family.  I am so excited to be starting as Jr. Creative Director. So much has happened since I started here, I am just now getting a moment to bring you up to speed.

Soon after I arrived, I was joined by a couple of very lucky fellow New Englanders. Having recently moved to Seattle from Providence,  I was tickled to meet Vermonters and Progressive Needles KAL Grand Prize Winners Kitty and Linda.  They were able to spend some time with the staff here and hand-select their very own prizes, $1000 worth of yarn! We were all very curious to see what they would select, and they stayed true to their sock knitting hearts, selecting a healthy sampling from the gargantuan Skacel sock yarn family. After their yarn spree was complete, they hit the town with Karin and Marcy. See more pictures from their Seattle adventures here.

A few weeks later, Skacel headed south to make an appearance at Vogue Knitting Live in Los Angeles. Rob and Chuck ran several fashion shows and I taught lots of classes, (in between yoga sessions and celebrity sightings). It was a highly glamorous way to kick off the prime knitting season.

Last but not least, I figure the best way to introduce myself would be to flash my stash! My very first Skacel stash, to be more specific. As you might imagine, working at a yarn company has its perks.  One of the very best is plentiful yarn, and birthdays at Skacel are celebrated with sweet treats and free yarn. I was lucky enough to be on the receiving end of this perk in my very first month on the job. Here are my picks:

  • An Addi Lace Clicks set. I love my Turbo Clicks, but the Lace clicks are AMAZING. I have all the speed of the Turbo finish with shorter but more pointed tips (and a chic cocoa brown case). I’m zooming through my deadline knits and loving every minute of it.
  •  3 skeins of Simplicity in #050 Forestry. I saw several co-workers working on a cute little project and I was hooked! I’ll be knitting along with the Progressive Needles KAL.
  • 2 skeins of Zauberball Crazy, one in #2092 and one in #1660. I have big plans for this one! After getting all wrapped up (and subsequently disappointed) by the Missoni for Target collection, I found myself craving hectic, prismatic stripes, the more colors the better!
PHEW. So much excitement, and I’m just getting started. Keep an eye out for a lot more excitement to come.