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…
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…
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…
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:
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.
4thPlace 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.
5thPlace 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:
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.