. Ducks in a Row

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Ducks in a Row

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It’s no secret that we adore Quince&Co’s Baby Duck Booties, look how cute they are! A wonderful pattern in equally wonderful Chickadee.


I’m not normally an orange fan, but I quite like the combination of it with orange and brown. I’ve had several people in lately who love it too, but have wondered if there are other possibilities for colors– especially if they want it to be more gender specific. Well, my lovelies, I’m more than happy to share some of the colorful discoveries I’ve made while pondering these requests!

We carry quite a lot of Chickadee, so this list is by no means complete. If you’d like to try out this pattern in different colors, I’d be happy to help you go on your own color adventure!

 

 

Spring Selections

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Happy Tuesday, wonderful readers! I’m in a good mood today — we have exciting new things coming your way, I’m almost done with my Goldfish sweater, and I’ve just been looking at the beautiful new yarns and patterns some of our suppliers are releasing for spring. Also, last night, it was still light out at 5:15 pm! Woot!

Bubble cables on my Goldfish sweater!

Last week I wrote a cryptic Facebook post about news from Quince & Co. that I couldn’t share yet. You see, they sometimes send me top-secret emails with drool-worthy photos of soon-to-be-released yarns/patterns/kits/plans for world domination. Quince has finally done their own post about this news, so now I’m allowed to share: behold, the Linen Noir collection! They’re doing a series of breathtaking patterns in black linen, both Sparrow (fingering) and Kestrel (worsted). These patterns are described as “summer-night-worthy knits”, and I can safely say that you will not be disappointed. Here’s the first pattern, Deschain, by Leila Raabe:

© Pam Allen

We currently carry Sparrow, but not Kestrel. However, this collection has captured my heart, so I wanted to make you an offer: if you want to make something from the Linen Noir collection, I will order you any color of Sparrow OR Kestrel between now and April 1st. (No joke!)

The other company that really has me excited is Universal Yarn. You may have seen our newest cowl sample on the needles, the Hanasaku Cowl by Tori Gurbisz, using Bamboo Bloom Handpaints and Plymouth Yarn Gina — it’s going to be beautiful! And Universal Yarn has made it so that if you buy the yarn from us, we can give you the pattern for free. Come by and check out your (many, many) color options!

© Universal Yarn

Universal has also just released a fabulous ebook collection featuring Bamboo Pop accessories. I love Bamboo Pop, in all its lightweight, summery glory, and I’m intrigued by several of these patterns. I think my favorite is Philodendron, also by Tori Gurbisz (apparently she’s my new favorite designer).

© Universal Yarn

I’ve been knitting cozy, bulky things all winter, but now I’m ready for spring. Bring on the cute accessories, bright colors, and cool fibers of spring — and summer! Sooner or later (hopefully sooner), the Deschain top will be mine!

(As a reward for those of you who made it all the way to the end of this post: We’re having a huge Spring Cleaning Sale starting this Friday. I’m putting Cascade 220 on sale. Now you know.)

Sometimes an Experiment is in Order

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When I knit something that will be felted later, I tend to prefer using a yarn I know will wet felt by hand very well. While I do love how much easier it is to throw things into the washer and dryer, I don’t get as much control over the shape the piece gets felted into as well as I would like. Since I knit a lot of dolls, I often use my hands to sculpt the wool as it felts. For this reason, I normally lean towards using yarns from Quince&Co.– particularly Lark and Chickadee. As I’ve been knitting and felting test swatches of all the feltable yarns around the store (an ever ongoing project of mine ), these ones have remained my favorites so far. 

There is one, however, that I wasn’t entirely sure would felt, and if so, how well: Tern. Some of you may be familiar with this Quince yarn. For those of you who aren’t, it’s a lovely fingering weight yarn made of wool, but it also includes a fair percentage of silk. I simply had to make a test swatch. The verdict?

Knit on US 0s

Tern absolutely felts, and much more than I thought it would. I’m sure if I had used a washer and dryer rather than some vigorous hand rubbing it would have felted more.