curated by katie mayer
February 5, 2014
Do you love a knitter? Or do you just <3 yarn?
A Valentine’s Sampler from Jimmy Beans Wool (filled with a dozen delectable yarn samples) is a lovely alternative to candy and flowers.
January 29, 2014
We may still be up to our ankles in snow, but the spring issue of Knitscene is out right now, giving us plenty of time to dream of (and knit for!) warmer weather. We’re starting our spring stitching with the Alexandrite Tank in Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk. It drapes like a dream and the uniquely constructed, collar (it’s knit separately, then twisted, and sewn into the neckline) is just stunning. Get it on your needles now.
January 24, 2014
Looking for a new way to keep warm? The Winter issue of Vogue Knitting has it–a chunky, textured capelet paired with ribbed arm warmers. The Drop Stitch Poncho and Arm Warmers are a cinch to knit in Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky and the oversized stitches are totally on trend. The poncho is made from the bottom up in a drop-stitch lace pattern that ends with a ribbed turtleneck; the matching arm warmers finish up in a flash on circular needles. Follow VK’s color cue with Frost and Jasmine or choose your own combination from the 24 colors in the Bulky palette.
Pattern: Drop Stitch Poncho and Arm Warmers
Designer: Cathy Carron
Size: poncho – small/medium (large)
• arm warmers – circumference 8″ and length 15″
Needle Size 15 (10mm) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky, shown in Frost #1211 and Jasmine #1213
Pattern available in Vogue Knitting, Winter 2013/2014
January 22, 2014
Congratulations to our six Bulky Hat Collection winners! And thank you to everyone for participating.
Kristen is the winner of the Arctic Hat.
“I would make the Arctic hat. I have been knitting a sweater and reading.”
“This is so hard to choose! I love these hats. I would pick the polar hat because that playful pompom on top just makes the grey winter skies in the northwest cheerful. I live on Whidbey Island in Washington State and I spend the winter days hoping for snow and praying we don’t lose power, knitting on the one or two projects in every room of my house! But honestly, I do that all year round . I squeeze my work as a therapist and teaching boundary workshops around my knitting.”
The winning comment for the Polar Hat from Sarri!
It looks like Kelly’s husband is one lucky guy. Here is her winning comment:
“I live in Anchorage, Alaska and love the wonderful knits this season brings out. I would like the trapper hat for my husband.”
Lucky Sarah is the winner of the Bear Hat, or maybe it’s her grandbaby that is the winner!
“I’ve been enjoying the snow with a grandbaby, cozy and warm in more hand knits than he cares to wear…. I think he needs a bear hat too ”
I wonder what color Sonja will make the Fox Hat in?
“I love the children’s hats! I love to ski and sled-ride with my granddaughter, I refuse to let winter keep me inside the house. So, I do bundle up. In Ohio, our weather was terribly frosty, so I stayed home and continued to knit hats for my older children.”
And congratulations go to Liz the winner of the Rabbit Hat.
“I would have to make the rabbit hat for my nieces. Could anything be more adorable!?! During the cold days I have been knitting ties and kippahs for my husband.”
Keep watching this space for more fun!
January 16, 2014
The recent weather is right in step with our new toasty warm Bulky Hat Collection.
And if you’re in need of a fun way to keep warm, today could be your lucky day.
We’re giving away six Bulky Hat Collection booklets along with all the yarn needed to make your favorite from the collection.
To enter leave a comment (one per person please) telling us which hat you would like to make and how you’ve been spending these sub-zero days. Are you braving the wind and bundling up to play in the snow or keeping cozy inside by knitting the cold away?