Posts Tagged ‘Yarn’

Weird Yarn: Steel Wool

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

No, it’s not the latest thing available at your LYS.  Steel wool is the sculptural media used by artist Krysta Olson in her thought-provoking piece, The Steel Wool Sweater (left). Olson works in a variety of media to investigate her attraction to vulnerability, intimacy and sadness. Her works plays with a kind of awkward tension. View her videos, photo projects, and painting. If you’d like to knit with steel, I’d suggest something from Habu Textiles or LB Collection Wool Stainless. A bit more user friendly, and infinitely more wearable.

Veronik's St-Denis Yarn

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Classic Elite Yarns launched knitwear designer Véronik Avery’s yarn line, St-Denis,  last year with Nordique.  There is a second yarn in the works called Boreale. Pretty exciting stuff. No doubt it will be as refined and beautiful as everything this talented designer puts her name too. Her work is simply classic elegance. You can check out the progression of the St-Denis brand on the blog, where Avery posts about her efforts. (That’s her photo seen above.) Buy issue 1 of St-Denis Magazine here, or go for the Spring/Summer issue here. You’ll find patterns by Ysolda, Jared Flood, Kat Coyle, Robin Melanson, Carol Sulcoski, and, of course,  Avery herself.

Ysolda's Red Yarn

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

I told you that the Los Angeles LYS owners have been extremely tempting lately. No, you don’t have to be an Angeleno to shop at them, they’ll do online sales— so you’ve all been warned! Here’s the latest: Unwind in Burbank is offering the charming knitwear designer Ysolda Teague’s new yarn for Lorna’s Laces. It’s a gorgeous semi-solid red, called, naturally, “Ysolda Red” and it is part of the Shepherd Sock line. Perfect for Ysolda’s Ishbel. Read all about creating this beautiful yarn on Ysolda’s blog (that’s her photo from the process, above). Buy Ysolda Red from Unwind online. Get her patterns there too. That’s trouble, huh? Told ya.

More Lovely Handspun Yarn

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

The LYS owners here in Los Angeles are working hard to separate us from our money these days. Case in point: KnitCulture is having a Tanglewood Trunk Show this weekend. Trish Anderson visits on May 15th and 16th with her luscious Tanglewood Fiber Creations. These are all hand-dyed and hand-spun. The yarns incorporate top of the line fibers like Mongolian cashmere, silk and other lux goods. Plus they set the yarn with lavender oil. (Sigh.) Every skein is different and unique, even in the same dye lot, making for one-of-a-kind knitted pieces. Anderson blogs about her work and life in St. Helens, Oregon here, at Diary Of A Hand-Spinner. I guess Anderson came to Jennifer Knits in Brentwood (a very swanky LYS here in LA) earlier this month. So here’s  another chance to view the pretty stuff and make a purchase. To tempt us further, KnitCulture has a FREE one-skein Luxury Mitts pattern made from Tanglewood Cashmere here (scroll down the page).

Knitting With Bamboo

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Have you knit with bamboo yet? I have some, enough for a sweater, but I haven’t figured out  exactly which one to make yet. After buying it, I came to understand that bamboo yarn is beautiful but super stretchy when knit up, and you need to really factor that in to your choice of pattern. The new issue of Caron Connections features an interesting Summer top by Santa Monica-based Melissa Matthay. The Aspira One-Button Tunic (left) is light, textural, and designed to be made with Spa, Caron’s bamboo-acrylic blend. The pattern page also has an audio fashion show describing the garment that is worth a listen. It highlights the novel construction of the garment. Note that at the top left corner of the Aspira page you can sign up for the Caron newsletter yourself or go here. Also, see Matthay’s Exclusive Collection designs on her website. They are all commissioned custom-knit garments.

Yarn From Pagewood Farm

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

I’m not going to lie to you, this post is pure yarn porn. I received notice that Santa Monica LYS, Wildfiber, will be hosting Robin Page of Pagewood Farms on Saturday, May 8th. Details here. She’ll be showing off gorgeous handcrafted yarns (like the one called “Mississippi Mud” above), answering questions about her hand-dye process and demonstrating her “Bling” yarn. The Pagewood Farm site shows off their yarns and needle felting kits. Check out their blog too for a behind the scenes look at the boutique yarn business. Cool insider view at what it takes.

Knitting Chemo Caps

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

In a perfect world none of us would ever need to knit a loved one a chemo cap. I’ve been on the planet long enough to understand that this life is short, and you never know what hand you’ll be dealt, so better enjoy yourself. An old friend of mine is up for round 2 in the battle with the “Big C.” Here’s some of the hat’s I’m considering knitting for her: Pomatomus Hat on Create And Explore after Cookie A’s socks; Marnie MacLean’s Pismo Hat; What If Knit’s Point Lobos Hat; Kody May’s Eyelet Lace Elegance Hat; the CCCC from Yarn Ball Boogie; Everything Is Hunky-Dory on KnitMeASong; or Whitney Van Nes’ Simple Pleasures Hat (above). Of course, there are many many more excellent choices. I’m thinking Filatura DiCrosa Superior, a cashmere/silk blend. So soft.

Improvisational Knitted Lace

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Last February I blogged Myra Wood’s new book, Crazy Lace. Now you can get a peak into Wood’s ways with her Crazy Lace Cropped Cardi over at the Stitch Diva Studios website. It’s more of a knitting recipe than a traditional pattern, and teaches a knitter to use the “inherent logic” behind lace to create surface patterning for this simple cropped raglan design. Sounds interesting. The result is pretty (left), especially knit up in just one skein of Stitch Diva’s lovely lace-weight Studio Cashmere.

Vickie Howell Joins Caron

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

Vickie Howell, author of numerous knitting books and perky host of the now defunct Knitty Gritty television show has joined up with Caron as their spokesperson. No new eponymous yarn lines yet, although she did have a small collection at one point. The Austin-based Howell seems to be advising and designing signature patterns like the Cardigan Neutral (left). I think I like this pattern, but from this photo it’s pretty hard to see exactly what’s going on with the design. It looks like she made the wrong size. Foiled again by bad photo art direction. By the way, Howell is also doing a bi-monthly blog for PBS Parents called Craft Apparent with Vickie Howell. Plus she’s leading workshops at Stitch Lab in her home town. Busy busy little bee.

Details On Knits

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

It’s been a very stressful week getting my design management book put to bed, complete with some really draining 11th hour panic problems. Thankfully, over now. In the midst of it, I got the latest issue of Vanity Fair magazine, which I always must immediately read cover to cover. In it is a full page ad for Eileen Fisher’s Spring collection of their easy chic airy linens, organic cottons and light cashmeres. The ad features the gorgeous model, Jihae Kim (left). I noted a little beading pattern detail on the shirt that totally reminded me of something I saw in the new Lion Brand Yarn catalog: the Felted And Mended Afghan. Which is a FREE new pattern. Whether it is a bit of beading or contrasting yarn stitches, what a cool random detail to add to knits.