Check out this free, fast and easy pattern available now for Dream in Color's gorgeous single ply yarn, Calm. Knit in the round using a mistake rib pattern, you won't want to put down this squishy project. Perfect for holiday gift giving and only takes 1 skein, which is also perfect for holiday savings!
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A couple of weeks ago I got the bug to do a little yarn dyeing. Now, I have an extensive history in dyeing with a variety of materials, but the one thing I haven't done yet is dye with Kool-Aid. I had a beautiful skein of farm-raised Cormo, that I purchased on Etsy, that was just waiting for something special to be done with it. I went to my local safeway and picked up 4 packets of Kool-Aid in Cherry, Grape and Fruit Punch flavors. (The only ones they had.) I wanted to make gradient yarn and found many awesome tutorials on the interwebs. Here's my step by step:
So there you have it! 250 yards of Kool-Aid dyed awesomeness! The pattern is in threes: a baby cardigan by Kelly Herdrich. I had so much fun doing this that I'm going to host a Kool-Aid dye day at the shop on Saturday, June 11!
We have had the pleasure of meeting a few of our amazing local designers lately and it makes my heart so happy! There is such wonderful creative energy in this rainy town of ours. We all know about trying to support local by buying yarns from our Indie Dyers, but how about Indie Designers? Here's a few to get you started. (As always, add your favorites in the comments!)
This past week a sweet little collection of sock patterns called Socks for Busy B's was released by Portland designer Shannon Squire. You can buy each pattern separately or all together. Check them out on Ravelry and see her collection of other great designs and cue up a few! I had the pleasure to meet Shannon in the Knitted Wit booth at TNNA in January, and she was true to form, knitting away on a sock as we chatted about running yarn shops and such. (She is one of the original creators of Twisted.) I follow her instagram and find it wonderfully inspirational.
(Images are Stolen Moments, Short Attention Span and Smithy)
We've been enjoying discovering the mystery behind the Rose City Yarn Crawl's Mystery Knit-A-Long by designers Larissa Brown and Michelle Kroll. The color combinations alone are so fun.
Just one look at Larissa Brown's website and you'll see that she is lives a dreamy and creative life. Her designs are whimsical and geometric topped with luscious stitch patterns. We can't wait to have our sample of the ever popular Lichen in store. A fast and fun Springtime knit, ours will be in Blue Sky Alpaca's Worsted Cotton. Coming soon!
(Images are Lichen, Gamma and Mabel's Scarf. Copywright L. Brown)
As you may already know, Lee Meridith of Leethal Knits has been designing unique and creative knitwear right here in Portland in our next door neighborhood. Her passion for color, texture, and structure culminate in truly fantastical patterns. She currently has a mystery hat knit-a-long subscription called the VIP club and has released an amazing shawl collection. We will be hosting a Knit-A-Long with Lee using the custom Triyang pattern which collects all of her shawl options and opens an incredible world of possibility. Stash busting anyone?