Cozy Headband in Shooting Star
We're all snowed in here in Pennsylvania, giving me the perfect excuse to curl up and knit. I did just that last night and came up with a cute knit headband in one of our new yarns, shooting star. The headband is super warm and would work in any of our handspun yarns. I knit the ties in garter stitch out of some of our sister yarn (coming soon!) plus neons and silver yarns from my stash. I increased at the end of the ties and then began knitting in stockinette stitch for the headband. Take a peek below at the finished product! I knit this without a pattern, just freely. If you're interested in the pattern, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
On another note, a giant shipment of yarn (1000 skeins!) leaves for us in PA on Monday from India. Yippee, yarn stores should have yarn very soon!
Simple Pixie Dust Scarf in Snowflake
Things have been super crazy here at Knit Collage HQ ever since we returned home from the TNNA. Sadly, we haven't had any crafty time because of an abundance of not so fun admin work! This includes daily skype calls to our India spinners, working on giant excel charts to plan out all of our yarn deliveries and the time-consuming work of setting up a business in the US. Despite it all, slowly but surely, we're growing and moving forward step by step.
Since we've be strapped for time, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to show off the most amazing scarf my Aunt Jessie whipped up for my little sister this Christmas. She used 2 skeins of Snowflake Pixie Dust yarn, cast on 6 stitches and knit in stockinette stitch for the whole scarf. It is totally luscious, soft and perfect for staying warm and cozy in the weather we're feeling right now! I love how the simple stitch shows off the slubbiness of the yarn and all the yummy sparkles. It was also a huge hit with yarn store buyers at the last TNNA, I really don't want my sister to take it up to college with her next week!! Take a peek at the pics below and you'll see why...
Updates from the Winter TNNA Show
We just finished up an exhausting but totally amazing weekend at the TNNA tradeshow, a yarn and needlearts show geared towards knitting and craft store buyers that takes place biannually. The first day of the show was Saturday and we were barely able to sit down and eat our lunch because of the constant traffic into our booth! We are especially excited to let you know that our yarns will now be available in a few new US states AND 4 stores in Canada! We fell in love with the ladies from Vancouver who run 2 shops called Urban Yarns there. Take a peek at their site here: www.urbanyarns.ca Another shop we're super excited about is Loops in Tulsa, Oklahoma. We loved the owner Shelley's design eye and enthusiasm for our yarns, see her site here: www.loopsknitting.com Here are a few pics of our booth and favorite TNNA friends, courtesy of Mr. Trammel Martin.
Talking yarn with the lovely ladies of Fancy Tiger, a fantastic shop in Denver, CO.
Over the holidays my sister and I knit up these Nepal-inspired prayer flags. There's no point trying to hide it, we're big hippies over here at Knit Collage...
Pic of the spinners with our Pixie Dust and Gypsy Garden yarns and various knitted samples and swatches!
Me on the left with Jeanine and her daughter from a fabulous shop in Northern California, plus on the right the amazingly talented Tricky Drake. She's using one of our yarns in her book Welcoming Home Baby. For more info on her, the book and a link to her flickr page click here. We can't wait until our copy is finally delivered!
knit Collage team with Steven Be on the left. He runs 2 incredibly inspiring shops in the twin city area in Minnesota. Check out his wild site here: www.yarngarage.com
This is a pic of me on the right, and our pattern designer, Heather Walpole, on the left. She recently teamed up with us to design and write our first pattern booklet. The booklet will feature 6 easy patterns, like the Stardust Garland cowl you see her modeling in the pic. This will be available soon, so stay tuned!
All of our new yarns are now up on the site this week and will be available in yarn stores in the next few months. For now take a peek at the Rolling Stone and Candy Cane collections by clicking on the yarns icon on our site (top left!).