10% OFF Quince & Co Sparrow to March 16th!

We’re hosting a Quince & Co Sparrow Trunk Show which ends on March 14th … it’s a great opportunity to kick-start your Spring wardrobe! To help us make sure we order what you want, we’re offering 10% Off this gorgeous warm-weather yarn, but only until MARCH 16th!

And for your project-spiration …..

NEW Kits & Accessories from Kelbourne

We just received a new order form Kelbourne Woolens and in addition to carrying their beautiful Mojave cotton/linen blend for spring and summer (it deserves it’s own post) we got some really cool accessories and kits too!

Year of Gifts Preorder

Better late than never … last year Kelbourne Woolens had their Year of Hats, and this year they have come out with a super cute series of monthly kits for gift projects you can either keep or give away (see January & February below)! Each kit comes with yarn, a pattern, it’s own cotton project bag (or gift bag), notions, and some other fun stuff. Each month will be a completely different project by a different designer and with a different yarn. Needles are not included. The patterns are all available for $5 and downloaded on Ravelry. Each month’s kit is an absolute surprise, we won’t know what it is until the first of each month.

Preorder your kits and we’ll ship it to you as soon as it arrives, or you can pick it up in store. If you want to send one as a gift to a friend we can do that too!

Year of Gift Kit: February Primrose Mittens

The Primrose Mittens are worked in the round from the cuff to top of hand. The cuff is worked in a broken ribbing, and the hand is worked from a chart. The thumb is worked using the afterthought (peasant) method.

KIT FEATURES:

• 1 skein of Scout in Mint Heather
• Stitch marker set
• Darning needle
• KW tape measure
• You Better Swatch sticker
• Postcard with code to download the pattern for free
• Screen-printed project bag

Download the pattern HERE.

Year of Gift Kit: January Snowdrop Hat

The Snowdrop Hat by Kate Gagnon Osborn begins with a provisional cast on, then a folded brim is worked in a K2, P2 Ribbing. Once the ribbing is complete, the provisional cast on is unpicked and placed on a spare circular needle and the stitches are joined to created a folded brim.

After the brim is complete, the body of the hat is worked in a graphic stranded colorwork pattern from a chart. The chart is worked 5 times around. Decreases shape the crown, and a pom pom and a cute custom KW tag completes the look.

KIT FEATURES:
• 1 skein of Andorra in Snow White
• 1 skein of Andorra in Ink Black
• 1 custom KW leather tag
• 2 Perennial butterflies in Natural and Black
• KW Year of Gifts sticker
• Postcard with code to download the pattern for free
• Screenprinted project bag

Download the pattern HERE.

Kelbourne Let’s Get Kracken Tote bag

Because let’s face it, we always need a bigger bag; so Kelbourne Woolens brought back their popular craftin’ Kraken on an extra-large tote [19″ (48.25 cm) width x 16″ (40.5 cm) height x 4″ (10 cm) gusset]. These bags are made in USA with 15 oz. black canvas, hand screen-printed design in sparkly gold ink 28″ (71 cm) with black woven handles. You may not have enough arms to carry all your stuff, but this guy does and he’s happy to help!

Frost Flowers: Designed by Kate Gagnon Osborn, this project bag features a hand-drawn repeat of the iconic Frost Flowers lace pattern on the front, and the full Kelbourne Woolens logo on the back. The intricate details pair beautifully with the practical form and function of the bag.
Use Your Hands: Designed by Courtney Kelley, this project bag features the American Sign Language spelling of the words “Knit” and “Crochet.”

Kelbourne Project Bags

These cute & useful project bags are great for stashing and carting around your projects! They’re a great middle size, big enough for a sweater or baby blanket: [12.25″ (31.25 cm) width x 9.25″ (23.5 cm) height x 3.25″ (8.25 cm) gusset]. Made in the USA with 15 oz. black canvas, they feature a black zipper closure with sewn-in woven cotton strap and with a hand screen-printed design.

Kelbourne Needle Check Keychain

The Kelbourne Needle Check keychain is a handy took you can take on the go! It measures 2″ square and sizes needles ranging from US size 0 (2 mm) to Us 13 9 mm. It’s made in the USA out of 1/8″ birch wood and is easily attached to your keys, project bag, or circular needle with a small carabiner. 

NEW Ceramic Yarn Bowls from Lenny Mud

If you knit or crochet you’ll love these yarn bowls! They are handmade ceramic created in the artist’s New Jersey studio from stoneware clay and kiln-fired to over 1900 degrees. This large yarn bowl measures 6.25 inches wide and 3.5 inches high and features a wool release hook. Each bowl comes in a pretty box, ready for gifting to your most beloved yarnie.

  • 6.25″ (16.5cm) wide x 3.5″ high (9cm) high
  • Hand Made
  • Natural Materials
  • Artisanal Made
  • Made in the USA

TRUNK SHOW Quince & Co Sparrow March 4th to 14th

We are so fortunate, we got lucky and get to host the Quince & Co Sparrow Trunk Show for ten days! They’ve sent their samples from last year’s collections on tour for the spring and summer, and they just landed in store. Check out the sample garments, eyeball them up close, and try them on (one caveat: the sample sizes are pretty small, but you can get an idea). I tried them on and it was an interesting experience – what you want isn’t always what’s best for you or what will make you happiest.

We haven’t received our Sparrow order yet, but I think it might be fore the best because once you see the samples you’ll fall in love! To that end, all special pre-orders of Quince & Co.Sparrow placed in store (or over the phone) during the Trunk Show receive 10% Off!

Shai

Jerusha Neely combined an antique lace chevron motif with an open, alternating butterfly stitch to create the adventurous front panel of this tunic. With a wide boat neck, split hem, subtle A-line shaping, and the barest hint of colour blocking, this tunic is destined to be a statement piece. See more pictures HERE.

Finished Measurements

30¾ (33¼, 36¾, 39¼, 42¾, 45¼, 48¾, 51¼, 54¾)” [78 (84.5, 93.5, 99.5, 108.5, 115, 124, 130, 139) cm] bust circumference; shown in size 33¼” [84.5 cm] on a 34″ [86.5 cm], 5’2″ [157.5 cm] tall model (¾” [2 cm] negative ease)

Materials

  • Quince & Co.Sparrow  / 3 (3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4) skeins sans 200 (MC) / 2 (2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4) skeins sea salt 256 (CC)
  • 16″ circular in size US 4 [3.5 mm] / 24″ circular in size US 5 [3.75 mm

Skills Required

Long-tail and cable cast ons, mattress stitch, picking up stitches (links provided); increasing, decreasing. Charts included with line-by-line instructions in a supplemental file.

Observations After Trying on the Sample

The first thing I noticed when I pulled this top out was that the front and back are made with different colours of yarn! The front is a creamy marled colour and back is a solid natural colour. I’ve never really thought about doing that, but it gives it some punch, makes a simple lace tank a bit more interesting, a bit more modern. The back panel is also longer than the front, also tweaking and updating a traditional look. The lace is very pretty and the down-ward V is flattering. I’m not a wearer of knitted tanks, but if I was this sweater would be on my needles.

Kaala

I totally swooned when we saw this duster—it has such an impact and looks amazing on every height, whether the low back hem reaches the high calf, or goes all the way down to your shoes. The deep scoop neck and slim, bracelet length sleeves are so flattering, and Sparrow’s amazing drape is showcased in the front and back colour block panels. See more pictured HERE.

Finished Measurements

34½ (37, 39½, 41¾, 44¼, 46¾, 49¼, 51¾, 54¼)” [87.5 (94, 100.5, 106, 112.5, 118.5, 125, 131.5, 138) cm] bust circumference; shown in size 37″ [94 cm] on a 34″ [86.5 cm], 5’2″ [157.5 cm] tall model (3″ [7.5 cm] positive ease)

Materials

  • Quince & Co.Sparrow  / 2 skeins moon 222 (A) / 2 skeins rille 257 (B) / 7 (8, 8, 9, 9, 10, 11, 11 12) skeins eclipse 224 (C)
  • 24″ circular in size US 4 [3.5 mm] / set dpns in size US 4 [3.5 mm]

Skills Required

Long-tail cast on, sloped bind off, mattress stitch, picking up stitches (links provided).

Observations After Trying on the Sample

This design is too cool for skool. It’s elegant, interesting, and you’ll never find anything like it in a store. I feel a bit art-directed in it, and if I still worked in the art world this would be on my needles IMMEDIATELY. It would also make an excellent pool cover-up.

Ananke

This slinky pullover is so attractive in its deep v-neck, pretty raglan detail, and raw edges at cuffs and hem. The fantastic drape that Sparrow offers gives this piece swing and elegance for effortless style. See more pictures HERE.

Finished Measurements

28¼ (32¼, 36¼, 40¼, 44¼, 48¼, 52¼, 56¼)” [72 (82, 92, 102, 112.5, 122.5, 132.5, 143) cm] bust circumference; shown in size 32¼” [82 cm] on a 34″ [86.5 cm], 5’2″ [157.5 cm] tall model (1½” [4 cm] negative ease)

Materials

  • Quince & Co.Sparrow  / sea salt 256 / 5 (6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12) skeins
  • 32″ circular in size US 4 [3.5 mm]

Skills Required

Long-tail cast on, yarnover short rows, mattress stitch, picking up stitches (links provided); increasing, decreasing.

Observations After Trying on the Sample

I have small shoulders and I thought the raglan shoulder seams would mke them look smaller and sloped, but it was the exact opposite; it made them look bigger. The neck-line was also really flattering, and it’s fitted through the body, which my figure needs. I also really like the texture of the marled colourway, and I like the off white, which I didn’t think was really my thing. This is on my to-make list.

Aisa

The charm in Dawn Catazro’s tee lies in the simple and irresistible elements: allover garter stitch, short rows, and just a little bit of contrasted color at the shoulders, cuffs, and one-row trim at the neck. The short rows inform the shape of the deep v-neck on both front and back. See more pictures HERE.

Finished Measurements

44¼ (48, 51¾, 55½, 59¼, 63, 66¾, 70½)” [112.5 (122, 131.5, 141, 150.5, 160, 169.5, 179) cm] bust circumference; shown in size 48″ [122 cm] on a 34″ [86.5 cm], 5’2″ [157.5 cm] tall model (14″ [35.5 cm] positive ease

Materials

  • Quince & Co.Sparrow  / 4 (5, 5, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8) skeins rosa mundi 258 (MC) / 1 skein Port 207 (CC)
  • 32″ circular in size US 6 [4 mm] / spare circular in size US 6 [4 mm]

Skills

Long-tail cast on, yarnover short rows, three-needle bind off, picking up stitches, mattress stitch, crochet seaming (links provided); decreasing.

Observations After Trying on the Sample

This sweater is definitely what it looks like: oversized, loose and drapey. I’m not sure the garter stitch is doing much for my figure, but is you have a top-heavy figure it might be just what you need. It might be really nice done in the darker colours used for Dekla (below).

Dekla

We love Leila Raven’s striped raglan, with its high, wide ballet neck and fitted yoke; its cool striping pattern; its raw-edge sleeve cuffs and hem. They went monochromatic on this piece, but Sparrow’s palette offers so much in the way of making it your own. See more Pictures HERE.

Finished Measurements

32 (34¾, 37½, 40¼, 43¼, 46, 48¾, 51½)” [81.5 (88.5, 95.5, 102, 110, 117, 124, 131) cm] bust circumference, shown in size 34¾” [88.5 cm] on a 34″ [86.5 cm], 5’2″ [157.5 cm] tall model (¾” [2 cm] positive ease)

Materials

  • Quince & Co.Sparrow / 4 (5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8) skeins rille 257 (MC) / 2 skeins eclipse 224 (CC)
  • 16″ and 32″ circulars in size US 4 [3.5 mm] / set dpns in size US 4 [3.5 mm]

Skills Required

Long-tail and backward loop cast ons, picking up stitches (links provided); increasing, decreasing.

Observations After Trying on the Sample

Based on the pictures, this sweater was initially my favourite, I think possibly because the photo made it look shiny. The yarn is not shiny, it’s marked and seems to come out looking glittery in the pictures. That said, it’s really nice, but it doesn’t satisfy my inner magpie. I love the boat-neck, it’s just wide enough but doesn’t show any undergarment straps. The fit through the body is straight, so I would need to add some shaping for myself.

PROJECT Nera in Berroco Estiva

Nera

So good news … spring is coming! More good news … I got a present! This little shrug was a gift from Berroco yarns, so we didn’t actually make it … but we totally could have! Very easily, in fact! Its a nice little cotton shrug for spring & summer, knit on big-ish needles (6mm/US10). The fit is easy and the construction isn’t too involved. Wear it over a dress, a shirt, a tank or a cami, with jeans, a skirt, a romper, knickers … you name it, it goes with it! Plus, it makes a great little ‘office sweater’ when the weather gets warmer and the office temperature gets colder.

I especially love the yarn, Berroco Estiva, a bulky weight cotton tape that’s really lovely to knit with and to wear. I’ve used it before for our Beach Wrap, a Deschain Pullover, and a new pattern I designed that’s coming out soon. It knits up in a slow monochrome gradient, giving the colour some interest without making you look like you’re wearing Joseph’s Technicolor Dream-coat. Plus, we have some gorgeous new colours this year (see pictures below), so you’ve got even more inspiration to choose from!

Size

  • Bust (closed): 36 (40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60)”
  • Length: 15½ (16, 16, 16½, 16½, 17, 17)” (including lower ribbing)
  • Shown in size 40″ with approximately 5″ of ease.

Materials

  • Berroco Estiva: 3 (3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4) cakes in colour 2634 Tradewind
  • 5.5mm/US9 – 29″ circular needles
  • 6mm/US10 – 29″ circular needles
  • Spare knitting needle: 6mm/US10 (for 3 needle bind off)
  • waste yarn to hold stitches
  • Pattern

Notes

The sides, including sleeves and yoke of this garment are worked in one piece from sleeve cuff to center back. The sides are joined at center back using a 3-needle bind off. The lower ribbing is then picked up and worked down.

To ensure gradient pattern is similar to the sample shown, work from the cakes as follows for sizes 36–52″: Start at the beginning (dark-coloured) part of a new cake for each sleeve, using remaining yarn to knit the lower section and neckband. For sizes 56″ and 60″, 2 cakes of yarn are used through out. Alternate cakes

For a linen version with lots of drape try using Quince & Co Kestrel yarn.

P.S.

Many, many thanks to Michelle at Paris Calling for the stunning black Proenza Schouler dress!

Sweater Lesson: Part 2

Hi! I finished my sweater that I told you about in the Sweater Lesson a couple of weeks ago, and I couldn’t keep you hanging on the results. Well, I can …. but I won’t.

So I finished the sweater and it fits perfectly. The yarn definitely settled beautifully after wet blocking. I’m not sure about the neckline, I feel like it could be pulled in a bit, but a friend with a good eye says it’s perfect on me and my intuition tells me not to touch it, so it’s staying as it is. I made a compromise, I wove in the end in that area in a way that I can find it again, in case I want to take it back and re-knit it. The yarn is beautiful and comfortable, and I’ll definitely reorder it next year. Actually, as I was weaving in the ends I was thinking about making another in different colours, which is always the sign of a successful project. I was thinking of stripes in a combination of a dark red and a bright red.

With regards to the ‘lessons’, like my first blog post I still don’t know what I’m going to write about …. it seems you’ll be helping me again. I’ve been thinking about mistakes this week. People often tell me that they find it reassuring that I make mistakes too, which always strikes me as funny because: a. EVERYONE makes mistakes, and b. knitting is kind of about making mistakes, and then going back and fixing them (or alternately c. getting so fed up that you stick it in a corner and ignore that it exists).

Anyway, I was thinking about mistakes and why some people get caught up in them, and I think it’s shame. Not that I don’t wrestle with that particular demon on a regular basis, it just isn’t connected to knitting mistakes. Maybe I’ve just been doing this so long that I have a different perspective – I know with absolute certainty that there is no perfection, there’s only fixing mistakes and learning from the experience.

So I’m sitting on my hands, thinking “Huh, I don’t have this issue? Why am I different than all of these people?” and it smacks me in the face, I’m NOT different, I’m in the muck with everyone else.” My copious vulnerability issues just don’t manifest in the SAME way in my knitting.

The other day I was at the gym, working out and listening to the audiobook of Daring Greatly, (there’s so much shame and vulnerability swimming around a gym, I find it helps my workout to face it head on) and I finally get to the chapter about shame. The author is talking about stuff like the fear of disconnection, creativity, unlovability and connecting what you do (or what other people think) to your sense of self worth, and I think to myself: “Oh Crap …. ME,” …. and then; “Oh thank god, that’s IT!”

So how does the messy stuff in my head manifest? I subconsciously edit the things I make. I trim my creativity, I shave off the edges, water it down. Sometimes it manifests as a loss of interest in a project, or it comes out as a creative block and a project doesn’t make it off the ground. A bunch of the time I’ll get part of the way through and then the project will stall. I always thought that I have a short attention span, that other things are more important to work on right now, that I function on geological time (pre-industrial revolution), etc. Sometimes I’ll close off an idea before it’s even born: “Oh, I can’t do that,” or “That would never fly, nobody would ever go for that.” But nope, the truth is that I attach my self-worth to my product and at the first conceptualization of shame I shut down. Looking back, I think my earliest memory of this creative editing goes back to junior kindergarten … awww, I love me so much, I’m so consistent!

So there it is, I don’t really take issue with my mistakes because they aren’t the source of my self-judgement. But rest assured, by the time I get to the point where mistakes happen I’ve already painted myself into a safe little box. Of course, this stuff doesn’t just apply to my knitting & crochet projects, but that’s the awesome thing about crafts – there’s nothing on the line, they’re easy to talk about.

According to Lady Brene gratitude is the foundation of joy, and right now I’m feeling very grateful for the opportunity to make it to mid-life and to have a “second-half” of my life. One of the things I’ve learned is that when I open a new door I never know what’s going to proceed, but it’s ALWAYS interesting and always GOOD. I’m looking forward to seeing how I grow, I wonder what will happen with my projects?

PREORDER PomPom Quarterly 32 Spring 2020

PomPom Quarterly 31 Winter 2019

The new issue of PomPom is now available for preorder, it will be available in store and will ship on February 28, 2020.

You can see more details about the patterns here on Ravelry, or you can check out the Official Preview HERE.

PREORDER PomPom Quarterly