a word or two from Mister Knitspot

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Hello, thank you, thank you to all that have become members of the Fall in Fall Color 2012 club. This has been a most rewarding endeavor for us at Knitspot in so many ways, especially when you love what you do. With the conclusion of the previous FiFC, there were many requests for additional memberships from those that missed out. Once sold-out, it is very difficult—really impossible—to obtain more yarn, due the exclusive nature of the club. That said we increased the number of skeins available this time, which means there are memberships available. Those of you debating to Join, please know this, Knitspot clubs are a singularly extraordinary experience. Many members have shared such sentiments, and how we treasure these most endearing comments. Let us examine one aspect of the club, take the selection of club yarn, a process so meticulous that it can only yield perfection.

May I offer an example from the final chapter of the Bare Naked Knitspot club, a few excerpts:

my initial vision for the final month was a large scarf or stole project in a floaty, sheer silk yarn, but i wasn’t sure about sending out a super-fine silk yarn. 

i began to suspect that compromises were in my near future, heh. i was determined to exhaust my options however, so along with beckie, set to work tracking down possible sources. when we received sample cards from treenway silks, i felt like we’d hit the silk motherlode—the array of wild silks in all colors was just what i was looking for; they monopolized my attention and imagination.

i immediately seized on the wild muga as my favorite—the dark, golden tan color was exactly what i wanted for our club. the yarn was very fine, however and i was pretty sure our membership would be happier with something heavier. so we began talking about a custom spinning order.

with the knot in my stomach growing ever tighter, i reported in to susan who was anxiously awaiting my feedback. i poured my doubts out to her like a barfly weeping into my beer and she wrote back with a few gentle suggestions and more helpful information about handling silk. by this time, i needed a break so i put my first swatches aside to think about things for a few days.

i couldn’t be more happy with the results—they feel especially sweet in the face of all the unknown factors leading up to the finished design. but in the end this is just the reason i wanted to do this club—to explore the beauty of unusual fibers, to experience true adventure, and to celebrate the results, no matter where our travels landed us.  —- anne hanson

I hope those excerpts relate some of the indelible attributes of the club, I do not think you will find this elsewhere. Join Us here. Also, have look at the Ravelry clubhouse for member’s impressions; members are an integrable part of the club, in the clubhouse you will find this great community, sharing ideas and banter, not unlike a knit night.

Below, photos of FiFC 2011 yarn and project:

FiFC 2011 Shalimar Club Yarn, Breathless in Colorway Hazel Leaf

 

Brief description of the FiFC 2012 Club: click here for more information

An exploration of beautiful fibers and colors, intermediate fall and winter accessory projects. Each project is designed by Anne specifically for a custom yarn, to be portable and fun, appropriate for gifting or keeping as a special treat to oneself.

A selection of hand dyed yarns, as well as new collaborating artists. a range of yarn weights and luxury fiber blends (mostly animal fibers).

One yarn and pattern each month; substitutions will not be possible. eBook(pattern only) option does not include yarn.

Patterns, designer notes, and photographs will continue to be delivered monthly in chapter format via PDF download, each one spotlighting the yarn of the month within the background story of the design inspiration, process, and seasonal influences, along with biographies of our collaborating artists. The full set plus cover file may be compiled into a complete book at the end.

FiFC 2011 Blocked Hazeline Shawl

FiFC 2011 Hazeline Shawl Finished

 

Would love to see more international members, we have members from all over Western Europe, but none from Eastern Europe, a few from Japan and Thailand, also no members in Africa, South America and most of Asia. Australia and Canada are nicely represented, two from New Zealand, but none from Iceland. Please spread the word. A special shout out to Megan from Australia, she sent a wonderful care package some months ago of which included a beautiful cowl, can hardly wait for fall to wear it, thank you so much Megan.

Those of you with Pattern Only memberships, can easily upgrade by purchasing a full membership and requesting a refund for your Pattern Only membership. Already have a Full membership and want to become a double dipper? no problem, just add the Yarn Only option, perfect for larger projects or gifts. Sign in to your existing club account, click “add/renew subscription” tab, and then select appropriate option from pull down menu of “membership type”.

Please share this post with a friend that may be interested in joining a really rather special knitting club, you might even say incomparable.

We would love to have you Join Us.

Thank you.

 

Mister Knitspot

read all about it, the knitspot newsletter

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Yes, finally a Knitspot newsletter. The newsletter will be emailed to alert Knitspot.com readers of new blog post, events, new patterns and of course our newest offering of a Knitspot club. Distribution will be culled from our database of Knitspot customers that have subscribed to the newsletter option. Those of you that have not subscribed to the newsletter, can do so here: sign up for Knitspot newsletter. Unfortunately we were unable to access email addresses from our poll/survey regarding club. So, if you do not frequent Knitspot.com daily, or Facebook/Twitter Knitspot, the Knitspot newsletter may prove another means of being informed. Our first Knitspot newsletter will debut on Sunday, April 24.

Thank you so very much.

Mister Knitspot

a scary day in the neighborhood

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happy halloween!
i know many of you have been looking forward all month so see what my neighbor bret has cooked up for this year’s halloween display, so i’ve organized some photos of his house and yard for my post today.

each year, bret rotates his holiday displays throughout the winter months, but focuses on gardening and flowers during the summer. so this first effort of the decorating season makes a big splash with us—no one on the block even attempts to compete, heh.

scary lane begins just beyond the crooked little fence at the front of bret’s lawn. we must watch carefully as we creep, so as not to trip over bones rising from the grass

to our left, grinning goblins dressed for halloween dancing line the path

this fierce skull and crossbones may scare off the faint of heart, but if you continue back into the gloom, you will be amply rewarded with enough ghost sitings to last a long while in your imagination

back and back we creep, into the gloom and indeed, there they are.

during the evenings when the weather is nice, delighted shrieks from the neighbor kids can be heard as they run through the front garden and up into the porch, scaring themselves silly, haha (remember that?), while their parents wait on the sidewalk, chatting with bret and connie.

there are many, many skeletons, too, in all manner of attire, some of which dance in horrible, cackling laughter on the darkest nights.

bats fly around the heads of those brave enough to cross the threshold of the porch.

my favorite skeletons are the gruesome bride and groom pair, decked out in ragged finery on their special day, complete with horrifically happy countenances.

open the door of the old outhouse and be surprised by another skelghost, looking none too happy to see you.

this delights the vulture perched above.

at the very back, the pièce de résistance—the rising skel monster

grounded for a few days earlier this week, due to high winds and lashing rains, he was this morning back on his high mast, overlooking the block

in all his glory, the master of his domain

in fact, the weather this week prevented me from getting the night photos we love so much—bret had to turn them off during the hard rainfall. then i was away the last three nights, so i missed them when they went back on. hopefully, i’ll get a few tonight to add here at the end.

what i did manage to get for the first time is a great picture of bret himself, surrounded by his favorite pieces.

he’s entirely pleased that you enjoy his holiday displays so much.

london baby!

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Anne is presently in london attending/teaching at knit nation, and is unable to blog. She will return early next week to share her adventures.

I may do a guest blog if time permits, but not very likely. As I am thinking of Anne and reading the poetry of Walter Benton, I will share a verse with you.

“When a star falls, I shall wish for you.
When the moon is new, I shall wish for you.
When a bird looks into my window, when a leaf falls before me, when I find a fern in flower – I shall wish for you.”

I would have preferred to share a poem of my own composing, but long ago I vowed to not to use such words for anyone save Anne. To this end Walter Benton will suffice, I love his candor and directness, a descriptive narrative of such beauty, it is something to behold.

Well, as you can see I do miss Anne so very much, fortunately there is Skype. I’m certain some of you miss her as well, she will return to us soon.

Until next time, I bid you adieu.

– Mr. Knitspot-