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you got it—red scarf 2014

Thursday, November 20th, 2014


well, the vote was unanimous—none of us want to wait. YAY!!!

so here it is, the red scarf fundraiser design for 2014 along with some shamelessly blatant promotion (which you can expect more of as the month goes on, but i promise it’s for a great cause!)


i’m calling it snow tire scarf and you can click here to buy a copy of the pattern in our online yarn and pattern shop or click here to purchase it in ravelry.

emily and erica also put together a snow tire scarf kit from a small batch of special edition festivus sport yarn that we’ve had hidden away since last december with this very purpose in mind (whew that was a lot of waiting).

the scarf is a delicious mix of textures with a squishy cable right up the middle and best of all, completely reversible—it is literally identical on both sides. so if you opt for the infinity version as i have here, it will look well when looped or when worn down.

i will post progress of my own scarf as it grows as well as provide updates on our fundraising effort. i don’t have a lot of photos to show you yet, because this year we are changing things up a bit—instead of waiting til i’m done knitting my sample to release the pattern, we are all going to knit together while we watch our scholarship dollars pile up!

yes, it’s that time of year when we devote sales receipts from one pattern to raise money for our knitspot scholarship, which goes to one student who participates in foster care 2 success programs. the entire sale price of each snow tire scarf pattern sold during the remainder of november and all of december is added the knitspot scholarship pot.

you can participate in several ways:

  1. purchase a pattern—the entire $7 retail price will go into the pot.
  2. purchase a nifty scarf kit which includes the pattern PLUS a skein of special edition festivus sport, like the one i’m using for my scarf. if you go for that, we’ll put $10 in the pot (that’s the entire pattern price plus approximately 10% of the yarn price). for every skein of special edition festivus sport yarn you buy as a standalone, we’ll toss in $5
  3. please, please, PLEASE tell everyone you know about the fundraiser—they don’t need to be a knitter to throw $7 at this wonderful cause. some ways you can help: put it on your Facebook page (and link it), tweet it (with a link!), pin it (yes, with link) and finally just drag your friends over to look at the blog, haha. we’ll even give them a “knitter for a day badge” if they help out.
  4. join us for a fun red scarf KAL in our ravelry mothership—we promise a rollicking good time, plenty of support, and of course, neat-o prizes.

many of you are aware of the red scarf drive, for which knitters put together care packages that are distributed to students on valentine’s day (the 2014 drive closes on december 15, so there is still time to send a scarf or help out with gift cards and postage).

foster care 2 success, the sponsorship organization, assists students who are aging out of the foster care system to navigate a continuing education and advancement into independent adulthood. they provide guidance and counseling, classes in life skills, scholarships, and other types of support that a family would normally provide.

our december drive began as a way to raise a little money to send in for the postage fund, but it grew each year and eventually i realized we had enough to establish a FC2S scholarship. so far, we have exceeded each previous year’s amount by quite a lot; last year the scholarship grew to $4000; i’m excited to see how we’ll top that this year—as i know we will.

ETA: we got rather low on the red kits so david has created listings for other options, including one for our first test batch of better breakfast DK in porridge, which was spun at a slightly heavier weight, so we won’t be able to retail it alongside our other BBBs

ok, then let the games begin; i’ll be back in a couple of days to show you what i’ve got—between now and then, catch me in our ravelry group

kingston cowl

Friday, November 14th, 2014


well, it finally happened here; the first snow sifted down most of yesterday, while the temperatures steadily dropped in the icy wind. there’s just one word for that—brrrrr.


looks like i got that lining into my kingston cowl without a minute to spare. with its double-faced fabric and cozy cashmere insides, this single piece plus a thick sweater would substitute nicely as an awesome modern-day snorkel coat, wouldn’t you say?


this baby is big and tall enough to pull right up over the ears to meet the edge of a good wool cap and there isn’t going to be any cold air getting past it, neither.


with or without the cashmere lining, it’s a must-have accessory and so shareable, too.


oh, sorry quentin, i din’t mean that YOU had to share . . . really—you don’t!


and hey, doesn’t it look great piled up on top of one hand knit and then another? we love that layered effect.


shown here: one-size cowl knit in four shades of bare naked wools confection sport yarn—dark chocolate, milk chocolate, nougat, and white chocolate.

and of course you could add some dyed yarn if a more colorful effect was desired. the pattern includes a chart in four colors as shown, as well as a black and white chart to knit a two-tone version or for designing your own color arrangement.


to purchase pattern or view complete pattern information, please click here to visit the kingston cowl page in the knitspot pattern shop or click here to see specs and purchase in my ravelry pattern shop

emily and erica have also put together a kingston cowl kit with all the shades you need to knit the cowl as shown in either dark on light or light on dark. which of course has an optional add-on of supplies for a cashmere lining in pura bella mongolian cashmere for the ultimate in luxurious warmth (click here to view free lining tutorial for use with a variety of accessory projects).


surely you know someone who needs one of these—maybe even you, right?!



Friday, November 7th, 2014


This time of year, there is nothing like a warm fire to ward off the chill. But sometimes, it’s not always practical to set in front of the fire all day. You need portable things to keep you warm. Well, we’ve got you covered…


And in a fiery color…


Anne designed Chiminea, Pyro, and Firestorm as luxury accessories for the Fall in Full Color 2013 club. When planning the club, Anne said she wanted to get a fabulous orange that was just the right, rich hue that would brighten anyone’s wardrobe and be a spark of color in the dreary days of winter. She also wanted an intriguing luxurious blend.

Shalimar Yarns delivered exactly what Anne was looking for! Paulie is 60% merino blended with…hold onto your hats…20% camel, 10% silk, and 10% cashmere. Is that a phenomenal blend, or what!? And dyer Kristi created the perfect blend of spice, color, and sophistication with her exclusive hue and named it Orange is the New Black.


Paulie is such a treat to knit with and the color is impossible to work with without smiling and feeling a sense of warmth. I remember when I saw the yarn for the first time. I was smitten. Then Anne told me she wanted to do a whole series of accessories, even boot liners, so people have lots of choices on what this yarn should become. Or for the double dippers, they could knit multiple pieces with their two skeins. Knitters could even gift away some pieces at the holidays.

Along the way, Anne kept telling me “you’re going to love these Erica. And you’re going to love the photo shoot.” On September 17, 2013 when I opened the ebook chapter my mouth fell open. I LOVED what Anne created, I loved the photo shoot locations, and Sarah modeling was just perfect.


These pieces definitely are cheery, aren’t they? And they have just enough spice to bring out your sassy side.

Chiminea is a head hugging band in four sizes, that is a perfect last minute gift. It keeps your ears warm and doesn’t flatten out your hair too much like a hat does.


And for shorter hair, it’s super cute to have some tousled bits out the top.

Firestorm includes multiple sizes for dramatic arm warmers or leg warmers


or boot liners.


I love how versatile this design is! And the final accessory is Pyro,


a cowl in three sizes, that will add a dramatic bit of excitement to any neutral outfit in your wardrobe.


And the longer cowl can be doubled up for extra warmth!


We have a limited supply of this exclusive colorway of Paulie and we’ve kitted them up with a limited pattern bundle. You get all three patterns at a discounted price when you purchase 1, 2 or 3 skein kits! We brought this yarn to Rhinebeck After Party and it was quickly gobbled up. The color and fiber content of this yarn is intoxicating! Kits can be purchased for a limited time here.


For clubbies that already have the patterns in their ebooks, we have a limited bunch of Paulie skeins here. Speaking of the ebook, it is still available here and with the purchase of it you get all of these designs above plus 13 more fabulous knitting patterns, designer notes, beautiful photos and supplier bios! View them all on ravelry here.

And if you would like to knit the suite of patterns in our brand spankin’ new yarn – Better Breakfast Fingering – let me tempt you with photos of the pieces our dear friend Kari knit.


She knit them in the Porridge colorway


and don’t they look stunning on our new knitting instructor Laura?


She’s so excited to be part of the knitspot team! Along with knitting classes, she also offers fine finishing services! You can finally get that sweater seamed or button band finished! See the full menu of offerings here.

If you would like to knit these accessories in a natural, we have a super limited amount of Better Breakfast Fingering in Americano, the color of a rich full-bodied espresso.


The skeins are flying out the door, so if you are loving this brown as much as I am snag one now here.

I’ll be back on Tuesday to let you know who won the #KnitspotRhinebeck contest and give you a few highlights from the Knitspot long weekend of events. Until then, I will be knitting the weekend away on a Pyro cowl humming this.


Tuesday, November 4th, 2014


the thing i love about color work knits is that they are completely timeless and timely—you can pair the most traditional fair isle patterned fabric with the least likely to match pieces and it will “go”, as my grandma used to say.


it can be super elegant and classically sporty or totally, outlandishly rad.


OR both at the same time—elegantly rad.


ok, and it might just be a little bit addictive—we’ve learned that in the last month or two, haven’t we?but most of all, it makes me (and not only me) happy just to look at it.


sheryl agrees; she’s SO excited.


the transmitter features a three-dimensional dot-and-dash pattern against a simple stockinette background on which you can play to your heart’s content with various shades of contrasting colors.


use a series of grays for a striking contrast with a vivid hue or play one bold color against another for a pleasing jolt of colorplay on a classic coat or sweater.


shown here: size small cowl knit from one colorway of briar rose fibers fourth of july against a background of graduated grays in bare naked wools confection sport yarn.

and of course you could use all neutral colors for a quieter, sophisticated effect.


the pattern also includes a large size which is double the length; either size is easily adjustable in length and width to suit your yarn supply.


to purchase pattern or view complete pattern information, please click here to visit the transmitter page in the knitspot pattern shop or click here to see specs and purchase in my ravelry pattern shop

if you have a mass transit/boilermaker kit, you can use this pattern with the materials in it, if you like and/or add a pura bella mongolian cashmere lining for the ultimate in luxurious warmth (i am working on a lining tutorial which should be ready in a few days).


my friend sheryl joined us at the RAP this year from seattle and we had SO much fun; thank you sheryl for adding your effervescent smile to the cover of our pattern!