4 Day KAL returns in July!
Remember the very fun frenzy that was knitting the Stillwater cardigan in four days last summer? Well, enough people, including designer and chief instigator Marie Greene thought it was a good idea that it's happening again this year. We're still in "preview mode"--the sweater has been designed, but Marie hasn't knit the sample yet, but if you're intrigued, head over to the Beekeeper Cardigan pattern page on Ravelry for an overview.
Some key details:
- The official KAL dates are July 1-15.
- The design is seamless, top-down, worked flat, and features texture.
- There is a sliding timeline for the KAL, pursuant to the size you're making. Sizes 32/34/36 get four days; Sizes 38/40/42 get five; Sizes 44/46/48 get six; and Sizes 50/52 get seven or eight.
- Days do not have to be consecutive! (Though I can attest to the fact that it's hard not to obsess when they are not!)
- There is no failure! Worst case scenario is that you knit part of a sweater!
The recommended yarn is Polwarth Shimmer DK from Knitted Wit. I have ordered in eight of the 12 "official" colors chosen for the KAL. I'll post more when the shipping timeline is confirmed.
I've mentioned Marie's Facebook group, the Olive Knits Knitter's Lounge, as a fun and friendly place to find inspiration, and that's where much of the KAL fun will take place. Stay tuned for more info, but I wanted to let you know that we'll have the suggested yarn, and give you time to consider playing along. IT'S FUN.
Leading Men Fiber Arts
You guys liked the LMFA Monologue. So I ordered more! On Friday, there will be fresh stock of Malabrigo (mostly Sock, plus four new colors of Rios), and Daisy and 2nd Time Cotton are shipping from Knit One Crochet Too, possibly as I write... We're also in the queue for Darjeeling and Chamomile Sock from Earl Grey Fiber Company--the Chamomile is sparkly! And in the reasonably near future, we should have fresh stock from Nerd Girl Yarns.
Knit One, Crochet Too
With Daisy (linen/silk/hemp) winging its way from Florida to Washington, I wanted to ask Knit One Crochet Too's owner, Jesse Molzan, a few questions about what it was like, buying an existing yarn company from its previous owner.
Yarn Folk: Buying a yarn company is a big thing. How did you decide to go for it when [former owner] Helene decided to purse her artwork? What were the relevant skills you felt you were bringing to the business?
Jesse Molzan: Yes, Purchasing a company this large was a huge deal! A little background on how I ended up here: after University I moved to Australia for a “gap year” and worked for a funky clothing company. When my visa ran out I knew it was time to head back to Florida and figure out what I wanted to do. Luckily for me my parents' neighbor owned/ran a yarn company (The Sassy Skein) and was looking for a little help here and there. After awhile I started doing more and more because I fell in love with knitting. Soon, I was the project manager, contributing a little bit to all aspects of the company.
After several years I decided that it was time to move on and try something new. I was managing our Local Yarn Shop at the time Helene decided to sell the company. I had always been a fan of the company’s yarns and I when I heard about the sale I contacted her and the rest is history! The skills that I have brought to Knit One, Crochet Too are my designs, and I am lucky to have had great training at my previous company. I am filled with excitement to learn new things and grow Knit One, Crochet Too!
YF: K1C2 had an existing range of great yarns. ( I’m especially fond of Batiste.) But you’re continuing to develop new yarns. What is that process like? What kind of back and forth is there when you’re working with mills in other countries? How do you decide on a color palette for a new yarn?
JM: The yarn range was a major part of taking on this company. I love, love, love our yarns! I am trying to grow the yarns that I think are amazing but haven’t really been given a shot in the market yet, along with creating new yarns to complement the existing yarns in our line. Our process is to think of fibers or blends that we would like to knit with. We then go to our trusted mills and see if they can create anything similar to what we are looking for. It can be tricky working with mills outside of the United States, but we are lucky that we have a great relationship with them, and we can trust them to create all the gorgeous yarns we come up with. Our color palettes are taken from the trends we see overseas. (For instance, we travel to Denmark every year to visit family, and I get great inspiration from what I see in the stores.) The season we are introducing yarn in plays a part, too. For Daisy, we wanted to have fun bright colors that everyone would love to wear all spring and summer.
YF: The pattern support for K1C2 yarns has been excellent. How are you approaching that aspect of the business?
JM: I am trying to add to our pattern support by highlighting my own design aesthetic, and pursuing collaboration with indie designers that I admire!
YF: I've been working on a shop sample for one of your newest yarns, Daisy, It's a dream to knit with. Anything you'd like to share about developing it?
I have been a big fan of linen yarn for some time now but I would always have issues with it drying out my hands when I knit with it. When I was coming up with this yarn I worked with our Italian mill and they suggested adding silk to help with the roughness of the linen. Next we wanted to add hemp to this mixture for extra strength and to hopefully allow people to work with the fiber with out getting scared of doing an entire garment with it. We plied these 3 fibers together, and dyed them after they were spun. Each fiber takes the dye just a little differently, resulting in great depth to the color.
I'm obsessed with getting Purlbreak to the point where the darker shade of Mechita is introduced. I seem to have decided to make the whole thing larger, as I have plenty of yarn. But the upshot here is that this week, I have mainly been knitting looooong rows of garter stitch. Fortunately, I was listening to an audiobook I really enjoyed!
Halfway there! This is the Sun Dress with Matching Hat by OGE Knitwear Designs. I'm using HiKoo Simplicity (merino/acrylic/nylon) in Grasshopper. This is the largest size (12-24 months), but I think the nice thing about little dresses is that they can fit much longer once they are paired with leggings. There's quite a lot of fabric in the skirt!