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Stopover for the Holidays!

Tue 01 Dec 2015 01:12pm

 Photos: Kathy Cadigan courtesy of Fringe Supply Co.


Holiday shopping madness makes me uneasy. I would rather relax and knit at a leisurely pace, go for a walk, or have a cup of coffee with a friend. But then I want to make stuff for my loved ones … and there is never enough time!

I have a few patterns that are just right for the season. Stopover. If you have your heart set on knitting a sweater, this is the one for you. It goes really really fast. Some makers have knit it over a weekend. Others have finished it by knitting a few hours in the evening over a week or two. Which means it could be done by the last day of Hanukah and for sure by Christmas. Or failing that, New Years!

As for other gifty things…pop over to Fringe Association…Karen Templer’s temple of all things beautiful…beautiful, simple, elegant, inventive. Every post is a pleasure to read for ideas to ponder and inspire. This season’s Holiday Lookbook includes great things for knitters yes, but lots for non-knitters alike. In particular, I’d love to have the jumbo sized Deluxe Canvas Tote bag – a step up in sophistication from the LLBean bags I’ve used for years. They come natural or black as shown above, perfect since the first thing I do to break in a new canvas bag is spill coffee on it. See photographer Kathy Cadigan’s version of Stopover? – the full shot is on page 23 of Fringe Supply Company Holiday Lookbook 2015.

Find lots of other versions of Stopover on Ravelry. The KAL is on through New Years Eve, join us if you want to make friends with fellow Stopover knitters.

Stopover Deets:

A modern Icelandic style lopapeysa worked at a loose gauge for a deliciously lightweight garment. Stopover is knit entirely in the round with subtle waist shaping Inspired by my week long Stopover in Iceland!

Shown in Ístex Létt Lopi (100% Icelandic wool, 109yds / 100m, 1.76oz / 50g).
I have a preference for airy light icleandic wool, but other springy Aran weight wool or wool blend yarn would be suitable.

Finished Size S (M, L, XL) Bust 37 (40½, 44, 48) in, 94 (103, 112, 122)
Sleeves are offered cropped or traditional long.

Needles US 10½ (6.5mm) 16 and 32 inch (40cm, 80cm) circular needles, US 9 (5.5mm) 32in (80cm) circular and 1 set US 9 (5.5mm) double pointed needles – or size necessary to get gauge.

Green Colorway:
#9423 Lagoon Heather (MC)
#1406 Spring Green Heather
#1404 Glacier Heather
#1409 Garnet Red Heather

Blue Colorway:
#1403 Lapis Blue Heather (MC)
#1406 Spring Green Heather
#1404 Glacier Heather
#9427 Rust Heather

Pattern in English and also French!
With purchase you get both and can choose which you prefer to download.

click below to see Stopover the week it was finished!


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Look At The Sky

Fri 20 Nov 2015 04:11pm


It’s the time of year when things should be slowing down here in the Northern Hemisphere.
It’s getting dark, and it’s getting colder. 

For a lot of us, the pace of life just doesn’t seem to slow down like we’d like it to. But I urge you to try. If only for a moment or two. Give yourself some time to do absolutely nothing.

Once you catch a breath, you can begin to plan for future adventures. I’m lucky that my work takes me all over and I get to visit strange and wonderful places. Maybe I’ll be in your neck of the woods this coming year. I’ve posted a list of places I’ll be teaching  on my classes page. Some you might just be able to pop in, others might take a little more planning.

There’s a piece of advice I was given, that I come back to again and again when I veer towards panic and my head threatens to fly off -

Look at the sky.

It helps.

Just look at the sky.




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The Modern Natural Dyer Winner!!!

Fri 06 Nov 2015 09:11am

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Congratulations Katie Emma! You have won a copy of Kristine Vejar’s new book The Modern Natural Dyer, and the indigo dyeing kit you asked for. Yippee! Please email me with your mailing address.

Look at the kit Katie Emma got – I really want to have a go at this project too!

From A Verb for Keeping Warm’s website:

Waves Bandana Indigo Kit

The Waves Bandana is one of the many projects from Kristine’s book, The Modern Natural Dyer. This kit is designed to make it easier for you to create the Waves Bandana and to dye with indigo. All materials have been pre-measured. Simply use the contents of the jar at each designated step. The instructions for this kit are found The Modern Natural Dyer.

This kit contains the materials to make your very own indigo vat. The bandanas in this kit make a great canvas to explore the world of solid blue, or use the thread included to make wave-like patterns. There is enough dye in this kit to dye many more items – like t-shirts, pillowcases, dresses, etc.

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Inside this kit:

Two white bandanas (approx. 72g)
All agents to create an indigo vat
pH strips
Button + craft thread

There are more chances to win, be sure to continue following the blog tour:

Nov 9  Heather Ross

Nov 11 Tolt Yarn and Wool

Nov 16  Made by Katrina

Nov 18 Ysolda Teague

Nov 20 Jen Hewett

If you’re just joining us read my entry about this essential new book here, where I use the Northwoods Hat kit and dye yarn with madder!

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Squam 2016

Tue 03 Nov 2015 07:11am


I’m teaching next spring in New Hampshire, at Squam Arts Workshops. Most of you will already know about this most fabulous of knitting retreats. It is one of my favorites because of so many things, but my favorite thing of all is the location. An old school New England camp. Guests stay in charming, old fashioned cottages, each with a screen door that slams, a rock fireplace and it’s own dock on Squam Lake.

To. Die. For.

The classes next spring are just so amazing. I honestly want to sign up for each one, only I can’t because I’m teaching. What am I teaching? A special Fair Isle Squam Style class…we will have so much fun – exploring Squam and forming ideas inspired by this wondrous place. We’ll bring it all into our knitting, making our own special fair isle cuff, to capture our experience. A fair isle totem!

My companion knitting teachers are favorite friends, my fellow Grand Shetland Adventuress Gudrun Johnston, west coast friend Andrea Rangel – such a versatile talent that lady, and I’m sure you all know Kate Atherley the tech-wizard of

Besides knitting there will be weaving, dressmaking, woodworking, rug hooking, bookmaking, Japanese embroidery, drawing, photography, poetry you name it!

Admire the list of teachers below and follow the links to their websites…or really…Just go to the Squam Workshops website to get a feel for the wonder of the event, and then to the specific Squam Spring 2016 for all the class descriptions, schedule etc.

Note especially that Kristine Vejar of The Modern Natural Dyer fame is teaching. WOW. Be sure to post a comment on my last post for a chance to win a copy of the book and a kit to go along with it!

Squam Spring 2016 Teachers:

Helene Dujardin

Natalie Miller

Rachel Hazell

Kristine Vejar

Beth Miller

Kerry Lemon

Andrea Rangel

Sarah Sousa

Jody Alexander

Donna Wynn

Sarah Waldo Jagger

Kate Atherley

Gudrun Johnston

Terri Dautcher