The color guys

The best part of quilting is knitting it. That is what “Knitting with the Color Guys” book by Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably is all about. They have a whole different take on color and you get a view of it. With more than 30+ designs you will be entertained with an explosive look of color and how they use it to create blankets, throws, stoles, mitts, legwarmers and more.

If your pocketbook will allow you to buy only one book on using color in knitting this year, you found it. This book is a collaboration of twenty years of friendship and a working partnership. The photographs are large, detailed and full of texture. The vignettes that are used in the photography are as colorful and interesting as the items being photographed. For more about the book and a slideshow of patterns.


Super scarves for Super Bowl

Super Bowl XLVI will take place today in Indianapolis between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots. When you watch the game, notice all the volunteers are wearing handmade knit and crocheted scarves in blue and white.

The Super Bowl Host Committee is responsible for the scarf program, providing a warm welcome to the volunteers. It started as a thank you for the volunteers of Super Bowl XLVI. The scarf program was a way for scarf knitters/crocheters to be involved without attending the game.

Read what they plan to do with all 13,000 scarves collected. Enjoy the slideshow of a handful of scarves.

Pantone set the colors for spring

When Pantone splashes a color, people swatch.

Pantone's Orange

Spring 2012


Whether you are a fashion designer in New York or a fiber artist in New Haven, you take the time to know the color trends. This spring, the color of the season is Tangerine Orange. It is out there and getting noticed. Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®, says the pick of colors for spring 2012 convey energy, optimism and the promise of a brighter day. Here’s more

Yarnbombing and color theory

My wanderings on the web brought me to a website dedicated to color. It is called the Aesthetics of Joy. Color is such a big part of my world that I thought I would share with you three photographs that made me take a closer look.

Juliana Santacruz Herrera

Yarnbombing; what fiber artist wouldn’t stop to take a second look?

by Mohammed Babu

The color wheel is always exciting. No less when it is ants who are the colors.

by Mohammed Babu

Dyeing for dinner

Fiber in Black bean dyebath

The oval cooking pot (Mom's from the 40's

I just finished making my Taco Black bean soup. It called for black beans, can crushed tomatoes, can corn, taco seasoning, ground beef (substituted shredded chicken), sour cream and chips, DINNER!
The most fun of all is that I used the bean “soak water” to dye wool, silk and bamboo fiber that I will spin into yarn. I will let the fibers soak in the dye bath for 48 hours. I expect to get  purple/sliver/blue color. Each fiber will take the dye differently.

Flowers in the dyebath

Dye for wool, silk and bamboo

I also gathered Goldenrod (only the flowers) and will dye fiber with that. A am expecting a yellow/orange, but who knows. When it comes to dyeing it isn’t an exact science…too many variables.

More about fiber

Spring-brings new color trends

The new colors for spring are here. If you knit, weave,spin, sew, crochet…the look for spring is airy, light, diaphanous, ethereal. The look will be classic with a modern twist. It sounds as if all body types will enjoy  the final product. 

Don’t throw out everything in your closet that isn’t this. Make a few accent pieces that are in this color-scheme and work it into your wardrobe.

Grey will be your neutral. Have fun.

In review

Here are 10 titles of knitting, crocheting, dyeing fiber, a child’s book and couple of fiber novels, for you to peruse this summer.
Knitting 24/7  by Veronik Avery 
She has broken the book up into segments of projects that are organized by a.m., p.m. and weekend, defining our wardrobes. These three categories include 30 patterns.

Knitting Nell by Julie Jersild Roth a child’s book. Nell is a tween with a passion for knitting. She is friendly and a good listener besides being a prolific knitter.

Knit Kimono by Vicki Square 18 designs Five rectangles make up the simple shape of the kimono. Finished dimensions are given that you can easily transfer, to crochet these rectangles. The finished items are stylish and fit all body types.

The Stitch Collection by Debbie O’Neil Sterling publication It is a collection of stitches, 5 books in a boxed set. Book 1 covers Knit & Purl, 2 is Rib, 3 is Lace, 4 Cables and 5 is Specialty stitches. The books size is approximately 5 x 8 1/2 inches. Take one or all five of the books with you in your knitting bag.

Toe-Up 2-at-a Time Socks by Melissa Morgan-Oakes For this method you will need 40-inch circular needles. The pictures and her words make this a breeze to learn.

 “Crochet Lace Innovations”.by Doris Chan overs the less popular forms of crochet including broomstick lace (aka: Jiffy-lace, peacocks eye or birdseye), Hairpin lace and Tunisian lace. These alternative crochet techniques are covered in a step-by-step tutorial through words and photos. 

  Around the corner Crochet Borders is Edie Eckman’s latest book. The book was published by Storey in paperback This book contains 150 different crochet borders and trims. Everyone is unique and fun. I enjoyed flipping through all of the detailed frames.Each border walks you through the 90-degree, right angles with instructions as well as charts.

Fiber novels:
World without end by Ken Folett equal to The Pillars of the Earth. Ken Follett wrote these historical fiction novels 18 years apart. The story picks up 200 yrs later in Kingsbridge, England, from 1327 – 1361, during medieval times. The characters are well developed and there are a few plot lines that weave themselves through the 1000+ pages. If you haven’t read Pillars of the Earth don’t let that stop you from reading this book. Get aquainted with the fiber guild of the time.

A Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber The story takes place in Seattle, at a fictious local yarn shop called “A Good Yarn”. The yarn shop is a new venture for Lydia Hoffman, a single 30-year-old woman starting a new chapter in her life. “Maybe because knitting gave me (Lydia) a sense of action, of doing something. I didn’t know what tomorrow held, but with a pair of needles…and a ball of yarn…,I was confident I could handle whatever lay ahead.”

Dyeing fiber:
Hand Dyeing Yarn and Fleece by Gail Callhan She starts off the book with the materials and set up required to dye fleece and or fiber. Gail stresses this process doesn’t require a lot of space or equipment, and most people will be comfortable working in their kitchen’s.