Stitches East

Sheep on phone

Even Sheep need a little phone time.

Stitches East in Hartford, CT was this weekend, sharing the market with the quilt show. Scarves, shawls and ponchos dominated the floor. The curved double pointed needles was being demonstrated and yarn of every color was available, with no one color in particular standing out.

I enjoy knitting shawls and was happy to see they are still popular. The caftan style poncho (39″ wide with a 60″ length) rectangle with an opening (at 30″) in the middle for the neck, should be a fun and easy project. The look is stylish in its simplicity and would compliment jeans.

Shawl pins made from silver, metal and wood were beautifully handcrafted and would be a compliment to your finished project. Stitches had been in Hartford in the past until last year when, it took a hiatus. But, it is back for now. Look for it in your area. Stitches is put on by XRX and The Knitting Universe.

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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!
And:
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.