Wednesday, October 26, 2016

KAL with Franklin Habit and Tin Can Knits!

Let's all close our eyes for a minute and fast forward past the holiday wonder and madness and imagine that we finished all of our projects with plenty of time left over to enjoy an extra glass of eggnog. Yeah, I know it's magical thinking, but this is my story and that's how I want it to go.

That post holiday lull is probably my favorite time of the year when it comes to projects. No pressure, just fun. It can be anything I want it to be. I have time to join in a KAL if I want and maybe have a little fun with my yarn peeps.

We were talking the other day about how we might want a KAL to look and decided that Franklin Habit would make a wonderful master of ceremonies. As luck would have it, he was available! Rumor on the street tells me that Ms. Dolores Van Hoofen will be joining in as well! Did I hear a squee?!

The next question was what do we want to work on? We all agreed that a blanket would be ideal. We liked the idea of working on something cozy. Plus, Tin Can Knits had just released their new book, Colour Madness and the Marley Blanket had struck all of us as SO DARN CUTE.



See, I told you!

It's pretty simple with lots of garter stitch and a tiny bit of lace to keep things interesting. Oh, and it shows off color like it's nobody's business.

The pattern is written for three weights of yarn. Our Cloudgate is perfect for the Bulky and Shepherd Worsted is great for the Aran.

We've created 5 special color packs for you to choose from They will be available in both yarns.

Pedro



Ernie



Cam



Samwise

 


And last but not least Rosamund 


The blanket comes in four sizes. Here's how many packs you'll need for each size.

Cloudgate SM=1, MED=2 LG=3 XL=4

Shepherd Worsted SM/MED=1, LG=2 XL=3

We'll be running the KAL on the Lorna's Laces Ravelry page starting on January 1. There will be FB Live posts and other fun as we knit 

Tin Cat Knits, Mrs. Crosby and of course Lorna's Laces will be providing prizes along the way. 
Reach out to your LYS for your yarn. A few have even reached out to us for special color packs. 

This is gonna be fun! Whose in? 


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Spattershot!!

You'd think I could put fingers to keyboard a little more often than this, wouldn't you? It's kinda crazy how other things just seem to push their way to the forefront these days. Between Facebook and Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat, I'm not sure lately if I'm coming or going. Add the fun and excitement of the recent TNNA in Washington D.C. and I've felt like the proverbial dog chasing its tail.  

We launched some really fun stuff at market. The biggest thing is a new dye technique that we're calling SplatterShot! There are ten colors in the new collection that we named for places we yearn for. Some of the yearning is for a city we always longed to visit, other times it is wanting to recapture a fabulous memory. Without further ado:


Minneapolis
(Yes, purple. This is an unabashed Prince homage.)


Paris


Calgary


Glasgow


Singapore


Sydney


Tokyo


Cozumel 


Kauai


Prague


We also thought they made a great dance party. 


SplatterShot! was one of those magical times where everyone on the crew here had a hand in creating. I think it is a testament to all of us. Bravo! 


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Color Inspiration

One of the things we like to do around here is create idea boards. We all collect magazines for a few months and then have a day where we go through them and glue things to poster board that seem to make sense together. Sometimes the theme in a board might be color. Or texture. Sometimes it's about a type of animal or clothing.

Then, when it comes time to start thinking about colors for a new season, these boards are one of the places we go for inspiration.

Recently, we laid out a bunch of the boards and started deconstructing them. That sounds crazy doesn't it? But since the boards aren't necessarily about color, we need to distill that out. Everybody grabbed a few pictures that spoke to them. We ended up with a collage that looked like this.


 Then we broke it down further.


And created a bunch of small tableaus.


 Some of the pictures are actually in focus.


Others, not so much.

But, they were all lovely springboards to get us thinking about colors and where we wanted to go with the season. 

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Ripplerock

This is Ripplerock, Allison LoCicero's design in the latest Twist Collective. Right now, Ravelry tells me it's the second most popular design from this issue. Not too bad if I do say so myself.


I have the privilege of seeing a lot of designs. I mean tons. Every day several come across my desk. And every so often, one makes me stop and take a closer look. This picture by Crissy Jarvis made me pause. It's a showstopper.

The photo did its job. I wanted to take a closer look. And the closer look didn't disappoint.



I'm a sucker for a picot edge.


And upon further inspection of the pattern, I see that it's worked top down and the edging gets added as you go along. I like that too. 

At the end of the day, I call this a stunner. It's made from our Shepherd Sport, so it's substantial, but not bulky. That also means that it's going to knit up pretty darn quickly. Maybe not in time for Christmas quickly, but if you are so inclined, this could certainly be your New Year's Eve wrap. 

Brava Allison LoCicero! Beautiful work! 



Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thanksgiving

Things are winding down around here for the long weekend. Amanda is off to visit Derek's family, Grace hit the road for Detroit about an hour ago. The rest of us are finishing the day. 

For whatever reason we are quiet. The radio isn't on and people seem content in their own thoughts. You can hear the sound of the tape dispenser cutting tape and the tap tap tap of the rubber stamp putting dye lot numbers of labels. From time to time a timer dings and yarn is pulled from the dye pots.

It's nice this time of year. We gather with friends and family new and old, connect with loved ones near and far and to raise a glass to those who we can only hold in our hearts. It's a time to remember those less fortunate than ourselves and to open our hearts and minds to new beginnings.

And sleeping in your favorite chair, yes, sleeping in your favorite chair.

To you and yours, cheers. 


Friday, November 20, 2015

Hi! Remember Me?

Yeah, I know. I haven't blogged in months. I'm not sure why. It's not for lack of stuff going on around here to tell you about. It's been super busy and we've been having a ton of fun. I think maybe it's as simple as getting out of the habit. Then so much time had gone by that it felt like I had to have some momentous news to share. Then more time went by and I started feeling guilty. Silly, right?

Then a couple of weeks ago, Mason-Dixon Knitting got their blog back on after a hiatus. And Mercedes Tarasovich  started her newsletter back up. I was delighted to hear from them again. I have to imagine that people would be happy to hear from me again too. So, here we are. 

I'm not going to promise you X posts a week or a month. But I'm going to get back in the groove. 

There have been a couple of changes in the crew around here since we last chatted. Let me introduce you to Grace. She's been with us since last Spring and has turned into an ace dyer.


Girl is busy too. When she's not making pretty string with us she's working on her master's degree in Aquatic Biology. And if that's not enough, she teaches classes at Windy Knitty. I know, right? It makes me tired just thinking about all she's got going on.

Grace has Timber Bay by Melissa Schaschwary on her needles right now. I can't tell you about the color quite yet, so it's in grey scale here.


Dang, that's kinda boring, isn't it? Oh well. Click on over to the pattern, it's pretty cool. And be patient with us on the colors. We're working on it.



Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Tenuous Connections

I got news last week that a woman named Meghan Galbraith died. I had just reached my seat and was settling in at the theatre when I got the text. I was able to get some of the details before the curtain went up but the first act was a bit of a blur.

I was surprised the news hit me as hard as it did. You see, Meghan and I weren't what I'd describe as friends. We'd never stayed up late laughing over a bottle of wine. We never went out to dinner or took a walk. We weren't "friends" on Facebook. I didn't even know her last name until she was gone.

Meghan worked at the coffee shop right up the street from the studio for the first few years that I owned Lorna's Laces. She was the dynamo that made the shop tick. She probably moved on sometime in 2006 or 2007, so it had been a  long time since I'd seen her.

I'm sure part of my reaction is because I saw her every day for several years. Just for a few minutes, but almost every day. We said hello and sometimes shared a little something about our lives.

In the very early days of Lorna's Laces, I worked ridiculous hours. Fifteen hours days were pretty common. Seven day work weeks too. I often strolled up the street in the late afternoon or early evening for a little pick me up. Looking back, I realize sometimes it was as much for the smile as the coffee. Meghan was that person. The one who brought a little sunshine into your life just by being Meghan.


This death is tragic. Thirty-five year old women should be making music and living life in the largest possible way.

My takeaway from this is to remember that you might not realize the impact you can have on someone's life. Small interactions can touch hearts in big ways.