Happy Thanksgiving Sale!

I’ll come back with a bit more of a proper post later, but just wanted to say that from today, November 27, through Sunday, November 30, using the code GIVETHANKS14 will take 15% off all your purchases through the website! This applies for the website only and not the Etsy shop.

Thank you, everyone, for all your support! And for those of you fellow Americans, Happy Thanksgiving!

Luminosity Fiber Club renewals! (and Away Dates)

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So, first, I’ll be out of the country from November 10th through the 18th; anything purchased from the shop during this time will ship upon my return. I’m paying a much needed visit to my family in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico– my grandmother is 98! She’s my last remaining grandparent, plus I haven’t been there in 8 years and have masses of other cousins and aunts and such down there as well. The Etsy shop will be put on vacation mode.

Secondly, I am now taking renewals for the Luminosity Spinning Fiber club! If you were in the previous round and want to renew, please contact me via the shop. I’ll send a detailed Paypal invoice. (I’ll have plenty of internet and wifi access) The remaining slots will go up in the Etsy shop on November 22nd, at 10:00 a.m. PST.

Prices this round (they include shipping) are:
U.S. $95.00
Canada: $120
International: $130

Quick summary for those unfamiliar– the Luminosity spinning fibre club runs for 3 months. Membership is limited to only 25 slots. All shipments contain some silk blend of fibre, dyed in the Luminosity way, which is where layers upon layers of colour are added to the fibre until a truly unique and glowing colourway with amazing depth is achieved. There are only ever 2 or 3 4 oz bumps dyed together with the same colours (so members all get different colours per shipment, although same blend of fibre), and they are all unrepeatable, so they are truly special.

I hope those who were in the last round will join in for another one, and look forward to new members as well!

 

one of these things….is a lot like the other….

I always find Eileen Fisher inspiring, although I don’t really live the life where her clothes would fit into. I’m not the only one; there’s a Ravelry group about Eileen Fisher style. I was browsing the website and came across the two images on the right of the fingerless mitts, and thought, hmmmm, those look remarkably like the Colorblock Handwarmers from the Purl Bee! It does look like there is a seam on the Eileen Fisher ones though.

Mind, I’m not accusing anybody of copying anybody– it’s not a novel idea– but I do find it interesting when these things happen. And fun, because one can easily make themselves some fingerless mitts in the Eileen Fisher style…and if working from scraps in stash, for a lot less than $68! Actually, my mini skein sets would work really well for these…

 

New Inspirations

New Books

Like it does in Northern California, the weather abruptly changed from a heat wave to it really feeling like Fall. We’ve started to use the extra blanket again (ok, I know that compared to other places our weather is positively balmy, but we’re wusses.), I’ve dug out my slippers that look like giant puppies, my breakfast is switching to hot oatmeal instead of cold cereal, the cat starts wanting to sleep inside (in the middle of the path to the kitchen, nonetheless) and I can’t stop dreaming about new warm knits.

So I was doubly exciting about receiving both these new books (well, new to me, as regards the Nordic Knitting one) in the mail the other day. I think I’ve mentioned before how much I love books about knitting history– nothing makes me happier than a really good juicy one– meaning lots of text. Photos are important of course, but I really like to read. Plus it had been a while since I’d come across any new-to-me books, although, to be fair, I hadn’t really been looking, since I can get a little carried away and I wanted to conserve the pennies. This book, however, was within my budget and looked awesome. It is awesome. Written by Susanne Pagoldh and published by Interweave Press, “Nordic Knitting: Thirty-One Patterns In The Scandinavian Tradition” has patterns, yes, but even better: lots of information. Information about knitting traditions in Denmark, The Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Aland, and Finland. I’ll be re-reading this one for sure.

I loved Gudrun Johnston‘s first Shetland Trader book (I couldn’t find a direct link to the book itself in Ravelry), so I was excited to see the preview photos of Book Two. Although digital is more convenient for knitting from, I will always and forever love the physicality of books, and purchasing the physical book also got me the digital patterns– seriously, choose that option; it’s a steal.

My favorites are the Hermaness Hats– that preview pattern was what drew me in in the first place. (photographs belong to Kathy Cadigan and Gudrun Johnston)

Hermaness Hats

 

and Sandwick:

Sandwick_small2

Actually, Sandwick might be my favorite. (no surprise there, gradients!)

The garments are beautiful too, but these are the two patterns that realistically I am the most likely to knit and wear. Especially Sandwick.

First, though, once I finish my Boxy (I’m on the sleeves, there is light at the end of the tunnel!), I think an Owls pullover in some brown Cascade Ecological Wool that I’ve had forever is in order. After all this stockinette in size 4s, size 10s are going to be bliss! Plus I’m cold and I want something I can knit relatively quickly.

 

Epic Project continued

sample skein rainbow 3

There’s another aspect of the Epic Project– sample mini skeins! Actually, that’s how the project came about to begin with– I’d been very slowly gathering tiny skeins of dye colors for reference, but realized that a binder of “pages” would be more useful for scanning. However, the skeins are great in putting side by side to compare colors, see what goes well together, etc. So every time I make one of the little squares, I also then wind off enough to make a little skein of the colour, and tag it with what dye it is.

sample skein rainbow 2

These are just a handful of the skeins…there will end up being many, many more! I have to say, though, these photos make me so happy! Endless colour, endless possibilities…I love it.

They also start gears turning in my head about other possible mini-skein sets….