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  • INSTAGRAM » 01

    I’ve been missing from this space for a while. I have always had dreams of selling yarn, and I’ve been brainstorming, researching, and testing both yarns and branding. Hopefully sometime soon I’ll make some decisions and just jump in! In the meantime, I’ve been on Instagram a lot. Find me there as josiekre. Have a great day!

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  • WOOLGATHERING » 03
1 | I discovered Fringe Supply Co. yesterday through One Sheepish Girl’s giveaway. What an eye-candy little collection of “nice things for yarn people.” I’d add everything there to my shopping cart if my pocketbook told me it was okay. This one here is a simple project bag with handy pockets along the insides. Right now I use a similar sized shopping bag from the Loft for toting around small projects outside the apartment. It lacks durability and inside pockets though. Perhaps it’s time for an upgrade?
2 | I spotted this bright wrap cardigan on Pinterest a while back. It’s hard to decipher the details, but I’m imagining that it has rows of yarn overs to create its stripes. Love it. I’m hoping to knit something like this with the mustard-colored Lorna’s Laces sock yarn I picked up at Toronto’s Knit Cafe when I was there for a research-related conference.
3 | The popular Kinfolk magazine is shown here, but what I love most about Fringe Supply Co.'s capture of it is the knitted stone paperweight perched in the bottom corner. It's beautiful, and I would love to make one for my own snapshots. So far I've only found crochet patterns. Does anyone know where I might find the technique for knitting? I have the cotton and tiny needles already from Diane’s wedding garter.
4 | Again, I’m just doting on the long wrap cardigan this week. I’m also quite fond of the polka dotted jeans here too.
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    WOOLGATHERING » 03

    1 | I discovered Fringe Supply Co. yesterday through One Sheepish Girl’s giveaway. What an eye-candy little collection of “nice things for yarn people.” I’d add everything there to my shopping cart if my pocketbook told me it was okay. This one here is a simple project bag with handy pockets along the insides. Right now I use a similar sized shopping bag from the Loft for toting around small projects outside the apartment. It lacks durability and inside pockets though. Perhaps it’s time for an upgrade?

    2 | I spotted this bright wrap cardigan on Pinterest a while back. It’s hard to decipher the details, but I’m imagining that it has rows of yarn overs to create its stripes. Love it. I’m hoping to knit something like this with the mustard-colored Lorna’s Laces sock yarn I picked up at Toronto’s Knit Cafe when I was there for a research-related conference.

    3 | The popular Kinfolk magazine is shown here, but what I love most about Fringe Supply Co.'s capture of it is the knitted stone paperweight perched in the bottom corner. It's beautiful, and I would love to make one for my own snapshots. So far I've only found crochet patterns. Does anyone know where I might find the technique for knitting? I have the cotton and tiny needles already from Diane’s wedding garter.

    4 | Again, I’m just doting on the long wrap cardigan this week. I’m also quite fond of the polka dotted jeans here too.

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  • BACK AT THE DOLMAN TOP.

    I’ve picked up my dear old dolman lace top from last summer’s knit along with luvinthemommyhood. I recently cast off the first half and just cast on the sleeve stitches on the other side. I’m hoping it will be done just in time for spring this year. I’ve found that leaving the thing near my couch in this pretty basket that I recently bought has made me more apt to pick it up between other activities to knit a row. It’s easily accessible (more so than in a bag). Hopefully the next time you see this guy, it’ll be complete.

    On Rav.

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  • WOOLGATHERING » 02
1 | I’ve been smitten over this hand knit blanket for a long time now. It’s a very easy knit. We’re talking movie time knitting to the max, but it requires a heck of a lot of yarn. I calculated how much Martha Stewart supposedly paid to make this blanket, and the total for just the yarn was a whooping $731.90 plus tax! I don’t know about you, but I would never pay that much for a blanket, even if it provided hours and hours of entertainment. I’ve been brainstorming some substitute yarns, and I’ve come up with three candidates so far: Cascade Ecological Wool (~$160), Wool2Dye4 Merino Traditional Aran (~$170), or Knit Picks Bare Wool of the Andes (~$120). The later two would require some dyeing if I wanted a grey blanket. A natural off-white with grey seaming would be quite chic though.
2 | I have looked and looked to find the original source of this photo to no avail. I can tell these are naturally dyed, and I’d really love to know what each of them were dyed with one by one. Just beautiful.
3 | I have a thing for triangles, especially isosceles. No I’m just kidding. Any triangle will do. They are hard to knit into sweaters by color when knitting by hand due to the larger gauge required over machine knitting. They end up looking a bit messy. But what if I used yarn overs similar to Olga Buraya-Kefelian’s Afternoon Cardi to make repeating triangles? Hmmm file it in the design idea box.
4 | These eye catching stripes are designed by none other than Brooklyn Tweed’s Jared Flood. I just purchased the pattern for Breton. I’ve read reviews that the pattern is challenging, so I couldn’t resist. The shoulder construction is so elegant. I wanted to at least read the pattern to figure out how it’s done. In the queue it goes.
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    WOOLGATHERING » 02

    1 | I’ve been smitten over this hand knit blanket for a long time now. It’s a very easy knit. We’re talking movie time knitting to the max, but it requires a heck of a lot of yarn. I calculated how much Martha Stewart supposedly paid to make this blanket, and the total for just the yarn was a whooping $731.90 plus tax! I don’t know about you, but I would never pay that much for a blanket, even if it provided hours and hours of entertainment. I’ve been brainstorming some substitute yarns, and I’ve come up with three candidates so far: Cascade Ecological Wool (~$160), Wool2Dye4 Merino Traditional Aran (~$170), or Knit Picks Bare Wool of the Andes (~$120). The later two would require some dyeing if I wanted a grey blanket. A natural off-white with grey seaming would be quite chic though.

    2 | I have looked and looked to find the original source of this photo to no avail. I can tell these are naturally dyed, and I’d really love to know what each of them were dyed with one by one. Just beautiful.

    3 | I have a thing for triangles, especially isosceles. No I’m just kidding. Any triangle will do. They are hard to knit into sweaters by color when knitting by hand due to the larger gauge required over machine knitting. They end up looking a bit messy. But what if I used yarn overs similar to Olga Buraya-Kefelian’s Afternoon Cardi to make repeating triangles? Hmmm file it in the design idea box.

    4 | These eye catching stripes are designed by none other than Brooklyn Tweed’s Jared Flood. I just purchased the pattern for Breton. I’ve read reviews that the pattern is challenging, so I couldn’t resist. The shoulder construction is so elegant. I wanted to at least read the pattern to figure out how it’s done. In the queue it goes.

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  • PERFECTING THE BALL WINDER.
I’m winding a lot of yarn with a borrowed ball winder. I’ve discovered that keeping the same tension from one cake to the next is tricker than I thought. I’m thinking this yarn might become either a pair of socks or a section of a color blocking sweater.

    PERFECTING THE BALL WINDER.

    I’m winding a lot of yarn with a borrowed ball winder. I’ve discovered that keeping the same tension from one cake to the next is tricker than I thought. I’m thinking this yarn might become either a pair of socks or a section of a color blocking sweater.

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  • CHEVRON MASON JAR HUGGER.

    One of my favorite things is a mason jar. I can’t really logically explain why I love them so much, except that they have so many uses. They are classic, and they are so darn pretty. Then I found Cuppow and started carrying a mason jar with me everywhere. My sister makes her own fancy lattes in them each morning, and I either take my tea with honey, a smoothie, or water. I even bring mine into coffee shops and ask them to fill it rather than using a disposable cup, to which I always get a great response about the coolness factor.

    Anyway, when you are putting hot drinks in there, it’s best to have some protection. So Mason Jar Hugger No. 2 was born shortly after No. 1 as a gift for my sister. I love it so much that I’m going to write up a little free pattern in hopes that it convinces some of you guys to start taking a mason jar to your favorite coffee shop too.

    Pattern: Check back soon for the free pattern.
    Yarn: 
    by Annie Claire Full Belly Feel Good in both Lichen & Red Cabbage (100% organic wool)
    Needles: 3.75mm (US 5)

    On Ravelry.

    [ images by Abbie ]

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  • WOOLGATHERING » 01
1 | I’ve had socks on the brain. I’m knitting my first pair right now. These socks by Cassy from knitthehellout.com are so simple, and they look crazy comfy. I want them on my feet. Check out Cassy’s blog. She’s fun to read.
2 | This Rag & Bone sweater generated ideas for a design I’m working on. It’s still just in my head, but I’ve got most of it figured out and hope to knit it up very soon. It’s my next project to cast on.
3 | I’ve got a crush on O-Wool. They are a small company with the goal of providing a yarn that is environmentally responsible, affordable, and made in the USA (mostly Philadelphia). Their simple yet beautiful colors are made with low-impact acid dyes that are recommended by the Organic Trade Association (given the extremely limited set of commercially available sources of natural dyes). The dyes do not contain heavy metals and have a high absorption rate so that less water is required to rinse out the dyed skeins and less dye-stuff is left in what waste water is produced. Their Local yarn is 50% alpaca from Pepper Pot Farm in Lambertville, NJ. I’m dyeing to try it!
4 | I didn’t really take notice of cocoknit's Veronika “swoncho” until I saw it knit with a slightly felted 100% alpaca in a neutral color. Looks like a really great spring coat. If only I could make time for it before then…
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    WOOLGATHERING » 01

    1 | I’ve had socks on the brain. I’m knitting my first pair right now. These socks by Cassy from knitthehellout.com are so simple, and they look crazy comfy. I want them on my feet. Check out Cassy’s blog. She’s fun to read.

    2 | This Rag & Bone sweater generated ideas for a design I’m working on. It’s still just in my head, but I’ve got most of it figured out and hope to knit it up very soon. It’s my next project to cast on.

    3 | I’ve got a crush on O-Wool. They are a small company with the goal of providing a yarn that is environmentally responsible, affordable, and made in the USA (mostly Philadelphia). Their simple yet beautiful colors are made with low-impact acid dyes that are recommended by the Organic Trade Association (given the extremely limited set of commercially available sources of natural dyes). The dyes do not contain heavy metals and have a high absorption rate so that less water is required to rinse out the dyed skeins and less dye-stuff is left in what waste water is produced. Their Local yarn is 50% alpaca from Pepper Pot Farm in Lambertville, NJ. I’m dyeing to try it!

    4 | I didn’t really take notice of cocoknit's Veronika “swoncho” until I saw it knit with a slightly felted 100% alpaca in a neutral color. Looks like a really great spring coat. If only I could make time for it before then…

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  • A THIFT STORE GEM.
My guy is regularly at thrift stores for work. In January, he came across this gem. And being the awesome guy that he is, he bought it for me. We can’t find any markings on it to be able to identify it, but this bad boy surely has homemade nails all over it. It’s an oldie and likely from the 1800’s.
It spins freely and the flyer looks to be in good condition. I need to order a drive band though before I can start playing. It looks like there are two channels so I’m thinking that I need to go with a double drive band. Does anyone have any experience with really old spinning wheels? Or any experience with any spinning? I would love some advice on where to start. 

    A THIFT STORE GEM.

    My guy is regularly at thrift stores for work. In January, he came across this gem. And being the awesome guy that he is, he bought it for me. We can’t find any markings on it to be able to identify it, but this bad boy surely has homemade nails all over it. It’s an oldie and likely from the 1800’s.

    It spins freely and the flyer looks to be in good condition. I need to order a drive band though before I can start playing. It looks like there are two channels so I’m thinking that I need to go with a double drive band. Does anyone have any experience with really old spinning wheels? Or any experience with any spinning? I would love some advice on where to start. 

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  • THINGS HAPPENED.
Things happen and stuff doesn’t get done. I had the best of intentions. I really did. But I ran out of yarn, and the emergency shipment I ordered when I anticipated this had arrived the day after I left Atlanta for the holidays (despite paying for expedited shipping). So I didn’t have it finished when I returned to Atlanta. I wrapped it up still and had the beau open a mostly finished sweater along with a bunch of other birthday gifts. Well, several vacation and work trips happened after that. Another late holiday gift was finished. And I started a pair of socks with yarn I bought on one of those trips. And. Well. Stuff happens! All said and done it was blocked and delivered two days before Valentine’s Day. He was waiting for it, pulled it on over his t-shirt, and off we went to dinner! He is obsessed with it and talks about it all the time. So it was all worth it! One tiny problem though: now he is wanting a hat and multiple pairs of socks. Out of handspun yarn. Yep, you heard it correctly. It’s with good reason though, and my next post will explain why. Recipe: Seamless Hybrid with Shirt Yoke by Elizabeth Zimmermann in Knitting Workshop Yarn: Knit Picks Swish Worsted in Squirrel Heather (100% superwash merino) Extreme “recipe” details on Ravelry.I only have two WIPs right now— oh my!

    THINGS HAPPENED.

    Things happen and stuff doesn’t get done. I had the best of intentions. I really did. But I ran out of yarn, and the emergency shipment I ordered when I anticipated this had arrived the day after I left Atlanta for the holidays (despite paying for expedited shipping). So I didn’t have it finished when I returned to Atlanta. I wrapped it up still and had the beau open a mostly finished sweater along with a bunch of other birthday gifts. Well, several vacation and work trips happened after that. Another late holiday gift was finished. And I started a pair of socks with yarn I bought on one of those trips. And. Well. Stuff happens!

    All said and done it was blocked and delivered two days before Valentine’s Day. He was waiting for it, pulled it on over his t-shirt, and off we went to dinner! He is obsessed with it and talks about it all the time. So it was all worth it!

    One tiny problem though: now he is wanting a hat and multiple pairs of socks. Out of handspun yarn. Yep, you heard it correctly. It’s with good reason though, and my next post will explain why.

    Recipe: Seamless Hybrid with Shirt Yoke by Elizabeth Zimmermann in Knitting Workshop
    Yarn: Knit Picks Swish Worsted in Squirrel Heather (100% superwash merino)

    Extreme “recipe” details on Ravelry.

    I only have two WIPs right now— oh my!

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  • MORNING LIGHT.
I woke up this morning to a lovely text from the beau and beautiful light streaming in through my windows. One might say it was spotlighting the oh-so-many projects in waiting. These are just a few of those in queue. The sweater was a Christmas present for the beau that needed some changes; I just need to weave in the ends now. Better get to it!
Below that you, if you look carefully, you might spot some recently washed white and grey fabric that will become a quilt (inspired by this one) hopefully very soon.
And to the left, three cakes. I see a pair of orange mittens on the horizon with accented grey (using this thumb technique). And the bottom grey cake will be joined by its twin for a nice oversized, cabled sweater much like this one, or this one, or this one. I think I’ve abandoned the Aidez cardigan they were originally purchased for in favor of a pullover. Anyone want to vote otherwise?
It’s Friday!

    MORNING LIGHT.

    I woke up this morning to a lovely text from the beau and beautiful light streaming in through my windows. One might say it was spotlighting the oh-so-many projects in waiting. These are just a few of those in queue. The sweater was a Christmas present for the beau that needed some changes; I just need to weave in the ends now. Better get to it!

    Below that you, if you look carefully, you might spot some recently washed white and grey fabric that will become a quilt (inspired by this one) hopefully very soon.

    And to the left, three cakes. I see a pair of orange mittens on the horizon with accented grey (using this thumb technique). And the bottom grey cake will be joined by its twin for a nice oversized, cabled sweater much like this one, or this one, or this one. I think I’ve abandoned the Aidez cardigan they were originally purchased for in favor of a pullover. Anyone want to vote otherwise?

    It’s Friday!

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