Brenna KAL with The Fibre Co.

This past March, The Fibre Co. released the Fell Garth Collection, a compilation of garments and accessories featuring The Fibre Co. Cumbria and Cumbria Fingering by designers Emma Wright and Melanie Berg.

Starting today, September 22, The Fibre Co. is hosting a knit along featuring Brenna, a lovely 3-color cowl that features a variety of textured stitches using The Fibre Co. Cumbria

Brenna by Emma Wright in The Fibre Co. Cumbria

In anticipation of the KAL and casting on, I put together a few color combinations I'm considering for my cowl:

OPTION 1: Coniston / Yew Tree / Helvellyn

OPTION 2: Hadrian's Wall / St. Bees Beach / Scafell Pike

OPTION 3: Appleby Castle / Nutkin / Buttermere

You can find all the details, including color inspiration, advice and support - and maybe a contest or two! - from Emma and Kimberly of The Fibre Co. in the Ravelry group forum here.

What color combination will you choose? - Kate

Kelbourne Woolens at VK Live Minneapolis!

This November, I (Courtney) am headed to Minneapolis to teach three classes at Vogue Knitting Live! I'll be flying solo on this trip, as Kate stays home to hold down the fort at one of our busiest times of year. 

I'll be teaching some of our all time favorite classes, and they are all color work focused. If you've been reluctant to try color work because you are intimidated. it's time to take the plunge! Color work is fun and fairly simple, it just looks intimidating. If you can knit, you can do color work. 

On Friday I'll be teaching my favorite technique, Bohus Knitting.

The Swedish Bohus workshop, founded by Emma Jacobsson, is best known for its beautiful hand-knitted items made famous in the late 1930s through the ‘60s for their attention to detail, innovative design and color, and exacting standards of craftsmanship. Traditional Bohus patterns utilized a fine-weight angora and wool blend to create a gorgeous halo and tonal gradations of color. The addition of purl stitches and the sometimes third—or fourth or fifth—color per row opened up limitless design possibilities for the knitter. In this class we will learn a bit about the history of Bohus knitting, as well as the technique used to create its masterful effects. We'll be using The Fibre Co. Road to China Light to knit sampler wrist warmers using the chart from the sweater above, and also - for the more daring - creating our own designs to swatch. This is a full day class, and there are just five spots left! Sign up here.

Saturday I'll be teaching a full day color work workshop, perfect for those looking to learn new ways to add color to their knitting. Beyond Stripes covers a wide range of color work techniques, from simple stranded peeries and Fair Isle designs, to traditional Scandinavian patterns like Setesdal and Selbu,  as well as Bohus, Roositud, Intarsia, and Embroidery. Beyond Stripes covers it all!

Beyond Stripes Color Work Sampler

This is a full day class, and we cover a lot of fun material, including choosing colors. We expect trial and error, and the hope is that you will be encouraged to try something new and unexpected. I'll be bringing The Fibre Co. yarn for all the participants to use in an assortment of colors and fibers. The sampler above uses The Fibre Co. Cumbria, Organik, Road to China Worsted, Canopy Worsted, and Terra.  

beyond stripes color work knit sampler detail

Even if you are new to color work, this class is a great opportunity to get comfortable with the technique and get exposed to all the various ways to add color to your knitting. We will also cover techniques like tacking long floats, maintaining even tension, and two-handed color work. Sign up here!

Sunday morning, my final class is Roositud, an Estonian technique which adds color to your knitting as you work. Similar to embroidery, but done as you knit, Roositud is an inlay technique which is easy to do and looks quite impressive!

Using the Kelbourne Woolens pattern Lenten Rose by Kate Gagnon Osborn, we'll use The Fibre Co. Road to China Light to knit a pair of wrist warmers, or mittens.  This is a half day class, and students will leave equipped to tackle any roositud project they come across, from Kate's three color inlay Yvette Roositud Beret, to more complex designs like Nancy Bush's Aino Gloves from Folk Knitting in Estonia.

Sign up for Roositud Knitting here.

There will be a couple of Kelbourne Woolens and The Fibre Co. stockists in the marketplace at the show as well! Utah stockist Wasatch and Wool will be hosting the Arranmore Trunk Show for the event, and stockists Northfield Yarn, Amazing Threads,  Linden Yarn, Darn. Knit. Anyways, StevenBe, Hank and Purls, and MORE will be in the marketplace.

I can't wait to see everyone in Minneapolis!  - Courtney

Color Stories: New Colors of Acadia

This color board had a little bit of a different inspiration. Instead of coming up with a theme and choosing images that reflected that theme, I wanted this month's story to highlight all of the new colors of The Fibre Co. Acadia, as the palette of six colors works to wonderfully well together.

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To find my images, I researched the color names and chose a bunch of interesting photos.  Instead of adhering to the photos that were closest in color to the skeins, I chose photos based on their focus, composition and how visually interesting they were.  Lastly, I arranged them in a rainbow sequence for immediate impact. 

These saturated pops of color really brighten the Acadia palette.  I have been wanting to make myself the Baker Island Hat and I think it would look great in Orange Storm or Rosebay.  

A bright hat to wear in the fall is a great way to celebrate the changing of the seasons while also being stylish. What will you make in the new colors of The Fibre Co. Acadia

Happy Knitting! - MK

Twist Collective Fall 2016 / Carnelian by Mary Anne Benedetto

As a designer, it's rare that a sweater comes along from another designer that makes me want to cast on immediately, and make not a single change to the design! However, Carnelian, in the latest issue of Twist Collective, is just dreamy.

It was this image that did me in. That neckline! That armhole detail! It's just great, and it's unlike anything I would ever design for myself. There are a lot of different elements working together - surprisingly well - in this design.

Carnelian is designed by Mary Anne Benedetto in The Fibre Co.'s Cumbria, our classic wool blend. Mary Anne designs under the name Apriori Knits, and has a knack for using cables and texture in unexpected ways.

There is something gansey-esque about Carnelian, although it's not a gansey per se. The body and sleeves are two different, yet simple, stitch patterns that create a nice texture contrast while still working together to create a cohesive look. The decorative knit/purl patterned panel at the top of the sleeves is separated from the rest of the sleeve by a few garter ridges which, for me, really drives home the gansey reference the designer is making. 

Every little detail of this design is so well thought out, and frankly, just looks really fun to knit! It helps that the casual fit of this sweater, including the simple style of the armhole (a modified drop shoulder), are easy and comfy to wear. 

This is a perfect fall-weather pumpkin-picking cider-sipping design. I just hope I'll have time to fit it into my fall knitting schedule!

Be sure to check out all the great designs in the fall issue of Twist Collective. Which one is your favorite? - CK

Independent Designer Feature: Medio Cowl

Laura Nelkin has done it again with another stellar pattern!  Check out this gorgeous colorwork cowl!

The Medio Cowl gets its perpendicular striping pattern from its wacky but totally approachable construction.  It uses three colors of our new Arranmore yarn to great effect: Bradan, Ciaran, and Brannagh.

Here are Laura's own words describing this cowl: 

"Medio Cowl is another crazily constructed cowl (inspired by Brioche Bandido)… first two “halves” are knit in the round with a Fibonacci-inspired striping sequence. Then those two cylinders are joined together with a garter stitch center strip that eats up stitches as it is worked perpendicularly between them. "

The Medio Cowl is written for two sizes, small and large.  The cowl shown here is the smaller size.  The larger size uses Jill Draper's gorgeous new yarn, Middlefield.

Yarn (Large): Jill Draper Makes Stuff, Middlefield:  Capiz Shell, Marine, Sea Ice. (Small0: The Fibre Co. Arranmore: Ciaran, Brannah, Bradan
Gauge 12 sts and 20 rows = 4" in St st, after blocking
Needles US 9 - 5.5 mm
Notions Stitch markers, Scissors, Tapestry needle, Waste yarn, 1 button (.75-1”)
Size 40 (60)"  [102 (152) cm] circumference, 10 (14)" [25 (36) cm] high

Beautiful work, Laura!  I can't wait to cast on! - MK

Crochet Summer 2016 Round-Up

School is now back in session, and summer is coming to an end. While this means cooler weather, it also sadly means the end to Crochet Summer.

We always enjoy following your crochet adventures on Instagram throughout the summer, and taking the time ourselves to devote some creative time to a craft we don't usually focus on gives us a renewed energy to do something for "fun", and not for "work". (Although it's all fun!)

My goal for this summer was to resurrect an old Rowan pattern that has been a WIP lurking in my studio for years. I didn't end up being successful in finishing it, but it was still completely pleasant to revisit an old friend. 

One of my favorite posts from Crochet Summer 2016 has to be the tutorial for crocheting in the round that Kate put together. As a more...obsessive..personality, Kate really likes to make sure she's doing it "correctly", and my lackadaisical style of crocheting doesn't really jive with her. 

We received a lot of positive feedback from many of you thanking us for the tutorial - so I know Kate wasn't the only one wanting to perfect the different ways to crochet in the round! 

My favorite Crochet Summer 2016 discovery was crocheter PeacockKaren on Instagram. 

Her work is beautiful, creative, and well photographed to boot! She even inspired me to create a Filet Crochet tutorial this summer! 

Click here to view all of our Crochet Summer 2016 blog posts.

What was your favorite thing about #crochetsummer2016? Did you get inspired to try something new? Did you start (or finish) a crochet project? Share your crochet story with us in the comments and we'll choose one lucky person to receive a kit to make the Summer Dawn Cowl! - CK

VERSACIKNITS: Sisterhood Collection

We are happy to share with you a new collection featuring The Fibre Co. yarns.

The six patterns making up the collection are inspired by the women's movement for equality and are named after six prominent women's colleges. 

A tribute to those who forged our path - from women’s suffrage to the 2016 election - these designs celebrate all that women have accomplished. The individual patterns are named after renowned women’s colleges from across the United States in honor of their collective contribution, and each features one or more of the fabulous Fibre Co. yarns.
— Lori Versaci

We couldn't have asked for a more appropriate collection theme for this fall. Designed with women of all shapes and sizes, the Sisterhood collection appeals to all generations with it's style, structure, and practical sensibility. And, as an added bonus, purchase the Sisterhood e-book in the month of September and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Planned Parenthood, America's most trusted provider of women's health and reproductive care. 

We'll be sharing more specifics about the individual garments in the coming weeks. In the meantime, you can read more about Lori's designs and process in the Sisterhood lookbook. Which garment are you in love with? Are any of them named for your Alma Mater?