Yarnporium 2019 (AKA Finally a Trip to The V&A!)

As long as I can remember, I have wanted to go to the Victoria and Albert Museum, specifically their Textiles Collection. I have been lucky to have traveled quite a bit in the last ten years, and spent a semester in Florence in college, but somehow London has never been on that list. That is all going to change soon, as Courtney and I are delighted to be teaching at Yarnporium this November!

When I'm not trying to keep my cool staring at all the vintage textiles at the museum, you'll find us at the show on Friday teaching two of our most beloved classes, Bohus Knitting and Roositud! In classic Kelbourne Woolens style, we take a two pronged approach to teaching the classes: we go over the history and technique of the skill, provide examples and show samples, and also have students knit a small project or sampler.

As many of the skills we teach - Bohus and Roositud included - historically are knit on very, very small needles with a specific yarn, we do stray from 'authenticity' here a bit and most of the samples are knit on sport weight yarn in order to make the process a little easier to execute for first-timers!

The Bohus Class will be held Friday, November 2nd from 9:30-12:30. Students will knit these lovely little wristwarmers in our Andorra yarn. Andorra is sport weight mohair blend reminiscent of the original laceweight 50%/50% angora wool blend in that it has a lovely halo, but it is a heavier gauge and not as fuzzy as the angora, which makes it easier to see your stitches and rip back if necessary (as can happen sometimes when learning a new technique)!

For more information on Bohus knitting, you can read Courtney's blog post on the subject here

The Roositud class will be held on Friday November 3rd from 1:30-4:30. Students will knit a different pair of wrist warmers, this time featuring the channel island cast on and bind off (a technique most commonly seen on Ganseys - so not Estonian, but really fun to execute nonetheless!) and work a simple star motif. We will go over the history, technique, and application of Roositud knitting, how to read a Roositud chart, and discuss how it fits into the colorwork spectrum of knitting. 

You can register for the classes and buy tickets to attend the event here!

SEE YOU IN LONDON!!! (If you want to find me, I'll most likely be the one who looks like this.)


Crochet Something Contest: Best Art or Sculptural Crochet

In case you missed it, here is a brief recap of our Crochet Summer Crochet Something Contest (CSCSC):

THE CROCHET SUMMER CROCHET SOMETHING CONTEST!

This non-competitive contest is a great opportunity to spend the summer trying something new, or finally challenging yourself to make that thing you’ve always wanted to make. This feel-good contest is meant to be a fun way to gather more people to the craft of crochet.

There are six categories:
• Best Garment
• Best First Crochet Project
• Best Art/Sculptural Work
• Best Doily
• Best Home Decor (afghan, pillow, tea cozy, bathmat, etc.
• Name your own category (anything that doesn’t fit into one of the previous categories, bonus points for a funny, yet tasteful, category heading)

Each category will have one winner, with many superlative-laden runners up. EVERYONE is a winner with Crochet Summer! Post your entry on Instagram by August 31st with the hashtag #crochetsomethingcontest2018 and you could WIN!


Whether it's amigurumi, artful mandalas and wall hangings, or a crocheted cozy for a car, crochet really does lend itself to fulfilling the more whimsical (or completely nuts) side of our crafting selves. This category is definitely the most fun one of the Crochet Summer Crochet Something Contest, and here are some ideas to get those creative juices flowing! 

Amiguri

Life doesn't get much cuter than when it's filled with crocheted stuffies! This alpaca, complete with pompons, is designed by amigurumi guru Yania Schenkel, author of the book Animal Friends of Pica Pau

Mandalas

Amigurumi

Mandalas

A crochet mandala is meant to be meditative to create and a joy to behold. They don't have to serve any other purpose - unless you want them to. This low-stress, high-reward approach to crafting is sometimes just what we need. Take a look at some of these beautiful mandalas on Ravelry:

Art Installations

We featured this crocheted doily masterpiece by Ashley Blalock in our Featured Finds newsletter, and if you missed it you should definitely check out her work. It's just astonishing!

Polish born and NYC based artist Olek, has created an entire crocheted room in an apartment. That is dedication!

Artist Jo Hamilton, based in Oregon, has crocheted numerous portraits which are truly a marvel to behold! 


We hope you've been inspired by some of the crochet masterpieces we featured. Check out the hashtag #crochetsomethingcontest2018 on Instagram to see what beautiful things our community is creating!

Ninth Annual Pro-Verbial Yarn Club

I have something a little bit different for you today - an announcement of the opening of the Verb for Keeping Warm Pro-Verbial Shawl Club!

Courtney and I are excited to be on the team of designers featured in the club this year. And quite the lineup it is: Courtney and I are designing along with Amy Christoffers, Nancy Marchant, and Caitlin Hunter. Courtney and I will be working together on the design, and we have some really fun ideas up our sleeves!

We have been friends, fans, and worked with Kristine, Adrianne, and the staff at AVFKW since 2011 when we visited the shop in Oakland. The wealth of knowledge, enthusiasm, and excitement they all feel for textiles, craft, and supporting small businesses is inspiring and infectious.

The club runs throughout the year and features 4 seasonal shipments on October 15th, January 15th, April 15th, and July 15th. Each shipment includes an exclusively dyed colorways of an A Verb For Keeping Warm yarn, dyer's notes, and a special code to add the pattern to your Ravelry library. 

In order to keep things exciting, the specific dates and yarns are still a secret, but we have some really fun ideas we're working on, including a custom yarn created in conjunction with Sarah and Kristine made specifically with this club in mind - more on that at a later date!

There have been some stellar designs created for the club in years past, including the Ara Shawl by Andrea Mowry, Linnet Bird by Bristol Ivy, Chatoyant by Grace Anna Farrow, and Änaise Shawl by Carrie Bostick Hoge. We're delighted to be able to be a part of such a wonderful collection.

You can read more details sign up for the club on their website here!