Making Magazine / Marigold Cardi by Cecily Glowik MacDonald

Previews for Carrie Bostick Hoge's new magazine, Making, have been popping up on the internet in the last week (you can get the most detailed images via Carrie's Instagram here), and it promises to be a bounty of visual beauty and crafting inspiration.

Not only are we delighted to be included amongst the list of sponsors, there are two Fibre Co. yarns featured in the first issue, Flora

The Marigold Cardi by Cecily Glowik MacDonald is out of Meadow at a lovely, drapey gauge of 23 stitches over 4" (10 cm), the cardigan has a really interesting construction: it is worked in one piece from the bottom up, then the fronts and backs are worked separately, with the lovely right and left front collars worked back and forth to meet at the back neck. Once the shoulders are seamed, stitches are picked up for the sleeves, and the cap is shaped using short rows. The sleeves are then worked in the round to the cuff.

• Finished measurements: 29¾ (32½, 36, 39½, 42¾, 46¼, 49¾, 53¼, 56¾)" [75.5 (82.5, 91.5, 100.5, 108.5, 117.5, 126.5, 135.5, 144) cm] bust circumference. Shown in size 33½" [85 cm] with 1¾" [3 cm] ease. Suggested ease: 0 to 2" [5 cm] positive ease.
• Yarn: Meadow by The Fibre Co. (40% merino, 25% llama, 20% silk, 15% linen; 100 grams / 545 yards [498 meters]), 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3) skeins in Prairie.
• Needles: One 32" [80 cm] circular needle, size US 6 [4 mm], One set double-pointed needles (dpns) size US 6 [4 mm], Or size to obtain gauge.
• Notions: Stitch markers, Stitch holders or waste yarn, Tapestry needle.
• Gauge: 23 sts and 30 rows = 4" [10 cm] in stockinette stitch, after blocking.

I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek into the entire issue, and was overwhelmed with the possibilities.

As a bonus, through May 10th, Carrie is offering 20% off the subscription price and 50% off shipping. 

Tomorrow, I'll share Carrie's design for the issue featuring Road to China Lace. - KGO

{All images by and © Carrie Bostick Hoge}

Aleda Knit Along Kickoff!

All month long we'll be knitting the Aleda Shawl by Kate Gagnon Osborn. I know many of you will be knitting along, and we are happy to have so many eager knitters joining us!

Originally published in our book Little Things, Aleda uses just two skeins of The Fibre Co. Canopy Fingering yarn. You can find Canopy Fingering at your favorite local or online yarn shop

Post your progress on Instagram and Facebook using the hashtag #aledakal, and join us in our Ravelry group. Courtney will be monitoring the KAL and will be available to answer any questions you may have along the way.

The pattern will be a free pdf download until May 31st. 


Purchase little things here

Oh, Color Cards...

It's color card making season at Kelbourne Woolens headquarters! 

Do you ever wonder how color cards get made? I'm here to tell you all about it!

In order to fully understand the magnitude of the task of making color cards, let's go a little bit deeper. Twice a year we introduce a new yarn to The Fibre Co line. Yarn development takes about one to one and a half years from initial inception to release to the general public. 

In the fall of 2015 we began working on our new yarn for fall of 2016. In December, we had a sample skein (to be sure we liked the yarn in its final incarnation), and we had settled on the colors in the line. In January we decided on the 6 colors we wanted to use in the collection to accompany the release. In February we received a sample run of 40 skeins of these 6 colors to start knitting the designs for the collection. Finally, in April, we received 40 skeins of the remaining colors. Then it's crunch time! We immediately set to work winding 20 yard mini skeins of every color for our sales reps, and additional windings to take to TNNA with us.

Meanwhile, at the same time, we were revising the existing lines - deciding which colors to discontinue and which new colors to add. This process is also a delicate balancing act based on how well each color sells, how much of it we have left in stock, and what colors may be missing in the line (why is there no "real" purple in Meadow?), and which lines we need to reorder. In the winter, we get color samples from our dyers, just small windings called lab dips, and we pick and choose which ones to add. The colors we like are approved with the dye house, and we order a 20 skein sample to be sure it looks as good in the skein as it does in the lab dip. (Just like cooking, it's easier to make macaroni and cheese from scratch for you and your family, but making it for a crowd of 500 people is a whole different ball game. Sometimes it is amazing in small doses at home, but elsewhere doesn't turn out quite right or is downright awful!) Once we have the 20 sample skeins, and approve those, we also have to make a bunch of mini skeins of those new colors! (Shout out to Nancy's Knit Knacks, manufacturer of our mini skein winding equipment). All of this has to happen on a strict schedule so that we have full skeins of approved colors to knit samples with, can photograph the skeins for the website and newsletter, have enough yarn to make mini skeins for our sales reps, and have full skeins to show at TNNA. And all of this is happening months in advance to have everything ready for the shops and end-user in the fall. 

How does all of this relate to color cards? For every change in a color line up, we have to make all new color cards. Each color card is hand made by our trusted color card maven, Lisa Johnson, who is the owner of a LYS down the hill from our warehouse, Hidden River Yarns.

That's right. One person makes all of our color cards, by hand. Each and every one

We start by taking one skein of every color in the line, removing discontinued ones and adding in the new ones. Kate organizes these into a line up that looks good, and this is the official "order" of the colors. It is how they will be organized on the color cards, the website, and on display at TNNA. She then writes down the line up, puts it into a template, and prints them. (By this point Daphne has also had to come up with names for all the colors, but that is a separate post). Then we cut a skein of each new color into 4-5" long pieces and put those into a ziploc bag labeled with the color name. Each yarn gets it's own tote bag of labeled yarn bits. Then we pack the die cut cards, tiny brads, and color name stickers into the tote and Meghan walks it down the hill to Hidden River. Lisa diligently sets up the whole operation assembly-line style, making upwards of 100 color cards at a time. She stickers the cards first, then adds a strand of each color to all the cards in her pile. Then she moves on to the second color, then the third, and so on. Once they are all the cards are full of yarn, she pokes a hole in the corner with a pin and uses a tiny brad to secure the two cards together. The ends are then neatly trimmed. Then she's on to the next line. 

So, what happens if we discontinue a color and we still have color cards with that color on it? That's a great question. We try to use them up as quickly as possible, until the new colors are "officially" released, but then we have to just throw them away. It is very sad.  

The moral of the story is that color cards are a pain. But they're also wonderful and a great way to see the product in person, so they are totally worth having!

Lisa, we couldn't do it without you. Thank you!

Want to brighten Lisa's day? Leave her a comment below and let her how much you appreciate the color cards she is so diligently making! 

Woolful / Ready, Set, Knit! / Mornings on the Dock

We were lucky enough to be asked on three podcasts this winter, and I thought it would be great to put them all in one place for you to take a look at (or, more appropriately, listen to)!

In mid-February, we were interviewed on the astonishingly popular podcast, Woolful, hosted by Ashely Yousling. You can subscribe to Woolful here and listen to our episode here.

Later the same month, we appeared on Ready, Set, Knit!, the weekly Webs Yarn Store Podcast. You can subscribe to Ready, Set, Knit! here and listen to our episode here.

Finally, at the end of March, we were interviewed by Elizabeth Duvivier from Squam Art Workshops, for her podcast, Morning on the Dock. You can subscribe to Morning on the Dock here and listen to our episode here.

Thanks so much to Ashley, Steve and Kathy from Webs, end Elizabeth for giving us the time to share our stories! - KGO

Seathwaite Round Up:

The Seathwaite Hat, published last October through our friend Karen at Fringe Association has been a huge hit! I have absolutely loved seeing all of the fabulous versions pop up on Instagram and Ravelry, and especially enjoy hearing when people say it was their first time working cables, charts, or a provisionally cast-on folded brim. I thought it would be fun to put together a few images of knitter's hats that show the lovely diversity of color and yarn.

As expected, there are a lot of wonderful hats knit using the recommended yarn, The Fibre Co. Cumbria.

L / 
Knit by Emily in Cumbria in scaffel pike.
R / Knit by Julia in Cumbria in derwentwater.

L / Knit by Keli in Cumbria in hadrian's wall (brim lined with Woolfolk Tynd).
R / Knit by Katy in Cumbria in catbells.

I also really loved seeing knitters substitute yarns for their hats. It is amazing what a difference is made with the final result!

L / Knit by Karin in Fancy Tiger Craft's Heirloom in Well Water.
R / Knit by Andrea in Bumblebirch Forage in Cranberry.

L / Knit by Gillian in Green Mountain Spinnery Mountain Mohair.
R / Knit by Inês in Retrosaria Beiroa in Natural.

You can see a bunch of other wonderful Seathwaite hats via the Fringe Knitalong hashtag here: #fringehatalong, or via the projects on Ravelry here