New Yarns, A Few Events for Your Calendar, A Surprising New Spinner
The Knitty Spring+Summer contest winners have been chosen. The lucky winners’ names are on the Contest page. They’ve been contacted and are excitedly awaiting their prizes! Stay tuned…more contests will be announced for our upcoming First Fall issue, which goes live any day now.
We were excited to learn of the launch of Quince and Company, a new independent US yarn company founded by Pam Allen (ex-editor of Interweave Knits, designer and author), designer Carrie Bostick Hoge and their friend Bob Rice, who happens to own a spinning mill.Â They have beautiful yarns, some lovely and very accessible patterns, and a wonderful sensibility: they have focused on sourcing products as locally and as environmentally and socially responsibly as they can.Â Patterns and yarn are available from their website, and they are looking forward to distribution in local yarn stores in the near future.
Last week, Lorna’s Laces announced a collaboration with Bijou Basin Ranch, to dye their delicious yak yarns in fabulous Lorna’s colors. The colors are “nearly solids” with a gentle, earthy edge. Â Three different yarns will get the Lorna’s treatment.
Question: Why is it that the ugliest beasties make the most beautiful yarn? The yaks, that is, not the crew at Lorna’s!
Anyway, I personally adore the Bijou Basin yarns, and this is terrific news.
Registration for Clara Parkes’ 2010 Knitters’ Review Retreat opens today at noon EST.Â Instructors include Ann Budd on the math of knitting, Clara herself on Yarn 101, Cat Bordhi on creating new stitch patterns, and Melissa Morgan-Oakes on knitting with beads.
It all takes place in Williamstown, MA, November 12-14.
The Bust Summer Craftacular London edition runs this weekend, July 10 at York Hall near the Bethnal Green Tube Station. Shopping, crafting, workshops and dancing from noon to 7pm! What more could you want for Â£2 admission?
And if you’re in London, don’t forget to put the iKnit London Weekender on your schedule, September 10th & 11th.