I am partial to jewel tones, mainly because they are the colors that look best on me. It's not a surprise that I love these three kits:
I think the Purple Rain Loreley Scarf Kit came out pretty well given that there's a lot of other colors complementing the purple.
I thought the pink/blue and the pink/black ends of the Pretty in Pink Loreley Scarf Kit would make the scarf pretty interesting once it was wrapped are your neck. But you don't have to follow this color order, you can mix them up any way you want.
And Cool Water is my favorite new Freemans Alley Mitt Kit color. My friend Nancy is already knitting up this and I can't wait to see them.
Also, for both kits, I created a color combination that is close to the sample item you see in the pattern. Knitters always asked me if those color combinations were available and I hated saying no. Due to the unique nature of handprinted yarn, the kits are never exact matches. But they are close - I hope you like them!
Here are 6 colors of Koigu KPPPM that will peak your interest as we approach the end of summer:
P738 - The famous Koigu stippling technique is shown off here, in orange and green. Looks messy right? However this palette knits up in a subtle way. Fun for baby items and I definitely see an adult pair of socks.
P353 - At first glance this is an orange and rust colored hank of yarn. But when you spend a little bit of time with it you realized there's this gorgeous mauve violet that is running through the yarn. The violet gives this color way unexpected depth. It would be a spectacular shawl!
P219 - Can a color be described as "crayons in the mud"? Most of the colors are green, brown, orange and gold The colors are darker and it seems to tell me that fall is approaching. A baby blanket or perhaps a circle shawl? It would be terrific as part of a linen stitch scarf.
P151 - The mauve pink, blue and green combine to make a quiet color combination. And that makes it perfect for that person that doesn't like "loud". Think about a scarf or cowl. Or a beautiful sweater!
P419 - The return of an oldie - the blues of P419 has been in the shop before. I found a few more skeins and thought Chiagu fans would like buy some more. It will also make an appearance in a few yarn kits.
P810 - my personal favorite! I am a jewel tone girl and I love bright rich colors. The blues, reds, and purples are stunning. If I were to knit this color I would definitely make something that I can look at all day long.
I hope to have another shop update in about 2 weeks. Thanks for reading!
As Marsha and I are setting up our booth (#118, 5th floor, Marriott Marquis Times Square) at Vogue Knitting Live we are happy to announce that two podcasters are visiting us on Saturday, January 17, Noon to 1pm.
Podcasters Maria MN from Subway Knits and Kristen Lehrer from YarnGasm are visiting us for a Meet n Greet. Stop by and get to know these talented ladies! Kristen hand dyes beautiful Voolenvine yarn and is bringing some mini skeins to give out. Maria's latest fiber endeavor is creating a "How to Read Japanese Knitting Patterns" class.
I'm stocking the booth with kits (Loreley Scarf, Freemans Alley Mitts, and the Runners Watchcap), samples, patterns, notebooks, and drawstring project bags from my Etsy shop, Sooze in the City. And I'm bringing skeins of Koigu! I hope to meet a few of you.
And whenever I can leave the booth I'll posted entries and photos onto the Chiagu Facebook and Twitter accounts as well as a recap blog post on Monday.
January 2015 marks a change in ownership at Chiagu.
Ivete Tecedor, founder of Chiagu, is currently concentrating on her new business venture Gotham Quilts. Operating two online businesses is quite time consuming, so much so that Ivete chose to sell Chiagu to me.
Ivete and I have many things in common: we both are long time knitters, we worked in popular NYC yarn stores and have taught hundreds of people how to knit. We also have two hobbies in common since I am a quilting novice. (Imagine the yarn and fabric stash!)
How much will Chiagu change? Not much - in fact I really hope to build upon Ivete's work. Many of the current patterns are Ivete's original designs and they will stay with Chiagu. We're also keeping Ivete's blog entries which are all the entries prior to Dec 31, 2014. I first got to know Ivete through her blog and I'm glad to keep her lively and informative posts.
As for me, I'm working on new patterns for Chiagu. And I look forward to curating beautiful handpainted and hand-dyed yarn for the Mini Skein Club. The January package is almost ready for the trip to their new homes.
And today you get two blog posts because Chiagu will be part of a fun event in mid-January. Read on....