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!
When Vogue Knitting Live officially ends at 4pm on Sunday there is a mad rush by all the vendors to pack up their booth. Those who traveled to the show have to deal with the package delivery services once their boxes and pallets are ready. We locals dealt with getting all our stuff into a rental car on a snowy evening.
I took a couple of days off to recoup and then started an extended inventory. This means counting and reviewing yarn colors, knitting kits, project bags, and yes, even patterns. I'm running a bit behind with photos, but once they are done updates will happen in both shops, probably this weekend. Believe me, I am making sure that next year the photos are done before Vogue Knitting Live takes place.
I also review the comments and requests that customers gave me. Color-wise there will be new kits and new samples. There are many new ideas for bags that hold your knitting, crochet, and drop spinning. There will (finally) be new patterns. And of course I need to put an order in for more Koigu. A big thanks to Koigu for making sure I got more beautiful colors in time for the Vogue show.
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.
Chiagu will be at the Marketplace at Vogue Knitting Live! I am sharing Booth 118 with Marsha from One Geek to Craft Them All. Between us we will have patterns, yarn kits, project bags, stitch markers (really fun ones!). And we have fun neighbors: Bar-maids, Yarnbox, Dusty's Vintage Buttons, and some local knitting guilds including to the one I belong to, Brooklyn Knit & Crochet Guild. Stop by and say "Hi!".
Vogue Knitting Live Marketplace at the New York Marriott Marquis
Friday, January 16 5:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 17 10:00 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 18 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
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....