The Crochet Rabbithole

I am primarily a knitter, but when summer approaches, crochet edges its way into my soul. Some years the urge is stronger than others.

Several years ago, my friends at Kelbourne Woolens introduced me to #summerofcrochet and it stuck with me. It’s completely apropos that this summer I kick off my crochet with the Fibre Company’s new yarn, Luma!
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Luma is a gorgeous, all-seasons, blend of wool, cotton, silk and linen. First I knit with it and now even more in love, am crocheting with it.

Ravelry provided me with the perfect pattern, the aptly named Rabbithole Cardigan. I immediately and happily jumped in. The pattern is self-described as a recipe. It’s a like a granny square cardigan, so simple and really fun construction. And it is totally boho chic!

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Unconsciously, I chose to match my logo. And my current hair color. Who is really surprised? There are many lovely color combos, or you can choose to stick with just one.

You should join me down this particular rabbithole. Would I lead you astray?

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You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby!

It really doesn’t feel like it was just a little over a year ago that having my own business was just a pipe dream. That my family and  friends encouraged me to go for it and offered to hold my hand as I jumped off of the cliff. Thank heavens, due to their love and support, I did not crash onto the rocks below.

Labor Day 2012, an army of knitters armed with paint brushes, hammers, chisels and allen wrenches invaded Main Street. My neighbors and fellow retailers were blown away by the support and way my friends rallied around me.

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In record time I was ready to open my doors for a test drive. Now I look back on those pictures and wonder at how empty the store was. Some beautiful yarn and a few samples, but the space was filled with laughter and warmth by my old friends and my new friends who found their way to my door.

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Now the space is a riot of color and sheepy goodness. I am so delighted to have been so warmly welcomed by the Philadelphia knitting and crocheting community. It thrills me to have been able to stay true to my sensibilities and create a place that fosters that community and creativity! Thank you all, for helping me through my first year. It has been terrifying and incredibly rewarding. I am humbled by the love and faith that has been showered on me; my life is rich indeed.

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Tlaloc also thanks all of you! Life in the storage unit was grim. He is so very pleased to be here on Main Street, back in the eye of a worshipful public. He finds the attention and yarn very gratifying.

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What to do?

It’s a necklace…it’s a cowl…it’s a super cool accessory and the answer to many a dilemma:

This sock yarn is too crazy to wear on my feet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This sock yarn is too pretty to put on my feet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This sock yarn is pooling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I bought this sock yarn but hate knitting on US 0 or 1s.

I cannot knit anything difficult at the kids’ soccer practice, swim meet, t-ball game, the beach, or while watching a Swedish movie with sub-titles.

It’s spring and I don’t feel like knitting with a heavy wool.

The answer: Sev[en] Circle!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can be as crazy or subdued as you like with the colors! Pooling, schmooling, doesn’t matter here! Knit it on a US 4 or 5! All stockinette, no dreaded purling, no cables, no charts! A little bit of sock yarn never overheated any one!

The bonus, the crazy looks people give you when they try to figure out what you are knitting! Oh, and the super chic accessory you have made for yourself.

Resolution Resurrection

New Year’s has never been my favorite holiday. There is too much expense. There is too much hype. There is too much pressure to have the best time ever. Too much pressure to make resolutions you won’t honestly keep.

I have had a strict no resolution policy for many, many years. However, I am breaking with tradition and making a resolution.

I resolve to be more present in my knitting. That means following the pattern. Not making assumptions that I know what comes next. Reading charts correctly. And most importantly not knitting on auto-pilot.

Right. Let’s see how that goes…

Gift Knitting: Madeleine Shawl

Now through Thanksgiving, we’re featuring patterns that are just as much fun to make as they are to receive. Stop by, pick up some yarn, and cast on your holiday gifts today! Click here to see all the patterns in this series.

Madeleine Shawl

Shawls make great gifts, as they require no sizing, and this airy pattern knits up quick. The simple construction makes it a great project to take travelling.

Find the pattern in Vintage Modern Knits, available in store. Knit it using The Fibre Company’s Terra.

From the pattern author:

This pretty picot-edged shawl is a great traveling or weekend project. It is knitted point to point in a garter-based bias-stitch pattern that is worked simultaneously with the picot edge. The construction is simple enough for beginners and interesting enough to keep advanced knitters engrossed. The bias pattern creates a Faroese-style wing to shape to the points, which allows it to drape comfortably around the shoulders.

Gift Knits: Pádraig Driving Cap

Now through Thanksgiving, we’re featuring patterns that are just as much fun to make as they are to receive. Stop by, pick up some yarn, and cast on your holiday gifts today! Click here to see all the patterns in this series.

Pádraig Driving Cap

There are only so many ribbed beanies you can knit before you’re suffering from massive knitting boredom. Thankfully, this driving cap is here to save you!

I can’t help but notice almost all the men on Ravelry wearing this hat have beards. So if you’ve got a bearded gentleman in your life, this hat is for him.

Find it for sale in-store as a single pattern. Knit it in Peace Fleece.

From the pattern author: 

This classic, jaunty driving cap was designed as a tribute to Ireland & features a double trinity knot centered across the top over a reverse stst ground. The cap top is knit flat then picked up around the edges & completed in the round, with brim picked-up across the center front as the final step. It is adjustable for a cutom fit & sized for adults.

Gift Knitting: Cedar Shake Fingerless Gloves

Now through Thanksgiving, we’re featuring patterns that are just as much fun to make as they are to receive. Stop by, pick up some yarn, and cast on your holiday gifts today! Click here to see all the patterns in this series.

Cedar Shake Fingerless Gloves

These lacy mitts are great for a chronically cold office – they’ll keep your hands toasty while still leaving your fingers free. The easy to follow pattern knits up quickly and is sure to impress.

Find it in Juju’s Loops (available in store), and knit it using Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend.

From the pattern author:

This pattern has it all – lace, twisted stitches and ribbing. It stretches and contracts beautifully to give a well-fitted fingerless mitten with wrist-narrowing appeal while the wavy lines work to elongate the arm.

Gift Knitting: Sprinkle

Now through Thanksgiving, we’re featuring patterns that are just as much fun to make as they are to receive. Stop by, pick up some yarn, and cast on your holiday gifts today! Click here to see all the patterns in this series.

Sprinkle

Baby knits are great holiday gift knitting; they knit up quick and the recipients don’t yet have the verbal skills to complain about your color choices!

Find this pattern in Juju’s Loops (available in store). Knit it using Lorna’s Laces, a superwash wool that’s fabulously soft for baby items.

From the pattern author:

A lot of people come into Loop wanting to knit a gender-neutral baby sweater. It can make people really nervous as they weigh up the associations of each colour. Yes, they could knit in white or cream, but for those knitters who love colour and want to explore fun combinations, we designed Sprinkle. It is especially fun to knit in one of Koigu’s sprinkle colour combinations. You could choose a radical contrast to the sprinkle yarn or blend with one of its tones as we have done here.

Gift Knitting: Earl Grey

Now through Thanksgiving, we’re featuring patterns that are just as much fun to make as they are to receive. Stop by, pick up some yarn, and cast on your holiday gifts today! Click here to see all the patterns in this series.

Earl Grey

Dads are notoriously hard to knit for. While many men these days are expanding their fashion horizons and embracing the world of patterns and color, many more are emphatically not.

If you’re tired of giving dad ribbed scarves in shades of grey, try these Earl Grey socks. The subtle cable is enough to keep you interested, but not so flamboyant as to scare dad off.

Find the pattern free online, and knit it up using two skeins of Three Irish Girls (3IG). 3IG is a wonderful hand dyed superwash wool, meaning no special care instructions for dad to inevitably forget.

Pair them with a bottle of dad’s favorite scotch for extra holiday warmth.

Gift Knitting: Telemark Leg Warmers

Now through Thanksgiving, we’re featuring patterns that are just as much fun to make as they are to receive. Stop by, pick up some yarn, and cast on your holiday gifts today! Click here to see all the patterns in this series.

Telemark Leg Warmers

Leg warmers are a fantastic way to wear shorter dresses in cold weather, and the forgiving sizing makes them great for gift giving.

If the recent popularity of leg warmers is giving you flashbacks to the ’80s, have no fear. These classic legwarmers from Vintage Modern Knits will banish all visions of Flashdance from your mind.

Find it in Vintage Modern Knits (available in store). Knit it in two skeins of Shepherd’s Worsted from Stonehedge Fiber Mill.

From the pattern author:

Norwegian folk costume—bold graphics from Fana, iconic lice-stitch patterns from the Setesdal valley, and Selbu mittens and accessories—comprise most of what we view as traditional norwegian knitting. The bold geometrics in Fana garments, popular in black or brown and white during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, originated as part of men’s traditional costume. The lice-patterned sweaters from the Setesdal valley—white patterning and geometric color-work against a black background—can be traced back to the 1840s. Selbu knitting originated with a pair of black-on-white patterned mittens knitted by a young girl in the mid-1800s. All three of these traditional components—graphic motifs, lice patterning, and black-on-white colorwork—are united in this pair of contemporary leg warmers.