Jorstad Creek at Fiber Fusion NW Oct 18-19

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Isle of Skye Merino-Silk in two colors “Departure Bay” and “Maroon 5”

I’m on the road again to Fiber Fusion Northwest this weekend, taking Jorstad Creek yarns to Monroe, Washington and the Evergreen State Fairgrounds for this fiber-and-yarn oriented show. Take a look at their website at this link:  http://www.fiberfusion.net/

Every year this event gets bigger.  This will be my second year as a vendor, and I look forward to seeing knitters who stopped in at my booth last year.

The organizers of this event are great to work with.  I love the variety of vendors ranging from fiber artists with fantastic felted clothing and rugs, to pattern designers, to farms selling raw fleece.  The classes offered reflect this variety, too.  Felted slippers and sculpted “bowls” are among the unusual project-oriented classes. They also put  together an amazing number of door prizes for visitors to the event.

I will be featuring new hand painted fingering weight “Whidbey” for this event in two colorways, “Calypso on the Beach” and “Suspense”.  Whidbey is one of the first yarns I added to my line, featuring superwash merino in an amazing lofty spin.  This yarn is one of my favorites for the dye pot, it brings out the best in any color I use.  It is a natural choice to try out hand painting longer pieces on super-long skeins.  I think they turned out fantastic.  I hope you will come by and tell me what you think.  There is a limited supply available for sale.

Also featured will be kits for the Churchmouse folded poncho pattern that I put together using two strands of yarn, Isle of Skye mohair/silk blend, and Iona merino/silk.  Iona is hand painted in small color pieces.  Together they make a fabric that looks like a Monet painting.  I have a number of new color ways in Isle of Skye to pair up for different hazy effects (see first photo above), and a sample poncho knitted up for trying on.

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Returning this year with me is the BFL Tweed Sock, in new colors.  I am also bringing  the BK Collective Patterns reworked in a new improved format, featuring options for yarn weights. For spinners I will offer natural colored Icelandic, Gotland, and Finn fleece processed either into roving, batts, or washed locks.

I hope you can join me at this fun show.  The facility and the show itself (with animals to see and pet!) make this a great event for families.  Please stop by, say hello, and show me what you’ve been knitting!  Thanks, Kerry

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Finding the Best Yarn Companions

Jann talks about yarn choices that make a big difference when paired together either in providing a contrasting effect, or harmonious effect.

KnitKnot Adventures

It is fall in the Pacific Northwest and my urge to knit is strong. Even stronger than the urge to buy school supplies! (Every September I want to buy pens and paper. How can that still be true, after all these years?)

One of my favorite yarn choices is a combination of a one multi-colored and one solid-colored yarn, probably because a wide range of effects are possible. Some combinations have a bold, high contrast look while others combinations are subtle and complex.

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These pictures show details of a vest I made using sock yarns. Much of the impact of this combination comes from the high contrast between these two yarns. The contrast is created in part by a light-dark contrast and in part by a contrast of hue or color. (These are only two of seven kinds of contrast Johannes Itten discusses in his classic work The Elements of Color

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