Well, It’s that time of year! Time for me to get a bit crazy in the head with preparations for the multiple trade shows coming up! We wanted to write a quick blog post to let you know about when and where we’ll be! Be sure to come visit us if you're in the New York area this month at Vogue Knitting Live, and in February at Stitches West!
In a new series on my blog every other month, I’ll be delving into a bit of nerdy, fiber art history. Specifically, in-depth looks into the history of dyeing around the world. I’ve decided to focus on specific cultures for each of these, so that I can go a bit deeper into that area’s dye story. Looking closely at the way art techniques developed opens a window into that culture’s entire history. New textile making processes might be added after the introduction of a new maker’s tool following a historic event, new dyestuffs are used after new trade routes open and flourish, and items are exchanged between countries, and periods of unrest result in new and unique ways to produce fibers and colors, meant for specific political, social or religious purposes. Color is literally woven into our past, and these are the stories of our ancestors, working to make those colors come to life.
I can hardly believe that it’s been 5 years since I started dyeing yarn in my kitchen for Nutmeg Fibers!!! And also, that I’ve been in business as Nutmeg for 7 years! This post is over a week after “New Years” but it takes me a little time to get around to my blogging schedule after the holiday season is over. Oh well! That’s how life works.
So, we’ve reached the end of our KAL! I hope that you’ve all had fun! We've given out over $500 in prizes to some lucky winners in our event (with 3 more to be awarded today as well!), and seen loads of really beautiful pictures of Rie’s pattern from all over this wide world. One of my FAVORITE things about knitting
The end of fall is fast approaching, with Thanksgiving already on our doorstep here in the USA, and our winter holiday season only a week behind that. Most of you might be thinking that it’s too late to start new projects that’ll be used as presents during your winter celebrations in December, but we took some time today to scour our favorite websites for patterns that are perfect holiday quick knits! These are mostly all 1-2 skeins projects, many with larger gauge Aran weight yarn, that could easily be completed by the time you’ll need to start handing out your presents!!
I’ve been figuring out the best way to approach talking about this idea of “Slow Color” that I’m in love with. I’ve created an entire business, albeit a very small one, around this idea of slow color, and the value of it. I look outside and see the colors of fall in the leaves and in the trees, and I realize that those are reflected in all the colors that are produced using natural dyes.
So, how’s it going everyone?! Did you get through the stockinette body section? I have to admit…I’m not finished with it yet myself! OMG! Life got busy, as it does sometimes, so I wasn’t able to knit as much as I hope to. However, I’m only 2 cm away, so I’m hoping to finish it today and jump on into our next section. I’m gonna work my fingers off this weekend to catch up. Like I’ve said before, the goals I’ve been setting for the KAL are loose goals, but it’s ok to go as slowly as you need to.