Thursday, March 31, 2011

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

hi neighbor!

this week i'll be helping friend and fabulously talented craftswoman karida of neighborhood fiber co. get her webstore off the ground. she's an independent dyer of all yarns bright and beautiful. and she names her super saturated colorways after communities in towns that she's lived in.

nfc is some of my favorite wool to work with...and it pops up in all sorts of chickadee projects. here are a couple of recently stitched pieces made with this sublime stuff:

pattern: kerrera (by gudrun johnston)

yarn: neighborhood fiber co. studio worsted (shaw)

black cherry

pattern: scroll lace scarf (by ysolda teague)

yarn: neighborhood fiber co. maisonette DK (hampden)

pretty soon you'll be able to snap this stuff up from the comfort of your own couch. stay tuned for webstore updates from the neighborhood. in the meantime, you can see it for yourself on the shelves of fibre space in alexandria.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

going to extremes

this chickadee has declared the knitting year of 2011 to be the year of the extremities. time to tackle those toes, handle the hands and bring flair to all sorts of phalanges. that means that mittens and socks are on the menu. and to spice things up a bit, why not throw in a new technique or two?

so here are two chickadee firsts in two chickadee projects...first pair of mittens and first stranded colorwork. followed quickly by the second pair of mittens and second attempt at stranded colorwork.

many more attempts/failures/successes/otherwise to follow!

fraternal mittwins

pattern: herringbone mittens with poms (elliphantom knits)
yarn: cascade 220

canary in a coal mine

pattern: birdcage mittens (also from elliphantom knits)
yarn: fiberphile hand-dyed super squish worsted (love!)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

all quiet

this chickadee will be participating in a blogger's day of silence tomorrow to honor the people of japan. no posts, but lots of loving thoughts and well wishes for recovery.

if you are a blogger and want to get involved, go here to find out how.

if you are looking for a way to help, you can follow this link to donate to shelter box. they are a UK based non-profit that delivers containers packed with much needed items like tents, blankets and cooking equipment to people who have lost homes, clothing and means of feeding themselves and their families.

Friday, March 11, 2011

dear japan,

this chickadee loves you.
hope that you are better soon.