Knitspired: Pouring down rain

Brr, that rain outside is coldcoldcold!  Daylight Savings is a mixed blessing this far North, making knitting all the more appealing come a cold, dark and above all, wet, evening.  While hand-knits are an undeniable essential in the PNWer’s wardrobe, I saw the most adorable machine-knit knits that I had to share.  It just seemed appropriate… given the weather.

First of all, I hope you’ve heard of Donna Wilson – the author and designer of the Knitted Odd-Bod Bunch.

A book that, sadly, we cannot keep in stock long enough to put online.  It’s rather hard to get ahold of.  In any event, I recently discovered her personal website via an article on her in The New York Times and have simply fallen in love with these hilarious and quirky cushions:

Cloud Rain Cushion

Cloud Rain Cushion overhead

Cloud Lightning Cushion

Don’t they seem like the perfect decor for any PNW home?  Unfortunately, they’re priced rather out of my range (at almost £70 a piece at an impossible exchange rate), but they’re lovely to admire.  I rather strongly recommend poking around Ms. Wilson’s site.  It’s a fantastic little world that’s definitely worth exploring.

Excitement abounds here because we have a brand-new yarn from Joseph Galler.  But that is all I shall share.  You will have to wait until this Friday’s eCard for details.

Searching for relevancy, I managed to track down one other colorworKAL project.  Eva, our outstanding web elf, brought in her colorwork hat – which I borrowed for a quick photo:

Eva’s making an earflap hat for her father using Rowan Felted Tweed in two colors, Watery and Seafarer, and Rowan Purelife British Sheep Breeds DK in Mid-Brown BFL (#782). It’s a shame she didn’t have her swatch today, because the finished stitch pattern – featuring double stitched ‘eyes’ – is just ab fab.  Maybe next time.
My mitt is progressing rather slowly as I had to rip out ten or so rounds last night, after realising that I’d started the thumb too late and thrown off the entire design.  That was fun.  Being much more careful this time around.
Now, in respect to our colorworKAL, we’ve had some interesting (and good!) developments.  I’ve been emailing back and forth with several experts in the field and am hoping to post several in-depth interviews AND tips and tricks tutorials on the three aforementioned branches: stranded, intarsia, and argyle.  Plus, maybe, some history and fun facts.  You know how I looove to share the odd trivia.
My question for you is…
What should the focus of the articles be?
History and origin of the technique
Interviews with experts
Interviews with an emphasis on technique
Tips, tricks, and tutorials
Fun facts
All of the above! free polls

You know how I so love to include a poll every week, and this seemed like an opportune time to find out what you want to learn over the next seven weeks.  Me?  I’m always happy to learn something new and would love to research any of the above topics.  If you have a suggestion that, for instance, I totally missed, please feel free to post a comment on this post. 

And now it is past 6 o’clock (PM) and I must toddle.  This is a bit of a short post, but next week should be very interesting.  Especially if I can shoe-horn in an interview before then!

Sara M.

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November 09, 2010 by Sara M
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