Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Adding beads using a crochet hook

Add some bling to your knitting (and the Motley pattern) by incorporating beads into your project. Here is a great "how to" video. It's easy peasy - and now you have the tools to do it! Enjoy!

Spoiler shots

Hey - why not? I guess if you're looking here, you either already have the shipment or can't wait for it :).

Presenting Coleus and Meadow...

This month's pattern is Motley, designed by Aleen Caplan Yamasaki.


Some great bead sources

Need beads for your Motley pattern? Need beads for other projects? How about for the upcoming Hazel Knits Ravelry KAL? (shhh... that one is still a secret... :)

Fusion Beads is my hands down favorite bead store. Before I learned to knit, I had a mild obsession with beads. I even have a "stash" - which was really the motivation long ago to have stitch markers a big part of the HK line (some of you may remember this - it's been a while... and they are ready for a revival!) Anyway, of all of the bead shops in Seattle, Fusion was my favorite place to browse. And one of the best things about Fusion? They have an online store that has almost double the stock of their retail location. Woot! Plus... drumroll... free shipping!

When originally comparing the Coleus yarn with beads at their shop, this was my favorite, with this coming in at a close second.

I've heard a few things about beads fading when laundered. To be honest, I've only knit with beads on hats and wrist warmers - two things that don't need to be washed nearly as much as socks. However, I've also heard that there's not much fading at all. Mostly, I think it has to do with the gold or silver lined beads, as the color is "applied" to those beads, not fused with them when they are created. This may be averted by a quick dunk to the "leg" part of the sock and more soaking to the soles of the socks, yet that seems like a lot of work. If you are worried, go with an all glass bead that is solid colored. I had the Motley sample knit in clear beads for the "safe" factor, but I think I'm going to risk it and do the metallic maroon bronze for my personal pair.

Here is another link about beads shared by Viki.

I can't wait to see what you all do with this Motley pattern!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Seattle Trunk Show - Fiber Gallery

Get stocked up on yarn for your winter projects. I'll be at the Fiber Gallery on Saturday, October 23rd, 2010 from 10am - noon. The yarn will be there all weekend. For this hometown trunk show I'll be bringing several new colors that have never been seen before. New shades of green, brown, blue and more!

The Fiber Gallery is located at: 7000 Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103.