Things We Love -- #14

Top Left: "Atlas" by Jared Flood (@BrooklynTweed on Ravelry); photo by Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed - Just when we thought spring was finally here, the weather knocked us down a peg or two! We don't mind, though, because colder temperatures keep us dreaming of cozy woolens. This colorwork pullover, available in a wide range of sizes, is just one of the gorgeous patterns in Brooklyn Tweed's latest collection, Yokes. Find the lookbook for the full collection here!

Top Right: "The Knit Showwith Vickie Howell - When I think of knitting in the early 2000s, there are two things that stand out as bringing a new edge to the craft: the release of the "Stitch n' Bitch" books by Debbie Stoller and the TV series "Knitty Gritty" with Vickie Howell. That show may have come and gone, but Vickie has never stopped working to build a better, more accessible community for fiber artists through TV shows, her podcast, social media, and in-person events. Her latest endeavor, "The Knit Show", "will be the first studio-quality, community funded, internationally accessible how-to knitting episodic series". We are more than excited to support it! Check out the Kickstarter campaign and definitely keep an eye out for her promotional videos!

Bottom: Citrus Palette; photo by Edgar Castrejon (@edgarraw on Instagram) - This juicy shot keeps popping up on Anneliese's Instagram feed, just begging to be turned into a color inspiration palette! Just check out this amazing range of purples, pinks, oranges, and greens. Love it!

We'd love to see what's inspiring YOU this week!  Tag us on Instagram (@woolandcottonco or with #wococo and #TWLTW), share with us on Facebook, or post in our Ravelry group!

Posted on March 23, 2017 .

Things We Love - #13

Top Left: "Overlay Mandala No. 5" by CAROcreated Design (@Carocreated on Ravelry); photo by Carocreated - We've been enchanted by crochet mandalas like this beauty for quite a while now.  We love the combination of color and texture achieved by using overlay crochet techniques.  We have a few customers who have delved into the world of crochet mandalas with inspiring results.  Keep your eye out for a mandala class soon!

Top Right: "Hitchhiker Beyond" by Martina Behm (@Martina Behm on Ravelry, @strickmich on Instagram); photo by Martina Behm - One of the most popular knitting patterns on Ravelry has gotten a makeover!  "Hitchhiker Beyond" rearranges the previous version into a symmetrical triangular shawl with the teeth all along one edge.  The new pattern still works perfectly with that special skein of fingering-weight yarn and has the squish of garter that we love!

Bottom: Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka from "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" - There are some pictures - some scenes, some faces - that instantly evoke memories and feelings.  Gene Wilder's face, in any of his famous roles, is one that makes me instantly remember family movie nights, whether I was wanting to escape to the Chocolate Room or cracking up at Young Frankenstein.  His wild hair and frantic expressions bring back scenes of humor and drama.  The twinkle in his eye speaks to my childish sense of wonder.  If you are unaware of the reason why Wilder chose to keep his diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease a secret, you should read his family's statement

I'm off to watch Blazing Saddles now.

We'd love to see what's inspiring YOU this week!  Tag us on Instagram (@woolandcottonco or with #wococo and #TWLTW), share with us on Facebook, or post in our Ravelry group!

Posted on August 29, 2016 .

Things We Love - #12

Top Left: "Twisp" by Emily Wessel of Tin Can Knits (@tincanknits on Ravelry and Instagram); photo by Andi Satterlund - Despite being 90 degrees with what feels like 90 percent humidity today, it's never too early to start thinking about cold weather knits!  This charming hat pattern from one half of the Tin Can Knits design team can be found in the newest issue of Stranded Magazine, a beautiful new online publication that has Anneliese head over heels in love.  We're picturing making the Twisp hat with Lux Adorna cashmere minis or Swan's Island All American Sport for a luxurious fall accessory!

Top Right: "Spirited" by Faye Kennington (@ukeeknits on Ravelry); photo by Faye Kennington - Keeping in the ready-for-fall theme, bootcuffs are another great accessory that you can knit in the summer heat without roasting to death under the heft of a larger project.  This pattern uses sock yarn and features multiple sizes so you can make several pairs before the chilly weather hits!

Bottom: Strelitzia palette; photo by Anneliese Thomason - The strelitzia, or Bird of Paradise flower, was something that Anneliese assumed Pier 1 Imports made up for their fake floral department until she went to the Biltmore Estate greenhouse and found one in person.  This would make a great color scheme for the Twisp hat!

We'd love to see what's inspiring YOU this week!  Tag us on Instagram (@woolandcottonco or with #wococo and #TWLTW), share with us on Facebook, or post in our Ravelry group!

Posted on August 10, 2016 .

Things We Love This Week - #11

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The weather this spring in Wisconsin has been keeping us guessing and reaching for layers.  Our favorites for the week are clearly influenced by the up-and-down temperatures of May!

Top Left: "Montbretia" by Carol Feller (@littlefellers on Ravelry); photo by Kate Davies Designs - We're very excited about the announcement of Kate Davies' upcoming new book, The Book of Haps.  A hap, which is a style of shawl usually associated with the Shetland isles, has been on Anneliese's knitting bucket list for a while now and we can't wait to get our hands on this collection of sure-to-be-gorgeous options from an impressive roster of knitwear designers.  We'll be getting copies of the book in June, but if you'd like to preorder one with us, just let us know

Top Right: "Coachella" by Fathom Harvill (@fathom on Ravelry); photo by Fathom Harvill - This tank is another long-time resident on Anneliese's knitting bucket list and she's finally knitting it!  The Coachella tank is a fitted yet relaxed top that is the perfect pattern for warmer weather.  Just a few skeins of one of our gorgeous new summer yarns will work up into a new wardrobe staple. 

Bottom: Finally Lilacs palette; photo by Anneliese Thomason

We'd love to see what's inspiring YOU this week!  Tag us on Instagram or Ello (@woolandcottonco or with #wococo and #TWLTW), share with us on Facebook, or post in our Ravelry group!

Posted on May 20, 2016 .

Things We Love This Week - #10

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Top Left: Flatiron Spinning Wheel by Schacht Spindle Co. - Anneliese had the opportunity to try this brand new spinning wheel design from Schacht while she was at PLY Away last weekend and she is officially obsessed.  Never having been one to consider purchasing a Saxony style wheel, the Flatiron has changed her mind!  Sturdy yet elegant, this wheel provides a smooth, relaxed spinning experience.  Read more about the inspiration behind the wheel hereContact us for more details or to place a pre-order!

Top Right: "Route 99" by Lee Meredith (@leethal on Ravelry); photo by Andi Satterlund (@andisatt on Ravelry) - Any new design from Lee Meredith always has us itching to immediately cast on, but the vintage style and visual interest of this turban really caught our attention.  This pattern is part of the inaugural issue of Stranded Magazine, a new project from designers Andi Satterlund and Erin Birnel.  The thoughtfully curated designs in the first issue of this online knitting magazine will have you yearning for a summer road trip!

Bottom: Deb's Tulips palette; photo by Anneliese Thomason

We'd love to see what's inspiring YOU this week!  Tag us on Instagram or Ello (@woolandcottonco or with #wococo and #TWLTW), share with us on Facebook, or post in our Ravelry group!

Posted on April 29, 2016 .

Things We Love This Week - #9

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Top Left: Felted Easter Eggs by Natalia Zalogina of Life & Wool; photo by Natalia Zalogina

Top Right: "Lily of the Valley Socks" by Titta Järvensivu (@tittaj on Ravelry, @titanknitter on Instagram)

Bottom: Theodore Deck French Charger palette; photo by Anneliese Thomason at the Cleveland Museum of Art

We'd love to see what's inspiring YOU this week!  Tag us on Instagram or Ello (@woolandcottonco or with #wococo and #TWLTW), share with us on Facebook, or post in our Ravelry group!

Posted on March 25, 2016 .

Things We Love This Week - #8

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Top Left: "Circular Reasoning" by Elizabeth Elliot (@k2cuss2 on Ravelry); photo by Gale Zucker

Kelsey's pick this week is the Circular Reasoning cowl.  We're always entranced by colorwork and texture in knitwear and this design is a stunning combination of the two.  Not feeling quite that adventurous?  Choose to knit either the colorwork or texture!

Top Right: "Uluru Shawl Collection" by Sue Grandfield (@riotousassembly on Ravelry); photo by Sue Grandfield

Gina was also inspired by a combo of color and texture this week.  The Uluru Shawl allows the knitter to play with pops of color in the contrasting garter ridge stripe in each shell.  This shawl is a modular knit, so while you only have to work one shell at a time there is no seaming at the end! 

Bottom: Purple Sunset palette; photo by Anneliese Thomason

We'd love to see what's inspiring YOU this week!  Tag us on Instagram (@woolandcottonco or with #wococo and #TWLTW), share with us on Facebook, or post in our Ravelry group!

Posted on January 5, 2016 .

TWLTW - #7

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Top Left: "Smitten Holiday Garland" by Emily Ivey (@YarnMiracle on Ravelry); photo by Emily Ivey

We spent the better part of last week decking the halls in preparation for the holidays.  Bitty wool decorations seem to make the holidays a touch more cozy and we love festive knit, crocheted, and felted ornaments.  These little mittens are adorable on a tree or strung as an advent garland.

Top Right: "Fairy Tale Felted Slippers" by Irina U (@IrinaU on Etsy); photo by Irina U

Gina has always had an interest in art felting, but these gorgeous felted slippers would catch anyone's eye!  Check out these tutorials and other examples of felted slippers and keep your toes beautifully warm this winter.

Bottom: Sunlit Coffee palette; photo by Kelsey Soya

Kelsey managed to capture this little piece of a sunny morning.  We were envisioning a palette of neutrals, but are loving the oranges and greens that were hiding in there, too!

We'd love to see what's inspiring YOU this week!  Tag us on Instagram (@woolandcottonco or with #wococo and #TWLTW), share with us on Facebook, or post in our Ravelry group!

Posted on December 1, 2015 .

TWLTW - #6

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Top Left: "Regnbogi" by Lars Andreas Myklebust (@larsmyklebust on Ravelry); photo by Lars Andreas Myklebust

Top Right: "Indigo Frost" by Isabell Kraemer (@lilalu on Ravelry); photo by Isabell Kraemer

We are absolutely in love with colorwork yokes this week!  It all started with Isabell Kraemer's poncho.  The little details are what make this design stand out.  The eyelet pattern in the body keeps the garment drapey and adds a little interest without being distracting.  The small band of color in the yoke doesn't compete with the funnel neck collar.  We fell down the rabbit hole, browsing through patterns and talking about colorwork yokes for days!  Another amazing example we love is the "Regnbogi" (Rainbow) sweater.  The idea of being able to play with endless color possibilities drew us to this yoke pattern.  There has even been talk of making a hybrid of the two designs!

Bottom: Thanksgiving Cactus palette; photo by Gina Thomason

Look at that early bloomer practically glowing!  It would be so easy to design a colorwork yoke out of the earthy, blended hues on one end of this palette with the hot fuschias on the other end as a little pop.

We'd love to see what's inspiring YOU this week!  Tag us on Instagram (@woolandcottonco or with #wococo and #TWLTW), share with us on Facebook, or post in our Ravelry group!

Posted on November 17, 2015 .

Things We Love This Week - #5

Top Left: "Passerine Hat" by Erica Heusser (@ericamay on Ravelry); photo by Erica Heusser

Gina was stuck in a bit of a knitting funk, but these little fat birds pulled her right out of it.  She cast on this sweet hat today in soft pink and black alpaca!

Top Right: "Strandwanderer" by Lea Viktoria (@lea-viktoria on Ravelry); photo by Lea Viktoria

We love when customers come in to share exciting pattern finds!  This colorful shawl makes use of knitting in two directions to get an interesting effect from hand-dyed sock yarn.  I have a skein of Sweet Georgia that has been waiting for the perfect project...and I think this is it!  Thanks, Kelly!

Bottom: Sidewalk Stones palette; photo by Jannis Mindel

Jannis tagged us on Instagram last week to show us an inspiring find from a quick day-trip.  These colorful sidewalk bricks produced an amazing color palette!

We'd love to see what's inspiring YOU this week!  Tag us on Instagram (@woolandcottonco or with #wococo and #TWLTW), share with us on Facebook, or post in our Ravelry group!

Posted on November 10, 2015 .

Things We Love This Week - #4

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Top Left: "Crazed Scandinavian Cowl" by Wendy D. Johnson (@wendyknits on Ravelry); photo by Wendy D. Johnson

This brand new cowl pattern has had Anneliese eyeing up color pairings in a variety of yarns all week!  What a great way to wrap yourself in some cozy colorwork.

Top Right: "Adornaments: The Stars" by Laura Nelkin (@lauranelkin on Ravelry); photo by Nelkin Designs

There's something so charming about handmade ornaments.  Laura Nelkin has captured us again with her latest beaded knitting kits.  Two new ornament patterns, The Lights and The Stars (pictured), have been turned into kits featuring gorgeous yarns and beads.  These work up super quickly and you're going to want to decorate tree and hearth with them!

Bottom: Fall Mums palette; photo by Gina Thomason

We've always got color on our minds.  This little mum turned into a gorgeous combo of teals, purples, and near-neon greens!

 

We'd love to see what's inspiring YOU this week!  Tag us on Instagram (@woolandcottonco or with #wococo and #TWLTW), share with us on Facebook, or post in our Ravelry group!

Posted on November 3, 2015 .

Things We Love This Week - #3

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Top Left: "Rhiannon Socks" by Cookie A (@cookie on Ravelry); photo: Cookie A

Top Right: "Talia" socks by Rachel Coopey (@coopknits on Ravelry); photo: Rachel Coopey

In true Wisconsin fashion, the fall weather has been alternating between gorgeously warm and terribly chilly.  Somehow those cold days seem to hit us like a ton of bricks and we find ourselves reaching for our woolen layers to stay cozy!  Kelsey has been dreaming of knee-high socks to keep her legs and feet warm.  Turning to two of our favorite sock designers for inspiration, we found the amazingly squishy cabled Rhiannon Socks by Cookie A and the gorgeously contrasting colorwork Talia socks by Rachel Coopey. 

Top Center: "Collared Spinnerin Stole"  (@spinnerin on Ravelry, available from Adorish Vintage); photo: Spinnerin

Gina recently finished spinning some "Leopard Frog" Coopworth/Silk roving from one of our favorite local fiber farms and found this lovely vintage design for a collared stole to knit with the finished yarn.  We love this interesting design and how the collar adds a bit of structure to the rectangular stole.

Bottom: Icelandic Sheep palette; photo: Jessica Becker (@riverwaters7 on Instagram)

Two good friends took a trip to Iceland recently (did you know they sell yarn in the grocery stores there?!?) and I was completely blown away by some of the photos they took!  Black sand beaches with pale blue glaciers, mossy mountains with waterfalls, and stretches of earthy countryside (populated by little sheep!) have all inspired me to start saving for a vacation! 

 

We'd love to see what's inspiring YOU this week!  Tag us on Instagram (@woolandcottonco or with #wococo and #TWLTW), share with us on Facebook, or post in our Ravelry group!

Posted on October 27, 2015 .

Things We Love This Week - #2

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Top Left: "Kumara Cowl" by Francoise Danoy (@arohaknits on Ravelry); photo cred: Holla Knits

The striking stitch pattern on the Kumara Cowl caught our eye this week!  The stitch pattern was designed to emulate a type of traditional Maori weaving.  We love that it looks like stockinette stitch knitting!

Top Right: "Seawall" by Louise Zass-Bangham (@inspirationknits on Ravelry); photo cred: Louise Zass-Bangham

Kelsey stumbled upon this colorful design after she unpacked some new colors of Pepperberry Knits sportweight cashmere kits and thought they would be a perfect match.  If she wasn't currently living the life of a grad student, this would have been cast on already!

Bottom: Market Apples palette; photo cred: Gina Thomason

We expected the reds and greens, but the shades of purple that were pulled from this photo made us fall in love with this palette.  Hello, Fall!

 

We'd love to see what's inspiring YOU this week!  Tag us on Instagram (@woolandcottonco or with #wococo and #TWLTW), share with us on Facebook, or post in our Ravelry group!

Posted on October 19, 2015 .

Things We Love This Week - #1

Welcome to the very first "Things We Love This Week"! 

When you work in a creative environment - whether as a designer, a maker, a shopowner, a happy LYS employee - you are constantly surrounded by gorgeous products and ideas.  Our minds are almost always racing thinking about new classes, yarns we are itching to knit or crochet, fiber we just have to spin, and projects we are dying to start.  The main reason we work in this wonderful industry is not just because WE love all things fiber-y, but because we want YOU to love them and be just as excited as we are.  Despite all of our speed-knitting efforts, we can't make every single item that we want to share with you.  Enter "Things We Love This Week".  This feature is a weekly collection of what is inspiring us at this very moment.  This might include color schemes, projects that we want to drop everything to begin, yarns we're loving, or people who are keeping our creative spark lit.  This is a little peek inside our brains.  We hope that it inspires you.

Top Left: "Fair Isle Skirt" by Mary Jane Mucklestone (@maryjane on Ravelry), photo by MJMucklestone

Kelsey's pick for the week is knit skirts!  Skirts like this have been popping up everywhere this season and we love it.  This particular pattern is one of our favorites (we're seeing it in Noro!), but there are loads of skirt options available.  Paired with some leggings and boots, a knit skirt will keep you stylishly toasty this fall.

Top Right:  "Triyang" by Lee Meredith (@leethalknits on Ravelry), photo by Lee Meredith

Lee Meredith has been one of Anneliese's favorite designers for a long time.  Her patterns always include unique constructions, interesting techniques, amazing ways to play with color, and the ability to use any weight of yarn.  One of her most recent patterns, Triyang, is a modular shawl that has our minds filled with edgy color combos and luscious yarn possibilities.  It's high on the queue and only a short matter of time before Anneliese casts on for this one!

Bottom: Autumn Leaves Palette, photo by Gina Thomason

The leaves are starting to turn gorgeous shades of yellows, oranges, and reds!  Gina snapped this photo several years ago and has been inspired by the colors and the texture of the water droplets ever since.  She was even more excited when we pulled this palette of amazing colors from it.  Just look at those tones of pinks, reds, neutrals, and greens! 

 

We'd love to see what's inspiring YOU this week!  Tag us on Instagram @woolandcottonco or with #wococo and #TWLTW, share with us on Facebook, or post in our "Show Off" Ravelry thread.

Posted on October 9, 2015 .