Shark Bite

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Introducing Shark Bite! Use coupon code: Amity for $2.00 off until July 5th. Don’t get caught with your socks in the water and have a Happy 4th of July!

The Shark Bite socks were inspired by one of my all time favorite movies, JAWS. It’s a tradition for my husband and I to have a JAWS movie marathon over the 4th of July weekend every year. We hunker down in our den and watch the movies from beginning to end. 2015 is the 40th Anniversary of the original JAWS movie and I thought it was an appropriate time to design a pattern in homage to the movie.

Shark Bite is written from the cuff down. The cuff and leg portion of the socks are worked in the flat, and the joined at the ankle. The heel, foot and toe are worked in the round.

If you aren’t familiar with knitting colorwork, links to tutorials are provided in the pattern. While the colorwork details might look difficult to knit, they are really only over a small portion of the sock and some of them, like the swimmer and sharks teeth can be done in duplicate stitch once you are finished knitting.

The sample was was worked using KnitPicks Stroll unless otherwise noted. This is a perfect project to use mini skeins and left over yarn for the smaller details.

Asian Landscape


In Asian landscape paintings, artists typically incorporate mountains or rocks, water, the sky, trees, and greenery, along with a man-made element, such as a bridge, to create an overall image. The result is often abstract, leaving the viewer to explore the landscape the artist created. 

Living in Asia, I come across many painted scrolls from China and other parts of eastern Asia and often have the opportunity to view the scenery that has inspired artists for centuries.

This shawl is my interpretation of an Asian landscape, worked in lace stitch patterns that are meant to evoke hilly terrain, flowing water with the hint of a bridge, tree branches, and abundant foliage.

The shawl was knit with two shades of Malabrigo Lace (100% baby Merino), with the body of the shawl in Water Green, and the edge (part of the body) and the border (knit-on) in Indiecita. It required a full skein of Water Green and just under 2/3 of a skein of Indiecita.

Intermediate knitting ability with some lace knitting experience is necessary for this pattern.

The official Swiss Wulle Festival-Shawl — “Under the Same Sky”

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Swiss Wulle Festival, the first Swiss Fibre Festival taking place on the first weekend in October in Zug, is proud to present a collaboration with Swiss knitwear designer Nadia Crétin-Léchenne and Siidegarte, to celebrate our love of the fibre arts, the festival’s beautiful location and all the friendship this event is already creating. Whether you are near or far, we are inviting you to knit along with us!

“Under the Same Sky” is a crescent shape shawl that combines lace and garter stitch, using two-colours of Siide-Fideel, a 50/50 Silk and Merino fingering-weight yarn that is hand dyed and sourced locally by Siidegarte. The shawl features a knitted-on border with a beautiful wave edging that lets the silk and hand-dyed colours really shine.

This knit-a-long is open to everyone and there will be prizes for finished, photographed shawls (see KAL details below). We will start on August 1st, the Swiss National Day, chatting and knitting together in our Ravelry forum. And we’re looking forward to seeing many lovingly finished shawl on that weekend, be it offline or online!

The shawl is exclusively available here for pre-order, in either English, French or German. There are three colour options. The kits will be shipped mid-July, both national as well as international.

Each kit contains:
• two skeins of Siidegarte Siide-Fideel, silk-merino, 120g each, hand dyed in the chosen colour
• a printed copy of the pattern (available in English, French or German)
• a Swiss Wulle Festival projectbag (keep an eye on our instagram account for sneak peeks of what to expect very soon)

Planning to Knit-a-long with us?

Cast-on will be on the Swiss National Day, August 1st 2015
Everyone is welcome to knitalong with us
There will be a chat thread in the Ravelry group here
Finish date is 4th October 2015, the last day of the festival.

We love Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!

We will also have hashtags to help us find and connect with one another on Instagram and Twitter as well as with the grand prize draw in October:

is for everyone who is knitting along with us. Also, on the weekend of the festival, those who finish in time can upload a finished object picture of themselves at the location with the same hashtag to be entered for a prize.

Those of you who wish to enter from afar, please add the tag #SWF_notunderthesamesky for your finished shawl pictures and we will send your prize along with some local goodies so you don’t feel left out on all the fun!

!! Gradients !!

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Look what’s been in the dye pots: lace weight and more sock yarn gradients…

Silver Angel Lace is an Attention Getter!!! The hand of this yarn is perfect for lacy artistry: shawls, summer tops or sweaters. This yarn is 875 yards of squishy, next-to-the-skin awesomeness made of baby alpaca, silk, Cashmere and just a hint of silver sparkle.

Cushy is so named because it’s really soft and squishy Superwash Merino blended with nylon for strength. These 463-yard skeins are dappled gradients with a range of colors. The colors are rich and deep with multiple layers of color and subtle tonal variations within the gradients in the skein. These are all one-of-a-kind (OOAK) originals for you to show off your talents.

ColorPurl Shop Update

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Lots of yarns updated in the shop for summer knitting now and for stashing anytime.

Check out the naturals like Raspberry dyed with Cochineal, Buttery Yellow dyed with Onion, and Sandy Brown dyed with Walnut. Or, look for EcoFriendly yarns like Lizard Toes, Papaya and Mussels in White Wine.

While you’re looking, please check out the newly released Tronsen cowl by Fiber Dreams featuring ColorPurl Finnegan!

Tronsen, a cozy cowl

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As usual, when I’m stumped and have no idea what to name a design, I ran a naming contest online. This time I did it a little differently, and had everyone leave their name suggestions on Instagram. I love the results. The knitter who suggested the winning name loves naming contests, and did a little research before making her suggestion. She named the design after Tronsen Ridge, a ridge in the Cascade mountain range that travels through my new home State of Washington. Tronsen ridge runs along the edge of this range, and acts as a divider between the Cascades and the high desert of eastern Washington.

The cowl is knit flat, from one end to the other, with fingering weight yarn held double, and larger-than-average needles for this yarn. The combination of garter stitch and ribbed cables makes the design completely reversible, and exactly the same on both sides. This makes it a perfect gift for those who always manage to wear scarves wrong-side out. Buttonholes are added near the end, and buttons are attached during finishing. Cowl can be buttoned in a number of ways, including as a Möbius, if a single twist is added before buttoning.

Sumptuous Velvet!

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Tis the season for the introduction of a variety of sumptuous new colorways. In addition to the new line of Calliope 100% silk yarn that debuted last week, we are now beginning to welcome a few fall/winter colorways, and these three new shades of Velvet are certainly eye catching! You’ll want to check these three out: Davy Jones, Burlesque, and Badlands.

Can’t you just picture yourself wrapped in these rich colors? With the cooler autumn months just down the road a piece, now is the perfect time to cast on for a new fingering weight shawl for those cool evenings of September and October. Hand dyed right here on the farm, this 3-ply fingering weight works up much like Tosh Merino Light, only with the added softness and slight halo of alpaca. It may very well be my favorite of all of the yarns on the market. I know I have at least one shawl project in my own queue for the Davy Jones colorway, and I have a pair of Jaywalkers on the needles right now that I’m working up in the Little Pigs colorway. And of course, we have also re-stocked with previous colorways that may have been sold out when you last visited the online shop. Now is the time to stop in and see what your stash has been missing!

Untangling kits on sale now!

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  • The cowl in the Indie blue colorway, which is exclusive to the kit.
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A few months ago, I reached out to three talented people who I’d gotten to know during the crazy ride of creating Indie Untangled. When I came up with the idea for the site, I wanted to not only spread the word about shop updates and sales, but also curate special packages from some of my favorite indie yarntrepreneurs.

The result was Untangling, a collaboration between Michelle of Berry Colorful Yarnings, designer Lara Smoot and Vicki of That Clever Clementine. The kit includes a skein of Michelle’s incredible self-striping sock yarn in one of three available colorways, including the exclusive Indie blue, the pattern for Lara’s lovely infinity scarf and a loop-handled Lulu bag in an exclusive fabric handcrafted by Vicki.

A limited number of dyed- and sewn-to-order kits are on sale at Indie Untangled through the end of the day on June 21. Order yours here!