My latest pattern, Maras, was inspired by a linoleum floor I saw during a trip to the Sacred Valley in Peru. It's a dynamic, repeatable design that translated into the most amazing of wraps.
Worked in the new yarn Roslyn from Cascade, (65% wool, 35% silk) it's so drapey and lovely.
The pattern utilizes the technique of locked floats, which makes the back of the piece appear almost woven.
Members of TKGA have access to this pattern in the latest issue of CAST ON Magazine (Winter 15/16).
Sign on to the TKGA website HERE and join/download/cast on!
It's time to buy with heart! We have over 30 different handmade pieces listed in the 75 Squares fundraiser! Each one is $150.00, and that donation is enough to serve 75 meals to those in need.
Click the image or HERE to be directed to the shop.
Here's to helping others!
During the past few weeks two of my projects have been released. A magazine article and a knitting pattern:
In the Autumn 2014 issue of Ply Magazine, I write about spinning, and the Men's Knitting Retreats. (and of course, as I try to write here about the article, I realize how difficult it is to write about writing!) haha
Also, the latest Cast On magazine features my latest pattern, Thara. This is a fun colorwork cowl that was inspired by Thai weaving.
The studio continues to buzz with activity. Working hard on the book, and I have a few other designs clicking their way through the process on their way to publication. This fall promises to be busy, and I'm looking forward to moving through the "to do" list that's filled with such exciting things!
Points of Light Award
Back on February 4, 2014 I was the recipient of the Daily Point of Light award! What's funny is I didn't know about it until their office contacted me to get my shipping address! Founded by President George H. W. Bush, the program recognizes people or organizations who work to make a difference in their communities. Most people who know me are aware of my desire to use the fiber arts as a tool to educate and empower others with information about various issues.
The project that earned this recognition was Good Deeds, Volume One: Hats, which includes knitting (and crochet!) patterns surrounded by information about breast cancer, and the incredible resource Breast Cancer Connections. 100% of the proceeds from this collection benefits Breast Cancer Connections, and the e-book suggests making hats for a charity.
This honor was unexpected, and I'm humbled by the experience. (Of course, it couldn't have happened without the help of all the contributing designers and models!) In addition to the certificate, I also received this letter on President George H.W. Bush's letterhead:
On the Points of Light website under my date and award number, you'll find this summary:
AWARD NUMBER: 5146
Thank you to those who nominated me, and thank you to everyone who takes time out of their day to do good for others!
Something Good is Coming!
While so many fiber folks are posting, sharing, and commenting about their fluffy finds at Rhinebeck, I'm here in the studio working on layout and final edits for the upcoming ebook: Good Deeds, Volume One: Hats"! The project is almost ready, so I better get back to work. I just wanted to say "Happy Rhinebeck!" to everyone who is lucky enough to be there.
While you're perusing the fiber, perhaps you'll pick up a couple skeins of yarn to knit a hat for charity?
Colton Half-Zip Pullover
Full details about this design are included on the pattern page HERE.
This men’s half-zip pullover uses a gently shifting motif to create a modified houndstooth motif. Carefully tailored with set in sleeves, and solid cuffs and hem, a zipper finishes off the neckline and completes this timeless design.
This pattern is worked flat and requires basic knitting knowledge, including knit/purl, increasing, decreasing, reading charts, stranded knitting, and finishing.
Call for Submissions
Submission Deadline : Friday, August 16, 2013, 6pm PST
Finished patterns and completed samples must be received by: September 25, 2013
Project scheduled release: November 1, 2013
Designs benefitting Breast Cancer Connections will be an e-book of knit and crochet hat patterns created to raise funds for this worthwhile organization. The e-book will be sold through Ravelry, and 100% of the net proceeds will benefit Breast Cancer Connections. www.bcconnections.org
Designers generously donate the pattern and finished hat sample to the project. Each pattern will be formatted to be included in the e-book and designers will receive full credit for their contribution. Previously published patterns will be accepted.
Samples will be made by designers and submitted along with their pattern. Patterns should be tech edited and tested prior to submission.
Please send your design submission as a .pdf, including an image of the finished hat (or swatch & sketch), and schematic with sizing/dimensions. Projects should follow the CYC Standards, and can be in one or multiple sizes. Include a short statement about the design, the project yarn requirements (either what you used or what yarn and colors you hope to use), and contact information. If you’ve used handspun in your project, include WPI, TPI, angles, and a commercial yarn equivalent.
This project does not include yarn support. Completed patterns will be submitted in .doc format, and all charts and schematics should be sent as separate .jpg attachments.
Photography | Finished samples will be mailed at designer’s expense to Kyle William and will be photographed for the publication. Designers will be able to use these photos for their website, ravelry page, etc. as long as they keep the copyright information with the photo.
Release | The project is scheduled to be released as an e-book on November 1, 2013. Patterns donated to the project will be available through purchase of the e-book as a collection. Designers can sell the pattern individually on Ravelry or their own website.
After the project is released, sample hats will be sent to the project beneficiary, Living Beyond Breast Cancer. If you would rather keep your sample hat, we will ask you to cover the cost of return shipping.
Proceeds | All money from the sales of the e-book, less fees (Paypal, Ravelry, etc), will be donated to Living Beyond Breast Cancer in an annual payment, and the amounts donated will be updated on the book’s ravelry page and on a dedicated page at www.kylewilliam.com.
Email any questions and all submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org with "BCC Collection" in the subject line.
The Jack cardigan began its life back in October when I talked with Classic Elite about contributing to a collection of men's garments for release Fall 2013. After a few emails, we agreed on design, materials, and colors.
This design began as a swatch in different yarn, and different colors... but once I got going on it I was infatuated with the sheer luxury of Classic Elite Yarn's Inca Alpaca.
I LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. this yarn. Seriously. It was glorious to work with (and I want to work with it again VERY soon) and the finished cardigan is so comfy and soft it was really hard to send away. I want to knit another for myself for chilly San Francisco days!
The pattern is part of Classic Elite Yarn's new booklet #9231: Leader of the Pack, available for purchase on Ravelry, and pattern and yarn both should be waiting for you at your local yarn shop. More information about this and the rest of the collection can be found HERE.
I'm happy to announce that I'm part of an upcoming book - this time it's a Hanukkah hat designed for Universal Yarn and Sixth&Spring Books. The goal with this project was to create an easy to follow pattern using the dreidel as a symbol for the holiday of Hanukkah.
Judaism is a religion steeped in history. I was drawn to the dreidel not only for its shape, but also because, in addition to it being the centerpiece for a game that millions of kids have played for generations, it is a reminder of how, during the rule of Antiochus, Jews who were reading the Torah would hide their studies and quickly pick up (and play with) the dreidel when armies appeared as a way to avoid persecution.
Stories of religions are interesting and full of the unexpected. The little dreidel motif repeated around the hat is a bit camouflaged, but for those that know the symbol, it invites inquiry. And as always, if you ask, you'll learn that there's more to the story.
I love the slow striping color change of Universal Yarn Deluxe Worsted Long Print (color #05 Midnight Blues). This yarn was the perfect background for using the solid worsted yarn (color #12270 Natural) as the motif in the design.
Also in the book you'll find so many other fun projects, including a pattern for a market bag, Christmas tree skirt, gloves, socks, and scarves. This is the kind of book that would be fun to buy and work the patterns as each holiday arrives. I have yet to see the final published book but the issuu link (below) will give you a small taste of some of the projects you'll find in this new book.
Hanukkah Hat by Kyle Kunnecke from 50 Knitted Gifts for Year Round Giving, published by
Sixth&Spring Books. Photography by Jack Deutsch and text copyright © 2013 by
Sixth&Spring Books. All images used by permission.
Check with your local yarn shop or bookstore to get your copy of this book - it's scheduled for release in about a month.
Natalie Redding of Namaste Farms
I'm excited to announce I'll be interviewed on Natalie Redding's Blogtalk Radio on 2/28/2013 at 6pm. Check out the episode page HERE.
We will talk about all kinds of things including learning about my move to San Francisco, some of my recent designs, and what's coming in the next months. Natalie is an amazing soul and she has worked hard the past few weeks taking care of my friend Janice Rosema in her last days. Since Janice's death on February 13, Natalie has worked to raise money for the final expenses by selling many of Janice's amazing works.
I hope you'll join Natalie, Kimberly, and me, as we chat. Natalie will be giving away something very special from Janice's estate during the show!
Natalie is owner and head shepardess at Namaste Farms. Visit her website http://namastefarms.com where you'll have the opportunity to learn more about this energetic woman.