Thursday, May 11, 2017

FO: Salt Creek Hat & Loop for Black Wolf Ranch

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In the two years since I started working on indie.knits full time, I've been lucky to connect and work with some awesome local and American-made yarn companies - and among my favorite folks to work with are Black Wolf Ranch, a brand that features luxury alpaca blends in luminous colors influenced by the Montana landscape.

Last year, I knit up a Nusa cowl sample, and later, designed the Jardiniere shawl, using their gorgeous yarns. And this past February at Madrona Fiber Arts, I was delighted to see my designs featured in their booth both as individual patterns and thoughtfully chosen kits.

While I was there, I got to catch up with Wendy and her lovely team - and when she asked if I would be available to knit up samples of my Salt Creek Hat & Loop for them, out of two different dreamy silk-blend yarns, I was like um, yes please!

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Salt Creek Hat

This was the first design that I ever released for sale on Ravelry, so it holds a special place in my heart! I revamped the pattern in 2014, and ever since, I've been so happy to see it keep getting love. The simple cable and twisted stitch details add knitterly interest, while the garter stitch gives it a bit of textured smoosh. And the crown decreases are pretty neat, if I do say so myself!

I knit up the sample in Black Wolf Ranch Rustic Wool, a 70/30 BFL/tussah silk blend, in the colorway Tuscan Sun, which is a beautiful shade of green-scented yellow - like a ripening lemon, or a splash of fresh olive oil. The BFL adds structure and crispness to the fabric, which lets the silk content sing the lead, as the color shimmers and glows from within.

For more details, you can check out my project page here.

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Salt Creek Loop

This pattern came a little later, when I was inspired to try the same textural details of the Salt Creek Hat in a soft, drapey alpaca yarn. I worked on the pattern on a trip to Iceland in 2012, and I have distinct memories of blocking the sample in our rental laundry room during a bout of insomnia: the cement floor and hum of the dryer, the smell of soap and sulfur lingering in the air like a strange, cozy dream.

I knit up this sample in Black Wolf Ranch Spirit Alpaca & Tussah, a 70/30 alpaca/tussah silk blend, in the colorway Cenote', a deep, complex blue-green - just like the pools of clear, cavernous blue of its namesake. In this yarn, the sinuous quality of the alpaca combines with the luster of the silk to create a fabric with amazing drape and shine - like the yarn version of silk crepe-back satin.

For more details, you can check out my project page here.

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One of my favorite things about working as an independent designer is the opportunity to partner with folks who share my love of color, local and independently-produced yarns, and strong, supportive community - and by all of those counts, Black Wolf Ranch has been a total pleasure to work with. If you ever get the opportunity to stop by their booth at a fiber festival or show, I do hope you'll say hello!

In the meantime, if you're interested in their lovely yarns, you can shop online here.

(And a few of my patterns are available as kits as well, which is pretty awesome!)

Thanks again to Wendy, Amanda, and the rest of the Black Wolf Ranch team for their support, and for letting me play with their pretty, pretty yarns!

And thank you for reading, friends. Happy Thursday!

<3
Cory

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Upcoming Event: Fireweed Workshop at All Wound Up!

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hosted by
18521 - 76th Ave W, Ste 109
Edmonds, WA 98026
425-245-5104


Saturday, June 24th
9 am - 12 pm

Class Fee: $75 (supplies included)
Skill level: Adventurous beginner

Materials and other details are available on sign-up -
call, stop by, or register online for all the details! <3

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Wanna Fireweed with me? Here's what we'll be doing!

Lace and stripes and Spincycle, oh my! Come learn how to plan and create your very own Fireweed shawl - a two-color asymmetrical shawl featuring gorgeous Spincycle Yarns - with the designer, Seattle local Cory Ellen (that's meee!)

We’ll start by exploring how to use color theory, inspiring images, and personal style to choose colors that will make your heart sing! Then, in the hands-on section of class, we’ll knit Fireweed swatches to practice two-color stripe techniques, an easy way of picking up and knitting, and how to work and troubleshoot simple lace. 

As a handy reminder of the color theory and inspiration we cover, each student will receive a handout with helpful terms, photo examples, and tips on how to approach color pairing in your yarns and projects.

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I'm very excited to be hosted by Nona and Leslie at All Wound Up, a local yarn shop in Edmonds, WA with a fabulous selection of local & hand-dyed yarns and a wonderful community of knitters & crocheters! If you're a Seattle local, I highly recommend checking them out.

All Wound Up will also be hosting a trunk show of my designs from June 14 - 24 -  so stay tuned for more details!

Happy Wednesday, friends!

<3
Cory

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Upcoming Event: Color Play! Part II Workshop at Serial Knitters

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Saturday, March 25th
4-6 pm

Class Fee: $35 + supplies
Skill level: Intermediate
Skills needed: Casting on, knitting, purling, binding off. Yo increase, decreases, and cabling a plus.

Materials

Yarn: One or more skeins of variegated DK-weight yarn (one skein of gradient, optional) for swatching.

Notions: Stitch markers, cable needle.

Needles: Size 5 or 6 US (3.75 or 4 mm) 24” (61 cm) circular needles, or preferred needles for working flat.

Recommended yarn: Variegated - Black Trillium Sublime, Knitted Wit Victory DK, Malabrigo Arroyo, Madelinetosh Tosh DK.

Optional gradient: Done Roving Frolicking Feet DK; Spincycle Yarns Dyed in the Wool (bring size 4 or 5 US [3.5 mm or 3.75 mm] needle for this one!)


Join us!

Call, email, or stop by Serial Knitters to sign up.

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Why Color Play?

There's nothing more tempting to a knitter than variegated & gradient yarns! But once you've got that precious skein in your hot little hands, how do you choose a pattern that will highlight its gorgeous colors? 

As a knitter and designer with 10+ years experience in the yarn world, this is one of my favorite questions - not to mention a fabulous opportunity to play with the color alchemy of yarns created by talented indie dyers.

So I invite you to join me as we jump feet-first into the world of variegated & gradient yarns!

Come learn how to choose and use these beautiful yarns in the second workshop of my series on knitterly color play. (You do not need to have taken Part I to attend!)

In this workshop, we'll explore:

- the basics of color theory
- types of variegation & gradients
- how to choose a variegated yarn that speaks to you

as well as

- how to choose stitch patterns and design elements for variegated & gradient yarns
- hands-on swatching of 3 different variegation-friendly stitch patterns

Other workshop highlights:

As we work, we'll also have the opportunity to look at lots of swatches and samples up close, for examples of variegated and gradient yarns knit into different types of projects.

And, as a handy reminder of the topics we cover, each student will receive a handout with helpful terms, photo examples, and tips on how approach variegated & gradient yarns and projects - so you can keep the color party going at home!

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The first Color Play workshop at Serial Knitters was a blast, and I'm so excited for the opportunity to come back and share another afternoon of color adventure with you all!

It should be an awesome workshop - I hope to see you there!

<3
Cory

Monday, March 6, 2017

Upcoming Event: 2-Session Lelia Mitts Workshop at The Fiber Gallery!

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hosted by
Sundays, March 12th & March 19th (2 sessions)
3 - 5 pm

Class Fee: $50 + supplies
Skill level: Adventurous beginner to intermediate
Skills needed: Long-tail cast-on, knitting & purling, small-circumference
knitting in the round (DPNs or Magic Loop.)

Starts this weekend - stop by, call, or email to sign up!

The Fiber Gallery
8212 Greenwood Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98103

(206) 706-4197
fibergallery@comcast.net

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Workshop Overview

Local to Seattle and curious about colorwork? Come join me at The Fiber Gallery in a 2-week workshop featuring my Lelia Mitts pattern, and learn the ropes of basic stranded colorwork!

We’ll talk about choosing colors and practice techniques to create beautiful, even stranded colorwork and stripes on your very own Lelia Mitts project. And as we knit, I’ll share some of my favorite little tweaks to make your knitting shine.

In addition to the in-class discussion of color, you'll receive a Color Play! Combining Two Colors handout to take home.

We'll Learn About:

- how to choose a stranding technique that works with your knitting style
- how to work simple stranded colorwork
- how to work a pretty 2-row stripe technique

as well as

- color dominance in stranded knitting
- basics of yarny color theory
- how to create inspired color pairings

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Please Bring

- Lelia Mitts pattern
available in print or through Ravelry at The Fiber Gallery

 - 125 yards sport weight Main Color
- 95 yards sport weight Contrast Color
- 3 stitch markers
- needles

Recommended yarn:
Main Color - Cascade 220 Sport, 1 skein.
Contrast Color - Spincycle Yarns Dyed in the Wool, 1 skein.

Recommended needles:
Size 2.5 US (3.0 mm) DPNs
Size 3 US (3.25 mm) DPNs
Size 4 US (3.5 mm) 32"+ (81 cm +) circular needles

Or, preferred needles for small-circumference knitting in the round.

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I'm very excited to be working with Megan, our new owner at The Fiber Gallery, to bring you this indie.knits workshop - it's been so cool to be a part of the awesome new ideas and energy she brings to the shop! <3

It should be a really fun time - I hope to see you there!

Love,
Cory