Spring Knitting

After a brief vacation from blogging, I’m back (well, at least for today).  Been quite busy with kids, knitting, etc, so blogging fell by the wayside for a bit.

Nicer weather has finally arrived, after a cool, wet spring here in Indianapolis.  I hear conflicting predictions on what the summer will bring, I’m hoping for cooler than average – last year was murderous.

Been knitting a lot (to put it mildly) and there are a lot of fun new items in the Etsy store.  We’ve been knitting many things that will work for spring and cool summer nights, like this pale yellow open weave shawl.  I love this primrose color, it’s perfect for women with delicate coloring, and 100% organic cotton makes it super soft.  This is an asymmetrical triangle and it’s super versatile, wear it as a wrap or scarf, or fold it and wrap for a sarong.  It dries in about 30 minutes if it gets wet, so it’s great for the beach.

Primrose Shawl
Primrose Shawl

We found a great buy on Noro Nobori yarn this spring, so we’ve done several different things with it.  I knit this scarf;  think this is the perfect pattern to show this yarn’s unusual texture and beautiful color changes.  This one reminds me of a zinnia garden in the summer sunshine.  Cheryl, my business partner sees fireworks.  How about you?  What do you see?

Zinnia Garden Scarf
Zinnia Garden Scarf

Cheryl knit the yarn in a different colorway, this one makes me think of a spring rainbow, cheesy I know – but how would you describe it?

This scarf is just right for women with fair, golden complexions – what we might call “Spring” or “Dressing Your Truth Type 1”.  I plan to write more about this color typing stuff in a future  post.

Spring Rainbow Scarf
Spring Rainbow Scarf

Cheryl also knit this black fishnet type rectangular scarf from organic cotton.  We found a fabulous buy on Mirasol Samp’a, 100% organically grown and dyed cotton, so we snapped up a lot – watch for lots of cool new things to appear in the shop.

I love this pattern, it’s so easy to wear, it makes a nice soft scarf, a shawl or wrap and a perfect sarong.  Do I even need to talk about the possibilities for a sexy Halloween costume?

Black Organic Cotton Scarf/Wrap/Sarong
Black Organic Cotton Scarf/Wrap/Sarong

I’d love to hear what kind of hand knits you’d like to see in our Etsy shop for spring and summer.  Please let me know through the comments if you have other ideas or know of patterns that would make useful (and beautiful) hand knit items for warmer weather.

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Collaboration vs. Competition (and Clapotis Tips Too)

I’ve noticed something about some patterns lately that I don’t remember seeing on old, vintage patterns.

Once in a while, there will be a statement somewhere on the pattern prohibiting making the item for sale; I’ve heard these referred to as personal use only patterns.  I’ve seen this on both free patterns and patterns I’ve bought.

Now, call me crazy, but it seems to me that if I buy a pattern I should be able to do whatever I want with it (except sell it on directly, of course).  I think the time and materials I put into a knitted item, say a shawl, are quite a contribution, and give me the right to sell it, gift it, keep it, or even destroy it if I wish.

When you buy a cookbook, there isn’t a disclaimer that you can’t make cupcakes from the recipe and sell them.  The very idea is laughable, and I don’t see much difference, they are both intellectual property.

Attempting to place restrictions on the use of your creation speaks volumes about a mindset of lack and scarcity – which is not the way I choose to live.  I believe there is plenty of business for everyone.

I don’t see how it hurts the pattern designer for me to knit and sell from her pattern.  I’ve already paid for it, more people will see her designs, and that could result in more pattern sales to other knitters.

As a matter of fact, I know of at least one pattern designer, Natalie Larson, who recognizes that collaboration is a better way to do business than the old paradigm of competition.

Here’s what she says on her Star Crossed Slouchy Beret pattern page on Ravelry about knitting her patterns for sale.

If you buy the seller pattern, it allows you to sell an unlimited number of finished products. This is lifetime license with no sample knitting required. I ask that credit be given and that you provide a link from your listings to my etsy, HC and Ravelry pattern store. I will provide you with the links and exact wording. Additionally, I will link to your shop information from my stores – perhaps you’ll get some extra business!

She is a forward thinking business person.  Collaborating with other knitters will get her pattern more exposure, more word of mouth and very likely, more sales.  And it doesn’t cost her a thing. The knitter gets free marketing assistance.  Win-Win – I love that!

In news about my own knitting, I’ve received some custom orders lately.  I’m on the second one now, it’s a Clapotis in Malabrigo Rios, colorway Aguas.

Here’s a picture of the first Clapotis I knit.  This yarn is Cascade 220, the colorway is 9923.  It reminded me of a thunderstorm sky, I called it Thunderclap on my Ravlery page.

Clapotis in Cascade 220

And here’s the beginning of the new one in Malabrigo.  I’m thinking it will be spectacular.

Clapotis in Malabrigo Aguas

I find the clapotis pattern to be overly complicated as it’s written on Knitty.  Fortunately, Kim at SoulKnitting has made a wonderful checklist you can find here on her blog.  Makes the whole process very simple, just knit and check off the rows.

If you have any trouble with the checklist and can’t reach Kim feel free to contact me, I’ll email you the spreadsheet.

So, genius pattern design and easy to use instructions from someone else – see what I mean about collaboration?

What do you think about this subject?

Valentine’s Day!

In honor of Valentine’s Day and lovers everywhere we are running a special in the Etsy Shop during the month of February.

All pink or red items will ship free in the continental US or Canada.  For shipping discounts to other locations, convo us or comment below.

Use coupon code HEARTS for free shipping until Feb. 28.

Here are a couple of items that qualify – there are a lot more.

Red Ruffled Scarf

Red Ruffled Scarf

Pink Lacy Cowl

Pink Lacy Cowl

Happy February!

More Spectacular Stuff In The Shop

We’ve had another productive week of knitting and listing new items in the Etsy Shop.

Here’s the black and white entrelac.  I’m very happy with this – it’s unbelievably soft.  Entrelac looks really different knit in such a neutral colorway, doesn’t it? This is Eco Duo, 70% baby alpaca and 30% Merino wool.  I’m only sorry I didn’t buy a lot of other colorways!  Look for some mitts knit in this yarn to appear in the shop soon…

Black and White Entrelac

Cheryl finished a highly textured, super soft cowl in Twinkle wool.

Teal Twinkle Cowl

She also completed a soft, ruffled, feminine scarf in a silk/wool blend.  It’s perfect to wear indoors and out.

Wool and Silk Ruffled Scarf

I’ve been knitting fingerless mitts this week, watch for some to come next week.

I’d love to hear from readers what kind of things you’d like to see in the shop.  I’m especially interested in knowing what you’d like for spring and summer in hand knits, hand spun yarn or hand dyed colorways.  Please comment to let me know!

More January Eye Candy – For Knitters And Fashionistas

We released some more gorgeous hand knit accessories in the Etsy shop yesterday!

How about another entrelac in Noro Kochoran?  Love these colors!

Korchoran Entrelac

Another big scarf, this one is over 100″ long, knit in 100% Noro wool

Hitsuji Feather and Fan

And a lovely, fuzzy, pointy scarf in Kochoran.

Kochoran Wingspan

Another long straight scarf in Noro wool.  This is the same wool as above, this is “only” 84″ long, and doesn’t have any black.  Looks a bit different, right?

Shorter Hitsuji Feather and Fan

And, last but not least, a brillliantly colored cabled cowl.  This is knit in Noro Bonbori, a discontinued yarn.  We have just a few balls left.  When they are gone, I’ll be sad, this is a really fun yarn to knit, and the results really are spectacular.

Bonbori Cowl

Just noticed these are all Noro – I guess it’s just a Noro kind of day. Guess that means I should go knit some Noro!

A Little Knitted Eye Candy

We’ve been busy little knitting bees lately, and have a few new items in the Etsy shop.  Here they are for a little January eye candy.

Noro Fingerless Mitts – brilliant colors.

Noro Fingrless Mitts

And another pair, slightly different, more of a coordinated pair than a matched pair.

Noro Fingerless Mitts 2

An Irish Donegal Tweed Chunky Lace Scarf, pretty muted coloring won’t overwhelm your ensemble.

 Irish Tweed Wine Sca

Slated Colored Textured Cowl, I love how this is shaded, it really reminds me of slate flooring.

Slate Cowl

I have a lot more to list, so keep watching for a lot more new and beautiful things soon!

Happy January to all my readers.  Stay warm!

Christmas Shopping

Today I plan to do a bit of Christmas shopping while the kids are all at school.  I have my list, and I’ve checked it twice – so, off I go.

I find it quite amusing that my husband is asking for make-up (a stage make-up kit).  I never thought I’d live to see that!

My Christmas list includes a jumbo flyer for my Ashford spinning wheel.  Today I plan to email my family a link to the one I need.  Otherwise they won’t have any idea which one to buy, and I’m sure to get the right one – hinting is good, right?

For those of you who have been thinking about ordering from the Indigo Kitty Knits Etsy shop this might be the time – we have free shipping this weekend.  This will be the last free shipping before Christmas, so if you’ve been on the fence – the time is now!  Use coupon code HAPPYHOLIDAYS2012.

There are lots of fingerless mitts, which are very affordable and so practical.  I wear my mitts all the time; it’s so convenient to be able to adjust the radio, clip on the leash, open my coffee or answer my phone without taking off my gloves. There are also many scarves, cowls, shawls, and even a hat (in Noro, of course).  You are sure to find something just right for those who like color, or neutrals, or lace, or fuzzy things, or smooth things – well, you get the idea.

Here is one more new thing in the Etsy shop that I’ve not posted on the blog yet.  It’s a pointy shawlette/scarf made of Noro (of course!).  This yarn is Silver Thaw,  which is unfortunately discontinued.  It’s wool, angora and a little nylon.  The drape and feel are lovely!  This is my current fave yarn in the world.

silver thaw wingspan

Noro has such great names for their yarns!  Did you know that Kureyon (which is probably their most popular yarn) means crayon in Japanese?  Silver Thaw makes me think of a winter woodland  full of birdsong just beginning to melt as the sun comes out after an ice storm.  Great imagery and fantastic yarns!