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Quick gifts for spring babies!

April 16th, 2014

Blue Sky Alpacas Baby Bonnet
I always associate spring with babies, but really there’s no predicting when a wave of pregnancies will hit your circle of acquaintances. Because babies do come in waves, we’re always on the lookout for quick shower gifts you can knit in a weekend.  This week we added two new baby patterns from the Blue Sky Alpacas Traveler’s Series. And, for a limited time, we’re giving away these patterns when you purchase the Blue Sky Alpacasyarn!

The  first pattern is a classic baby gift: Blue Sky Alpacas “Baby Bonnet” (pictured above) takes just two skeins of Blue Sky Alpacas Royal Petites. The bonnet itself is simple, and unfussy in design, but extra special when knit in luscious royal alpaca. Royal Petites come in a soft, elegant palette that reminds us of an earlier era, and is so soft and cozy against delicate skin.

For a practical gift you can cast-on when you get the big news (i.e. no waiting to hear whether it’s a boy or girl) try the new Boo Boo Bunny! The Boo Boo Bunny was designed by Sarah Smuland to make a child sized ice pack more cozy and comforting.

Blue Sky Alpacas Boo Boo Bunny

The pocket on the back will fit a Boo Boo Buddy ice pack  perfectly. It fits easily into a diaper bag pocket, and harnesses the power of bunny cuteness to make minor owies get better faster. ;) This is a great stash-busting project, and we’re giving it away for free with the purchase of one skein of Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton.

Honestly babies are so inherently charming they can make a coffee filter look adorable.  But pair a baby with wee hand-made socks, sweater or blanket? Cute overload! We’d love to see what you’re making for the babies on your list, feel free to share them with us on Ravelry, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!

Happy knitting!
Emma G.

Useful Links:
Shop Blue Sky Alpacas Royal Petites!
Shop Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton!


Big news! PayPal and New Shipping Options

April 12th, 2014

Big changes happening here at www.knitculture.com!
As of this week, we now accept PayPal on all online purchases! It’s a fast, easy, and secure way to buy your favorite yarns and crafting goods, and we’re so happy to finally have it up on our site.

Also, international shipping is back! Now, international shoppers can order easily from our website and get it shipped anywhere on the globe!

However, in order for our small team to keep delivering stellar service and products, we can no longer offer free shipping on all orders. However, we will continue to offer free shipping on online orders of $65 or more.

Thank you all for your continued support. You are the reason we work so hard, and set our standards so high. :)

Hope you’re having a crafty weekend!
-Emma G.


Scallop Lace Hat

April 10th, 2014

Scallop Lace Hat

When our newest shipment of Koigu Kersti arrived, it was nearly impossible to resist the new colors. So we caved in and knit a fun, spring hat; the “Scallop Lace Hat” by our dear friend Ruby Submarine. And really after the whirlwind that is Yarn Crawl LA, it was the perfect one-skein, weekend project.

As we were going through the Kersti, deciding on what color to use, something about the palette before us  felt vaguely familiar. We went for the fun purple colorway with pink undertones and cast-on. We were well into the lace pattern before it hit us. These colors here . . .

Koigu Kersti

are the colors picked by Pantone for spring 2014!

Pantone Spring 2014

We were unconsciously knitting a hat in Pantone’s color of the year, ‘Radiant Orchid’, or as Koigu calls it ’1013′. If Pantone would have shown the spring 2014 palette as skeins of yarn, I would have been on board with ‘Radiant Orchid’, ‘Violet Tulip’ and ‘Hemlock’ months ago. Maybe even ‘Sand’ too.

Anyway, enough of our color epiphany. The “Scallop Lace Hat” is knit on larger needles to create a drapey, open fabric with feathery rows of eyelets. I love that the top of the hat comes together in tidy, defined wedges. In order to open up the lace pattern, this hat needs to be blocked over a bowl, or soccer ball as Leah suggests.

Scallop Lace Hat

The resulting slouchy hat is casual but cute; a great little accessory that makes it easy to add a dose of spring color to your wardrobe.
Happy knitting!
Emma G.

Get the “Scallop Lace Hat” from Ruby Submarine!
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Our Yarn Crawl LA Raffle Prizes!

April 2nd, 2014

Blue Sky Alpacas Kaw Valley Wrap

Tomorrow,  Yarn Crawl LA County 2014 begins! Today we’ll be busy, busy, busy setting up our shop to welcome the “crawlers”. But before we do, it’s time we reveal our raffle prizes!  This year we’re giving away terrific prizes from our sponsors, Blue Sky Alpacas, Spud and Chloe, and Slipped Stitch Studios!

Our store raffle rules are pretty simple: one raffle ticket per person, filled out legibly with your name, address, phone number and email. We will be drawing winners after Yarn Crawl LA and winners will be notified via email on Tuesday, April 8th. Anyone who visits our store can enter the raffle, no purchase necessary.

OK! So this year, we’re raffling off . . . .

Spud and Chloe Campfire Mitts
- “Campfire Mitts” knitting kit from Spud and Chloe. This kit includes the pattern designed by Colleen Powley, one skein of Spud and Chloe Fine, and an adorable Pretty Cheep Project Bag. (Bag print may vary.)

Blue Sky Alpacas Camo Hat

- “Camo Hat” knitting kit from Blue Sky Alpacas. This kit includes the hat pattern, a skein of Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton Multi, and a Pretty Cheep Project Bag.. (Bag print may vary.)

Spud and Chloe Fairy Tale Poncho

- The whimsical “Fairy Tale Hoodie” kit from Spud and Chloe. This kit includes the hoodie pattern, five skeins of Spud and Chloe Outer in a cute Spud and Chloe kit box!

Blue Sky Alpacas Kaw Valley Wrap

- The dramatic “Kaw Valley Wrap” knitting kit  from Blue Sky Alpacas. This kit includes the wrap pattern, seven skeins of Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk, and a Pretty Cheep Project Bag!

And finally . . .
Slipped Stitch Studios Studio Tote Puppy Face

- A brand new Slipped Stitch Studios Studio Tote and matching Studio Tot! This bag style is new for 2014 and features expandable pockets for tucking away extra skeins, a water bottle, camera, you name it! The matching Studio Tot (not pictured) can be clipped to the interior of the bag, allowing for easy access and organization. Makes great carry-on!

Special thanks to our sponsors – Blue Sky Alpacas, Spud and Chloe, and Slipped Stitch Studios – for providing the prizes for our raffle this year. (You guys are awesome!)  And to the Yarn Crawl Committee for coordinating, planning, troubleshooting and creating an event that we look forward to all year! Thank you so much!

See y’all at the crawl!
-Emma G.

 


Yarn Crawl LA 2014: Designer Trunk Shows

March 27th, 2014

Itineris by The Yarniad

It’s not even Yarn Crawl LA County yet but there are so many reasons to get excited. First, we’ve already met a couple seasoned “crawlers” who were out doing a bit of Yarn Crawl LA County reconnaissance. Very friendly ladies!  Secondly, our raffle prizes from Blue Sky Alpacas and Spud and Chloe arrived – with bonus buttons! And most exciting: every day for the past week we’ve been getting amazing packages from our featured designers stuffed with genius designs! We don’t want to give it all away, but here’s a quick preview of the trunks shows you’ll find at Knit Culture Studio:

The Yarniad – aka Hilary Smith Calis
You may know her as the creator of  the infamous “Citron” shawl but Hilary has so much more up her sleeves. In addition to sharing her lovely trunk show with us, she’s releasing a brand new pattern exclusively at Knit Culture Studio during Yarn Crawl LA 2014. The pattern is “Itineris” (pictured above) a striking two-color shawl that’s perfect for showing off special hand-dyed yarns!

Leethal Knits - aka Lee MeredithBarry by Leethal Knits
I would definitely describe this Portland-based knitwear designer’s style as “pro-stashbusting”. Stripes! Short-rows! Non-linear shapes! Leethal Knits always include instructions for a variety of yarn weights. For example, her “Barry” hat (right) includes notes for using fingering, DK, worsted and bulky weight yarns – that’s a lot of stashbusting!

Never Not Knitting – aka Alana DakosSheepish by Alana Dakos
We totally dig the organic, earthy vibe of Alana Dakos’s designs. Leafy curls, lace florets, intarsia lambs – her designs always include little details in that turn classic garments into hand knit treasures!

Carina Spencer
If you’re looking for exquisite baby knits, or artful accessories you won’t want to miss Carina Spencer’s trunk show! She was kind enough to includes some of her newest designs which hit Ravelry less than a month ago!

FreshStitches – aka Stacey TrockModern Baby Crochet by Stacey Trock
Known for her adorable amigurumi, Stacey Trock is back for Yarn Crawl LA 2014 with a modern nursery projects from her new book Modern Baby Crochet. Blankets, softies, and cuddly decor you can hook yourself!

Irish Girlie Knits – aka Carrie Sullivan

Carrie Sullivan’s pieces definitely have a Californian vibe, they’re bright, lacey and relaxing to knit. We happened to pick some summery designs of hers that would pair perfectly with that epic skein of sock or fingering weight yarn you’ll find while “crawling”. ;)

Ewe Ewe Yarns
Heather Walpole and her newest yarn and samples will be joining us on Friday, April 4th. But you can find brand new designs in Ewe So Sporty at our store throughout Yarn Crawl LA weekend, including one by our dear friend Leah Cocarri-Swift!

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Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Ravelry, and share your Yarn Crawl experience with us!

Happy crawling!
Emma G.


Knitting Pure and Simple Children’s Poncho

March 27th, 2014

Photo by Suzanne Landis Photography
As much as we love new patterns and designs, there are some tried-and-true patterns that we never get tired of making. Especially when the results are so cute! These happy little pixies are wearing one of our all-time favorites: Knitting Pure and Simple Children’s Poncho knit in Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted Multi. (Colors shown: ‘Unicorn Parade’ and ‘Tomfoolery’.)

When you think about it, ponchos are a pretty brilliant gift idea for kids.  In most cases kids are able to wear them for longer than a cardigan or pullover. It’s a fun, whimsical garment and as you can see, ponchos tend to bring out the sass and silliness. ;)

Photo by Suzanne Landis Photography

The shaping and big panels of stockinette on this poncho are ideal for showing of variegated yarns like Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted Multi. Kids gravitate to the bright swirling colors in Lorna’s Laces yarn, and love that they don’t have to choose between their favorite colors.

Knit in-the-round, on circular needles, the Knitting Pure and Simple Children’s Poncho has the right amount of shaping in the shoulders to ensure a snug fit.

Photo by Suzanne Landis Photography

And, as a finishing touch, a length of I-cord drawstring is added to the hood to help keep little ears warm.

Photos by Suzanne Landis Photography

Lovely!

Knitting Pure and Simple patterns are intuitive, and scrupulously tech edited which makes them ideal for beginners. Diane Soucy, the designer behind Knitting Pure and Simple, specializes in Photo by Suzanne Landis Photographycreating easy, fuss-free patterns that knitters want to make. For that reason we always stock a big selection of Knitting Pure and Simple Patterns in our store and online.

Love the photos? These were shot by our dear friend Suzanne Landis. Suzanne’s a third-generation photographer who’s rich photos are full of life and character. She’s great with kids, so if you’re in the Los Angeles area and  looking for a photographer for a school event or family party you should definitely check her out!

Happy knitting!
Emma G.

Useful Links:

Shop Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted Multi!
Buy the Knitting Pure and Simple Children’s Poncho pattern!
Check out Suzanne Landis Photography!
“Like” Suzanne Landis Photography on Facebook!


Yarn Crawl LA County 2014

March 19th, 2014

Yarn Crawl LA County 2014

It’s almost here! Join us April 3rd through 6th for Yarn Crawl LA County 2014. Every store on the map has something special planned; you’ll find free patterns, demos, treats, and prizes wherever you go! But, be sure to stop at Knit Culture Studio during Yarn Crawl LA County -  we have tons of awesome things planned especially for you!

DESIGNER TRUNK SHOWS!
We teamed up with some of the hottest designers and companies to bring you tons of project inspiration! Don’t miss specially curated trunks shows from  The Yarniad, Carina Spencer, Irish Girlie Knits, Leethal Knits, Fresh Stitches, Never Not Knitting, and Ewe Ewe Yarns!

“ITINERIS” – A YARN CRAWL EXCLUSIVE!
Stop in Knit Culture Studio to see The Yarniad’s newest shawl design – “Itineris”. This two-color shawl pattern will debut exclusively at Knit Culture Studio during Yarn Crawl LA! Buy the pattern and receive a 10% discount on the yarn to make it!

Itineris by The Yarniad

HAND-DYED YARNS!
If you’re “crawling” for stash-worthy skeins, we’ve got ‘em! For four days we’re hosting incredible hand-dyed trunk shows from Becoming Art and  Anzula* – the hardest part will fitting it all in your Yarn Crawl tote bag!

Becoming Art Yarns Theia Fingering

SLIPPED STITCH STUDIOS POP-UP SHOP!
Slipped Stitch Studios is popping-up inside Knit Culture Studio during Yarn Crawl LA! Shop brand new fabrics and products (Studio Totes! Studio Tots!) for keeping your projects neat and orderly.

CRAFTY RAFFLE PRIZES!
Visit Knit Culture Studio during Yarn Crawl LA and enter to win one of our amazing raffle prizes! We’re giving away beautiful knitting kits from Blue Sky Alpacas, Spud and Chloe, and a brand new Studio Tote and matching Studio Tot from Slipped Stitch Studios!

SPECIAL GUESTS!
Yarn Crawl LA County gives knitters the chance to meet the creatives behind their favorite yarns and products!  Stop by Knit Culture Studio on Friday, April 4th to meet wool-loving-lady behind Ewe Ewe Yarns, Heather Walpole! On Saturday meet Laura Lundy; crafty maven and owner of Slipped Stitch Studios!

Knit Culture Studio Yarn Crawl Hours
Thursday, April 3rd: 10am – 7pm
Friday, April 4th: 10am – 7pm
Saturday, April 5th: 10am – 8pm
Sunday, April 6th: 10am – 6pm

Two more weeks!
-Emma G.

*Hopefully! Sabrina and all of the Anzula goodness is on tour right now, we’ll keep you posted.


On our Needles: Moss & Deer Horns

February 27th, 2014

Moss and Deerhorns

I don’t know why I don’t knit more hats. Hats are easy to fit in your purse or briefcase*, they’re great for trying out techniques, showing off a special yarn, and once you’re done you have something practical. This vivid hat is the “Moss and Deer Horns” pattern knit in the new Lotus Yarns Silky Cashmere Aran Hand Dyed from Trendsetter Yarns. I love how the brim pulls up in a winsome point, it’s very flattering and gives the hat a vintage vibe. Read the rest of this entry »


Designer Spotlight: Romi Hill

February 11th, 2014

Romi Hill

For the last couple months I’ve had the privilege of working with  designer,  Romi Hill, on our newest Studio Club project.  Her shawl patterns  are so clever and fun to knit, that it really makes you wonder about the genius at work in these designs. Being curious, I had to know more about what it’s like behind the scenes at “Designs by Romi”.

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Artesian by Romi Hill

February 11th, 2014

Artesian by Romi Hill

We’ve been working with Romi Hill since early 2013 on a special Studio Club project which will be available in just a few day!   The excitement started to set in when Romi started sending us rough sketches of her shawl design – so cool!  Being a knitter who constantly marvels at knitting designer ingenuity,  I asked Romi  about the inspiration and process behind  her newest design, “Artesian”. Read the rest of this entry »