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02 Aug

Knitting Patterns

Posted by Wendy Ives

The craft of knitting is as old as the hills. There are countless methods and endless ways of taking an ancient concept and making it fresh, modern, and fashionable. I never have enough yarn. 

I have a great selection of lace and fingering weight yarns in about 40 different colors to choose from. Each color is eco-dyed, using non toxic plant dyes and methods. Some of the dyes I make from compost, harvest from my garden, wild harvest, or responsibly purchase. All of my textiles are processed using Ithaca Soap Liquid It's time I transposed some of my knitting patterns out of my handwritten notebooks into a structured, easy to follow format. 

Even though my finished knit garment looks complicated, it's far from that. Each design is made up of a group of short repeats, that can be made to fit you (or whoever you are knitting for) by doing some simple calculations with a gauge swatch before you get started. Instead of sifting through lots of sizes in a pattern, having to keep track of what row you are on, and endless counting and checking to see where you are after a knitting break, you tailor my pattern for the recipient of the finished piece at the beginning.

By knitting this way, you get to make something spectacular, while still entering into the zen of the knit zone. 

I'm hoping to have at least 1 or 2 patterns in the next couple of weeks. They will be free with a yarn purchase to go with the pattern.

Come see and touch my Patagonian Lace weight 100% Merino or Falkland Island Fingering 25% silk / 75% Merino at the Ithaca Farmers Market. There is only 1 person between me and these non factory farmed herds. Also Look for us at The Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival this Oct. 21 and 22. As soon as I know our booth location, I will let you know. Eventually I will put up more photos of the yarn so they can all be purchased here. There is a small selection there now. If there is a yarn color you saw in person, but it is not on the website, and wish to purchase it, please contact me



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