I love color



Originally posted on The Net Loft blog.


To say I love color feels like an understatement. My yarn stash basket/tub/shelf has a full range of lights, darks, brights, and well, not too many neutrals. Up until the summer of 2011, I used color but it was usually the same color throughout the garment; most of the time I only needed one skein and didn’t want to purchase multiple skeins for a single project. Then Sharon McMahon from Three Irish Girls came to Cordova and changed the way I choose yarns by introducing me to Quartets.

Quartets are a set of mini-skeins of coordinating colors. The world of colorwork became more obtainable! Now I can easily make stripes on any knit project! Needless to say I’ve been scooping up the Quartets as they come into The Net Loft.

On my needles now is a pair of toddler mittens made from the Cordova Colorway “Black Bear and Blueberry” set. Two row striping makes a simple project 1000x more exciting. Good news is that the Quartet come with ample yardage; these mittens are made from the scraps of a striped hat I made for my brother this summer.

Another fantastic perk of the Quartets is already assembled coordinating colors! In the Fall of 2012, Three Irish Girls released new color in sets and The Net Loft ordered Quartets of these combinations. Check out an older post for a glimpse at the “Bellisimo” (pictured on the left), “Fresh Earth”, “Wonderland”, “Trip to the Tropics”, and “Fireside Chat” Collections. I have 2 sets of the “Fireside Chat” Collection in my stash awaiting a fantastic worsted striped sweater pattern, any suggestions?


In the meantime, I have found the perfect match for my Cordova Berries Quartet, the What Cheer! Cardigan. It will be perfect for my berry cute daughter who loves the great Alaskan outdoors.

Only question is, what solid color will I pair with the color collection?

Explore some of the Cordova Colorway Quartets The Net Loft has available online.

Also check out an older Net Loft post for photos of Quartets made of Three Irish Girl colorways.

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Fiber and Friends

Fiber and Friends

I have mentioned my local yarn before, but I have not gushed about my local yarn store which is totally past due.  Looking back at my “The Net Loft” tags, I have not painted an accurate picture of how important this shop is to my life.  Sounds dramatic yes, but it’s true.  I have traveled all over the country peeking my head into lots of yarn shops and The Net Loft in Cordova Alaska is the best!  My house is about 3 blocks from the best yarn shop in the country, hurray!

So what’s all this Fiber and Friends stuff about?  Well…. The Net Loft is putting on a knitting conference!  I have never been to a knitting conference but have been dying to go for years; it’s just so hard living so remotely, blah blah blah.  The Net Loft could easily headline a conference with the local talent of Cordova; we are constantly being spoiled with all sorts of interesting workshops from the many outstanding artisans in our area (see my post about steeking with Terry Stavig).  However, in addition to our all-star lineup from town, Dotty Widdman (the Net Loft’s owner and driving force behind this conference), has booked some world renowned fiber artists:

Bonne Marie Burns 

Alana Dakos 

Donna Druchunas

Lori Goldman

Gudrun Johnston

Mary Jane Mucklestone

and many more!!  Come hang out in a beautiful place and learn how to knit things.


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Cool weather, dark beer in the cellar


The official beginning of Autumn in Alaska was yesterday at 12:44pm.  Today I can almost smell snow in the air.  This weekend we had our 3rd fire in the new wood stove, the one christened by a bottled of North Coast’s Barrel-aged Old Rasputin XV.  When I noticed this specialty production of Jonah’s favorite beer was coming out, I alerted the Facebook page followers to keep an eye out in their area.  I thought it would be a perfect Valentine’s Day present.  Although it didn’t arrive in time for the “big day,” our friend Jonathan sent both this years and last years vintage.  Jeewizz!  They were not kidding about the bourbon barrel, this beer really packs a punch.  I wish that we would have held this one in the cellar a little longer, let it mellow. Continue reading

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Conquering the Mountain

cropped-dsc_0271.jpgIt is a strange thing to lose your body.  Throughout pregnancy things get stretched, moved, loosened.  No matter how much time and effort you put into the way your body looked before, after it all you are changed forever.  Slowly you put yourself back together and it hurts.  In the first days it took all the strength I had to walk.  It took weeks before I was back to my daily pace.

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