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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Spooky forest color combo


During our honeymoon U.S.A. tour, Jonah and I stopped in to visit friends in Maine.  Lindsay and Craig Lodis were not both Lodis’s at the time but had just taken the first step by getting engaged the night before we arrived!  Our Maine adventure begun with a night of debauchery in Portland (which made the list of places I would totally live).  The next day, delirious from lack of sleep and dehydration, the 4 of us made our way up to the Lodis’s house in Veazie. Our first pit stop was one of the best yarn shops I’ve ever been to and the provider of my Christmas stocking yarn, Heavenly Sock Yarns in Belfast.  Belfast also provided hot dogs and bloody Marys as lunch/ pain reliever, also adding to our goofiness as the next chunk of drive included coining future band names like “Diamond Nights, Maximum Balloon.”  Our second pit stop was in Ellsworth for the BANFF Festival.  Typing this now, I can’t believe we did this all in one day with such little sleep, ah to be young again.  Arriving early, we had time to stop into the studio of Atlantic Art Glass, Jonah’s uncle’s wife’s brother’s workshop.  Hours until the festival started, our eyelids began to droop, forcing us to spend the afternoon hours at Finn’s Irish Pub enjoying irish coffees and the “it used to be a train car” atmosphere. Continue reading

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Rainy Sunday


I’m actually getting some knitting done on this rainy Sunday.  What are you up to today?

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