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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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Vacation Knitting

Christmas Stocking

One of the biggest decisions for a knitter getting ready for a trip is which project to bring.  Honestly I usually start a new project when getting ready for a trip.  It seems inevitable that I’m in the middle of a complex, multi-colored monstrosity that would be impossible to stuff in the diaper bag.  This time it’s Harper’s Christmas stocking.

Spooky Forest

Too big, too many colors: it’s not the mindless knitting that a vacation deserves.  Sadly Jonah’s sweater doesn’t fit into this category either.

Arranging the shotThis point in the photo shoot, Harper had some opinions about composition.  Although her style is more haphazard, it breathed life into the baby alpaca hat I’m making her.  This hat meets some of the vacation knitting requirements however I would worried about finishing; this means bringing another project or GASP not having any knitting for the trip home.

Harper HatIn the end, I’m bringing a new project.

It meets all the requirements:

  1. Only requires one ball of yarn.
  2. The pattern is easily memorized.
  3. It’s nothing that I HAVE TO get finished.

Midnight DelightWe’ll see how much knitting I actually get done in 90 degree Mexico.

What do you bring to occupy your time on vacation?




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