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I love color

 

 

Originally posted on The Net Loft blog.

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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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Spooky forest color combo

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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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Sweet Jane

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Isn’t my goddaughter beautiful!?  Jane celebrated her 5th birthday last month.  Sadly I don’t get to see her very often, but I try to knit her up some goodies when I can.  This little number was made up as I knitted along.  The yarn is 3 Irish Girl’s Kate in Springvale Bulky that I bought at their trunk show at the Net Loft.  I casted on 76 stitches then bumped it up to 77 after the ribbing.  I did 7 repeats of an 11 stitch cable pattern then decreased it a little on the tall side to make sure her ears were covered for those cold Michigan winters.

Happy Birthday Jane!

Hope you like the hat!

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Favorite Colorway: Mairin

From the Three Irish Girls website

I am in love with the yarn in my hands.  Mairin by Three Irish Girls is such a dynamic colorway.  My final project description will not use the words cute or pretty, it will be gorgeous and this yarn is to blame.  I originally bought the yarn at a Three Irish Girls trunk show at The Net Loft last summer in hopes of making a Fair Isle Yoke Sweater for myself, using this variegated yarn in the yoke patterning.  Other projects piled up and the yarn became a decoration for my living room.  Then after getting pregnant, I no longer had the urge to make sweaters I couldn’t wear.  When contemplating which yarn to use on my second Spiral Blanket of Awesomeness, Mairin was the instant choice.  I knew the blanket would be a great canvas for this amazing colorway.

So far, I have not been proven wrong.

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