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Woolful x Biches & Bûches Knitalong

October 31, 2016

 

It’s been nearly a year since the last Woolful Knitalong and what a year it’s been. As we embark on these cozy wool filled seasons, it felt like the perfect time to celebrate with a special year-long knitalong, inspired by one of my favorite new companies, Biches & Bûches.

If you haven’t already listened to the story behind the mother-daughter company Biches & Bûches, you can listen here. Their natural aesthetic strikes such a strong chord with me, the designs, the fiber and the photography.

I’ve chosen to knit their no. 3 pullover, but here are some of my other favorites…

no. 1 pullover
n0. 5 pullover
no. 17 pullover
no. 30 shawl
no 43. hat
no. 50 pullover
no. 56 mittens

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And here are the details…

How: To participate in this knitalong you can do so by: knitting a Biches & Bûches design/kit OR knitting with Biches & Bûches yarn. It’s up to you, so go take a look at bichesetbuches.com and find your yarn or kit.

When: November 1st, 2016 This is a year long knitalong. Take 3 months, take a year!

What: Prizes and such will be given throughout the year, including Biches & Bûches and Woolful yarn and kits, and more. We’ll also be sharing special behind the scenes and stories with Biches & Bûches, and some fun design collaborations over the year.

Where: Make sure to post photos of WIPs and finished projects on Instagram or on the Knitalong Ravelry page so we can all follow along. Use hashtag #woolfulxbichesKAL. Post on your blog and share as well, just make sure to link back to this blog post. We can’t wait to see!

So what are you going to knit? Share in the comments!

Knitalong

Summer Knitalong: Home and Away – Share your knits

September 30, 2015

The Summer knitalong had an incredible energy…so many folks joined in knitting a pattern from Hannah Fettig’s most recent book Home and Away…and they were ALL lovely. It seemed that out of all the patterns, the Lesley pullover was the most knit, with the most unique being that from Whitney @whit_knits who handspun the yarn for her Lesley. I think a close second was the Boothbay cardigan, with another unique take from @garmenthouse, who added a purl stitch here and there to create a beautiful stitch pattern.

It was wonderful to see everyone’s such positive response to this beautiful collection of patterns and come away with a new hand knit for Fall. I just finished my own Georgetown this past week and it may just be my new favorite sweater, it’s so versatile and the Quince and Co Owl I knit it with was just the blended tweedy-type goodness I longed for in my wardrobe.

And for those of you still finishing your projects or wanting to knit something from Home and Away…Quince and Co has a “Knitbot Knitalong” starting tomorrow…so keep your eye on their Instagram @quinceandco and blog for more info!

Tomorrow we start Fall Woolful Knitalong…so make sure to join along as we knit a pattern (of your choice) from Cecelia Campochiaro’s new book Sequence Knitting. More info to come this week on our picks, suggested yarns and such.

And without further ado, here are the lucky random winners and prizes for the Summer knitalong…

$25 Quince and Co gift card – Jennifer Fleck @jenninmaine
$25 Quince and Co gift card – Michelle Hughes @thevintagejunky

$25 Woolful gift card – Marie Carter @mariecarter
$25 Woolful gift card – Eve @thimbleandacorn

$25 Knitterly gift card – Ruth Werwai @rwerwai
$25 Knitterly gift card – Kristin Tolle @kristin_tolle

If you’re one of the winners, shoot me an email at hello@woolful.com!

Thank you so very much for being a part of this and supporting amazing designer’s like Hannah. Can’t wait to get going on the next one from Cecelia!

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@whit_knits and @garmenthouse

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@lmelnick12 & @evergreenviolet

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@_claire_brennan_ & @kristin_tolle

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@thevintagejunky & @barnescountry

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@thimbleandacorn & @woolful

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@randkin & @woolenviolets

*header photo by the lovely @dreareneeknits

Guest Posts Knitalong Knitting

Styling your knits: An exercise with Hannah Fettig

July 8, 2015

The Home and Away Woolful Knit-a-long is off to a radiant start, and you can still join if you’ve been hoping to! It’s been so great to see all the beautiful images on Instagram (via #woolfulkal) and shares on the Ravelry group. I’ve been super anxious to cast on, but alas it will have to wait until this weekend when I have the yarn and a moment to swatch. In the meantime, Hannah has some great tips on styling and choosing the right yarn…

My wardrobe is pretty minimal. This is partly from necessity, as we’ve always lived in old New England homes with very small closets. But in reality even if I own 20 shirts, I only truly wear 4 of them in high rotation. Is this the case for you, too? Go to your closet and set these much loved and worn pieces aside. Arrange them into outfits, top to bottom. Do you notice any patterns? For instance, is there a lot of the same color showing up? Are they all the same fabric or cut? Now, with these outfits in mind, you can start making your pattern selection. Which design from Home & Away will best work with the outfits you’ve put together, the outfits your wear most often?

Once you’ve selected a design, it’s time to choose a yarn and a color. For myself, it really helps to make yarn selections in person. Hopefully you have a local yarn shop that you can go to. If you don’t and will be ordering online, Ravelry can be very helpful. You can look up a particular yarn and then choose to see all the projects that have been posted on Ravelry in that yarn. This gives you a chance to see what the yarn and various colors look like knit up into garments.

When substituting yarn for the ones used in the book, keep in mind the fiber content of the original yarn. It’s listed in each pattern. The majority of designs in Home & Away are knit in 100% wool. Quince & Co. yarns are quite light and airy, squishy, sproingy (if that’s a word, ha!) When considering a substitute yarn that includes a blend of other types of fiber, or is perhaps a denser wool yarn, think about what the finished knit fabric will be like as a result. If you’re not sure, you can ask your local yarn shop owner or ask the community in the Woolful KAL Ravelry group. Clara Parkes Book of Yarn is a very helpful resource on understanding fiber in yarn, too.

Every design in Home & Away is something I would personally wear. And I styled the outfits, so that’s how I would wear them! However, these garments could be styled in many ways. I look forward to seeing how you all incorporate them into your wardrobes. Get knitting!!

*Next up, some sneak peeks of the giveaways for the knit-a-long.

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