Apr 16, 2015/Julie

Quince & Co. Sparrow

Quince & Co. Sparrow Yarn{Quince & Co. Sparrow in Pigeon, Maize, Pink Grapefruit, Moon, Paprika + Citron – Sans + Banyon arriving soon}

Here’s the second post showing off another of our new-to-us yarns from Quince & Co. — Sparrow. Just like KestrelSparrow is made of organic linen but it’s a fingering weight. This smooth yarn is a bit crisp as you’re knitting and becomes super soft with wash and wear. And, like all linen fabric — woven or knit — your finished project will have a beautiful drape, perfect for warmer weather accessories and garments.

My knitting needles are currently occupied with Togue Pond, but I can’t wait to make one of these beautiful patterns form Quince & Co. Here are my favorite five featuring Sparrow, though you can view Quince & Co.’s full pattern collection for this yarn here.

Quince & Co. Dahlia Pattern{Dahlia : knitting pattern and photograph by Quince & Co.}

Quince & Co. Saco Stripes Pattern{Saco Stripes : knitting pattern and photograph by Quince & Co.}

Quince & Co. Perkins Cove Pattern{Perkins Cove : knitting pattern and photograph by Quince & Co.}

Quince & Co. Forsythia Pattern{Forsythia : knitting pattern and photograph by Quince & Co.}

Quince & Co. July Tie Pattern{July Tie : knitting pattern and photograph by Quince & Co.}

I love the simple beauty of both the yarn and their coordinating knitting patterns. They’re stylish and accessible to knitters of any skill level.

So, have I got you daydreaming about your own summer wardrobe of linen? What will you make?

 

Quince & Co. Kestrel and Sparrow linen yarn is now sold at Home Made!

 

 

Apr 16, 2015/Julie

Quince & Co. Kestrel

Quince & Co. Kestrel Yarn{Quince & Co. Kestrel in Porpoise, Rosehip, Senza, Pebble, Aegean, Minos, Anemone, Yarrow + Cove}

Now HERE is a yarn that summer wardrobe dreams are made of. As soon as Quince & Co. Kestrel and Sparrow yarns arrived last week, I couldn’t help but imagine myself sporting a few new tops and accessories made of this gorgeous linen. With warm weather fast approaching, I knew I had to get started on my first project with linen over the weekend.

This is the first of two posts introducing you to the latest yarn to join the Home Made shop. Let’s start with Quince & Co. Kestrel. Kestrel is made of organic linen spun into an aran-weight yarn with a ribbon structure that adds a slight texture to simple knit and purl stitches. It’s available in the most gorgeous color palette and, as with all linen fabric whether its knit or woven, your finished project will get better with wash and wear. How could we not fully embrace a yarn that improves with age just as we do?! Says the woman with a birthday next week. . .

Quince & Co. also has the most beautiful patterns to accompany their yarns so you’re never at a loss as to what to knit. I’ve chosen my top five projects with Kestrel to share, but you can check out all their projects for Kestrel here.

Quince & Co. Togue Pond Pattern{Togue Pond : knitting pattern and photograph by Quince & Co.}

Quince & Co. Hudson Pattern{Hudson : knitting pattern and photograph by Quince & Co.}

Quince & Co. Hamlin Peak Pattern{Hamlin Peak : knitting pattern and photograph by Quince & Co.}

Quince & Co. Peony Pattern{Peony : knitting pattern and photograph by Quince & Co.}

Okay, one more project idea. Don’t you think this breezy cardigan would be perfect for Summer, too?

I chose Kestrel in the versatile blue gray called Pebble for my Togue Pond and am following a few of these alterationsI think skipping the ribbed short rows at the bottom hem will create a more flattering tank for my my curvy figure. Thankfully, this yarn knits 3 1/2 to 4 stitches per inch and I don’t have to knit sleeves (the beauty of a tank!) because I’m already gearing up to move along to the Hudson cowl after I finish. Because that’s just how it goes.

Which project will you knit with Kestrel?

 

Quince & Co. Kestrel and Sparrow linen yarns are now sold at Home Made! So, stop in and treat yo’self.

 

Apr 11, 2015/Julie

Saturday Breakfast Swatching

Swatching for Togue Pond

Did you see what arrived the other day? I’ll be introducing you to Quince & Co. Kestrel and Sparrow more formally on the blog soon. In the meantime, I thought I’d show you a little of what I was up to on this sunny Saturday morning. While Ezra ate breakfast and I sipped coffee, I was able to snag a few minutes to start a gauge swatch for my next knitting project.

Would you ever try linen yarn and knit yourself a Togue Pond tank?

 

{Quince & Co. Kestrel and Sparrow organic linen yarns and knitting patterns are now sold at Home Made!}

 

 

Apr 7, 2015/Julie

Franca Drop Stitch Cowl + Maxima Livezey House Wrap

{Drop Stitch Cowl in Manos del Uruguay Franca}

This is the time of year when a whole lot of “behind the scenes” stuff happens for me and the shop. Really, it’s all the things that owning-your-own-shop-dreams are made of — like extra paperwork and running financial reports and filing taxes and spring cleaning and learning new point of sale technology and new workings of websites. All the things a creatively-inclined person LOVES to do. ;)

Sure, there are some exciting elements to these tasks. And I do surprise myself with how much “tech” I can learn and figure out with a . . . → Read More

Mar 29, 2015/Julie

Rituals

Three of my springtime rituals since opening Home Made seem to be:  1) procrastinating on filing my taxes, 2) working on a quilt more diligently than any other time of year, and 3) sprucing up my bedroom with new handmade pillowcases. Note: I do recognize that #2 and #3 are a direct link to ritual #1 and have accepted this is my “process.”

Until I take some photographs of my finished Triangularity quilt top (#2), I’m very happy to show off some cheery new pillowcases (#3) that I made using the Viewfinders and Wordfind prints from Melody Miller’s Playful collection for . . . → Read More

Mar 17, 2015/Julie

Cascade Eco Duo

{Cascade Yarns’ Eco Duo/Color Duo in Blue & Grey, Storm, Denim, Zebra, Vanilla + Moccasin}

Have you ever knit with Cascade Yarns’ Eco Duo or Color Duo? Well, we’ve recently welcomed a batch to the Home Made shop and I think you’re really gonna like it.  A single ply aran weight yarn comprised of baby alpaca and merino wool, this yarn is one of the softest yarns I’ve encountered. And, the color transitions create a really beautiful stripes. Gotta love self-striping yarn because that means you don’t have to weave in any ends for the color change!

I’ve started knitting . . . → Read More

Mar 12, 2015/Julie

Baby Vandalism + Crib Rail Covers

One of the things I’ve always admired about my mom is her ability to get a million things accomplished in a short amount of time. She’s one who, given 15 extra minutes before going out, will start mowing the lawn. To at least get it started. Because why not? It’s gotta get done anyhow. And, when you circle back, it’ll only be 30 more minutes of mowing. Or two more 15 minute increments!

I’ve always teased her (lovingly, of course) about her hyperactivity. BUT. Now, I can kinda see how motherhood will do that to a person. (:

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Mar 7, 2015/Julie

Garter Rib Sport Socks + Schoppel Wolle’s Ambiente

{Garter Rib Sport Socks in Schoppel Wolle’s Ambiente yarn + Michael Miller’s Something’s Fishy fabric}

One of the yarns that’s been inspiring some knitting projects around here is Schoppel Wolle’s Ambiente, a sturdy 100% super wash merino sport weight yarn that’s softy, bouncy, a whole lot of fair isle-inspired fun. Even the simplest patterns come alive with this yarn–the fair isle patterning created by the dyeing process does most of the work for you!

My friend Tammy recently knit some Garter Rib Sport Socks, a free pattern that you can find here. Gosh, don’t you wish you were on Tammy’s to-knit-for . . . → Read More

Mar 3, 2015/Julie

Doe by Carolyn Friedlander

Just arrived to the Home Made shop are select fabrics from Carolyn Friedlander’s Doe collection for Robert Kaufman. These graphic prints would be amazing in a Triangularity Quilt. Though, I’m also daydreaming about stitching up a few new tops for myself with this fabric — specifically this and this.

What will you sew?

 

Robert Kaufman fabrics, along with other great designer fabrics and sewing supplies, are sold at Home Made. Don’t live nearby? Just call 609.536.2940 to place a mail order!

 

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Feb 28, 2015/Julie

Triangularity Quilt Class

Here’s the progress I’ve been making on my Triangularity Quilt, a pattern designed by Jeni Baker. It’s been really fun to make! I chose to make the twin size so I can give this quilt to Ezra when he graduates to “the big boy bed” after it has spent some time in the shop as a sample. My wee one will be living it up in his crib for quite a bit longer so I figure it’s a reasonable plan. A very good plan, actually. 

This fun, modern quilt pattern is a terrific way to showcase solids and prints. Especially because you can use . . . → Read More

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