Unexpected Cables by Heather Zoppetti ~book review~

Interweave/F+W; $24.99

I have had the pleasure of knowing Heather Zoppetti for a several years now, and am pleased to be reviewing her new book, Unexpected Cables


This quote from Heather about her book sums up the style of this collection beautifully:

"When many people think of cable knitting, the first images that come to mind are big, boxy fisherman sweataers. This is exactly NOT what you will find in Unexpected Cables," explains Heather. "The goal of this book is to update the cable from heirloom to modern in unexpected ways. By using sleeker garment shapes, mixing cables with lace, and constructing garments and accessories in abstract ways, I hope to motivate the knitter to explore cable knitting in unexpected ways."


Unexpected Cables is perfect for the modern knitter who wishes to explore the subtleties of cable knitting without the cliche of oversized pullovers. Fine lines, subtle textures, and tailorly details are the main ingredients of this sophisticated collection.


A variety of patterns, including garments, shawls, accessories and socks are worked in wool, cashmere, silk and alpaca blends. 


What I especially enjoy about this book is that while each pattern is aesthetically beautiful, each pattern also offers up a creative technical stitch as well. I am having a hard time deciding what to cast on first!

A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by F+W media.


Salida Fiber Festival!

by Joanna
I just returned from a weekend trip to Salida, Colorado, for their 4th annual Fiber Festival. Having heard about how amazing this particular festival is, and the fact that it is in one of my favorite areas of Colorado, I was eager to attend!

There is something so perfect about packing for a trip just as the weather is starting to cool. It was great to go open up my cedar wardrobe and pull out a few of my beloved handknits, lonely after a long summer in storage. The light blue cardigan is one I finished knitting in early summer and this was its inaugural debut!

Upon our arrival at the festival, I spotted a Phoebe's Sweater! It was worn by this darling brace girl, who had just hiked Mt. Princeton with her father the day before. Wow! The purple heather yarn looked just beautiful on her.

 I was fortunate enough to be able to do a book signing on Saturday in the Wooly Wonka Fibers booth with my friend, Anne. If you haven't seen her yarn, pop on over to her site to take a peek! Her gradient cakes and mini-skein kits are just beautiful.

 These two fun, creative and hilarious teenagers were my helpers and companions for the weekend. Don't let the photo fool you, I wouldn't trade them for anything! Not only were they extremely helpful in prepping inventory, carrying books and feeding me while I drove, they are the best joke-telling, clue-playing, zipline-riding, stay-up-late-laughing girls a woman could ask for. Thank you, girls!

On our way home we had time to stop in the ghost town of St. Elmo. What an interesting place it is! Many of the buildings still host old furniture, peeling wallpaper and knick knacks from an abandoned era. There was much scope for the imagination!


TNNA Summer 2015!

Skacel knitted swatch tipi

Lovely dinner with Ravelry, Kniterella, Tot Toppers, and French Press Knits!

New swag from Slate Falls Press! 

a peek! protoype sweater for our new book 

meeting baby Fresh Stitches in the Brown Sheep Co booth!

For those of you who have attended TNNA, you might understand this blog post: two weeks after the event you have a small collection of blurry instagram photos, a big stack of business cards on your desk and your luggage is still not put away. Right?

It was another exciting show for me, this was my fourth show in Columbus and it is always a great experience to step outside of "normal" life for a few days and submerge myself in the yarn world. We are launching a new storybook this winter, so I was able to share some sneak peeks with our favorite people in the business and get some inspiration for future projects that are yet-to-be-revealed.

There is a lot of conversation out there about the future of the industry and the future of this show in particular. I will include here a list of TNNA wrap-up blog posts that are much better at analyzing this than I am!

Stay tuned this summer for some new patterns, storybook sneak peeks, and updates to our Etsy shop!


Eric's Adjustable Drawing Board~ Pattern available on Craftsy

Since the time Eric's Craftsy Class (Picture Book Illustration) launched this past fall, he has had multiple requests from his students about his custom drawing board, which he designed and built himself.

Over the last few weeks Eric has been working on written instructions for this clever stand, and we are happy to announce that the PDF is now available for purchase!


Spring Cleaning Sale! Phoebe Mouse Knitting Kits!

We are doing some spring cleaning here in our studios at Slate Falls Press! 

Knitting Kits include:
- Brown Sheep Co Lamb's Pride Superwash Worsted in Oats 'N Cream  
- Brown Sheep Co Lamb's Pride Superwash Worsted in Strawberry Chiffon
- Digital Knitting Pattern PDF
- 100% wool felt eyes and nose
- Embroidery thread for eyes and nose

Here's to hours of happy knitting!


Madison Knitters' Guild Knit In!

by Joanna

 Doesn't everyone pack for a business trip like this?

I recently flew to Madison, Wisconsin to teach at their annual Knit In. Of course, I had heard of the Madison Knitters' Guild, but nothing could prepare me for this impressive group of knitters! The event was held at the Alliant Energy Center, and apparently three times the size of last year's event!

 The Friday evening keynote was delivered by Patty Lyons

The event was jam-packed with activities: keynote address, classes, marketplace, Nancy Drew mystery knitalong, live music, wine and beer tastings, yarn swaps, yarn tastings... it was incredible! Patty Lyons, Susan B. Anderson, and Annie Modesitt were a few of the fabulous knitters who taught over the course of the weekend.

  We had a kiosk booth in the marketplace

The guild kindly offered me the opportunity to have a kiosk during the event. Although I was busy teaching four classes over the course of the weekend, I was honored to have team Johanson as shopkeepers for the weekend, they were incredible! Thank you, ladies!

 My incredible team of volunteer shopkeepers!

At one point a kind volunteer asked me if I needed anything... and I said, "A body double!" I loved teaching this talented group of knitters, but I wished I could have attended the event just to shop, take classes, and join in the fun! Maybe next year...

Timber Mittens- Buff Knitting class!

The Timber mittens class was a knockout. Although we didn't find any Adirondack Loggers in Wisconsin, the Timber Mittens would be really useful for dog walking or clearing off an icy car!

Some spinning fiber snuk home in my bag!

I had just a whirlwind of minutes to shop... and some magical spinning fiber found its way home in my bag. The second from the bottom is a wool bamboo mix. I have never spun bamboo before and am eager to try! 

Thank you, Madison, for an amazing weekend!!


Knee Thighs

A brand new cozy pattern for you today~ Knee Thighs!
Inspired by the stunning color combinations of the Zauberball remnants I found in my sock bin, I set out to create a magnificent pair of shaped leg warmers! Visit the pattern page on Ravelry here to learn more about our newest pattern: