Sunday, April 01, 2007

Online Resource: Knitting in Color

Nanette Blanchard, the woman behind Knitting in Color has devoted most of her blog to colorwork. In addition to her many informational posts on the subject, such as basic colorwork, dealing with tension, and color jogs, she has published a trio of booklets. If you ever need some information on the subject, Nanette's blog is one of the places to go to!

Shooting Star hat from Wild About Color Knitting Patterns by Nanette Blanchard

Selbu gloves from a Japanese book on Scandinavian knitting (read post here).

sweater from Dale of Norway (DON leaflet #6014 available here, here, and even on eBay).

Saturday, March 31, 2007

Getting back on track

Hi everyone! It's been quite a while since we last updated the blog. Life got in the way and, well, there's no other way to explain it. There have been quite a few joiners (more than 100) through the comments, Flickr, and the Stranded KAL email, so it will take me a while to add everyone. Just hang on and I'll get this figured out. Thanks!

Saturday, January 20, 2007

inspiring knitting

hello there! wow, sorry for the long delay in posting.. the holidays always pass like a blur, but this time january seems to be doing the same. so, until the next roll call later this week - and it's going to be a seriously juicy one - here's a sampling of some of the gorgeous knits being churned out by you great kal knitters:

stranded colorwork kal - random samplings of gorgeous knitting

1. Anemoi Mittens
2. My first sweater!
3. poetry in stitches sweater
4. squirrel mitts - frontsides
5. pirates detail
6. Mittens from Lapland
7. Anatolian Mittens
8. Icelandic Yoke Sweater 008-3
9. Endpaper Mitts
10. Completed Star Wars Cap
11. Bea Ellis Hat
12. Stockings

keep them coming!

for those of you asking to join the kal, it's not too late at all - it's just going to take a few days to get all the new names added to the sidebar, invited to flickr, and so on. welcome ;)

last but not least, check this photo out - note: not for the faint of heart if you're a first-time steeker.. yeaow!


Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Attention, mitten knitters.

Have I got a link for you!

Habetrot posted in her blog about the 2006 NATO Summit in Riga, Latvia, where 300 knitters were enlisted to knit 4500 pairs of mittens for NATO delegates and the media.

This is the direct link to the Latvian Mittens gallery.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Roll Call

What follows is a master list of the KAL participants as of today. If your name isn't in the sidebar, rest assured it will be up there by next week. You're listed by the first project you're making for the kal. When there are at least two knitters knitting a particular style, we'll put them in their own category, just fyi. Let us know if your plans change so we can fix the master list.

We're just blown away by the number of people knitting along! Thanks for the tremendous, positive response, everyone!

Stranded in Another Galaxy Yes, it's possible!

  1. Jessica R. is making a Star Wars Hat for her son.
  2. So is Micki C.
  3. And Kim B., then she'll move on to Norwegian Stockings.

Stranded with Adrian Bizilia/Hello Yarn (Although she's somewhere else, he he...)

  1. Ashleah is knitting the We Call Them Pirates Hat.
  2. So will Emma E.
  3. And Hillary.
  4. And Melanie.
  5. And Melissa has just finished her hat!
  6. Julia M. is making We Call Them Pirates Mittens.
  7. So is Carrie W., who will then move on to Eunny's Anemoi Mittens.
  8. Sandra P. is making the Squirrel and Oak Mittens.
  9. So is Terri S.

Stranded with Eunny Jang

  1. Christine is making Eunny's Endpaper Fingerless Mitts.
  2. So is Dorre.
  3. And Emily E.
  4. And Heather.
  5. And Mandy.
  6. And Michelle.
  7. And Stacy Z.
  8. And Laura P. from Affiknity, who will then move on to Fair Isle Socks from Vogue's Knitting on the Go: Socks.
  9. And Jennie N., who will then move on to Knit Picks' Norwegian-style Telemark Sweater.
  10. Valerie is making Eunny's Anemoi Mittens.
  11. Blogless Scholastica is making a variation on said Mittens.
  12. Morgan is making Eunny's Venezia Pullover.
  13. So is Stacey C.

Stranded in the Fair Isles

  1. Tara is knitting a Yoked Fair Isle Cardigan.
  2. Gigi is making MagKnits' Fake Isle Hat.
  3. So is Monica.
  4. So is Stacey R..
  5. And Sarah G. has finished her Fake Isle Hat, and will move on to a yoked sweater, then a ski sweater.
  6. Audrey P. is making a Sampler Purse.
  7. Jodi is knitting the Fake Isle Hat and then will move on to either Elliphantom's Squirrelly Swedish Mittens, or the Kristen or Ufserud hats from Bea Ellis Knitwear.
  8. Leah is making the Fair Isle Jazz Scarf from Scarf Style.
  9. So is Wanda, who will then move on to Eunny's Endpaper Mitts.
  10. Blogless Vicki is making the Alcea Sweater from Jamieson's Simply Shetland 3.
  11. So is Anne F., who will then move on to an unspecified Sweater from Alice Starmore's Celtic Collection.
  12. Joan is knitting the Donegal Sweater from Alice Starmore's Celtic Collection.
  13. Nancy is knitting the Primrose Sweater from Rowan's Tadpoles.
  14. Barbara is knitting the unusually named Skunk Sweater from Alice Starmore's Pacific Coast Highway.
  15. Kat is knitting a Fair Isle Tam.
  16. Shirley is knitting the Prince of Wales Vest from Meg Swansen's Sweaters from Camp.
  17. Sarah C. is knitting Knit Picks' Seasonal Fair Isle Vest.

Stranded in Iceland

  1. Liz D. is knitting the Aftur Sweater from Lopi 25.
  2. Grace P. is making a Circular Yoke Sweater.

Stranded in Latvia

  1. Jan is making Latvian Mittens from Folk Mittens.
  2. So is Anne B.
  3. So is Karen.
  4. And Kim C.


  1. Julia F. is making Brooklyn Tweed Jared's Red Light Special Hat, then will move on to Hello Yarn Adrian's We Call Them Pirates Hat.
  2. Erica N. is knitting the Greek Mittens from Folk Mittens.
  3. Pamela B. has finished her Fair Isle Wristwarmers, adapted from She Ewe Knits.
  4. Tanya has finished her Danish Mittens from Folk Mittens. She's now moved on to her own design.
  5. Caryn is making the Paradoxical Mittens by Lucy Neatby.
  6. Jess M. is making the Ullred Mittens from Folk Mittens.
  7. Audrey P. is knitting a Skull Scarf, then will move on to a Sampler Purse.
  8. Ami is making Fiber Trends' Swirl Hat, followed by MagKnits' Fake Isle Hat, then Eunny's Anemoi Mittens.
  9. Jenna is making Elizabeth Zimmerman's Arch-Shaped Stocking (also appearing in Vogue Knitting's Fall 2006 issue), followed by an Icelandic Lopi Sweater.
  10. Tiennie is knitting the Huntington Castle Pullover by Robin Melanson in Interweave Knits' Fall 2004 issue, followed by the Norwegian Mittens from Elizabeth Zimmerman's Knitter's Almanac.
  11. Adrian (Miss Hello Yarn) is making the Forest Sweater from Swedish Sweaters: New Designs from Historical Examples for her mother.

Stranded in Norway The biggest of the bunch!

  1. Chris is making the Markblomst Hat from Dale of Norway's Baby 124 issue.
  2. Agnes B. is knitting the Siren's Heart Fingerless Gloves from Norsk Strikkedesign.
  3. Nonnahs is knitting the Traditional Hat from Bea Ellis Knitwear.
  4. So is Susan.
  5. And Keri, followed by the second of her Christmas Stocking pair!
  6. Blogless Caren is knitting an unspecified Norwegian-style Hat.
  7. So is Carolyn.
  8. And Kucki68.
  9. And Lori B..
  10. And Lolly, who will then move on to Mittens, or Fair Isle Socks, or a Sweater.
  11. Tami is knitting a Norwegian Hat from Dalegarn 130; she may make the matching socks and mittens.
  12. Emily S. is making Elizabeth Zimmerman's Norwegian Mittens.
  13. So is Iraida.
  14. And Bev, who will then move on to a Yoke Sweater.
  15. Jennifer L. is making the Nordic Mittens from Interweave Knits' Winter 2004 issue.
  16. So is Tamar.
  17. So is Rebecca W., who will then move on to the Alcea Sweater from Jamieson's.
  18. Amazing knitter (you have got to see her FOs!) Marina is making the Kashmir Sweater by Dale of Norway, followed by the Alcea Sweater from Jamieson's.
  19. Blogless Elizabeth D. is making unspecified Norwegian-style Mittens and a Hat.
  20. Jen S. is making Selbu Mittens from Folk Mittens, then moving on to a Hat from Bea Ellis Knitwear.
  21. Kodachrome is making either Norwegian Stockings or Mittens.
  22. Jessica is knitting the Norwegian Stockings from Folk Socks, possibly followed by Knit Picks' Norwegian-style Telemark Sweater.
  23. Laura P. is knitting the Lotus Cardigan by Dale of Norway.
  24. Judy H. is knitting the Froya Sweater by Dale of Norway.
  25. Sonya is knitting the ever popular Ingeborg by Dale of Norway.
  26. Kirsten is knitting Knit Picks' Norwegian-style Telemark Sweater.

Stranded in Norway with Solveig Hisdal

  1. Cheryl would like to finish her Poetry in Stitches Sweater (p. 66) so she can move on to Norwegian Mittens and Eunny's Venezia Pullover.
  2. Francesca is knitting a Sweater from Poetry in Stitches.
  3. Stacey B. is knitting on her Poetry in Stitches Cardigan, then she'll move on to Adrian's We Call Them Pirates Hat, and then Eunny's Endpaper Mitts.

Stranded on their Own These knitalongers are designing their projects.

  1. Betsy is making her own design, but hasn't specified a type of project yet.
  2. Jared has finished his first, free design, the Red Light Special Hat, and is moving on to Fair Isle Gloves.
  3. Judy is knitting a Hat.
  4. Lori is making Trigger Mitts.
  5. Blog host Mary-Heather is making a Patterned Yoke Sweater, then will move on to the Mameluke Socks from Folk Socks.
  6. Blog host MJ is making a Scrollwork Hat, followed by a Sweater with Nigerian motifs.

Stranded... Somewhere These knitalongers haven't indicated a project yet.

Stranded in Turkey

  1. KAL host Andrea is making the Turkish Cape from Vogue Knitting's Fall 2005 issue.
  2. Amy P. is making Turkish-style socks and a Vest.
  3. Pat is making Anatolian Mittens from Folk Mittens.

Stranded Without A Compass Which way are you going, folks?

  1. Brigid is knitting unspecified Gloves.
  2. Bee is making either a We Call Them Pirates Hat or one from Bea Ellis Knitwear.
  3. Nova is knitting unspecified Hats.
  4. So is Mia.
  5. Jen in Chicago is making unspecified Mittens.
  6. So is Necia, who's making Gloves and a Hat as well.
  7. Laurie is knitting unspecified Socks.
  8. Jen L. is making either Knit Picks' Norwegian-style Telemark Sweater, Norwegian Mittens, or We Call Them Pirates Mittens.
  9. Erica L. is making either Latvian or Estonian Mittens, followed by either Kristen or Ufserud, hats from Bea Ellis Knitwear.

* I smell contest! Am working on the details; more later in the week.

Friday, December 01, 2006

We're Stranded!

Wow! Looks like Stranded Colorwork is in the air... we have well over 100 people signed up for this knitalong so far! It has been so much fun clicking around and checking out your blogs... and adding more and more projects to my "have to knit" list! Lots of folks in this knitalong are attempting colorwork for the very first time; other participants have many beautiful sweaters, hats, mittens, and socks under their belts (and in their closets) already... I'm inspired and so happy to be involved! We (your hostesses, that is) hope that this knitalong site will be a great resource for us all. Please keep checking our sidebar; we have drop-down menus for online colorwork resources there, and we'll be adding even more links and references in the coming weeks. Do any of you have a helpful hint or favorite online tutorial related to stranded colorwork? Please let us know in the comments!

Have you all joined the Flickr group? Since MJ, Andrea, and I are going to be posting the weekly updates and other goodies to this site, we thought the Flickr would be a fantastic additional venue for all of us involved in the Stranded knitalong. Once you accept the invitation, you can contribute photos to the group pool (and leave comments on other member's photos) and participate in the discussions with questions or tips. We hope that this will give our blog-free participants a fun and easy way to share your photos and progress. For those of you who do have blogs but aren't familiar with Flickr, it doesn't cost anything for a basic account, and it is another great internet community. Of course everyone can go admire the photos at any time...

I'm looking forward to seeing all the beautiful projects we're all going to make! Thanks so much for joining, everyone. We're stranded all over the place, and it's going to be great.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Buttons! And a few questions.

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We've got buttons for you, in 6 lovely colors to coordinate (or not) with your blog: raspberry, moorit, chartreuse, lake, plum, and brick. Use one or use them all! Remember to save the button to your own site; no hotlinking please. Use the code below:

<a href=""><img src="YOURURL/YOURIMAGEDIRECTORY/btn_strandedkal_YOURCOLORCHOICE.0.jpg" alt="Stranded: The Colorwork Challenge" width="100" height="100" border="0"></a>

The KAL's starting this Friday; we'd love to get a feel of what everyone's doing through their blogs. (If you don't have a blog, you can leave your answers in the comments here.) Who's doing Fair Isle? Traditional Norwegian or Swedish (Bohus Stickning)? Who's working on their nth project? Here are a couple of simple questions to get you in the mood for colorwork.

What are your projects for this knitalong?

Is this your first colorwork project? If it isn't, what was your first, and has it survived the test of time?