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In The Woods... almost! November 24 2014

For all of you who've been following the progress of Hometown Knits' upcoming ebook, In The Woods, the wait is almost over! The last few pieces are in test knitting and the samples are looking GOOD!

Rachel is making Nightshade in Overpasses and a smokey grey from Anzula and it is LUXE!

Here's another sneak peek:

Grayling has been traveling with us in three sizes and three different colorways, and the samples are getting a lot of love. We are so excited for the release of In The Woods!

Hometown Knits is always looking for fast and conscientious test knitters. Drop us a line if you're interested! The perks are nice!


Hot Damn! Summer Knitting. August 02 2014

Hi ya'll! This is your lovely guest blogger, Simone from Hometown Knits here to tell you about some super hot new projects that I'm knitting with Spincycle's newest lines, Independence and Debauchery.

I've become somewhat of a procrastinator this summer... balancing work with summer fun and knitting... I have at least 5 projects on needles right now... but the more the merrier, right? Right.

Working for Spincycle has forced me out of my comfort zone a wee bit. I've never been a huge fan of knitting with lace weight, but Debauchery is so soft and feels so good to knit with, not to mention the amazing semi-solid colorways... I'm being woo'd. One of my first projects with Debauchery is a wonderful little lace tank from Tin Can Knits called Bonny.

I'm using Debauchery in two colors: Greed and Wrath. Oh, my mortal soul... 

Anyway, the original pattern only calls for one color, but the more there merrier, right? Riiiight. Wrath is such a beautiful silvery grey; it's the perfect neutral to pop out the lace panel in Greed. I only have a few rows of the lace panel to go, then all I need to do is finish the back. Yay!

 

My next Debauchery project is a pattern I'm going to publish called Luna. A light cap-sleeve pullover, Luna is knit from the bottom up with a lace and cable bottom band and an open back, Luna has been really fun to design and knit. So much stitch definition! There's not much of her to see yet, but she's knitting up like a dream in Pride.

And last but not least is another new pattern from Hometown Knits called Lichen. She's a pullover worked up in Independence, also in the colorway Greed, with a commercial wool for a contrast color. Lichen is a super fun, super fast knit. She has a BIG cowl neck worked up in the contrast color, open cable work down the front and some simple, sweet colorwork on the back.

Stay tuned, I'll be posting updates before the summer is done!

-Simone

 


We *love* HometownKnits July 16 2014

You know those folks who wake up every day and just throw something on... and look freaking FABULOUS?! Then they do it again the next day? And the next!?

Simone is one of those people. We know her from our LYS here in Bellingham, Northwest Handspun Yarns. When she isn't working there, she is planning and plotting her next knitwear design for Spincycle. (She thinks she's living the dream, but we think WE are the lucky ones... Shhhhh...).

Her newest design (yup, that's the one, right up there) is called Jonesy. It's in testing at the moment. So far, XXS through S sizes have passed with flying colors! It's knit in our Dyed In The Wool; the colorway shown is a custom, limited run for Knit Purl in Portland, Oregon. They call it Eastbank Esplanade, and it's still available - from Knit Purl only! - while skeins last!

Cropped, asymmetrical, raglan, and featuring adorable gratuitous buttons... Forget about it. We are smitten.

Follow Simone (as username hometownknits) on Ravelry. Let her inspire you.

Here are a few more ways Simone has made our yarns SING...

Laneway by Veera Valimaki, knit in Dyed In The Wool "Robin's Egg" and a semisolid sock yarn!

 

Laneway / Mon Petit Gilet Raye hybrid, knit in Dyed In The Wool "Kimono" and a solid fingering weight.