01
Apr

Introducing Bridge and Tunnel Yarns

Written by Sarah. Posted in holiday, that gif post, yarn

This has been a long time in the making but I have a really exciting announcement today! After months of work, I’m ready to introduce to you to Bridge and Tunnel Yarns!

knitpics

Inspired by the subways of New York City, this yarn is spun from 100% American angora rat fur. Angora rats are incredibly friendly and clean. They are terribly smart! I think they’re going to be the next big thing in knitting. Super soft and durable, our first base is a lofty fingering weight perfect for socks and shawls.

angora hamster

When I first met some happy angora rats and pet their luxurious fur, I was captivated by the idea of making yarn! I’ve partnered with Moonflower Ranch, a sustainable angora rat farm located in western Pennsylvania, as well as the 100-year-old, family-owned Quickspring Mills in New Hampshire.

Hayleigh, owner of Moonflower Ranch, has told me all about the tradition of rat shearing. This almost-forgotten domestic art is gaining a new following with the homesteader movement. While the numbers of angora rat shearers and spinners has grown, it’s always been a very homemade operation. It’s never been done on a scale like this but the yarns will still be more “small batch” as we grow.

In case you haven’t caught on already, April Fools! That’s actually Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud Lace Yarn. I wouldn’t really ask you to knit with rat fur.

I mean, would you?

angora hamster photo via ravenmind

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19
Nov

Holiday Knitting Explained in Gifs

Written by Sarah. Posted in that gif post

Thought I’d given up the gif? They’re back just in time for a little holiday present from me to you.

After last Christmas, I decided knitting holiday presents was just too stressful.
nobody got time

Definitely not doing it this year!
louis ck

david tennant nope

These socks would make a great gift, though.
james mcavoy
“Didn’t you say you weren’t going to knit holiday gifts this year?”
dumbledore bitch please
Welp
i lied
It’s ok, it’s not like I had plans anyway.
anna kendrick
It won’t be fair to just knit for one person. Ok, one more hat won’t throw off my schedule. I got this.
loki
Wait. Chanukah is early this year?
steve brule
Um
doctor
huge mistake
help me
Why do I even do this?
silver linings

But I can only blame myself.
orange is the new black
Miraculously, I somehow manage to finish just in time.
brush shoulder off
And everyone loves their gifts.
oprah car gif
oprah audience gif

So, overall, that went well. If I just start a week earlier next year-
dexter

No, I’m never doing this again.
gatsby
Oh ok.
joan mad men
zooey

What are your holiday knitting plans? Did you start early this year? (No one will be mad if you buy them a Ricefield Collective hat instead.)

ps. Last year’s holiday gifs!

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08
Oct

Twas the Night Before Rhinebeck

Written by Sarah. Posted in holiday, knits, Rhinebeck, that gif post, travel

rhinebeck kate lemmers

Rhinebeck is swiftly approaching (can you believe it?!) so I wrote you this poem about knitter’s Christmas.

TWAS THE KNIT BEFORE RHINEBECK

Twas the night before Rhinebeck, when all through the house
not a creature was stirring not even a moth.
The yarn was all packed by the front door with care,
in hopes that at the Sheep and Wool Festival, we’d soon be there.

The knitters were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of alpaca fleeces danced in their heads.
And mama in her seamless top down Icelandic yoke sweater and I in my wool’s itch,
had just settled our hands from a long winter’s stitch-and-bitch.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the couch to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Only after taking care to check on my stash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen leaves
gave the look of undyed wools all sat on the eaves.
when, what to my wondering eyes should I peep,
But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny sheep!

With a little old driver, a scarf ’round her neck,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Rhinebeck.
More rapid than eagles her coursers they came,
And she whistled and shouted and called them by name!

“Now Shearer! now, Spinner! now, Cashmere and Cables!
On, Fair Isle! On, Gusset! On on, Intarsia and Laces!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now swift away! Swift away! Swift away all!”

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the house-top the sheepies they flew,
with the sleigh full of yarn and St. Rhinebeck too!

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Rhinebeck came with abound.

She was dressed all in wool, from hat on her head to sock on her foot,
And her handknits were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of skeins she had flung on her back,
And she looked like a LYS, just opening her pack.

Her fun fur, how it twinkled! Her merino, how merry!
Her cottons were beautiful in colors of berries!
Her superwash skeins were wrapped up in a bow,
And the fluffy undyed fiber was as white as the snow.

A set of circular needles she held tight in her hand,
And cast on the most beautiful sweater in the land.
Her cables were perfect and stitches so soft,
Before I could blink, she’d already bound off.

Then she spoke not a word, but went straight to her work,
And left yarn presents, then turned with a jerk.
And laying her finger aside of her nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney she rose!

She went to her flock, they rose up in the air,
And away they all flew like the down of mohair.
But I heard her exclaim, ‘ere she drove out of sight,
“Happy knitting to all, and to all a good-night!”

photo via Kate Lemmers

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01
May

Hump Day (Gifs, People.)

Written by Sarah. Posted in that gif post

 

Welcome to May! Let’s get you over the hump, shall we?

When someone at Vogue Knitting Live is wearing the same pattern as me, we’re like:
step bros

When my LYS is doing summer hours, I’m all like:
crying
When my boyfriend complains that something I made him doesn’t fit right, I’m like
jay
The first time I looked at a lace chart, I was like
ryan
When I teach someone how to knit
doctor

That’s all, folks! Stay tuned because actual informative things are coming up later in the week!

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17
Apr

Kate’s Craft Corner

Written by Sarah. Posted in that gif post

It’s been a pretty rough week and I think we all could use a laugh.

My friend Jawann is a comedian (come to his show!) and he’s always sharing great sketches. My favorite one so far is the video below. This series by comedian Veronica Osorio will teach you how to make super useful things like salt shakers for sugar and pants for plants.

It’s hilarious. It’s clearly poking fun at crafting but I don’t take anything seriously. And if you’re taking crafting too seriously, YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG. Besides, we’ve all seen some pretty ugly and useless DIYs on Pinterest at some point. As she says, “Crafting is making brand new things that already exist just for fun!”

Anyway, if you’re a returning reader to this blog, this will make you laugh because it made me laugh and sometimes, I hear, I make you guys laugh. I certainly make myself laugh so this is right up my/your alley.

As always, hang in there and happy knitting!

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22
Mar

Unleavened Skeins

Written by Sarah. Posted in holiday, knits, that gif post, yarn

Passover is beginning soon. Are you getting prepared? It’s one of the most important Jewish holidays and it’s one of my favorites for these reasons: a) the story is epic, b) the Rugrats made a really good  holiday episode, c) you’re supposed to drink a lot (like, a lot, guys), and d) it’s supposed to be very personal. It’s the story of how our ancestors escaped slavery in Egypt. And when I was a kid, I wanted to be an Egyptologist so the whole Jews building pyramids thing was pretty exciting.

Here’s the story of Passover and my ancestors (I imagine they look like me but with way more epic eye make up).

We were slaves in Egypt. It sucked. Moses came and was all, LET MY PEOPLE GO which is probably the best catchphrase ever. The Pharaoh was all like, “No Way, Jose.” Then the ten plagues happened, yadda yadda yadda.

When the Pharaoh told the Israelites that they were free to leave Egypt, they left as fast as they could. They knew he was kind of a fickle bitch and was constantly changing his mind. Like, one day he would be like, “Guys, this is where I the pyramid should go,” and then halfway through building it, he’d be all, “I think it would actually look better over there. Don’t you think it’d look better over there?” And then they’d have to go and start all over again.

So when the Jews were freed, they hauled ass out of there. They packed up so quickly, they didn’t even wait for their bread dough to rise! That’s why we eat matzah. (Don’t have any idea what the geflite fish is all about. Don’t ask.) My ancestors packed up so quickly that they didn’t even wait to finish all of their WIPs! They just took whatever stash yarn they could carry and GTFO. Moses was all like, “Um, I don’t think you’re going to need a scarf in the desert” but they were all like, “It’s not a scarf, it’s a 10 Commandments cozy. By the way, did anyone pack stitch markers? I left all of my notions in Egypt.”

Then, the whole Egyptian army showed up because the Pharaoh had changed his mind (so predictable, this guy!) and so they were all like chasing the Jews to the sea. My ancestors were like, “Oh crap, I don’t think salt water is very good for wool.” But Moses was all, “Guys, don’t worry. I have a plan.” And, guess what. He OPENED UP THE SEA so everyone would just walk across. I know, crazy right? And when they got to the other side, all of the Egyptians drowned and the day was saved.

And somebody was like, “Hey did anybody bring a map?” and my ancestors were like, “I have a pattern for a nemes. Would that help?” And Moses was all like “OMG WE’RE GONA BE IN THIS DESERT FOREVS.”

The end.

passover

Lion Brand Alpine Wool in Oatmeal

Anyway, the point of this story is that, just as we eat unleavened matzahs to commemorate our ancestors time in Egypt, I will knit with matzah-like yarns to commemorate my ancestors who were probably walking around the desert like, “Are we there yet? I’m hot. Golden donkey? How about a golden sheep? Maybe it can send more yarn.”

This unleavened yarn will probably make you a lot less constipated than matzah.

Happy Passover!

ps. If you stuck it out and read this whole story, you’re a real champ. It was ridiculous but I made myself laugh.

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06
Mar

This is Happening Again

Written by Sarah. Posted in that gif post

You thought they were done but they’re not!

When I see a new Brooklyn Tweed lookbook
spongebob gif

When I substitute yarn, it’s like:

hangover gif

 When someone asks if I knit something I’m wearing, I’m just like:

talking to gif

When my boyfriend tries to talk to me while I’m counting stitches, I’m like:

finger gif
When my WIP is just sitting next to me and I’m not knitting, it’s all like
im bored gif

 

ps. Monday I styled Lily’s Holla Knits pattern Romp Around the Clock. Check it out!

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26
Feb

Sheep Humor

Written by Sarah. Posted in kollabora, life, that gif post

It’s already turning out to be a rough week. I’ve spent a few too many nights building Ikea furniture. (I really can’t stop myself when I go to Ikea.) Anyway, since there’s not much to report on my knitting front (still working on that damn faire isle sweater), let’s just have a laugh.

If you haven’t seen this video of goats yelling like humans, do so now. God I love goats. If you liked that, you’ll love this:

Okay, I promise there will be actual posts about actual things this week. Stay tuned. I’m going to go drink some tea.

ps. Check it out, I was featured in Kollabora’s Meet the Maker profile!

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11
Jan

Friday Gifs

Written by Sarah. Posted in that gif post, Uncategorized

Apartment hunting is so stressful in this city. And I feel a cold coming on. That being said, I don’t have the energy for a proper post today. And I think I could use a laugh.

When someone asks “Who are you making that for?”, I’m just like:
heman

When my friends say I spend a lot of money on yarn, I’m like:
life aquatic

When a stranger on the train says “Look that lady is crocheting!”
sherlock gif

When Amy Christoffers releases a new pattern, we’re just like:
screaming excited gif

When another one of my friends asks if I’ll knit them that hat with the beard attached, I want to be like:
burn after reading punch

I don’t mean to hate on the beard hats. But, come on, people!

Have a great weekend!

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17
Dec

Christmas Gifs

Written by Sarah. Posted in gift, holiday, that gif post

When it’s the week before Christmas and none of my holiday knitting is finished, I’m just like:

emma stone crying gif

jennifer lawrence gif

harry potter gif

home alone 2 gif

the room gif

How’s your holiday knitting going?

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