August 10, 2014

Fiber Artist Feature: Kelsey Leib

Kelsey Leib is an ImagiKnitter by day and a fiber artist by night.

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She graduated from Kent University with a BFA in Textiles and has been featured in galleries in Ohio, California and Washington.  Her vast knowledge of fibers and expertise in knitting, weaving, felting and crochet make her a huge asset to the ImagiKnit staff.

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Kelsey’s sculptural textile work reflects her interest in the relationship of bodies as vessels and the dualities that are present in these forms.  She uses visual and material means to reference contrasts or complexities that are present in the physical and spiritual manifestations of self, particularly with respect to women.

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Technique, material, and shape are all carefully considered to define a series of distinctive figural forms.  Each piece is meant to reflect different poetic associations with the body as a vessel.

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Though Kelsey has worked with a variety of textures, she has had great success experimenting with yarns by Habu Textiles and Ito.  Stop by the shop this month to see some of her work in person, and don’t miss out on her Nuno Felting class which will be held on August 28th!


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August 9, 2014

Knitting for Burning Man

Burning Man always sneaks up on us.  If it weren’t for our creative customers, we might miss it!  It seems to be a great venue in which to show off new and exciting knit fashions.

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Stafford is new to our shop, but has been knitting with ferocity since we met him a couple weeks ago.  He was immediately drawn to Rozetti’s Wicked Fur yarn, which he found a little tricky to knit alone because it’s on such a fine strand.

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To “tame” the Wicked Fur, he paired it with Cascade’s Pinwheel yarn to add both bulk and a subtle pop of color.  These cuffs came out great!

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Will (shown above) stopped in to show off his Pashmina Worsted and Koigu cowl (which we nicknamed “Jenn’s Cowl” after the designer).  He made his a little smaller and shorter so it would fit more like a headband.  We love the colors he chose!  You can find more info on this design on our past blog post.

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Handspun yarns are popular for hair dreads at Burning Man.  Not only is it a fun way to change up your look, it also protects your hair from the damaging heat.  It’s a blast to help people pick their colors!

Do you have any Burning Man knits planned for this year?  We’d love to see what you’ve made!  Send us an e-mail (info@imagiknit.com) or post it to our Facebook page.


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August 8, 2014

Free Pattern Friday: Baby Baseball Jacket

Both baseball and baby shower season is upon us, so why not knit something that the “coaches to be” will adore?

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This adorable baseball jacket pattern was originally released in Debbie Bliss’s Baby Cashmerino Book (Volume 4), but it is now available for free from Knitting Fever!

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You can knit this jacket using the colors shown or customize it to celebrate the parents’ favorite team!  We are pretty partial to orange, black and white (go Giants!) but we’ll of course help you create your own combo.

You can download a free copy of the pattern here and view the many colors of Baby Cashmerino that are available by clicking here.  Happy Friday!


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August 7, 2014

Customer Creations: Self-Designed Projects

Within the last couple weeks, we have seen a handful of customer creations… and so many of them were completely self-designed!  It’s imperative that we pay tribute to these talented folks.

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Dirk combined Ito Kinu and Sensai to make this ridiculously soft pullover.  We wish you could feel how decadent it is!  Ito yarns are super fine and come in a variety of fibers.  They are best when used in combination to create some really unique finished products.

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Deanna loves to create her own designs and has no problem incorporating colorwork.  She made the ecru slouch hat using Debbie Bliss Andes (now on sale!) and worked the colorwork hat (right) using two colors of Malabrigo Arroyo.

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Courtney is another customer who makes designing sweaters look easy!  She created this adorable little tee using Queensland Uluru.  She must love it… she was picking up another color of Uluru when she came in to show this off!


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August 6, 2014

Diane’s Corner: The Loom Yarn Reviews

New to the shop are three yarns from the Loom.  If you love silk (but hate the price tag!) don’t miss these three yarns that are all under $10 a skein.

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Diane tried out and reviewed two of these yarns for us and can’t wait to tell you more.

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New to the store is Speck, a 100% silk fingering weight yarn that is a great go-to for warm weather knits.  Speck has a raw texture and is dyed in delicate, muted shades.  It works up with a soft cotton-like feel and drape.  Try it on Cocoknits Veronika for a lightweight garment that you can wear all summer long.

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Fusilli is another exciting new option from the Loom.  It is an 80% silk, 20% cotton lace weight yarn that has a soft, almost hand spun quality.  The colors are strikingly vibrant with a slight marbled appearance that would give an interesting pop to the simplest pattern.  Fusilli would be perfect for a delicate scarf such as the Surf and Sand Cowl.  This accessory would spruce up a basic summer tee and keep your neck warm and cozy when the temperatures dip.


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