Free Pattern Friday: Melville

February 16, 2018

Want a fun knit? 

Melville by Amy Christoffers is a fun, unisex scarf made with four colors of Ultra Wool DK, an easy care yarn in lots of color choices. 

Ultra Wool  DK

You can have fun putting together combos! The textured pattern and alternating wide stripes keeps your interest. 

Can't wait to cast on? You can snag the pattern here and the yarn here

Happy Knitting!

Posted by ImagiKnit Corp in Free Pattern Friday

Local Fiber Artist: Sheila Halali

February 09, 2018

We're thrilled to be hosting an installation in our window by fiber artist Sheila Halali of Halali Studio!

Sheila Halali

Sheila's 'Mini Hoop Series' was recently on display at the Abrams Claghorn Gallery in Albany. Her work is simply stunning!

Sheila Halali

We had an opportunity to ask Sheila a few questions: 

1. How would you describe your work?
I like to think my work is romantically moody. I try to capture a certain energy and mood in each piece, and always throw in some small whimsical touches. 
Sheila Halali
 2. How did you find your way to the Hoop Series? 
I try to find as many ways as possible to use my scrap materials and make a slightly smaller impact on the environment. This Mini Hoop Series came out of one of those moments- I had finished my large pieces for the gallery and was left with tons of small remnants. 
The mini hoops are actually so much fun because they are quick to make, so you don't have to wait forever to see a finished piece like you do with larger works. 
I also love making them because they sell at a much more accessible price point, and open my work up to a wider audience. 
Sheila Halali
3. Where do you find your inspiration?
I've always been quite drawn to words- English was always my favorite class growing up (surprisingly I didn't love art class), and so I think it was kind of a natural form of inspiration when I started my creative journey. I'm constantly inspired by stories- by the human experiences that are so difficult to find words to express. I consider myself a "virtual storyteller" and strive to put those stories and experiences and emotions into a language that anyone can understand. 
Sheila Halali
 4. Is your work mainly with textiles?
Yes- My formal training is in Fashion Design, which is where my love of textiles and fibres emerges. I love the malleability of textiles that is hard to find with other materials- when you learn to drape as a Fashion Designer you learn not to force the fabric to do something it doesn't want to you...you have to listen to how the fabric wants to react, and what it is telling you. 
That being said, I've recently started finding joy in some hard materials. I made a live edge wood table with the help of my boyfriend's dad, which has sparked an interest in wood. I also worked with copper for the first time for this project and am really excited to do so again. 
My work will always be focused in textiles, but I'm really excited to see how I can incorporate and mix new materials in!
Sheila Halali
5. Art or craft?
Both. Neither. I wish there was a word that combined the 2- that acknowledges the art that exists within craftsmanship. I've always struggled with considering myself an artist, since my training is in Fashion Design. I went to art school, and still never felt like an artist. 
There is currently a big movement around the "maker" community, which I find very appealing. Most of the people are Fibre artists, but it includes craftsman, artists, and yes, sometimes even crafters. But they don't discriminate or get hung up on the distinction. It is the most welcoming and friendly community of people around the world- they find their joy in the act of physically making things. This community is where I feel most at home at the moment. 
Sheila Halali
6. What are you currently working on?
I just started a new large weaving- in creams and whites, which is way outside my comfort zone, but I'm trying to push myself this year. 
I am also designing and making a friend's wedding dress, which is probably the most exciting thing for me! I have dreams of one day having my own bridal line- nontraditional, with hand-woven, hand-dyed and painted elements. Something for the artistic brides, which I feel is lacking in the market still. 
Sheila Halali
Stop by and check out Sheila's gorgeous window display.  Click here to see more of Sheila's work.
Instagram: @halali_studio
Custom works available: Please contact Sheila at sheila@halalistudio.com 
Photos courtesy of Halali Studio
Posted by ImagiKnit Corp in Local Artists, Shop News

Free Pattern Friday: Hominy

February 09, 2018

Want a one-skein, super quick to knit project?

Hominy by the Berroco Design Team calls for just one skein of Macro, a super bulky yarn in lots of fun colors. 

The simple double eyelet stitch pattern is done using size US 19 needles so you can whip this out in an evening! 

You can snag the pattern here and the yarn here. 

Happy Knitting!

Posted by ImagiKnit Corp in Free Pattern Friday

Handmade Especially for You Next Shipment is February 20, 2018

January 26, 2018
Handmade Especially for You is an organization founded by Leslye Borden that delivers scarves and hats to abused women and their children in 70 women's shelters throughout California. They're requesting scarves and hats for distribution at the end of February.
In 2017 they delivered 11,990 comfort scarves, 1730 childrens' hats and 610 baby items!  Many of you played a part in this as we shipped a delivery of scarves to the organization this past November
They are planning on distributing items at the end of February so if your fingers are itching to knit or crochet a scarf, child hat or baby item, bring them on in!  We're going to ship them off on February 20 so if you'd like your item to be included in the next shipment, please drop the item off by February 19. 
Thank you so much for your support!
Posted by ImagiKnit Corp in Charity Knitting, Shop News

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