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Trends of the Knitting Industry 2013

Trends of the Knitting Industry 2013

Some of the best information shared at the show was shared by panels on the 5th and 6th floor. Here is where you could interact with your favorite designers, yarn companies and publishers. One of my favorite panels included the panel lead by the hysterically funny Debbie Stoller, author of the Stitch and Bitch Book Series. She facilitated a conversation on the culture of knitting/stitching and where it is going next. Other members of the panel included Nora Gaughan from Berroco Yarns (http://www.berroco.com/), Iris Schrier (http://www.artyarns.com/) from Art Yarns and Laura Zander from Go Stitch Red and Jimmy Beans Wool (http://www.jimmybeanswool.com/).

Here are their thoughts on where the industry is going:

1)      Crochet is Hot!

Yup you heard it! Crochet is hotter than ever. It’s portability, influx of new talent and accessibility to gorgeous yarn has revolutionized crochet. Crochet has moved out of the ‘70’s and into the 21st century. Crochet is not only easy to do, it is highly portable, fashionable and has drape as well. Companies of all of sizes are recognizing the demand from a new generation of crocheters!

 

My thoughts:

As I have been to many industry shows in the recent months, I always sport one of my designs whether it be knit or crochet. This show I obviously sported more crochet as that is what I have been designing and the response was overwhelming. People literally stopped me in my tracks to ask me what design and who designed the garments. I proudly said mine and told them to check out my ravelry shop as the week progressed to find the designs.

 

One of those designs is my Garden City Vest:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/garden-city-vest

This great design uses a bulky weight single yarn that shows off the beautiful crocheted cables. It works up super-fast and the a-line silhouette looks great on all figures. I listed this pattern yesterday and it is already in the top 20 line up on the Hot Right Now Page on Ravelry.

 

2)      Younger Stitchers every where!

That is right! There is no greater way to show the growth and strength of an industry than the fact that it is flooded with young talent. People as young as 11 are not only knitting but designing. Have you seen that amazing mitten pattern in the Fall issue of Vogue by a child in France.

 

One of my favorite memories of this weekend was hanging out on the Today Show plaza with @GoStitchRed , @JimmyBeansWool, @ hookedforlife, @Jacquline _Sava from Soak wash and @Koigu. Koigu’s founder and her daughter Kiersti came to show to support for the great cause Stitch Red (making women and others aware of the dangers of heart disease!). Kiersti had great enthusiasm and poise. She willingly sported a hat that she had knit herself as well as helped her mother knit with extreme knitting needles. She also is a model for Koigu and has graced the cover of their magazine numerous times.

3)      Stitching in Public

Trademarked in my mind by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, knitting and crocheting is en Vogue. People love their stitching so much they do not want to be separated. Accessories are now available by Yarn Pop (http://yarnpop.com/) and Namaste to make your stitching extra portable. Laura Zander of Jimmy Beans Wool, commented that she brings her stitching everywhere because she loves to keep busy. She recalled after being reintroduced to knitting by a coworker bringing it on long car trips to ski weekends. She also shared that she sees many people involved in this phenomenon. One of her greatest joys is watching the men’s snowboarding and ski team sitting on the sidelines of a competition with yarn and hook in hand. Seize the moment and start stitching. For more information check out Stitch Mountain. (http://jimmybeanswool.com/details/stitchMountain/default.asp)

 

Many people have often stopped me while stitching in public. I have stitched everywhere from book stores to the gym to my church and even have been known to on occasions stitch during parties.  When you are inspired it is hard to put down your projects. A panelist from Ireland was flabbergasted when she came to America from Ireland for the first time to share her knitting talents with us that we were so enamored by our craft. Go forth and tell all about stitching!

 

4)      Collaboration

Lastly a call to work together was a great theme to hear. In an ever changing industry due to social media and availability of information, it is time to work together. From professional publishers, to full time industry designers, to indie dyers, local yarn shops, internet retailers, hobbyists and enthusiastic freelance designers. We can all get along and work to further our common passion. With the advent of Ravelry, Pattern Fish and Craftsy the ability to collaborate has grown to epic proportions. So lets get together at our local guild, in forums, on Facebook, twitter, pinterest and Kollabra! Laura stated that 1 in 4 American Women knit. If we could make that 2 out of 4 or even 4 out of 4 what would that do for our industry? There is a place for all. All are welcome…. Come one come all I can’t wait to meet you!

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Crochet on the Beach

As you all know, I love to stitch in public as well as wear my crochet to my favorite places and the beach is no exception. Everyone who goes to the beach needs a great beach tote where everything can fit in from your towel, to your nook and of course the sun tan lotion. I love experimenting with different fibers as well and I was inspired recently by an amazing beach tote I saw while out on the East End of Long Island near Montauk. It was rugged and marine in nature and it was made out of jute cord. Yup… you read that right jute cord.

After searching for the perfect fiber for my bag it brought me to industrial Jute. Used by many through the years in very utilitarian ways, I decided to turn it into the perfect staple for anybody’s summer wardrobe. Since it was inspired by the nautical landscape, I added marine boat rope for the handles.

So challenge yourself to crochet outside the box with jute and see the wondrous beauty you can create for your wardrobe.

Tips for working with Jute:

1- Make sure you stretch your hands before, during and after as this is usually tough on your hands

2-Take frequent rests to avoid repetitive strain

3- Use an awesome lotion to protect your hands (I like Bee’s Needs )

4- Enjoy the process of using such a utilitarian/industrial material to create something beautiful

5-Show off your creation at the beach… you will get stopped frequently.

To purchase the above pattern, check it out on Ravelry

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/montauk-beach-bag

For more information on Chain Two Digital Magazine, check out our website http://www.chaintwo.com . All links to our social media is available there as well.

Crochet on the Beach

As you all know, I love to stitch in public as well as wear my crochet to my favorite places and the beach is no exception. Everyone who goes to the beach needs a great beach tote where everything can fit in from your towel, to your nook and of course the sun tan lotion. I love experimenting with different fibers as well and I was inspired recently by an amazing beach tote I saw while out on the East End of Long Island near Montauk. It was rugged and marine in nature and it was made out of jute cord. Yup… you read that right jute cord.

After searching for the perfect fiber for my bag it brought me to industrial Jute. Used by many through the years in very utilitarian ways, I decided to turn it into the perfect staple for anybody’s summer wardrobe. Since it was inspired by the nautical landscape, I added marine boat rope for the handles.

So challenge yourself to crochet outside the box with jute and see the wondrous beauty you can create for your wardrobe.

Tips for working with Jute:

1- Make sure you stretch your hands before, during and after as this is usually tough on your hands

2-Take frequent rests to avoid repetitive strain

3- Use an awesome lotion to protect your hands (I like Bee’s Needs )

4- Enjoy the process of using such a utilitarian/industrial material to create something beautiful

5-Show off your creation at the beach… you will get stopped frequently.

To purchase the above pattern, check it out on Ravelry

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/montauk-beach-bag

 

For more information on Chain Two Digital Magazine, check out our website http://www.chaintwo.com . All links to our social media is available there as well.

Hooking at Citi Field- Let’s Go Mets

I don’t know about you but I bring my crocheting with me pretty much everywhere! Today, my husband and I ventured to Citi Field (Home of the NY Mets) for the first time today. Between the trip in and the game, there was plenty of time to stitch!

Once we got there, I was amazed at how beautiful and clean the stadium was. We got to our seats in the 417 section and voila…. Comfy seats perfect for stitching! Even better they installed yarn holders for our yarn cakes ! Really, I’m serious! Ok they were beverage dispensers but the best part was my yarn cake of Green Mountain Spinnery’s Sylvan Spirit fit perfectly in the holder allowing for my to hook and watch the game without my yarn going for a ride and bothering serious game watchers!

So Citi Field was made for stitchers and baseball fans alike! It was a win win day. A great baseball game and a great stitching game! Let’s go Mets!

Where do you like to stitch in public? Chain2 would love to hear your stories!

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Hooking at Citi Field- Let’s Go Mets

I don’t know about you but I bring my crocheting with me pretty much everywhere! Today, my husband and I ventured to Citi Field (Home of the NY Mets) for the first time today. Between the trip in and the game, there was plenty of time to stitch!

Once we got there, I was amazed at how beautiful and clean the stadium was. We got to our seats in the 417 section and voila…. Comfy seats perfect for stitching! Even better they installed yarn holders for our yarn cakes ! Really, I’m serious! Ok they were beverage dispensers but the best part was my yarn cake of Green Mountain Spinnery’s Sylvan Spirit fit perfectly in the holder allowing for my to hook and watch the game without my yarn going for a ride and bothering serious game watchers!

So Citi Field was made for stitchers and baseball fans alike! It was a win win day. A great baseball game and a great stitching game! Let’s go Mets!

Where do you like to stitch in public? Chain2 would love to hear your stories!

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