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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!

Year of the Emerald at Vogue Knitting Live

The Year of the Emerald at Vogue Knitting Live

Year of the Emerald Mittens on Ravelry

Year of the Emerald Mittens on Ravelry

As many of you know, Pantone has heralded Emerald as the color of the year. Every year, no matter how much I think I know what the color is going to be I am delightfully surprised at the announcement. This year I was even more excited as it elevates my birthstone of emerald to its rightful place!

Emerald is known to us in the fiber and fashion industry to be part of the jewel stone family. In nature it is a variety of the mineral, beryl and gets the green hues from trace amounts of chromium and vanadium.

“Emeralds occur in hues ranging from yellow-green to blue-green, with the primary hue necessarily being green. Yellow and blue are the normal secondary hues found in emeralds. Only gems that are medium to dark in tone are considered emerald; light-toned gems are known instead by the species name green beryl.” – Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emerald )

From Local Yarn producers and indie dyers, to our favorite local yarn shops and yarn companies, Emerald was showcased in a whole new light. The natural shades of Emerald were seen throughout.

Local Yarn and Indie dyer herself, Jill Draper from Jill Makes Stuff (http://www.etsy.com/shop/jilldrapermakesstuff), highlighted the yellow-green end of the hue range with Lichen, which is a gorgeous NYS wool that would look great in any garment. Take a look at her Etsy Shop to see her many wonderful colors.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/114783479/hand-dyed-aran-weight-nys-wool-213-yds

The folks at the Neighborhood Fiber Company displayed breath taking colors and Emerald took center stage. For a closer look at their yarn check out their facebook page: (http://www.facebook.com/neighborhoodfiberco)

Green Mountain Spinnery, another great locally based company using solely American wool showcased emerald in their classic line as well as their new yarn (so excited!!!)

The amazing standard in a great line of yarns is Mountain Mohair in the colorway of Wintergreen. It showcases the blue undertones inherent in Emerald.

( http://www.spinnery.com/shop/proddetail.php?prod=5-WG )

Need a great pattern for this color, try my Putney Cowl which is perfect for the extreme winter weather we have been experiencing.

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/putney-cowl

Weekend Wool, which debuted at VK live, highlights the deep green hues in the Emerald family in its  Spruce color way. This great new yarn has the same gauge as their discontinued Wonderfully Wooly but has an even greater loft and softer feel!  A great choice for ski hats, sweaters and mittens.

( http://www.spinnery.com/shop/proddetail.php?prod=Spruce )

Knitting Fever and Noro Yarns showcased the very beautiful Karuta in the Noro Line.  A gorgeous hand knit top, using Karuta in the 04 colorway seemed perfect for summer. This yarn is a great representation of the color spectrum that is Emerald. Looking for a great pattern using Karuta, may I suggest my Year of the Emerald Mittens on Ravelry?

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/year-of-the-emerald-mittens

Eventhough, my friends at The Fiberists were not in attendance at VK live, this post would be incomplete without mentioning their amazing Emerald colors as they are continually inspired by the natural world. (http://www.etsy.com/listing/119019161/specimen-184-385-yards-hand-dyed-semi) . If you would love to see their yarns in person, they are sold at Fiber Space in Virginia as well as online in their Etsy shop.( http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheFiberists?ref=search_shop_redirect). They will also be in person at their trunk show at Fibre Space President’s Day Weekend and I will be there as well showcasing my designs.

While this post included many of the emerald yarns available at VK Live and shops across the country we would love to hear what your favorite emerald yarn is !ChainTwo_Fall_2012-3