New Orleans, there’s gotta be a colour way in here somewhere…

What a bizarre, surreal place the French Quarter is. New Orleans, with its voodoo, death culture, endless bars, boutiques and neon lights, can really make you feel like you’re in another world. I wouldn’t want to live there… but it was fascinating to visit. I’ll be doing a study based on the very last photo, the dark streets and neon lights, I’m sure there is a colour way in there ;)

DSCF0987 DSCF1052 DSCF1056 DSCF1057 DSCF1062 DSCF1067 DSCF1071 DSCF1073 DSCF1075 DSCF1078 DSCF1087

Dark, Moody Neutrals

Just a mood board to show where my head is at today, I’ve got a fresh shipment of yarn on the way, so look forward to an Etsy update mid-month =D

DSCF0319DSCF0351P1140149-2DSCF0097

February Club – Forty Shades of Green

Forty-Shades-of-Green

The February club colour is finally ready, and it goes on sale at our Etsy site starting Friday morning January 29th :)

DSCF1120

Based on a photo I took in Ireland, ‘Forty Shades of Green’ (so named for a song Johnny Cash wrote after he traveled through Ireland) is a rich, tonal green with fabulous stitch definition on our Escarpment DK yarn.

DSCF1112

The pattern is a one-skein cowl that is knitted sideways and then seamed. Rich celtic cables run sideways along the cowl, framed by a smaller cable below and a moss stitch background.

DSCF1124

Don’t be intimidated by those cables; they are less complicated than they look, and the rest of the cowl is just moss stitch. I provide written directions as well as charts, and there will be video tutorials on my blog to help with any of the trickier bits (the video section is a goal I had for 2016, so this will be the first!).

IMG_9404

The result is a cute little bandana cowl that sits up nice and high on the neck, but can be pulled close for warmth, with beautiful details. Made from less than 256 yards of DK weight it’s also a relatively quick knit. You’ll be done in time for St. Patricks day!

DSCF1125

Just a quick recap on how the Blue Brick’s yarn club works:

  • Pattern and yarn are listed together on our Etsy site.
  • You will have 3 days to purchase as many skeins as you like, from just one kit, to a sweaters worth.
  • After those three days are up, I will dye all the yarn to order, and ship out kits within 2 weeks.
  • Kits will contain the yarn, the photo on a 5×7 metallic print and a printed copy of the pattern.
  • The pattern is exclusive to the club for one month, after which is is released to Ravelry
  • Once a club colourway is done, it will no longer be available.

I love the flexibility this gives everyone, you can opt in or out each month depending on how much you like the yarn, and I can design patterns with new bases, multiple skeins, or even get a guest designer to take part.

See you on January 29th!

DSCF1107

Starry Night Pattern Release

Starry night, the one-skein shawl pattern is available on Ravelry! You can see the Ravelry project page here. “Starry Night” was designed for 1 precious skein of luxury sock yarn; The Blue Brick’s December/January club colour in a merino/cashmere/stellina blend for 420 yards of smooshy, sparkly goodness.

IMG_9387

The pattern itself works equally well with variegated and tonal yarns, and is an easy, mindless knit, while producing a beautifully textural shawl. Large needles make the piece fly by, and allow you to block to a very generous size if desired.

| Pattern notes:
‘Starry Night’ is structured such that you can begin the openwork at any time, and switch back to the ribbed texture at any time, so the pattern is very easy to customize to different yarns and different tastes. This pattern as written is designed to use up almost all of a 420 yard skein of fingering weight yarn; the sample had 5g of yarn remaining after cast off.

Starry-Night2

ERRATA: Thank you to Knottyengr for finding these!

There should be four markers in the set up row, which is worked as follows:
Set up row 1: Slip 1, k1, place marker, yo, kfb, place marker, k1, place marker, kfb, place marker, yo, k2. (11 Stitches total)

There are 18 repeats for the initial body section, not 8.

So, on the topic of errata, I am looking for a test-knitter for the February club. Here are the details:

  • One-skein project
  • DK weight, (about 256 yards)
  • Cables
  • Short-rows
  • Mattress stitch.

It’s not terribly complex, but I am looking for someone who is comfortable with both charts and written instructions (I provide both) and can work to a deadline (2 weeks from the delivery of the yarn/pdf). I can offer you the skein of club yarn for free, the pattern (of course) and $50 in compensation for your time and talents (so I would prefer someone with a paypal address). If interested, please email me at hello@thebluebrick.ca with a quick description of yourself, your comfort level with the above and any past test-knitting projects that you’d like to share with me. Looking forward to hearing from you!

 

 

 

Time to Grow

Big news at the Blue Brick today ! One thing I learned over the holidays, and with our first club shipment is that the Blue Brick has grown beyond the ability of Tito and I to run it on our own without leaving our day jobs, so we are bringing on the most capable, organized, committed, consummate professional I know; my dad.

Starting in February, daddy will be taking shipping, book keeping, inventory, databasing, and tax filing off my plate, allowing The Blue Brick more room for growth, productivity, and creativity. This means more time to devote to my true loves; designing patterns and colourways.

It also means more yarn, more colours, a signature line (coming soon!) and less frustration at Etsy checkouts. I think you will all be thrilled with the new things we’ll be able to bring to you.

In the meantime, the Blue Brick will be closed for 2 weeks while we get organized. When we reopen, I’ll have the new 40 Shades of Green pattern ready for you, and a much smoother club experience for everyone. The Etsy store will still be open for patterns and the resin jewellery book, but all yarn will temporarily go missing.

I’m looking forward to this. Change is good, growth is good, and the Blue Brick is becoming a true family business, which is what I’ve always wanted for it. Exciting things are coming!

Ravelry and things

Starry Night, the very last shipments, are going out tonight. With your tracking number there should be a note from me with a coupon code for 15% off your next purchase, to thank you for your patience while we dealt with Shodan and the holiday closures to get everyone’s packages out (let me know if you didn’t get one!). Truly, we appreciated the kind words and support you sent our way.

With that in mind, I am adding the pattern to the Ravelry library of all who requested it (email me if you forgot, or if I forget ;) ) and wanted to let you know a few things:

  1. The Blue Brick has a quiet, but definitely functional Ravelry Group! Click here to visit and please join us, I promise to interact with it more often. I have brought on the amazing Rayna from First Light Hand Crafts to be my group moderator, she’s a rockstar and will help me keep it going.
  2. It turns out there are several things on Ravelry called ‘Starry Night’ so please click here for the official pattern listing so you can link up your WIP.
  3. My yarns are also listed on Ravelry, and you can see all of them by clicking here. Thank you so much to everyone who linked up their yarn to  help the Blue Brick expand its Ravelry presence!
  4. For those of you who want to purchase the pattern alone, it will be available on February 1st, on Ravelry, and I will announce it and share the link here :)

Wow! A post without a single photo? Here is a sneak peek of February’s colour way:  ‘Forty Shades of Green’…
IMG_5367 IMG_5459

Hubby’s Christmas Socks

Last November, the folks over at Yarn Canada asked if I would give a review of Patons Kroy Socks. I picked out a few colours and cast on… for socks of course :) First favourite thing? They’re self-striping. The stripes are perfect, and it’s possible to get quite OCD about it… which I did.

IMG_5198

Kayleigh-Approved

Kayleigh-Approved

The second thing is the robust nylon content, 25%, which makes for nice, sturdy socks.

IMG_5251

The third thing is the yarn itself; not merino, but wool, so I expected it to be scratchy but was pleasantly surprised. It’s not splitty either, which provided a nice, comfortable knit. The yardage is also quite decent, 166 yards per 50g ball. I bought two balls because I wanted longer socks, but one ball would do for, say, a pair of ankle socks (unless you were picky about matching stripes, in which case maxing out your yardage will be tough).

DSCF2955

Hubby loves his so much that I’ve cast on a pair for myself :) So yes, I would definitely knit with it again. Personally, I prefer merino/nylon blends, but sometimes you just need a really hard-wearing sock (think hubby in construction) and this yarn fits the bill.

IMG_5446

You can see the full selection of Patons Kroy Sock yarns here. Pattern is Kate Atherley’s Basic Ribbed Sock (which is very awesome and totally free). Ravelry project page here.

DSCF2951

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,910 other followers

%d bloggers like this: