Knit One Crochet Too has, quite literally, crossed the country. They began in 1996 in California, then in 2003 Helene Rush purchased the company and moved to Windham, Maine (just west of Portland).
|Chevron Trim Top by Helene Rush|
The name Helene Rush is probably familiar to you , but even if her name isn’t, her patterns most likely are. She has over 25 years of experience in the industry as a designer for all major knitting magazines, she is the author of five knitting books (all out of print, but available in the collectable market), and was the past editor of McCall’s Needlework and Crafts Magazine and Cast On Magazine.
Knit One Crochet Too’s yarns are selected from around the globe and feature luxury fibers along with everyday staple yarns. Each spring and fall Knit One Crochet Too launches two or three new yarns, along with patterns and kits to compliment the yarn. FiberWild! features about 20 different yarn brands from Knit One Crochet Too’s collection.
So how large is this company? Just how many employees does it take to make this yarn powerhouse a success? Just five. Yup, just five. Helene Rush herself, plus two women (one fiber artist and one shipping manager) and Helene’s two sons. I enjoy working with all of our yarn suppliers, but it is especially fun to do business with a woman-owned company that is small but known throughout the world!
To celebrate this remarkable company, we have put all of our Knit One Crochet Too yarns and patterns on sale at 20% off during the month of August 2014! So what are some of my favorite Knit One Crochet Too yarns? Well, I’m glad you asked . . . .
|2nd Time Cotton in Avocado|
|Ty-Dy Socks in Tropicale|
And what should you make with all this great yarn? We’ve got that covered, because all Knit One Crochet Too patterns are also on sale at 20% off during the month of August 2014! They have knitting patterns, of course, but as their name implies they also have great crochet patterns, too.
Happy Knitting . . . . Amy
|Crossbones Style Cowl|
It’s always fun to knit with a friend. It’s even better to knit with a new friend! With that in mind . . . meet Steve May!
Last year, Skacel sponsored the first season of “The Fiber Factor,” where independent knitwear designers competed for world fame. This year, the favorite and most knittable designs are being featured in a series of Knit-Alongs, hosted by these now famous “Knitterati.”
In August, Steve May will be leading a Knit-Along featuring his popular design, the “Crossbones Style Cowl” which is available for Free! The cowl is knit in the round, featuring twelve sections of different knit and purl checkerboard patterns. This is not a monotonous, dull pattern – the variety will keep your knitting interesting and fun!
So who is Steve May? Someone with decades of knitting experience under his belt? Not hardly. He learned how to knit about one year ago. An artist who likes art in all forms, he was introduced to knitting when he worked with Steven West on the “Places Where You Can Knit” videos. Surrounded by knitters who never stopped knitting, he took up a pair of needles and the rest, as they say, is history. You can learn more about Steve May in his video introduction.
More about the cowl? The gauge of the cowl is approximately 4.5 st/inch (18 sts/4 inches) in garter stitch, in one size. The suggested yarns are HiKoo’s Kenzie or HiKoo’s Simplicity. Which do you prefer? That’s up to you – because both are on sale at 20% off for a limited time! The sample is shown knit in Kenzie in the natural “Pavlova” color (and yes, that cute model is Steve May himself!).
Every Monday in August, a video with Steve will explain what should be tackled that week while giving you hints and tips on knitting his unique design. The KAL starts Monday August 4th at 8:00 AM Eastern time (View KAL videos here). But you don’t have to get up at 8:00 AM – watch it when it is convenient for you! Steve will also be actively answering questions about his pattern and cheering you on in “The Fiber Factor” forum on Ravelry.
There is no registration or cost, simply download the free pattern, get your supplies and check out Steve’s video starting on August 4th at 8:00 am Eastern time. Don’t hesitate to call us if we can help with your yarn, needle or notion selections … a great way to get a jump on your holiday projects!
Here is what you will need:
|Crossbones Style Cowl in Kenzie Color #1000 – Pavlova|
Need more incentive? You will also have the chance to win great prizes generously furnished by Skacel Collection. Skacel will be randomly selecting three lucky winners who post pictures and information about their finished projects on Ravelry. The project must be started in August and finished within two weeks of the posting of the final instructions/video. Winners will be announced on Skacel’s “www.TheFiberFactor.com” and on Ravelry.
Enjoy knitting with your new friend Steve!
Happy Knitting . . . Amy
|Photo from the Berroco Archives, 1950s|
Textile production was the dominant industry of the Industrial Revolution – and Berroco was right there at the start! In 1810 Jerry Wheelock, the great-great-great-grandfather of the current Berroco president, Warren Wheelock, joined one of the first mills in the U.S. to produce woolen cloth. In 1905 Stanley Wheelock established his own mill, the Stanley Woolen Mills, in Massachusetts. The family continued to produce exceptional wool cloth through two world wars, depressions and recessions (but so far, no yarn yet!).
|Abode in Flagstone|
My favorite part of the family history is 1968 – when the Wheelock family formed a new handknitting subsidiary called Stanley Berroco. There was never anyone named Stanley Berroco, so why the funny name? “Stanley,” of course, was from the parent company name “Stanley Woolen Mills.” “Berroco” combined the first syllables from the last names of two sales agents, Mr. BERglass and Mr. ROsenberg. Add a “CO” for company, and you have “BER-RO-CO.” Later Stanley Berroco was reestablished as Berroco, Inc., and it has become one of the largest importers and wholesalers of handknitting yarns, patterns and supplies in the United States and Canada.
The Berroco yarns come in a wide variety of fibers and weights – it’s hard to pick a favorite! Some of the yarns I’ve really enjoyed knitting with recently are:
|A Marmot – So Cute!|
screams summer! Lago is a chain construction thick and thin machine washable yarn in bold, tropical colors. The yarn is a blend of viscose and linen to give it the look of linen with the drape and sheen of viscose. Bare your shoulders with a fun tank top or an airy scarf!
|Modern Cotton in Gooseberry|
Happy Knitting . . . . Amy