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A series of knitting e-books that marry gorgeous hand-dyed yarn and contemporary design. Read more

Portland, OR Crafts
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This project's funding goal was not reached on August 10, 2011.

A series of knitting e-books that marry gorgeous hand-dyed yarn and contemporary design.

Portland, OR Crafts
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Thank you so much

Larissa writes:

It's really moving to know that 87 people supported our project idea. I am amazed and grateful. It's been such an interesting process, putting our idea out in the world and asking for support. It's made us look at our goals and resources more critically, and made us consider what it is we really want to make happen.

While this project didn't make its goal, Stevanie and I are still excited by the idea of a shared dye-and-design process growing from a single source of inspiration. We're excited about creating a book that "shows our work," opening up the dyers' notebook and designer's sketchbook for the reader to see. We still hope to inspire knitters with this kind of collection.

So we're working on a pared down, targeted project. We're working on the idea now, and I look forward to letting you know when we have that project planned, budgeted, and ready to kickstart.

I appreciate you all very much. Thanks.

farmers' market

Beets, walnuts, onions, coffee, tea, dahlias, marionberries, spices.

It sounds like a lovely haul from the farmers market. And it is. It also happens to be a list of foods that can be used to dye gorgeous yarn.

Here in Portland, the big downtown farmers' market is an incredibly crowded festival every weekend, and I do sometimes take a deep breath and go in for ceramic-cone-dripped-made-on-demand coffee, small batch goat cheese and salami, and tons of leafy vegetables for which I have big hopes and visions (that sometimes become real). 

This week, I've simply been dreaming about the colors from afar.

I told you before about the radicchio yarn that Stevanie dyed for my market stole pattern. That yarn was inspired by the food but created with acid dye. But that experience got us to thinking about a book--one of our four proposed books, in fact--focused entirely on yarns dyed from farmers' market foods.

Stevanie will dye colorways using foods we get here at the market and from our yards and friends' gardens and farms. For my part, I have a ton of hops in my yard, and many kinds of native berries. Stevanie's farm has everything from onions to goldenrod.

Her dyers' notes and color sketches will accompany five or more knitting designs that are inspired by the natural patterns in the foods themselves, the repetition of shapes and profusion of colors at the market, and the bustle and spirit of the market.

Photo on by flickr user monitorpop.

This market is our planned book for Summer/Fall 2012. If we make our kickstarter goal of $6600 by August 10, we'll be making three other e-books as well. We are facing the thought that we might not make the goal in the next four days. If that happens, we are looking forward to developing this farmers' market idea into a bigger book for dyers and knitters. As with those we're proposing in the series, it will be full of stuff you don't find in a typical knitting book, from designers' sketches compared with finished projects, to dyers' drawings and mood boards.

Thank you for sharing the word about our project as we get down to the wire!

Photo by Sarah Gilbert

A note from Larissa: why do this?

Hi everyone,

Thank you so much for backing our e-book project.

In talking with my husband this week, I realized I had presented you with an idea--a plan--about four e-books, but I hadn't really told you why I want to do this. I work with the greatest editor in the world for a big publishing company. Why do I want to self publish four ebooks on a shoestring? (Besides the fact that I'm crazy.)

There are many reasons, of course--from working on every aspect of design to challenging myself artistically and involving my local knitting community.

But most of all, Stevanie and I want to share some things that typically are not included in a knitting book. We are going to include pages from Stevanie's dyer's notebook, pre-design and pre-book sketches, and inspiring mood boards, with a challenge to knitters:

"Take this and then make your own. Your unique mood board, yarn choice, design choice, and result."

Then we'll ask knitters to share their projects online and continue the books' vision.

We are just over a week away from our deadline, and only about halfway to our goal. We still think (and hope) we can make it! But it's going to be really close if we can. I'd like to ask that you take a minute to forward our kickstarter page to any and all friends who might invest even a small amount.

Thank you all!

Larissa

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A colorway and design come together

Thank you so much for backing us.

Just this week we are publishing a design for a stole, which is included in the 2012 knitters' datebook by Pico Accuardi Dyeworks. We thought it was a great example of what we will do in our books, marrying design and color.

Stevanie writes: Many times we dye to match a memory, a song, our favorite people and places. In Portland, the farmers markets spring up like flash mobs, weekend and weekdays, a few hours of fresh produce and flowers, at designated parks and lots. I buy bread and peppers but Larissa loves purple-red, berry lush radicchio. I dyed this blue faced leiceister lace yarn to match her favorite thing of the season and she made this gorgeous shawl (below) out of the yarn.

Larissa adds: This design was based on Portland's farmers markets, but when I saw the radicchio yarn I knew it needed to be elegant rather than informal. Some research turned up the inspiration. Portland’s first farmer’s market opened in the late 1870s, at the corner of Ash and what is now called Ankeny Street.

From the moment it opened its doors, the massive new market building was praised as an architectural feat, reminiscent of a Renaissance palace. A high-ceilinged arcade housed 28 market stalls, lined with marbleized columns and arches. Each vendor sat between a set of columns, and each had a counter made of carved marble. “The market floor was lit by five central bracketed gas-lit chandeliers,” says the online History of Public Markets in Portland. “Never were beans shucked nor chickens slaughtered in such opulence.”

Today’s farmers’ markets are far more casual affairs, held outdoors against the green of university grass or the bricks of a downtown market square. But this stole or scarf is designed with both today’s vibrance and yesterday’s elegance in mind. You can capture the charm of both kinds of markets in its lines. Wear it to buy heirloom tomatoes, and sit on the lawn to drink espresso from a bicycle cart.

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