We’re Moving

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I am moving the SALT AIR Art & Textiles Blog to a new web location. This new site will be a little bit easier for me to maintain and allow me to add content more easily.

Find me at www.saltairarts.com

see you there!

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(Finally)New Items in the Shop!

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The Wood Island Watch Cap is a hat pattern that is designed by me (my first design!)! The yarn is 100% American Wool (made in Maine!) that was hand dyed by me using natural dyes!

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This hat was truly a labor of love and has been in the works for some months, I first came up with the idea back in May of 2015 after having visited the little island that is home to the beacon. Having grown up on the coast I have always had a love of lighthouses and hearing their fog horns on stormy days or misty mornings was a regular part of my childhood. I wanted to create something that paid homage to the keepers and those making their living on the sea. When I visited Wood Island Light I learned how much hard work the keepers and their families had to do, they lived pretty isolated lives, and often could not make it to the mainland for supplies. They would grow their own food, raise animals, even flocks of sheep. So, short of spinning the yarn myself, I wanted to create something from scratch on honor of the resourceful lives that they led. First I dyed the yarn from dyes that I created using natural materials. Then I designed the pattern, keeping in mind traditional nautical knitting themes (hence the Fisherman’s rib pattern). Then designing the little SALT AIR Art & Textiles labels that are sewn to the brim, and finally knitting the hats to sell them here in our Etsy shop.

(P.S. My cute sister helped by modeling for me xoxo )

I have made the Wood Island Watch Cap in three colors: a mustard yellow, a pale pink, and a light blue (the blue has the nicest color variation). I will be putting them up for sale on Etsy (here) on Small Business Saturday so keep an eye out! And remember to…

SHOP SMALL!

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Sycamore Vest / Knitbot Month

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For the Knitbot Month KAL sponsored by Quince & Co. I decided to make the Sycamore Vest from Hannah Fettig’s latest book Home & Away. Seeing the way that Hannah styled this vest in her book is what first made me want to make it. I have never been very into wearing vests, but I am so glad that I made this one! It looks very nice with flannels and shirt dresses which are both staples in my wardrobe, so I think this will get a lot of use. I had originally planned on making this for the Woolful Home & Away KAL that started in July, but I got busy with too many other projects and all I managed to do was cast-on, so I was so excited to have the Knitbot Month KAL come along as incentive to finish this project. I chose to knit the Sycamore Vest in Quince & Co.’s Chickadee yarn in the colorway Twig.

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And, I hope everyone is having a HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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Waxing Sentimental / Imogen Tee

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I am finally getting around to photographing my finished Imogen Tee. The pattern is by Carrie Bostick Hoge of Maddermade, the pattern is in her first book Madder Anthology I. I made this sweater in Quince & Co.’s Tern yarn in the colorway Terra Cotta. I am completely in love with this sweater and luckily finished it with a few warm days of Fall left to wear it. In fact, the day after I had these photos taken I returned to flurries in Vermont!

My mother took these photos for me while we were visiting my grandmother at her home in Massachusetts. The house was built in the 1870s and my grandmother will have lived there for 60 years this year! She will be moving closer to family very soon, and leaving this home behind. It will be a good move for her, but it is bittersweet. I have so many fond memories, especially holidays with the little house bursting at the seams with family and food! So, aside from helping my grandmother to pack some of her things for the move, I also tried to document some of the special places in the house (I included just a few here).

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My grandfather’s horseshoe nailed to the shed in the backyard for luck,

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the little brick walkway to the front of the house,

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the sunny living room windows and family portraits,

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the copper kettles in the kitchen,

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the pretty glass doorknobs,

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the spots where the house is starting to show its age,

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even the cobwebs in the cellar.

Feature on #WoolfulFollowFridays!

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On Friday I (@saltairarts) was featured on #woolfulfollowfridays! This is a weekly post that features Instagram users who have inspiring fiber-related feeds that Woolful suggests that you should follow! I am so flattered to have been included! I, myself, have found many new knitters and yarn farmers to follow through these posts! Thank you again Woolful!

April Rhodes Taught Me to Weave!

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Last weekend I was lucky enough to participate in Nido’s Weaving Workshop with April Rhodes! I joined a group of lovely ladies at the Burlington City Arts Firehouse Gallery to learn to weave. It was a beautiful Fall day and the studio was pretty and bright with a view of Church Street.  After some yummy treats provided by Nido, we all grabbed our weaving kits and got to work. We started by assembling our lap looms and stringing the warp thread on the loom. Then, April demonstrated the techniques that we would be using to create our pieces. Here are a few of the things that she showed us: Rya Knots, Straight Weave, Fishbones, Coils and how to add Wool Roving to our works! Then we had the rest of the day to incorporate these techniques and the yarns of our choosing into our works however that we wished! And April provided guidance and encouragement as we worked!  It was a long day of handwork and focus, and so, so rewarding! And I could not have learned from a better person, I really cannot say enough good things about April Rhodes!

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Above are my Rya Knots, they create a nice full fringe on the bottom of my piece, I used Quince & Co.’s Puffin and Owl yarns. IMG_5507

Above is a close up of my piece, I chose to leave the Warp showing in various places. In this photo you can also see a full Fishbone that turns into a half Fishbone. IMG_5508 IMG_5509And the icing on the cake…IMG_5512

I won a little bundle of April‘s fabric in a raffle at Nido’s Friday Fun with April Rhodes!

View more photos from the workshop here and here.

#FancyKelbourneStudioKAL: Best Vacation Pic Winner…is me!

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The #FancyKelbourneStudioKAL wrapped up last night with the announcement of the winners, there were prizes for Best Finished Object, Best Modifications, AND… BEST VACATION KNITTING PIC! As you might guess, I am rather excited to have been chosen as one of the winners! There were so many great photos to choose from (check out the #FancyKelbourneStudioKAL on Instagram!), and I am so flattered that I was picked! Above is my winning photo which can also be seen on my Instagram feed @saltairarts. You can also see finished photos of my Lucinda Sweater here and on ravelry.

And my prize…three Grainline Studio patterns of my choosing! Such a great prize! I love all of her patterns so it is going to be tricky to pick just three! Though, at the moment, I am thinking the Cascade Duffle Coat, Lakeside Pajams, and Maritime Shorts will be my picks…

Below are the links to the wrap-up posts. Check out the other winners and runner-ups! There are some great Lucinda sweaters out there!

#FANCYKELBOURNESTUDIOKAL WINNERS!

LUCINDA KAL WRAP UP AND WINNERS!

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Thank you Kelbourne Woolens, Fancy Tiger Crafts, and Grainline Studio for hosting an awesome knit along!

And a special thank you to Nido for telling me about the #FancyKelbourneStudioKAL in the first place, and for hosting such fun get-togethers throughout the knit along!

Lucinda Sweater on Timber Point

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A few weekends ago I was visiting home and was able to have my little sister (of jewelry making fame) take a few pictures of my newly finished Lucinda Sweater. We wandered around Timber Point which has a little bit all of the best things about the Maine coastline: green marsh grasses, pine forest, wild blueberries, weathered shingled shacks, rocky shores, and island views.

The sweater is a pattern by Carrie Bostick Hoge (a Mainer!) of Maddermade, it is from her Madder Anthology II book. I am a fan of all of her patterns and her photography is such an inspiration to me (incase you couldn’t tell)! I knit this sweater as part of the #fancykelbournestudioKAL which is sponsored by Fancy Tiger Crafts, Kelbourne Woolens and Grainline Studio. Nido, my favorite local yarn shop, also decided to join in and host their own knit-a-long alongside this one (#nidoKAL). We had a cast-on party and a few get-togethers throughout the month of July. It was so nice to see people’s color choices, modifications, and general progress in person as well as on instagram.

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I knit my Lucinda in Acadia from the Fibre Company in their color way Summersweet. I knit the smallest size, and made no modifications. Check out all of the finished Lucindas on instagram using the hashtag #fancykelbournestudioKAL and #nidoKAL!