As usual, December at our house means cookies, games, walks, and knitting. I’m looking forward to getting back to the swing of things this week with some last minute dyeing before Knitting Weekend at Slater Mill in Pawtucket, RI on January 17-18. Hope to see some of you there!
I’ve once again slipped out of the habit of blogging. Here’s where I admit that things in my brain have been a bit jumbled over the last several months and instead of doing a little bit of everything at a reduced capacity, I quietly decided to stop doing the less important things (like blogging.) I’d much rather keep the shop stocked with pretties and get orders out on time. Oh and knit. And according to my Instagram feed, also hike and bake. Fall is my favorite time of year!
I finally finished a pair of socks! Sprightly Socks has a very easy-to-memorize slipped stitch pattern which made KIPing easy. And I successfully turned my second Fish Lips Kiss Heel with only one holey gap while dragging this project to the bus stop everyday. They’re a little snug to get on and I wish I hadn’t gone down a needle size for the ribbing, but they fit! And they’re warm. The yarn is Darkwing Duck, dyed by Shameless Twist for the Tripping Yarn Balls Retro Toons club. I love how variegated yarn works with this pattern.
We enjoyed our last night at the drive-in for this season. I was able to finish the cuff of my next sock project before it got dark. Shazbat is the free Mystery Sock pattern for this round of the Sock Knitters Anonymous Sock Down. I highly recommend participating in SKA if you love knitting socks OR want to learn to knit socks. Each month’s Sock Down focuses on a different feature or skill such as colorwork, cables, lace, self-striping yarn, using leftovers. And there are prizes from lots of great dyers (like me!) This yarn is Gemini dyed by Tyrannosaurus Knits for the Tripping Yarn Balls Zodiac Club. Minty green like Doublemint gum (get it?)
Yarn of Letters is inspired by the Winchester brothers and other favorite characters from the show Supernatural.* Colorways will start hitting the shop September 1, 2014
Maki – available September 1, 2014
Bottom (left to right) – Yellow-Eyed SOB, Driver Picks the Music Shotgun Shuts His Cakehole, Screaming Makes Me Mad
Variegated – available September 2, 2014
Bottom (left-right) – Touched by an Emo Angel, All the Cool People are Freaks, I Love Me Some Pie, Hey Assbutt, I Found a Liquor Store and I Drank It.
All colorway listings will include a picture of a swatch. Mini skein sets and spinning fibers will be available September 3, 2014.
*NOTE this does not imply an endorsement or official connection to the names, characters, or rightholders that inspired the colorways.
The following variegated colorways will be discontinued! I’ll be putting them in the Clearance/Discontinued section of the shop at $22/skein tomorrow, July 31st. An additional 15% will be taken off for the Annual Big Summer Sale (August 1-31.) Once they’re gone, they’re gone so get them while you can!
Middle: Faded Blooms, Mummsies, Phoenix Song
Bottom: Malbec Time, Honeydew Kisses, Holo Yolo
I finished this year’s Tour de Fleece with 2 large skeins of 2 ply Border Leicester cross. I tried for a 3rd skein, but I didn’t quite make it. A finished yardage of 835yd for 9.6oz is pretty good considering I was starting from these locks! I should have washed AND prepped my fleece before the start of the Tour. Lesson: plan ahead!
I have ~1000yds of singles on this bobbin and another bobbin going. I’m shooting for a third, 5oz/500yd skein which should be enough for the Hitofude cardigan I have planned. If I run out of yarn, I have plenty of fleece left, probably enough for another sweater or two if I spin fine again. I’m thinking about overdyeing some; perhaps with a fair isle sweater in mind? Something thick, and coat-like, and Lopi-ish?
In June, Kirsten Kapur, the designer behind Through the Loops, hosted a shawl mystery knit-along. As soon as I saw that the design called for 500yd and that she used a gradient, I was in! I happened to have a Corrie Sock striping set second that needed a sample knit.
I loved knitting this shawl! The lace patterns flow into each other nicely from clue to clue, but they’re not so complicated that you can’t see where you go off track (which only happened a couple of times.) I initially wished I had only used half my red mini skein for the first clue, but I’ve grown to like the purple bind-off edge.
I harvest my lavender last week! It’s one of the few floral scents I can tolerate. I tied this bunch with some twine and hung it on the back door. Now our back hallway smells lovely, and strangely sometimes like cinnamon more than lavender.
I also have a BUNCH of Loud and Proud and Rainbow in the Dark Maki in the works. I want the shop well-stocked for the Annual Big Summer sale in August!
Once upon a time, I spun 5oz of merino/silk top into 500+ yards of chain-plied, self-striping fingering/sport weight yarn. What to do? I am generally not a pastel person and I likely wouldn’t wear a shawl in these colors.
Several months later, I had two minor seconds of Boundless Sock in The Grey and I knew they should be together! So I planned a pullover version of Mon Petit Gilet Rayé. I knit a goodly-sized swatch, did some maths and cast on. And it worked! It came out a tiny bit longer than planned, but I love it. I can throw it on with jeans or a skirt. It’s not fussy, but it’s together enough for vending events. I’m totally in love with it. You can read my notes (gauge, stitches cast on…etc) at my Ravelry project page!
I’m getting ready to release a new colorway line in September. To make some room, I’m discontinuing some colorways and moving others to dyed-to-order only. If they’re not in stock now, you will be able to order any of the discontinued colorways dyed-to-order from now until August 31, 2014.
Colorways to be discontinued:
Gag Me With A Spoon
Under A Big Umbrella
Colorways moving to dyed-to-order only:
The Annual Big Summer Sale will go into effect on August 1, 2014. Everything in stock (including Clearance items!) will be 15% off all month. Stay tuned for hints, and sneak peeks of the new colorway line!