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
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!
I joined a discussion with some online friends about blogging this morning and I admitted to being a terrible blogger. I’m just not very wordy! I do post a lot of pictures on my Instagram account so I suggested a weekly photo recap, highlighting what I’d been doing in the studio, and out and about in the past week. That idea went over well so here you go!
My husband was on vacation last week so I took a break from dyeing. We did some work around the house, went to the beach a couple of times, and did some Geocaching. It was a very relaxing mini vacation!
Left to right, top then bottom:
1. I got some spinning WIPs off the bobbin just in time Tour de Fleece. Right is 4oz, ~150yds two ply Merino/bamboo/silk in Jewels from All for the Love of Yarn. Left is one of my gradients. I had a short 3oz braid of Redleaf on yak/merino top which I turned into ~300yds of fingering weight goodness. I love this fiber blend. This is my favorite handspun so far!
2. I was able to do a bit of thrifting and found these awesome cloth napkins
3. We went to the beach which resulted in this obligatory, dorky beach selfie.
4. I finished a huge bobbin of border leicester cross singles for the Tour! I’m working from clean fleece and flicking locks out as I go. It’s rather time consuming! I need to invest in some combs.
Yup, It’s price increase time. I’ve been putting this off for several months, but wool, silk, and cashmere prices keep going up! A store-wide price increase will go into effect Friday, March 7th. Semisolids and variegated yarns will go up ~$2 per base. Maki will get a tiered price increase with each base going up ~$2 now and another $2 in six months.
Now for some good news! I will be stocking more luxury yarns this spring. Alpaca/silk lace weight and sw merino/cashmere/nylon will be hitting the pots soon in Maki and coordinating semisolids. Samples are being knit as I type, but here’s a little sneak peek.
For those interested in heavier weight Maki, I will have DK and Aran gradient skeins in 50 and 100 gram sets. These will replace the DK and Aran weight striping Maki, but will give users way more options. It may mean more ends to weave in, but if you’re doing colorwork or stripes, you’ll have better control of where the colors change. And if you only need 150g, you won’t need to order 200g!
I hope you guys think the good news outweighs the bad (but predictable) news. I’m looking forward to a super-productive and fun spring with a WARM festival season.
2013 was filled with a lot of personal ups and downs Chez Play. But there was always yarn and fiber to wind, dye, and label. Thankfully, I have Instagram to document the daily goings-on of a full-time “yarnie.”
HAPPY NEW YEAR, PALers! Here’s to another 12 months of fluffy color and steamy dye pots.
We followed all of our usual traditions with only a little bit of last minute shopping. Things were a bit hairy for a week when we were down to one car. Thanks to the USPS pick-up service, I was able to get orders out in their usual timely fashion. And we were able to get my husband’s car sorted out in time for me to be able reclaim the van and get his stocking stuffers. It’s difficult to fill one of those things for a person who doesn’t like candy and has expensive hobbies. I was quite pleased to find mini cans of WD-40. He almost ended up with fast-food-themed boxer shorts.
Our Christmas highlights:
Cookie baking and decorating is one of my favorite parts of Christmas. The 8yo thought the blank angel cookies looked more like a squid. He has the best ideas.
And I gave myself this awesome tshirt from Busted Tees. I hope you all had a chance to hang out with people you love and enjoy the day! It’s back to the grind today. The After Christmas Sale is in full swing and it looks like I’m going to have quite a few big orders to pack and ship. All Maki and fingering weight yarns are 15% off so this is a great time to stock up! Time to get the dye pots going and update the site with my 2014 vending schedule. I’m looking forward to another busy year of yarning. Happy New Year, PALers!