Finally! A Gradient Rainbow

P1110430You guys asked for it and I’ve been working on it. Because of my multi-layered dye process, it’s taken a while, but it’s here: a true gradient rainbow yarn.

P1110445I have decided to discontinue the striping Maki, but Loud and Proud will always be available in a mini skein set and on fiber. I will be replacing the striping Rainbow in the Dark with this:

P1110447The new yarns and dyed-to-order spots will go live on Monday, April 4 at Noon. To celebrate, in stock rainbow yarns will be on sale for a limited time! I will also be introducing my newest base, Terran Sport Sock a squishy and strong SW Targhee/nylon blend perfect for fast knitting socks.

 

Bind Off, Cast On

 
imageI finished my Hitofude today (pics to come!) and immediately cast on a Hachure.  The red/brown is some Boundless Sock that was a second. It was Fascinator, now it’s a lovely contrast to this orange from the Tripping Yarn Balls Retro Toon yarn club.

This is another sweater with interesting construction; it starts almost like a triangular shawl. I’m kind of excited to see how it goes. I’ll keep you guys posted!

Those Three Dreaded Words…

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Maybe…

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I’m blaming these socks for the morning hand/arm numbness I’ve been waking up with lately. I guess knitting tightly on size 0s for several sessions each day is too much to ask. I took a break last night and I could already tell the difference. I’m putting these bad boys in time out for a while, and keeping an eye on it. I’m going to lay off knitting for a day (BOO) and I promise to have it checked out if it doesn’t improve with a rest. Pinkie swear!

FO Friday – Beekman Tavern

imageI am going to live in this sweater this winter! Beekman Tavern (designed by Thea Colman) is a fun, but not challenging knit. After a couple of rounds, I was able to easily read my knitting, making it a good tv-knitting project.

I recycled the yarn from a merino thrift store sweater (above right.) I wasn’t into the pale pink variegated colorway, so I over dyed it a grey/brown.

imageCheck out my Ravelry project page to find out how I modified this to fit my ginormo arms.

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Last Week Chez Play – Socks!

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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.

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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

10518992_10203407050050333_1527336960672426825_nStock up on salt, pie, testoterone-filled rock music, and gas up the Impala, the new Play at Life Fiber Arts colorway line is ready to go!

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

mosaic671bf955d858143f8334461500a70916044948dfTop (left to right) – Dapper King of Hell, Idjits!, Wayward Sons

Bottom (left to right) – Yellow-Eyed SOB, Driver Picks the Music Shotgun Shuts His Cakehole, Screaming Makes Me Mad

Variegated – available September 2, 2014

mosaic62c58f566ea61ba68b318d6ac149580779d9acc6Top (left – right) – Long Live the Queen, Gigantor the Talking Moose, Brains Trumps Legs, Eye of the Tiger, You Can’t Distract Death with Fried Pickle Chips

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.

FO Friday – Through the Loops MKAL

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.

FO Friday – Mon Petit Pullover

P1080849Once 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.

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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!

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Make Way for New Colorways!

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:

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Gag Me With A Spoon
Under A Big Umbrella
Fly Robber
Picture This
Peppermint Schtick
Hipster Chic

 

Colorways moving to dyed-to-order only:

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Sugar Plum Wild
Chocolate Coin
Oriental Poppy
Dear Diary
Leaded Daydream
My Sweet Midori

 

 

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!