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.Ā  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!

FO Friday – Askews Me Sweater

imageI finished my Askews Me sweater over a month ago and I’ve finally gotten some decent pictures! I loved knitting this.

imageThe foreground yarns were reclaimed from thrift store sweaters. The taupe yarn is 100% merino, and I believe the blue is a wool/acrylic blend. The background yarn is Lion brand Fisherman’s Wool which is suprisingly soft.

imageI’m not entire sure it’s the best shape for me. I’m kind of bottom heavy so I tend to stick to tops that are more fitted, but this is so comfy and warm that I’ve decided not to care if it’s a bit of tent. And it’s great with skinny jeans and boots.

Good news: I’ve been able to knit with no pain! I’m able to get in several rows in the morning and evening. I’m not sure I’ll ever go back to any marathon knitting sessions, but as long as I can do some knitting, I’m happy. I was going a bit bonkers!

imageMy dog, Layla, really wanted to help me with this photoshoot. I’ve given her the “look” command in the first photo. I have my phone camera set to snap a pic when I say, “cheese.” It’s better than a timer!

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WIP Wednesday – Hitofude On Hold

 

imageI made it through the weekend without doing any knitting. Zero. I did finish spinning and plying 8oz of wool/alpaca/mohair roving from Avalon Springs Farms and I probably shouldn’t have.avalongsprings

I picked up my Hitofude last night and my right hand/forearm felt really tight and unhappy. Strangely, it was my left hand bothering me last week and that seems to be fine since putting those tight socks in time out. So I’m taking a break from knitting AND spinning for the rest of the week. I’m icing, and taking an NSAID, and consoling myself with coloring. I am not one of those people that can veg in front of the tv; my hands are always moving.

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Hopefully, a full week of rest will help. I want to get back to this project so I can start a new one. I have so many in my queue!

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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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FFNE Recap

Thanks to everyone who stopped by the booth at this year’s Fiber Festival of New England. We had great crowds both days of the festival and I’m still readjusting to my usual work schedule. Show prep can be a bit hectic and I’m enjoying being able to plan new things and do regular, everyday tasks. Like blogging! Which I am very, very bad about doing regularly. Now that I have a new phone with an excellent camera, I’m hoping to at least keep you apprised of my latest projects. I’m back at the dye pots this week and will photographing and listing new items by Friday.

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.

Last Week Chez Play – Tour de Fleece 2014

UntitledI 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?

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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.