NEW Dye-to-Order Yarn & Fiber now available!

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I want to try something new this year and offer some "Dyed-to-Order" colorways.  I am going to start small by offering only a limited number of base yarns and colors, but if this option is popular I will add additional offerings in the future!

Please note, these are dyed to order, so the turn around time will be a bit longer than my ready dyed offerings.  Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery on these orders. 


Right now these are the colorways that I will have available:
--Ectoplasmic
--Malibu Barbie
--Salmon & Spruce
--Firestarter
--Antarctica
--Amethyst Hour
--Daises on the Water
--Tin Roof
(see pictures for more details)

Keep in mind that these are all hand-dyed in small batches, so each skein will be unique and may vary from the pictures.  For best consistency in a project be sure to order enough all at one time so that all of your skeins will be from the same dye-lot batch.  

These colorways will be available on the following base yarns:

--75/25 FINGERING Weight:
Fiber Content: 75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon
Weight: Fingering Weight
Knitting Gauge: 7 - 8 sts = 1" on #1 - 3 needles (2.25mm-3.25mm)
Yards: 462
Grams: 100
Care: Machine wash gentle, tumble dry low

--75/25 SPORT Weight:
Fiber Content: 75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon
Weight: Sport Weight
Knitting Gauge: 6 sts = 1 on #3-5 needles (3.25-3.75mm)
Yards: 274
Grams: 100
Care: Machine wash gentle, tumble dry low

--Merino DK Weight:
Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Merino Wool
Weight: DK Weight
Knitting Gauge: 5.5 sts = 1" on #5 needles (3.75mm)
Yards: 246
Grams: 100
Care: Machine wash gentle cold, dry flat

--Merino WORSETED Weight:
Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Merino Wool
Weight: Worsted Weight
Knitting Gauge: 4.5 - 5 sts = 1" on #6 - 9 needles (4.0mm-5.5mm)
Yards: 220
Grams: 100
Care: Machine wash gentle cold, dry flat

--Merino BULKY Weight:
Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Merino Wool
Weight: Bulky Weight
Knitting Gauge: 3 - 3.75 sts = 1" on #10 - 11 needles (6.0mm-8.0mm)
Yards: 137
Grams: 100
Care: Machine wash gentle cold, Tumble dry low

--75/25 ROVING:
Fiber Content: Roving 75% Superwash Merino Roving Wool, 25% Nylon Top
Weight: Unspun Roving
Grams: 100 (3.53 oz)

Exciting News!

I have officially been approved as a licensed Carina Spencer knitter.  Check out her patterns here! If there's something that strikes your fancy send me a message.  Here's a sample of what I've knit of hers so far.  

I've been knitting...

Even though I haven't been very good about keeping up with blogging, I have been knitting.  Here's what I've completed so far in 2016:

I am not sure if I plan on sticking with last year's goal of 52 projects in 52 weeks or not.  If I do, I am off to a pretty good start!  I do want to actually knit a few things for me this year.  A friend pointed out that it has been a while since I knit myself anything.  I have several sweater's worth of yarn in my stash, might be time to treat myself!  

New workbench!

Well winter has come and Christmas has gone, so I figured it's time to start restocking. Obviously in order to do that, I need a new workbench. I have a bunch of big timber that cut down nicely and put together a sweet little set up. Dad stopped by the shop this afternoon and held some planks and made fun of me for not being able to saw straight. All is well, welcome 2016. Happy new year everybody be safe!

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Goal Achieved!

I did it!  I knit 52 things in 52 weeks!! That's not even counting any of the hexipuffs I knit or the 18 or so scarves that I wove.  Here are projects 49-52:

Begbie Cowl

Knit with mint Tough Puff from Knit Picks:

This makes 48!

Two Gallatin Scarves

Projects #46 & 47

Grey/Black: Juniper Moon Farm / Moonshine

Grey/Teal: Louisa Harding / Amitola Grande

Five more to go before the new year!

Shine Cowl

I finished up this cowl/infinity scarf just in time for the second weekend of Holiday Open Studios. I really like how these three colors of Knit Pick's Shine Worsted (robot, sailor, and pistachio) worked up in this half stripes/half lace cowl.  This is project #45 for the year (If I have counted correctly).  

I did finish one other project as well, but I don't want to post it yet because it was a commissioned piece and I know it is a gift.  I'll take some pictures though and once the recipient has received it I will be sure to post it.  

 

Just keep knitting...

Four more projects finished! 

#41 Ruby Red Heart Hat in Classic Elite Magnolia (top left)

#42 Gap-tastic Cowl in Knit Picks Biggo Sampler in the Galaxy Color way (top right)

#43 Simple Yet Effective Cowl in Louisa Harding Grace (bottom left)

#44 Twisted Rib Cowl (my own pattern, see Ravelry page for details) using up the second half of the Knit Picks Biggo Sampler (bottom right)

Can I knit 8 more things before the end of the year to hit my goal of 52?  I am trying!! 

A few more finished projects!

Projects number 38, 39, and 40!

(from left to right)

38: Portfolio Scarf in Valley Yarns Colrain, colorway Navy

39: Bluebird of Happiness in Knit Picks Capra, colorway Sagebrush

40: Camilla Shawl in Valley Yarns Brimfield, colorway Garnet 

That means I have the rest of November and all December to knit 12 more things in order to hit my goal of 52 projects... This is going to be close!

 

Projects 36 & 37...

Or 51 & 52 if you count the weaving (which would mean I completed my goal of 52 projects in a year)!  I am going to see if I can get 15 more finished before the first of the year though, since my original goal did not include weaving.  Anyway, here are two finished hats!


Weaving

All the way back in March I picked up a Cricket Loom during the North Shore yarn crawl.  I probably didn't need to take on another hobby, but I made the leap anyway and have been weaving away on it ever since.  

Here was my very first practice piece:

It definitely got more consistent and even as I went along!

Next I used up some old acrylic yarn from my stash to practice some more and learn hemstitch for finishing the ends.  

Then I attempted a two color weave and learned a little about carrying yarn up the sides and experimented with how to best keep the selvages some what even.

The green and purple wool was what came with the loom, unfortunately there was only enough to make a very small child size scarf!

That pretty much wrapped up my learning process and from there I just sort of took off weaving.  Here is what I have made so far (some can be found in our Etsy shop, some have already sold!).  

It I count these 15 finished pieces as "projects" that would put my total up to 50, leaving me with only 2 more projects to go in order to complete 52 in 2015 (one a week).  I am not sure that's fair though since I originally said I would knit 52 things! 

I have enjoyed weaving so much that this weekend I saw a used loom on Craig's List and decided I must have it.  I have no idea how to warp it, but I will learn eventually!  

I have cleaned!

Hello and apologies for the lack of posting in the last, well, ever. I have since taken my huge space killing, brain clogging, crap collecting, table out and thrown it away! I feel better already. I need to get in there and get back to doing what I do. Now that this behemoth is no more a vein has hopefully been scraped of its mental plaque and I can get back to work. 

 There's enough room for a dance party! 

There's enough room for a dance party! 

Check it Out!

My hand-dyed yarn made an appearance in the current issue of Jane Austen Knits!

Interested in purchasing a copy?  Follow this link for more details: www.interweavestore.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=jane+austen+knits+2015

Progress on my knitting goals!

One of my goals  for this year was to finish Bill's There and Back Again Story Scarf (which I did!), and my other was to knit one thing a week for a total of 52 projects for the year.  I've made pretty good progress!

The last time I checked in I had 18 projects complete, now here are an additional 16 for total of 34!

There and Back Again Story Scarf

AKA One Scarf to Rule Them All

It is finally finished!!


52 Project in a Year? Oh yeah, I've got that!!

So, I was trying to come up with some knitting goals for this year.  One is definitely to finish Bill's Hobbit scarf.  Another is to continue to knit 5 hexipuffs a month for my Beekeeper's Quilt.  

<Insert drum roll here please>  I also just mailed off my check and registration form for Level 1 of the Master Knitter's Program.  I am kind of excited, but also nervous, about trying my hand at that!

Then I saw someone post somewhere (Ravelry? Tumblr? Twitter? I cannot recall who or where!) that they were going to try to complete one knitting project a week for the whole year.  I thought to myself, I should do that!!  So, I decided to go back and count up what I have finished so far this year.  It turns out (not counting hexipuffs because they are tiny and do not count as projects) that I have already knitted 18 things so far this year.  I think that is a pretty good start!  Only 34 more to go to hit my goal!  That, along with the crazy scarf, hexipuffs, and Master Knitting program, should be plenty to keep by needles busy this year!

Here's what I've completed so far:


Snow Days = Extra Productivity

I'm pretty sick of all the snow... I think we all are at this point.  However, I have managed to get a fair amount of knitting done while stuck at home.  I secretly  love snow days.  I love looking out my big window and watching the flakes fall.  I love getting cozy on the couch with my knitting.  I love not being able to go anywhere so there is no pressure to do anything.  Of course, I will feel very differently when it is nearly July and we are still in school because we have to make up all those lovely snow days...

Last week I had snow days on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  Those three days I worked on a super secret project that I will reveal at a later date (it's a gift and a surprise, so I don't want to give anything away yet!).

This week I had two more snow days on Monday and Tuesday.  Here is what I did with my extra time at home:

  • All About Love Wrap made with Classic Elite Yarns Magnolia:  This yarn is 30% silk, which gives it a lovely feel and shine.  
  • In Threes Baby Sweater made with something from Knit Picks: This one is a gift.  I am actually not sure what the yarn is.  I know it is from Knit Picks and I have had it in my stash for quite a while.  I think it is a DK weight and has something besides wool in it, I think it might be a touch of angora?
  • Present made with Knit Picks Chroma Worsted:  I picked up two balls of this yarn in two different colorways when it was on sale a few months ago.  This was the perfect pattern to use one of them up.  I really enjoyed knitting with this yarn and it got really soft and cozy feeling after blocking it with some Soak.
  • Schwimmen Hat with Classic Elite Yarns Woodland: I actually just finished this one this morning, so it is still damp in the picture from blocking.  I really like this pattern.  Fun and easy, and also very well written with both line by line directions and charts (I prefer charts, but some people do not like them).  This yarn is interesting too.  Woodland is 65% wool and 35% plant fibers.  The plant fibers are from nettles.  It is considered an eco yarn because "Nettles are a perennial that requires low levels of water and little or no pesticides. Nettle fibers are similar to linen and hemp but produce a softer, silkier fabric. Nettles show color well and when mixed with wool add lightness, minimize shrinkage and are breathable." (from Ravelry.com).

The dreaded weather people seem to be saying that there is going to be more snow this weekend and early next week.  It seems quite possible that I might have another snow day Monday... I am not complaining, I like the extra knitting time... But we are running on of places to put all this snow!