Fenceline Cowl

It’s been a busy few months as I have been dyeing yarn for my Etsy shop as well as preparing for last week’s Fiber Expo in Ann Arbor, MI.  It was my first fiber fest, which I shared with my friend Jean, the brains and creator behind MidMittenDesigns.  She makes wonderful project bags and her attention to detail is amazing.  She’s updated her shop inventory this week so go check it out!

I’ve just launched my latest design, Fenceline Cowl, on Ravelry.com.  It was created using a single skein of my fingering weight yarn that 463 yds per 100 grams.  It’s a smooth yarn base that is 75% super wash merino yarn and 25% nylon.

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The pattern is perfect for what I call “social knitting”.  It’s very simple and produces a cowl that has a lot of drape and is easy to customize.  I can’t wait to see what people make with the pattern!

To celebrate spring here in the northern hemisphere and the launch of my cowl, I’m offering a 20% discount on the pattern with the coupon code of HAPPYSPRING now through April 17th, 23:59pm EDT.  Click here to buy the pattern.

Splash of Color Yarns on sale!

I know I’ve not posted lately as I’ve been busy building my hand-dyed yarn business, Splash of Color Yarns.  I have also been design a pair of socks and an asymmetrical shawl.

I have a December sale running in my Etsy store now through December 20th at 11:59pm EST.

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What patterns are good for variegated yarns?

I continue to dye yarn and that’s not a big surprise lately!  I go to bed at night thinking about what colors I want to use next and the next thing I know the alarm is going off.  It must be time to get up and dye yarn before I have to go to my “real” job that actually allows me to have money to purchase more “sheep”, oh, I mean wool.

I was wondering what patterns you have found that work well for variegated yarns? Feedback is most welcome!

Here’s a list to get us started with:

Cookie A’s Monkey Socks

Flecktone fingerless gloves by Susan Moskwa

The Colorist

Broken Seed Stitch Socks

Miss Winkle

Rainbow Warrior (added this link on July 1st, 2016)

Here is a recently dyed hank of sock yarn and I think I’ll try a cowl or shawl and use the variegated yarn on one row and a coordinating semi-solid on the next.  Hopefully that will prevent some pooling of colors.

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Plumeria on a base of 100% superwash merino sock yarn

 

Spring Jewel

Here are pictures of my second yarn dyeing project. I used the leftover dye from my “First Day of Spring” color way and added a green and blue Easter Egg dye pellet. I absolutely LOVE the tonal coloring in the skein.  I used the same base, Knit Picks Bare Fingering Weight yarn since I plan on using the two colors, plus a third not yet dyed, to make a shawl.

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Second skein dyed – called Spring Jewel

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Spring Jewel – being washed

I had very little color bleed out of the yarn as I washed it with some Soak wool wash.

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Here is the yarn wound into a skein

This picture shows the yarn a tad bluer than it really is but you can see the different shading.  I am ecstatic how easy it is to turn bare yarn into something so pretty!

As I was twisting this yarn into a hank, I had my third yarn simmering away.  You’ll see that in my next post.

Road Trip!!

My friends from the Yarn Garden in Charlotte, MI and I had a blast on our road trip to Ft. Wayne, IN.  We visited Simply Sock Yarn Company and Knitting Off Broadway.  My friends are such great enablers!  I stocked up on “sheep” and my husband asked me how many sheep’s worth of yarn did I buy!

I was so excited to go into the Simply Sock Yarn company building that I forgot to take a picture.  We spent quite a while in the store squishing yarn hank after yarn hank.  Here is a sampling of yarn:

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Afterwards, we went to lunch at Acme.  Burgers and BBQ – Yum!

Lunch at Acme

Lunch at Acme

After lunch, we drove to Knitting Off Broadway and bought more goodies.  I even bought the needle I required for my 3 color Cashmere cowl project so I could cast-on while we headed back home. Here is a link to the pattern on Ravelry.

Here is a picture of my “enablers”!

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My “Enablers” and I –

Left to right: Jean, Susan, Kassie and myself.

On the way back, Kassie suggested we stop off at DeBrand Chocolatiers.  Oh boy was it good.  We had a pecan caramel dessert and we were glad they had water to wash down all the sugar!

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Well, it’s time for me to get to some knitting!

Knitters jewelry idea

My best friend, Michele, is very creative. My birthday was last month and I was joking around that I play with sticks and strings. Guess what?!  

She made me this pendant for my birthday!

  
She is also selling them in her Etsy store, Chelster’s Creations, here.