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.
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.
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 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.
Plumeria on a base of 100% superwash merino sock yarn
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.
Second skein dyed – called Spring Jewel
Spring Jewel – being washed
I had very little color bleed out of the yarn as I washed it with some Soak wool wash.
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.
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:
Afterwards, we went to lunch at Acme. Burgers and BBQ – Yum!
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”!
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!