This week I have a Bomb combo.
This is Siren on Surf a merino single paired with Qing Fibre Melted Baby Suri in Oyster. I also picked out a pattern for it too! My Chrysalis Shawl by Lavanya Patricella. I think it might be my next knit!
I have been doing a lot of fiber combing recently and also dying a few skeins to pop in the shop next week maybe. One is a new color called Pomona! Can you guess what colors it is! More information about an update to come!
I just finished this handspun yarn! I dyed merino, alpaca, and silk in a fairy type garden colorway. I added large Swarovski pearl beads, crystals, and a few handdyed feathers.
The one thing I wish I did differently was add more sparkle and more pearls. I just kinda rummaged around and found these large beads and was like YASS! however I just wish there were a lot more small ones all through out. You know what that means right! Another spin! I really do like the colors though,but maybe I will add a hint of another color to the next spin. hmmm what color to add? Blue? Pink? Yellow? Hmmmm! Oh and definitely more angelina next time!
I am going to start doing yarn combination spotlights. Hopefully once a week! Although with Christmas coming up.... Yikes!
Anyways here is this weeks spotlight!
Tender is this featured yarn. It is a non superwash merino. It has such a different feel from superwash merino. It is plush and feels more like wool. It is soft at 19.5 micron and just has a great squishy feel to it. The colors featured are Seamist, Frozen Bay, Lighthouse Grey, Heather, and Lavender. I have a few yarns laid out for a fade cardigan but this is really calling to me too!
Also today I listed a few more knits, and after tomorrow hopefully all the knits will be uploaded to the site!
A few years ago when Brandon Sanderson released the Way of Kings book. I was blown away by Michael Whelans art for the cover. Not only was the book awesome to read (ps I am ready for book 4!) but the art just captured the book. Take a look at this cover!
So I knew I had to knit a shawl inspired by this artwork. So I got to work spinning and dying yarn. I spun roving that I bought from JulieSpins that variegates from the yellow to orange to pinks to blues. I dyed a skein of yarn in the light blue. This is what they looked like:
I got to picking out a pattern and knitting the shawl based on that wonderful art and story. I finished it and this is it!
I ended up giving that shawl away to someone who really loved the colors and the book. Then I was kinda sad to not have one around, so I made another!
This shawl always reminds me just how great of a writer Brandon Sanderson is. Although I will say that I sometimes wish the romance aspect felt more like romance and less like a toned down version, but his writing of action is just awesome. This shawl reminds me that I can create knits that speak to me and in this case remind me to read all the epic fantasy books!
I hope you enjoyed this look into knitting an art inspired shawl. Have a Happy Thanksgiving and see you the week after!
So here are two skeins of yarn. They are spun using the same base of fibers and colors, but with just a little change each skein resulted in two very different yarns. The base is mix of black alpaca and shades of navy and blue merino with a dash of purple and turquoise silk.
This is the first skein I spun that is core spun with a thread I dyed that variegates from yellow to pink with beads on it. The core was very thick so this weighs about 5 oz and is 50 yards.
Here is the second skein I spun. This one I spun a single and instead of thread and beads I incorporated mohair locks. I then spun that single around a thin thread core. It weighs 3 oz, but is also 50 yards!
Honestly I do not know which skein I like more. They are both so different and awesome in their own ways. Next I am going to spin another one that has both some thread and mohair and noils! Whew!
Also be sure to check out the knits section. I have been adding new knits each week. I hope you like it!
Okay so I updated two knits today and I am going to keep trying to update a few everyday.
All the knits are handknit by me using either commercial yarn or yarn that I spun. I love luxury fibers so you are likely to see a lot of cashmere and silk. A lot of the fleece I process to spin is US grown and very nice, (I should get more). Here are the two I uploaded today:
More will be uploaded this week! I hope you will stop on by and check them out!
Honestly I don't even know. I have been feeling pretty beat and run down just with general life, Summer was tough as this was our first summer here in NH away from the beach. I never really liked the beach a lot, but when you have a kid the beach is like a big play area. We used to go to the beach at least 3 times a week and this summer was a struggle to find stuff to do outside in the heat. Then school started and that hasn't been easy either.
Our son started 1st grade this year. He is a really nice awesome kid, and he cant keep his body still. It doesn't seem to matter how good he is at reading or math. They just want him to be quite and sit still. The teacher is really nice, but 10 days in we were already having meeting where she was asking if we have seen anyone for medication for him. We explained to her that we already took our son to see a Harvard child psychiatrist who wont put kids under 10 on medication, and who also thought our son was behaving normally. When I talk to other parents they all tell me "I would just find a doctor to put him on meds". It is an incredibly frustrating experience.
In any case I feel so stressed out with that and the holidays coming up that I have been just living in hole, trying to escape because instead of teaching our kids how to behave it is easier to medicate them.
As far as my business I do have some Superwash DK that is waiting to be dyed and a new category to add. I am also going to discontinue Catwalk and replace it was a merino/cashmere/silk blend eventually.
So if you do not know Countess Ablaze, well you should! She has put together a whole slew of dyers and designers who have come together to donate to their charity of choice. Please read her blog post about why she put it together ! I joined and dyed this colorway:
It is called If I want Exposure, I'll Get My Tits Out - For a Better Tomorrow. It is dyed on Shoal, which is a merino/nylon sock base. 20% of sales of this colorway will be donated to the Children's Literacy initiative. Being a mom of a 6 yr old boy who hates to read while I love it is hard. I hope as he grows and learns to read better that he will love to read. My husband has a reading disability and also hates to read, but still he reads to our son every other night. This colorway will launch on July 1st at 8am (hopefully!). I am going to try to update before the day really starts and after breakfast! There are lots of other dyers and designers, so please check them out as well!!
So I have been spinning some Corriedale that I have had around for a while. I combed the fiber to aim for a worsted yarn. This is what I got.
I got 600 yards (a bit more but close enough) and it weighs a little over 8 oz. I am not very happy with it as it is kinda fuzzy. I really wanted a smooth yarn. It is though quite shiny! Now my only problem is I have no idea what to knit with it! Ideas?? Help!!