Diary of a Yarn Dyer – Fade Skein #3

Last week, I concluded the Dye with Me series where I was interactively dyeing up a skein in each video. The best part is that the viewers had the say in what the skein would look like. Mostly, of course, as in the end, I took their comments and used my own interpretation to create the skein. For this skein, there were a lot of comments of bringing in neutrals and so that’s what I did!

I started off with a neutral base and then just speckled in some of the themes from the other skeins. The resulting skein was this:

You can see some of the tan/light brown base with the same speckles of purple and rose. My goal that I talked about throughout the dye with me video is that I didn’t want this skein to become dark. I really wanted to keep it lighter and neutral based on what the viewers were saying. I think I was able to capture that while bringing in the same themes from the other two skeins.

Here are the three final skeins together.

You can see that moving from the 2nd to the 3rd skein, we really brought out a lot of the rose and introduced the purples. I talked about that in the last blog post. Going into skein three, I added more of the purple without overwhelming the skein. When dyeing, I always say that unless you’re going for a deeply saturated color, add the dye slow. You can always add more. This worked well with the purple because I really do think it was the right amount to blend in with skein 2 without making it a purple skein.

I also really wanted to make the skein lighter because I didn’t want this to become a gradient. I dye a lot of gradients in my shop and I was really pushing for the idea of moving between colors and not tones. Fades don’t have to move from lightest to darkest, they just need to blend one skein into the next.

Overall, I think this was a great muted fall themed set. It’s definitely not bright fall foliage colors, but it does have the serene and less vibrant feel that fall brings after a hot summer. I’m excited to give this set away and ship out the preorders of the kit. I can’t wait to see what everyone makes!

You can still enter to win the kit by heading over to YouTube and commenting on the video. I’ll be announcing the winner next Tuesday. In addition, I’ll be answering questions and doing a final thoughts vlog, so make sure you subscribe to the channel so you don’t miss it.

I will be doing more solo Dye with Me vlogs as well as more series. Feel free to comment below with any dye questions or suggestions. I love hearing from you!

You can come dye with me here:

FO Friday – Rainbow Showers

I recently finished my Rainbow Showers wrap, which is my first completed crochet project!

The usual details first:
Pattern: Rainbow Showers / Dana Freed Fiddes
Yarn: Manos del Uruguay / Fino / Henrietta mini skein set (x2)
Hook: Size E
Cast on: 8/3/2020
Cast off: 8/29/2020
The pattern page on Ravelry can be found here.

There it is! A finished crochet project that actually looks all right! If anyone out there is interested in giving crochet a go, but wants something of interest, go check out this pattern. The stitches are just single and double crochet, but you also increase and decrease. For me, it was a great way to expose myself to a few different aspects of crochet and not become bored.

Add to that the stripes! Definitely go for stripes in your first anything pattern. It really makes you feel accomplished.

So back to the beginning. I bought this kit from my local yarn store, A Knit Sheep. Lisa was hosting a virtual trunk show with Manos del Uruguay and this kit was one that they had set up. The kit had 2 sets of mini skeins, but I ended up just buying 2 identical sets (in the Henrietta colorway) and going from there.

It was a slow start. Actually, it was a fast start in that I was able to get through the first pink mini skein quite quickly. However, it was all wrong and so I ripped it out and started over. Hence the slow start. So what happened? I quickly watched some crochet videos on YouTube and jsut went for it. I had no clue how to count stitches (there’s only one on the hook!) and didn’t know which stitches I was supposed to knit into. Heading to YouTube and reaching out to a friend turned the mess on the left into the beauty on the right:

Much better

So once I redid the pink mini skein, it was smooth sailing from there. I decided to insert the white stripes in between the mini skein colors because I thought it would break up the colors and it did just that. I love how the stripes look. I didn’t count the rows for the mini skeins. I just worked them until I ran out of yarn after working a wrong side. The only ones I counted were the white rows and I did 4 rows total. I probably could have gotten away with 6, but the thin stripe is perfect!

When I finished the project, the fabric of it was a bit denser than I was expecting. Single ply yarn is generally very soft and so I guess I expected it to feel squishier or softer. It just felt a bit dense and tight. Blocking this project changed it tremendously. It’s now as soft as I was thinking it would be and lays so beautifully. The transormation was really something for this project. A lot of times blocking isn’t too noticeable, but in times like this one, it really does change the fabric.

Check out more and see it in person here:

On the WIP Side – 9.9.2020

It’s Wednesday and I’m here to chat all about my current works in progress. After finishing up 2 projects last week, I barely knit this week, but I did finish another project. Just a couple of newer projects to show you. As always, I hope you are still all staying safe, happy and sane. Thank you for reading my blog and I hope it brings you some joy during the work week. Definitely check out my YouTube channel to see any projects “in person.”

For Ravelry users: There are links throughout this post that link to Ravelry. If you are experiencing issues with the new Ravelry design, you may not want to click on those links. You can also see pictures on my instagram account, youtube channel or feel free to go to the contact form and send me a note if you have any questions.

Total: 4 WIPs (1 active)
Knitting:
2 projects -1 pair of socks and 1 blanket
Crochet: 
1 project – 1 blanket
Spinning:
1 project
Finished: 1 project
2020 Total Finished: 22

Fish are Friends Socks – DONE!
Pattern: Vanilla Socks
Yarn: Lazer Sheep Yarns / Lazer Sock / Fish are Friends not Food
Needles: Size 0 Needles
Gauge: IDK
Cast on: 7/18/2020
Cast off: 9/2/2020

Like I mentioned last week, once I finished a couple of projects, I pretty much just had these socks on the needles. Having one project to work on meant one thing, I finished them! I think me having the motivation to finish up these socks is another testament to why my cast on parties work. I was in no motivation to cast on my Spark Cardigan. I haven’t yet. I posted about it last week assuming I would have by Wednesday (I usually stay a couple of days ahead of YouTube/the blog), but I never did. Instead, I finished up these socks. More to come in an upcoming FO Friday post.

Spark Cardigan
Pattern: Spark / Andrea Mowry
Yarn: agirlandherwool / Worsted / Whisper (MC) and Cinnamon Spark set (CC)
Needles: TBD
Gauge: IDK
Cast on: 9/1/2020 (LIAR!)
Cast off goal: 10/15/2020

That’s interesting. Not only have I not cast this on yet, but I didn’t even realize I set a finish goal for it. I better get to it. In all seriousness, I’ve been wanting to film a vlog of swatching and casting it on, which has partially slowed me down. So more to come soon.

Gingerbread House Socks
Pattern: Vanilla Socks
Yarn: Gynx Yarns | Power Sock | Gingerbread House
Needles: Size 0 – Flexi Flips!
Gauge: IDK
Cast on: 9/5/2020
Cast off goal: none

Okay okay okay. I get it. All I do is knit socks and then talk about how I don’t want to knit socks. It really is quite ironic. If you asked me in person, I would say “nah, I’m really not in a sock knitting mood and haven’t been knitting socks all year.” It’s not until you start writing a blog that you realize how much of a liar you are. I’ve basically only knit socks AND I’ve yet to cast on that sweater that I supposedly cast on last week! Sheesh.

That being said, I’ve also said how nothing beats a pair of vanilla socks for a great grab and go project. Another testament to the cast on party – this sock was cast on during my last cast on party and here it is. I’m actually almost at the heel. I basically knit on this while dyeing and there ya go, almost half of a sock. No sweater. No swatch. Just a sock.

Other
1. Preemie hat – I’ve mostly finished a preemie hat, which I will include in a charity knitting recap coming soon!
2. Spinning – I’m almost done with my first braid, but I have not been spinning. I will do a longer post once that is finished.
3. Northeasterly – I have not worked on this as I need to pick out more colors. I’m really bad at working on projects if they are not ready to go.

Inactive
1. Neat Ripple – This is on hold until I finish up the charity items with the colors that I have used so far.

What’s Next?
The Spark cardigan will be my past, present and future for the time being (…. are you buying this yet?). We’ll be hitting #sweaterweather soon and that means so much fall knitting. If you haven’t already, check out the Pigskin Party hosted by BostonJen of the Down Cellar Studio podcast. It launches September 25th-ish and I’m a sponsor. During the launch weekend, I’ll be hosting a virtual kick off event (more details soon) but if you are looking for a fun way to connect with other knitters this fall and winter, you should definitely check it out!

Shop
The shop is feeling like fall. If you missed the latest video about shop news, go check it out. A lot of behind the scenes changes and so many new colors. Summer colors are still discounted at 25% off.

I launched a new Dye with Me Fade Series. You can participate on YouTube by checking out the series. I’ve already published the dyeing of the first two skeins, so go check it out! There will even be a fun giveaway at the end of the series.

All three skeins!


September mystery yarn clubs are now available
until September 15th. Grab them now! October clubs will be published on Etsy on October 15th and enter a discounted pre-order time frame. I’ll remind you next week.

Check out the shop here. There are some great kits for shawls and socks along with good pairings for sweaters. Let me know if you need help with some color selections.

Check out the last installment of the Dye with Me series. You still have a chance to enter to win the set!

Changing Things Up & Why it Helps our Creativity

Today I’m going to be writing a bit about something I’ve been both experiencing and thinking about over the past few weeks. The title kind of gives it away, but it starts with me lacking some motivation to craft. When I first started knitting and then for the past few years, I’ve done nothing but knit. Okay, slight exaggeration, let me refine that statement. Any free moment I had, I was knitting (#IfImSittingImKnitting). Can you relate?

On the beach, in the mountains, in line at the store. Doesn’t matter, I’m knitting.

I couldn’t control it! Any moment that I wasn’t knitting, I felt like I was wasting time. I hated sitting somewhere and not knitting. I couldn’t watch tv if I didn’t have my knitting. I realize this is partially crazy, so ya know, there’s that, but here the rest of this out. In recent months, a lot of that has changed. I can blame it on having my Etsy shop, which took away a lot of my free time, but you would think that would make this feeling stronger! Instead, I find myself okay with not knitting. I can go a day or two without knitting and not even care.

I’m probably in a good medium place now where I can enjoy my knitting when I have it and also enjoy time when I’m not knitting too. But I also can’t help but think that maybe I’m not as motivated to knit as I once was. So here’s what I decided to do. I changed it up.

I started spinning. Daily. I almost completed a braid that I have had on my wheel for years. Every day after work, I would spend 30 minutes or so listening to an audiobook and spinning. I loved it. I was back to my old self of spending my day thinking about when I would finally get to spin. Full crazy level achieved.

I started crocheting. I have to say, the addiction wasn’t completely there, but I certainly enjoyed a new craft. I crocheted up a scarf (check back on Friday!) fairly quickly. I was back to crafting whenever I could again.

Now that my habit of crafting is back, I sat and thought about what just happened. I worked on things that I used to put on the back burner because knitting was all I could think about. By changing my mindset and picking new crafts to focus on, I became creative again. I have my sock recipe, I know the shawl styles I like, I’ve knit sweaters. I wouldn’t say I’ve mastered knitting, but it was becoming monotonous. By changing up the craft, I changed up my mindset. It really made me feel creative again.

I don’t think I’ll ever stop knitting, but never say never. I think it’s just a good reminder that just because I’m not feeling it today, doesn’t mean I’m over it. Knitting will come back, dreaming of sweaters and drawers of socks will come back and if today that means doing something else, then I’m going to do something else. Creativity will come in more than one avenue and I’ll just follow whatever is fun today. This IS supposed to be fun after all.

FO Friday – Kentia Hat

I recently finished my Kentia Hat, just days after starting it. Gotta love a good quick knit to clear the palate.

The usual details first:
Pattern: Kentia Hat / Ambah O’Brien
Yarn: agirlandherwool / Silk DK / Majestic and Overnight Oats
Needles: Size 5 on a 16 inch cable
Cast on: 8/23/2020
Cast off: 8/29/2020
The pattern page on Ravelry can be found here.

I said it at the beginning, but I’ll say it again. It’s really nice to throw in a quick knit into the repertoire every once in a while. A hat certainly fits that bill as it’s smaller, usually knit with heavier yarn and it’s split into three sections – the brim, the body and the crown. I think this last point really helps me cruise through hats as each section really does go quickly.

I knit this hat because I recently released a new DK base, my Silk DK base, which is 50% Merino Wool and 50% Silk. I wanted to bring in some more variety to the shop and this base just sounded so luxurious. AND. IT. IS. This yarn is the softest I’ve ever felt, but it’s so sturdy that I don’t see it breaking down anytime soon. I knew I needed to start dyeing on the base and also knitting with it.

I decided on a hat because this yarn makes for really great hat yarn as it won’t be itchy on your forehead. For that reason, if you want to knit a cowl, definitely check it out. I decided to dye up a brand new colorway in honor of the new base and Majestic was born. Majestic is a blue-green base with various blues and a burgundy speckled on top of it. It pairs with Overnight Oats, of course.

I went to Ravelry and searched for a DK weight hat and came across the Kentia hat pretty quickly. I know that Ambah is hosting a Knit August (or was at this point) and I think that helped move the pattern up in the queue. I mean, a ton of her patterns are always at the top, of course, but as she was discounting a pattern each day, this one must have been a recent one when I went on my search.

The pattern is a slipped stitch/Mosaic pattern that makes for an easy way to accomplish a really complex looking hat. I love that the slipped stitches bulk up the hat even more and make it squishier. I worked on the brim and the chevron design pretty quickly and then put the project down while I finished up another project. I think I then knit the body and the crown in a sitting. It really went that quickly.

I went down a needle size from what the pattern called for and also knit the small. It’s a smug hat, which means it’s not going to slide around. The fit is perfect for me! Once I wear it around in the winter more, I’ll be able to see if it stretches out. Mostly, this was made to be a shop sample, but I know I’m going to want to wear it all of the time.

So again, if you’re looking to mix things up, definitely give this pattern a go. It was nice to do easy colorwork on a fast project.

Check out more and see it in person here:

On the WIP Side – 9.2.2020

It’s Wednesday and I’m here to chat all about my current works in progress. I finished quite a few projects and have an exciting new cast on. As always, I hope you are still all staying safe, happy and sane. Thank you for reading my blog and I hope it brings you some joy during the work week. Definitely check out my YouTube channel to see any projects “in person.”

For Ravelry users: There are links throughout this post that link to Ravelry. If you are experiencing issues with the new Ravelry design, you may not want to click on those links. You can also see pictures on my instagram account, youtube channel or feel free to go to the contact form and send me a note if you have any questions.

Total: 4 WIPs (1 active)
Knitting:
2 projects -1 pair of socks and 1 blanket
Crochet: 
1 project – 1 blanket
Spinning:
1 project
Finished: 2 projects
2020 Total Finished: 21

Rainbow Showers Wrap – DONE!
Pattern: Rainbow Showers / Dana Freed Fiddes
Yarn: Manos del Uruguay / Fino / Henrietta Mini Skein Set
Hook: Size E (3.5mm)
Gauge: IDK – I wouldn’t even know how to find out
Cast on: 8/3/2020
Cast off date: 8/29/2020

Done! My first crochet finished object. I’m really pretty proud of this one. It had a bit of a slow-ish start in that I had to restart it once, but considering I’ve never done much crochet, it turned out great! I was able to finish it this past weekend, along with the next project, which felt amazing. Look for an upcoming project highlight post soon.

Kentia Hat
Pattern: Kentia Hat / Ambah O’Brien
Yarn: agirlandherwool / Merino Silk base / MC: TBN blue and CC: Overnight Oats
Needles: Size 5
Gauge: I shouldn’t keep this here. I never check.
Cast on: 8/3/2020
Cast off goal: 8/30/2020

Another finished object. In one weekend. It was awesome. This was a really quick hat though. I think when I last checked in, I was past the design around the brim (or mostly) and so it was just a bit more before the decreases. The yarn is so shimmery and soft and the slipped stitch pattern adds some extra squishy-ness to it. Very scientific! This project will be highlighted on Friday.

Fish are Friends Socks
Pattern: Vanilla Socks
Yarn: Lazer Sheep Yarns / Lazer Sock / Fish are Friends not Food
Needles: Size 0 Needles
Gauge: IDK
Cast on: 7/18/2020
Cast off goal: 9/6/2020

Once I finished the other two projects, I was left with these vanilla socks. I have a new cast on (keep reading), but as that one was not set to go, it took me a long time to cast it on (more evidence at how much I love cast on parties). In the meantime, I was happy to have a cleansing vanilla socks project to work on. I finished up the other two projects just in time for a sit and stitch. My local yarn shop, A Knit Sheep, hosts a Sunday virtual sit and stitch and it had been AGES since I last attended. I committed to making it (mostly by talking about it in the day in the life vlog I was filming) and was so happy I did. While we chatted, I worked up about half of the leg of each sock. I’m knitting them two at a time, toe up, to put that into context.

Since then, as this is still my only real WIP (excluding scrap blankets), I’ve mostly finished it. I’m on the cuffs of the socks and then that’ll be it. I think I’m making the legs a bit shorter than I have been recently with socks, but back to the length I used to make them. They’ve been coming out longer than I’ve historically knit and I wanted to bring them back down a bit.

So, these will also be finished soon. 3 finished projects, that can only mean a cast on party is coming soon. I did cast on 1 project though…

Spark Cardigan – NEW!
Pattern: Spark / Andrea Mowry
Yarn: agirlandherwool / Worsted / Whisper (MC) and Cinnamon Spark set (CC)
Needles: TBD
Gauge: IDK
Cast on: 9/1/2020
Cast off goal: 10/15/2020

That’s right, setting a bold cast off date right there. I am knitting this cardigan out of my hand dyed yarn in fall colors and so I really want to have this done fairly quickly. As it’s all over colorwork (oy vey), I’m trying to give myself some time. If you keep up with these WIP posts, expect to see a lot of this. I guess I’ll hold off on the cast on party.

Anyway, as soon as I saw Andrea post this sweater on Instagram, I immediately started dreaming up kits. I even launched a new worsted weight base just so I can knit this pattern. That’s love at first sight right there. At this point, I’ve only swatched and done a bit of the sleeve (you start with the sleeve) and so there will be more exciting news ahead.

Other
1. Spinning – I’m almost done with my first braid. I will do a longer post once that is finished.
2. Northeasterly – I have not worked on this as I need to pick out more colors. I’m really bad at working on projects if they are not ready to go.

Inactive
1. Neat Ripple – This is on hold until I finish up the charity items with the colors that I have used so far.

What’s Next?
The Spark cardigan will be my past, present and future for the time being. We’ll be hitting #sweaterweather soon and that means so much fall knitting. If you haven’t already, check out the Pigskin Party hosted by BostonJen of the Down Cellar Studio podcast. It launches September 25th-ish and I’m a sponsor. During the launch weekend, I’ll be hosting a virtual kick off event (more details soon) but if you are looking for a fun way to connect with other knitters this fall and winter, you should definitely check it out!

Shop
The shop is feeling like fall. If you missed the latest video about shop news, go check it out. A lot of behind the scenes changes and so many new colors. Summer colors are still discounted at 25% off.

I launched a new Dye with Me Fade Series. You can participate on YouTube by checking out the series. I’ve already published the dyeing of the first two skeins, so go check it out! There will even be a fun giveaway at the end of the series.

1st two skeins in the Dye with Me series. Help decide what skein 3 should look like over on YouTube.


September mystery yarn clubs are now available
until September 15th.

Check out the shop here. There are some great kits for shawls and socks along with good pairings for sweaters. Let me know if you need help with some color selections.

Check out my recent behind the scenes/day in the life vlog to see what I was up to on Sunday!

#agahwFadeDyeALong Skein 2 – Thoughts of a Yarn Dyer

I’m currently dyeing up a fade kit over on my YouTube channel and I’ve been looking to the viewers to influence how the skein will be dyed next. I think it’s been pretty successful and last week, I posted the Skein #2 Dye with Me.

The event itself has certainly been a learning experience for me as a dyer. Yarn dyeing is certainly an art form and the way I see the skeins is certainly going to be different than how you might see it. The vision of the next skein may be so clear for both of us but if we said it out loud on the count of 3, what are the chances what we blurt out would match?

Whenever I sell a skein of yarn, I make sure that I like it personally. If I don’t like, why should I think a customer will? If I try to dye to the masses, I end up with less successful colorways than when I dye for me. I think we all have our own style and your best work is when you’re excited about what you’re doing. If I love a colorway, it’s going to show through in the yarn.

So try to match up that concept with asking viewers to tell you how to dye a skein! It’s been a challenge for me to dye up a skein that I want represented by my brand and also to make sure I’m not taking control of the process.

Now don’t get me wrong. I still dye what I think should be done, but would these skeins be what they are without you, the viewers? NO WAY! You are really are influencing this and I can’t wait to see how this fade ends in skein #3. I’ll be dyeing up the skein this weekend and I seriously could not tell you today what it will look like.

All that being said, skein #2 took me 3 tries to get it right. Yup! 3! I dyed up (and filmed) 3 skeins before uploading the dye with me. So what happened? In attempt #1, I dove in without much planning. I had the comments of the viewers in my mind, but I went with what I thought would work. It ended up not fitting in with what I imagined based on the comments or with skein #1. I have to say, I love how the skein turned out (hint hint Autumn Vibes hint hint), but it just didn’t fit in with this fade. You’ll have to wait and see why another day.

Autumn Vibes – available now!

In attempt #2, I had a better idea of what to do, but I took the comments too literally. I was trying to make too many people happy and the end result was not something I loved. Do you see what happened? Attempt #1 – too me. Attempt #2 – too everyone else. Attempt #3 – just right.

I plan to post a video at the end of the series with these missed attempts. In the meantime, check out how skein #2 turned out in this video here. The kits are still available in my shop at 10% off and Autumn Vibes is also available.

Exciting New Changes at agirlandherwool – August 29th, 2020

Check out the new colors and bases that are going into the shop. I also have some news about how the shop will be run and what you can expect moving forward.

Shop Admin
The shop will be converting to in stock only. Historically, I’ve done mostly dyed to order and then transitioned to a combination of in stock and dye to order. As my business grows (thank you!), the most efficient way for me to properly run the shop is to have everything that is listed in stock. I’m more than happy to custom dye something if you don’t see the right amount of yarn skeins or the right sizes, so just send me a message via Etsy.

For all shop updates, follow me on Twitter, agirlandherwool, as this is where I will post a quick status update for any new listing or items that have been restocked.

NEW BASES
Yes, there are plenty of new bases to get excited about!

Worsted: 100% SW Merino / 8 ply / Worsted Weight / 218 yards per 100g
This base is a super round 8 ply base. It’s a cable construction meaning that there are 4 sets of 2 plys. It really does make for a round structure. I was in awe when I saw it and I was a little nervous about ordering this base. I don’t regret it. I plan to cast on a Spark cardigan this weekend and so make sure you follow along for how that goes. Kits will start appearing in the shop, so make sure you favorite my shop in Etsy or follow me on Twitter for the most up to date listing announcements.

Silky DK: 50% SW Merino and 50% Silk / 4ply / DK weight / 231 yards per 100g
If heaven is made of yarn, it’s this one. I’m not exaggerating, it’s a soft but dense base that will have you feeling so snuggly. I’m currently knitting the Kentia Hat out of this base, but I could easily see this making the most luxurious sweaters. Are you sensitive to wool around your neck? I highly recommend this base.

Sock Blanks: Single knit sock blanks / 75% SW Merino and 25% Nylon / 4 ply / Light Fingering / 463 yards per 100g
If you haven’t tried a sock blank, now’s the time to start! The way these work is I dye up the yarn already knit. You can then knit directly from the blank for wind it up and soak it if you don’t like the kinks. In any case, I’ll dye up a fun design and it’ll be interesting to see how it knits up as you go. As the gauges aren’t the same, the dyes will work up differently from the blank. It’s an adventure! These might all end up as one of a kinds (OOAKs) but stay tuned to hear more.

The beginnings of a Kentia Hat on Silky DK. Can you see the shimmer?

New Colors
Fall is in full swing at agirlandherwool. See the latest colorways that have hit the shop or will be loaded soon.

The Gourd Place and What the Fork?
This pumpkin pairing was a mega hit last year and so it is back! These are made to be worked up together, but they are also so great on their own. They are currently in the shop on the BFL sock base, but they will get loaded on Sock and DK soon.

What the Fork? (green) and The Gourd Place (Orange)

Fall Foliage
Another returning colorway, but I’ve improved the formula to make this color even better. It’s an overall red skein with lots of orange, yellow, green and brown that will remind you of all the fall foliage scenery.

Fall Foliage

Autumn Vibes
A brand new colorway that I’m already obsessed with. It’s another variegated skein, but this one has all the moods. It’s an overall purple skein with reds, blues, browns, greens and lots of autumn vibes.

Autumn Vibes

Majestic
A not fall themed colorway, but I’m obsessed anyway. It’s a blue-green base with lots of blues in all shades and a deep purple/burgundy speckle. I’m using it in my Kentia Hat, but it’ll be available on multiple bases. I have a feeling this will be a hit!

Overnight Oats (left) and Majestic (Right)

R-Autumn-Bow
My fall rainbow is coming back soon! Stay tuned to see when it hits the shop.

A new Fall Mini Skein Set
…That’s still to be named. It’s such a great fall themed kit with cinnamon and purple tones. Perfect for fall. I’ll be using this in my Spark cardigan.

Those are the newest colors in the shop. The Rose Gold gradient is also restocked. Other colorways will be appearing in the shop and the best way to keep up with that is on my Twitter account. You can also follow along here and on Instagram. Finally, I uploaded a video to YouTube if you want to see and hear more:

On the WIP Side – 8.26.2020

It’s Wednesday and I’m here to chat all about my current works in progress. I’ve made some progress this week and I have a new cast on. As always, I hope you are still all staying safe, happy and sane. Thank you for reading my blog and I hope it brings you some joy during this tumultuous time. Definitely check out my YouTube channel to see any projects “in person.”

For Ravelry users: There are links throughout this post that link to Ravelry. If you are experiencing issues with the new Ravelry design, you may not want to click on those links. You can also see pictures on my instagram account, youtube channel or feel free to go to the contact form and send me a note if you have any questions.

Total: 6 WIPs (3 active)
Knitting:
3 projects -1 hat, 1 pair of socks and 1 blanket
Crochet: 
2 projects – 1 wrap and 1 blanket
Spinning:
1 project
Finished: 0 projects
2020 Total Finished: 19

Fish are Friends Socks
Pattern: Vanilla Socks
Yarn: Lazer Sheep Yarns / Lazer Sock / Fish are Friends not Food
Needles: Size 0 Needles
Gauge: IDK
Cast on: 7/18/2020
Cast off goal: None

While I didn’t make too much progress on these and you’ll see why with the next project, I did knit the heels. These socks are back to vanilla socks. This means I just need to work up the legs and cuffs.

Rainbow Showers Wrap
Pattern: Rainbow Showers / Dana Freed Fiddes
Yarn: Manos del Uruguay / Fino / Henrietta Mini Skein Set
Hook: Size E (3.5mm)
Gauge: IDK – I wouldn’t even know how to find out
Cast on: 8/3/2020
Cast off goal: 8/30/2020

It’s basically a blanket at this point.

Lots and lots of progress on this crochet wrap. As a reminder, I am brand new to crochet. This has been a really great project to get a hang of single and double crochets. Now that I’m 75% of the way through the shawl, I really have a hang of it. If you remember last week, I talked about how rough the beginning was for me. Now that I really took the time to watch some videos and think about what I’m doing, the project is definitely going smoother. Imagine that.

Each section of color is pretty quick (especially the white stripes) and so you do get that feeling of “well, let me just finish this color.” I do like how I separated the colors with the white vs having chunks of white as its own color.

You can see in the picture above that I’m reversing the order of the colors. This means that when the wrap hangs down, it’ll be symmetric. I’m kind of regretting putting the blue in the middle, which will land behind my neck. I’m definitely more of a blue person than green, so I wish the blue would show more. The shawl itself doesn’t seem too long and so I think it will wrap around more like a cowl and so I can probably skooch (sp?) it around until the blue shows more. We will see!

I set a new goal for the project to finish it up this weekend. I just have two colors left and I seem to get one day every other day or so, so I think this is truly reasonable.

Kentia Hat
Pattern: Kentia Hat / Ambah O’Brien
Yarn: agirlandherwool / Merino Silk base / MC: TBN blue and CC: Overnight Oats
Needles: Size 5
Gauge: I shouldn’t keep this here. I never check.
Cast on: 8/3/2020
Cast off goal: 8/30/2020

Can you see the pattern error up there?

Can you see the shimmer??? Oh my gosh, this base is scrumptious. That’s about how I can describe it. This is a DK weight, so it’s a good weight, but it has the sleek and shimmer of silk. Why? Well, it’s a silk base. This is a sneak peek at a new base that I will be offering in my shop. It’s a 50/50 Merino/Silk blend and it is as wonderful as it sounds. This will be the accessory and sweater yarn of your dreams. If I didn’t plan to sell the yarn, I’d just line my bed with it. Don’t worry. I haven’t.

The colors are a to be named blue (new color sneak peek!) and overnight oats. The blue is a great mix of various blues, green and speckles of a deep purpley-maroon type color. I’m obsessed and I know this will become a new favorite in the shop. Check out Friday’s video for shop news on YouTube.

Okay, the pattern. I have been a long time fan of Ambah’s patterns but unfortunately have never knit one! How is that possible? I’ve stalked plenty of them over the years, but I think I just never found the perfect yarn for the projects. I’m so glad that I cast on this hat pattern. It’s a slipped stitch (mosaic) pattern and so it is very easy for beginner colorwork knitters. As a hat, it’s going quickly and I expect to finish it soon.

The last row that I’ve done has an error and so I need to tink back, which I think is why it’s not done by now. Go check out the pattern if you’re looking for a fun, quick hat that will definitely be different from other ones you’ve made before.

Other
1. Spinning – I’m almost done with my first braid. I will do a longer post once that is finished.
2. Northeasterly – I have worked on this and will talk about it soon.

Inactive
1. Neat Ripple – This is on hold until I finish up the charity items with the colors that I have used so far.

What’s Next?
Spark by Andrea Mowry. Definitely coming soon!

Shop
So much fall has hit the shop. There are returning favorites and new colors in the shop. More colors and bases will be released throughout the next week or so. Check out Friday’s YouTube video for all of the announcements.

I launched a new Dye with Me Fade Series. You can participate on YouTube by checking out the series. I’ve already published the dyeing of the first two skeins, so go check it out! There will even be a fun giveaway at the end of the series.

1st two skeins in the Dye with Me series. Help decide what skein 3 should look like over on YouTube.


September mystery yarn clubs are now available
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Check out the shop here. There are some great kits for shawls and socks along with good pairings for sweaters. Let me know if you need help with some color selections.

I only upload WIP posts on YouTube once per month, but you can see last week’s posts for a recent update:

Yarn of the Month Club – July – September Recap

Today I shipped off the September shipment of the yarn of the month club. This is pretty exciting for me as it wrapped up the first 3 month yarn club as well. I can’t help but reflect back on the club now that three months have past. Did you want to order the September club? No worries, it’s still available. Just the preorders were shipped. Keep reading for a spoiler of the colorway.

July’s skein was based on the 4th of July as it featured fireworks. I didn’t want it to be a red, white and blue themed though, so I used a picture of nighttime fireworks on a beach. The fireworks were mostly pinks and purples, with some other colors as well. The inspiration picture is below:

July Yarn Club Inspiration

What I loved about this photo is that certainly is on the summer July theme, without being too cliche. I knew when I saw this photo that I could turn it into a skein of yarn that I would want to knit with. The most important thing for any colorway that I release into the shop is to love it for myself. If I don’t want to knit with it, why would I expect someone else to?

The yarn came out great and I brought out the dark sky in the contrast skein.

July Yarn of the Month club

The speckles remind me of the fireworks and while this is certainly a summer colorway, it doesn’t scream 4th of July at you. I loved bringing out the blues and seafoam green that you can see in the picture when you look closely.

So moving into August, I knew I had to have a classic summer color. This year has been a hard one for us all. I know that having that need to escape has overcome me more often than it really should. If I couldn’t get away on a vacation, I wanted to bring the vacation to the crafters through my yarn. I found a beautiful photo that had me feeling relaxed and sunkissed immediately.

August inspiration photo

I just loved the blues and brights in this photo. I couldn’t wait to dye it up. Before I finalize the inspiration photo and post it in my shop, I make sure I can dye up a skein that I like and does in some ways look like the photo. When I dyed up this sample, I was hooked. It was so bright and cheery that I couldn’t wait to ship out these skeins.

August Yarn of the Month

I really tried to bring out the blues and the browns in the trees without making this too dark or muddied. The contrast skein reminds me warm sand and my toes curled up in it.

When I was deciding what to bring out in September, all I could think of was back to school. When I was looking at colleges to decide where I wanted to go, the top item on the list was “what does the library look like.” I grew up an avid reader and I couldn’t wait to go away to college and study in a library. It had to be pretty and quiet and all of the things I’d always imagined.

I have to say that the college I went to did in fact have a beautiful library and I studied there everyday.

This photo is not from my University, which I did try and find a good one from there first, but it does just bring back so many memories. The smell of old books, the quiet in the library and the golden tones they all seem to have. I knew my September colorway had to look like this.

SPOILERS AHEAD! IF YOU DON’T WANT TO SEE THE SEPTEMBER MYSTERY YARN CLUB, LOOK AWAY NOW!

September Yarn of the Month Club

This skein really brings out the gold, brown and gray tones from the photo. It’s a great contrast to the brighter colors that I’ve been offering. You may be wondering about the contrast skein. I did take some artistic liberties here to bring a color that I thought looked nice paired with the skein. As the photo was all browns, blacks and golds and I didn’t want to make any of those the contrast (as I felt it would be too boring with the main colorway), I brought out a color I thought would match. If you look closely at the photo, there’s a dark blue-green book. While I didn’t make the skein super dark, I did use that as my inspiration.

So what did I learn from the first 3 months of the club?
1. It really is fun to create this mystery colorways and base them off of photos. A lot of my inspiration for colors comes from colors I enjoy and so to challenge myself by using a photo has been a lot of fun. I’ve even started to do that more and more with my regular colorways as well.
2. Make sure there is a good contrast skein. I test out the photo for the main colorway, but as September showed, I really need to make sure there’s a good contrast in there too.
3. Keep creating these because they are a lot of fun!

Let me know which colorways are your favorite because I may decide to bring them back to the shop! They are all exclusive to the clubs for 3 months and so you won’t see them for a bit but eventually they may return.

If you like September, it’s available in the shop now through September 15th. There’s also a new 3 month club that starts with September.

All clubs earn you reward points!
Each month, you earn points towards a 10% off discount code. You earn 1 point for every gram of the mystery color you buy and every 100 points earns you the code. So basically, if you order a 100g skein, you’ll receive the coupon code. However, if you only like 50g skeins, then you’ll have to order 2 months worth to get the code. The points accumulate though so you don’t need to order them back to back.
The 3 month clubs come with a code no matter how much you buy. The value of the coupon code is determined by the number of grams of the main colorway that you buy. If you buy the main colorway in 100g skeins, you’ll receive a 30% off coupon code. You can see this post for more details.

Inspiration photos for September – November

If you’re interested in seeing how I dyed up July’s colorway, check out this Dye with Me video from my YouTube channel: