I'm a Michigander who adores knitting and has published knitting patterns on Ravelry. I've recently found my passion in yarn dyeing and blog about knitting designs, yarn dyeing projects and other random thoughts on my knitter's brain.
I wanted to let you know I ran a contest over on my Facebook page and on Instagram a couple of weeks ago to name a new colorway. Clare G. suggested “Cathedral” for this yarn and I think it’s a perfect fit! The name reminds me of stained glass windows.
The yarn base is a 75% Superwash Merino/25% Nylon fiber content. The DK yarn is 245 yards per 100grams. You can find it on my Etsy store page here.
Hey, true to my tagline of “Uniquely bold hand-dyed yarns”, I’ve added two new yarns to my Etsy store.
First we have “Cherry Bomb“, which is a dip-dyed yarn of cherry red and gray dyes. This would be great for folks that like Ohio State, Chicago Bulls, Boston Red Sox, etc.
Back side of label for Cherry Bomb
Do you love bright colors? Ever use a highlighter? Well, this yarn is for you. I’m not sure if you can have a brighter, more vivid yarn.
Highligher fingering weight yarn
Highligher fingering weight yarn
As with all my yarns and bright colors, I take care to wash and rinse my yarn to ensure it won’t bleed.
For either yarn, I would suggest my Fenceline cowl pattern, it’s a very easy knit and great for social knitting where you don’t have to follow a pattern, line by line. It is easy to modify if you want a longer cowl that you can double up for extra warmth during cold months. I can’t wait to see what you make with the yarn! If you’re on Instagram, remember to use the hashtag #fencelinecowl to share your projects with others.
Here is my Fenceline Cowl pattern in progress using the Highlighter yarn.
Last August, I started design my first asymetrical shawl on our expedition to Stitches Midwest 2016. It’s a fairly large shape sized about 59 by 42 inches. It has very easy garter stitch sections alternating with a lace section based on the Elfin lace stitch in Barbara Walker’s stitch dictionaries.
The pattern has been test knit and is available for purchase here on Ravelry. The colors, Sugar Plum and Gray, used are my own dyed yarn available in my Etsy store.
The pattern is named Expedition for a few reasons. First, I was in a car riding to a great destitute and second, when it was done and blocked, the stripes looked like roads or highways. The pattern is easy to customize by stopping short or continuing on. Solids or tonal yarns work best to let the lace design show through.
I can’t wait to see what colorways folks use in their shawls.
I’ve been super busy building up my yarn inventory for the Spring Fiber Expo at Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds next weekend in Ann Arbor, MI. You can read more about it here. It will be my first time displaying my yarns in a fiber festival scenario. I am sharing a booth with a good friend of mine, MidMittenKnitter, who makes a variety of wonderful project bags. Her Etsy store is here.
I’ve developed some new colorways that include Life’s a Beach and Caribbean Rose. One of the hard things about dyeing yarn is that I want to knit with everything I dye! I guess if I did knitting all the time, I wouldn’t have time for yarn dyeing either. I do have to say that I still smile and giggle when I dye yarn. I love to see the dyes set on the yarn and watch the yarn go from bare “sheep” color to a beautifully colored skein of yarn.
I’ve been doing an inventory of my colorways and have a few skeins in my Etsy store which I consider, “one of a kind” that I can’t repeat since they were skeins when I was learning certain dye techniques. Quantities are very limited and will be discounted until they are gone!
The first one is called Ayers Rock. As I was trying to create a color name, I entered the dye colors I used to create the yarn into Google Images and found a picture of Ayers Rock.
The next item, called Cayman Islands. I love the turquoise colors along with undertones of green, pink and violet. I have two of these skeins and they are also blend of Superwash Merino and Nylon.
Finally, I have my Peppermint Speckles on sale. This yarn is on a twisted sock yarn base which gives great stitch definition. It was very fun to create!
I was playing around with some dyes last month and tried a new technique for where I place the dye onto the yarn. I was quite pleased at how this yarn turned out. The colors are not truly striping but they certainly spiral around the leg of the sock.
I’ve noticed I’ve started liking gray quite a bit. The left picture is the front of a sock using the Pablo Deep Sock pattern, which is free on Ravelry. The stitch pattern doesn’t give a lot of stretch so I decided to do the stitch pattern only on the front followed by 2×2 ribbing on the back of the sock.
When my husband saw the color, he said, “Oh, Good N Plenty” like the licorice candy. Yes, that’s true although I’m afraid of copyright infringement so I’ve decided to name this “Licorice”.
I will be adding some skeins of this new colorway to my Etsy store this weekend.
I took the last month off from yarn dyeing to rest after a hard push preparing for a craft show in November. Now, I’m starting to think about new color ways for the winter and spring seasons.
In the meantime, I wanted to announce my first sale in my Etsy store! You save 25% off anything in the inventory and no coupon code is needed. The sale runs from today through December 20th at 11:59pm EST.
Maybe you want to grab some yarn to make a last minute gift like a cowl, hat or maybe a set of fingerless mitts for a loved-one. Enjoy browsing the store and let me know if there’s a particular color you are looking for.
I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted. I’ve been working on new color ways as well as building stock for an upcoming craft show in DeWitt, MI. If you’re in the mid-Michigan area, stop by and say hi!
My newest colorway is called, Urban Sunrise. It was inspired by the following photo I took on my way to work recently.
It took me a few tries to get the dyeing method to where there’s minimal blending between the three colors. I’m really excited about this one and will be adding it to my Etsy shop mid-November.
I’ve also been playing with speckled yarn and I’ve gotten a lot of rave reviews from my fellow knitters. Which one is your favorite? They are all so pretty and very soft I have a hard time giving them up for the show! Some of them are dyed on a worsted weight yarn (100% Superwash Merino) as well as two different sock yarn (fingering weight). One is a smooth yarn (75% Superwash Merino wool/25% Nylon) and a twisted yarn base (100% Superwash Merino). I will also be adding these to my Etsy shop mid-November.
Lifes a Beach
I’ve also been working on camouflage yarn. It’s called Woodland Camo and is 100% Superwash Merino wool. It’s great for making gifts for your favorite out-doors kind of person. Fingerless mitts and cowls have been a favorite of my husband’s. I do have some of this listed in my Etsy shop already.
I hope you enjoyed the eye candy! Feel free to contact me here or via my Etsy shop to let me know if you want to place a custom order for the speckled yarn or Urban Sunrise.
I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted but I’ve been working on building stock for an upcoming craft show in DeWitt, MI on November 12th. I’ve been experimenting with some new color ways and am having to restrain myself from knitting with my dyed yarn! I keep thinking, “Oh, that dip-dyed Honey would make wonderful socks or a cowl.”
I’ve also been working on my photography skills and have learned about shooting my photos in RAW mode and then I can more easily adjust the white balance so that the photo is a better representation of the color. Before I learned that, I’d literally spent an hour one day photographing a few skeins of yarn and trying a multitude of camera settings. Now, it’s much easier.
Greetings to the last part summer! I can’t believe this summer has gone by so fast. I spent four days at the STITCHES Midwest conference in Schaumburg, IL and learned more about antique knitting patterns and history, double knitting, as well as knitting a beaded bracelet.
I wanted share that I’ve opened up my shop at Etsy! You can find it here. I’m still in the process of adding items to the store, which takes some time because I want to make sure my photographs properly represent the yarn. I will also be listing two yarns this coming week after I take final photographs but here are some teasers.
I am still working on getting my Etsy store setup. I tried the obvious name, SplashOfColorYarns, but that wasn’t available. I contacted Etsy telling them I didn’t see a store with name and they told me it doesn’t reuse past store names or allow names that match one of their user IDs. Therefore, my store name will be SplashOfColorYarnsUS.
While I’m getting that set up, I decided to chat with my friend, Lindsay Potter, who is the owner of the Yarn Garden in Charlotte, Michigan. She agreed to sell my yarns and I made my first delivery of 16 skeins to her his last Saturday.
As I was leaving work yesterday afternoon, I glanced at my emails and she announced on Facebook her new arrivals, which were my beautifully arranged yarns, along with my newest free design, A Day at the Pond Cowl and my friend, Jean Story’s, beautiful new project bags in three sizes. Jean also sells her bags on Etsy here.
It was very exciting to see our items in a real “brick and mortar” store so I wanted to share the photo and news.
Hi there! I wanted to introduce two of my latest creations out of my dye pot. I typically do my yarn dying from 5am-6am before I have to get ready for my “real” job. Sometimes, it’s hard to stop and start my work day!
I love the orange, purple, and pink colors in the yarn. There are some dark greens which are hidden by the label. In the future, I will be taking close-ups of my variegated yarns so you can see all the different color sections.
The second yarn I dyed this week is called Twinkling Teal because it’s using a yarn base of superwash merino wool, nylon and stellina, which gives the silvery sparkle. I think I might keep a skein of this for myself and make some socks with it.