Let’s go on an Expedition!

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. 

Latest Yarns in my Etsy Store

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.

Here is a snapshot of my inventory in my store.

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If you don’t see exactly what you’d like, then contact me or start a conversation on Etsy and we’ll talk about a custom order.

25% off select skeins in my Etsy store!

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.

Ayer's Rock - Superwash Merino/Nylon blend 4-ply
Ayer’s Rock – Superwash Merino/Nylon blend 4-ply

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.

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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!

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December Sale! Save 25%

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.

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