Announcing the Autumn Harvest Shawl

Hi knitters! I am SO happy to announce that I’ve published my Autumn Harvest Shawl pattern on Ravely.  It’s been a labor of love for two years but I’m sure you’ll understand that sometimes, life gets in the way.

It started out with a Craftsy class from Miram Felton and designing shawls.  I created my own pattern repeat and worked in the class to get the design working in a triangular shape shawl.  It was amazing to learn all the things to consider when designing a shawl and the process is different for each basic shawl shape.

Description

Do you feel the chill in the air? Wrap yourself in this lacy shawl as the weather cools down. Autumn Harvest is a symmetrical triangle shawl featuring a standard 3-stitch garter stitch edging and a unique design for the spine. Do you see leaves? Do you see arrows? Do you see shafts of wheat? What else do you see?

Materials

  • Size 5 US (3.75 mm) one 40” (102 cm) circular
  • Size 6 US (4.0 mm) 40” (102 cm) for a loose bind off edge
  • Tapestry needle
  • Splash of Color Yarns Platinum colorway Cranberry (463 yds/423m) – shawl shown in sample used 400 yds
  • Stitch markers (optional but very helpful to track your progress in the lace sections)
  • Blocking wires, optional but very helpful with the long edges.

Gauge
24 st per 4” (10 cm) in stockinette stitch

The pattern is written to use a single skein of fingering weight yarn but if you’d like a larger shawl, you’ll need two skeins. I’ve included a table in the pattern showing how many stitches you should have at the end of each pattern repeat. The pattern contains both charted and written instructions.

Want some great news? My pattern is on sale for 20% now through midnight EDT on May 19th!

Lots of squishy yarn headed to Fiber Expo

A mere two weeks away, I will be headed to Ann Arbor, MI for the 2019 Spring Fiber Expo with a Ford F-150 filled with lots and lots of squishy yarn!  This will be my 5th Fiber Expo at which I’ve been a vendor and it’s so much fun talking with customers about my passion for taking bare yarn and turning it into uniquely, bold hand-dyed yarns! I always wind up with new project ideas from customer suggestions and I usually find different ways to pair yarns together with those I’d not thought of before. Lots of creative energy is had by all!

The Fiber Expo is held at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor Saline Rd, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103

Hours:

  • Saturday 9:00am—5:00pm
  • Sunday 10:00 am — 3:00 pm
  • $4 admission – one day
  • $6 admission – two days
    (children 12 & under free) (Entry fee is cash only)

Ok – so what is new for my booth this spring? I have seven new colorways for you to choose from:

I will also have a hard-copy print outs of my popular patterns from Ravelry.   The sock pattern shown below was designed by Phyll Lagerman named after and using my Dragonfly Dreams colorway. When you buy one of my patterns, I will ask for your Ravelry user name and then gift you an electronic copy for your library in case “your dog eats your pattern”.

 

If you can’t make it to the show, these yarns are available on my Etsy store here.  I would LOVE to see any projects you make from my yarns so tag me on Instagram (@splashofcoloryarns) or post them on my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/splashofcoloryarns

New yarns in Etsy store

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.

 

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.

 

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.

Fenceline Cowl in progress with bright yarn
Fenceline Cowl using Highlighter colorway

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. 

New Arrivals at the Yarn Garden

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.

Jean's project bags and Lisa's yarns.
New at the Yarn Garden

A Day at the Pond

I wanted to showcase one of my variegated yarns and decided to also design a new cowl pattern.  It’s going to be called A Day at the Pond, featuring my “DragonFly Dreams” colorway.  I’ve gotten good at “frogging”, which knitters call ripping out a project because we typical say, “rip it, rip it” which sounds like a frog ribbetting. Funny huh?  The reason I’ve had to rip my design out a few times is because some of the stitches created too loose a fabric and the ribbed edging flipped up onto the stockinette and it wouldn’t lie flat. Well, I’ve fixed it by having a ribbed design.

Walking and knitting
Walking and knitting in the sunshine!

I was walking in the neighborhood and thought, why not knit?  My pattern stitch repeat is only 12 stitches and three rows so it’s very easy to memorize.  The only issue I found was that I kept knitting past my third row because I was enjoying knitting and walking so I had more knitting to frog.  Oh well, I was knitting right?!

I like the pattern because it’s breaking up the colors in the yarn so they don’t pool together.  I hope to have this posted on Ravelry by the end of the month and will post when it’s available.