Are you knotty or nice? A Finished Object…

One of my Etsy customers, Meig, ordered my Hunter’s Orange yarn and made a hat for her hunter boyfriend.  I ALWAYS get excited when folks share pictures of their finished objects with me!  I thought this was so cool so I got her permission to post these pictures.

 

The pattern is called “Knotty by nice” from Natalie Larson and is published on knitty.com.

If you want to share your photos of your projects (whether they’re finished or not!), you can email them to me at lisa@splashofcoloryarns.com, post them on my Facebook page or tag me on Instagram as @splashofcoloryarns.  This gives other knitters or crocheters a chance to “oogle” or drool over your work!

 

End of summer clearance

I can’t believe the summer has gone by so fast!  I’ve been dyeing yarn for Apple Tree Lane in Clare, MI and had a trunk show last week at The Yarn Stop in Clawson, MI.

I have added some of my one of a kind skeins of fingering sock weight and worsted weight yarns to my Etsy store.  All my yarns are dyed in a pet-free and smoke-free home.Screen Shot 2018-09-01 at 10.07.46 AM

To sweeten the deal this Labor Day weekend in the USA, I am offering free shipping to locations within the United States.  Enter code FREESHIP during checkout.  Coupon good through Monday, September 3rd midnight EDT.

Sale Yarns added to Etsy Store

Happy New Year!  Welcome to 2018!

I’ve begun the process of looking back at my first year in business for lessons learned, what worked well, what do I want to do again, etc.  Part of that effort includes me sorting through my color ways to see what was most popular (and I should keep dyeing!) and others that were “test” yarns as I played with color combinations or a few skeins that I didn’t personally like how they turned out.

Soooo….To start out the new year, I’ve added them to my Etsy store at $18 per skein.  The sale yarns include fingering, DK and worsted weight yarns.

Etsy store updates

On this dreary, rainy evening I’ve taken some much needed time to update my store with three colorways previously available at my Fiber Expo and DeWitt Band Booster Craft shows.  All of these yarns are fingering weight yarns with 463 yards per 100g skein. Fiber content is 75% superwash merino wool and 25% nylon.

I also have these in DK weight yarn and will list those soon.  If you want the DK before I list it, you can request a custom order at my Etsy store.

 

Starting from the left, we have Cake Sprinkles, which is a combination of pink, yellow, turquoise and purple speckles.  Everytime I see this yarn, I think of sprinkles on a cake or a bowl of ice cream!

In the middle, is Sunkissed Berry, a combination of pinks and oranges with some purple.

Finally, on the right side, is my Dragonfly Dreams.  This variegated yarn is made with the three primary colors and reminds me of how dragonfly wings shimmer in the sunshine during the summer.  Check out my free cowl pattern on Ravelry.com called “A Day at the Pond“.

Join me at the Fall Fiber Expo Oct 21-22, 2017!

I’m preparing for my second Fiber Expo show and wanted to tease you with some new colorways I’ll be bringing!

 

My newest colorways are available next week at the Fall Fiber Expo in Ann Arbor, MI. Show details listed below.  Listed top to bottom and left to right, choose from Cake Sprinkles, Let’s Roar (perfect for Detroit Lions fans), Sunkissed Berry, Cathedral, Garden Gnome Green and finally Burgundy.

I will also have plenty of my Woodland Camo yarn that I had at the spring Fiber Expo in both worsted and fingering weights.

Available Kits

New at the show this year are two of my recent designs kitted up with the color pattern and the yarn.  This way you don’t have to get the pattern from Ravelry and print it out. You can take the kit home and get started right away!

My Expedition Shawl kit features the pattern and two skeins of yarn – Sugar Plum and Gray, which were used in my sample shawl that debuted in the spring.  The second kit, In the Wood hat, features the pattern and a worsted weight skein of my Woodland Camo yarn perfect for you or your favorite outdoors person!
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If you’d like to look at the designs ahead of time, here are the Ravelry links:

Fiber Expo Details

October 21 – 22, 2017

Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds
5055 Ann Arbor Saline Road  —  
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103

Saturday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sunday 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

$4 admission – one day

$6 admission – two days
(children 12 & under free)

Announcing Cathedral in DK

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.

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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.

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.

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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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Do you like Licorice?

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.

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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”.

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Licorice – 75% Superwash Merino wool/25% Nylon 463 yds/100 gr

I will be adding some skeins of this new colorway to my Etsy store this weekend.

 

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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Newest Colorways

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!

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My newest colorway is called, Urban Sunrise.  It was inspired by the following photo I took on my way to work recently.

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Urban Sunrise – Michigan

 

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.

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.