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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Fresh from the dye pot

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.”

Colorway "Honey" using a dip-dyed technique
Colorway “Honey” using a dip-dyed technique

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.

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.