Are you looking for a yarn gift for your friend or family member? Well, let’s be honest, sometimes holiday sales help us build our own “stash”. That’s ok too. 🙂 Be sure to check out my Etsy sale — 20% off most items plus free US shipping. The sale ends on November 26th.
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 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.