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.

Urban Sunrise - Michigan
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.

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.

Splash of Color Yarns available at Etsy

Greetings to the last part summer!  I can’t believe this summer has gone by so fast.  I spent four days at the STITCHES Midwest conference in Schaumburg, IL and learned more about antique knitting patterns and history, double knitting, as well as knitting a beaded bracelet.

I wanted share that I’ve opened up my shop at Etsy!  You can find it here.  I’m still in the process of adding items to the store, which takes some time because I want to make sure my photographs properly represent the yarn.  I will also be listing two yarns this coming week after I take final photographs but here are some teasers.

burnt orange and hot fuchsia dip-dyed yarn
Coral dip-dyed yarn
dip-dyed Violet yarn
Violet dip-dyed yarn

Introducing: Desert Sunset and Twinkling Teal

Hi there!  I wanted to introduce two of my latest creations out of my dye pot.  I typically do my yarn dying from 5am-6am before I have to get ready for my “real” job.  Sometimes, it’s hard to stop and start my work day!

Desert Sunset
Desert Sunset – 75% Superwash Merino wool/25% Nylon

I love the orange, purple, and pink colors in the yarn.  There are some dark greens which are hidden by the label.  In the future, I will be taking close-ups of my variegated yarns so you can see all the different color sections.

The second yarn I dyed this week is called Twinkling Teal because it’s using a yarn base of superwash merino wool, nylon and stellina, which gives the silvery sparkle.  I think I might keep a skein of this for myself and make some socks with it.

Twinkling Teal
Twinkling Teal – 75% Superwash Merino Wool/20% Nylon/5% Stellina

 

I hope you enjoy looking at the splash of colors!

 

Work In Progress (WIP): Blueberry Waffle socks

I wanted to see what my dip-dyed yarn looks when knitted up into a sock.  I choose a skein of my Mr. Blue Eyes yarn and found a simple pattern, called Blueberry Waffle socks.  I love the various blues and when knitted up the item looks like denim jean fabric.

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The different colors create just the tiniest bit of variation to keep the knitting interesting. Have you ever knitted anything with self-striping yarn?  What about a pattern with just a two row repeat?  Well, I find myself knitting and knowing I have to stop soon but I keep thinking, “Oh, it’s just one more row” or “Cool – the color just changed, I’ll knit until it changes again.”

Do you have a favorite pattern with a simple repeat that you just can’t put down?  Please share!

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.