Join me at the Knitter’s Nest!!

I’m very excited to announce that I will be having a trunk show at The Knitter’s Nest in Clarkston, MI from Friday, August 2nd – Saturday, August 10th. This coincides with the I-75 Yarn Crawl. I will be present at the shop on Friday, August 2nd and Saturday, August 10th. The yarn will be there the entire week.

I will have my most popular colorways available such as Autumn Speckles, Cathedral, and Life’s A Beach.

Are you a local Sports fan? I have yarns for the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Lions, Detroit Red Wings and college team yarns for University of Michigan, Michigan State, Central Michigan and Ohio State.

I got started dyeing yarn in 2016 when my husband asked for wool fingerless gloves for hunting. After failed searches for a soft yarn, I learned how to dye yarn using Easter egg dye pellets. After seeing the color bubble up and color a bare skein of yarn, I knew I was HOOKED!

I moved into using professional acid dyes and began to make my popular Woodland Camo and Hunter’s Orange yarn. I began experimenting with speckling and other techniques.

I am a regular vendor at the Ann Arbor Fiber Expos in April and October. I love talking with customers about my passion and various projects they’ve made or plan to make. It’s very nice to see how they pair some of my yarn colors together that gets my creative juices flowing!

I would like for you to plan a trip to the Knitter’s Nest and say hi.

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

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.

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.