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

Project ideas on Ravelry

Do you have a gradient set or set of mini skeins and you aren’t sure what to make from them?  Look no further than my Mini Skein Idea list!  I put the list together with my friend, Jean Story, from MidMitten Designs last fall when we created our 2018 Holiday Treats collaboration kit with a gorgeous project bag and coordinating mini skeins.  There are only three still available on my Etsy store as of the date of this blog post.

Another wonderful idea is to create one of these projects using the tiny leftovers we all have in our stash….little balls that remind us of each project that we made with them.  Why not combine those into a cowl?  It will be like a memory project everytime you wear it! 🙂

Sample of mini skein projects: (mouse over or tap on the image to see pattern name; Pattern link is shown at bottom of photo)

Being thankful….

I want to thank all my customers and businesses with whom I’ve worked this year.  It’s been a joy creating yarn that you love!  I find the times I can interact with you directly at fiber shows or trunk shows very inspiring.  I am amazed sometimes as my customers pair different colorways together for their projects that I wouldn’t have thought about.

This fall, my husband helped me move my yarn dyeing into the basement.  I got tired of having to clean up all my equipment and supplies in order to cook a meal!  Do you have one of those standard white hood range light/fan thing over your stove?  Well mine is no longer white! LOL  It’s rainbow colored. 🙂

Now I can keep my mess downstairs and it’s my own little “cave”.  I use a Google Home mini to play my favorite artists for dyeing — Boney James, Dave Koz, Euge Groove, etc.  Occassionally, there’s hard rock from the 80’s in there too.

Hopefully, you will find time to be with friends and family this weekend and find time to knit or crochet……Happy Thanksgiving.

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.

Ann Arbor Spring Fiber Expo

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Next weekend, April 14th & 15th, I will be selling at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds with new color ways, a new cowl called Celebration of Minis using mini skeins as well as my popular Expedition Shawl kits.

It’s located at 5055 Ann Arbor Saline Road, in Ann Arbor.  I’d love to see you so stop by and say hi!

Saturday 9:00am—5:00pm

Sunday 10:00 am — 3:00 pm

$4 admission – one day

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

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.

New yarns in Etsy store

Hey, true to my tagline of “Uniquely bold hand-dyed yarns”, I’ve added two new yarns to my Etsy store.

First we have “Cherry Bomb“, which is a dip-dyed yarn of cherry red and gray dyes.  This would be great for folks that like Ohio State, Chicago Bulls, Boston Red Sox, etc.

 

Do you love bright colors?  Ever use a highlighter?  Well, this yarn is for you.  I’m not sure if you can have a brighter, more vivid yarn.

 

As with all my yarns and bright colors, I take care to wash and rinse my yarn to ensure it won’t bleed.

For either yarn, I would suggest my Fenceline cowl pattern, it’s a very easy knit and great for social knitting where you don’t have to follow a pattern, line by line.  It is easy to modify if you want a longer cowl that you can double up for extra warmth during cold months.  I can’t wait to see what you make with the yarn!  If you’re on Instagram, remember to use the hashtag #fencelinecowl to share your projects with others.

Here is my Fenceline Cowl pattern in progress using the Highlighter yarn.

Fenceline Cowl in progress with bright yarn
Fenceline Cowl using Highlighter colorway

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.