Announcing the Autumn Harvest Shawl

Hi knitters! I am SO happy to announce that I’ve published my Autumn Harvest Shawl pattern on Ravely.  It’s been a labor of love for two years but I’m sure you’ll understand that sometimes, life gets in the way.

It started out with a Craftsy class from Miram Felton and designing shawls.  I created my own pattern repeat and worked in the class to get the design working in a triangular shape shawl.  It was amazing to learn all the things to consider when designing a shawl and the process is different for each basic shawl shape.

Description

Do you feel the chill in the air? Wrap yourself in this lacy shawl as the weather cools down. Autumn Harvest is a symmetrical triangle shawl featuring a standard 3-stitch garter stitch edging and a unique design for the spine. Do you see leaves? Do you see arrows? Do you see shafts of wheat? What else do you see?

Materials

  • Size 5 US (3.75 mm) one 40” (102 cm) circular
  • Size 6 US (4.0 mm) 40” (102 cm) for a loose bind off edge
  • Tapestry needle
  • Splash of Color Yarns Platinum colorway Cranberry (463 yds/423m) – shawl shown in sample used 400 yds
  • Stitch markers (optional but very helpful to track your progress in the lace sections)
  • Blocking wires, optional but very helpful with the long edges.

Gauge
24 st per 4” (10 cm) in stockinette stitch

The pattern is written to use a single skein of fingering weight yarn but if you’d like a larger shawl, you’ll need two skeins. I’ve included a table in the pattern showing how many stitches you should have at the end of each pattern repeat. The pattern contains both charted and written instructions.

Want some great news? My pattern is on sale for 20% now through midnight EDT on May 19th!

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)

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!
Kits-web
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)

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

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!