RCYC was manic this year, on both a personal and professional level. Getting ready for these things is always a bit crazy, trying to cover all your bases without knowing exactly what will end up happening. I took a huge amount of yarn over to The Knitting Bee on the day before the crawl started, and when I went back to pick it up on the following Tuesday it seems knitters didn’t plan to let me take anything home.
I saw many Rosaria and Rosaline. I finally met both designers in person on Saturday, and have interesting plans in the works with each of them for future Black Trillium Fibres projects. Our little neighborhood is chock full’o talented yarnies, IMO, and I love that I can look locally for so many willing designers!
I made a point of wearing my handknit skirts this weekend. I wasn’t the only one! Also in the shot is Castanets by Stick Chick Knits, in case you’re in need of another beautiful shawl pattern.
I think Swirl Skirt will have to be my next one, maybe in the Noro Silk Garden I have in my stash. I wonder what I should use for a contrast color?
Now that RCYC 2014 is wrapped up, it is time to start thinking about VKL for real. I’ll be in booth 221 again this year, and I’m planning to bring the whole complement of Gradient Kit colors in Pebble Sock, as well as quite a few in Lilt Sock. There will be loads of 100g skeins of various colors as well, so if there’s a particular color and/or weight you want, drop me a line at blacktrillium [at] popculturezoo [dot] com.
For our second exclusive knit-along of 2014, we’ll be working with another gradient kit to make a graceful cabled scarf called Goloring by M K Nance. If you’d like to hear more about the source of the pattern title, check out this brief Wikipedia page.
The pattern includes written and charted instructions. You’ll need to pre-order the kit, which includes one gradient in Pebble Sock as well as a paper copy of the pattern. You’ll also need to have a long US 4 (3.5mm) needle, stitch markers, a cable needle and a darning needle. The sample shown in the photo is the Vapor Gradient Kit. Don’t forget to join us and show off your kits and finished scarves on my Ravlery group, in our special Q2 KAL thread.
Here are the color selections I’ve put up. Please feel free to choose “other” from the drop-down menu and pick another gradient color from my Pinterest page in the checkout notes.
When ordering the kit for this KAL, please keep in mind that I will be in Seattle/Bellevue for Vogue Knitting Live and will be taking down my Etsy sight for a small amount of time before and after the event. I plan to ship pre-orders the week after I arrive back from VKL.
A note about ordering and shipping: as with all KAL pre-orders, this kit will ship separately from all else and will not be eligible for free shipping. Thanks for understanding!
Look for my RCYC 2014 wrap-up tomorrow, but tonight maybe I’ll see you at the Yarn Harlot signing?
Having a new yarn and whole new series of colors pretty much required I design something to show them both off. I’ll try my hand at sweater design down the road, but to start us out I’ve put together a baby blanket that I think will be a great way to make use of the full sized gradient kits as well as the semi-solids.
Ombre Baby Blanket
To knit this blanket, you’ll need a mid-length 4.0mm circular needle and six skeins of my Black Trillium Fibres Sublime in six different shades of the Whimsical Solids. You’ll need to be familiar with following a written pattern using abbreviations outlined in the notes. This is a relatively easy knit, great for an experienced beginner.
The blanket in the above pictures is worked up in two Whimsy colors, Buckthorne and Snapdragon. One skein of each of 3 shades was used. I have a ton of ideas for great color combinations besides the one I used in the sample. I’ll try to put together a few different combos here so you can get the idea.
Wisteria and Truffle
Sprout and Rosewater
Surf and Flint
Or, one shade each of six colors. True Rainbow – Cardinal 3, Buckthorne 3, Pineapple 3, Sprout 3, Pacific 3 and Wisteria 3.
With 36 different colors in the Whimsical Solids to choose from, I’m sure we can all come up with some really spectacular ideas. You can put together your own choices by selecting from the dyed to order listings on Etsy. If you’d rather try with a regular Gradient kit, send me an email with your color preference and we’ll get a custom order in the queue. I think a full-sized gradient kit would look great with an undyed skein as a sixth color.
Posted in Black Trillium, Patterns
Tagged black trillium, buckthorne, etsy, new pattern, new yarn, ombre baby blanket, snapdragon, sublime, whimsical solids, yarn
Our local yarn crawl, known briefly as the RCYC, begins this Wednesday evening with a kick-off party at the Windows Skyroom of the downtown Red Lion. For some of us, Wednesday is still a school night so I won’t be able to trek all the way into town for The Yarn Ball, but I will be going to knit night at my local shop to accompany the rather large trunk show we’ve been putting together. You’ll find me at The Knitting Bee from about 6:30pm to 8:30pm, where you’ll also find quite a lot of Lilt Sock in my new Whimsical Solids and some accompanying multicolors. I’m also taking over a small selection of Pebble Sock in various colors and my new Sublime DK in a small selection of Whimsical Solids.
My trunk show at The Bee also includes quite a few skeins of their signature color, Waggle Dance. The whole show will be running the length of the RCYC, which ends Sunday, March 2nd. I will be in attendance again with the trunk show for most of Saturday, so I hope to see a few of you locals then.
Here’s a list of my other stores taking part in the RCYC and their Black Trillium yarns:
For Yarn’s Sake has Lilt Sock.
Happy Knits has Merilon Sock and Pebble Worsted.
Black Sheep Orenco has Pebble Sock, Merilon Sock and what is left of my Pebble Silk Sock.
Wool’n'Wares has Lilt Sock as well as Merilon Sock.
I’m excited to see how many folks are wearing their Mystery Gear during the crawl! Quite a few knitters chose to use Lilt Sock for Michele Bernstein’s shawl pattern, and I’ve been trying to keep track of some of the finished ones in a special thread in my Ravlery group. The thread only has a fraction of the shawls I’ve seen in person, so if you know someone with a finished one in Black Trillium Yarns send them my way!
Hopefully I can put together a post-event round-up with photos an such before I go head-long into Vogue Knitting Live prep. TTFN!
Okay, now that I’ve introduced you to the Whimsical Solids I think I need to give more details about how these colors are going to work.
Right now, there are 12 different colors in the Whimsical Solid series. For each color, there are three shades:
In this case, Wisteria light, medium and dark. Also known as Wisteria 1, Wisteria 2, and Wisteria 3. In a rather obvious breakdown: Wisteria is the color name and the numbers denote which shade.
As an expansion of my gradient kits, these watercolor-like semi-solids allow you to put together your own color combinations in the shades and yardage you need for your project. Let’s use an adult sized cardigan as an example. Say I wanted to knit a top-down, short-sleeved cardi in Truffle and I wanted there to be three equally-sized blocks of color starting with the lightest shade at the cast-on. But say I want the button band, knit on after the body of the project is finished, to be all the darkest shade. I would need different yardage per shade, depending on which base yarn I’m using.
Here’s another idea that the Whimsical Solids are perfect for: what if you want to knit a project in two different weights of yarn, but you want them to be the same color? Aside from different content (some silk versus all merino), dyeing the different weights together for a project of one shade and color would yield much closers results than choosing different dye batches in the same shade but different base yarns.
I thought I’d be putting up the Whimsical Solids after I got through Vogue Knitting Live, playing by ear according to what does well at my upcoming shows. Silly me! I already have numerous requests for both the new base yarn (Sublime, DK weight) and the new Whimsy colors. I’m working on making all of it available right now through my Etsy shop, dyed-to-order so you can get exactly what you need in the yarn you want.
Introducing my latest knitting pattern, Sweet Bea. This hat features a one-row-per-color stripe using Black Trillium Fibres Pebble Worsted and has several textural features including a lattice stitch brim, slipped stitch highlights and a cute (and optional) top knot. The mild conical shape adds a light-hearted touch.
The versatile nature of this hat allows for lots of color experimentation, from the very bright combined with the very dark to similar colors and shades. The pattern has instructions for four sizes and gives clear written instructions for both the brim texture and the alternating colors and slipped stitches in the main portion of the hat. This is a relatively easy pattern, you’ll need to be familiar with I-cord, knitting, purling, reducing and slipping stitches.
Posted in Color Studies, Dyeing
Tagged black trillium, buckthorne, cardinal, flint, jade, lilt, pacific, pineapple, rcyc, rosewater, semi-solid, snapdragon, sprout, surf, truffle, whimsical solids, whimsy, wisteria, yarn
I’ve consistently had a lot of fun and some very good luck working with individual brick and mortar stores to create special colors just for their customers. The Knitting Bee, which is also my original “knit night” shop, is no exception. I’ve known Jami, the owner, for longer than I’ve been a dyer, and so I’m especially happy to have my yarns in her wonderful shop. For this year’s Rose City Yarn Crawl, we thought we’d put together a new and different speckle paint in the spirit of Hedwig and our gorgeous Pacific Northwest spring.
Named “Waggle Dance” by Jami, this colorway includes grassy green, golden honey yellow, royal blue and bright fuchsia pink. We worked together to pair Waggle Dance with several colors for Michele Berstein’s Mystery KAL Shawl and decided on Peapod, Heather, Idris and Butterbeer, but it was hard to narrow down to just those four!
If you’d like to see Waggle Dance in person and you’re here in Portland, please do come by and see it (and me!) at the upcoming trunk show Jami and I have planned for the RCYC. I’ll have lots of Lilt Sock, including quite a lot of Waggle Dance, as well as some Pebble Sock and my new yarn, Sublime. I’ll be at the Bee for Knit Night on Wednesday February 26 – although it sounds like most everyone is headed to the RCYC Yarn Ball. I will also be at the Bee Saturday March 1 for a fair amount of the morning and afternoon.
Since I began to work with my own mill almost two years ago, I’ve been in replacement mode getting yarns spun up for me that I’d previously bought from other wholesalers. Now that I have options and a reliable source, there’s incredible temptation to ask for “all the things” even though I know there isn’t room in the studio for the fantastical things I imagine. Bit by bit, we’ve gotten in Pebble Sock, Merilon Sock, Pebble Worsted and Lilt Sock, taking time to get a feel for how things communicate from me to the mill rep to the mill. Finally, with much anticipation on my part, I’ve added a new yarn to my line-up that isn’t based on anything I’ve had before.
100% Superwash Merino
260 yards per 100 gram skein
5-6 sts per inch on US 4-6 needles
I’ve been dyeing and test knitting the yarn, giving myself time to get used to a new name and a different weight. The yarn has the same plies as Pebble Sock & Worsted, just 3 of them rather than the respective 2 and 4, so I toyed with going right to the obvious name – Pebble DK. But after much playing, I find I’d better call it Sublime, because the feel of the knitted fabric from this base has a heavenly drape and super-soft feel that sets it apart.
Those of you here in the Pacific Northwest will be able to get a first look at Sublime in two of our big upcoming events: Rose City Yarn Crawl and Vogue Knitting Live. After VKL, I’ll be posting colors to my Etsy site as well as investigating dyeing the DK into Gradient Kits, so if you have any particular colors you’d like to see shoot me an email! Also, stay tuned to hear more about where I’ll be during RCYC and VKL.