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{Est. 2008} So much good stuff, you won't know where to begin.

22 Feb '14

Whimsical Solids

New for Spring 2014, my latest assortment of colors bridges the gap between smaller pre-wound gradient kits and full sized individual multicolors. My initial offering of painterly semi-solids includes 12 colors with three shades each. To see color names, hover over the individual photo, and click through to see a larger photo. To get your first look at the Whimsical Solids series, you'll want to stop by The Knitting Bee during the Rose City Yarn Crawl, February 27th through March 2nd. I'll have the full range of colors in all three shades dyed in Lilt Sock as well as a limited number of colors dyed in my new Sublime DK weight. My next show with the Whimsical Solids is running March 14, 15 and 16 at Vogue Knitting Live in Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, Washington. In addition to the solids, I'll also have a full selection of the Gradient Kits. I'll be in booth #221 just like last year and I will have at least a couple samples knit in various shades of the new colors. It will be a full space with all that yarn!
05 Nov '13

Where There's Smoke

I love this idea that rumors don't really start themselves. We talk a lot of movie and TV shop in our house, and while it is amazing the amount of sheer fiction floating the waves of the internet with regards to who is going to play what part or what movie might be in production, nothing spawns more speculation (it seems) than Doctor Who. Since I'm not the in-house expert, I probably can't point you to the best sources of information. I am, however, a life-long Doctor Who fan and I'm very happy with all the goings on this year around the 50th Anniversary and Matt's impending regeneration, and I've been batting around color ideas for at least six months in honor of the impending big Five-Oh. They say you can "date" yourself based on which is "your" Doctor. While this may not work on American folks who weren't as lucky as I was to have total dork parents and have only started watching with Eccleston, there are loads of us children of the late sixties and early seventies that will tell you Tom Baker is The Doctor. My sons are a bit confused, having access to DVD's and such, because they could just as easily tell you Jon Pertwee is the Doctor as David Tennent. This character has had eleven faces (if you don't count the two movies Peter Cushing played the mad man in a blue box), and as a color- and detail-obsessed sci-fi junky I realized early my project needed a more limited scope. I'm not going to say I won't expand later, but let's start with the modern incarnation of the series just to keep the numbers realistic. And then Matt decided it was time to leave. 9th Doctor, Chris Eccleston, 2005 - inspired by his love of black leather and that interestingly intense flirtation with the tree-woman from the Forest of Cheem. 10th Doctor, David Tennent, 2005-2010 - this color has been around a while but is now updated for repeatability. Wardrobe was enough for this one, the perfect combination of muted manly colors as if he'd dug through some post-aristocratic rummage sale. 11th Doctor, Matt Smith, 2010-2013 - bow ties, fez's, and Stetsons, oh my! Matt has done an excellent job of conveying The Doctor's dark side, and I don't mind one bit how young he was when cast. Idris, The TARDIS - most of all, I loved that Neil Gaiman's first episode put the TARDIS consciousness in the body of a woman and that she decided biting was like kissing, only with a winner. Islington, Peter Capaldi - the yet-to-be-seen 12th Doctor shouldn't be overlooked in my 50th Anniversary tribute, and yet I have no idea what Capaldi's version of the Doctor will be like. Consider this a placeholder until the 12th Doctor is christened. There you have it, five colors in honor of man with (nearly) 12 faces and his odd blue box.
16 Apr '12

Color Studies: True Blue

Last week was all about taxes and spring break. I've done book keeping for a number of businesses other than my own over the years, so I keep that in-house to save money for Black Trillium. But can I say? I suck at keeping track of my own receipts. They're all here, but its quite a pile and none too organized. Listening to other small business owners talk (gripe) about having to pay taxes, I wonder if they realized they'd pay less at the end of the year if they'd just pay themselves a little bit more along the way and pay income taxes on it. Or hire another someone. We get taxed one way or another, so it's all about the when, no? On to more important things: a true blue that isn't too warm. I start you off with these: It is pretty darn hard to see the differences between the four in that photo, but I promise there are very real differences. I found my blue - not too green, not too cobalt - but I also found out how hard it is to make a big difference when using a large amount of dye. The flip side of that coin is one where colors, especially solids, are more consistent across dye batches when you really oversaturate. I've been using this idea while doing the Twisted solids to achieve more "solid" hand-dyes (don't get me started on how hard that actually is), and I'm curious to see the difference between dye lots. Before I wander off to get today's batch of Twisted 45 degrees North cooking (massive restock + 5 new colors) I wanted to show you some Merino Singles I dyed up. Little Knits is calling it Little Heaven. I have a gallery's-worth of pictures to put up so can see all the colors I did for them and it's on my list of things to do after I get laundry, dishes and dyeing rolling. My personal word on Little Heaven is awesome lace that will make super soft, super drapey finished knits. Star's color turned out spectacularly: Or Star, if you're me My list is getting scary at this point, so I better sign off. I'll try and have an update this week of 100g Pebble Sock in new colors plus a few familiars. Have a great week!
28 Mar '12

Color Studies: Pea Green

I have lots of yarn to get ready to deliver this week, so these colors won't be appearing on the Etsy site until next Monday. The good news about that is I get to put up one more set of color experiments I did before next week, and then I get to put together a rather large collection of what I call "Fat Quarters".