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04 Jun '14

Goloring Progress

I've been using Instagram, experimenting with filters and such, to document my Goloring progress: Here's today's progress shot, without any filters: I have a feeling I'm going to have to wear this "sample" all over the place when it's finished. I did a few mods, and because the pattern is so clearly written the mods were very simple. First, I cast on two fewer repeats' worth of stitches. (Love the two-color cast on, totally fabulous for casting on a million stitches.) Second, I changed the way the decreases were distributed in order to accommodate the extra yardage I created by casting on fewer stitches. I'm planning to knit right to the end of all five colors, so my shawl will have much longer braids on the inside. Yarn: Shire Gradient Yarn Pattern: Goloring by MK Nance Discussion thread: On Ravelry
09 Apr '14

Can't Knit? Blasphemy!

Posted by 69943844 in black trillium, Dyeing, goloring, Life, yarn
First, a nice cheery photo of the booth just before opening at Vogue Seattle 2014: We had a great show, as the gradients were as popular as I thought they'd be. We brought all forty-two colors to the show and only took home about a quarter of that. I've been slowing working on dyeing and restocking the shop, but life has proven to have other plans for me. My children are both healthy once again, but my turn rolled around to get sick as they started to heal. I dutifully rested and waited out my fever, watching lots of shows, drinking tea and barely knitting a stitch. As soon as I could stand up without being too dizzy I got back to work testing new colors for a couple local shops and getting gradient orders out the door. With lots of hand washing in between, of course. The saddest part was that I still didn't feel like knitting even though my fever seemed abated. A couple of days ago, though, the fever came back with a smashing case of vertigo. I'm so disgusted, but I think I have an inkling why. Getting ready for fiber shows is a lot of work. There's nothing bad about getting ready to hang out with lots of knitters and see what wonderful things they intend to do with your yarn. A drawback to juggling family and a fiber business is that sleep comes in a distant third. Add to that the show itself and sleeping in a hotel, coming home to sick kiddos, spending three nights in the hospital, more sick kiddos after the hospital, then living through another two weeks of dormis interuptus due to your partner's snoring and your own bodily frailty, and you have a recipe for a sub-par immune system. I'm writing this from bed, trying to ignore the fact that groceries need shopped for, yarn needs dyed and reskeined and the dog needs walkies. I can barely stand because the dizziness is worse today than ever. But at least after bed rest yesterday I had a great night's sleep. I'm not one to take much for granted, especially my health but also good customer service. This has been a month's worth of very poor circumstances. I still don't feel much like knitting, but I'm hoping to soon because the Goloring KAL has started and I'm really excited to get going on mine in Shire. Kits are still available from my shop for pre-order.
25 Mar '14

Time on the Fly

If you visited my shop from March 19th to 22nd, you saw another "on vacation" notice rather than the sale I had intended. My apologies if you missed something you really wanted! After my return from VKL, I switched hats from dyer to mom lightening quick because both my boys were coming down with something. The doc diagnosed both of them on Monday with Hand, Foot and Mouth - and apparently a new strain so it affected my older son quite a lot more than the younger. By Wednesday, my older son's eye had swelled shut and was painful, so we went back to the doctor. From the doctor, we had the dubious pleasure of checking directly into the hospital where we spent several days getting cozy with IV anitbiotics. Everyone is home again and getting much healthier, but in my sleep deprived state (between the show and hospital sleeping arrangements, there's no rest for the wicked and weary) I didn't achieve the organizational state I had hoped after VKL. Today, I hope to be addressing the last of my return emails and getting Goloring Preorders dyed up. I dyed a few kits before the show, including Vapor, so as soon as the patterns are in stock again from the printer those will go out. Feel free to choose whatever color you wish, though. As a side note, we've spent several uncomfortable but grateful visits at our preferred hospital over the years, and I've always been relieved when we were insured. Having been through one painful emergency room admittance without the benefit of insurance, I can honestly say that I would never want a repeat performance with my child in the hospital bed. Being the mom means you don't care two figs what the out-of-pocket is as long as your baby gets better. I wouldn't want anyone to worry more about the cost of a scan than the overall health of their family. I think the ACA* has great potential and I'm a bit disgusted with young people who don't get the cooperative cost structure that already existed pre-ACA in the insurance corporate community. The well have always paid for the sick, just as currently working folks are the ones paying Social Security to retirees. I'm extremely disgusted with corporations that have chosen to pay the penalty rather than insure their employees, but we're already choosy where we shop and how we spend our portion of the pie. But my disgust with corporate anything predates the ACA, so I have to admit bias. Sorry for the digression from fiber. I should have a VKL wrap-up with photos in the next week, as well as an introduction for my Goloring work-in-progress around the 1st of April. Cheers! *it isn't Obamacare, folks, the President isn't going to show up at your front door with a stethoscope
04 Mar '14

Spring KAL: Goloring

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?