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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
16 Dec '13

From 3 to 6

Posted by 69943844 in Black Trillium, Dyeing, gradients
Gradients have become the center of my dyeing universe lately. The speed at which these things fly out of the shop has been building over the last six or seven months - I've been doing them for a year, and the hubbub sincerely started around Vogue Knitting Live last April. Now, more often than not a color will sell out within 24 hours of listing it. This is hard to keep up with, since I have more than 40 gradient kit shades to keep in stock. New stratagems are in order, and so I started testing the dyeing formulas to see if they would work in multiples rather than the single skein-per-shade I had been working with. By single skein, I mean 100 gram skein, which then gets wound down into 33 grams skeins. The testing has worked, so instead of 3 kits per dyeing and winding session, I can now get at least six. Bark went back up tonight, the 3rd of my multiple testers. Last week, I dyed up Flutter, Bitter, Indigo, Smoke, Vapor, Olive and Jam in addition to Bark, all in numbers that will allow me to list 6 at a time. I'm hoping this will lead to more colors being in stock at once, since I'm highly averse to selling things that are dyed-to-order. Be patient with me while we figure out this ramping up, and I'm happy to have a suggestion if there's a color you wish to see back in the shop above others.
11 Nov '13

Gradients in Full

With the exception of Knitalong kits, I try to stay away from having dyed-to-order listings in my Etsy shop. However, I keep finding myself in conversations with knitters about gradient kits where each color is a 100 gram skein. In a response to what seems to be a theme, today I wrote up a way for knitters to get exactly the color they want in precisely the yarn base they want. I put up my top 20 colors in the minimal space provided by Etsy for photos, but you're always free to choose "other" in the color menu and leave me a note with the one you'd prefer. I'm sure you've heard, but there's a Pinterest board just for the Gradients. Here's a quick visual of the 20 colors: I have some ideas of what full sized kits could be used for as well! Check out Martina Behm's Viajante or Nuvem, both would lend themselves especially well to sock-weight full size gradients. Here's a sweater pattern I've been meaning to make for myself: Carina Spencer's Sugar Maple. I know it's very old school, but Kate Gilbert's Clapotis is still a free Knitty pattern and would be great for the Worsted kits. If you have other suggestions, feel free to post them in my Ravelry thread dedicated to Gradient Kit ideas.
04 Nov '13

BMC Progress

I had to share an up-close of things now that I've been through the first repeat of Katie's Cockle shell lace pattern: The way I've organized the gradients, the next "shell" repeat will be green, and the one after that very dark pink. You know what else? The pattern, even with a few more repeats added to the smaller size so I could use 24 inch needles instead of 16, is going spectacularly fast. Love. I started a new boring sock for a palate cleanser - and these Christmas presents won't knit themselves. Very fall, very "guy" green. Yarn: Handmaiden Casbah Sock in Rainforest. 72 stitch very basic sock recipe on US 2 needles.
17 Oct '13

Thinking One Step Down The Road

There might be more than a few projects I keep intending to cast on, but the one that had me going today while I started the 4th shade of gray in my Fiar was this: I've had this pattern in my library for such a long time and had intended to save Wollmeise scraps for it, but there may be a problem with my plan. I keep knitting blue, green and gray WM socks leaving me with scraps of a very unhelpful nature. Inspiration struck today. There will be more than enough yardage of each of the gray shades from my Fiar project, so what if I pair it with another gradient? But which one, this is the difficult question to answer. I'm leaning toward Ivy, though with almost 40 choices...