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15 Dec '16

December Limited Edition Gradients

We're here again with another installment of our limited edition gradient and color packs, and this time we've gone all-out with four of what we call Spectrum Gradients.  These fine kits are 10 - 33g skeins each and especially for December we've chosen to feature Prime as our kit base yarn (we've never done this before).  Check out our special colors and let us know what you think!

Ice Queen - A ten skein (33g each) Spectrum Gradient that ranges from pure turquoise to cobalt blue, with significant lightening in the middle.  Some have noted an unintentional resemblance to a certain sub-zero children's movie.

Poison Ivy - A ten skein (33g each) Spectrum Gradient that runs for bright acid green to deep forest green.  The color changes in this kit are very subtle and are best observed in daylight for sequencing.

Trilliums - a ten skein (33g each) Spectrum Gradient that inspired by the beautiful color range of trilliums in the wild. The kit begins in lighter Ivy greens and continues with pale pink and darkens into plum burgundy.

And last but not least, as I've been planning the dyeing sequence for this kit since we started the Limited series in September:

Winter Solstice - A ten skein (33g each) Spectrum Gradient that is all about winter's reversal and coming back into the light. Beginning with the deepest inky black, this kit lightens up through several shades of charcoal and silver, then switches to pale yellow and continues through layered fiery orange-reds.

14 Nov '16

Gradient Yarn: Undertone Cowl

We're back this week with another Gradient Yarn idea!  As you may have noticed if you scroll back through all our posts under the tag Monday Gradient Yarn Ideas, we don't post every week or even every other week.  While I'd love to have more scheduled consistency, my job within Black Trillium Fibres right now consists of being the one and only dyer, the social media guru, photographer (that explains a lot, right?), accountant, shipper, supply manager, etc.  Both Wendy & Becky are constantly busy processing either gradient yarn kits or wholesale orders and those two things take up their entire schedule.  I'm considering hiring another person whose only job it would be to dye yarns, but that requires experience and a desire to work a really physically taxing job, so I'm weighing how to go about this.  In the meantime, the blog and social media will continue as they has always done with occasional radio silence.

This week I want to show you a fantastically quick knit, the Undertone Cowl by TinCanKnits.  This pattern hails from a book we've already talked about, Mad Colour, that has a whole series of really super ideas for various weights of yarn.  Another pattern from this book, Polygon, is being knit up by Gigi from Knitmore Girls in a really stunning combination of Coral, Ursa & Tidewater.

I decided to do Undertone in a Lavender Sublime DK Gradient Yarn kit, with a skein of Sublime in Natural to contrast.  The pattern is ultimately a piece of cake, with easy directions that will allow you alter sizes if you aren't satisfied with the four provided.  I decided to do four repeats of the pattern per gradient yarn shade, and was left with a huge amount to do other things with.  We wind each Sublime DK Gradient Yarn shade to 50g, so naturally a 250g kit will give you lots of project choices.

I was pleased by the finished texture of the cowl, even though US 7 needles seemed to give a bit of a loose fabric for our lighter-than-typical-DK Sublime.  The largest size asks for less than 200 stitches cast on, which made this cowl fast knitting in addition to being fun.

I hope you'll give this lovely cowl pattern a try, experiment with colors.  It would be just as easy to use your gradient yarn for the main color rather than the contrast color stripes, and you could also combine two gradient yarn sets by designating one the MC and the second the CC.  Another fabulous possibility, if you managed to get your hands on one, are our November Limited Edition sets in Royals & Back To Basics.

Enjoy your week and we'll see you back again soon!

10 Nov '16

November Limited Edition Kits

November's Limited Edition Kits are here!

Sandy Beaches: A ten skein (33g each) Spectrum Gradient that ranges from sandy gray to deep teal with very subtle transitions.  This kit is dyed on Pebble Sock, giving you 10 one-third skeins. Pebble Sock is our sumptuous 100% Superwash Merino 2 ply fingering weight that has 380 yards per 100 grams and a suggested gauge of 28 to 32 stitches per four inches on a US 0 to 2 needle.  Each color is approximately 126yds, and the total kit size is 330 grams and 1260 yards.

Royals: Here we're testing a new gradient dyeing technique, with one consistent underlying color altered across five skeins by varying amounts of several other colors.  Royals is a one-of-a-kind deeply saturated gradient set of five different purples ranging from burgundy to violet-blue.  This kit is dyed on Sublime DK and includes 5 - 50g skeins.  Sublime is a soft and bouncy lighter DK weight yarn with 100% Superwash Merino wool and 3 plies, and a suggested gauge of 5 to 6 sts per inch on US 4-6.  Each color is 130 yards and the total kit size is 250 grams and 650 yards.

Rose & Stag: A ten skein (33g each) Spectrum Gradient that ranges from mushroom brown to rosey pink, with significant lightening in the middle. This kit is on Lilt Sock, which means you get 10 - 33g skeins of our ultra luxurious 5 ply SW Merino and Mulberry silk fingering weight.  This yarn has 405 yards per 100 grams with a suggested gauge of 28 to 32 sts per four inches on US 0 to 2 needle.  Each color is 135 yards, and total kit size is 330 grams and 1350 yards.

Back To Basics: Owing to a fascination with bright colors, we've created another rainbow kit.  This deeply saturated group includes Pineapple, Buckthorne, and more solid variations of our multicolored Tomato, Ultramarine & Indigo.  This kit is dyed on Sublime DK and includes 5 - 50g skeins.  Sublime is a soft and bouncy lighter DK weight yarn with 100% Superwash Merino wool and 3 plies, and a suggested gauge of 5 to 6 sts per inch on US 4-6.  Each color is 130 yards and the total kit size is 250 grams and 650 yards.

05 Oct '16

Party On All The Needles

Posted by Melanie Dilworth in Black Trillium, hand dyed yarn, knitting, new colors

In recent years, especially as I design more and concentrate a lot of my knitting time on shop samples, I have gotten really bad at keeping up my personal Ravelry project page.  This fall, I decided to make an effort to knit more for myself and my family so that I can revisit why knitting was fun enough for me to want to start a knitting-yarn focused business.  I've been churning out wee hats, stash busting cowls, and scrap yarn socks.

Just before fall weather hit here in Oregon (with all the rain and gloom that usually entails) I went on a weaving-in-ends spree that was a bit overdue.  Included in that pile was a long-finished work project in our Merino & Silk single fingering weight called Prime.  This shawl is another fun little piece from Joji Locatelli called Party on My Needles, and I'm sure this pattern is familiar to most of you.  I knit mine with our newest speckle, Dia de los Muertos, and leftovers from Sunlit Glass samples in Robin's Egg & Graphene.

If you follow our business Instagram account (or Twitter) you can see some of the other things I've been working away on.  I'm not strictly business when it comes to IG, sharing pics of our silly family dog and my kiddos, as well as some snaps of our home garden adventures and little trips we take on the weekends.  I love how visual IG is and how great it is that you can upload directly from there to your Rav profile!  Recently I've been arranging gradient yarn colors by color family or thematically just for fun.

So what gets in your fall knitting pile? Feel free to leave comments below or share in our Ravelry group!

21 Sep '16

All New - Limited Edition Gradients & Color Packs

There is such great joy for dyers (at least this one) in creating something new. When you have repeatable colors (some folks don't bother, but that's a place I can't imagine going) you get really familiar with the formulas for the most popular ones.  Even the process of creating something beautiful, when repeated often enough, becomes a little boring.  My favorite part of studio time is when I have a mandate for a new store color or a new project idea and I get to test and play with various dyeing ideas.  Black Trillium Fibres began as a experiment, and we spent several years building a repertoire of repeatables from hundreds of one-of-a-kinds (OOAK).  Now that we have hundreds of repeatables, it can't hurt to revisit taking a moment of inspiration and putting it to yarn without the stress of making it fit a formula.

Our Limited Edition Gradients and Color Packs fill that space between chaotic uniqueness and dependable standard.  Once a month we'll be releasing a limited quantity of new yarn kit that will probably have a relationship to the time of year it is released.  We'll be taking advantage of the yarn we have on hand (from lace to super bulky, depending on the time of year) so kits will vary from month to month in their yardage, fiber content, price and suggested gauge.  Right now we plan to add two new kits per month, and it just so happens that September's kits are now available.

Electric Dempsey: Originally dyed as part of our Spectrum Gradients series from 2013-14, this kit is a wonderfully bright range beginning in the lime green arena and ending in watery cobalt blue.  With this kit you're getting 10 one-third skeins of Pebble Sock.  Pebble Sock is our sumptuous 100% Merino 2 ply fingering weight that has 380 yards per 100 grams and a suggested gauge of 24 to 28 stitches per four inches on a US 0 to 2 needle.  Each color is approximately 33g and 126yds, and the total kit size is 330 grams and 1260 yards.

Frank-it-Up: Inspired by those unbearably cute and bright school products of the 80's, this perfectly in-your-face-see-it-from-space kit is just the right size for a cheerful larger cowl or shawl.  Frank is seven of our regular colors dyed on Pebble Sock, so you get a 1/3 skein each of Inkwell, Wonderland, Marcia, Lightning Bug, Good Egg, Tang & Cerise.  Pebble Sock is our sumptuous 100% Merino 2 ply fingering weight that has 380 yards per 100 grams and a suggested gauge of 24 to 28 stitches per four inches on a US 0 to 2 needle.  Each color is approximately 33g and 126yds, and the total kit size is 230g and 882 yards.

With any limited release, there's going to be questions about restocking.  We'd like to keep the magic in this project and stay away from repeats too much, so for this project I'm going to say right now that we won't be restocking previous month's colors.  I'm not going to rule out redyeing a really popular kit on another base yarn down the road, especially if it fits the season.  But if you see one you really like, immediate action is your best recourse.  If you'd like advanced notice of each release, please make sure your email address is up-to-date on our newsletter.

Alright, wooley friends, October is just over a week away.  We have just a couple skeins left to dye for our next fun collection, and lots of prep, and we better get to it!

Filed under: Gradient Yarn.


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