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

16 Sep '14

Last Week's FO's, in Pictures

Algiers by Kirsten Kapur in a Pebble Sock Gradient kit, color: Kir

Chic Chevron by Annette Caughman in Wollmeise Pure, color Turkis & Karneol

Anserini Hat and Cowl by Alex Tinsley in Sublime, colors Surf 1 & 3, Buckthorne 2 (kits still available)
13 Mar '14

Vogue Knitting Live Seattle 2014*

Here are the hours and location for this weekend's Vogue Knitting Live: Meydenbauer Center 11100 NE 6th St, Bellevue, WA 98004 I'll be in booth #221 again this year. Here are the marketplace hours: Friday, March 14th - 5:30pm to 8:30pm Saturday, March 15th - 10:00am to 7:00pm Sunday, March 16th - 10:00am to 4:00pm All the gradient kits in Pebble Sock and Lilt Sock are going, but be warned that some of the colors are down to 1 or 2 sets. Friday will be a madhouse, but I hope we'll be able to help everyone find what they really want. I'm also taking quite a bit of Lilt Sock in my regular multis as well as all the shades of Whimsical Solids. Some complementary Pebble Sock and Sublime will also be making an appearance as well as patterns from the likes of Star Athena, Stick Chick Knits, Irish Girlie Knits, Laura Aylor, Brooklyn Tweed, to name just a few. I will be accepting credit card payments as well as cash, but no personal checks. Don't forget, King County has a mandatory 9.5% sales tax. I hope to see lots of you there! I'll be trying to tweet occasionally with the hashtag #vklive, if you care to see pictures, etc. *Okay, if you're from Seattle (like me) you know that Meydenbauer Center is NOT in Seattle. But Vogue Knitting Live Bellevue just isn't as catchy, right? It sounds like an event at a Gotham-esque mental institution. My two cents.
26 Feb '14

New Pattern: Ombre Baby Blanket

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.
21 Feb '14

Waggle Dance

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.
20 Feb '14

Sublime - A New Yarn!

Posted by 69943844 in Black Trillium, dk, knitting, new, sublime, Yarn
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. Introducing Sublime! Specs: 100% Superwash Merino 3 plies 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.