Monthly Archives: May 2010

So Many Layers of Dye

I’ve been talking about overdyeing a lot for the last weeek, but
today I want to share the results of a dye project I did on Bare yarn.
I’ve been admiring Kristen Rengren’s Zora
Cardigan ever since the design was published last winter, and really
want to make one this summer. I love the effect of the hand-dyed yarn
in the original, too, and didn’t have anything like that in my stash in
the right quantity, but I also have too much stash (and not enough in the budget!) to justify buying so much yarn for a new sweater!

I did, however, have 5 skeins of our Bare Merino/silk yarn just waiting to be dye projects.

That’s
what it looked like after the FIRST round of dyeing. I had to go
through two more to get what I wanted! Read on to find out more…

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Angela’s staff picks!

Tea Cozies by The Guild Of Master Craftsman
Since my teapot plays an important role in keeping me snug and warm during these rainy winter months, I think it deserves to be cozy too. And since cozies are pretty small, look easy to make, and have irresistible pattern names like Wooly Mammoth and Green Goddess, maybe I’ll even make two or three- one for everyday chai tea-pouring, one for English Breakfast themed tea parties, and maybe one in case the Queen …

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Knitting on the GO

I have been toting a project, either lace or socks, constantly – daily – in a GoKnit Pouch since September. I kept having trouble with my small sock needles poking through my other little knitting bags, but not with the GoKnit Pouch. This thing is sturdy! And it keeps my knitting clean and protected, and is just the right size for stuffing into my purse if I need to. The Pouch sits neatly and unobtrusively on the floor …

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Dyeing yarn for the Baby Sheep Hat


I knit this sheep hat for Katie’s baby (due February 22!). I was inspired by Jennifer Little’s adorable Sheep Yoke Cardigan that I saw on Ravelry, but I figured a newborn would be more likely to wear a hat, and by the time the baby would be big enough for a cardigan it would be summer. I used Jennifer’s sheet chart and applied it to a basic newborn hat size (the free pattern …

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Fraulein Zippered Vest


I love to create… it doesn’t matter what the medium is, I’ll give it a try… Well with that wall of yarn behind me, I have no choice but to create something out of yarn. Hence the process began in designing a sweater. Last fall we had received an email from a group of ladies asking that Knit Picks would have more patterns in larger sizes using DK weight, well I couldn’t resist the challenge! …

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Cotton Yarn!

As you know if you’ve read my staff picks in the past, I love cotton yarn. I wear it year round (wool is just too warm for me). Cotlin yarn is at the top of my list! (except for the new yarn, Comfy, that will debut this spring) Cotlin is DK weight and washable. I used it the the Fraulein Zippered Vest. It’s great to knit with and has wonderful colors to choose from. …

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A small preview of Gloss Lace colors

Lately we’ve all been waiting anxiously for our sample balls of the new spring yarns to come in, as we have to knit swatches and photograph the yarn for the catalog. Yesterday we did get one box of yarn in that contained some new colors of Shadow, Gloss, and a few of the colors of the new line, Gloss Lace. I’m knitting two different lace swatches to help out, and I couldn’t resist taking some photos of the yarn to …

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