Colors of the Month: Westeros Style

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We are huge fans of Game of Thrones. So much that I couldn’t resist doing another series of colors inspired by the show. Seven new Limited Edition colors are available for order throughout the month of May and June. From brightly colored Wildfire, to soft and feminine Little Bird and to dark and stormy Pyke, there’s sure to be one or two to catch your fancy.

May 1, 2016

Neons, rainbows and my favorite coffee joint!

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Single-ply yarn lovers rejoice! We have just published a shop update featuring an all single-ply worsted weight yarnapalooza of lofty, fluffy, shiny superwash merino in our slightly thick and thin textured Mashmellow-Rino yarn base. This update includes vibrant non-pooling variegated yarns, new neon variegated yarns and matching neon, highlighter marker box inspired semi-solids, as well as a cafe au lait colourway inspired by the coffee shop where a local knitting group meets on Saturdays for some of the best doughnuts in town.

April 30, 2016

Elliebelly Dye Works – Not Just Another Pretty Skein

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This is a quick update for everyone who has been nice enough to email and say this miss us! Some of you have noticed changes on the website, as we incorporate the new logo and start changing up the site. While I’ve been away from selling yarn, we’ve been busy knitting samples. When the new site launches, there will be lots of advice on which yarns love which patterns, how the different colorways knit up (which can be a surprise from how they look in the skein), and making decisions about substituting yarns. The opportunity to test knit extensively with our yarn will enhance your experience and the information we can provide to help you get just what you want. We are really looking forward to the launch, but it won’t be for a while yet. Please stay in touch with us on The Elliebelly Blog until then!

April 29, 2016

Seine Cowl & Cuffs

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Finish your chic ensemble in this Springtime in Paris inspired cowl as you float down the Seine River towards a romantic rendezvous at a French cafe. Drop stitches and wavy cables flow continuously with the movement of the river. Fresh croissants and cafe au lait won’t be the only tempting treats warming your heart.

About the cuffs: I designed the Seine cuffs to conquer grafting fears before moving onto the Seine Cowl. Knit in just an hour, Seine Cuffs make the perfect gift-able knit, for old and young alike. Wear individually on one wrist or multiples in a row, mix and match drop cuffs with non-drop cuffs for a custom look all your own.

Buy either pattern and get the other one free.

These tech edited and test knit patterns include written directions, charts and a You Tube video.

April 29, 2016

Introducing the With Pointed Sticks Yarn Cape Cod Collection!

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With Pointed Sticks Yarn is excited to announce the launch of the limited edition Cape Cod Collection! This new collection is made up of four new colorways plus one favorite that capture snapshots of Cape Cod.

With the launch of this collection, we are also introducing a new base – Calligraphy Fingering! Calligraphy Fingering is 50% superwash merino/50% silk. Each skein is 100 grams and 438 yards. This base takes color in a more subtle way than some of my other bases, and the result is a watercolor effect, perfect for this collection!

The Cape Cod Collection will launch on Friday, April 29th at 7:00 p.m. EST in the With Pointed Sticks Yarn Etsy shop, and will only be available until the end of July! Full skeins of each color will be available on Ballpoint Sock (80% superwash merino/20% nylon, 100g/400y) and the new Calligraphy Fingering bases. Mini skein sets of all five colors will be available in both bases as well. All colors will be available dyed-to-order on any of my current bases (full skeins only – mini skeins cannot be dyed-to-order).

April 26, 2016

Hand Dyed By Kate – Watermelon KAL

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Hand Dyed By Kate is a small indie yarn dyeing company, based in Swansea, South Wales.
Kate enjoys exploring with colour to create fun, exciting and diverse colourways, designed to make your yarn projects the star of the show.

From self striping, to gorgeous multicoloured kettle-dyed skeins, and delicate semisolids, Kate’s unique range of dyeing styles will ensure that you will find something for your perfect projecKate is hosting her first ever knit/crochet along starting May 15th, using her popular Watermelon Shawl gradient yarn.

The KAL will run until June 30th, and preorders for both the original Watermelon and Moody Melon colourways are being taken in her Etsy shop.

To join in, all you need to do is knit or crochet an item of your choice using the specified yarn between May 15th and June 30th, 2016. Please visit the Hand Dyed By Kate Ravelry group for full information.

Who’s going to be sporting some watermelons this summer?

April 24, 2016

Caridwen Scarf/Stole

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Meet Caridwen!

Caridwen is an Aran Lace wrap, written in two sizes — a scarf featuring the main cable and side cables, and a stole featuring additional secondary cables.

The entire stitch pattern is both charted and written out line by line for each version (scarf or stole).

Sizes
Scarf (Stole)

Finished Measurements
Width: 7 (13) in / (18) 33 cm
Length: 66 (72) in / 167.5 (183) cm

Yarn
Cloudborn Fibers Wool Worsted Twist (100% Fine Highland Wool; 222 yds / 203 m per 100g skein); 2 (4) skeins.
As worked, samples used 418 (823) yds / 382 (753) m.
Shown in Violet Heather (Turquoise Heather).

Needles
US6 / 4mm needles, or size to obtain gauge

Gauge
24 sts and 25.5 rows in 4 in / 10 cm average over cabled pattern, blocked
The cable pattern is quite stretchy.
Precise gauge is not necessary, but alterations in gauge will affect yarn requirements and finished size.

Notions
yarn needle, cable needle

Skills
Cabling, increases, decreases. Both charts and line by line instructions are included.

April 24, 2016

Earth Day Everyday!

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Recently I have been experimenting with polymer clay beads, especially the swirl kind. They are so fun to make and oh so pretty — the perfect accent to my stitch markers! So I decided to give it a whirl and have created this beautiful set of Earth inspired markers to celebrate Earth Day, Arbor Day and just Spring in General.

Made using coated wire and secured with crimp beads, these markers are snag free and come in sets of 6. Each polymer bead used is uniquely different, yet a part of the matching set.

Expect many more polymer bead markers to come!