June 23, 2016

The Golden Skein’s Summer Dyer Inspiration

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The Golden Skein is delighted to bring to you the second installment of the Power of 3 Club 2016. Inspired by the image ‘Sun Rays Between Trees in Forest’ by Pawel Pacholec, this quarter we’ve brought together a mix of English, Irish and Welsh talent. A moody and somewhat haunting image, open to interpretation as either the dawn of a beautiful day or the sun setting on a Summer’s eve, has produced a trio of yarns that truly reflects the thousand words spoken by one photograph.

Victoria Magnus – Eden Cottage Yarns

Victoria taught herself to knit when at university in Dundee and became exasperated by being unable to find the perfect hand dyed purple yarn; and so, a dyer was born. Now based in a Yorkshire kitchen, Eden Cottage Yarns began in Cumbria in 2011, in Victoria’s 1700s cottage. The yarn is hand dyed in the sink with an emphasis on simple but gorgeous colours, and Eden Cottage Yarns has become synonymous with a muted palette of semi-solid shades, which can be seen first hanging in the garden to dry. Victoria’s West Yorkshire home office allows a lovely view of the garden, and orchards and fields beyond, which is both beautiful and inspiring.

Victoria dyed her colourway onto her Oakworth 4 ply base, 100% New Zealand Polwarth, 100g, 400m/463yds. This light, semi-solid colourway would make beautiful shawls, accessories and garments.

‘Forest Light’

“The inspiration photo for this quarter’s yarn really struck a chord with me, as I particularly love the forest and woodland. At this time of year with the sun streaming through the fresh new growth it’s invigorating and energising. The silvery green light is reflected in my colourway, and it is designed to be good alongside other woodland hues.”

Yvonne McSwiney – Dublin Dye

It will come as no surprise that Dublin Dye is based in Dublin. Yvonne and her partner opened the doors above a yarn shop in 2007. As time has passed, things have changed and it is now a solo operation after her business partner moved home to the States and Yvonne had a break to have her family. Dyeing in the main for the aforementioned shop and for her Etsy shop, Yvonne has moved to a new studio and full of new inspiration, she is expanding her business all the time.

Yvonne dyed her colourway onto her Swing Sock base, a 75% Superwash Merino, 25% nylon blend, 100g, 425m/463yds. This tonally variegated colour way would be perfect for socks and accessories.

‘Coill’

“When I first looked at the photo, it was about the trees: tall, strong and dark in the foreground. I started off with a dark skein in browns and greens, but it wasn’t jumping out at me like the photo did. When I took another look at the photo, I realised it isn’t about the dark trees, but the light. So for a second attempt I worked with lighter green and golden colours. The light through the trees, the mossy, foggy background, and the hint of golden leaves lead me between the trees and through the woods.”

Caerthan Wrack – Triskelion Yarn and Fibre

Based at Pistyll Gwyn Farm in Carmarthenshire, Triskelion produce hand-dyed yarns, blended fibre batts and hand-woven goods. Their yarns are generally British sourced, and all of their batts use locally sourced fibre, other than silk and cashmere. There is a small breeding herd of alpacas at the farm, and theirs is the fibre predominantly in the batts and alpaca yarns when the clip is available. All the yarns are kettle dyed using single pigment dyes, yielding rich, strong colours with lots of subtle detailing.

Caerthan dyed his colourway onto a 75% Falklands Merino, 25% Silk blend, 100g 400m/436yds. This rich, saturated, solid colourway would be perfect for luxurious accessories and garments.

‘Brechfa’

“After seeing the inspiration photo, I knew I wanted to create a rich, forest green. I love to create saturated colourways and the deep green of the forest was the obvious choice. I named the colour after the Brechfa Forest in Caermarthen, the area of Wales where Triskelion Yarn and Fibre is based. The ancient woodland (Glyn Cothi) has a rich and varied history and this fitted well with the deep green colourway.”

So there you have the three dyers from the summer quarter! Unfortunately, there are no skeins left as it was completely sold out. Sign-ups for the next quarter are due to open on 1st July 2016 and close again on the 7th July. If you’d like to be reminded of this, please join our mailing list here.

June 23, 2016

Rillmark yarn packs

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Bristol Ivy has just released a new pattern using our Alpaca/Silk Sport yarn. Rillmark is started as a traditionally constructed pi shawl, with lace and texture elements inspired by the place where the water meets the shore. After the body is complete, the asymmetrical border is worked using simple lace and increases. Using less than 600 yards of sportweight yarn, it’s a quick and fun knit for an elegant finished shawl.

The yarn for this project is available for pre-order in the Skeinny Dipping shop! Alpaca/Silk Sport is an exquisite blend of 80% superfine alpaca and 20% silk. All the yarn is in stock. Knitters just need to select the number of skeins (all of two were used for this project, but you can order an extra to prevent Yarn Chicken!) and what colorway they would like. Free shipping in the US, and a shipping discount equal to the cost of domestic shipping is given to international customers. The pattern is available on Ravelry.

June 19, 2016

Shawl Sets, Gradients, and More!

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I was thrilled when Casapinka, the designer of the fabulous Koi Pond shawl, asked if I’d be interested in creating some kits for her shawl pattern! I’ve been having a blast putting these together!

Each set contains one set of 6 mini skeins (approx 100 yd/25 gr each) as well as one full size contrast skein (400 yd/100 gr). The pattern is not included in the set, but is available on Ravelry for instant download from the designer.

Mini kits are also available as stand-alone items, so feel free to let your imagination run wild with all the possibilities.

June 14, 2016

Something spicy, Arya Stark tribute, cuter ways to measure, instant gratification super bulky, and more!

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Hi, you guys! It’s been awhile since I had even a moment to sit down and give all of you an update. I’m not sure if I am ready to party, or a little wistful that all of my spring fiber festivals are over. But yes, the summer lull between festivals has arrived. That means more shop updates for you, with more stuff every week.

And I’ve got NEW STUFF! I’ve been on a crafting binge lately, and truthfully, nothing is safe from my new fabric obsession. Hand-decorated fabric-covered tape measures are now in the Groovy Hues shop! I’ve had a hard time parting with some of them, but there are only so many WIPs I can measure at once. I have them for most every fandom, with more being added every few days.

We just had a shop update recently, and the “Some Like It Hot” kits are incredibly popular. I have just a handful left, and they are on special for $6 off. They make the most adorable buffalo wing and celery socks — I am finished with one sock, and I am well on my way to finally completing the second. I rarely keep anything I make, but this is some selfish knitting, my friends. I love buffalo wings and hot sauce more than anything in the universe. If I ever get married, that is going to be my wedding dinner — I swear it. The bags are made by Jennifer Franc of Otterly Adorable Knits — she has been my friend for over three decades, and her craftsmanship is top notch.

Hmm… what else? Yarn! Tons and tons of yarn! Do you have a hankering for some instant gratification projects? The super bulky I’ve tossed into the shop is perfect for you. It is a deliciously soft single-ply, and resists pilling nicely. It’s an incredible comfort skein. You can pet it, and pet it, and all of your troubles will melt away into the glorious squish! Luxury bases — I’ve got some new ones on tap now, too! There’s an Merino/Cashmere/Silk that is absolutely dreamy. The “I Don’t Need Saving!” colorway hit the shop a few days ago, and it was an instant hit. I can’t stop dyeing it, so I have simply listed this one as “dyed to order.” I’m pumping them out pretty quick, though. The wait shouldn’t be too long. There’s a mohair sock yarn that has several different colorways, and I just love the stuff.

Honestly, I can’t describe it all — I’d be here all day, and I’d bore you to tears! So, go check it out in the Groovy Hues Etsy shop — let me know what you think.

If you’ve made it this far, congratulations! You deserve a reward! For 10% off of ANY order, enter code UNTANGLED10 at your Groovy Hues checkout for 10% off of any order — no minimums or maximum!

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Until next time! Thanks for reading — Enjoy!

June 14, 2016

100% Made in the USA

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Hello! We are very excited to announce our company here: The Wooliers. We proudly source our fiber from local and ethical farms, and our products are 100% made in the USA. Our wool is processed organically with vegetable oil, and our indigo yarn is hand dyed with organic indigo. All other yarns are natural colors of the sheep and alpaca. Featured in the photos, our East Wool is an aran weight yarn, a blend of wool and alpaca.

Founded by two sisters, Margeau and Rebecca Soboti. Margeau is a former Vogue Knitting Pattern Editor and author of Margeau Chapeau. Rebecca currently works in merchandising, and holds a bachelor’s degree in photography. The two make the perfect duo for an ethical, hip, and wooly company! Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to find out where we will be selling and when our online shop goes live.

June 14, 2016

Violet’s Wonderful Life

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When I was a kid, back in the dark ages, I was actively enouraged to go play outside as much as possible. When it rained, though, I got to stay inside and watch movies on TV. Sometimes, I even lucked out and something really good was on, like Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The thing I thought was wonderful about this movie was that the people were so very real. Down to the smallest detail—which having seen the movie so many times I really noticed. Like Violet. She was always a little bit of a flirt, in a fun sort of way, tossing her hair, swinging her hips, that kind of thing. In the end, it wasn’t just George Bailey’s life that was improved, but all those people he touched, including Violet. This lacy tee is just the sort of thing I envision Violet choosing to throw on when she wanted to look extra special without a lot of extra effort.

Violet’s Wonderful Life is an all-over lace tee that is knit in the round from hem to armholes. Stitches are added for the sleeves, and front and back are worked flat to the shoulders.