July 25, 2018

Toad Hollow Book Club – The Night Circus Edition

Here we are for the fourth installment of the Toad Hollow Book Club. This month, we’re reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I know that some of you have read it already — might I suggest listening to the audio book read by Jim Dale? Helen and I have read the book MULTIPLE times (best book ever!!!!) and we both got a new appreciation for it when listening to it.

This month we are joining up with Jake and Rae from Dogstar Knits Makecast to bring you not one, not two, but three (that’s right, THREE) different takes on Night Circus yarns. Jake’s yarn, Le Cirque Des Reves — which is awesome! — is available only on his site.

For our contribution, we have Tsukiko’s Cloak (dyed by me, Mary Beth) which is 100 grams of pure gorgeousness (on our Sock Toad base — a 80/20 Superwash Merino/nylon mix with 400 yards). Then Helen just lost her mind and dyed five mini skeins because, basically, she just couldn’t make up her mind which of the colors she wanted to choose. They are all based on parts of the book: Chandresh’s Gift is a lovely orange for the kittens he gives the twins; The Wishing Tree is greens and browns and bits of yellow for the wishes; The Carousel is grey with orange, brown and black based on the animals described on, you guessed it, the Carousel; Circus of Dreams is a mixture of red, black and white for the cover of the book and the circus overall; and Open What Is Closed, which is golden yellow and green, is from an impression she got from reading about Widget’s tent of scents (if none of this makes sense to you, it will after you read the book). Each of the minis are 20 grams/92 yards for a total of 100 grams/460 yards.

Patterns: We wanted a pattern that used mini skeins and having just fallen in love with the Gradient Band Cowl from Joji Locatelli while we were at Yarnings in PA, we decided that’s the one! The pattern calls for 650 yards of the main color and 44 yards of the minis. We are altering it just a bit so you don’t have to buy two full skeins and a set of minis. You will have a little less of the main color and a bit more of the minis. It’s going to be spectacular — trust me! And we are offering the super secret extras again this club.

In other news:

The Toads are hitting the road again. This weekend, July 28, we will be at Wool Works in Putnam, CT for a trunk show. Then, when we get back from that, we have to hit the ground running because the Lancaster Fiber Festival is just over two weeks away (OMG — so much to do)! We have just upgraded our booth size to a 10′ x 10′ because our original 5′ x 10′ space will not hold all the yarn and bags we are bringing. If you are a local maker and are free that weekend, there are still spaces available and it’s a fiber festival in August that is INSIDE with AIR CONDITIONING!! Come see us and say HI! we are in booth 323. After Lancaster, it’s full steam ahead for our favorite event of the year, the NJ Sheep and Wool Festival, September 8 and 9.

May 30, 2018

Kemper Wrap Kits / By Hand Serial – Lookbook #6

The Kemper Wrap was designed for By Hand Serial by Mara Bryner (Orange Knits) and we’ve put together some special kits for the release! These kits will be available through June 15th on the By Hand Serial website as a preorder to be delivered before August 1st. The Kemper Wrap combines three elements to make it a totally addictive knit: marling, mohair and a cool construction!

Come join us starting August 1st in the Junkyarn Ravelry group for a Kemper Wrap KAL. Mara will be stopping in occasionally to chat in the threads and we’ll have some lovely prizes to give away!

** Kemper Wrap Kits will also be available this weekend at the Junkyarn Trunk Show at the Knot House in Frederick, Maryland. I hope to meet some of you Maryland and DC-area knitters there! **

MSWF Goodies

Fluffy U Fiber Farm will be at Maryland Sheep and Wool this weekend so come out and say hello see all the yarn goodies that we will have at MSWF. We will have our Conewago Shawl kits, beads strung for spinning and art batts, just to name a few things.

We also will have our Spring Lilac colorway which we used for our block in the Indie Untangled Collaboration Afghan block. New colorways and new yarn blends will be popping out of our stand this weekend. For those of you who can’t make it to MSWF this year, we will be listing everything on our website after Maryland and we will have free shipping until June 30th.

January 12, 2018

What a week!

I’ve been on tenterhooks all week waiting for the February 2018 issue of Knitting Magazine to come out. The Geek Chic Issue is jam packed with articles and patterns that talk about the fandoms and the things we get geeky over. For me that’s Science Fiction and Fantasy, Knitting, Computers, Books and Games. Nearly all of which feature here, and guess what.
So do we!

There’s a great profile on Third Vault Yarns, as well as a knitting pattern in our And You’ll Drop Your Weapon colourway, a yarn inspired by Rey and originally featured in the February 2017 YarniTea club. You can also find a very Whovian design on the next page, that I was inspired by the Steampunk style Time Vortex to design. Aside from those two there are a number of other fantastic patterns that I can’t wait to knit, so I would recommend you picking up a copy.

If you’re just looking for a geeky yarn fix then don’t worry, we’ve got that for you and more with “And You’ll Drop Your Weapon,” “Kill It If You Have To” and a bunch of other colourways, including Gamora and Cosmic Turtle both for the first time available outside the Goblet of Fandom clubs they started in.

Speaking of clubs, there are just four days left to get your place on the Vaulter’s Book Club for this quarter. The book for this month is “The Long Way To a Small, Angry Planet” by Becky Chambers, with a knitting pattern designed by Diane Ugo. You get some squishy themed yarn, a specially designed knitting pattern, a little extra and a yummy sweet treat. So go sign up via the Google form or on the website.

October 27, 2017

Book Release: South

It has taken two years of collaboration between two crazy English teachers from Georgia and Washington state, but just in time for holiday knitting, my first knitting pattern book is finally LIVE! I have designed seven of the patterns in the collection, and the photography and bunny-soft beret pattern are courtesy of my partner, Michelle Guilmet-Buck.

South is a collection of modern accessory patterns that blur the lines of culture, gender, and generation. The eight patterns in this collection are designed to be adaptable to any situation or social event, as well as being relatively straightforward and easy enough for even the knitting novice. The collection includes four patterns for women and four patterns for men. Although the book is available in its entirety electronically, because we have elected to first make it available online, it is also possible to purchase the patterns of the collection individually. The pattern collection is available on Ravelry, as well as the individual patterns. Craftsy offers the individual patterns for purchase as well.

July 10, 2017

Introducing Parliament of Cowls

Announcing a new book release from Karen Robinson of KarenDawn Designs inspired by a work of medieval literature. Based upon Chaucer’s Parliament of Fowls, the eight cowls in this book represent various birds who are debating which suitor the female eagle should choose as her mate. Included with the patterns is a summary of the text and a discussion of the role each bird plays in the debate. The yarns used in the book are from indie-dyed Round Table Yarns and range from fingering weight to worsted weight.

The book releases July 22 and is currently available for pre-orders. All pre-orders placed by July 16 will receive free shipping and be entered into a drawing for three prizes: yarn to complete one of the cowls in the book (Falcon, Second Tercel, and Cuckoo). You’ll also receive the PDF version of the book in your Ravelry library with your print book purchase.

Check out the website for more information on each pattern and how to place your pre-order.

(Photos courtesy of Brad Barton; cover design by Elizabeth Green)

January 3, 2017

In With the New!

Big news from Toby Roxane Designs — you already know and love the patterns, now meet my brand new line of luxury hand-dyed yarns!

From now until January 15th, take 20% off all patterns and ebooks in my Ravelry shop and 17% off all yarn on my website! Use the code INWITHTHENEW upon checkout in either shop.

I’ve always loved designing with hand-dyed yarns, so it was a natural step for me to begin dyeing my own. Being truly passionate about color, I find color inspiration in the usual places, like autumn leaves and the sky before it rains, but also in unexpected places: from rusty railroad ties to a batch of unbaked blueberry scones.

In shades from the subtlest neutrals to the splashiest neons, everyone is sure to find something they’re passionate about.

October 6, 2016

Starshowers – a shawl for the sky

Starshowers is the third installment in my themed shawl club. This year we journey along the Silk Road:

On clear dark nights, I often sit,
and spend a quiet hours wake,
just marveling at the sky above,
so infinite so deep and dark.
the countless stars revolve in silence
and here I lay, a tiny thing,
all insignificant and small
under the milky way so tall.

If ever you’ve beheld the stars
beyond mountains or in deserts far,
you know what wonder I describe,
it silences the busy mind.

This asymmetrical crescent shaped shawl uses short rows to create the illusion of sweeping stars and star showers above, and gradient yarn colors to evoke the nightsky with just a hint of light at dawn, and the milky way still visible overhead.

It’s not too late to join the club! Starshowers is the third installment of Silk Road 2016 Shawl Club: Explorer featuring 4 full size shawl designs and 1 smaller holiday surprise (there are 2 clubs, the Wayfarer and the Explorer paths! This is from the Explorer path) and is available as part of the pattern club for $30 on Ravelry.

As a club member you will get these fabulous patterns before anyone else can get them, and you enjoy a member exclusive 10% off coupon good on any of my patterns or collections, all year!

Yarn
Miss Babs Yarns
1 Yummy 2-ply Toes 6 skein Gradient set (100% Superwash Merino; 133 yards /122 m per color; 798 yards / 730 m per gradient set),
and 1 skein Yummy 2-Ply (400 yds /366 m per 113g)
Sample in Carmen and Oyster

March 28, 2016

Dragonfly Fibers presents Masterpiece Knits

The team at Dragonfly Fibers are inspired by color, but that’s not all. For this book, Kate Chiocchio and Nancye Bonomo of Dragonfly started by choosing paintings they loved that represented the full color spectrum of modern art.

Their goal was not an exact match between paintings and yarn; rather, they created colorways that best express what they appreciate about the works used.

Whether it’s bold blocks of color melding together at the edges of a Rothko (and attempting to create a similar effect on Dragonfly yarn) or challenging designers to develop knitwear inspired by particular works of art, Masterpiece Knits will surprise and delight you!


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