Saturday, November 19, 2016
In my D&D Summer Fun Swap package were a set of mini skeins by ATHW yarns. These were inspired by and dyed in Alaska by my swap partner. I love anything local so I was inspired to make something with these minis and a skein of yarn by a local to me dyer. I stopped in to a kinda-LYS, Michigan Fibre Studio and found a beautiful skein by one of my favorite local indies, Fiber Addiction. This purple sparkly skein looked perfect with the combination of gray, brown, blue-green and pink from the mini's set.
I got to work and finally settled on a shape and concept for how to incorporate all the yarn. This ended up being kind of like potato-chip-knitting once I got the rhythm. Just one more row to see how it shapes up!
The design went on to the next phase and was test knit by a few fellow knitters. I love the variety of yarn selection that went into each project! There is really no limit to how you can chose yarns for this. While I created it with one full skein and 5 mini's in mind, it can also be made with two full skeins, one full skein and 5 different colors of scraps or if you're feeling adventurous maybe 9 different colors of scraps! There is one important thing to know though... keep gauge or give yourself some extra yardage. I used almost every last bit of some of the mini's. They were each 85yds or 21grams of plied fingering weight. Some of my testers shared their yarn selections in the thread I created in my Ravelry group just for this. I hope all of these choices are liberating and not overwhelming, but if you need any help, I created a Ravelry thread for that too :-)
The pattern page is currently up on Ravelry and ready for you to favorite or start a project page. It will not go up for purchase until Monday November 28, 2016. Between now and November 26 I'll be watching for project pages. For every 16 created I will draw a name for some lucky knitter to be gifted this pattern on November 27. When the pattern does go live you will receive a summary sheet to download. This should contain everything you need to know to prep for cast on. The pattern will be discounted on a weekly basis until the cast on day. The first week it will be discounted to a mere $2, and every week after the price goes up by a dollar. On December 26, the final purchase price of $6 will become effective and the first clue will be released!
Every Monday from December 26 until January 30, 2017 a new clue will be released. Keep knitting along and the mystery will be revealed!
Friday, November 11, 2016
Spinzilla (not necessarily in the same order in the video) 2,903 yds / 1.6 miles
Boho Chic Fiber Co 114yds
Shay Day Fiber Arts 82yds
Uniquely Yours 82yds
Siobhan Crafts 380yds
Camel sample 35yds
Fiber Addication 194yds
Wonder Why Farm 270yds
Seven Spirits Farm 33yds
Beyond the Fleece 44yds
Hot Flash Fiber Co 116yds
Fiber Stash acquisitions
Wild Wool Farm
WIPs and FOs (hopefully in the right order but maybe not LOL)
*****I've linked my project page in the pattern name and the pattern page in the designer's name*****
Design shawl out of Yarn Hollow and Bricolage studio fiber that I spun
Large granny square out of leftover and small samples of handspun
Granny squares out of fingering weight leftovers
Flippig by Katrin Schubert
Bulky Brioche Poncho by Lavanya Patricella
Straightforward Mitts by Mone Dräger
Outlier Slouchy Toque by Kristina Olson (Lissome by Susan Pandorf referenced, not shown)
Crochet headband/earwarmer - No pattern or project page :-/
Virus Shawl by Julia Marquardt (I used these written directions though)
Merryall Cardigan by Amy Christoffers
Today I'm wearing my Imagine When shawl by Joji Locatelli
The bag I reviewed is by Sheepy Saks, hand-stamped bags for yarn and more!
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Chain 6, join the end to the beginning with a slip stitch
6dc into the circle
Ch2, 2dc into each dc from the previous row (12 dc)
Ch2, (1dc, 2dc) repeat around (18dc)
Ch2, (1dc, 1dc, 2dc) repeat around (24dc)
Continuing slowly increasing by working a dc in every 4th, every 5th, etc stitch until the rug is large enough or you run out of strips.
Need to learn how to make tshirt yarn? Check out my previous blog post http://denknits.blogspot.com/2016/09/turning-tshirts-into-yarn.html?m=1
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Friday, March 4, 2016
This month we talk about FINISHING! I'll show you some of my recent finished objects; my favorite bind off; weaving in ends; soaking and blocking your finished items; adding buttons; and what do YOU do with all the finished things?
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