Tuesday, February 21, 2017

DenKnits 4.7 No clever title



My original Sweet Six Wrap is worn throughout but not clearly enough as to give anything away.  I show off both the original and the one I made during the MKAL starting at 11:36 and ending at 14:26.

WIPs
Intoxicated Socks - yarn by Cornbread and Honey, my usual vanilla sock
Sonoma Stole - Stonehedge Fiber Mill Crazy, 4 skeins, paid pattern
Bulky sweater - making it up as I go
Crochet and knit squares blanket

FOs
Leading Men Fiber Arts - handspun falkland, might make the 2 in 1 from 1
Sweet Six Wrap- paid pattern by me, I used Fiber Addiction and A Tree Huggers Wife for the original; Cascade and assorted leftovers for the MKAL version

Acquisitions
Cornbread and Honey - sock yarn as mentioned above and merino fiber, 2 braids of the same colorway
RhodaBear locks
Clear Converse!  To show off handknit socks

REVIEW:
I recently saw some accusations flying that made no sense to me.  Indie dyer 'A' was claiming someone bought her yarn under a 'fake name' and in pictures knitting with it stated she dyed it herself.  The proof didn't really prove anything in my mind.  And while the current point Indie dyer 'A' was trying to make - that Indie dyer 'B' was claiming 'A's work as her own - there was also an apparent jab at a past incident without ever stating what said incident was.  Meanwhile many took this to be a case of stealing colorways.  Being a knitwear designer, I can understand feeling a sense of ownership on something you created.  However, I can also understand that the creative process can lead two people down a different path to the same end result.  While I make it a point not to copy others, inspiration comes from everywhere and sometimes it happens inadvertently or it just comes out similar.  Hopefully that sums it up and I will get on with my real point :-)

I felt like Indie dyer 'B' - from now on to be known as Cornbread and Honey - was being unfairly accused and having her business hurt.  I decided to be a secret shopper of sorts and test her out.

My experience was overall great.  I received a beautifully dyed product and it met my color expectations as based on her photos.  The yarn did appear to have sparkle in the photo but the description/fiber content didn't mention it.  The description also didn't mention if it was ready to ship or dyed to order.  I usually assume if it's not mentioned, then it's ready.  I noticed since that most of her listings do say which they are.  I decided it was likely dyed to order, wouldn't have sparkle and could take up to two weeks based on the info from other dyed to order listings.  I ordered on a Sunday for after two weeks on the following Monday (at the latest) I expected it to ship.  I received the shipping notice mid day Monday and it arrived on Wednesday (Ohio -> Michigan).

My only other comment is regarding the roving fiber content.  The listing said it was 19.5 micron merino but the label I received says 18 micron merino.  I do love it though and I plan to either pre draft very well or make it a thick 'n' thin yarn.

I've already shared my honest review with her directly and we've had a nice chat.  She filled me in a bit on the past incident (it was a case of her being accused of stealing colorways) and how she was now trying to build up a following again.  She was also very gracious to offer a refund on the roving fiber since it was a different micron count but I would not hear of it.  We've even discussed a future collaboration!

My bottom line here is not to say who is telling the truth and who isn't.  This is the internet and we can never know anything for certain.  I just don't believe that someone can hold claim to colors and if someone else uses them similarly that it can be called stealing.  You'll get your customer based on more than that, including price point.  Some people just can't afford the higher end dyers and will seek someone within their price range.  I also don't like how it came across as though there was this gang of Indie dyers who jumped at the opportunity to bash someone trying to make it as they themselves once were.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

DenKnits 4.6 Oohhh... I'm so good at this

I guess two months really puts me out of practice for this...  I've managed to get through a recording regardless, with a bit more 'uh' than I'd like along with plenty of mis-speaking :-D


Warning!  I am wearing a finished Sweet Six Wrap.  It's not too revealing of the pattern and shouldn't spoil any mysteries!

FOs

WIPs
Spinning
  • Wild Wool Farm
    • 2-4oz braids, split into 4 2oz sections.  Spun green 2oz into n-ply, spun 2oz green and 2oz pink/purple onto each other in a 2-ply and plan to spin last pink/purple 2oz into n-ply.  
    • Hope to make a crochet plaid item from Whistle and Ivy
Acquisitions
  • Weaving Loom kit from 5 below
    • Yeh it's cheap!  But it's function and fun!
  • Spinning kit from Napa Valley Fiber with contribution from Fairytalespun 

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Mystery Knit A Long with DenKnits

My Instagram feed has been feeling a little less than fiber full lately...  I'm mostly secret gift knitting for the holidays and that leaves little to show.  I've also been busy getting a new design ready for release and this one is super exciting!

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

DenKnits 4.5 A little bit of everything


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
Siobhan Crafts
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

Turning tshirts into yarn

I I have a bunch of old kids clothes that are too worn to be hand-me-downs but I can't just throw them out either 😄. So I decided I'd crochet some rag rugs!  First step is turning the shirts into strips...

I got a cheap quilting tool set from Michaels (along with a mat) and got to work turning t-shirts into strips.  #1 cut the sides all the way to the end of the sleeves #2 make strips, DO NOT go all the way to the other side, work in zig zags, go all the way up to the top of the shirt including the sleeves #3 wrap it up into a ball


Check out my next post that shows you what you can do with this yarn! http://denknits.blogspot.com/2016/09/crochet-rag-rug.html

Crochet rag rug

Size Q (15.75mm) crochet hook (I tend to go up about two hook sizes when following crochet patterns, so you may want a smaller hook than I used)

Tshirt strips (I used 10 medium boys shirts for mine)

This is my 'recipe' for the rug I crocheted.  I hardly read crochet patterns, let alone write them, so please be kind 😊 

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

DenKnits 4.4 Two parts

Made a couple videos today, mostly about #michiganfiberfest, but also just about #fiber... #denknits #knittingpodcast #michiganfiberfestival #garenhuisyarnstudio #michiganfibrestudio #fiberaddiction #wonderwhyfarm #bohochicfiberco #spinningmoonfarm #uniquelyyours #littlepatchalpacas #beyondthefleece #hotflashfibercompany #leadingmenfiberarts #siobhancrafts