This skein sat on my desk, quietly keeping me company for months. I had originally created it for the summer club with @andrearangelknits but it was too low-contrast for colourwork. Then last week I wasn’t feeling great and decided that knitting cabled socks would probably help, so wound this up and cast on. I’ll get back to you on how the colourway works up and also the curative properties of cabled socks.
New game: describe this skein. A caterpillar? A cartoon pencil that got dizzy? A taxi travelling faster than light? (This is fun. I’m easily entertained.)
I wove in the ends! Blocking today! It’s going to be glorious! Exclamation point! . I had a motivational moment over the weekend where 1) I ran into @soveryshannon at Costco and 2) she said “have you woven in those ends? No pressure!!!” And therefore 3) the thing I wanted most in the whole world was go home and weave in ends. . That’s a fairy situation-specific motivational tool and won’t work for most people most of the time, but if you can arrange it, it really is highly effective. . The first picture is pre-weaving-of-ends. The second picture shows how I secured the ends when joining new colours using a technique from @pattyjlyons. It keeps everything neat and tidy and i wish I’d known about it ages ago. I’ll put a video and link in my stories. 👍 . ETA here’s the URL: https://www.masondixonknitting.com/ask-patty-stripe-trauma/ . . #courageshawl #soveryshannon #gaugedyeworks #shawl #shawlshawlshawl #knitknitknit
Worsted weight! I dyed these up a month ago when I was casting on for my Courage Shaw and they’ve been keeping me company ever since. My dyeing queue is pretty much full until the end of September, but I’m hoping for a chance to play with more worsted weight in the fall. On the wall behind the yarn is my ball winder and swift - I have those Scotch adhesive hooks on the wall if you’re wondering. I have do have other, fancier, winders/swifts at my studio space but these two are my Home Winding Setup and they’ve served me well for nearly ten years now. Old school knit picks umbrella swift (not squeaky!) and royal ball winder (also not squeaky!) Yellow wall In this particular shade was a bad idea, btw. Do not recommend, would not paint again.
A little peek at our July club project: Sun and Moon. Club members received either the SUN or MOON version of this colourway, and the pattern includes two options for the colourwork. . My online shop has been quiet lately because I’ve been working so hard on club shipments, but I’ll have a small update in the next couple weeks. (Not sure the exact date, but I’ll send out a newsletter as soon as I’ve restocked.) [Pattern: @andrearangelknits Photos: @zeephoto.ca model: @jduncss] . #sunandmoonsocks #gaugeyarnclub #gaugedyeworks #andrearangelknits
Progress on Project Balls is slow but fun. I’m trying out a few different patterns for knitted spheres to compare the shape (if you are wondering, pointy polar regions is common and probably solvable with stuffing/blocking). The recipient will be an infant who definitely won’t care or appreciate the process but this is the kind of thing that delights me so here we are. #spiritsongstudio @carabarter #knittersofinstagram #knittedballs
Fibrations is coming up in just over two weeks! Here’s a quick preview of what I’m bringing with me. 🧶 Seconds yarn: all perfectly beautiful but some underweight skeins, ooak colourways, or maybe a messy join or two. . 🧶 sock yarn, shawl yarn, sweater yarn: a little bit of everything. . 🧶 mini skein sets! Something new for us: I have this 8 colour rainbow kit shown in the first and last pics (which will eventually find its way to the web shop). Plus some one-of-a-kind 4 colour sets. . . Sunday Aug 18, 10am - 4pm 1330 Fairfield Rd, Victoria BC, @fibrationsvic for details . #gaugedyeworks #fibrationsvictoria #yyj . [modelled by @inanook who saw me taking pictures on the table and informed me that I needed one of her holding the yarn. She was correct.]
I sometimes feel like I’m living a version of the Tortoise and the Hare that includes a third animal like, say, a chameleon. And no one is sure if a chameleon is typically slow or fast and its talents don’t seem to include walking in a straight line. . So as the story progresses we see the chameleon is mostly slow and mostly steady. But is also unclear on the purpose of the race and anyway the light is really great up in the leaves and heeeey tasty fly. . Anyway, the point is I’m the chameleon in this story and feel like it takes me forever to get things done but also not sure why I feel such pressure to do it all quickly in the first place? . All this is to say that I did finish knitting my Courage Shawl and so it’ll just take me a month or two to weave in the ends and block it and maybe another month to take pictures but I really did enjoy every stitch. 🌈 #gaugedyeworks #courageshawl #soveryshannon #knittersofinstagram