So it turns out that creating mini skein kits is my absolute favourite thing. . These are all one-of-a-kind, which makes it tricky to sell them online so what I’m going to do is add them to the shop as a mystery grab bag type of thing. I’ve got about 50 of them, all with a rainbow or gradient theme and they’ll be in the shop next week. 🍭 . It’ll be my last shop update of the year, with the mini skein kits, some discounted small batch colourways that had a mind of their own, and whatever else is left on our shelves at the moment. . I always forget to mention that I have a newsletter and it is by far the best way to hear about shop updates and anything new that I’ve got going on. Link in profile if you’re interested.
Hello friends! Since you’ve been asking (and thank you for asking!) no, I don’t have this colourway in stock at the moment but there will be more in the new year. 🧶 I’ve got a little shop update coming soon* and then things will be quiet around here for a little while as I take time off and then regroup behind the scenes for a fresh start to the new year. :) . *You can subscribe to my newsletter if you want to be notified about such things. . #Repost @dreareneeknits with @get_repost ・・・ Impromptu improv selfish knit 🧦 (say that 5 times fast!) 🧶: @gaugedyeworks Whiskey in a Teacup #dreareneeknits #operationsockdrawer
It got chilly here this week and I’ve been wearing these three handknits constantly. I really like knitting hats and have probably a dozen but somehow only wear this one. I don’t love knitting mitts and I really could use a pair that are non-fingerless (“fingered mitts”?) And cowls and other neck things? It’s what I DO and yet I just pick one and wear it for months rather than rotating through my extensive collection. But there you have it, my most-worn handknits. . Hat is Tread by @soveryshannon, Wild Feather Mitts from @makingzine, both knit in Nurtured yarn from @julie_asselin. The cowl is my Olio Cowl pattern in a random assortment of self-striping leftovers. (I did write a pattern, but it’s a marled tube and you’re welcome to wing it rather than buying the pattern.)
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Recommendations please! What are your favourite patterns for using scraps or mini skein sets? . I love the Slanted Stripes cowl I shared yesterday, and I have a pattern called the Olio cowl that’s a chunky, marled scrap-stravaganza. But I’ve been dyeing minis lately and I’m on the lookout for more ideas of what to do with them. . I buy yarn on cones rather than in hanks, so there’s always some yarn left on the cone. Recently I’ve started being more deliberate about using every last bit = mini skeins galore! .
“The cowl so nice I knit it thrice.”* . It’s possible someone out there hasn’t heard me singing the praises of this cowl, so once more, with feeling: this is a great pattern. . I think it looks gorgeous in a skein of my self-striping yarn, of course, but it might be even better as a way to use up all those gorgeous leftovers that are too precious to throw out but that you dont know what you could possibly do with them. . Slanted Stripes by @andrearangelknits and if you tap through to her profile she has a blog post with tips about working this pattern with self-striping yarn. . I meant to post this last week but life got in the way and now it looks like I’m really on the ball because I can tell you that the Indie designer Gift-Along starts today and this pattern will be / is part of the sale. . The first, scrappy, cowl was made with three different Azurite colourways. The second is Azurite C, and the third is Full Spectrum. Full Spectrum is in my shop now, but the others won’t be back in stock for a while. . *I personally only knit it once; the other two were knit by @inanook and @starrynight211. But they will both agree that the rhyme was worth stretching the truth.
Last week was a little bit of this and a little bit of that. One of the thises was dyeing some yarn for your Full Spectrum orders, one of the thats was testing and calibrating our new dyeing setup (we call it our yarn machine). . I got a circular sock machine in February and though I can not confidently make two matching socks, I can crank the heck out of a basic tube. It has been so useful for tests and swatches and samples. It’s especially useful right now when we’re working to make our solid colours very solid and figuring out how to adjust my dye recipes for when we switch over to this new setup. . (Someone’s going to ask, so I have the Erlbacher Gearhart speedster and this is the 60 slot cylinder.) .
Other things you can knit with the Full Spectrum colourway. . WEE SWEATER. This one’s by the lovely and talented @tanisfiberarts. She modified the Flax Light sweater by @tincanknits to work it bottom-up so that the stripes would be on the little tummy of this adorable nugget of a sweater. . SLANTED STRIPES COWL Rainbow chevrons. End of description. . . Both of these use just one 115 g / 4 oz hank of yarn. I had a good bit left over from the cowl, next time I think I’ll cast on a few extra stitches to make a wider cowl. . . What would you make with this yarn? . . Oh, and the Slanted Stripes cowl is by @andrearangelknits #fullspectrumhat #andrearangelknits #anglesandlightknits #knitting #knitting #moreknitting