Back to my regular updates! I covered lots, and below you will find the links to everything and more pictures!
Slide show of Antelope Slot Canyon at beginning
Flosstube channels to check out:
Doodlebug Stitcher – did an interesting version of Maynia. Started 16 or 17 new ones, and then went back to them for the second half of the month. Bought some fun fabric for finishing/bags. Really pretty stuff.
Hobbies up to Here – Katie V and her mom Dorie have had a quilting channel, but have added Flosstube. Katie is new to stitching, her mother is not. Great vibe and another great mother/daughter duo. Very talented quilters.
Cute little stitch – proves that we are all still the same, no matter where, religion, culture. Arabic speaking woman, understand words like cute, finish, biscornu and cross stitch! Lovely projects and finishes!
Cross My Stitches – great finishes and projects. Loved the fabric dying and she makes it seem easy! Showed some projects she made with her Silhouette. Very talented lady! And she has an RV!
Ninja Chickens – not stitching, but knitting. Beautiful setting in the NC mountains. Filming outside, finished projects, WIPs, but most interesting was history of Edisto Beach, and her knowledge and samples of Eco printing – scarves, sock blanks.
Stitching the high notes – Joanna, another knitter and stitcher, also an opera singer with the San Fran symphony. Lots of fun projects, both knitting and stitching.
Start of the Eliza Bell Cox SAL on June 1. So we’ll be starting to see that beauty being stitched.
No finishes or FFOs, NO surprise there!
Harbor Haven by By the Bay Needlearts – Sky blue hand dyed linen 36 ct, 1 over 1
Floss subs GAST: 3052 = Shutter Green, 503 = Tropical Ocean, 829 = Old Hickory, 3363 = VMST Southern Mint
Snowman ‘10 by Lizzie Kate – 32 ct mystery linen, 2 over 2. Floss substitutions DMC 3854 instead of
Sally Spencer – 36 ct Confederate Grey linen by Weeks Dye Works – I substituted all of the colors as follows: GAST Claret for GAST Buckeye Scarlet, GAST Midnight for GAST Black Crow, old Needlework Necessities Cornflower for GAST Brethren Blue, GAST Highland Heather for GAST Melon Patch, GAST Pineapple Sherbert for GATS Buttermilk and VMST Southern Belle for GAST Tropical Ocean,
Day 29 was actually a knit with me day instead of a stitch with me day. Laura Nelkin was releasing a new club pattern, and I needed to swatch the yarn and choose bead. So join me for a knit with me day!
Since I had made kumihimo jewelry in the past, I had built up quite a stash of size 8/0 and 6/0 seed beads. There is a n0-bead option with Laura’s N Club kits, so that’s what I’m getting, which means I had to choose from my stash for beads for this design.
I decided to rope my viewers in to help me choose beads. The best way to choose beads for a project is to see them on the yarn, and since we have to (really, we do have to) knit a swatch anyway, I incorporated the beads in to the swatch.
I love how all of the beads look, so I really was having a hard time deciding. Most of my viewers and commenters on Instagram liked the second one from the top the best. I still couldn’t decide, so decided to wait for Laura’s live Facebook reveal for Club members that evening. I knew once I saw how the beads were actually used, I would know which beads were best.
The design is called Caramelized Cowl, and it uses Kettle Yarn Co.’s Beyul Singles in an exclusive colorway called Praline. The yarn is a yak/silk/merino blend, and it is luscious! The design will do it justice. The pattern is exclusive for N Club members for the first year.
The beads are just lightly sprinkled through the design, so I’ve decided to go with the one that most people liked. They are the ones that stand out the best, and to be honest, those were the first beads I thought of when I first saw the yarn.
Next step, I need to block my gauge swatch, measure it to see if I got gauge, and then cast on!
In the meantime, check in tomorrow when I’ll be returning to another WIP!
It’s all Pinterest’s fault. I happened across some interesting woven wall-hangings and before you know it, I was searching for more, looking an tapestries, and finding free-form wall-hangings incorporating beads, sticks, seashells and more. Yes! I have to try that! After all, I have plenty of yarn to experiment with!
So here I am. I’ve finished my first weaving and I’m quite pleased. Now, I’m lucky to work with a woman who has been weaving for years and teaches it at A Good Yarn. We also sell all kinds of weaving supplies, so it was easy to get the basics. I sat down with Laura last Monday and got started.
From there, I just played. I had looked at so much on Pinterest at that point, that I knew what I wanted to try. I didn’t know the names of anything, tools or techniques, but I knew what looks I wanted to go for. Turns out, I did hatching, pick and pick, soumak and curved weaving.
I also added beads, but I have since read about a better method for adding beads, so I’ll be trying that soon. I also plan on weaving with leather to see if that works.
As you can see from the way the edges curve in and out, I need to work a bit on my tension. But overall I’m pleased with how this turned out and I can’t wait to try more!
As someone who really is Mad for Yarn, I am constantly on the lookout for new yarn, especially new hand-dyers who really do color well. I cannot tell you how pleased I am to introduce a brand new indie dyer to you – KittyBeaKnitting.
This indie dyer was very easy to find because I work with her at A Good Yarn. KittyBeaKnitting is owned by Catherine Buchmueller. Catherine has been knitting for several years and recently decided to try her hand at yarn dying. As a graduate in Interior Design from Ringling College of Art and Design, Catherine has studied color extensively and understands how colors play together. She also understands the important role color plays in design, and she brings all of that knowledge to dying yarn.
I got a chance to play with a couple of her bases for the Mystery Knit Along we are doing at the store. I chose Egmont in her Moody Blue colorway and Siesta in her Logo 1 colorway. Egmont is a superwash merino single ply very similar to MadelineTosh Merino Light. The color is a gorgeous deep blue with tones slightly lighter. It’s very smooth and easy to work with and has great stitch definition. You can see that knitting really brings to life the beautiful tones of this yarn.
Siesta is an 80/10/10 blend of Merino, Cashmere and Nylon. It is springy and soft with a great twist. It doesn’t split at all. The colors are gorgeous on it and it’s a real delight to knit with.
I gave both of these colorways a good soaking and was pleased to see that neither of them bled into the water at all. I was very curious whether Moody Blue would since it’s such a saturated color, but not a hint of blue showed in the water.
Catherine is learning the dye trade quickly and is providing a variety of bases in gorgeous color ways. I definitely have several other skeins I can’t wait to get my hands on. Check these out!
Anna Maria, a cashmere/mulberry silk lace yarn in the Siam Orchid colorway:
Casey, a superwash merino 2-ply fingering in the Drum Circle color way:
I can’t make up my mind between these two! Sanibel, a 70/30 blend of Superwash Merino and Silk in Fruitville (left) or Opal (right). Which would you choose??
If you’re as Mad for Yarn as I am, run, don’t walk, to Catherine’s store and check out her beautiful line of yarn. Read her story to learn about how she got started and the names of her yarn, and join me in indulging in a skein or 3!
When yarn comes in the mail, it’s always a good mail today. And today was one of those days. I’m a member of Laura Nelkin’s MKAL Club, a yearly subscription in which we get the yarns and the beads for Laura’s Mystery Knit Alongs and Knit Alongs. The latest shipment for her next KAL came in the mail today, and as always, it looks like fun! Laura always finds new and interesting dyers to team up with. This time, the dyer is Periwinkle Sheep from Albany, NY. Laura will be releasing her pattern on June 15. I can’t wait to see what is going to come off our needles this time!