Custom Shawls for the Curious and Creative Knitter

Posted on October 23, 2020 by Gauge Dye Works

Custom Shawls for the Curious and Creative Knitter

Today's shop update is in celebration of the new book Custom Shawls for the Curious and Creative Knitter by Kate Atherley and Kim McBrien Evans. 

This book is both a beginner's guide to shawl knitting and a deep dive into the ocean of shape, texture, and colour. A trusty companion for anyone who is looking to learn the rules or is ready to break them.

Kim used a skein of my yarn for her Adjacent shawl and I couldn't be more thrilled. It is a quirky, tricky pattern that is going to take some thinking on the part of the knitter.  If you have trouble maintaining even gauge, you will have to get creative. If you want to substitute yarn, you'll have to be clever. This pattern is intentionally a bit of a challenge and if that's what you're looking for, I think you are going to love it. 

Adjacent calls for a 170 g / 6 oz skein of Azurite F.  I've switched over to new dyes since the Azurite colourways were last in the shop and this time around the colours are a little less vibrant and have shifted slightly, but I think they capture the same flavours as the originals: Azurite D Remix and Azurite F Remix

I've also included Colourwheel in this update. It does not have the same number/size stripes as the Azurites, but would make a glorious Adjacent (or maybe Askew?)  The knitter can decide whether to modify the pattern for the wider stripes, or simply work the pattern exactly as written and not worrying whether the stripes line up perfectly with the triangles (it's gradient-y enough, it'll be great). 


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Introducing Merino Twist Eco

Posted on October 22, 2020 by Gauge Dye Works

Three skeins of colourful self-striping yarn gauge dye works

We've just added a new base yarn to our lineup that we're extra excited about: Merino Twist Eco.

The wool is this yarn is certified organic by GOTS, ensuring that it meets social and ecological standards in everything from the care of the sheep to the working conditions for farmers to the superwash-like treatment of the wool. (The yarn itself isn't certified organic due to the 20% nylon content.)

Merino Twist Eco has the same 8-ply construction as our trusty Merino Twist, making it a great choice for hard-wearing items like socks. 

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Join us for a show and tell!

Posted on September 28, 2020 by Gauge Dye Works

 Join us for a show and tell with Gauge and Andrea Rangel

Please join us for a Zoom Show and Tell

The thing I will miss most about the Knit City marketplace this year is seeing so many familiar faces and beautiful hand knits. I didn't want to miss out completely, so I decided to participate in Fibre Love Affair. It's an online marketplace and will have trunk shows and demos going on all weekend October 3 & 4. It's free, but registration is required. 

I'll be hosting a zoom on Sunday evening and would love if you could pretend it's my Knit City booth. Please pop in, say hi, show off your Gauge knits, and get inspired! 

I'll be joined by special guest and friend of Gauge, Andrea Rangel. Between the two of us, we have plenty of pretty knitted things to show off, but we're especially looking forward to oohing and aahing over your projects. (Only if you want though, as a nerdy introvert I feel it's important to be clear that you can quietly watch and not show or tell anything and that's great too.)

Show and Tell (zoom link)
October 4 @ 6:00-7:00 pm Pacific Time. 
Bring your Gauge hand knits if you've got 'em. 
Everyone welcome.
You must register at Fibre Love Affair to receive the password for the Zoom meeting. 

We'll also be offering a limited number of kits for the Sun and Moon socks as part of the event. The kit includes one skein of the Sun colourway (pictured above) and a copy of Andrea's sock pattern. I'll have them in the shop at 5 pm Pacific Time on October 4. 

We'll have the full summer 2019 collection available later in October, but if you've been waiting since last summer for these socks, this is your early bird chance. 

p.s. Knit City is online this year with a full schedule of online workshops and Friday knit night with the Grocery Girls. 

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Design Process: Wildflower Meadow

Posted on July 27, 2020 by Gauge Dye Works


Andrea and I started working on this club in the golden days of January 2020. We met in person for coffee and chatted about what this summer's club might look like. We settled on a botanical theme and Andrea created this Pinterest board for inspiration. 

Cut to two months later and we are both going into isolation. I'm not telling you anything you don't already know when I say that all of a sudden everything was uncertain. We decided the best plan (when you can't really plan anything) was to break what is usually a three-month club into separate projects. We could quietly work away on the club at our own pace, and put each one out into the world when the time was right. Meetings happened more often, and looked like this:

Andrea Rangel via Facetime

(Sidenote: just took a closer look at that photo and wtf was I doing in the background? Summoning demons? Preparing for a sacrifice? I'd like to think no, but the evidence suggests otherwise.)

We knew our first project was going to be a pair of socks. We didn't want to do anything too similar to our previous sock projects, but realistically there's only so many ways make a sock. We decided on a gradient with colourwork motifs on at the cuff and toe. I played around with the colours while Andrea worked on the sock pattern. 



I liked the idea of a gradient that could be knit from either end, depending on your colour preferences. So you could have either a mostly purple sock that faded to green at the toe, or a mostly green sock that faded to purple at the toe. The problem was that we didn't want the heel to interrupt the gradient along the front of the sock. If the pattern is only for one size of foot, you can take a good guess about where the heel is going to be and add extra yarn in the right place. But we wanted to offer a wide range of sizes in the sock pattern, so we were going to have to do something clever for the heel. 
We also wanted to fit all that yarn into a single skein, without worrying about running out of one of the colours for the largest size. In the end there was just too much going on and we didn't want to distract from the simple beauty of the overall design. We settled on a one-way gradient and put the extra yarn for the heel at the "bottom" end. 
(Can you still knit it from the other end? Yes, and never let anyone tell you otherwise. It's your knitting and you can do whatever you want with it. It just won't match the pictures, that's all.)
Looking through this process, we didn't stray too far from our original swatches and ideas, but you can see how many times we tweaked and re-tweaked the details to get them just the way we wanted them. 

(Sidenote: figured it out. I was watching Good Omens. It was on pause in the background.)

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Wildflower Meadow

Posted on July 24, 2020 by Gauge Dye Works

Hand knit socks with a purple, blue and green gradient. Leaf-inspired colourwork motifs at the cuff and toe. Gauge Dye Works self patterning striping yarn wool Andrea Rangel knitting patterns

It's time to share! This is Wildflower Meadow, the project from our June 2020 pattern + yarn club with Andrea Rangel. 

A skein of yarn divided into four separate balls. Tow are matching gradients, one is pale blue, the other is green. Wildflower Meadow Gauge Dye Works self patterning striping yarn wool Andrea Rangel knitting patterns

 Yarn by me, pattern and photography by Andrea Rangel.  

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August Yarn + Pattern Club coming soon!

Posted on July 23, 2020 by Gauge Dye Works

A few quick announcements:

  • August Club signups open next Tuesday, July 28, 2020. You can find it here, but it will say "sold out" until the 28th. June's club sold out in the first day, so mark your calendars if you want in!
  • Grant applications for limited or low-income makers are now open. Grants are funded by fellow makers and will cover the full cost of a club subscription. Learn more, apply, or contribute here. Thank you so much to everyone who’s already contributed.

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Club signups open Wednesday

Posted on May 18, 2020 by Gauge Dye Works

Gauge Dye Works yarn and pattern club

Mark your calendars! Club signups open this Wednesday. 

Andrea Rangel has written a great FAQ all about this year's club and our previous collaborations.. 

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