Design process: Morning and Evening

Posted on September 23, 2019 by Catherine Gamroth

Morning and Evening knit scarf by Andrea rangel gauge dye works
This scarf, the August project in my club with Andrea Rangel, came together quite quickly. Other than all the knitting, which clearly took a little while. But conceptually it was quick. 
It began with a sketch and a swatch Andrea did with some yarn she had lying around in colours she found inspiring. 
Sketch for morning and evening scarf Andrea Rangel Gauge Dye Works
My dyeing method doesn't allow me to do speckles, but I tried to recreate the feel of a neutral with pops of colour along the way. 
circular sock machine swatches for morning and evening hand knit scarf
With the colours decided, I dyed up test skeins for Andrea to work with. 
Progress shots knitting mornings and evening scarf
We made a couple minor adjustments along the way but stayed remarkably true to Andrea's original sketches. I'm so happy with the final result! 
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Pattern by Andrea Rangel. Professional photography by Zee Photo. Unprofessional photography by me and Andrea. Model Jessica Duncan.

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Morning and Evening

Posted on September 18, 2019 by Booth Helpers

Here's a peek at Morning and Evening, the August project in my summer club with Andrea Rangel. 
Pattern by Andrea Rangel. Photography by Zee Photo. Model Jessica Duncan

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Design process: Sun and Moon

Posted on September 18, 2019 by Catherine Gamroth

Sun and Moon hand knit socks by andrea rangel and Gauge Dye works
These socks, the first project in our summer club with Andrea Rangel, were inspired by the theme of our club: SKY. 
Looking back, a moody, sky-like gradient combined with sun and moon themed colour work seems kinda obvious, but it took me a while to get there. We knew we wanted socks with a bit of colour work at the toe, but all my ideas for colours involved too much cowbell at the cuff and on the leg. I didn't want the toe and the cuff competing for who should get the most attention. 
sock swatches knit on a circular sock machine
Here are a few ideas that I worked though. I got a circular sock machine at the beginning of the year so I can quickly knit up swatches and test out ideas. I had a couple ideas that looked great in my head but that I just couldn't translate onto yarn. 
Once we settled on the colours and I (finally) had some yarn for Andrea to work with, the design came together fairly quickly.  First, this text. 
text chain discussing adding texture to the sock cuff and planning the gradient to accommodate the heel.
Then, before I knew it, a sock! 
text chain with a photo of a completed sock and me responding with "oooooooooo"
And of course we did decide to go for a moon option as well. (Club members random received either the sun or moon colours and the pattern includes charts for both.) It came together beautifully in the end! 
Sun and Moon socks, moon toe option Andrea Rangel Gauge Dye Works
Finally, a great part of the design process for this whole collection was that one time we met at Andrea's place and she made a very tasty apple crumble. Highly recommend this recipe. 
Pattern by Andrea Rangel. Professional photography by Zee Photo. Unprofessional photography by me and Andrea. Model Jessica Duncan.

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Sun & Moon

Posted on August 07, 2019 by Gauge Dye Works

Sun and Moon gradient hand knit socks andrea rangel gauge dye works blue

A little peek at our July club project: Sun & Moon. Club members received with the SUN or MOON version of this colourway, and the pattern induces two options for the colour work.

Sun and Moon socks hand knitting andrea rangel gauge dye works knit  

The yarn and pattern are exclusive to the club for a year but we couldn't resist sharing a peek and what we're working on. 

Pattern by Andrea Rangel. Photography by Zee Photo. Model Jessica Duncan

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Posted on August 06, 2019 by Gauge Dye Works

Gauge Dye works mini skein rainbow kit self striping yarn knitting vibrations

We're gearing up for Fibrations on Sunday October 18!  

As always, I'll have a table full of discounted seconds yarn (perfectly beautiful but maybe underweight or a ooak colourway or a messy join or knot). It usually goes quickly so come by early if you want to snag a skein or two. 

And we'll have a little something for everyone - sock yarn, shawl yarn, sweater yarn, and (new!) some mini skein kits like the one pictured above. 

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Posted on July 03, 2019 by Gauge Dye Works

yarn sits on a rock in front of a sunset gauge dye works self striping

We are happy to announce we have partial scholarships available for five spots in our summer club. Applications are open to anyone who might need a little help joining the club. 

Thanks to a generous contribution from a knitter who wishes to remain anonymous, Andrea Rangel and I have been able to add five spots to our sold-out yarn + pattern club and offer partial scholarships towards the cost of those club memberships. 

Andrea and I have teamed up again this year to create a collection of three knitting projects. Each month (July, August and September) we will send out an exclusive colourway and a perfectly coordinating pattern that lets the yarn shine. All the details are here

Applications are open to anyone, worldwide, who might need a little help joining the club. The scholarship will cover up to 90% of the cost of the club. Recipients will be asked to contribute 10% - 25% ($20-$50 CAD), based on what they feel is most accessible to them. Our aim is to make the club more financially inclusive. 

To apply, send us a note telling us a little bit about yourself and what the scholarship would mean to you. All applications should be sent to with the subject line YARN CLUB APPLICATION. We will be accepting applications until July 14, 2019.

Applications will be kept strictly confidential. In order to respect everyone's privacy, we will not be announcing the names of the recipients. Recipients will be chosen by lottery.

Andrea and I would like to send a huge thank you to our anonymous knitter who made this possible, not only through a financial contribution, but by proposing the idea to begin with. We would also like to thank Caroline Dick for consulting on this initiative and for donating her fees back to us, allowing us to create the fifth spot in the club. 

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Prism Break!

Posted on January 08, 2019 by Gauge Dye Works

Prism Break Shawl Pattern

New pattern alert! Alison Bjornson aka @oolawoola just published her first ever pattern, Prism Break

This pattern was designed specifically for my self-patterning SHAWL yarn. It's shown here in Skaha, and will work with any of Skaha's sister colourways from the Knit Outside collection. 

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