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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Summer Club announcements

Posted on May 13, 2020 by Gauge Dye Works

purple camas in bloom

I have announcements! 

  • June Club signups open next Wednesday, May 20, 2020! You can find it here, but it will say "sold out" until the 20th. Last year we sold out 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 June club subscription. Learn more, apply, or contribute here. (Thank you so much to everyone who’s already contributed!)

  • Just a little note to emphasize that this signup is for the June club only. This year, each subscription will be for a single month. The date for the next one is still tbd, but it will not be in July. This means we will have extra time between clubs for...(see next line)

  • This year we’ll be hosting an informal knit-along in the Gauge Ravelry group, so we’ll have a chance to chat, share WIP photos, and enjoy each other’s company! 

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Grant program and yarn fund

Posted on May 06, 2020 by Booth Helpers

purple wildflowers

Andrea Rangel and I are collaborating again this summer. Like most things, this year’s club is going to be a little different and we’re being flexible, but we're excited to show you what we've been working on. The main change is that this year club subscriptions will be for a single month. We’re starting with a June instalment and future months will be listed separately. More details to come!

In the meantime, I want to tell you about our yarn fund and grant program. If you would like to spread a little joy to a limited or low-income maker, we invite you to contribute to our yarn fund. This month, the fund will go towards grants to cover the full costs of subscriptions to our June 2020 yarn club. 

Interested? Learn more and make a contribution here. Grant applications will open next week and I'll share the link once it's ready.

And if you’re dying to get an idea of what this year’s club theme will be, take a peek at our brainstorming Pinterest board.

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COVID-19 Update

Posted on March 24, 2020 by Gauge Dye Works

Colour Study yarn from gauge dye works

First of all, to all the front line workers reading this: thank you. Your work has never been more important and we are grateful for all you do for us.

We at Gauge want to do our part, too. In the studio, this means working alone and regularly sanitizing all work areas and surfaces. At home, this means only going out for essentials, checking in with friends and neighbours, and keeping our spirits up by doing as much knitting as possible. It also means taking care of those around us who have been hardest hit by covid-19, so we will donate 15% of today's s
ales to Food Banks Canada

There is a lot of uncertainty right now, but we are going to be here, adding colour and beauty to our corner of the world, for as long as we can. Any orders placed today will ship today or tomorrow. Please reach out via email ( if you have any questions or requests. We are happy to hold your order or ship to a different address. 

Stay safe, friends.  

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