Behind the Scenes: Shadow Prism

Posted on July 25, 2018 by Booth Helpers

The first pattern in our 2018 Summer Club, Shadow Prism, started out with this text between me and Andrea:

3D skylight image

It's a picture of a skylight, with the recessed wall reflected against the blue sky in the window. It definitely needs to be a shawl. A 2D shawl with the right colours and angles to create a 3D effect. 

We talked about a few practical limitations - 600 yds of fingering weight, needs to be a wearable shape, stitch pattern should help emphasize the construction and the 3D effect. Nothing too fiddly, let the yarn do the colour changes for you.

Andrea did a few swatches while I worked away at a colour palette. I don't have pictures of Andrea's first swatches, but she started with a mitered square construction and then considered how to join in other colours without using intarsia. 

For the colours, we both liked the blues and yellows in the original skylight picture, but they felt too close to North Shore, one of our club colourways from 2017. So instead I aimed for a sunset-inspired colourway.  

A couple coffee dates later, we had these:

Swatch with ribbing

swatch with garter

Not bad, right? I especially like that first one with the ribbing, but we didn't feel it had enough 3D oomph to it. A little more pondering and sketching: 

Geometry scarf sketches

Shadow Prism scarf sketches

We finally decided on a shape that had the effect we wanted, and that made sense on the technical side of writing a pattern and dyeing yarn. 

Final Shadow Prism sketchSHEBAM!

And then some more back and forth, ironing out details. The two of us living in the same city made this collaboration possible - being able to physically touch the same samples and hand off skeins of yarn at the coffee shop made it happen.

text between gauge dye works and Andrea Rangel

And then, whala, a scarf! (Andrea is a fast knitter.) 

Final Shadow Prism Scarf


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June club project: Shadow Prism

Posted on July 25, 2018 by Gauge Dye Works

Shadow Prism knit scarf by Andrea Rangel and Gauge Dye Works Summer Yarn and Pattern Club

I'm excited to share June's project from my summer yarn + pattern club with Andrea Rangel. Shadow Prism is a scarf but it's also an optical illusion - Andrea and I collaborated on the design and colours so the finished object looks like a 3D box. 

Shadow Prism 3D box scarf Andrea Rangel Gauge Dye Works knitting pattern

This is exclusive to the club until fall 2019 but the good news is that our patterns and yarn from the 2017 club will be available in a couple months. 

Shadow Prism knitted scarf garter stitch Andrea Rangel Gauge Dye Works

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Azurite is here!

Posted on July 03, 2018 by Gauge Dye Works

Azurite collection of self striping gradient yarn gauge dye works
Introducing our new Azurite colourways!
If you've been waiting for the January 2017 club colourway to be released, this is it, along with five sister colourways that I created using variations of the same colour recipe.
It's a gradient/fade shawl shawl in a single skein. And if shawls aren't your thing, I've used the same colours to create striped socks with a built-in mini skein for your sock heels.  Come take a look

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Summer Club signups open May 1!

Posted on April 30, 2018 by Gauge Dye Works

Gauge Dye Works subscription yarn club with knitting patterns from Andrea Rangel
Andrea Rangel and I have teamed up again this year to bring you a collection of three summer knitting projects. Each month we will send you an exclusive colourway and a perfectly coordinating pattern that lets the yarn shine. 

The details are here, and signups open tomorrow, May 1, at 8 am PST

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Trunk Show at Beehive!

Posted on April 25, 2018 by Gauge Dye Works

Gauge Dye Works trunk show at Beehive Wool Shop Victoria BC samples yarn for sale
I'm happy to announce I'll be doing a trunk show at my LYS, Beehive, on May 11 & 12! I'll be there all day on Friday and Saturday to say hi and answer any questions. There will be yarn for sale and samples to try on. If you're going to be in Victoria on the Mother's Day weekend, please come say hi! 

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5 Tips for Working with Kinda Magic Sock Yarn from Wool and the Gang

Posted on March 26, 2018 by Gauge Dye Works

5 tips for working with Kinda Magic Sock Yarn from Wool and the Gang

Having trouble getting your Kinda Magic Sock Yarn to knit up like it shows in the pictures? Here are five tips for how to adjust the pattern and fit to get the most out of your socks!

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Santa Clara is here!

Posted on February 26, 2018 by Gauge Dye Works

Santa Clara hand knit sweater pattern

Mara Bryner of orangeknits has just released her stunning Santa Clara sweater that features an eye-catching colourwork yoke knit in my CLASSIC self-striping yarn. It's shown here in All Together Now, with the sweater body in YOTH Big Sister in Peach

The pattern calls for about half a skein of self-striping yarn and it is worked held double. All Together Now a great choice because it has a long pattern repeat that works its way through the rainbow just once over the entire yoke. 

However, this stitch pattern also shines in a more traditional striping pattern, and Mara has her own version pairing Cathedral Grove with YOTH's Saffron

It would even be a great way to use up your self-striping leftovers - two different colourways held together would be stunning! 

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