It's here! The final project from our summer yarn club. This is Silhouette and Sky, a fun, sunset-inspired hat.
I quietly added my Whiskey in a Teacup shawl pattern to Ravelry yesterday. Many of you have been patiently waiting for this and I apologize that it has taken me so long to get it ready for you. It's free on Ravelry.
My plan was to wait for a time when I could launch the pattern and the yarn together with great fanfare, but the date kept getting pushed further and further back and so I decided to go with Plan B: release the pattern now. Those of you who already have the yarn in your stashes, here you go!
If it's not already in your stash but you'd like it to be, I've got it carved in stone in my dyeing schedule for this winter.
This yarn was first released last fall and I added it to the shop with a photo of a knitted shawl that I made up as I was going along. Understandably, people wanted to use the yarn to make the shawl in the photo! So I learned a few lessons from that experience - I should always use a pattern for shop samples (even if I really want to knit something else for fun), and if I say I'm going to work on a pattern, either get it done asap or set a firm release date for later on because it can't be "coming soon" forever.
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.
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.
With the colours decided, I dyed up test skeins for Andrea to work with.
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!
Here's a peek at Morning and Evening, the August project in my summer club with Andrea Rangel.
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.
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.
Then, before I knew it, a sock!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.