Thursday, July 29, 2010

Rock Star Inspirations

This past week was very busy for me. We are headed out for an extended vacation on Monday and I needed to have all of my yarns finished before then. This coming August the Main Street congo is doing a rock start themed stocking. I was a bit stumped at first, but once I started talking to everyone about their favorite bands and musicians I was able to create this rock start collection.

'Bono' - Love love love loooooooove how this turned out. Brown and aqua with some green and white

'Purple Rain' - A scatter dyed colorway. Lots of purples with a touch of yellow gold

'Pink Floyd' - A black rainbow colorway, black with muted rainbow colors

'Discotheque' - A main colorway with four semi-solid skeins

'Yellow Submarine' - A main colorway matched together with three mini-skeins

'Harajuku Girl' - Two scatter dyed mini skeins combined with three semi solid skein

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

What I've been up to

With family in town visiting from half way across the world I have not had as much time to dye or knit. But I still managed to build up quite the collection of skeins. Here's about half of what I have. Most of these are going to be split up into 2-3oz skeins for stripy sets.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Witches Brew

Spent the evening last night playing with kettle dyeing. I have to admit its not going so well and I will need a lot more experimentation before I can develop a proper technique.

In more positive news I am developing a new pattern for an online knitting magazine. All I can say that its going to be a sweater, everything else has to stay under wraps. I do need to figure out where to get some cute wooden buttons.

Lots more dyeing tonight. Somehow Hyenacart oversold several colorways during the last stocking and so I'm trying to catch up on those orders. Plus I have a few awesome ideas for our "rock star" stocking over at Main Street.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

New Colorways

Its raining yarn! A whole bunch of new colorways from yours truly...

Eternal Sunshine - teal, green, gold, gray

Betelgeuse - red, turquoise, green, yellow

Simone - purples, greens, oranges, white

Brody - greens, blues, pecan brown and a touch of orange

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Custom Romper

Still needs to be lanolized and blocked, but soon this romper will be on its way to a very lucky baby in Florida.
Knit with Mosaic Moon's Sea Glass on Gaia bulky merino. The yarn is to die for (or should I say dye for) the colors are just gorgeous and so soft and cuddly. It was a good experience knitting with bulky weight yarn, I got a good idea of how to modify the romper pattern.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Baby Chick Overalls

I absolutely love how these turned out. Unfortunately this is a one of a kind colorway and my attempt at reproducing it tonight was a big failure. What I like is the combination of different shades of green and blues and then the contrasting golden orange. It makes the colors pop.

The plain yellow buttons were made by me. I find it quick and easy to make some polymer buttons to go with anything I'm knitting. They really make the outfit.
The big button on the pocket is made by Tessa Ann. I love her work, I think it really pulls everything together.

It must be summer

First camping trip of the year was a mixed success. Within a few hours of us setting up camp the rain started, it forced us into an early bedtime, and we woke up to a leaky tent. Both kids had a rough time adjusting, Reid was up crying at 4am and would not go back to sleep. Elliot woke up multiple times, I think because he was confused. With all of our gear soaking wet, we decided to make the drive back to town to get some breakfast.

From that point on things started improving, the kids slept better, and the rain stopped. We got to soak in some natural hot springs, eat yummy fire cooked food, hang out by the fire, fish, and hike.

I'm not a big fan of knitting by the fire, mostly because I don't want to have to worry about getting that campfire smell out. But I did do lots of knitting in the car. I started working on a new pattern for a leafy lace shawl. Its a pretty intricate pattern requiring a lot of complicated stitch combinations on both sides of the shawl.

I'm having technical difficulties with the photos from this trip. Hopefully I will have some new pictures soon.