Saturday, April 30, 2011


I am taking my commitment to only knit with my own yarns pretty seriously. What I am discovering is just how much I love using my own yarns, talk about a "farm to table" approach. Now if only I could have my own sheep, and spin my own yarn - a girl can dream right?

This is a colorway that I did using a low immersion technique. What I like about it is that colors maintained their integrity but still mixed to give a random color distribution. This dye was done on a tester skein of organic merino. I am considering adding a supplier to my repertoire but I wanted to test the yarn prior to committing to it. This organic merino is not the same as what many know as "Gaia". I would say the strand is fluffier and reminds me much more of a cashmere/merino blend than a merino. Yes, its that nice.
Since I only had one skein, all I could make was a newborn set.

In other news, I am thoroughly enjoying my first co-op. I was very anxious as I was waiting for the group order to come in. But once the order was in I just settled into a hyper dyeing mode and now two weeks later the 60 skein order is more than 50% finished. I'm a little sad that I am taking the summer off, dyeing is quite an addiction.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Newbie Fluff

Really love how this set turned out!

Made with handspun Mosaic Moon's Selah colorway on merino top.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

The Comrade Scarf

This scarf is perfect for worsted/aran/bulky yarns. I chose my Inspire SW base for this project and it is absolutely perfect. The pattern is super easy and uses just one skein.
The scarf creates a very slight triangular shape by making increases and then decreases on every other right side row.

I recommend weighing your skein prior to starting, this will make life a little easier if you want to use up an entire skein.

CO 4 sts using long tail cast on.

All WS rows: K all sts.

Simple Row: K1, yo, k2tog, k to end of row.

Repeat 'Simple Row' 2 more times.

Increase Row 1: K1, yo, k2tog, k to 1 st before end of row, m1, k1.
Increase Row 2: K1, yo, k2tog, k to end of row

Repeat Increase Rows 1-2 for a total of 27 times, or until you are half way through skein.

Work 'Increase Row 1' once more.

Decrease Row 1: K1, yo, k2tog, k to 3 sts before end of row, k2tog, k1.
Decrease Row 2: K1, yo, k2tog, k to end of row
Repeat Decrease Rows 1-2 until 4 sts remain on needles.

Repeat 'Simple Row' 3 times.

Bind off.