Thursday, March 22, 2012

Custom Stripes

Recently I had a chance to do a really fun custom order of mini skeins. The inspiration was my Wild Iris colorway but we also needed six 1oz skeins of semi solids. I decided to go with the three predominant colors in the colorway and do a light and dark version of each.
Here are the six jars of different mini skeins for a striped dress

Dried and ready to go!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Portland Yarn Crawl 2012

Yesterday I had the privilege of having a trunk show at Wynona Studios . I first met JJ at Sock Summit last year, she approached me to talk about consigning some of my yarn at her shop. I instantly liked her, she was so kind and friendly and disarming. I was really stressed at my first show and it made me feel so amazing to have a store owner think that my yarn is awesome!
I think her shop is one of my favorites, mainly because I already have all the yarn in the world, but I can still find all kinds of goodies that I wouldn't be able to find in a conventional yarn store. The space itself is very open and bright, the overhead skylight really lights up the place even on a dreary day. There are lots of sofas to sit on and relax, and with a coffee shop right next door I know I could spend the whole day there (as I saw many patrons do yesterday!).

She also has an impressive button collection, lately I've been on a big button kick and I find it so relaxing to dig through jars filled with color coordinated buttons.

The crawl itself went without a hitch. I saw lots and lots and lots of people. I even met someone who lives two blocks down the road from me!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Rustic Rambouillet

I wanted to spruce up (and brand) Mountain Meadow Rambouillet. After knitting with this yarn base for over five years I am still convinced that it is one of the best worsted weight yarns out there. I wouldn't try to do fine lace with it. But it's definitely the front runner for anything warn, cozy, and sturdy. I have a sweater I made for Elliot that now has been passed down to Reid, and I swear the sweater gets better with age. I have never had issues machine washing my Rambouillet (still wash at your own risk!!!) over time the knitting becomes more dense, but not enough to call it felting. And certainly not enough to alter the size and fit.
I seem to have misplaced the photos of Elliot in the sweater. I'll have to update the post once I find them.