Thursday, January 18, 2018

Tangiers our Year long heirloom

The 2018 year long heirloom is now open and it's for everyone this year. We went up to a size 1 needle and had a 2/28 extra fine lace weight spun up special just for this MKAL. The yarn is amazing, knits really easily due to the construction. We took 70% SW merino wool and 30% silk to add luster and shine, then added beads for sparkle, your going to love it. Come out and play.

WARNING- we had the yarn spun up special for us, there's a very limited amount. If you want in, find a way to get in sooner then later.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Harry Potter & other SM's

Just quickly wanted to pop in and let ya'll know about our new Harry Potter stitch marker set. There's so much involved in it as I purchased items for about a year to get everything together that we needed.
Link to the SM page. Check it out, this is a massive set at a dirt cheap introductory price.
Since we made the initial set we have had to reorder many of the charms already. We have added more charms as well with no additional fee. There are Harry's glasses as well as one with a lightening bolt and the Sword of Gryffindor. These are so popular that I can't keep them instock.  Please allow a few weeks for shipping.
     Also available are two new flower sets, head on over to the SM page and see what you like.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Last Call's

We have a couple of last calls I need to make you aware of so you don't miss out.

Madame Du Pompadour, last call to get yarn in time for MKAL to begin. Also limited quantities on this base, yarn will run out. If you want into the KAL or want more of this yarn, we need to know now.

Fae Yarn Club first quarter needs to be dyed, closing in four days, did you get your spot?

Welcome to 2018, it's going to be a great year as we celebrate the Year of the Grim. Come along, if you dare.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Creative Blocking Solutions

     Hi Kiddies, Chatty Patty has been hanging around so I thought I'd take advantage of the fact and write about something that I've wanted to share for some time. 
    As knitters and crocheters when we finish a project a lot of us will toss them into a basket, box or just into a pile... my, "I'm going to block all those one of these days", piles. This year saw my health decline and I ended up with just such a pile. Poor Kanuck was done about February and sat on a trunk at the foot of the bed for everyone to sit on, the dogs to get their claws into, dirt and who knows, perhaps our nemesis the moth could have gotten to it. Atop that was the Sheepies stole and embroidered CAL that I worked on back in the fall, lastly a bronze Christmas Star which Pixie #1 finished. Mind, these are all excessively awkward in both size and shape. Much of the time blocking in the past involved, vacuuming the carpet, lay down towels and crawling over the floor. Where we'd block a large shawl with wires and T pins before the door sort, of hugging the bed, the largest floor space available. After putting fans on it, the lace ones can dry in 2 hours, much more for these heavy weight shawls. It would have taken too much out of me to do all three, not to mention the time it would entail, probably all day to get three dry, possibly longer.... and there's my nemesis (the moth) to consider, our heirlooms must be protected.
    As I pondered more and different spaces throughout the house I realized the answer wasn't there, we just don't have any floor space remaining. Yes I could have used a bed but we are talking sport weight shawls, lots of water. Yes I could have rolled them into towels and walked the water out and made a few loads of towel laundry. Instead I began to think outside the box and out of doors. 
     There are as many methods of blocking as there are people, well it seems like there are. I knew the approach I wanted to take was to use the shawls natural weight to care for the edges, that I didn't want to pin them out. There's a small picnic table on the back porch, the style that converts into a bench, just a wee thing.
 This year I made two drainage racks using hardware cloth, PVC and foam pipe insulation, they are much like sweater drying nets.
    After securing a few loose threads, I began to wash, hauling my large buckets of wet yarn through the house as they were finished. Miraculously the shawls were no worse for the wear and tear they'd been receiving. No nemesis had turned up for the big send off. 
    Here are the shawls, Kanuck is the blue green which is laid out over the table. Christmas Star is the brown/purple. They were both much larger then the table/mat so they are folded in half. 
For Kanuck, the edges were gently smoothed out until I had the natural border, allowing gravity to weight the edge. Star has sharper points and I pulled each out and allowed it to dry over the cloth, thought about pinning it out but it's really so large to begin with that there's no need.
    The only danger with a folded method is the center back fold must be perfect, otherwise it will end wonky. I'm not terribly fiddly, nor can I stand for long periods, so I slammed these out quickly but I did take time to make sure the back folded well. 
    At this point your seeing creases in the shawl right? They actually had none. Sure there's a bit of a seam down the back but that will wear.
     Finally we have the stole, this puppy is about 80+ inches long. I added a large crochet border while I was using up the yarn plus my gauge might have been a tad off.  For this one I used a shower chair and the edge of the largest Jacuzzi style tub. The shawls so long that it hangs down and almost reaches the bottom on the side you can't see as well as the floor in the front. Yup we make big shawls.

Since posting several people have wanted to see these shawls, Kanuck's pattern is here. 
The kits are hereWe have VERY limited yarn available and it's been discontinued by the manufacturer.

Christmas Star is still being produced, knit and dyed by so many, it too is a lovely shawl from this past year. The pattern is here. We got a lot of call for these shawls, Raven and Dickens for Christmas knitting this year.

     Lastly I just want to make sure ya’ll know how much we love and appreciate, each and every one of you. So much patience, fore bearing and loyalty shown on your part. Not to mention the emotional support, you’ve shown us through the years. I’m very grateful that you have stuck around through my diseases, illness, that horrific short term memory loss, the surgeries, all scary stuff but you allowed us to make amends where needed and keep coming back, it's humbling. I thank you, your all incredible in my book and we all highly esteem (read LOVE), all ya’ll. Thank you for being part of our story. Merry Christmas.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Pantone 2018, Elf Fat, Dog and Harry Potter stitch markers

Hi Kiddies, time for an update before I have to go on forever so much has been happening.

First we give you Ultra Violet, the color of the year per Pantone 2018. Personally I love the hair/glasses combo but we took the color from the photo of the moon. 
Color can be dyed on anything you like. Yarn, Silk scarf, silk ribbon, embroidery ribbon, yarn, roving, any raw fiber, the list goes on.

Madame DuPomp is open we still have 5 goodie bags left, will you get one? Also added into the mix is this portfolio bag I found. Cool right?
We ordered more yarn, it will be in once we get ready to dye this one. We are still making everything so we have slotted dyeing to begin first week of January.

Real big news is that we got a GREAT buy on a sock base, we call it Elf Fat Sock. It's a nice merino/nylon super wash 380 yards/100g and it's now my "go to" yarn for dyeing samples since it just does everything I ask of it. Special Introductory price of just $15.50, trust me the 10 pounds we bought wont last long at this price. As soon as we need to restock it will go up at least three dollars. Time for a sweater right! Along with this base we got in Elf MCN (merino cashmere nylon) in sock weight. This one is on sale for $24 as an intro price. If it sells well we will be replacing the one we currently have. To order either you need to PM me as we haven't had time to load this to the Order Yarn Page.

Along with the new base we have new colors. Glazed is a term which has been bandied about a good deal of late but it's a technique we have been doing forever. Above is Glazed Burgundy, below is Glazed Azure. Both are shown here on our new Elf Fat Sock. Can only be worked on super wash bases. You can order here or PM me.

If you follow us on Facebook and Instagram, see buttons on the right (PC only) you've already seen our keen new dog stitch marker set. Many breeds are represented here and if we run out, we'll replace one with another fun one. Some of them can even stand alone.  

Along with the dog set we are making a new Harry Potter set. First few people to order this set will be getting some fun goodies. One extra is the time turner necklace (really moves) and we found a neat Snitch bracelet, more on that in a few weeks.

If you hang in our Ravelry Group you know that we just gave away a massive amount of yarn. More then enough for a sweater it was a bag and a half. We have another contest going on right now, this one has 12 skeins of yarn up for grabs. Head on over and tell us your favorite shawl shape. The last contest was for the most inspiring photo that we need to turn into yarn. Rise won with this lovely.
Soon as I saw it I knew I had to try to paint it. Sometimes what looks great doesn't translate but we are sure going to try. There were many great photos displayed in that thread. What's fun is that Pixie #1 choose different photos then I did to play with. You can look forward to many more new colors... in both our styles coming out in 2018.

Fae Yarn and Fae Spinning Clubs are now open, be sure to nab your spot. We are keeping this open long enough for you to get your Christmas present funds in, probably closing towards the end of the first week of January. We are going to go to the Grimm realm for inspiration. We each are getting this leather bound book to RAL (read a long) with you all. We are really excited to be working on the following designs for ya'll: Briar Rose, Little Mermaid (yeah not Brothers Grimm but the design!) Seven Sisters (even have several slipper charms already), Hansel & Gretel, Cinderella, Red Riding Hood (Faroese cape! Blood will flow, think the wolf will make an appearance?), Sleeping Beauty and of course Maleficent (I WILL make her bow to the needle). Which one do you want to see the most?

Friday, December 15, 2017

Madame DuPompadour

Finally, we have lift off, the Madame DuPompadour space shuttle is away, you can find it here. Madame Du Pompadour

You wont want to miss this one from the luxury yarn and beads to all the lovelies freebies, fly on over and check it out. We like the lighter colors for this and will do any color you would like to see.  This is a wash of the faintest color, not to be confused with pastels.

Twist page has been reloaded and we have LOADS of scarves which can still get to you in time for Christmas gift giving. You can see these on our Facebook page and Instagram feed. 

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Madame Du Pompadour

Needed to pop in and let you know how the designs are progressing.

To start with Madame Du Pompadour has these amazing materials, 55/45% silk/cashmere blend of yarn with crystals and silver lined beads to make for a high end, luxurious knit. The shawls in test knit but I'm still tinkering with the edging. I know what I want and will work and re-work it until I'm satisfied with it. What with it being a mystery I think I can keep it as such and just say that it's AWESOME! It starts with a pretty flower which marches into Versailleske garden paths, bringing you out to this scalloped ending. SMASHING, no modesty here. This design has the old school Yarn Fairy written all over it. I dug deep for this pattern and I'm very pleased with it. Will set upon the goodies this coming week and open sales shortly thereafter. Then we will get everything pending out the door as well. This coming week will fly.
     The other patterns we have for you are the yearly KAL's. Not sure when these will hit but we are hard at work on them. Baltimore Album Blanket is cruising along at a steady clip but requires some very intensive pattern working in order to make it. This isn't your normal "knit work" but rather an applique blanket. Tangier's is much simpler to chart and the design is still solidifying. That said all the yarn is in stock and inspiring all by itself. We are going back up in both needle (1) and thread size (extra fine lace) to a manageable numbers.
     Upcoming in 2018, we introduce the Year of the Grim, as in Grimm Fairy Tales. Fairy tales the way they were meant to be, a little darker then the Disney versions. We will be bringing you a true "blood" color cape/shawl with a variety of reds to choose from. Can you guess which tale this is from? We've planned and drafted the entire year out, something new for us but with the work load, entirely necessary. This will keep us moving along at a nice clip and still allow for life's interruptions and other designers KAL's.
All in all, ending and beginning the years with a bang. We hope you'll all attend, enjoy. YF