Friday, August 30, 2013

Buttons!

WHO KNEW! I had no idea I could make buttons. :-)
These lovely little guys can be made in the following colors:


  • pale blue





  • light purple
  • violet
  • pink









  • dark pink orange
  • yellow
  • light blue

Any color bead can be added to perfectly match your garments.  The flowers are 11x7mm and as you can see from the top photo there is a small post which is large enough to have a tapestry needle pulled through.  A great, polished ending to your project.  $2.50 per half dozen.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Sneak Peeks

I just can't stop myself!  I HAD GOT TO SHARE or bust!
Here's a tiny peek at the shawlette for Creature,,,, LOVE IT!  Remember all of the patterns are free when you purchase just one skein of yarn.  If you want a longer skein PM me at wmdress @ sbcglobal.net after placing your order and I will make it happen. Those ridges, end in claws!  Which have DAGGERS for nails YUM!  See the dagger? I love my critters.
Come on! HOW could I NOT share this! BLOOD red for the Bat which is the October KAL.  Speaking of which I loaded the page and posted some super cute bats.     I'm going to copy the following and put it up on the Bat KAL page as well.  Here are the freebies.  ONE super fortunate person will receive this, one of a kind, necklace.
Everybody will receive a little friend.  This is my Samurai guy. 
Isn't he adorable with his little punkie head!  I just love him.  If I run out,,, then you will get a boy or a girl... IF I run out of Punkie here.
     SEE! I HAD to share!  The meanie little "can't share" girl was STOMPED down,,, hard!  :-)  NOTE: orders will not begin until some time in September, I just HAD to share the freebie at least.  

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Catching Up

     As promised here's a photo of the "Lil Soldiers" before they were deployed.  This is only part of them as the Internationals had already shipped at this point and I'd already started packing before I realized that I had not taken the photo.  Cest La Vie, you can at least see how terribly cute they all are.  I'm going to put all the rest of the left over yarns together and see if they can't kit and I will post them on the Twist page after I have played with them.  Gradient yarns to follow.
     Last time round dyeing I did a custom of some fiber, super wash merino pencil roving.  Stuff's a dream to dye.  These are not great photos but here you have a Thunder Storm, complete with a bit of lighting.

And a Deep Saturated Rainbow

     Several bike races are coming up, one of them in Spain.  We are gearing up to pedal away again.  Come join us! In post #130 I have links to the different races that are coming up.
     Our children are very good to me, the other day we had Thanksgiving in August! ;-) 
We all adore turkey so this is for the wee ones and here they are enjoying the feast.

     For the longest time a color has been haunting me, I keep trying to get it each time we dye and it's still alluding me.  It's very close to the blue in the windows here but just not quite it.  It's deep, dark, blues with hints of brightness in it like the frame and panes in this terrible photo.
Not all the orange but all the window and frame... sigh.  One of these days I'm going to NAIL that color and go nutter once I do.
     On the design front I have been churning out patterns.  Pixie String was published at the end of the KAL.  Fae Festival is lined up and ready to begin next Wednesday with the final patterns already polished!  Miracle that!  Our patterns have never been finalized going INTO a KAL.  
     Behind the scenes we are working on a great many patterns.  There's a small army of test knitters for the Hand Paints book.  Some are working on socks, gloves, hat and shawls while many are waiting to work the silk top.  It has a "choose your own ending" but everyone runs up to it in the same manner from the bottom up through the back.  Then we all diverge and take different paths on the front neckline and sleeves.  All are working in our silk hand paints so this should be very interesting.
     In addition to the many designs in that book there are the 4 designs for Creature Feature which seem to be turning into 5?  I'm not sure but that eBook will be our first and it will be free to everyone who purchases a skein of the yarn.  There's socks, wristers, long gloves and a hat.  Today though a cowl thingy has been screaming to be let out of the box.  ;-)  We shawl see.  (PIN)

Ongoing test knits:

  • Josette's long silk stockings - are very long and in the test process.  I can not wait to share these with you.  I promise you, they will be well worth the wait.  Beaded in both 8 and size 11 beads.
  • Seaweed long stockings - in our Deluxe fingering weight which look just like the Pacific Coast seaweed kelp bed I was stuck in when I was in my late teens.  SO NOT something you want to swim through.  YUCK
  • Floral lace stockings - again with the stockings.  Hey, winter is coming and we need to be kept warm under our skirts.  These have a floral pattern and would look smashing in a long gradient yarn.

     Upcoming KAL for October is The Bat, he's in the sample process and will be hitting the TKers here as soon as I can get through to the last charts.  The shape of course is bat wing! What else!  Fully loaded with beads and nummy themes throughout!  I don't want to spoil it for you so I'm not sure how much I should share.  I can share that there's blood dripping off of the edge! ;-)
         OH one more thing.  I feel in love with a beaded bracelet at Earthfaire and decided that I needed to make a slew of them so I purchased a mass of shell beads.
     Far too many as you can see from the above collage but it will be fun to pull my own beads and silk to match and make it up in my own colors.  I keep thinking of a black one, hence the bottom right photo along with rainbow AB seed beads.   The photo one in from the right on the bottom would look smashing with all the iris beads I have so this should be fun.  Then too, I love blue and have several blue silks as well as far too many blue beads so this will be fun to play with.  I'm going to go dig in now and start pulling all my goodies together as these take much more then seed beads and shells.
      I'm probably forgetting something but that's everything that my eyes can see.  Hope you have a great weekend.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Socks and Tops

     So many people have trouble with Single Sock Syndrome AKA SSS.  I did myself after cranking out about 4 socks which had no mates I was determined to do better!  Prior to this I was very comfortable with my method, top down on lovely wooden DPNs.  I loved watching the sock churn down, loving the color changes in the hand painted or self striping yarn.  I adored the feel of the wood on my hands and the subtle tick of the wood on wood.  BUT my beloved socks were not getting finished.  Or they would be finished but come out a bit short or long here or there since I couldn't try them on without jumping through hoops.  Then too, once I'm done with something I'm done... so single socks started to line up all over the place.  Literally as I cut out a sock blank from cardboard and photographed them for a competition.



I knew these would never get mates so I learned toe up, two at a time. It was a learning curve, you betcha!  BUT I have come up with the perfect socks which do not constrict over the ankle nor are you walking on rice.  It took a few years but I really love my socks now.  After years of testing and drawers full of socks I now have the perfect pattern.  I need to share this pattern with everyone though.  I would love to help people who have been driven from socks due to SSS to get back to them again.  I am attempting to help newbies to toe up, two at a time socks,,, not just to work them but to actually work them well, socks that fit and are so wearable you will walk holes in them.  Socks you love so well that you will want to work on socks all throughout the year.  I am now back to loving my socks and now I can watch TWO of them churn off of my needles at once instead of just the one.  I can see the colors changing and have double the fun now.
     There are a great many sock and stocking patterns in me, all screaming to be let out.  I work them all toe up for both a perfect fit and to use up all the yarn. I NEED to share them all with everyone but first I need to know what YOU need to know.  I also need to know what you need to see. What items will you need visual aid for?  I can do this via, photos, diagrams and video's but will need input on exactly "where" you want to see these things happening. Help me to know what you need to know, what do you have trouble with and exactly where are you having the trouble.  I have attempted to put questions into this database to stir your thoughts. Please feel free to type as much as you can into this wee thing to give me more input so that I can produce something you will use.
      Another item we are attempting to nail down a pattern for is bottom up in the round tops. As you know I have already produced a top pattern in this manner but omitted sizing and full instruction. Well, we are working on a top for the Hand Paints book. I don't want to leave anything out and again would like your input. The questions are just to get you thinking add as much as you can think of into the database.  The more questions I get the more thorough the patterns will be.
     Thank you for your input all questions will be fielded and addressed in the books and patterns which are forth coming.  WHOPPEE!  Great patterns that everyone will be able to use and get you all working on silk tops and stocking YEAH!  You are going to love your silk stockings!  Trust me, my sample is almost finished and they are lovely!