Shawl-length Russian Rainbow yarn

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The above photo shows a machine-knit “sock blank” of 100 grams (463 yards) of 75% superwash merino, 25% nylon fingering-weight yarn, dyed in my Russian Rainbow colorway.  Knit as a scarf, cowl or small shawl, you are going to have much wider stripes than you would with my regular Russian Rainbow yarn, in which color segments are only 4 or 5 feet long!  I’m excited to see what people will create with it, once they purchase it from my shop

20180429_150246In this second photo, a skein of the shawl-length Russian Rainbow has been wound into a ball and is sitting on top of the stack.  Next to it is a sprinkled skein of my normal sock yarn, “Rainbow Sprinkles Birthday Cake.”  Beneath that are two self-striping skeins I haven’t dyed in a while, Russian Fairy Tale and Dark Anchorage Autumn.  In the lower left is a hand-painted colorway I also have not dyed in a while, Forget-me-not.  See them all in my shop.

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Fall Yarns and a Fun Tote

Two self-striping sock yarn colorways are now available in my shop:  Fall Colors (with Plum), which is on the left, and Dark Anchorage Autumn on the right.

For eye candy, I included photos of a tote bag I made in July for a fundraiser for the Alaska Sudan Medical Project  The colorful designs were created by printing with food onto white fabric.  It was a lot of fun and a therapeutic activity on a dark winter day.  The wavy red lines at the top of the tote in the last picture were created by edges of (uncooked) lasagne noodles.

Etsy Shop Update and Newborns in Need

I have just updated my etsy shop with about 20 skeins of superwash sock yarn.20170713_110450

I returned recently from 6 weeks in Europe, primarily in Germany, where I improved my language skills at the Goethe Institute, but also a week in Switzerland.  It was amazing, of course.  Upon my return a week ago I dove into yarn-dyed and creating memorial envelopes for the local chapter of Newborns in Need.  The primary goal of Newborns in Need is to provide a bag of supplies to parents of newborns who have absolutely nothing for their new baby. Usually these bags contain at least one handmade item, such as a knit hat, a crocheted blanked or a hand-sewn changing pad.  A secondary goal of Newborns in Need is to provide items for parents of deceased infants, which is my special interest.  Currently I am making multiples of the item shown below, an envelope that parents can use to keep birth and death certificates and other small items such as a hospital bracelet, photos, a lock of hair, etc.  The primary materials I use for these envelopes come from donated wedding dresses.  If you want to put your sewing, knitting or crocheting skills to good use, go to the website to find and then contact your local chapter.20170712_063129

Sprinkle-dyed Sock Yarn

As I wind down from dyeing for LYSs, I’ve dyed some yarn from my sadly-neglected etsy shop.  I’ve especially enjoyed sprinkle-dyeing, perhaps because the results are always a bit different.  It’s impossible to control exactly where the specks of dye will land, and impossible to know which of the specks of moss green will release a little orange, and which specks of lavender will release a little fuchsia.

In some of the skeins, I immersion-dye the yarn first.  In one colorway, “Glacier Cruise,” I’ve sprinkled the dye onto a white skein.  In my shop, I’ve described the process a bit more in each listing.

The first shot includes Fireweed and Dog Sled Team yarns, hand-painted in the traditional way–well, traditional for me, which involves using a medicine dropper.

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I guess “hand-squirted” doesn’t convey the same feeling as “hand-painted,” although no one actually uses a paintbrush.

The final photo shows all the yarn currently available in my shop–the bottom row consisting of self-striping sock yarn.

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