This summer has been rolling along: steadily, quietly. I've finally managed to start knitting some things in my queue. These Tiny Pants by Megan Goodacre (Ravelried here) were made from about 1/3 a skein of my blackberry-dyed alpaca/merino/silk DK for my dear friend's baby niece, and oh, my, are they snuggly :) I love that yarn. I love that color. I won't be able to do another blackberry dye batch until next summer, but I'm going to try and approximate the color this fall with a cutch + logwood combination, which I think will be pretty close. I also started Orlane's textured shawl recipe in the same yarn, using Karen's instructions for getting started, which were incredibly helpful. I'm trying to catalogue and organize the different yarn bases I use in my shop, both hand-spun and mill-spun, so I can get things straight on my Ravelry page and hopefully start wholesaling in September. If there's a yarn store near you that you would like to see carry my yarns, do tell me about it, and I will reach out to them!
The next batch of yarn I'm planning to release (next week) will be all marigold dyed. Maybe fifty skeins? I just can't bear to let the summer end without preserving more of that sunshine gold :) After that, I'll probably do a big batch of pokeberry dye, and then maybe some indigo. Beth and I are gearing up for our big trip to Australia in September…we'll be gone for the first fifteen days of the month, and I'm realizing that summer will be dwindling down to nothing by the time we return. I am so looking forward to the trip, and to meeting all the workshop participants and partners. And I'm especially looking forward to all the eucalyptus dyeing we'll be doing…such vivid and surprising colors, from plum to rust to gold to silver-green!
- Love this beautifully photographed toe-up socks tutorial.
- This Tsubasa pattern by Michelle Wang, next on my to-knit list.
- Have you heard of the Stellar app? Oh gosh, so fun. Too fun. Beth and I drank too much coffee this weekend and made this one. She's made two other beautiful stories since then. Oh, the possibilities...
- If you are in or near Nashville, I'm teaming up with Allison of Shutters & Shuttles to do a relaxing Sunday afternoon branch weaving workshop in conjunction with Anna Maria Horner's latest project, Craft South! This is going to be so much fun…Allison is the expert weaver, and I'll be providing all the yarn. We will learn about different types of fibers and natural dyes, various weaving patterns, and everyone will go home with a beautiful and unique work of art. Tickets are available here if you're interested!