A test knit reveal and more

Hi there,

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you are doing good and that you had a nice weekend, maybe even a prolonged weekend if you live in the US. Back here in France school has started again and I’m happy to get back into the routine. When working from home, I admit that it is way easier when the kids are at school than having them all 3 at the home. Even if they are not very young. So seeing everyone return to school feels good:)

I had a sale in my shop over the weekend and if you purchased anything I would like to thank you for your support. It means a lot to me. I’m still pondering whether to continue or not. Selling on Etsy is a challenge and if I want to have a chance of continuing I will have to get my own ecommerce website and launch a crowdfunding project to get the necessary funds to set up a new website and purchase new yarn bases and other items indispensable to running the shop in a productive way. I’m not sure whether that is a reasonable thing to do or if  people are not willing to support/fund another indie dyer. There are so many dyers out there and even if we usually say there is a place for everyone, the market is already well supplied in indie dyed yarn and so a project like mine might not awake interest. I’m still thinking this over and I just might launch a Kickstarter campaign. After all either I won’t make my goal and nothing happens or I do make my goal and get to fulfill my dream. I will keep you updated of course.

Now onto knitting. As the title of today’s post says, I’m about to reveal one of my test knits. So as I told you before, I was test knitting 2 cardigans and a pair of socks. I have just finished the first cardigan and the pattern has now been released on Ravelry.

This new pattern is called Tommelise and the designer er Agata known as Amanitaknits. I have already knit a number of her patterns and this is the third time I test knit for her so I feel I can recommend her patterns without a second thought.

This time it is a fingering weight cardigan. The pattern is meant more for spring/summer/early autumn wear as it is rather short and has 3/4 length sleeves. The pattern is easy to follow and what can be called a potato chipy knit. The cardigan is knit in one piece so no sewing but a lot of purling. But that’s ok. If you don’t like purling, just look at this as your chance to work on your purling speed or why not learn to knit backwards and work on that while doing the cardigan.

I knit mine using my SOX yarn base which is a 75/25 merino/nylon yarn that I hand dyed myself is a lovely red brique color. Almost a Harry Potter red.

I did choose to modify the pattern slightly. This is the first time I ask to modify the pattern as I’m test knitting. I wanted the cardigan to be longer, the body that is. I also wanted full length sleeves. So my changes include: a longer body, longer sleeves including a longer cuff.

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Here are a few pictures of me wearing the cardigan. I actually finished this twice! What happened was that I knit the sleeves very long and after washing and blocking the cardigan, I ended up with VERY long sleeves. Too long. So I ripped back and reknit just the cuff and now it fits perfectly.

I think this pattern is beautiful and if you live someplace where the weather is mild; I would definitely recommend following the pattern to the T. I chose to lengthen the cardigan because I usually wear this type of garment in winter over a tshirt.

I really love the finished item and I’m so happy to have finished. Now I only have one cardigan and two pairs of socks for test knitting! Yes! two socks! I just accepted a  new sock knitting test knit 🙂

In other knitting related news. I have started both Mkals; the What the Fade by Andrea Mowry and the Road to Rhinebeck by Mina Phillip.  I was surprised by how short Clue 1 was in the Road to Rhinebeck shawl. It took less than an hour to finish, maybe as little as half an hour so not much to share with you.

I’m still working on Clue 1 for the What the Fade mkal. I was happy to see that it is at least partly in brioche and I’m just over half done with clue 1. For this kal I splurged and  purchased an entire Fade kit! 6 entire skeins of fingering weight yarn from Dragon Hoard Yarns on Etsy.  I’m very excited about this project as I’m a fan of Andrea’s patterns so I’m pretty sure this will be amazing not to mention of epic proportions seeing the quantity of yarn!

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How gorgeous are these yarns?! I’m using them from the top down, that is the brown skein at the top is my color A and the bottom white and speckled skein is my yarn F.

And this is where I’m at now

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According to the pattern, the first (darker) picture is the front/right side. I however think brioche can be used either side and like both equally much so far. Of course the pattern may not be entirely in brioche and so the darker side will have to be the front. We’ll see. I’m going to try my best to keep up with the clues and try not to fall behind as that might lead to me being discouraged and casting on a gazillion new things rather than catch up!

If you are doing these kals, I’d love to hear what you think so far and if you’d like to share pictures I’d love to see your versions.

This is all for today. I’ll be back soon with a super exciting new post full of pictures from Iceland’s first ever yarn crawl! I was not lucky enough to participate myself but a cousin of mine who lives in Iceland and is a great knitter, did attend and she sent me tons of pictures to share with you all and I think you will enjoy seeing those. Depending on time, I might post later this week. If times runs out on me, then this coming weekend.

Until then, thank you for stopping by and I wish you all a wonderful week with plenty of knitting:)

Art work and knitting for peace

Hi there, here I am again. Today is just a short post to share two things with you. First I wanted to tell you about this Project Peace on Ravelry. It is a free pattern for a fingering weight cowl by The Healthy Knitter. This is a kal and it begins on December 1st. The idea is to knit a round or more each day and to cast off by December 21st. The objective is to get as many people as possible to focus on peace for 21 days and so they are calling this a peace-a-long. At the moment I believe there are over 13 thousand participants and so I thought it would be fun to join them. You can download the pattern on Ravelry to take part. I haven’t yet chosen my yarn but I will later today probably because I really want to cast on on time. If you too are joining in this project, I’d love to know and if you want to share your yarn and or your progress with me please feel free to leave a comment with a picture or a link to your Ravelry project page.

Now on to New Acquisitions! Of course I already have EVERYTHING a knitter could possible need and more but that does not deter me from purchasing more! I do need to exercise more self-control where knitting related purchases are involved. I’m even contemplating a yarn diet in 2017 and only knit from stash! But that is a huge decision so I need to think about that some more before I commit to something like that publicly.

Now what does a knitter that has it all, buy? Well, extra special things! Things out of the ordinary! Handmade things!

So, there is this lady or rather this artist that I follow on Instagram and she is called Ann Tudor. Ann is a glass artist and she creates amazing stitch markers, project keepers and jewelry  with glass, I think this is called lampwork. I have been drawling over her sheepy stitch markers for a while and this November I finally gave in and decided it was time for me to actually have some!

And what made that first purchase from Ann a little more special was that I’m her first ever client in France:) That was a fun little factoid:)

Ann has her own website www.anntudor.com I urge you to check out. She has a lot of gorgeous stitch markers and what is perfect is that you can choose the type of marker you want –  a round one, a lobster clasp etc depending on wether you are a knitter or a crocheter. Frankly when I browse her website, I want it all!

But I did manage some self control and I purchased two things, a set of sheep stitch markers and a Christmas project keeper. Both the stitch markers and the project keeper are fabulous. They are so well made and so delicate it is amazing to me what she is able to achieve using glass.  Now I’m sure you are impatient to discover what it was that I actually purchased so here are the pictures.

 

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Don’t you just adore the little sheep? And the Christmas project keeper really gets one in the holiday spirit! So if you are looking for a little something for yourself or if your husband or family are at a loss for what to give you for Christmas, you can now direct them to Ann’s shop:)

I  contacted Ann and asked her to tell us a little bit about herself and her business and here is her story:

I have always worked with my hands. I worked in the dental field for 30 years working as an assistant and orthodontic lab technician. I had a jewelry business for many years during that time.

  I learned how to make lampwork glass beads from a two hour class at a local stained glass store. The process used is to take rods of colored glass, melt them in a torch and shape the molten glass into shapes. 

 I loved it and ended up making beads that I sold to other jewelry designers. Eventually my glass items morphed into sculptural pieces. I make glass fish and sea creatures which I put into glass vessels and make them look like aquariums.

In September 2015, I was asked make stitch markers from some of my glass jewelry charms by a knitwear designer. I had no idea how much that request would totally change my world! After some tweaking and testing, my stitch markers were released in October, 2015 and it has been such an amazing adventure!

My first set started out with 1 black sheep and 5 white sheep. This is still my most popular set. Then added pigs, cats, hearts, and owls. Now there are several holiday sets, many types of animals and even ice cream cones. I have a list of requests and suggestions people have made. I periodically add new items. All the markers are available with two ring sizes or crochet clasp option.  

In 2017 I will be releasing a new product line that I am extremely excited about. As with most of my items, it came from a client request. I will be adding Glass Ring Markers. My stitch markers that have a glass design dangling from them have a soldered metal ring. These will be all glass and have no dangle. My hope to have them available in three sizes and a multitude of color options. Stay tuned for more on that!

Also in 2017 I am going to start a podcast! Hopefully it will begin in January. Anyone interested in finding out more can sign up for my email list. http://www.anntudor.com/content/email-list-sign 

The fiber community is such a giving and wonderful space! I have met wonderful knitters, crocheters, designers, dyers, weavers, spinners, and more! I feel fortunate to be involved.  My website is http://www.anntudor.com. 



ps– I’m not affiliated in any way with Ann Tudor nor am I getting paid for sharing her information. I just love her work and I really wanted to share that with you and as we are coming up to Christmas I thought it was a good fit as well for those of us looking for Christmas gifts for family and friends.

So that’s it for today. I’ll be back soon because there’s more to share! So until next time, enjoy your knitting, crochet, spinning, weaving etc

Fandom, babies and Halloween

Hi there, how are you today? I hope you are doing good and that you had a nice weekend. I’m doing good, a little tired because I worked the evening shift yesterday and I will again this evening so I might sneak in a little nap between now and then just to be sure I will make it through my shift:)

Now you may be wondering what this post is all about, seeing the title. Well, it has to do with new projects and yarns.

First the fandom. I’m not a fandom knitter myself and I’m not a huge fan of films such as Harry Potter or the Game of Thrones series etc, however my older daughter is! She has always appreciated my hand knits and is one of my most knit worthy people so when she asks me to knit her something I always say yes.

So this past weekend, she asked if I would knit her a Harry Potter scarf in the Griffindor (I hope that’s how it’s spelled in English) colours. I did not have any dyed up so I chose a gorgeous Aran weight merino, cashmere, nylon yarn and set about creating the Harry Potter colours and I’m pretty proud of the results.

harry potter yarn What do you think? My daughter loves them and thinks they are the perfect colour so that’s most important.

I looked on Ravelry to see what others had knit in terms of scarfs and then cast on. I saw a free pattern where you knit *30 rows in the main color and then do 4 rows of gold/yellow, 4 rows of the main color, 4 rows of the gold/yellow * and repeat that through out. And that’s what I’m doing, or I might do more than 30 rows between the striped sections because she wants this to be quite long. I’m not sure yet, I’ll decide once I’ve done the next 30 rows. So here’s where I’m at now

harry potter scarf

This is going to be one looooong stockinette scarf! I was thinking of doing brioche just to keep it somewhat interesting but she wants this to be plain stockinette. I hope I won’t loose steam halfway through!

When she asked me to knit this scarf, I remembered that I actually owned a digital copy of the Unofficial Harry Potter knits magazine published by Interweave a few years ago. And I have never knit anything from it and I think I have not even actually read it! Shame on me! Anyway, I told here about that and downloaded the magazine to my ipad for her to look at. Boy did she love what she saw! She ordered 7 items from that magazine so there will be some fandom knitting in my future! She chose 2 socks, a shawl, a vest, a cardigan and a shawl and one more thing I don’t remember! I’m not sure when I’ll be able to knit her all these things as I already have a ton of wips I need to finish and another ton of MUST knits waiting for me to cast on!  I’ll try to knit on these in between my current and future selfish knits:)

So this made me wonder, are you a fandom knitter? Do you buy fandom inspired yarns and patterns? I’d love to hear from you on that if you care to share 🙂

Last week I showed you pictures of the Audrey cardigan by Jane Richmond that I’m knitting using a new to me yarn base in merino single ply. Well I’ve made good progress and I think I’ll finish the body by tomorrow evening and hopefully I’ll pick up the stitches for the first sleeve immediately after that.

I really love the yarn and how it knits up and the cardi is going to be beautiful. There just might be one little problem; I think I may be knitting a size too big.

I’m very tall and not skinny so I usually always go for the biggest size or the XL and that is what I did here. Of course I did NOT do a gauge swatch! but just cast on blindly and hoped for the best! Well, last night I tried the cardigan on and I saw that it was quite “roomy” and when I looked at the pattern I saw it is supposed to have 1″ negative ease! Well I think I have 2-3″ positive ease!

I checked my gauge last night and it turns out I’m spot on where gauge is concerned so it really is a problem of wrong size. But I’m way too far on now to even contemplate ripping back so this will just be a roomier version of the Audrey cardigan! I might have to cast on for a second one with negative ease as intended for in the pattern in the future!

Here are some pictures I took this morning to show you.

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ps- my mobile cover is home made by my youngest 🙂

So what do you think? I think it will be ok and instead of just wearing this alone or on top of a t-shirt, I’ll be able to wear a long sleeved t-shirt under this making this more of a winter garment. I think (hope) this will be fine. And more importantly, I hope this will teach me ONCE AND FOR ALL to do a gauge swatch for one and second to READ the size instructions and measurements AND compare to my size and measurements!

Are you like me? Do you just choose a size you think will fit and then just knit on hoping for the best? Or are you a serious knitter that does a gauge swatch and chooses the RIGHT size to knit from that? Any hints and advice on how to become a serious knitter will be much appreciated:)

And babies? Why do I mention babies in the title? I don’t have any babies, at least not officially as my youngest is 10 so not really a baby any more. Well, last week I watched Mina’s latest podcast (The Knitting Expat) and she revealed that she is expecting! That was such happy news and I could just see the happiness in her eyes! And she showed all the little baby things she has been knitting and they all look so cute and tiny! It immediately made me want to knit for a baby! Lucky me, a cousin of mine is expecting his first child this December. A little girl! Not to mention, my brothers youngest will celebrate her 1st birthday this October so I have 2 babies to knit for!

So I decided I’d cast on for the future baby first. I went on Ravelry and spent hours looking through patterns. I’m thinking I’ll knit her a pair of socks, a hat and some mittens and maybe a cardigan too. I also found a pattern for some super cute and cozy looking leggings that I’d love to knit. But as I do not have 48h days, I have only cast on for the socks so far.

And I’ve only done the toe of sock 1. Not much of a progress yet but here’s a picture so you see the colours I’ve chosen. I’m going to do a tube sock and am loosely basing this on the Tube Socks for Children by Jane Richmond (yes the one that designed the Audrey cardigan). I cast on 40 stitches and I’m knitting on 2mm needles. I’m going to do the toe and cuff in this chocolate brown color and the main part of the sock will be this nice pink with a little fair isle pattern using the chocolate brown every now and then.

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That’s about all I’m knitting on this week.

Now on to Halloween. I’ve seen that a lot of dyers are dyeing up Halloween inspired yarns and people are knitting Halloween socks and so I decided I’d try my hand at that. I have dyed up  a few sock sets using my SOX base which is 75/25 merino nylon. You get 2 skeins, the main colour has 200m and the complimentary colour/skein for toes, heels and cuff has 160m. That is enough for an adult sized sock or maybe 2 pairs of shorties depending on the size you knit. I’ll be putting these up for sale in my Etsy shop today and hopefully these will sell. I’m thinking I’ll do something similar for Christmas because I know I enjoy knitting Christmas socks and I know I’m not alone:)

So here are some pictures of my Halloween yarns. I’d love to hear what you think, if you like the colours  or not. Constructive criticism is always good.

Trick or Treat yarn

I’m calling this set Trick or Treat. The main color is a mix of orange and black and the purple is the complimentary color.

abracadabra set

This one I’m calling Abracadabra. The main colour is the purple with green speckles and the orange is the complimentary colour.

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And this last one is called Candy Corn. The main color is the orange and gold and the green color is the complimentary one. This colourway will produce small stripes, depending on the number of stitches and gauge. I’m going to knit up some sample to show people how this knits up. I think that if you knit 56 to 60 stitches you will get stripes but if you cast on 72 you will get more of a variegated effect.

These were fun to dye and I look forward to coming up with a similar concept for some Christmas inspired yarns.

Well, that’s all for today. I’ve got some yarn to wind up and an Etsy shop to update:) I hope you have a wonderful week and get lots of knitting time to make it even better. I’ll be back soon and until then take care and happy knitting 🙂

 

Have I become sweater/cardigan crazed????

Well, the answer to that question just might be “YES! my dear yes you have!!”

I don’t know if it is the happiness of having cast off the body of my Snowflake sweater or what but I find myself completely drawn to patterns of sweaters and cardigans and I imagine myself wrapping myself up in some gorgeous hand made sweaters and cardis! Might be the onset of winter and need to feel warm and cozy. Are you by any chance experiencing the same thing?

I usually “only” knit socks, mittens, shawls and cowls so this is a new sensation for me. And I’ve been buying A LOT of patterns on Ravelry in the last week! So I hope my sweater/cardigan phase will last for a while as I really need to knit them all up.

The thing about such big projects is that you need at least 5 or more skeins and all my stash is built up for my other knitting passion, that is just 1-2 skeins of the same thing. This means that I either have to buy new yarn or dye some up myself. I’ve decided to dye myself and that way I’ll be able to share on Ravelry and maybe, just maybe, someone out there will like the look of my yarn and want to buy some! So this could actually be a smart business solution (and not just a crazy knitter who doesn’t know what to do with her money). See, I knew I was not loosing my mind but being business savvy:)

Now, on to sharing. Let me introduce to you the patterns that I’ve chosen (so far…)

The first cardigan pattern I bought is Cloud Bay by Lete’s Knits

www.knittinginfrance.com I think this is a beautiful and yet simple cardigan that can be worn with almost anything and I see myself using this a lot in the winter and even all year round as I love to wear a tshirt and a cardi over that. So I’m going to knit this one for myself.

And then there are all the patterns I bought from Joji Locatelli on Ravelry ( all the patterns were bought on Ravelry).

The first two patterns are not sweaters or cardigans but a cowl and a shawl.

www.knittinginfrance.com This is the Three Color Cashmere cowl I’m going to dye my own yarn for this and I’m going to use the same colors as shown here because I think they are super nice.

www.knittinginfrance.com This is the In The Moment shawl and I’ve actually cast on for this as this is going to be one of my travel knits next week.

www.knittinginfrance.com  These are the colors I’m usingwww.knittinginfrance.com and this is how far I’ve gotten – I’m not going to knit more on this until I actually leave.

And now on to the sweater and cardigans.

First is the Bello Sweater

www.knittinginfrance.com Simply gorgeous I think

Then we have The Traveller Tunic

www.knittinginfrance.com I’ve seen pictures of this a bit longer where it’s almost a dress. I think I’ll make mine a bit longer and wear it with a pair of leggings.

And then there is the Gather Together cardigan

www.knittinginfrance.com I really love the yoke on this one. I also see myself wearing this a lot

And the last one I bought from Joji is the Looking Back sweater

www.knittinginfrance.com This sweater is buttoned up all the back and I’m not sure if I’ll do that or if I’ll improvise and do a full back.

And last but not least, I noticed that some of my favorite podcasters were talking about this “featherweight cardigan” and I actually thought it was just any cardigan only knit in fingering or lace yarn, but it turns out it is an actual pattern called Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig. After seeing this cardi on their podcasts and on Ravelry I of course was not able to resist and bought the pattern.

www.knittinginfrance.com I’ve seen different versions of this on Ravelry where people have made it longer than the pattern calls for and I think i just might do that too. This is actually the pattern I’m going to start with and I’m going to make 2! I think! I’m going to start with one for my sisters Christmas gift. The pattern can be knit in either lace weight or fingering and for my sister I’m doing lace weight. I’m dyeing the yarn as I’m writing this. I chose my merino, silk, stellina base which is not only gorgeously soft but super beautiful too. I’m dyeing her yarn in a gray/mauve color. A mix of colors I came up with and think looks super cool (not sure I’ll be able to replicate but I’ll try). And once her’s is done I hope I’ll cast on one for myself too. It really looks nice.

And before I say good-bye, are you into KAL’s? Would you be interested in a little fun and informal knit a long for one of these sweater/cardigan patterns? Maybe we could organise something like that and share our pictures and progress and help each other out if needed, either here on the blog or I could create a thread on Ravelry. Let me know what you think of that.

Well, that’s all for today. Enjoy your weekend and I hope you get lots of time to resource yourself and knit and crochet and spin some.

Until next time, take care:)

A little bit of this and that, some self pity an FO and some WIP

Hi there how are you today? I’m doing fine, really looking forward to the weekend! I feel I have a million things to do and never the time to do them so as my husband will be away this weekend I’m thinking I’ll be able to organise my time as I wish (mostly) and hopefully I’ll get a number of things off my to do list!

I’ve been doing some dyeing this week and sharing my pictures on Instagram and I’ve had quite a nice feedback from my followers but in spite of that I came within an inch of chucking everything!

It’s not always easy to hang onto a dream, especially when that dreams comes with a hefty price tag and is loooooooong on giving anything back financially speaking. And not having the support necessary to continue can push one over the brink! So or 2 days I thought about just giving it up, closing the shop and just maintain my knitting blog and just enjoy knitting and dyeing for myself. Ok I do have some leftover stock from the shop: yarns, needles and accessories that I would not know what to do with (well maybe I would just use them myself but I admit I do have way too many stitch markers and other small accessories to just use on my own) but maybe that would just be the solution. Just stop everything, take my losses and make the best of it. At least I tried, for 4 years!

But after 2 days of self pity and worry, I decided NO! This summer I decided that I was going to try until the end of 2015 and only then would I take a decision of whether or not I would continue. And so I’m going to stick with that decision and give it my EVERYTHING and more until December 31st 2015 and only then will I make up my mind!

Having taken that decision, I went ahead and ordered some more yarn to dye. I was hesitant to put out that much money but I’ve dyed up almost all the yarn I had left so if I really want to try I had to reinvest again/one last time!

This weekend I’m going to reskein and label the yarns I’ve prepped and I’m also going to take pictures and hopefully I’ll even get around to listing them for the reopening of the shop. I was going to launch my own independent ecommerce shop but finally I think I will put that on the back burner and only if I make it past December 31st will I make that investment. This means that my relaunch of the shop will not be as “big” as I had planned on but hopefully my clients will still like what they will see then!

Enough of wallowing! No more sad thoughts and self pity! On to something more fun.

Like I said above I’ve been doing some dyeing and here are some pictures.

www.knittinginfrance.com   This is DK yarn in some bright and fun colors I think

www.knittinginfrance.com  My lace in the sparkle base yarn www.knittinginfrance.com Fingering weight in merino/nylon and I’m calling them Something about Scarlet and Something about Jade

www.knittinginfrance.com  This is fingering with stellina sparkle and I’m calling the pink one Something about CC (in honor of the fab CC Almon of JavaPurls and Geeky Girls Knit) and the other is Something about Teal.www.knittinginfrance.com Now this one I LOVE! I’m so happy how these two turned out! This is a sparkle base but this time with BRONZE stellina and a higher percentage, 10% bronze stellina. I’m calling the orange one Pumpkin Spice and the brown will be Pine. My daughter does not like them but I totally love the outcome so I’m keeping one of each and I’ve actually cast on and i’m swatching for a future cowl design. It will be a fall theme and fair isle. I’ll show you pictures when my swatch is done.

So that’s it for the moment yarn wise. Now on to my works in progress:

I just finished my first ever pair of Hermione’s Everyday Socks that I knit in my merino/nylon base yarn

www.knittinginfrance.com These were actually a quick knit and I think they look nice. I love the super bright yellow which makes me think of summer.

www.knittinginfrance.com I’m continuing on my Irma mittens, it’s slow because I don’t have much time to do them. These I need some quiet and concentration to knit so I don’t bring this with me when watching tv at night. But you can now see the horse:)

www.knittinginfrance.com And this is the back side with some lovely flowers

www.knittinginfrance.com And I’m working on a hat design. I used the ribbing from the Irma mitten for the ribbing on the hat and I found a lace pattern in a stitch dictionary for the hat itself and now I need to do some math to figure out how best to organise the decreasing for the crown. I’m using a fingering weight hand dyed yarn by myself of couse. I’m really loving this designing now and I can see myself doing more of that in the future. Now I just really need some quiet time to actually write up the patterns and then have them test knitted.

My new hand dyed yarns

I’ve been working on dyeing some new yarns. As I’m closed for business now, I’m re-evaluating my shop and the items I offer. I’m going to narrow down my range of yarns and colors. I’ve been told that offering too many choices gives the buyer angst and they are more likely to leave the shop and go elsewhere because they are not able to make up their mind. So I don’t want that to happen any more! So I’m working on a range of “basic” colors. Something kind of standard that I’d have on offer all the time, repeatable colorways, which is new to me. I also want to have maybe seasonal offers with colorways that I’d offer only for a limited time for example or some one-offs for those that like unique yarns.

As for the weight or yarn types I’ll be doing: lace, fingering/4 ply and DK. I think these are the most commonly used yarn types as you can knit pretty much everything using these 3 types of yarns.

I’m also working on ideas for yarn clubs, I’m thinking : one sock yarn club with fingering weight yarn and 1 lace club with lace only yarns. They would be like a bi-monthly thing so 6 skeins over 12 months or 3 skeins over 6 months. I’m also toying with the idea of a “Goodies” club which would be a bi-monthly thing also and that one would include knitting accessories and mini skeins. What do you think of those ideas? Are you maybe a part of a yarn club already? Which one and do you enjoy it? Or is there a reason why you would NOT join a club? Would you prefer a “pay up front” thing or a “pay as you go” thing?

Any ideas and thoughts on the yarn and goodies clubs would be much appreciated. I really want to work on those and come up with something exciting that knitters ABSOLUTELY want to join in on. And you can help me do just that 🙂

Now some pictures! I’ve begun working on my new future colorways and I’ve come up with my “basic” colors and at least 2 “seasonal/special” colorways.  So here are some pictures to show you what I’ve done so far

www.knittinginfrance.com   These are mini skeins I dyed to work on my future basic colors and these will be dyed on my merino/nylon base yarn. I’m calling this range of sock weight yarns SHADES.

www.knittinginfrance.com   Here you have Shades of Magenta   www.knittinginfrance.com  And Shades of Blue

www.knittinginfrance.com And here mixed together you have Shades of Scarlet (red) and Shades of Jade (green)

 

And I’ve just begun thinking about doing some self striping yarns also and I’ve done 1 test so far of possible contenders. This would be on a 100% superwash merino base yarn.

www.knittinginfrance.com I actually quite like the colors and how they play together so the next step is to decide on the pattern. How long/short each color repeat should be so I will be doing some more testing and knitting before I can decide on the final version.

And then there is the lace. I will have 2 or maybe 3 base yarns. So far I’ve worked mostly 1 which is the merino, silk, stellina base. It is super soft and the 5% stellina gives it a little touch of glam and just overall light that brightens up the yarn I think. I don’t know about you but I’m definitely a stellina fan and I will be offering stellina yarns in all 3 weights!

www.knittinginfrance.com These are all rather soft colors that I think can work with delicate lace work. I have to work on their names as I haven’t decided on those yet but I do like the colors.

And then the “seasonal/special” colorways. Here is one that I’m doing in a stellina base fingering yarn and it is called Strawberry Frappuccino. This yarn is inspired by a sock pattern written specifically for my yarn by CC Almon of JavaPurl. This new pattern will be published this autumn, I don’t have an exact date yet but I’m really looking forward to that as it will be the very first pattern ever written specifically for MY yarn!

www.knittinginfrance.com I really like the outcome! I’ll be knitting my own pair of the socks as soon as the pattern gets published and I can buy a copy:)

What I have yet to work on is the DK weight. This I imagine will be used mostly for sweaters and hats and scarves/cowls maybe. I think this will be mostly solid or semi solid colorways. Not much varigation or stripes, at least not in the base line even though I might dye up a few “fun” ones as “seasonal/special” yarns.

Is there a color you LOVE and would like to see me dye? I know Teal is a big thing this autumn and I’ve come up with a great blend for teal and so I’m going to be doing that in all 3 yarn weights, maybe not the same exact color in all 3 weights but some variations of it at least. Other color ideas?

That’s all for today. Have a wonderful Sunday and hopefully you’ll have some time to knit and enjoy your crafting today. I wish you a great week for the new week just around the corner and I’ll be back with you soon:)