Today I made a pledge on Kickstarter

Hi there, today I made a pledge on Kickstarter for the very first time. I saw a post on FB from Jaala Spiro and Amy Dentjen of Knitcircus about their secret being revealed and that it was a new dye studio and retail space. They are opening this great new workplace where they will have bigger and better dye studio, class rooms and a retail space. That is just wonderful and like taken out of one of my dreams! I’d love to be able to do something like this too one day!

Anyways, like you may have noticed I’m a fan of the Knitcircus gradient yarns and so I immediately wanted to participate and help them make this dream come true. If you too like Knitcircus and want to lend a helping hand I encourage you to check out their pledge on Kickstarter here You can choose to pledge 5USD or much more and the rewards are varied going from a thank you note to classes, one on one tutorials, knitting patterns, yarns, tours of the new space etc. I chose to pledge an amount that awards me 2 100gr gradient yarn skeins with 1 digital shawl pattern (the Grand Canyon Shawl by Jaala). Considering the amount pledged (91USD in my case) this is a great deal as I not only support a cause I believe in but I also get 2 skeins of a yarn that I love and a shawl pattern. You can pledge less and get 1 skein or pledge and get a set of her matching gradient stripe sock yarn (I totally love that – great if you decide to try out the 2 in 1 sock method).

They made a fun video showing the new space and introducing the people involved in the business that you can watch https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/255405994/knitcircus-studio-gradient-yarns-and-craft-communi/widget/video.html” target=”_blank”>here

Here are some pictures of their yarn to show you and maybe some of you will join me in this project and at the same time get some great hand dyed yarns:)

huge yarn cake from Knitcircus - www.knittinginfrance.com

the come what may shawl - www.knittinginfrance.com

My progress so far on the Come What May shawl by Susan B Anderson

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That’s all for today folks. Take care and enjoy your weekend:)

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Happy Mail Day

I just received yet another package from Knitcircus Yarns as I’m a member of their Gradient Sock Yarn Club. This month the yarn is a gorgeous pink/fig color called Fig and Prosciutto. I find the name is a great match to the colours and this feels so like spring. Have a looksy

Gradient yarn club from Knitcircus yarns  IMG_3059

Gorgeous don’t you think? Now I just have to find the perfect pattern to do this yarn justice. The yarn comes accompanied with suggestions for both toe-up sock patterns and top-down patterns. Here are those they suggested and maybe you can help me choose:

Toe-Up

Diagonal Lace Socks by Wendy D. Johnson  – free on Ravelry

Hoar Frost by Louise Tilbrook – 3£ on Ravelry

Melisandre by Purrlescent – free on Ravelry

Les Chaussettes de la Schtroumpfette by Elise Dupont – free on Ravelry

And Top-down

Zora by Regina Satta – free on Ravelry

Bjork Socks by Cookie A – 6,50$ on Ravelry

Nutkin by Beth La Pensee – free on Ravelry

Spring Forward by Linda Welch – free on Ravelry and knitty.com

Hedgerow Socks by Jane Cochran – free on Ravelry

Talk about a difficult choice! Looking at these patterns I actually want to make a number of them so to choose just one will be difficult. After a simple browse my top patterns would be Melisandre and Bjork Socks but I’m not decided yet. What do you think? Have you knit any of these patterns yourself and if so what did you think of it? Do you maybe even have a picture of the socks that you would like to share with us?

That’s all for today, I’m counting on you to help me make a choice here:) So until next time take care and enjoy your crafting

Look I what I got in the mail

Hi there, I told you a while back that I’m part of a sock yarn club run by Jalaa Spiro of Knitcircus. It’s her gradient sock yarn club and I have knit 3 pairs of socks using her yarns so far.

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Well now I recently received my latest package and thought I’d share that with you

IMG_2973 IMG_2972  Isn’t that yarn just gorgeous? A warm red to soft red to soft yellow/green, to a sort of sea green to turquoise to blue. That’s how I see the colors now as I look at the yarn cake. Maybe the impression will be different once I have knit it up into socks. As always, Jalaa includes ideas for patterns for her yarn and usually those are simple patterns as plain patterns are best for showing off this magical gradient dyeing. I haven’t chosen my pattern yet but I may just do a simple knit stitch with an afterthought heel. That will make for a therapeutic knit which is what I need at the moment.

Jalaa also includes a little accessory with her yarn. So far I have gotten stitch markers, a tape measure and now this gorgeous felt pouch  IMG_2971This is handmade in Nepal by Frabjous Fibers and it is GORGEOUS.

Well, that’s all for today. Take care and enjoy your crafting. Until next time 🙂

 

More on socks

Hi there, I wanted to show you something.

www.knittinginfrance.Com Do you recognise these???? YES! These are my FINISHED 2 in 1 socks!!! Yeah, I just finished them and they are perfect! And even though I used slightly different coloured yarns to help me distinguish between Y1 and Y2, they actually do not look very different one from the other. And once I finally found my “technique” to knit this way faster, they just flew off the needles. And I have to say that I truly find this method of sock knitting magical. To knit 2 socks on the same dpns and when you separate them in the end, wow that just blew my mind. So even though I said, sometime during the process, that I would probably not be knitting more socks this way, I have changed my mind. I will most definitely be doing more of this! I hope you will give this a try yourself if you enjoy knitting socks. I feel it takes sock knitting to a whole new level and its such fun to learn to master a new method. I really recommend you take the plunge. Here are some more pictures of the finished socks

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I also have another pair to show you. If you read my last post you will know that my mother just had a big heart attack and is very sick. I decided that we would prepare an “I love you” package for her. My children are going to draw her pictures and I’m going to give her a pair of hand knitted socks and some sweets – she has a sweet tooth and if she is allowed to eat chocolate and so I’m going to buy something very nice and include that with the package. I’m also going to knit her a stole or large scarf to put around her shoulders for when she is sitting up in bed for example. I haven’t decided on the model/pattern for that but I know I’m going to use one of my handspun yarns for that project.

I thought I had actually finished this pair of socks so I went to photograph them to show you and that’s when I discovered that having been so distraught lately I had messed up. I only did the patterning on 1 side of the leg instead of on both sides! so I had to rip bag the entire leg of the second sock and so thats what I’m trying to finish as quickly as I can now so I can send that to my mom.

www.knittinginfrance.com www.knittinginfrance.com  Can you see how amazing the dying is? The socks are almost a perfect match! Jalaa Spiro of Knit Circus is a true magician dyer.