Posts Tagged ‘hand dyed yarn’

04
Apr

Roman Hills and a Super Secret Project

Written by Sarah. Posted in blog spotlight, knits, life, movies, yarn

I had a fantastic weekend! I hope you all did, too. I got started on a Super Secret Project that I’m very excited about. I can’t wait to show you what it is! I can give you a few hints, but you’ll never guess!

The most exciting part of this project was meeting with the lovely ladies behind Roman Hills! And, as if it could get any better, I finally met Amy of Threadpanda in real life! Roman Hills, if you haven’t read Threadpanda’s interview with Lisa and Amy, is a new, independent dyer based in Brooklyn. Their yarns are fantastic and they are just so much fun!

I don’t want to give too much away but here are some yummy Roman Hills yarn photos from this weekend. There was a pile of yarn. Oh yes.

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18
Jan

In Which We Drool Over My VKLive Haul…

Written by Sarah. Posted in instagram, knits, life, new york city, photos, Uncategorized, want, yarn

My dad always talks about  a scene in the movie Moscow on the Hudson. I’ve never seen the whole movie but it stars Robin Williams as a Cold War Russian who defects and lives in New York City. In this scene, he goes to the grocery store to pick up some things for the family he is staying with. He asks the cashier where the line is for coffee, expecting to wait as he did in his homeland, and he’s directed to the coffee aisle. Seeing such a bountiful variety of coffee available in the American supermarket, he starts screaming “Coffee! Coffee! Coffee!” and has a bit of a nervous breakdown.

Walking into the Marketplace at Vogue Knitting Live was kind of the same experience for me.

I wanted time to browse the booths to I arrived about an hour and a half before my first lecture. The first thirty minutes there, I didn’t stop at any of the booths. I just walked around and saw yarn everywhere I turned. Wow. After the initial shock wore off, I actually managed to make it to the Soak booth where I got a temporary tattoo and bought one of those amazing Lorna’s Laces Maven and Heel gift sets I’d been seeing on instagram. I also bought a set of temporary tattoos (about which our friend Andrew said “Knitting-themed temporary tattoos? That’s quite a niche they’ve cornered”). I’m not sure why I bought them since I don’t rock temporary tattoos regularly but I had to.

I made a stop at Mochimochi Land and picked up a tiny hamburger kit! I told Anna all about why a tiny hamburger is the perfect thing to make Jon, about the movie, and the hamburger art I’ve been collecting for him.

I also checked out Stitchuary. I was really looking for unique yarns and spinners, less interested in LYSs. The ladies at Stitchuary were really lovely and their yarns are fantastic. All from local farms which I love. And they almost talked me into buying 2000 yards of this gorgeous undyed grey and brown alpaca for an aran sweater (as if it’s difficult to almost talk me into buying yarn). But I was good. I’m going to wait on that one but I will absolutely be buying from them in the future.

Long Island Livestock Company was one of my favorite booths. Their yarns are delicious but I couldn’t pass up this gorgeous skein. I love the idea that all of the alpacas and sheep are owned and sheared by the same woman. It’s a very traditional feeling. I’m also a sucker for small-batch undyed yarn. I’m not sure if it’s because neutrals are my favorite colors or if it is that I love the animals and I want to show off their natural beauty but I really love undyed yarn!

Each skein has a tag with a photo of the alpaca whos fleece was used in it. I think it’s brilliant. It really shows you how much they care about their animals and how much care goes into the yarns’ production. And, besides, how could I not buy yarn with these adorable little furry faces! And they’re kissing! Take my money, please.

I went to three lectures and one class. (I really went all-in since it was my first VK Live.) Two lectures were about business. One left me feeling discouraged. The other was pretty dry and very technical. I also heard Debbie Bliss speak about designing for babies. I think she’s just adorable and British and she calls diapers nappies. I really enjoyed the Perfect Fit class. Carla Scott of Knit Simple made garment fitting super easy and I actually had a lot of fun drawing little scale drawings of my measurements.

Overall, it was a bit overwhelming but what fun. It was really fun to see so many other knitters and to hear more and more similarities between us. I was sad that I didn’t meet more people. I chatted it up with a few people and a bunch of vendors but I would’ve really liked to meet up with some other knitters. Hopefully soon I can do that, though, and next year I’ll be cruising VK Live with some of you! What did you think? Did you have fun?

Oh, and, this is me:

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16
Nov

WIP: Larch Cardigan (Almost Done!)

Written by Sarah. Posted in cardigan, knits, photos, yarn

This is long overdue! I’m almost finished with my Larch Cardigan! What a refreshing knit! I haven’t made a sweater in about a year and I was much more confident this time. I love making little projects but making something big is so fun and a little nerve-wracking. It’s like running the marathon instead of jogging a mile.

Here it is with all of the pieces complete!

(Excuse my wrinkly sheets. I really need a better place to photograph my knits…I’m working on that!)

I am totally in love with the edges. The little details like that are what make this pattern so much fun. It would have been simple to just start with a regular 1×1 rib and move on into the sweater. But binding off and picking up the stitches make that adorable little chain boarder. It’s a brilliant idea.

Can I have a minute to tell you just how amazing this color in Mad Tosh is!? I’m so in love with it. I didn’t strand the yarn even though they warned that I should. I looked at the skeins really closely and didn’t see too much of a difference in color. I guess I lucked out with the four that I bought because they’re really identical. I decided that I didn’t need to strand and that I’d probably regret making that choice later. It turned out great. I definitely made the right choice. There is one patch on the back where the yarn doesn’t have as much variation as the other parts but stranding probably wouldn’t have avoided that.


I’ve really neglected to post these photos so this cardigan is actually already almost finished. It’s really is begging me to block it but I haven’t had the time. I promise I’ll block you, wonderful Larch Cardi! I can’t wait to show you the finished cardigan! And I can’t wait to wear it out!

When is the last time you knit a sweater? Is the Larch Cardigan in your knitting queue?

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03
Aug

FO: Baby Blanket

Written by Sarah. Posted in baby, knits, life

I just wanted to share some more of the beautiful photos that Jon took of the blanket that I made for his nephew-to-be. I am so proud of how it turned out!

Like I mentioned before, I don’t do much designing. I do like planning intarsia but I’ve never stressed over stitch counts and gauge as much as I did with this project. I really wanted to make something that was personal and soft and design-savy.

My plan had a lot to do with these ideas: I hate traditional gender colors. Blue was originally for girls, after all. And I really don’t like pastels. I know that Jon’s brother and sister-in-law feel the same way so that was a good start. For babies, I much prefer bold, bright, exciting colors and stimulating patterns. Minimalism is always a must, of course.

I’ve been experimenting with more intarsia to make fun patterned knit fabics. Intarsia is pretty simple but I really like the versatility. Of course, I’m obsessed with these hand-dyed Madeline Tosh yarns! They make it even more interesting.

So this is not the last you’ve seen of my intarsia-patterned, hand-dyed knit fabrics. I’m really excited and I’m just bubbling over with ideas. I can’t wait to tell you about what I have planned.

What do you prefer for babies? Traditional pastels or bold modern patterns? Knitters, how do you feel about intarsia?

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