Green Apple

Green Apple

Colour The Green Apple colourway is a subtle mix of various shades of bright green. Yarn Details Merino/Silk Fingering is a 4-ply yarn 50% superwash merino and 50% silk soft with a lovely shine to the yarn 100 g and 400 m (438 yards)   There are 2 skeins available in this dye lot. $33.50 Cdn Shipping (Canada/US): $6.50 for first item(kit is 1 item), $1.00 for each additional item   project ideas This yarn is excellent for scarves, cowls, lightweight sweaters and shawls or anything that goes directly against the the...

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Caribbean Waters

Caribbean Waters

Colour The Caribbean Waters colourway is a mix of various shades of teal, turquoise and green. Yarn Details Merino/Silk DK is a 4-ply yarn 50% superwash merino and 50% silk soft with a lovely shine to the yarn 100 g and 211 m (231 yards)   There are 2 skeins available in this dye batch. $33.50 Cdn Shipping (Canada/US): $6.50 for first item(kit is 1 item), $1.00 for each additional item project ideas This yarn is excellent for sweaters, scarves, cowls, and shawls or anything that goes directly against the the...

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Michelle’s Green

Michelle’s Green

Colour The Michelle’s Green colourway is a mix of various shades of chartreuse and gold. Yarn Details Merino/Silk DK is a 4-ply yarn 50% superwash merino and 50% silk soft with a lovely shine to the yarn 100 g and 211 m (231 yards)   There are 2 skeins available in this dye batch. $33.50 Cdn Shipping (Canada/US): $6.50 for first item(kit is 1 item), $1.00 for each additional item project ideas This yarn is excellent for sweaters, scarves, cowls, and shawls or anything that goes directly against the the...

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Michelle’s Green

Michelle’s Green

Colour The Michelle’s Green colourway is a mix of different shades of charteuse and a golden green. Yarn Details Silk/Linen Select Lace is a heavy laceweight yarn 65% silk, 35% linen great drape 115 g and 691 m (755 yards)   They are 2 skeins available in this dye batch. $36.00 Cdn Shipping (Canada/US): $6.50 for first item, $1.00 for each additional item project ideas This yarn is excellent for lightweight tops, scarves and...

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Cedar

Cedar

Colour The Cedar colourway is a mixture of different shades of green ranging from a brownish green to a blue- green. Yarn Details 8-ply yarn that is a cabled yarn of 4 double-plies 100% superwash merino soft and has great stitch definition. 100 g and 250 m (274 yards) heavy sport/light DK weight Machine washable There are 2 skeins available in this dye batch. $27.00 Cdn Shipping (Canada/US): $6.50 for first item, $1.00 for each additional item     project ideas This yarn is excellent for socks, baby clothes, hats, gloves, fingerless mitts and...

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Shawl Challenge at my knitting guild

Shawl Challenge at my knitting guild

The challenge this year at the Ottawa Knitting Guild was for shawls. There were five categories: shawlette from a pattern, shawl from a pattern, shawlette adapted from a pattern, shawl adapted from a pattern and design your own shawl. I entered a shawlette and a shawl into the challenge and I was surprised and pleased to win second prize in the shawlette from a pattern category (red shawlette pictured below). For the shawl I made Madli’s Shawl from Knitted Lace of Estonia by Nancy Bush using 1 skein of my Angel Select Lace in the Moss colourway. The only change I made from the pattern was to knit 33 repeats instead of 31 repeats of the center pattern. I only recently took pictures of this wrap in a friend’s garden while she modeled it for me and I promised to keep her out of the pictures as much as possible. For the shawlette I made the Chandelier Shawl from Shaping Shawls by Anna Dalvi using 1 skein of my Merino Single Ply Fingering in the Red Roses colourway. I knit the pattern with no changes. There were 40 entries into the shawl challenge and there is a photo album on the Ottawa Knitting Guild’s facebook page of each shawlette/shawl with the pattern and yarn used listed. I recommend looking at the photo album as there were a lot of beautifuls shawls entered into this...

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Overdye Sweater Request

Overdye Sweater Request

A while ago, a friend asked me if I could overdye a sweater for her. It is a lovely cabled sweater knit out of a merino/silk yarn but unfortunately it was a light grey colour which is not flattering for my friend’s colouring. My friend did knit this lovely sweater but did not choose the colour (store sample originally). I suggested overdyeing it green as I know that is a colour she loves and that we like the same greens. I also asked if she minded that there was some variation in the colour and she said that would be fine. Handpainting is my normal method of dyeing and I thought it would be interesting to see if I could make a sweater knit out of a sold colour look like it was knit out of hand-dyed yarn with subtle variations in the shade and depth of colour. I used two large square trays side by side to lay out the sweater while I was dyeing it. I created several cups of dye first using a mix of my main green dyes and a couple of jars of green leftovers to get an unique green as I wanted the colour to be a pretty consistent colour across the sweater. I wish now that I had thought to take a couple of pictures while I was overdyeing the sweater. I ended up overdyeing it twice as the grey showed through more than I liked after the sweater was dryed the first time. The second time I make the dye a bit stronger so I was able to use less dye and it took less time. I am quite happy with the final result. The close-up picture of the sleeve shows the colour pretty accurately. I returned the sweater to my friend about a week ago but it was not quite dry yet so she couldn’t try it on. She sent me an email yesterday to thank me and to say that she was wearing the sweater. I met up with her at knit nite and I took this picture of her wearing the sweater. My friend also said this in her email – “You can not imagine how thrilled I am with my sweater, thank you so much. The colour is perfect.” I’m so glad that she likes the new colour of her...

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Caribbean Waters #2

Colour Caribbean Waters colourway is a mixture of various shades of teal, turquoise and emerald green. Yarn Details 6-ply light fingering yarn 100% superwash merino a little thinner than the sock yarn oversize skein with great yardage 150 g and 685 m (750yards) For sale at my open house on Sat, Feb 9th       project ideas This yarn is excellent for hats, scarves, shawls, baby clothes, and even lightweight...

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