Stepaside

I’ve been trying to catch up with myself all week, but I think I’ve finally got there.  I was very productive last night while the husband was out – kids got fed and washed (some days much more of a struggle than others) some yarn got dyed and others got labeled, I got some knitting and TV time as well.  And I finished final edits on a pattern.

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Stepaside Socks in Dublin Dye Swing Sock

This is the first of three patterns that I’ll be publishing in the next few weeks.  I’m rather excited because it’s my first ‘Dublin Dye’ pattern.  This is also the first skein of Swing Sock that I dyed.  I’d put it up on Ravelry last night, and this morning I woke up to this:

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Apparently the ‘I’ll just quietly put this hear til the morning’ approach doesn’t work well when you start the pattern with ‘this is free for July’.  So go, quick, and add it to your Ravelry library while it’s free for July!

Special mention goes to UnderMeOxter for all her editing help, @jewelandarlin for the photos, WoollyThinker for her layout design skills and several test knitters.  WoollyThinker’s just published her own beautiful pattern, the adorable ElfBaby Hat that I am definitely going to have to knit!

Swing Sock

I have never been in love with our ‘Twinkle toes’ sock yarn.  It’s a good yarn, it takes dye well, but I love my socks to be super soft, and it’s just not quite there.

So I decided to find a new wool/nylon sock yarn, one that I love just as much as the Merino yarn, but with some nylon.  And this is it:

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I used this yarn for some socks last year (which I’ve now realised I didn’t blog, must fix that) and they quickly became one of my favourite pairs. The yarn is lovely and soft, as soft as the pure merino. But the nylon adds some strength perfect for socks or other hard wearing projects.  And the colours… And I think it takes colour pretty well, don’t you?

Do you want to try the new yarn? It’s already up on the Etsy site! Or, leave a comment here and tell me which colour is your favourite (or a colour you’d like to see)… and I’ll draw some names in a week’s time (May 9th) and send a skein each to two lucky winners!

Personally, I’ve already got a skein of ‘bog’ (the brown on the right) put aside for some socks for my aunt… But I’m in love with almost all of them.

Do you spin?

I don’t. I’ve made a conscious decision not to spin, because I just don’t have the time. I don’t have the time for the hobbies I have already!  Of course I’m completely ignoring this logic when it comes to my desire to quilt, but that’s different. I’ve already got a sewing machine, and that makes it ok, right?

That said, at the suggestion of a few friends and customers I got some roving and dyed it. But how am I to know if it’s good? Does it spin well? Does the colour come off in your hands? Does it come apart too easily or not easily enough?

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That’s where you come in. I’d like a few spinners to try it out for me.  I’ll send you about 25g of superwash BFL fibre (free!) and you agree to spin it sometime soon, then get back to me with your opinion.  Sounds easy, doesn’t it? It is!  So leave a comment below and I’ll get in touch.  If there’s more people than roving I might even do a little draw.

I’d also like to hear from spinners on how you’d like the fibre to be dyed… short repeats or long? Or no repeats at all? Lots of colour or tonal?  I’m totally open ideas!

ETA I should stick an end date on this.  I’ll select people on Wednesday the 4th of December.   I’ll hopefully post to people on Friday.