Etsy Shop Update Friday!

I was able to dye up some of the new yarns about a week ago, but with a friend visiting for the weekend, I wasn’t able to re-skein them and get them posted to my Etsy shop.  Well, I woke up with determination this morning (and Miss Emme decided to sleep a bit late this morning) so I was get pictures and get my lovelies up in the shop.  The majority of my yarns up to this point have been extremely saturated so I decided to go with a lighter method.  I’m really pleased with the skeins and have decided to make these part of a new collection that reminds me of watercolor paintings.  Without further ado, I give you ‘ocatarine’ and ‘aleger’

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New Tonal Yarns – Part 1

Rhyton Qually Collage

 

About a week ago I was super excited to post my newest colors to my Etsy store, even posted a teaser pic!  Well, I gave myself a night to relax after Miss Emme had gone to sleep for the evening…what ended up awaiting me really threw a wrench into the plans of re-skeining each of the colors.  Since I absolutely loved the blue skein and I had dyed it first, I decided to start with that one.  Well, I’m not sure what happened, but I had a brain lapse or something because I ended up putting the skein on the swift wrong!  How in the world does that happen??  I clearly didn’t divide it down the middle correctly and ended up with a bit of a mess.  It was a manageable mess since all of the yarn was contained on the swift, but there were just lots of tangles.  ~sigh~  So that has been the delay with getting the new yarn up in the shop.  I wanted to take my time and very very very very gently untangle the yarn and I finally accomplished that earlier today!

I have decided to name the colorway ‘Rhyton’

While I was at it, I also re-skeined the purple yarn which I have called ‘Qually’  They are both up in my Etsy store now!

And we’re back!

Tonal Collection

 

The Yarny Cakes family enjoyed a lovely weekend visiting with family. Miss Emme was a trooper during her first car ride and only had a couple major meltdowns during the 26 hour roundtrip adventure. She was quite happy to be home yesterday and is relaxing. If not for her doctor’s appointment this morning, she would be having what I refer to as a not-real-baby-person-day which occurs when she wears jammies all day, haha.

Also back is the Yarny Cakes Etsy store! Before leaving last week, I finished dyeing all of the semi-solid yarns and created draft listings for them. Now I just need to re-skein and photograph each one and they’ll be ready to go! Here is a sneak peek of them together!

Watch Your Tone ::wink::

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I must say, my favorite part of yarn dyeing so far has been planning my grand color plans.  I typically start with my notebook, pen, and a picture of the color wheel on my phone and try to visualize how colors will look when combined.  This process can only tell me so much because I’m never quite sure how the colors will mesh once the dyes swirling around the yarns.  I feel like a crafty scientist in my laboratory as I add more “ingredients” to the pot, anxiously awaiting the finished result, and hoping for success.  (As I always so though, they are no mistakes with yarn dyeing, maybe a few surprises!)

My experiments for the past couple of days have led me down a tonal path that I am more than happy to follow!  The majority of my yarns up to this point have been highly variegated (because I love the look of them), but with my newest shipment of superwash merino, I decided to devote skeins to one family of colors.  To that end, I have dyed a skein each of greens, blues, and burnt orange/bright orange,  all of which I adore!  The blue and green skeins were completed today and are drying, but I just couldn’t resist taking a picture of the blue skein before it went onto the rack.  The lighting isn’t the best since I took it at night time under artificial light, but there will certainly be more pictures to come!

Blocked.

I’m experiencing both a knitting and writer’s block.  The solution to each is to make myself take part in the activity that is eluding me.  So here is my attempt to push past writer’s block!

Miss Emme and I have been visiting lots of parks recently and found a perfect retreat to visit each day.  There are paths through wooded areas, open areas, and around a lake.  She seems to love being outdoors in her stroller and that suits me just fine because it may give me a chance to actually use my jogging stroller for it’s intended purpose.  For now we’ve been enjoying some super serious power walks!

While in the parks, I like to take some time to just relax and be outside so I find a bench and park myself and Miss Emme and stitch for a bit.  My time spent knitting in the park isn’t usually long though as Miss Emme typically won’t nap during our fast paced strolls because she likes to take in all of the sites!  I was previously having all sorts of issues with the best way to carry my supplies.  Now don’t get me wrong, I have a TON of bags-large, small, long, wide, zippered, handled, clutch-you name it, I have it!  Or so I thought.  Since the diaper bag has pretty much replaced my purse, I decided that I wanted a bag that wouldn’t be in the way so I went off in search of something that I could put around my wrist.

I didn’t have to look too far luckily and it was only a click away from an ad on one of the Ravelry pages I was visiting.  I was led to the Knotted Bag etsy shop and promptly fell in love with a bag that featured two of my favorite things – owls and cupcakes!  Thus my park knitting kit was born!  The project that I am carrying with me nowadays are my two-color mitered squares!  I’m off to work on my mitered squares to help me get over this knitter’s block!

Park Knitting Kit

New Yarns in the Shop!

I believe that I will make Thursday the day I recap the yarns that I have dyed the previous week and have posted in my shop!.  I already know that next Thursday I won’t be able to post about the new yarns because The Yarny Cakes family is headed to visit some family cupcakes for the long weekend : )

But that shouldn’t be a reason to not start a blogging tradition, right?  Since I had a bit of a dyeing break over the weekend, I only have 3 offerings for the past week, but I am in love with each one!  My favorite is ‘calodemon’ though because I am a sucker for blue-greens (teal, turquoise, aqua, etc) paired with warm tones.

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Back to Dyeing I go!

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Wheee, I’m back after a few days hiatus.  I wasn’t able to find a moment to write while family was here visiting with the Yarny Cakes family for my first mother’s day : )  Miss Emme had a great time with her family, especially her Grandpa.  All family left this morning, but I certainly did have some yarn soaking, getting ready to be dyed this afternoon, hehe.  I am going back to straight-up kettle dyeing and giving my lovely Mason jars a rest for now.  I love the uncertainty (well, slight uncertainty) of how well all of the colors will play together as the dyes are poured into the dye bath.  I have only dyed a few skeins using this method before the mason jars grabbed a hold of me, but I’m back and have been eyeing the color wheel to see what will work!

This method is a bit more hands-on than the mason jar method so I must resume my “naptime ninja” activities and get the process started while Miss Emme snoozes.  I must say, I am quite impressed with myself dyeing yarn, getting the laundry rotated, straightening up around the house, updating my blog, AND getting some knitting in during naptime.  She is just to the phase where she is really starting to grab at my circular needle cord while I’m knitting with her on my lap.  More on my knitting adventures tomorrow.  For now, I’m off to order more yarn for my creations!