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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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!

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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New Yarny Cakes Yarns!

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Two blog posts in one day!  I am making up for lost blogging time tonight – enjoy!

It has been several days since I was able to dye any yarn and I am really missing my mason jars!  It has been a busy few days and Miss Emme and I have been out and about a lot during the days!  My primary dyeing also used to be in the mornings before Emme woke up, but she is beginning to go to sleep earlier so she is waking earlier.  This is a great developmental step though and means that I get to spend more time with Mr. YarnyCakes in the evenings!

Anyway, the last two colorways that I was able to dye are ‘kumatage’ and ‘pabouche’

‘Pabouche’ was a bit of a mistake, but a happy mistake!  There truly are no really bad mistakes with dyeing…except for maybe one that I pulled off last week in which I was dyeing greens and blues, but the jars still had some pink dye in them.  Whoops.  Still, it’s not the end of the world and it is so unique that it may find its way to my Etsy shop anyway!

I don’t see much yarn dyeing happening this weekend with all my family visiting, but I may be able to get a skein or two dyed tomorrow morning before company arrives…but I guess the floors need to be vacuumed. That’s a fiber lover’s problem right there – housework versus playing with yarn.

WIPS (Work in Progress) Wednesday!

I’ve decided to make every Wednesdays posts be about my current projects.  I only have 2 going on right now and that is more than enough!  I needed simple projects to focus on (or not focus on as it were) during my breaks with Miss Emme.  For example, she’s nursing while I type of this post – it’s all about the multitasking I tell you!  Posting about my project progress weekly will also help to keep me motivated as I’ll have a goal of sorts to achieve.  I can’t very well have a progress post if I haven’t made any progress – that would just be silly!  I’m also planning to post links to these projects in the menu above –

YarnyCakes Beekeeper’s Quilt

I started knitting these puffs just last week and have just about 12 completed!  How many I end up knitting up is really going to depend on how much yarn I end up dyeing, but I at least have enough for 50 or so puffs and I’m adding more yarn each day!  My favorite of this collection is definitely my rainbow puff on the top.  The picture on the right is of my most current puff.  It is almost finished!  I love these pictures because they were taken on this gorgeous first day of May in a park that Miss Emme and I discovered today.  She got to have her stroll around the park and I got to sit and knit a bit while she took in the sites.  All around a win-win.  I can see up heading back to that park in the near future…perhaps even tomorrow!

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Madelinetosh Log Cabin Quilt

My absolute favorite yarn is Madelinetosh merino light.  It is just such a soft and delicious yarn.  At one point, I had all of the colorways for TML, but then I decided that my yarn hoarding was bit out of control and decided to share the love with other Ravelers and sold a bunch of it at a discounted price.  I would never be able to part with all of it though and kept quite a bit for myself to make this quilt.

I have been knitting like crazy on this the past few days – I knit two puffs and spend the rest of the my knitting time on the log cabin as it takes significantly longer, especially as the rows become so much longer.  I’m hoping to have this rectangle finished by next Wednesday, but we’ll see what happens!  I knit quite a bit on it last night when Mr. Yarny Cakes insisted that we watch the movie, “The Punisher.”  This is the perfect TV watching project for sure!  I have a grand plan of what I would like it to look like, but those ideas are still being mulled over.  In the meantime, may I present, the first several rounds of my rectangular log cabin square!

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How do you keep yourself accountable with your knitting projects?

Rainbow Glory!

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A very good friend of mine asked if I could dye rainbow yarn and while I had never done that before, I decided it was time to experiment!  I ended up creating a skein that I named ‘Utinam’  While I was at it, I created three complimentary skeins to make into mini-skeins!  Off to do some knitting…hexipuffs must be knit!

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Mini-skeins and Hexipuffs

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The beekeeper’s quilt is a pattern that I will always come back to because it is so beautiful and each little puff is a project in and of itself.  What got me thinking about hexipuffs are those adorable little yarn skeins called mini-skeins.  They are so lovely, versatile, and provide just enough yarn to create something fun and quick.  With all of this yarn that I have been dyeing, I was wondering if I would every use any myself to knit something. Well, mini-skeins provide me that opportunity without having to use an entire skein!

To that end, I have been quite busy with my yarn dyeing today!  I woke up this morning and remembered that when I originally started this whole hand dyeing business that I wanted to sell mini-skeins.  I originally started out with dividing a 100 gram skein into 10 mini-skeins and then dyeing each one individually.  Needless to say, that was rather labor intensive and not at all efficient. I decided to put a halt on the mini-skein adventure and dye up a bunch of full skeins and get an inventory started so I could get the Etsy going.

Fast forward a few weeks and I finally have the inventory to get back to it!  I am dividing skeins that I have already dyed into 10 gram/45 yard mini-skeins.  Since I created 2 skeins of each of the Spring collection, I decided to scale each of the 8 colorways back to just one on sale and use the additional to make my first batch of mini-skeins.  Yay!  I completed one set today as a trial and am pretty happy with it!  The colorways included in the picture above are, clockwise – ‘daffodil,’ ‘tulip bouquet,’ spring dawn,’ and ‘flowers in showers.’

I am going to create mini-skein sets by dyeing more of the yarns that are currently in my store, namely the yarns that I consider part of the “complementary connection” collection.  I dyed up additional skeins of ‘quisquos’ and ‘telary’ today and plan to create another ‘eadness’ and a new colorway that I haven’t posted my Etsy store yet called ‘mabsoot.’  For now I have just the one set up for store, but there will be many more to follow!