I took this picture last night, but didn’t get an opportunity to post a ‘WIP Wednesday’ post, but here it is this morning! I’ve spent the week working on my ombre hexipuff blanket/quilt/table runner. I haven’t really decided what it … Continue reading →
Two posts in one day, what a treat! I need to get myself focused againI’m completely unfocused over here! I have always been the type of knitter/crocheter who jumps from project to project, but recently my rate of jumping has been absolutely absurd (and if I’m saying that, it must be really bad…) I must have stopped and started at least 4 projects in the past month – nothing holds my interest. A lot of it has to do with the balancing act of primarily taking care of Miss Emme, yarn dyeing, and chores (because while Mr. Yarny Cakes doesn’t mind if the house looks like a wreck, I feel out of sorts when the clutter takes over).
Part of the problem may be that now that summer time is my crochet season, but I have no idea what I want to crochet! Lord knows I have enough yarn to make just about anything, but nothing is striking my fancy. ~sigh~ At times like this, I typically revert to an easy, dependable pattern that will just keep my hands busy so a babette is always a possibility, but that is way too many ends to weave in. So all that happens is that I end up right back at the beekeeper’s quilt. All of my knitting roads seem to lead back to this easy portable project. To that end, I rummaged through my yarn room and found some yarns that work for an ombre of pinks.
I’ll have to admit, my attention span these days is so short that the color changes every few rows of a hexipuff is keeping me interested in these little guys. I fear that I will end up tired of the colors before long so I’ll have to change things up! The yarns I am using are cascade heritage sock – love this stuff, lots of yarn, great colors, and the price isn’t outrageous.
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’
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!
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!
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!
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.