These just went up at Shenanigansyarn.etsy.com

We’ve got new sets of ladybug spinning wheel knobs as well as sock yarn and roving.

We also have new striping sock yarn at Sip and Knit!

Fiber-In 2011


We were glad to meet some new and old friends today at the Fiber-In. We’ve been working furiously to have enough to bring. I hope everyone found something that they like and look forward to being there next year. We had fun hanging next to the spinning divas from Jacksonville who were nice enough to bring Politically Incorrect batts, Kathleen from Kathleens spin, the Funny Face Farm, and Four Purls!

Here’s a close up of what you missed:

Orlando Fiber-In 2011

We’re excited to be going to the Orlando Fiber-in this year. We’ll be there on Sunday, September 18th in the morning for a few hours.
Here’s a taste of what we’re bringing:

Just look for the alligator!

You’ll recognize the “sky” from my hand-spun yarn in a previous post! The grey is from a friend formerly known as The Yarnside

New socks!

I’ve been knitting socks furiously this month. Depending on the pattern and size I think I’m down to about 6-8 days for a pair. I’m of course just personally impressed that my speed is picking up or maybe I’m just squeaking out more minutes in the day to knit. :) It’s hard to say.
This is the newest pair, made of the very first thing I ever dyed–a flat from Knit Picks and Heritage silk. The pattern is adapted from Kris Carlson’s mitten pattern Tourbillon


I’m not sure which is brighter, my ankle skin, that obviously never sees the light of day, or the blues in the sock! I am super pleased with both the fit of the sock and the feel of the yarn.

I also designed a pattern for my mom’s friend, who nurses abandoned baby squirrels back to health. I’ve been experimenting with double stitching the tail to make it fluffy, but I’m not convinced. I think i need to find a way to brush out the fuzz. This pattern may become available when I can clean it up.

I also made a couple of pairs of Komet from Stephanie van der Linden
I looks great in hand dye and solids. Again I apologize for my shockingly pale leg. I’m going to owe you all sunglasses soon so you won’t be blinded by the glare.

NOOOOOO!

Kimberly thought the mushroom-dyed yarn still smelled like stinky socks, so I washed it again. All those pretty highlights washed out!! So back to the drawing board. I boiled it with another batch of juice and ammonia, so now it looks like this:

It’s not as pretty as the first shot, but it seems to be sticking this time. I’m eagerly awaiting someone with a better nose than mine to let me know if it still smells if fungus is among us.

Shroomie Yarn!!

Didah!! The yarn is out of the jar and was surprisingly bright yellow straight out of the jar. It has mellowed out to a delicate tan. I’m also trying out some new fiber wash from Unicorn so it should have a very lovely lavender scent instead of stinky mushroom sock that has been perfuming the air for the past week. I’m quite happy with this and if the mushrooms keep popping up at work every few months, I should be able to dye more of this color.

Shrooms!

I finally got up the nerve (and time) to use the mushroom juice I collected so many months ago. We did a batch of cotton yarn for Sip and Knit and it just happens to need the same chemicals for the mushroom juice. This is what it looks like after two days:

I’m a little concerned that it seems to be fermenting and making a lot of air bubbles which the juice alone doesn’t do. I’ll check the yarn tomorrow.

Etsy update

We just posted our new Bixby sock base. It’s a lovely blend of bamboo and wool that is soft, shiny, and strong. I highly recommend it for summer socks. It’s definately going to be a favorite here in Florida. We also put out a few more colors of bags. Enjoy!

Color update

Just a quick note that you will soon see these beauties at Sip & Knit in Maitland:
Angora, bamboo and wool blend sock yarn, bulkies in alpaca and wool

See what sock yarn can do!

Pischi, one of the lovely ladies from Sunrise Bakery’s Knead to Knit group, just finished a beautiful Traveling Woman out of our sock yarn. You can really see how I like to dye with short color repeats for a random effect.


You can read more about her at her blog: pischilein.typepad.com