New Skeins on the Block

Hello??  Anybody out there…?  Shew, I am so sorry all TLMYC blog readers…I have been such a terrible blogger over the past couple of weeks!  I won’t go into the details of why I’ve been away, but let’s just say using the term “busy” to describe my recent life would be an understatement…  (Busy in such a good way, though it has been exhausting…)  If you’re still around after my hiatus, I thank you.  Life happens, right?  But I promise to do better in the future.

Anyway, what have I been up to that’s kept me away for so long?  Well, in just a few words, I have been invited to participate in a Christmas craft/gift show at a local-to-me boutique!  I’m thrilled to be able to participate, but I’ve been crafting like a lunatic in order to get ready.  (Not to mention eating, sleeping, and my day job…)  Also keeping me up at night, I’ve been dyeing like crazy!  A week or so ago, I realized that I was doing so well in my Etsy sales, that I was quickly running low on inventory and needed to rectify that STAT!   (Thank you wonderful TLMYC patrons for this awesome problem!!  🙂 )  So I went on a bit of a spree…got a new yarn base (hello Comfy DK!), fulfilled a few custom orders, and launched into some brand spankin’ new colorways.  Would you like to see?


 

Starting in on the winter (but not Christmas) themed colors, first I created ‘Evergreen’ and ‘Snowy Pine’…  These turned out beautiful, with ‘Snowy Pine’ being shades of spruce green on a white base, and ‘Evergreen’ a lovely, deep tonal green.

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‘Snowy Pine’ on Wanderer Sock

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‘Evergreen’ on Glitter Sock

Also, some of my favorites of these batches, I created a couple of new “splashy” color ways to accompany ‘Seaweed’ , including ‘Berry Sundae’, ‘Ember’, ‘Grapeness’, and (an unexpected one) ‘Clown Car’!

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‘Berry Sundae’ on Wanderer Sock

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Ember’ on Wanderer Sock

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‘Grapeness’ on Wanderer Sock

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‘Clown Car’ on Wanderer Sock

Last, I experimented with a couple new tonals…’Desert Rose’ and ‘Horizon’.  These two are actually somewhat similar — shades of red, pink, and some orange — however, they are different enough to merit differing names.  ‘Desert Rose’ involves more shades of pink, whereas ‘Horizon’ has more of an orange-ish hue.  I call them my fraternal twins.  😛  Different, but both lovely.  (“They’re not the same, they’re similar….”  Gosh.  Ha!)

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‘Desert Rose’ on Glitter Sock

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‘Horizon’ on Glitter Sock

In addition to these new-kids-on-the-block, I’ve also dyed up and listed some oldies-but-goodies on my new base: Comfy DK!  The ones currently listed are ‘Police Box’, “Bowties are Cool’, and ‘Exploding TARDIS’.

So, clearly I’ve been hitting the dyepot hard over the last couple of weeks…  I mean, I feel like I have.  Whew!  Very happy with (most) of my outcomes, though.  🙂  Most of these new colors were created as experiments to see if I could come up with some new regular colorways to feature.  The only ones I’ve so far decided to keep as regulars are ‘Berry Sundae’, ‘Desert Rose’, ‘Snowy Pine’, and ‘Evergreen’, therefore, many of these are OOAK skeins that will likely not be repeated…so if you see one you like, grab it quick!  😉


Well…that’s just about the extent of my dyeing update for, oh, probably a while…(not.)  I’d love to tell you that I’m a machine and, in addition to dyeing all of these and getting ready for the craft show, I’ve also knit up 5 pairs of socks, 3 hats, and a sweater, but alas…that is not the case….  The state of my knitting right now…?

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Left: Vanilla Latte Socks in TLMYC’s ‘Sanderson Sisters’ Glitter Sock

Right: 6×2 ribbed socks in KnitsomniacDesign’s ‘It’s a Dead Man’s Party’ Sparkle Sock

Both of these are Halloween colorways, and first socks…..let’s just say I failed Socktober.  (womp womp)  But oh well!  Plenty of time to knit during winter, right?  Well, that’s what I’ve been up to lately!  Again, so sorry for the absence, but thanks for stopping by…and please let me know what you think of my new colorways in the comments!  🙂

What are your current crafty endeavors?

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2 thoughts on “New Skeins on the Block

    • For the cluster, you should be pulling the third stitch on the left needle over the first two & off the needle, (i.e., it is no longer a live stitch). Then the k1, yo, k1 will get you back to 3 stitches in this section. Does this help with what you’re struggling with?

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