Archive for June, 2010

Published by admin on 15 Jun 2010

Pooling, anyone?

I like dyeing my ‘painted landscapes’.  That is, where the colours move from one to another along the length of the skein, using as many as 12 different shades and tones.  However, they are sometimes hard to knit with as, depending on what you’re knitting, the colours can mix and pattern and pool in ways you might not want or expect.

BUT…there are times when this is exactly what you want.  Just take a look at these..

They’re the amazing pooling shawls of Wenat of Yarn Floozies.  Designed to make the very best of yarn dyed in a sequence from one end of the skein to the other, just like aformentioned painted landscapes, in fact, and many of the Wollmeise and Lorna’s Laces colourways.

She has full instructions and a pattern to show you how to work it all out here , and more (very generously free) patterns in the sidebar, not to mention an interesting and lively blog shared with her friend Dotty.

To make the most of this exciting way of working, there will be more Smoothie Sock landscapes coming to an APY store near you soon!

Lovely photographs used with kind permission of Wenat :)

Published by admin on 09 Jun 2010

Anna’s Lace

update 9 June 2010 8pm BST

There’s lots of new colours of Anna’s Lace in the shop! Here are a few honeys…..

At 1200m per 100g, there’s plenty on one skein for a good sized shawl.  How about Madli’s shawl (Ravelry link) from Knitted Lace of Estonia by Nancy Bush which will take just one skein, or the stunning Cap Shawl (Ravelry link) by Jane Sowerby from Victorian Lace Today, taking 2 skeins, or indeed most of the fantastic patterns from either of these two books!

Happy knitting :D

Published by admin on 07 Jun 2010

Golden Crocus

Let me introduce you to this lovely pair of socks, knit by the very talented Laura who not only knits, but makes the most beautiful glass beads.

They’re Crocus socks by Wendy D Johnson from Toe-up Socks For Every Body.  The yarn is Smoothie Sock, in a non-pooling shade of pumpkin.  They’re quite splendid, are they not?  I’m really pleased with how the colour has subtly variegated – just the effect I was hoping to achieve :D

Thanks to Laura for permission to use the lovely photographs.