New adventures in dyeing

The past few weeks I’ve started hand-dyeing yarn.  I’ve been dyeing fibre for a few years and thought I would venture into the world of yarn dyeing.

I’ve had mixed results, some good then today was bad.  Everything went wrong today, but I’ve overdyed a couple of skeins and am hopeful that they will look gorgeous when dry.

Yesterday afternoon hubby and I photographed them all.  I processed the photos last night, and tonight I launched my hand-dyed yarn line in my Etsy shop.

I’m also offering a 20% sale until Tuesday evening, so go along at get some great bargains ready for Christmas.


New Adventure

Last month I had quite a few good sales in my Etsy shop, so I’ve decided to reinvest that money into my business and have bought some bare yarn to handpaint and sell.

Yesterday morning this big box arrived with all the loveliness in it.

I can’t wait to get started on hand painting this yarn and I intend on making the colour ways repeatable, whereas my fibre is one of a kind.  

I’ll keep you updated.


Test Knitting

For a few years I’ve been doing test knits for designers.  I’ve done over 30 test knits and usually enjoy them.

In July I accepted a test knit that I wasn’t going to be paid for.  It was a travelling cable toe up sock.  There were quite a few testers and I had until the end of July to complete it.  I’ve struggled with directions as they are very complex and I’ve not been enjoying it.  I put it down and explained to the designer that I was struggling, but would complete it as soon as I could.  

I still haven’t finished it and am contemplating ripping it out and giving up.  I just can’t do it.  I feel a total failure as this is the first time I’ve not been able to complete a pattern.  

What would you do?  Would you grit your teeth and try to carry on, or would you rip it out and forget all about it?


Hexipuffs and Jigglypuffs

The past few weeks I’ve been struggling to find my knitting mojo, it just disappeared.  I’ve been doing a lot of sock test knits and think I burned myself out.  Nothing I pulled out kept my interest until I pulled out my project bag with some spare sock yarn left over from some socks I’d been making.  It was my project bag with my hexipuffs in it.  

For those of you who don’t know what hexipuffs are, they are double-sided hexagons stuffed with toy filling.  All the hexipuffs get sewn together and make a blanket or rug.  The pic below is of some hexipuffs I made on Sunday.  I’ve now fallen down the hexipuffs rabbit hole and am hoping my knitting mojo will reappear soon.

Something that has been keeping me occupied for the past month is the game Pokemon Go.  I am so addicted to it and so is my hubby.  I’ve even got my 6 year old niece into it.  We found a rattan a in her hair.

My favourite Pokemon is Jigglypuffs.  I just only have a few of them, but they are so adorable and cute.  Pokemon isn’t just for children, people of all ages can enjoy the game, so go and “Catch them all”