Show and Tell

Anyone getting excited for Valentine’s Day? I am.

1.) I made this little stuffed heart from this free pattern on Ravelry. It’s called My Whole Heart. It was fun and quick and now I’m addicted. I made another today but with bigger needles and thicker yarn. I’ll take a picture of that other one soon and post it to my FaceBook page.

2.) Remember the scarf I was working on for what seemed like forever? Ta Da!!!

This is Mustard Seed Yarn Lab superwash wool in bulky….named Triton. I only have one skein left and I’m unsure of whether to keep it or put it up in my shop. Hmmm…

And the proud recipient:

I think it looks like it was made for him. Ha! Mr. Stich patiently waited a very long time for his scarf, and the day I gave it to him was a freakish 60 degrees.  Thankfully, the weather soon got back to normal (aka: freezing) so he was able to wear it the next day.

3.) I sell some of my hand dyed roving in a great yarn shop in Newburyport, MA…. A Loom with a View. Quite a while ago, a very nice woman named Helene contacted me to let me know she had bought some of my roving there and she had showed me a picture of the roving after she had spun it. I had called this colorway Emmet.

 Then she turned it into this!

This is the Thermis Cowl.  Is there anything cooler than seeing roving turn into yarn turn into something beautiful? And I love those buttons, too.

4.) Marisa from CA bought my yarn called North Woods and she made this:

Wow. Right?

It’s like looking at knitter’s porn. Seriously.

This shawl is called Pogona, by Stephen West.  I soon realized that Marisa is quite the knitter. She has more of her lovely projects on her blog: Fat Button Girl. And she has bought another skein of my yarn so maybe at some point I’ll have another Fat Button Girl creation to show off.  :)

Well, it’s late and I’m signing off now. My book and my bed await me. A big thank you to Helene and Marisa for sharing with me!

Good night all!

 

 

 

 

What’s on the needles right now….and not just mine.

There is a very nice gentleman I work with who really has an appreciation for handmade things. Before Christmas he commissioned me to make him a scarf, but before I could get going on it he commissioned me again to make a pair of fingerless mitts for another coworker for Christmas. After I finished those he asked for another pair for her daughter. It’s a great pattern…very simple and good for showing off hand dyed yarn. I’ve made them before for myself and my niece, and after I made the two pairs for the man I work with, I had enough yarn left over to knit up another pair for my friend Maiya, who has very cold hands at work. Here is Maiya’s pair:

If you’d like the pattern, you can find it here  on Ravelry. They’re called Easy Handspun Mitts. They use sock yarn. Great for knitting while watching TV.

Finally, when I was done knitting 4000 pairs of fingerless mitts (or three pairs in a row…which feels like 4000 pairs) I got started on the scarf. Click here for the pattern. I used my own Mustard Seed Yarn Lab yarn, a bulky weight I called Triton. I started this scarf over 4 times or more, trying to get the right size, the right density, using different needles and tweaking the pattern just a bit. Wanna see what I have so far?

Oooohhh…cables. I love cables, but I’m not crazy about knitting them. And I have to say I’m horribly nervous that this scarf is going to roll itself up into a tube when it’s done, even after I block it. I keep saying, “No no, once you block it, it will be fine. It will straighten out and lay flat. Don’t worry so much. You are amazing. And those dishes can sit in the sink awhile longer.” But that other voice in my head keeps saying, “If it’s rolling itself into a tube now, blocking will only help it for a little while…and then it will roll up on the poor man once he starts wearing it. What are you going to do, block it for him every week, like a dry cleaning service? And that kitchen is starting to look like a disaster.”

Not sure which voice to listen to, I decided to just keep going. I’ve simply got too much time invested into this scarf, and the thought of ripping it out (again) and trying to figure out a way to make it not curl….sigh….I just don’t want to. (whine) So we’ll see what happens after it’s blocked.

So would you like to see some other people’s creations made with my yarn? I sold my Robot Takeover yarn to my friend Amy a long time ago…in fact, she was one of my very first sales. She finally had a chance to knit it up and I wanted to share her creation:

And then we have Hallie in CT. Hallie bought my Fire Storm yarn and recently sent me this picture of some fingerless mitts she knitted up during Hurricane Sandy as a gift for a cousin.

Hallie doesn’t know this but that yarn was originally dyed by request for Julia Roberts. No really! I got a request one day from a Julia Roberts on Etsy to make some yarn that looked like my Inferno yarn, but with less pink. She wanted to make a poncho for her 7 year old son. There was no personal information about her on her profile, but I had a feeling it could very well be THE Julia Roberts. After all, Julia is a knitter and has a son that age…and a daughter. Twins. So I dyed up 3 skeins of it and thought it came out even better than the original yarn she had liked, but when I sent her the picture, alas, she said her son had changed his mind, and that sometimes he was even pickier than her daughter. So this Julia Roberts was a) a knitter  b) had a son the right age and c) had a daughter too! That’s all the convincing I needed. In my head, it was her. And it’s ok that she ended up not wanting it….I had told her I would dye it up and show her the picture and there was no pressure to take the yarn. And in the end, all worked out for the best, because Hallie bought Julia’s yarn and made something beautiful! So Hallie, if you’re reading this, you can tell your friends you snagged yarn made for Julia Roberts. And that’s not a lie…the person’s name really was Julia Roberts.   I guess we’ll never know for sure   :)

BTW, I just finished The Kitchen House, which I really liked. Next up : Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I’ve heard good things about it. Anyone else out there read it? Is it as good as all the hype?

Overwhelmed

It’s been way too long. I haven’t posted anything since October 7th. And now I don’t know where to start. Do I backtrack and tell you a whole bunch of stuff you missed? That is such an overwhelming thought… and that’s why I haven’t posted anything. And the longer I wait, the more I have to report on! It’s a mad cycle, and if I don’t post something soon, I might just give up altogether….and then my sister would KILL me!

Hmmm…so remember when I was going nuts trying to dye up enough yarn over the summer for the two fairs I was doing in the Fall? Well, I managed to dye up somewhere between 150-200 skeins. My booth was lovely….

….but I only sold a couple skeins. Between the cost of the booth fee and the money spent on everything I needed to beautify my booth, I lost money. The same thing happened with my second fair….

…that’s my yarn on the right, and my sister’s yarn on the left. She shared each booth with me. I only sold a couple of skeins during the second fair too, leading me to believe that fairs are just not the venue to sell hand-dyed yarn. Not these types of fairs anyways.

It was a lot of fun though. My mom was there hanging out with us and making friends left and right. My friend Vicki was there showing off her spinning skills and keeping the crowds entertained. And it was all a good experience…one that taught me that selling on Etsy makes way more sense for me than trying to sell in a fair.

So there’s a little catch-up for ya. I think I’ll stop here and just do a little bit each upcoming post so as not to drown myself. Plus, I’m reading a really good book I can barely put down, and I’m itching to get in my jammies and go to bed and read. I highly recommend The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom.

Goodnight everyone.  :)

 

 

The coolest part about selling my yarn

So what’s the coolest part of making yarn and selling it? You are going to think I’m going to say something like ‘getting paid’ right? Although that is definitely helpful, the COOLEST part is when I get to see my yarn all grown up into something. Up until recently, I’ve only gotten to see my yarn grown up into creations I made. I never got to see what other people have done with it. I will often send a note along to the people who buy my yarn, letting them know if they’d like to share a picture of what they make, I’d love to post it to my blog. Well, are you ready to see some beauties that have been knitted with Mustard Seed Yarn Lab yarn?

Above we have a shawl made by Patti from Denver. The name of the pattern is Rockefeller by Stephen West. Patti had bought my sock yarn called “Holy Moly Guacamole” and incorporated it into this super cool shawl. This was the colorway she bought:

 She said she had so much left over that she was able to use it to make these mittens:

I only WISH I could knit something as complicated as these! I have yet to try mixing colors to make anything other than stripes.  Above are the Woodland Winter Mittens. I’m so proud! You’d think I made them myself or something. Thank you, Patti, for sharing with me! You were the first person to do that!

And many months ago my friend Denise from Schenectady asked me to dye two skeins a blue and green combo. She sent me a picture to try to copy the colors from. I wrote about the process in this blog post. I did my best and sent her the colorway I called “Earth”. She was making a baby blanket with them. Well a couple days ago, Denise shared the completed blanket with me and here it is:

WooHoo!! It looks so great! I think she’s going to block it to make it even bigger. That will be one lucky baby boy. Thanks for sharing Denise!

So do you see what I mean? The most fun part of all of this is making something I know that someone else will turn into something even more beautiful. I look forward to seeing and sharing more pictures from people who’ve chosen my yarn. I have met so many super nice people buying my yarn on Etsy. I’ve even made few new friends.

So if you are reading this and you have bought any Mustard Seed Yarn Lab yarn, please feel free to share a picture of the finished project with me. I’m sure everyone would love to see it, and I would love to show it off for you!

The Name Game

Sometimes I get really stuck on a name for a yarn I make. The yarn will instantly remind me of something and BOOM…I can’t think of anything else. And I’m not saying it’s necessarily a bad thing to go with the obvious choice, but sometimes I desire something more unique for a colorway I really love. Something a little more special.

Such was the case with this. My very first thought… BOOM… Rose Garden. It’s almost a perfect description and therefore, I naturally wanted to think of something more outside the box. Second thought…BAM…Watermelon. Again, it’s the obvious choice, but lacking the uniqueness I was in the mood for. (Plus I have another skein I’m thinking should be Watermelon, or something close.)  I couldn’t seem to get these two ideas out of my head so I did something I always have fun with, and threw the picture up on FB and asked for suggestions.  (PS, I have my own Mustard Seed Yarn Lab Facebook page now, if you didn’t know already. Feel free to head over there and LIKE me.  :)

The ideas came fast and furious. I laughed when Alissa also suggested Rose Garden, but then said that was probably too obvious….it’s like she reads my mind! And then came all the Watermelon suggestions…Watermelon Swirl, Watermelon Tourmaline, Seedless (so creative!!!), Rind and All, Melon Sorbet and Twisted Melon. Some of these ideas came from Breida with a b. putting out the call for help on her own FB page (check out her page for a beautiful and inspiring blog!).  And then there’s Kate D. who ALWAYS comes up with something fun and unique for me….this time her thoughts of Christmas inspired her with You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out and Triple Dog Dare. HA!! I love them both!  My cousin Tricia obviously was in need of a drink when she thought of Poinsettia Champagne or Peppermint Martini. Mmmmmm. And how cool is this? Tricia has friends in Italy who saw the  post and gave there own ideas….in ITALIAN…so I was lucky enough to get translations from Tricia and learned they offered Strawberry Sorbet and Unripe Blackberry. Then there were the more poetic suggestions…Now and Later from Denise or Remember Me Summer from Robin. My sister suggested Finnick, which I am totally going to steal for another colorway…maybe even do a few Hunger Games themed skeins. So, you are wondering what I have chosen after all these great ideas?

Well, after all that, my gut keeps telling me to go with my first choice, which was Rose Garden!! (Becky chose that one too.)  I know, I know…I said I wanted something less obvious, and I did, but in my head, I just couldn’t envision anything more perfect than Rose Garden, and heck, what’s so wrong with just going for the obvious every once in awhile?? It just seems to FIT so well. I know someone out there wants to smack me right now  :)

Thank you for all the great suggestions and thought everyone put into helping me. I will need your help again, probably very soon.  And I’ll be putting up another post soon. I have a lot to talk about.

MWAH!!

 

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