Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Romi selection giveaway!

I've got a fun one for you; especially if you want to knit Romi's upcoming design in the colorways that she choose! No better time for the giveaway than right now, don't you think?!

Durring the process of dying lots and lots of Coyote Trail I have a stray that cannot be sold. It's got a 3rd end and I have no idea nor do I want to find out where it came from. It could be simple, it could be complex. I'll let one of you find out!

Leave a comment and you could win it.

It will be the winners responsibility to contact me within 1 week or I'll draw another winner.

DEADLINE to enter is December 5th. I'll draw the winner on December 6th, St. Nicholas Day!
Good Luck!

Opulence: Merino/Cashmere/Nylon
The winner receives just one skein :)

December Twilight

A few months ago I was commissioned to do a special colorway for Lila & Claudine's Advent Knit a-long. 

This was the inspirational photo they sent to me. I love getting inspiration like this to replicate it in yarn. It's the challenging part of my fantastic job. With 1 practice lot on a different base I tweaked it when I dyed it on the yarn they wanted. Opulence Fingering: Superwash Merino, Cashmere and Nylon. A fantastic yarn which I love!

The yarn is flying off the shelf at Lila & Claudine's; they have re-ordered twice, everyone loves it! I'm sending them more tomorrow in hopes that it will arrive on Saturday, the first day of the KAL. 

 "December Twilight"

They have chosen 20 easy scarf patterns. You get to decide how many repeats you do of each stitch pattern. The Knit a-long will begin on December 1, offering 20 days of patterns segments, giving you some flexibility with your time. 

They are including a daily devotion for you to incorporate into your knitting time or not, your choice.

If you want to participate there is still time, contact Lila & Claudine's to get in on this great KAL! 
Their phone number is:  651-429-9551  
If they run out of yarn you know who to contact!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Secret...

is out!

Romi of Designs by Romi is designing a shawl with my yarn. Romi choose the first colorway combo pictured and I cannot wait to see the finished design. I have no idea, well, no more idea than any of you readers, what she is doing with it. I only know what she posts on her's kind of fun being in on the anticipation with you.

Here are the colorway combos that I paired up for the release of this latest pattern from Romi.  I really don't know how she does it; one great pattern after the next!

All of this yarn is Opulence Fingering, 80/10/10 Superwash Merino/Cashmere/Nylon. It has a great tight twist and super soft and squishy!

Coyote Trail & Dawn Pink 
(Romi's brilliant color combo choice)

Smoldering Red & Halifax Shore
(Halifax Shore is an old favorite, but jazzed up a bit for this special pairing.)

Symphony & Tropica

Citrus Orange & Up North
(Up North was inspired by a recent trip up north (Duluth, Minnesota) in the peak of autumn.)

Greek Olives & Cabernet
(This pairing is a special one; my Mom choose these for a Kleio about 1.5 years ago. She is the only only one with the combo and gets so many compliments I had to go with it.)

The photo of my Mom's Kleio is not the greatest, but you get the idea. It was also dyed on a mostly alpaca yarn so it is lighter than the Opulence, which is mostly a superwash merino.

Where is it available you ask?? Jimmy Beans Wool has it all in collaboration with Designs by Romi.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

SAL/KAL in true...

...Nordic Style: 2 color knitting! Here is how it began:

I am so excited about the December PhatFiber box! Here's how I got there and I hope you enjoy my plan.

When I was chaining up fiber getting it ready to label I was saying to myself, wow, this would be awesome spun with this or that with this, etc. You get my drift. I kept working...then it came to me again...I wonder if I could incorporate a combo of fibers in a PhatFiber box??? That would be fun! So, I immediately went to my computer to see what December's theme was...not sure at first and I did a little more thinking. Nordic knitting...true Nordic style coming from the Nordic countries Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland is color-work! YES! I've got it...I will pair up colors combos and send them out for the box. I got right to work and it was fun indeed.

I've always loved to spin different color combos, it's not boring and makes spinning much more fun and interesting. Whether I spin the singles and ply them together or spin and ply them alone and then knit them together.

I chose a set to spin myself and did an N-ply with each.

I am hosting a SAL/KAL in honor of Nordic Culture and we will spin and knit a 2 color project 
of your choice.  SEE DETAILS HERE!

These are the other 6 color combos that I put together for the box; each are a total of .5 ounces so you can really play with them. To get a PhatFiber Box click here to find out more information!

This is a direct link the fiber, which is 40/40/20 Merino, Superwash Merino/Silk. I love spinning this fiber. Normally superwash is very slippery on it's own, so the 40 added with non-superwash is wonderful to spin, not too slippery. Merino has a shorter staple than BFL for example, so the added 20% silk makes it longer than straight merino, thus easier to spin. It is an all around fantastic fiber to spin!

Don't think you have time because of the Holiday's coming?? No fear, the deadline won't be until at least February, maybe later. I'm taking suggestions here. 

Early birds get a discount on their fiber! 15% off now through November with coupon code Nordic12 (it will get you a discount on everything in the shop actually :) Just in case you want to use a different fiber combo or knit with mill spun yarn. The options are endless!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

I'm back... the box; the PhatFiber Box that is! It's been a while since I've contributed and it's so nice and fun to be back. I've done fiber batts and yarn for November. The theme is Harvest Festival. I hosted a contest in my Ravelry Group to get some awesome inspirational images and they did not disappoint! This is what I choose:
(For some reason I cannot get the Amidst the Harvest Photo to upload, there is an error with it, so if you want to see it click here, it's in the winner's thread.

The yarn is Opulence Fingering: 80/10/10 Superwash Merino/Cashmere/Nylon in a minimal pooling colorway as always.

These are available for purchase at All For Love of Yarn (they are labeled November PhatFiber).

I have some fun things in store for the December Box, a spin a long and knit along; information will be coming soon!