Archive for the 'My store' Category

New Yarn: Cashmere/Silk Lace

I have decided to add a new yarn to my store and here it is.

I love this yarn! It is a cashmere/silk lace weight yarn. The cashmere gives it a beautiful drape and a bit of a halo. The silk makes it shimmer. It is extremely soft.

Especially for this yarn I came up with a new dyeing method. The colours change every 1 – 2 inches and flow smoothly from one shade to the next. Every skein is 3.5oz (100g) and has 1.430yds (1.300m). Have I told you how much I like it? ; )

Spinning Fibers Back in Stock

Now that I have discovered the joy of spinning for myself I’ll add some hand dyed fibers to my store again. Here is a preview:


I have also started a facebook page where I will give you a sneak peek of the yarns and fibers I am working on. Check it out:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sunnyside-Ellen/299903236030

What Happened to Miss Molly?

Miss Molly had a dolly who was sick, sick, sick.
So she called for the doctor to come quick, quick, quick.
The doctor came with his bag and his hat,
And he knocked on the door with a rat-a-tat-tat.

He looked at the dolly and he shook his head.
And he said, “Miss Molly, put her straight to bed.”
He wrote on the paper for a pill, pill, pill.
“I’ll be back in the morning with the bill, bill, bill.”

Well, in the last weeks this Miss Molly had all her children sick at home ( one of them twice) and now she herself needed to go to the Doctor. As some of you might know I have Asthma and if I get a simple cold it acts up and does not want to leave.

Anyway, if you want to make me feel better (hehe) you can sign up for my newsletter by sending me an e-mail to sunnyside(dot)ellen(at)yahoo(dot)com.

Or on Ravelry you could link your yarn to my new shop page and make it look prettier. Instructions how to do this are here.

Thanks a bunch!

Heads up

My Etsy store will be closed in August. So please let me know if there is anything you need before I put my store in vacation mode. Thank you!

Handspun

Even though my blog suggests I have not been doing much lately the truth is that I have not blogged about the things I have done. I have been making jams, jellies and syrups. I have made cakes, cookies and bread and (big surprise) I have even been sewing. The sweater I started in August last year is almost finished and I have started another scarf with handspun yarn.

Unfortunately I also have been hit by another worsening of my Asthma so that all that activity has slowed down to a trickle yet again.

In the photo is a silk/merino blend for my oldest daughter whose favourite colour is blue. The yarn is inspired by Intertwined. It is a single ply yarn where you add sparkly embroidery thread. I have been trying hard not to overspin the yarn. It will all be obvious when it comes off the bobbin! I think I should spin more often so that I remember the things I have learned the last time I did it.

I am not sure what I enjoy more: spinning the yarn or knitting with the handspun yarn…

The way I design my yarns

When I design a yarn I start with how I want the colours to appear in a knitted sock. To avoid pooling I rewind the skein I get into very long skeins before I dye them. Then I apply the colours in a way that one colour is dominant with intermittent lengths of different colours in between. These are examples of how a variegated yarn looks like knitted up ( Photos are either my own or used with permission):

Pigs In MudKaleidoscope

River Country

I also dye striped socks, where I reskein the yarn into even longer skeins so you get clearly defined stripes in a knitted sock:

Pink Zebra

Fun in the Sun

Another design I have created are transitional yarns. These are dyed in 5 or 7 wide bands that change from one colour to the next.

Non Fat Latte



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