2017 LYS Tour & Weekend Projects

Last week was the LYS Tour in the Puget Sound. I didn’t make it to as many shops as I had hoped, but I stopped at some of my favorites. I tried to show restraint, but some yarn and fiber was just too lovely to resist. 

Tolt Yarn and Wool 

Fiber from Homestead Hobbyist (Mad Cow Yarn)

From Weaving Works for a small weaving project. 

I also managed to start a few new things and get some yarn finished over the weekend. 

Dyed yellow and gray braid for my Etsy shop. 

Doing a little knitting in the sunshine and my new mug from Spincycle Yarns. 

New handspun shawl on the needles. The pattern is the Quaker Yarn Stretcher by Susan Ashcroft. 

3-ply natural gray Finn yarn. 150 yards, 2.9oz. This was super lovely spin, and it made a really smooth, dense yarn.   Also available in my Etsy shop. 


FO Friday: Hat, shawl & yarn 

I’ve been doing lots of knitting, spinning and dyeing over the past few weeks, so I thought I’d share some of the projects. 
I knitted the hand dyed skein into a little hat for my daughter. I used the Kit Kat Hat pattern, which is a free design on Ravelry. It was super quick, and I love how I was able to showcase the yarn. 

I spun a braid that I had dyed. I’m still working on getting color schemes, but it is fun to play. 

Finally, a BIG project! The Parks Wrap. I am so happy with how it came out; it is so warm and cozy. 

Dyeing: Hand Painted Skein 

Another first in my yarn-y adventures: I’ve hand painted a skein of yarn! 

This was some bare Falkland that I had spun into a two-ply. I soaked the skein in citric acid while watching a few online tutorials. These were the most helpful for the kind of result I was hoping for: 

Camaj Fiber Arts
I used Greener Shades dyes, which are heavy-metal free. I mixed the dye in squirt bottles and applied the color using those. I think the trickiest part was rolling the yarn up into the plastic wrap, but I made it work. It went into the steamer pot for about 35-40 minutes, and then the dye was set!