I’m back again! Here with a new a hat and cowl pattern that is now live in my store on Ravelry!
My new Winter Berries Hat and Cowl knitting pattern is perfect for beginners to stranded colorwork. With only two colors used at one time, yarn management is kept to a minimum. It’s perfect for those who may not have experience with multiple yarns at once and a nice simple piece for experienced knitters.
I used my own hand dyed yarn on my Dense DK base, which you can get in my Sisteresque Fibers shop in any colorway. I loved using my own yarn! The purple color is The Evil Eye colorway; the red is Blood Binding; and the green is The Poison You Picked.
Worked on a US Size 5 needle, this pattern is based on a 12 stitch repeat. This makes it easy to customize the size of the hat or cowl; just add or subtract multiples of 12 stitches when you cast on and follow the pattern as written. Simple!
I had so much fun knitting this up and designing the charts for the colorwork! I do hope if you choose to support my yarny dreams and purchase my pattern, you will enjoy it, too!
That’s all the self-promotion I have for now 🙂 Until next circle, Fiber Friends!
This weekend is the New York Sheep and Wool Festival, better known to knitters and fiber enthusiasts as Rhinebeck! Sadly, this is another year I cannot be there in person, though it is on my yarny bucket list. But my magical fiber spirit is strong and I shall participate in Rhinebeck virtually!
My first task was to complete what would be my Rhinebeck Sweater (if I were going), the Arboreal Sweater by Jennifer Steingass. I used my own hand dyed yarn in my colorways The Evil Eye (purple) and The Poison You Picked (green), both of which are part of my Black Magic Womanmini kits, available in my shop. I loved how they came out in the minis so much, I needed a sweater! Choosing a pattern from Jennifer Steingass was tough, as she has many that I want to knit! But this simple two color yoke sweater was enjoyable and easy on my brain.
I found a way to participate in a virtual Rhinebeck weekend myself, but what about my followers and customers? A sale of course! I’ve added new colorways to the shop and a brand new sparkle mini kit, Hoodoo Holiday! And for this weekend, the 18th to the 21st I have a 10% off sale running in the shop! No coupon needed, just spend more than 10$ and get 10% off your fun yarny goodness. Just because you can’t go to Rhinebeck doesn’t mean you can’t get yourself a yarn haul!
And last, but certainly not least, is my Instagram Giveaway! To help my friends and followers join the excitement of a fiber weekend, I’m giving away some special treats! One skein of my own colorway, A Coven Wedding on Plump Sock, a full bar of custom color matched soap from Oak City Soap, their Loverly Lavender guest soap, a mint lip balm and some little chocolates! Follow me on Instagram @sisteresquefibers to enter the giveaway!
That’s all for this entry, I wish you all luck in the giveaway! If you get to go to Rhinebeck I hope you have a great time, and if not, I hope you join the virtual fun!
Long time, no blog post! Hello again Fiber Friends!
Its been a while. Truthfully, I’m going through some big life changes and as a result I have relocated back to South Dakota to be close to family for a while. I am stressed, anxious and desperately trying to figure out a job – sadly my creative life is not yet in position to be my day job, though that is always the ultimate goal.
Still, I am working at slowly at my many WIPs.
These are just a few of the socks I have that I told myself I would have ready for the cooler weather. I may have to push that back to ready for the snow, but even that may be a bit of a stretch. I started these while still in North Carolina, and when I bid farewell to my Podcast friend Barb of Super Stitchy, she gave me the sweet little beaded witch stitch marker she made herself. So if it does take me longer to finish these, at least I have a fun reminder of a fiber friend.
I had also told myself I would have a sweater done for the fall by now, but naturally, my latest sweater is not yet completed. Just about done with one sleeve and one left to go.
I’m loving my new Dense DK base, I have a loose gauge so the more densely spun yarn won’t grow as much as my Plump DK base. I started this in NC as well, and between settling into a new space and the emotions that come with not knowing what my life is right now have slowed me down. I did finish the body while waiting for my baby Jack Russell, Lucy, to come back from teeth extractions at the vet. However, stress knitting, while useful for keeping me from biting my nails and clenching my teeth, is still not my ideal knitting.
Stress aside, I am happy to be closer to family, and happy for the cooler knitting weather in South Dakota. Knitting out of necessity gives me unique pleasure. I suppose my productivity anxiety is quelled a bit by the idea of knitting practical items for myself that I know will go to good use, and soon. I started myself a hat in the Acres Wild pattern by Kniting Pirate on Ravelry. I’m using Malabrigo Rios yarn and toting it in a phantasmically perfect bag from Twisted Yarn and Fiber Bags on Etsy. We have one week of temporary warm temperatures coming and then October will be in full cool swing, and I will definitely be wearing this hat.
My WIPs, my mind and my writing are all a bit scattered, and I would apologize, but that just where I am right now. I am continuing to put my best effort into my Sisteresque FibersEtsy shop, I have added Pre-Order or Dye to Order yarn in hopes of more sales with less unsold inventory about. I have intentions of creating some colorwork hat patterns and a few cross stitch patterns. I only hope my job search and possible job find won’t interrupt my creativity too much, as it is a large part of what is currently holding my sanity together. Tho, sadly, it doesn’t pay for health insurance. Sigh.
I will end on a lighter note and say that I am grateful to the fiber and crafting community for providing a place to go during the worst of times. Everyone is so supportive and happy to share times in their lives that have been rough – and how the made it thru to the other side. To everyone who reads my blog, supports my content, my shop and my fibery pipe dream, I love you all! I wish you all the most magical fall knitting and I hope your October is full of treats, yarn and many Halloween movies!
This week let’s talk socks! Over the summer I had tried a new sock knitting technique: four at a time socks inside socks! Wait? What? That’s right. I had two pairs of two at a time socks on the needles, with one pair inside the other. Here’s the YouTube video I used to figure out how to knit a sock inside of a sock:
I had a two at a time sock set going, so I started another and then put the second socks inside the first set. As much as I did enjoy the new technique, I had also started a “part time” job (with commute, its a full time hours away from home and knitting job). I felt drained of time for knitting and the four at a time socks were moving too slowly. And then came the knitting anxiety. There was nothing else for it: they had to be separated.
Once I had the separated, they did seem to fly off the needles. Of course, I did a spend a weekend working on them, so the extra hours of time did help. I had two pairs of socks done by Wednesday and it felt good!
So what did I do to celebrate having two pairs of socks done and blocking? Cast on another two sets of socks of course! I know, if I was stressing out about not getting these socks done, why start two more? Well, because I am a knitter. I need to have socks on the go. Particularly now that I have discovered two at a time and the joy of having no second sock syndrome.
I made a firm decision not to let myself stress over my knitting. As a reward, I bought myself a positively perfect Nightmare Before Christmas themed bag from Knit For Brains because I adore Laura’s bags! I also went ahead and cast on a third pair of socks. Partly to challenge myself to keep enjoying my knitting rather than agonizing over how many projects I am getting finished.
I’m loving the yarn I’m using for all of my new on the go sock projects. And I keep reminding myself that a knitter should always have socks on the go. You never know when you will need to keep yourself busy in a waiting room, on a plane or in a car. So why not have a few projects in progress? The world won’t end if you don’t finish them in a “timely manner.”
In summation my fiber sisters and brethren, don’t sweat the small socks. And for that matter don’t sweat any of the things that are meant to bring you joy. I know that can be difficult when you’re having a down day, I’ve had plenty of my own. But we knit because we are looking for the good, we are finding our peace. And yes, we do happen to end up having some magically magnificent socks!
Amidst all of my focus on my anxiety lately, I nearly forgot that this month, August, is the one year mark of my yarn dyeing and selling adventure! Happy Yarniversary to me!
It feels like I’ve been dyeing yarn for far longer than a year, and maybe life stress has contributed to that. But when I realized that it was my one year Yarnivesary, I felt like I should be a bit proud of myself. One year is a short time in the grand scheme of life, and I’ve come a long way since my first color creations. I’ve developed my technique, I’ve adapted my own style, and most importantly, I’ve kept at it.
The photos above are a year apart in dyeing and photographing, but it’s the same colorway. Others may not be able to see a difference, but I can! I have adjusted my technique so that I can more easily repeat the colorway, my dyeing is more even, and I have improved my speckling! I am glad for Instagram so that I can go back and see my progress and feel good that I have kept working at my craft.
After a year of dyeing and selling yarn, some things haven’t changed. I still do a happy dance every time someone makes a purchase from my shop. I still, immediately after the happy dance, start to have a mini panic attack thinking “What if they hate it?” and worrying about it getting lost in the mail. I still want very much to make this yarny adventure my full time gig and I’m working towards being able to do that. Sometimes I’m hopeful and excited, and sometimes it feels like an impossible dream. But I still keep trying.
Life has gotten messy since I started dyeing yarn, and not just because I spill dye on the counter. But for the month of my Yarniversary, I’m going to feel good about my progress in the crafting life. I haven’t figured out how to clean up all of life’s messes. But I have figured out that when you spill dye on the counter, a layer of Dawn dish soap for 15 minutes and a dry paper towel to wipe it up will take that dye right off the counter. And if you learn nothing else from me today, I hope at least that much is useful!
To celebrate my Yarniversary, I wanted to share some love with all of you wonderful fiber friends who support my shop, my blog and my crafty pipe dream. Go to my shop Sisteresque Fibers on Etsy, and use the coupon code ONEYEAR to get 15% off of everything thru the end of August! All of your support and kind words mean so very much to me! This is my art and its a beautiful thing when someone other than me finds it beautiful, too!
Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me, whether you made a purchase, made a comment, or just read my little yarn diary. Thank you!