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Projects on My Needles – July 27, 2018

It’s been a little over a month since my last project update. I feel like I’ve done a shitload since then, but it doesn’t look like a whole lot in 6 weeks. But in addition to the knitting I’ve been doing, I’ve published a Natural Yarn Directory for anyone to use and contribute to, I’ve published my Hero of Time hat pattern (see below!), I’ve been dyeing a lot of yarn, and I’ve been sewing project bags. I do think that after I’ve worked on the sweater design I have up next, I’ll take a break from pattern designing. I have so much dyeing research and development to do still, I AM IN LOVE WITH the project bags I have in the works, and I just want to knit more for myself – I keep adding to the list of yarn brands/bases I want to try.

But at any rate, these are the things I’ve been knitting while watching the Handmaid’s Tale, Atlanta, Rick and Morty, Archer, Ozark, etc…

Finished Objects

Hero of Time x 3

I was in progress on the first of these three during my last WIP update, and I’ve finished all three and published the pattern since then! These were a ton of fun to work on. I wrote a post that details the story behind this design, and if you’re so inclined, I have kits of the 7 contrasting colors available for purchase with a FREE pattern download in the Etsy shop.

Pattern: Hero of Time (Ravelry), Hero of Time (Etsy)
Yarn: My own Fuzzzy Green Fibers in Erie, and some Recycled Yarn (fingering weight)
Ravelry Project Page: Adult Large, Child/Small Adult, Toddler/Small Child

Works in Progress

Okanogan Socks – For Jason!

I finished my own pair of Okanogan socks, and have cast on a pair for my husband! This time I’m doing the calf-shaping for him. The main color will be the deep gray and the stripes will be the green that my socks were made from. I’ve only ever made him 1 pair of socks, so hopefully these fit him even better and he gets legitimate use from them!

Pattern: Okanogan by Andrea Rangel
Yarn: Blacker Yarns Mohair Blends 4-Ply in Ladock Woods and Metherell
Green Mountain Spinnery Meadow in Natural
Ravelry Project Page: Okanogan for Jason

Portage

I hadn’t even started this yet during my last post, so I think this is considerable progress along with 3 hats and casting on a pair of socks (and the 685683 other things I’m up to). I just finished the tubular bind off last night (omg so much kitchener) and will pick up the front/collar tonight. I may have to block the shit out of this when it’s done since I made the XS, and I may have to do some color shenanigans for the wrist cuffs since I have 100 yds less than it called for, but I’m so excited for POCKETSES!!!

Pattern: Portage
Yarn: Mountain Meadow Wool Lilura in Teal
Ravelry Project Page: Portage

Near Future Cast-Ons

Contrast Heel-Toe-Cuff Socks

Kelly T
October

I’ve been dyeing up a storm and working on colorways. This was my first prototype of Kelly T which turned out gorgeous, but it isn’t exactly what I had in mind for the colorway. However, my intentions with many of my colorways are to make sock kits with their related base color, so I’m going to use this as a beta-test for that (weight/yardage needed, how the dye technique knits up). Kelly T will be a colorway available for purchase soon, and October is available now!

Pattern: Personal toe-up recipe (Judy’s magic cast on, maybe Fish Lips Kiss or scrap yarn afterthought heel?)
Yarn: Fuzzzy Green Fibers Geauga in Kelly T with October contrast heel/toe/cuff

Rose Cardigan

Another thing I want to offer is dyed-to-order fade kits. Since fades will usually be a differing number of skeins in whichever color depending on your project, I can’t so much have them available ready to ship, but I really like fades that are dyed to be faded, not just colors striped together that hope for the best. Those tend to look tacky and “omg did you knit that yourself, bless your heart!” I’m going to make myself a Rose Cardigan with this fade (even though it’s fingering weight when the pattern calls for sport weight – the gauge calls for 26 sts/4 in, I think we’ll be okay), while coming up with other fade kits too (I’m thinking a navy to beige fade, a gray to mustard fade, etc). I would just buy a fade kit from someone else, but I cannot find another indie dyer using non-superwash yarn who dyes just precisely what I’m looking for, so I might as well DIY and offer it up to the world!

Pattern: Rose
Yarn: Fuzzzy Green Fibers Geauga in Mauve, Muffin Top, Jackie Jormp-Jomp, and Rural Juror

Pullover Design for Nae

For Christmas, I gifted my friend Renee the promise of a pullover that I designed. I’ll probably need to make multiple in a few sizes to make sure the pattern is all mathed-up properly, so I’m happy to gift one of them to my bff. I let her choose what color she wanted it knit in, and while I didn’t quite nail what she described (sry, am dye n00b), she liked the resultant colorway anyway :). This colorway isn’t going to be available in the shop, mostly because I had to do some messing around to attempt to correct it, and I would have no ability to recreate it exactly. However, if this speaks to you, let me know and I can do my darndest!

Pattern: It’s all in my brain at the moment!
Yarn: Fuzzzy Green Fibers Geauga

That’s all for now! I do a lot of daily updates and whatnot on my Instagram page, so if you’re interested in more nonsense from me, check it out.

<3 Larissa

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[PATTERN] Hero of Time

My husband grew up playing video games, and most formative among them was The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. He lauds the problem solving, story details, and fortitude needed to discover how to complete a quest that is common to many video games. Therefore, I’ve made a hat pattern to reflect the nostalgia, happiness, and triumph many of you and your family members feel when playing any of the Legend of Zelda games.

You can find it in two places:

My Ravelry Pattern Store

My Etsy Store*

 

The Fair Isle motifs in this pattern tell the story of Link becoming the Hero of Time in several The Legend of Zelda video games. He must collect the Spiritual Stones & the Master Sword, which lead him to the Triforce, his foe, and a victory as Hero of Time!

Sizes
Toddler/Child(Large Child/Small Adult, Large Adult)

Finished Measurements
17-19(20-22, 23-24)” or 43-49(50-56, 57-61) cm head circumference.
The Toddler/Child size fits my 2.5 year old with a 19.5” head, the Large Child/Small Adult size fits myself with a 21.5”(54.5 cm) head, and the Large Adult fits my husband with a 23.5”(60 cm) head.

Yarn
Fingering Weight Yarn:
1 Main Color 30-50 g/approx. 132-220 yds/121-201 m
7 Contrasting Colors (yellow, darker blue/purple, gray, lighter blue, gold, red, green); 10 g/44 yds/40 m Gold, 5 g/22 yds/20 m each of the other colors. This works out to one half of a fingering weight skein or less, and very small amounts of the rest of the colors – the yardages are over-estimates! This is great for bold-colored scraps!

*A limited number of yarn kits of the 7 contrasting colors are available for purchase through the FuzzzyGreenFibers Etsy shop!

When choosing a Main Color, a very dark or very light color makes the best contrast for the motifs to pop! Although, don’t be afraid of some color or speckles if you’re so inclined.

Gauge
27 stiches & 32 rows in stockinette/Fair Isle per 4”/10 cm on US 2.5/3.00 mm needles. If you’re not sure how your gauge might change in stockinette vs Fair Isle, I’d recommend a Fair Isle Swatch

Techniques Used

  • Fair Isle stranded knitting.
  • 3-color Fair Isle is used for several rows.
  • It may be helpful to catch long floats (>5 stitches) to help with tension & catching. Video tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Fsbwg4xTlw

<3 Larissa

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Crowd-Sourced Natural Yarn Directory

Do you enjoy natural yarn?

You don’t use yarn with superwash or synthetic fibers like acrylic or nylon?

Look no further!

I’ve collated yarn brands and their bases that fall under this broad “natural” category.

Organized by:

  • Company Name
  • Yarn Base Name
  • Yarn Weight
  • Fiber Content
  • Specific Sheep Breed(s) Included
  • Natural Plant Dye Used
  • Country of Company
  • Whether the yarn is ideal for socks
  • Organic Machine Washable Treatment
  • Whether you can buy it by the cone
  • Vegan Yarn
  • Indie Dyers
  • Novelty Yarn (Art Yarn, Handspun, etc)

And of course for your ease of purchasing/browsing, their website is linked with each base.

I’d love this list to be a living document! Please email me additional brands you know of (or corrections if I’ve gotten something wrong!).

You can access it 2 ways:

  1. Excel Spreadsheet Download
    • Sheet 1 is all bases & concurrent information
    • Sheet 2 is only the brand with its country and website
  2. Google Docs Spreadsheet
    • Sheet 1 is all bases & concurrent information
    • Sheet 2 is only the brand with its country and website

*Most recent update: September 23, 2018

Peruse at your leisure, alphabetize by whichever category you like… if you download the Excel file you can delete, reorganize, markup whatever you like!

I sincerely hope this is helpful. Any updates to the list will be announced through my Instagram account and will be reflected here.

Enjoy, happy knitting, okay, love you, bye!

Larissa

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Dyeing

Ever since I started dyeing yarn with Kool-Aid, I haven’t stopped dyeing. As soon as I saw a color work out, I immediately bought a dye kit. I chose to buy Greener Shades acid dyes. All of their dyes are heavy metal-free, making them less toxic than other brands of acid dyes. If you’ll remember, my concern in environmental responsibility and toxicity when it comes to materials is never the end product – it’s the process used to achieve the end product. Essentially, things end up in the ground & ground water ultimately, and I’d rather it didn’t cause problems, ya dig?

Anyway, my dyeing began with making up some colors to design a hat my husband requested and has grown from there. I’ve decided that there aren’t enough indie-dyed yarns out there that are both nylon and superwash-free. So that’s where I’ll come in! I’m developing colorways at the moment – both semisolids and variegated/speckles. It’s taking a little while since all of my colors need to be custom mixed from the 9 pigments I have to work with. Although Greener Shades does have a little PDF of some shade-mixing ideas.

Additionally, I hope to find the perfect nylon/superwash-free yarn for socks! Something soft enough that you could make and wear a shawl from it, but durable enough to be worn as socks, like nylon blends. It’s proving tricky to find something that both has these qualities and that I can buy at a reasonable price so that I don’t have to sell it at an exorbitant price point.

See below to lovingly gaze on where I am with research & development of colorways on 2 bases so far. Check out the Etsy Shop FuzzzyGreenFibers to see what’s in stock!

I’ll be adding more skeins as I dye them, both in semisolides and variegated/speckles. I’ll also be working on adding more bases.

And keep an eye out for super-awesome project bags, too! These are going to kick assssssssss.

Okay that’s enough, love you, bye
Larissa

Erie: 100% Non-Superwash Merino, 1-Ply, Fingering Weight

Geauga: 70% Non-Superwash Merino/30% Silk, Fingering Weight

Pumpkin
Pewter
Gold
Silver
Mauve
Chartreuse
Liver Chestnut
Tempest
A Girl Has No Name
It from the Pit
Coming Soon: Kelly T
A one-of-a-kind non-repeatable colorway for Nae. Destined to be a pullover designed by me!
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FibreShare 2: Electric Boogaloo

Hi everyone! I did a FibreShare again this round because the last time was so dang fun. You can read about my first FibreShare in a previous post. If you haven’t heard of it before, basically it’s a yarn swap that’s facilitated for a small fee. Ashley matches you (BY HAND!) with two partners: one to send yarn to and one who sends yarn to you. It’s super cool to learn a bit about your partner and be a sleuth to piece together your interpretation of the perfect gift!

This time both of my matches were domestic, which was nice shipping cost-wise!

Sending to my Washington friend

I learned my partner Karissa likes natural fibers, enjoys a cuppa coffee, the coast, eats Paleo (holla!), and hopes to make her first pair of socks. I think I did pretty alright! Although, check out some of the featured packages on the FibreShare Instagram. Holy crap are some of them over the top impressive!

My goal for sending things to Karissa was to include things that can only be found in Cleveland. Obviously, everything didn’t fall under this category, but the Land is well-represented here! Since she, like me, enjoys her coffee, I picked up a bag of Phoenix Coffee from their Coventry location. And of course I found a cute mug for her to drink it out of!

While I was in the Coventry neighborhood, I stopped by the Cleveland Candle Company. You guys, if I could shove this candle through the screen for your own huffing pleasure, I would. I chose one of their Ohio/Cleveland scents called “Ohio Harvest” for Karissa. And I might have bought one that smells like Fruity Pebbles for myself. It’s out of this world.

I found some Hail Merry Paleo treats at my local Fresh Thyme and included those – cookie dough bites and a Meyer lemon tart (my favorite!).

I made a project bag, in which I included some stitch markers, a tape measure and collapsible scissors. Hers, I made from a shower curtain and a pillowcase with some beautiful black & gold zippers.

Now onto the yarn I included! First, there was a beautiful ball of teal yarn leftover from a crochet sweater I made. This was KnitPicks Shine Sport which is cotton and Modal. It’s sooo silky soft. Next was a supersoft skein of alpaca and silk called Babydoll from Storybook Alpacas, a local farm. It even says which alpaca the fiber comes from :). Then came a skein I bought at my LYS the Artful Yarn called “Crazy” by Stonehedge Fiber Mills. This is made from recycled leftovers from their yarn manufacturing process. And lastly, I picked up a Cleveland-themed skein of yarn in the colorway Lake Erie by Destination Yarn. This is a local indie dyer whose colorways come from inspiration from travel. I chose the base Postcard, which is a 75/25 sock yarn if she wants to use it for socks!

Speaking of socks, the last thing I included was 3 sock patterns with differing heels: Smooth Operator Socks, Fish Lips Kiss heel, and Okanogan socks.

Receiving from my Buffalo friend

I actually received my package from Tara the same day that Karissa received hers! It came from beautiful Buffalo, NY <3.

Kitty stitch markers with complimentary cat hairs on my floor.

Since Tara is from the Buffalo area, she wanted to treat me to the Buffalo experience. In this case it meant Frank’s RedHot hot sauce. Little did she know, this is my favorite hot sauce on earth, and I routinely buy it in bulk from Costco. In the same spicy vain, she gave me a jar of homemade Buffalo spice made from peppers grown in her garden! You know I’m into that hippy-gardening-eat-local thing. I put some on sweet potato fries. Died. Came back. Ate the rest of them.

Speaking of hippy gardening nonsense, she included some flower seeds – Marigolds and a butterfly attraction mix. I am on a tirade to make my yard full of little buzzy creatures, so these are for sure getting planted in the spring.

She included some rad notions like some Soak brand wool soap. This is great since I’m starting to dye yarn kind of often and want to find a good wash with lanolin to get it nice and sheepy after making fun colors. There is a row counter, which is perfect because I just make tally marks on a piece of paper and it’s a total mess. As long as my toddler doesn’t get ahold of it, I will make good use of it! I’ve already used the little 6 inch straight ruler a bunch of times for measuring gauge count and small progress like hat brims and sleeve cuffs. I’ve been using a worn out tape measure, so I’m sure this is at least marginally more accurate! She also included some little kitty stitch markers which are going for a ride at the moment on my Portage cardigan. And some ones handmade my her from her Etsy shop Scara Creations – these are little lightbulb ones with sparkle beads and the cutest witch holding a kitty. These ones have been helping me keep count during long cast ons (I’ve decided any amount over like 60 stitches needs a marker every 20 stitches or else I’m 100% miscounting).

Onto the yarn! First was a little kit with a mini ball of gradient yarn with a button and a pattern to make a wrist cuff bracelet. It looks like such a super cute fast project! She also included a shawl pattern – Clincher by Ash Kearns – if I wanted to use it for one of the other yarns she included. There were two skeins of Patons Classic Wool Worsted in Natural Mix and Pumpkin. I think I might use these for a baby blanket, but I can’t make up my mind! Next there was a skein of Sheep Loves Monkey Adventure in the colorway Silver Swords, which I want to make socks out of! I’m thinking of finding a good dark contrast heel/toe/cuff. And finally a skein from Dyed in the Wool Yarn Co. Sparkle Twisted Sock in BB Guns & Black Eyes. This is 100% going to be a shawl, it’s so sparkly and bruisey, but in a pretty way.

I love everything, holy guacamole. FibreShare is so much fun – not only because of the gifts you get to send and receive, but the friends you make in the process. My advice – figure out when the next round of FibreShare is and sign up immediately!

kthxloveyoubye