Friday, July 31, 2009


I am winding yarn for all I am worth in preparation for Sock Summit. So, I thought I would just pop on here with a couple of quick reminders.

1. Tomorrow, August 1st is the last day to vote for your favorite Dye for Glory yarns on Ravelry.

2. I am going to close preorders for Chrissy's Toe-Up! book on Tuesday morning, August 4th, for Sock Summit. I'll leave the preorder button up for those that want it shipped to them until after Sock Summit. I'm so excited to see the book in person. Sock Summit is almost here!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Dye For Glory! - Socks Edition

Just so you can see my Dye For Glory yarns all knit up into Socks. Here are the previews of the new patterns being released by Gardiner Yarn Works at Sock Summit:

The first sock pattern is Forest Park out of my Panda Sock yarn in color Moss. The subtle changes of this yarn make it a perfect match for textured pattern.

Next up is the Ripple Sock in Tencel Sock yarn in color Vineyard. I love how these colors knit up together. They are just spectacular!

Lastly, the Peace Lily Socks out of my Silky Sock yarn in color Peace Lily. This sock appears in Chrissy Gardiner's new Toe-Up! Sock book. This yarn was designed specifically for this book and this pattern. I think the combination is simply phenomenal!

All of these yarns and patterns will be available in the Gardiner Yarn Works Booth #815 at Sock Summit!

There is still time to vote on Ravelry for your Dye for Glory yarn choice! Make sure to vote if you haven't already!

Also, if you are not attending Sock Summit and you would like to get these yarns they will be available in my shop after Sock Summit. Probably after I have time to dye up more. If you would like to order a skein to be shipped to you after Sock Summit feel free to leave a comment here with your email address or email me directly at: lavendersheep(at)gmail(dot)com. I will put all custom orders as top priority!

All images used with permission from Chrissy Gardiner of Gardiner Yarn Works!

Thursday, July 23, 2009


Voting has opened on Ravelry for Dye for Glory:

There are so many pretty yarns! Sock Summit is going to be so awesome!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Dye For Glory!

I have been a little busy in the dyelab coming up with brand new colors! Part of this is because Chrissy wanted a couple of new colorways for a couple of brand new patterns that are going to be released at Sock Summit and the other part is because the wonderful people on Ravelry have come up with a contest! The contest starts tomorrow, so I thought that today would be a good day to talk about the colors I am entering!

The first one is Peace Lily (rav link)! I was first asked to dye this yarn by Chrissy Gardiner of Gardiner Yarn Works, who also named this colorway. I thought about the simple colors in a Calla Lily. I came up with the soft yellows of the center, the pure white of the flower, and the subtle green where the flower meets the stem. Lilies are a symbol of hope, purity, and renewal. This yarn will also be featured in Chrissy's new Toe-Up! Sock book in the pattern Peace Lily, which can be seen here!

The second yarn is called Moss (rav link)! It is dyed using the new panda superwash sock yarn. I was inspired to dye this yarn from the softly draping moss and lichen on the trees near where I live. I love the subtle changes of color throughout the skein. I just simply love this yarn. Every time I dye it the yarn turns out a little different. Chrissy is also designing a pattern for this yarn, but I haven't even seen a peek of it yet!

Lastly there is Vineyard (rav link)! I was inspired by the soft baby green to dark adult green leaves of the local vineyards. The purpley reds of the grapes shining through the sunshine dappled leaves. Chrissy has a small preview of the pattern she is releasing at Sock Summit with this yarn in this blog post. I love this yarn dyed up, but I think I love it even more knit up! I can't wait to see the sock in person!

All of these yarns will be available at Sock Summit on a first come first serve basis. I've dyed up a number of each colorway, so hopefully it will be enough. I'm also going to take custom orders there on site with free shipping, if I happen to run out. After Sock Summit the yarns will be available in my shop and I will dye up even more if I happen to run out. I'll post more details about the contest tomorrow when it is up!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Dye Day on the Mountain

I had a simply wonderful time up in Welches for my dye day! Eight people signed up so we decided that instead of splitting the class all of them would learn natural dyeing in the morning and then acid dyeing with me in the afternoon.

Here are the students dyeing away over pots of natural dyes. Stevanie, the one in black, was their instructor.

Blair found a shady place on the lawn to sit and read while all of this was going on. The place was simply gorgeous. It was delightful just to be there and soak up all of the greenery.

Here are a bunch of the natural dyed yarns hanging up in the sun to dry. I was really impressed with the colors they were able to get from a few plants, bugs, vinegar, and baking soda. Still I don't think I'm quite ready to give up my acid dyes.

We also got to visit all of the animals while we were there. This is the goat and chicken yard. Deb's husband Mark is there in the middle. He let the ladies feed the goats treats, which they were more than happy to receive. The goats were so soft and sweet. We also saw the itty bitty baby angora bunnies, but Blair wouldn't let me get one. He thinks that one bunny is more than enough and he is probably right.

We also enjoyed a lovely three course lunch. I should have taken pictures, since each plate was simply a work of art. It was also really cool to think about how the eggs in the quiche were laid by chickens right there that morning. The berries in the dessert were picked fresh. The corn in the salad was fresh from the garden. It was a very amazing experience.

I also forgot to take pictures while I was teaching. The group was wonderful and a lot of fun to teach. They came up with some awesome color combinations and unique points of view. I love teaching because I always learn something new from my students. I definitely would do this class again.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Have a Color-Full Day!

This is the last week before the Color-Full Day dye workshop in Welches, OR! I'm really excited! In fact I am spending all this week winding white yarn for the workshop. It is on this Saturday! There is still room to sign up! So if you are free this weekend and want to learn how to dye yarn in a picturesque mountain setting then make sure to sign up!

In other related news, I finished my Brick Rib Socks in Superwash Sock in color Day at the Fair. The pattern is Gardiner Yarn Works Brick Rib Socks. I love these socks. Well, I love all of my socks! Hand knit socks totally spoil your feet for other socks. I am knitting as fast as I can to get socks ready for Sock Summit. I'm also dyeing lots and lots of sock yarn too. Also, have you seen the Dye for Glory contest on Ravelry? Well I have dyed up a couple of really special colorways, here and here, if you would like a sneak peek! I'll also be talking about them here on the blog. I think I have come up with some really special colorways.

Ok, now back to winding, dyeing, and labeling yarn!

Wednesday, July 08, 2009


Lately there has been nothing but sock knitting in preparation for Sock Summit. However I managed to finish off this pretty:

I made this garter for my cousin that is getting married in August. I think it is the perfect wedding present! I really love how the blue ribbon accents the creamy lace of the garter. The pattern is Eloping from Knitty. The yarn is some leftover bit of Silky Sock, which is so soft and so perfect for a garter. I'm also getting some ideas of making my own garter pattern. I think a bit of time with a lace pattern book could come up with something pretty cool!

Monday, July 06, 2009

Happy July!: Recycled Silk

Ack! I am running late this month! We had an awesome 4th of July party! However, it kept Blair and I busy cleaning and cooking. Still totally worth it! We had lots of good friends and family over. I can't wait until next year to do it all over again!

Ok, so onto this month's special: Recycled Silk Yarn! This new yarn is a whole lot of fun! It is handspun by a women's cooperative in India from the leftover waste from silk saris. Then the white fibers are handpicked, but still not completely white. There are little bits of colors or sparkles leftover from the saries mixed with the fibers. Then I when I paint it those bits of color and sparkle still show through. This yarn would be excellent for scarves or bags.