Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Spinning WIP- Black Pearl Batts

I haven't been doing much other than dyeing and knitting samples lately, but I managed to finish 1 batt of this fiber (Black Pearl batts)from fellow Phattie By Rebekah With Love

The fiber content is Merino, carbonized bamboo, tussah silk, mulberry silk, firestar & angelina.
2.2 oz each batt
Going back to the Etsy listing to get the fiber content, I just realized she uses the same drum carder model that I just bought. She sets a pretty high standard- go check out her shop!
Halfway done!

It'll be a lace or fingering-ish 2ply for a triangular lace shawl, most likely. I'm really looking forward to making more time for designing soon (I hope!). I have a few garments sort of stalled out at the grading stage, but I hope to need test knitters soon.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Lambtown Details

Come see me (Out of Step Dyeworks / Amy Klimt Designs) at booth 17 in Madden Hall at Lambtown in Dixon this Saturday!
The Dixon May Fair Grounds, 655 South 1st St., Dixon, on Saturday, October 2, 2010, from 9 A.M. to 9 P.M. Admission is just $2.00 for adults. Children 6 - 13 $1.00 and kids 5 and under are free.

Dixon is up Interstate 80, most of the way to Sacramento

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I'll have a lot of really great new luxury fibers, plus lots of zombie yarn and fiber back in stock. I'll be debuting a new self-striping MCN colorway for Halloween-
Every Day is Halloween

Here's a couple of samples I've made for the festival, in addition to the turquoise/black/purple socks (well, sock and a half!).
A Curly Purly Soaker in my BFL Aran (colorway Too Hot to Hoot)

my Almost as Soft as Ziva Scarf in my Merino Aran (colorway Ziva, of course!) with black Kidsilk Haze.
Ziva Scarf

WIP Roundup: Knitting Edition

I'm having second sock syndrome pretty bad, haha.
Here's a sock in my self-striping MCN in the Celephais colorway. It's my basic self-striping sock pattern, which I give out with yarn purchase and was also on the Phat Fiber secret site. (My August yarn samples were self-striping.)
Self-striping Sock
The yarn switched from black to turquoise right as I was ready to graft the toe. I was too lazy to hunt down a yard of black yarn. :P
I was also too lazy to check the pattern when I marked the heel placement and ended up doing the heel on 50% of stitches instead of 60% :(
There's enough stretch that it fits fine. I'll do the 2nd one with 60% then decide if I want to go back and fix the first one.
I need this sock for a sample at Lambtown next month. I also want to make up a sample in my aran weight BFL yarn. I'm thinking soakers.

(Pre)Felted Clog(Pre)Felted Clog

Here's the first felted clog of a pair I'm making for Bryan. It's the Fiber Trends clog pattern and I'm using Lamb's Pride Worsted held double. I have some notes on needle use and technique on the Ravelry project page.
I didn't do the "bumper" because I plan on adding a suede sole.
Bryan hates wearing shoes and prefers the slip on variety when he has to wear shoes.
FYI- Lamb's Pride is still on sale at Yarndogs, but it's going pretty fast. That's what motivated me to finally make some clogs!

Princess Animal Opening

I was too busy in the days leading up to the Princess Animal opening to really promote it, but here's the scoop after the fact!
It's a yarn shop in the back of Serendipity, a card shop at 803 Valencia in San Francisco.
Shortly before the opening, Kathy contacted me about carrying my yarns.
Here's some snippets of photos I took the other day. Full set here.


There's an exclusive self-striping colorway in the works, and I've adapted my double knit potholder pattern to feature the shop's tiara logo-
Princess Animal PotholderPrincess Animal Potholder
This'll be offered as a class soon. I'm already in the neighborhood on Mondays, so it should work out perfect!
Speaking of the neighborhood, I am completely and utterly in love with Bombay Ice Creamery. Mango rose, yummmm!