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Here’s Fall—

Here is my favorite kind of Fall colors: new Sock Plus 8

Sale

Here is what is left – of the Sock Plus 8 skeins on sale. Some colors are already sold out. If you’d like a small sample of this yarn, send me an email and I’ll send one out to you.

Fall Newsletter

Here it my Fall Newsletter in case you missed the announcements – I love having all the news listed together –

What’s New for Fall 2010:

Handwerks Classic Dk was recently featured in the Fall 2010 issue of Twist Collective (http://twistcollective.com/2010/fall/magazinepage_049.php).  Designer Faina Goberstein used Handwerks Classic Dk in Tropical Seas in her gorgeous Crown of Leaves hat.

 Independent designer, Hunter Hammersen , released “Gramercy”, a lovely lacey sock, in Handwerks Sock Plus 8 (formerly Sport Sock) in London Fog  on http://www.violentlydomestic.com/

 The new”Knitting Knee-Highs: Sock Styles from Classic to Contemporary”, by Barb Brown, from Krause Publications is now available for pre-orders on Amazon.com.  Brown’s book features several Handwerks yarns in sure to be favorite sock patterns.

 Sock Plus 8, formerly “Sport Sock” is coming in new larger 400 yard/120 gram skeins, the perfect size for one pair of socks.  With the new larger skeins, will be a newly expanded color line.

  Silky Sock is on its way to being a favorite staple for many Handwerks customers. New colors in this versatile 50/50 silk/merino yarn will be coming this fall.

 Handwerks is available for Trunk Shows and Custom Orders.

Gramercy

Hunter Hammersen just released a new sock pattern using Handwerks Sock Plus 8. Its offered at http://www.violentlydomestic.com/

Not only is it free but there is a contest for a free skein of yarn to go with the pattern. Follow the link and read the blog to find out all the details.

I always get so excited when I see my yarns knit up. I love them in the dye pot and skeined up but it’s particularily thrilling to see what someone’s creative mind and nimble fingers can knit with them! Hunter’s sock patterns are lovely. They are so knitable and wearable.  I’m anxious to get started on my own pair of Gramery……..Thanks Hunter!

Off to knit-

P.S. – This is perfect timing  since new stock of Sock Plus 8 is on its way in larger 120 gram skeins.

Yarn Giveaway!!

This is exciting!  http://www.sunsetcat.com/2010/08/05/fall-knitcircus-giveaway/

Sock Progress

I finally finished one – just one of the pair- of the Vilai socks I am working on from Sock Innovation by Cookie A. 

Its in Silky Sock, colorway Monterey Cypress. The lustre in this yarn really shows off  the intricate  patterning.  I have 8 new colors of Silky Sock waiting and ready to be knit up into socks to pamper your feet.  One skein is enough for most pairs. 

I played off the color forecast for some of the new colorways and some are just colors I like.

Photographing Yarn

Yarn studio

I’ve been playing with my new yarn photo studio. It’s a small self-contained set-up  just the right size for photographing my skeins. It has a free-standing true color light source, bounce boards and a seamless back drop. I also have a small tripod for my camera. I’m finding that the photos of my yarns are so much better and true in color to the actual yarns. I also like the ease of the set up, its much less hassle for me to take a couple of pics every now and then since everything is all ready to go and set up. I try to take most of my photos at night or with the blinds drawn to filter out any sunlight or shadows in the room.

I took a class from Daryl Lancaster in the spring on Photographing Your Work. Before I took the class I was considering purchasing a new camera but now I realize most of my issues had more to do with my set up than the camera I have. I can get nice pictures just be controlling the lighting and changing a few settings on my camera. Its streamlined the process for me and freed me up to have more time for dyeing, knitting and weaving – always a good thing!
 
 

Color Forecast

I find color forecasting so interesting. Sometimes I try to resist what the forecasters predict and purposefully seek out unpopular colors. But usually I succumb and actually want what “they” say I want! Here is what is forecast for Fall 2010 – just around the corner.

 

I’m dyeing yarns today and I’ll use this as a springboard for some new colorways.  I’ll have to put my own twist on them as the Rose and Gray is making me think of the 80’s.

Are you craving these colors?

Summer Sale

I’m cleaning house and shop and its time for a SUMMER SALE – YEAH!

Closeout yarns, one and two of a kinds and yarns that I don’t carry on my website are now listed on sale on etsy here while supplies last.

Dyeing Workshop

5/21/2010 Today I was notified by the retreat organizers that the retreat has been canceled. I don’t know anything more about the situation but if you had signed up, contact the organizers directly.

5/20/2010 The workshop has been put on hold while the company organizing it deals with some issues. I’m waiting to see what the outcome is before I move forward with more plans.

I’m so excited to be teaching a 2 day dye workshop in Chicago, November 12-14. There is also a Ravelry group set up for the retreat with more information here Hand Dyeing Retreat.

There will be plenty of hands on time, dyeing yarns with different techniques as well as time for knitting with hand dyed yarns. We’ll be exploring methods of developing colorways, sources for color inspiration, and how to get the knitted results that you want.

The workshop is limited to 20 people.

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