October 29, 2008

Reprieve - Crocheted button-up cowl

I've just listed a new crocheted neck warmer in my Etsy shop tonight. "Reprieve" is crocheted from a super soft wool blend in greys and white, with merlot red lucite buttons.

I love this yarn! This is the third cowl I've made with it and the first 2 have already sold! It is very soft and warm and I like the handspun look and flecks of color. I will be making a few more to replace the ones that have sold. I may even have to make one for me to keep :)

October 24, 2008

"Cafe au Lait" Fingerless Gloves

I have just added another new pair of wrist warmers to my Etsy shop this evening. "Cafe au Lait" gloves are knit in a beautiful wool blend yarn that is so soft. I am in love with the colors in this yarn - it blends from oatmeal to grey to tawny. So natural looking and comfy!

I also like how they are not a perfectly matched pair. This yarn has looooong color repeats, so I knit both gloves out of one stretch of color. I think this adds to the organic, natural look of the yarn.

The knit gloves and cowls I've listed in my shop so far have been met with a great response! Thanks so much to everyone who has checked them out, and to those who have ordered Black Mustard hand knit accessories! I will be happily knitting away this weekend to get the shop filled back up! Here's one more picture of the gloves, once again modeled by my lovely friend Angel.

October 21, 2008

Spectrum - Handspun Corriedale yarn

I've just listed another new yarn in my Etsy shop. "Spectrum" is 185 yards of soft and squishy Corriedale in the most beautiful muted rainbow colors.

This was my first time spinning Corriedale, and I really liked it! It's slightly less sproingy than Merino, but still very soft and has a lovely drape.

Here's the roving, purchased from Spindlefrog on Etsy. I love the colors she uses - her shop is a constant source of temptation for me. I bought another roving in similar colors to this one, but it's a BFL/Mohair blend. That will be shoving its way up in the line for my wheel for sure!

October 20, 2008

Dyeing Retreat with Mom

It's been a while since I've posted... there's been a lot going on in the meantime. I spent 5 days last week visiting my mom in Port Hardy at the northernmost tip of Vancouver Island. We stayed in spinning, knitting, and dyeing all week and had a blast! My first few rovings are dried and I'm pretty happy with how they turned out. Here's a merino/kid mohair blend that is super soft. I can't wait to spin it and see how the yarn looks. It ended up with pretty short color repeats, so I think I might try a single rather than a 2 ply, to keep it from getting too busy.

The other roving I did was a brown merino, which I over-dyed with pink, blue, green and orange. I love over-dyed brown fiber, so I'm looking forward to spinning this one as well.

My birthday present was a dye kit and a whole bunch of fiber - I'm so excited to get into dyeing and playing with color. I can already tell that it's going to be addictive.

October 6, 2008

Sweetness Cowl on Etsy Front Page!

My brand new "Sweetness" hand knit cowl was featured on the front page of Etsy today!! As far as I know this is the first time one of my pieces has been on the front page - or at least it's the first time I've gotten to see it. What a great birthday present!

There it is in the top left corner. It's already gone now, but I'm so excited that I got to see it and take this screen shot. Here's the cowl, once again modeled by the lovely Angel!