A Leafwood update

Thanks, all!  Everything has now been sold.  I’ve sent out most of the invoices and will be shipping tomorrow morning (Monday).  If you missed out on this round, remember that I’ll be posting another update on a day (to be announced!) shortly after the Toronto Knitters’ Frolic (which takes place on Saturday, 27 April).

This update was designed with a particular purpose: to showcase thoughtfully paired sets of gobsmacked gradients and tonal Straights that would work beautifully for Nim Teasdale’s soon-to-be-released shawl design, Leafwood.  These special gradients and coordinating skeins are sold only as sets; please don’t ask for me to break them up or swap out colours.  Of course, you’re welcome to use them for any pattern that you like, whether that be Leafwood or Gallivanter or Mechanical Mermaid or something else entirely!

To claim a gobsmacker, send me an email (gobsmackedyarn@gmail.com) letting me know the name of the cake and the base.  The first person to claim a set gets it.  Things can be pretty fast and furious at the beginning, but I promise I’ll email you back to let you know whether you got what you wanted.  Once the dust starts to settle a little, I’ll follow up with a PayPal invoice; if you haven’t ordered from me before, please include your mailing address (and phone number, if outside Canada).

Please remember that colours may vary across different devices; if you have any questions or would like additional description of colours, just ask.

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Four Quarter ($70): Tranquil & Quiet

Tried & Tulip

Four Quarter ($70): Tried & Tulip

Spring & Sprung

Four Quarter ($70): Spring & Sprung

Tree & Bark

Four Quarter ($70): Tree & Bark

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Four Quarter ($70): Deep & Lucid

Alert & Watchful

Four Quarter ($70): Alert & Watchful

A Gift & a Grapefruit

Four Quarter ($70): A Gift & a Grapefruit

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Silky Yak DK (double + Straight, $132): Fire & Water

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Silky Yak DK (double + Straight, $132): Sky & Mist

 

The sweet spot

It’s no secret that designer Nim Teasdale’s shawl patterns hit my knitting sweet spot.  Stripes, a little bit of lace, lots of opportunity for colour play, and simple but very, very clever construction?  Yes, please!

Check out what she’s done with Verdigreen, in a Silky Yak DK double:

Verdigreen shawl, designed and knit by Nim Teasdale, in two Silky Yak DK gobsmackers. Photo copyright Nim Teasdale.

Or what about my favourite shawl of all time, Around the Bend?

Around the Bend, designed by Nim Teasdale & knit by Marit Munson using two Four Quarter gobsmackers.

There are so many great gobsmacked versions of Around the Bend (see them here) that I may have accidentally declared that several Around the Bends are my second-favourite-ever.  (Mine being the solid first place!)

Lots of Nim’s designs work well for gobsmackers, so I always pay attention to any new designs she has coming along.  Well, let me tell you– she recently finished a new shawl that had everyone in my Ravelry group practically foaming at the mouth in excitement.  It combines a DK double (a two-skein gobsmacked gradient) with a semi-solid as the contrast colour, all worked in stripes with a touch of leafy lace at the end.  The pattern, called Leafwood, is currently being tested and should be released shortly.  I won’t post pictures here, as it’s not officially done yet, but if you’d like to see Nim’s lovely version, check out her project on Ravelry.

If, like me, you’re smitten with Leafwood, then keep a close eye out for Sunday’s update!  I’ve dyed this one specifically for Nim’s new design, with kits available in Silky Yak DK (a double + a coordinating Straight) and in Four Quarter (a fingering weight gobsmacked gradient + a coordinating Straight).  See you Sunday!

February update

Please note: I have been unable to process shipping labels through PayPal and Canada Post; they are investigating the problem, but in the meantime I have shipped everything directly through the post office on Monday.  Shipping notification won’t show in PayPal, but this will not affect shipping time for your package.

I recently read a thoughtful essay in the New York Times about the quiet subversiveness of 1970s children’s picture books.  I remember all of those books fondly, and loved having a chance to revisit them as an adult.  In their honour, today’s colournames are drawn from the books Frog and Toad Together and Owl At Home, by Arnold Lobel– and especially the charming pathos of the story “Tear-Water Tea,” about Owl thinking of sad things in order to collect his tears to fill a kettle for tea.  It’s delightfully melancholy and funny at the same time.  I highly recommend it!

To claim a gobsmacker, send me an email (gobsmackedyarn@gmail.com) letting me know the name of the cake and the base.  The first person to claim a cake gets it.  Things can be pretty fast and furious at the beginning, but I promise I’ll email you back to let you know whether you got what you wanted.  Once the dust starts to settle a little, I’ll follow up with a PayPal invoice; if you haven’t ordered from me before, please include your mailing address (and phone number, if outside Canada).

Please remember that colours may vary across different devices; if you have any questions or would like a verbal description of colours, just ask.

Tear-Water Tea

Four Quarter: Tear-Water Tea

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Four Quarter: Top left: “We Are Not Afraid!” They Yelled; Top Centre: “I Will Read the Seeds a Story”; Top right: “Come Back, Frog! I Will Be Lonely”; Bottom left: Such a Classic Squirrel; Bottom centre: Spoons That Have Fallen Behind the Stove and Are Never Seen Again; Bottom right: Trolltunga, Norway

Let The Rain Fall On Them &c

Four Quarter: Top left: Let the Rain Fall on Them; Top right: “You Were Right, Frog; It Is Very Hard Work”; Bottom centre: Kanji, India

Grow Seeds Grow &c

Four Quarter: Top left: “Grow, Seeds, Grow!” Toad Shouted; Top right: What a Fine Garden You Have, Frog!; Bottom centre: Clocks That Have Stopped With No One Near To Wind Them

How Pleasant & I Wonder If We Are Brave

Four Quarter: Left: How Pleasant To Be Sitting By the Fire; Right: “I Wonder If We Are Brave?”

Watermelon Left on the Picnic Table for Ants

Four Quarter: Watermelon Left On the Picnic Table For Ants (bright pine green to pale green to scarlet red; much dappling throughout)

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Merino fingering pair (two matching 40g cakes, perfect for fingerless mitts; $38): Winter Ran Around the Room

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Silky Yak DK: Top left: Let the Sun Shine On ThemTop Centre: Owl Finished His Supper; Top right: Toad Will Now Dance and He Will Be Wonderful; Bottom left: “Of Course It’s Me!”; Bottom right: Hey, Birds, Here Are Cookies!

Of Course Its Me

Silky Yak DK double (one long gradient over two 100g cakes): “What Is Willpower?” Asked Toad

 

January update

Thanks for another great update!  I’ve sent out invoices and have all paid packages ready to go in the mail Monday morning.  Anything paid after that will go out on Tuesday afternoon.  In the meantime, do scroll down to see what’s still available.

Welcome to 2019 and, for those of us in the northern hemisphere, to winter!  I hope you’re keeping your needles and hooks busy making lots of beautiful, practical things to help keep yourself or your loved ones warm and toasty.  (If you’re in the southern hemisphere, thanks for your patience; we in the north seem to like the pseudo-bragging-rights that come with surviving harsh winter weather.)  Today’s colournames are mostly of interesting or unusual places around the world; check some of them out, if you have time!

To claim a gobsmacker, send me an email (gobsmackedyarn@gmail.com) letting me know the name of the cake and the base.  The first person to claim a cake gets it.  Things can be pretty fast and furious at the beginning, but I promise I’ll email you back to let you know whether you got what you wanted.  Once the dust starts to settle a little, I’ll follow up with a PayPal invoice; if you haven’t ordered from me before, please include your mailing address (and phone number, if outside Canada).

Please remember that colours may vary across different devices; if you have any questions or would like a verbal description of colours, just ask.

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Four Quarter: Top left: The Fruit Hotel; Top centre: 100 Brooding Octopuses; Top right: Halo-halo; Bottom left: A Dancing Curtain of Light; Bottom centre: Kjeragbolten; Bottom right: Antarctic Exploration Museum and Post Office

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Four Quarter: Top left: Forest of the Future Library; Top centre: Yeak Laom; Top right: The Tortoises of Aldabra Atoll; Bottom left: Antarctic Sculpture Garden; Bottom centre: Oklo Reactor; Bottom right: Aviator’s Arrow

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Four Quarter: Left: Ampel-Parchen; Centre: Chaukhandi Tombs; Right: Chicha morada

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Four Quarter: Kane Kwei Carpentry Workshop

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Alpaca/ silk/ linen: Stealth Raspberry

electric fruit

Cabra giant: Electric Fruit

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Cabra giants: Left: Enouement; Right: Scarper Off and Scoff

 

 

chillier than thou

DK double (one long gradient, dyed over two 100g cakes): Chillier Than Thou

mcs heavy

Merino/ cashmere/ silk heavy lace: Left: Gone On Along; Centre: All the Way Through; Right: Deep Blue

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silky cashmere lace: Swanning Around on Miami Vice

gobSMACKdown!

Looking for a little camaraderie, plus a good excuse to dust off your needles and hooks and pull out your favourite gobsmacker?  Come join the gobSMACKdown!

What’s a gobSMACKdown?
That’s what happens when you cross gobsmackers with a KAL! It’s a friendly event, though, without any actual smack talk or posturing. A long-time knitting friend came up with the phrase and I was tickled by it.  The whole idea of the gobSMACKdown is to have some fun (and possibly do some selfish knitting, if you’ve been spending a lot of time on holiday knits) and to enjoy working with your fresh new gobsmackers, or vintage gobstoppers from your stash, or long-standing in-progress projects.

Any gobsmacked yarn counts for the gobSMACKdown, whether gobsmacker, Straight, or made during dye class.  And any relevant fibre art is also welcome; we have some amazing lace knitters, some folks who are sticking with soothing garter stitch shawls, and a talented Tunisian crocheter who seems to be converting others to her stitching of choice.

There are prizes, of course, and there’s the fun of watching everyone’s projects develop.  So far, we have several elegant Swans, a very noisy dragon, some seaweedy socks, a friendly argument about whose Around the Bend is best, and the results of a very experimental dye class gobsmacker.  What’s not to love?  You can check out photos of all of the gobSMACKdown projects here. (Warning: Wild Swan MKAL spoilers!)

When is this?

The fun started on 1 January, but there’s still plenty of time to participate!  The prize draws happen at the official end of the event, on the Ides of March (15 March at midnight EST).

Dec. update

Thanks, everybody!  All of the invoices are out now.  I’ll start getting packages ready tomorrow (Sunday) while the rest of the yarn is drying.

Happy December, all!  Things have been fast and furious around here, but it’s looking (and feeling!) like winter and I have time with friends and loved ones to look forward to over the holidays and into the New Year.  And, of course, I’m looking forward to the Wild Swan MKAL and the gobSMACKdown, both of which begin on 1 January.  This update includes many different Wild Swan-friendly options; I hope you’ll find something you love.

Note that some skeins are not caked in these pictures– they weren’t dry in time!  They should be dry by Sunday, and I’ll cake them prior to shipping.  If you claim a particular gobsmacker but would like to see a caked photo (just to be sure that you love it) before you pay your invoice, I can send you a photo on Sunday; just let me know.

Shipping remains somewhat slow as Canada Post regroups after strike actions; please realise that I cannot guarantee that packages will arrive by a specific date.  If that’s a concern for you, please let me know and I will get you a quote for an alternative carrier.

To claim a gobsmacker, send me an email (gobsmackedyarn@gmail.com) letting me know the name of the cake and the base.  The first person to claim a cake gets it.  Things can be pretty fast and furious at the beginning, but I promise I’ll email you back to let you know whether you got what you wanted.  Once the dust starts to settle a little, I’ll follow up with a PayPal invoice; if you haven’t ordered from me before, please include your mailing address (and phone number, if outside Canada).

Please remember that colours may vary across different devices; if you have any questions or would like a verbal description of colours, just ask.

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silky linen heavy lace: Top left: The Trumpeter’s Iris; Top centre: A Chilly CygnetTop right: Louder Than a Mute Swan; Bottom left: That Cob’s a Bruiser!; Bottom centre: A Right Blushing Pen; Bottom right: Fully Migratory

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silky linen: Can’t Ya Give a Swan a Chance?

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silky linen: Left: Rosey Posey; Centre: Paddling Under the Surface; Right: Strong As

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silky cashmere lace: Left: Trumpeter Frost; Centre: Swansea; Right: Highly Social

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silky cashmere lace: Swanning Around on Miami Vice

BFL giants

BFL giants: Left: Swan Song; Right: When the Flamingo Embarrassed the Swan

 

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merino fingering doubles (one long gradient, dyed across two skeins): Left: Waterdown; Centre: Steeltown Song; Right: It All Comes Round Again

4Q greens

Four Quarter: Left: Lovely Mossy Things (navy teal to murky green); Centre: Swamp Stomp; Right: Peacock Party

 

4Q crocus

Four Quarter: Left: The Whole Crocus; Right: Pollinator

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merino DK doubles (one long gradient, dyed across two separate skeins): Left: Pop & Pop Again; Right: No Time Like Now

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Bulky (Perfect for last-minute gift hats or cowls. 100% merino, one large ply and one small; 93 m/ 102 yd per 100g skein, $38): Top left: A Laggy Voiced Complaint; Top right: Iddy, Iddy Onker, My First Conker; Bottom: A Wee Bit Firsy

 

Wild Swan

The December update (Sat. 8 Dec. at 3pm Eastern time) is a special one this year, because I’ve been dyeing up a storm for the Wild Swan MKAL.  That’s a Mystery Knit-A-Long, courtesy of amazing designers Anne-Lise Maigaard and Nim Teasdale.  They’ve worked together to design a new crescent-shaped lace shawl, which they’re graciously making available as a free pattern, with the first clue released on 1 January 2019.  These two are accomplished designers with incredible patterns to their credit, so you know that their new shawl is certain to be interesting, beautiful, and fun to knit!

There’s been loads of interest in this MKAL in the Gorgeous Gradients group over on Ravelry (do go check it out!), so I knew that I wanted to dye up something special for Wild Swan.  The pattern calls for 600-700 m of fingering or heavy lace weight, preferably in a gradient.  Now, that yardage is a little awkward for my regular bases, which tend to be around 800 m (lace) or 400m (fingering).  So, I figured I’d bring in something new!

Introducing silky linen heavy lace:

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New silky linen heavylace.  It’s so new that I haven’t even caked up this test skein yet– but I have knit with it, and trust me when I say that it knits up to a beautiful light fabric.

This is a delightful two-ply heavy lace weight, with 655 m/ 715 yds per 115g skein ($52 Cdn).  It’s 65% silk and 35% linen, which means that it is wool-free (a bonus for those who can’t tolerate wool) and that it takes the dye in really interesting ways.  That’s because the silk soaks up the acid dyes that I use, but the linen, as a cellulose (plant-based) fibre, does not.  The result is soft, muted colours, ranging from saturated pastels (yes, I’m sure there’s such a thing) to pale washes.  Along with the stunning drape and light, dry hand, I think that makes this yarn perfect for Wild Swan!

I’ll also offer two other options that would work well for the MKAL:

silk/ cashmere lace: a kitten-soft, luxurious blend of 70% silk and 30% cashmere.  700m/ 766 yds per 100g skein, $54 Cdn.

merino fingering doubles: two 100g skeins of fingering weight merino, joined with a single knot and dyed as one long continuous gradient.  722m/ 790 yds per 200g, $84 Cdn.

The gobSMACKdown (the annual gobsmacked knit-along) also starts on 1 January, so why not double dip and do that and Wild Swan at the same time?  Or, if you have a WIP on the needles or other plans for your gobsmackers, just come join the gobSMACKdown in my Ravelry group.  I’d love to see you there!


PS: One quick shipping note: Canada Post recently returned to full operations following strike actions; they seem to be taking care of the backlog of mail quickly, but it is possible that it may take longer than usual for packages from this update to get to you.  If that is a concern for you, I can get you a quote for an alternative carrier if you let me know when you order.  Just so that you’re aware, though, other carriers are quite expensive (and, if my recent UPS experience is anything to go by, not necessarily a big improvement).