Christmas Gift Round Up 4: Handdyed Yarn

Remember all that time ago when I was dying things? And I couldn’t tell you what things? (I’m good with secrets in that I have a lot of them…I apologize). Some of those things were two skeins of 100% wool for my Momma.yellow and blue dye

She likes green so I decided to experiment with my yellow and blue Jacquard Dyes to come up with two different shades that I think would look nice together if she chooses to knit them into the same project.in the dye pot

After they spent some time in the pot, they went into the green house to dry.  Because having a green house attached to the front, south-facing wall of your house is awesome. two green skeins

They got re-skeined and wrapped up, I think she likes them 🙂

Even more gift round ups to come!  What did you make for your loved ones this season?

NOT a WIP Wednesday

I don’t know why, but I have this mental block where I feel like it “isn’t right” for me to blog on Wednesdays if I don’t have a WIP to share, or on a Friday if I don’t have an FO.  I realize this train of thought doesn’t exactly make sense and so today, with lack of WIP to show you (the pants are in sad shape, they’ve definitely been ignored due to some Sooper Seekrit knitting, but I can’t show you the stuff I have been working on either! Gah!) I’m posting about a yarn supplier I was introduced to at Stitches South.

We were just cruising the isles of the marketplace, minding our own business, discussing the subtleties of knitting, life, boys or booze (or some such nonsense) when BLAM!

Something caught my attention out of the corner of my eye.

The colorway. Gorgeous.

The weight. Perfect.

The colorway: Cleopatra (image from http://www.ravelry.com/people/syracuse/stash/yummy-superwash-sock--baby-yarn---2-ply-7)

The broke-student budget. Pissed.

The supplier? Miss Babs.

And you know what? I came away with a small sampling of their yarn in such a way that my broke-student status didn’t cry (and no I didn’t steal it!).

They had a very nice woman handing out samples of their yarn.  Samples!  Like, samples of food in the grocery store, samples of yarn at the Stitches South marketplace.

Definitely one of the best modes of getting your name out there if I do say so myself.  Its a great way to play with a yarn, maybe even knit up a tiny swatch and see how the colors knit up and then fall in love and go back with your checkbook to get some more and know you’re going to love it.

Humane, Organic and Beautiful

Larkspurfunnyfarm has been raising exotic fiber-producing animals in humane and organic ways for more than a decade.

Her fibers are beautiful and the colors are stunning.  Evidence of her interest in color, nature and texture.

Not only does she offer wools, she also offers llama, alpaca, silk, cocoons, handpainted yarns, handspun yarns, fiber to spin and much much more.

Why not treat yourself to some luxury while being confident that your hard earned money is going to ethical practices and the human being behind them.  Check out her blog too!