Monday, May 11, 2015

Busy at the Dye Pots!

Can you believe it's been over a year since I've dyed yarn?  I didn't realize so much time had passed!  Last week I got out my pots and supplies and made some gorgeous new yarns for my Etsy shop!   Let me do a little show and tell for you here.  

First of all, I had a suggestion over on Ravelry in my group, The Purled Ewe, for a daffodil colorway.  Here is the picture that was submitted...

Being that it's Spring, I thought it would be a perfect time to try my hand at recreating this colorway using Kool Aid and Wilton's food coloring.  

Here's what I came up with!

"Daffodil" on 400 yards of fingering, SW Merino & Nylon yarn.  This yarn is SO soft and squishy!  I just love it!  Actually, it's the base I used for all of the following yarns I dyed.

My Helper
On my Facebook group, The Purled Ewe, I had another colorway suggestion of a yarn with coral, turquoise and gray.  Here is the picture that was submitted...

Here is what I came up with using Kool Aid and Wilton's food coloring...

This is "CTG" on SW Merino & Nylon fingering weight yarn. This colorway was definitely a challenge using food based dyes, but I had a lot of fun playing with different colors until I found a combination I liked.

Looks like pasta!
This next colorway was just a fun mix of favorite colors.  It's fun playing with different colors and see how they transform in the dye pot!  

This is "Northern Lights" on SW Merino & Nylon.

The final skein to show you was so much fun to make!  I started with one idea and by using a different dye technic than I'm use to doing, I created a really neat combination of colors!  My color inspiration came from a paint card sample I found at Shermin Williams paint store.

Here's what I came up with!  "Hideaway" on SW Merino & Nylon

You can find all of these yarns and more at 

The Purled Ewe on Etsy!  

Monday, April 27, 2015

Spring Update!


I know it's been SUPER quiet around here over the past few months.  My life has just been so crazy that it's been hard to get anything accomplished.  Other than working on some commissions here and there, I was unable to really sit down and work on new additions for my shop.  Last week, though, the Spring weather and sunnier days lifted my spirits and I was able to get my sewing groove going again!  

By the end of last week, I had 6 bags created!  Five for my shop, and one for me.  :)  

You can find all of these bags on sale at The Purled Ewe!  

I do hope to get the dye pots going in the next week or two!  It's been too long since I've dyed yarn and fiber, and I have both just sitting in my house calling for color to be added to them!  

Thursday, January 8, 2015

What to do when it's this cold?

It's winter time and with the snow on the ground and the temps below 20 degrees F, I'm feeling more like sewing than anything else.  It's not that I don't want to dye the lovely yarn and fiber sitting in my closet, waiting for me and to go into my shop, it's just too cold!  Too cold to be out in the garage dyeing, and without being able to open a window, I just don't feel comfortable dyeing in my house.  I don't think my hubby would want me making the place smell like Kool Aid either.  At least it's warm enough to sew some new bags for my shop!  

This week, I managed to get three new bags made and added to The Purled Ewe.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Goodbye to 2014, and Hello to 2015

It's the end of 2014 and I feel like the year was mostly consumed with buying our first house!   We started looking in May, made an offer in June, and moved in August.  As I look back at my first post of the year here on my blog, and read through my goals for 2014, I realize that I didn't accomplish any of it!  Well, OK, I did make some more hexipuffs, but that was it.  My crafting definitely took a back seat to our house buying adventure!  

It was also harder to get things accomplished as we started doing IVF treatments this year.  If you have ever done fertility treatments, you know that crafting + fertility meds does not equal productivity.  My brain was so scrambled from the meds, that any attempt at knitting ended up with a lot of ripping out and starting over, my sewing machine appeared too daunting to touch, just thinking about dyeing yarn made me exhausted, and spinning, well, spinning is probably the easiest out of all the above, but even that didn't get accomplished.  I'm actually considering writing a blog about our fertility journey because I feel like it might be a therapeutic and helpful way to process all that goes into it.  

So what did I get done this year?  Here are a few knitted items I was able to crank out despite life getting in the way...

"Whimsical Wallingford"
Hand dyed by my friend, Beth
Knitted by Me
Pattern is "Wallingford" by Jen Lucas
Yarn:  Mountain Colors Barefoot
Pattern:  "Pogona" by Stephen West

"Preparing for Kalamazoo Cowl"
Yarn:  Three Irish Girls Springvale DK in You are my Sunshine
Pattern:  Ingot by Lisa Mutch

"Kool Socks"
Yarn is BFL hand dyed by Me
Pattern from the book "Sensational Knitted Socks"

For 2015, I'm not going to make a list of goals for my crafting.  It just seems like too much pressure on me right now, and that's the last thing I need.  Instead, I'm just going to go into the New Year with an open mind and see what comes of it.  

Wishing you a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Friday, November 28, 2014

The Purled Ewe is having a SALE!

I'm so thankful for all of my fans and customers!  

My gift to you is 10% OFF at my Etsy Store, THE PURLED EWE!  Use coupon code THANKFUL10 at checkout.  Offer is good through Tuesday, December 2nd.

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Winner is....

The Colorway Naming Contest is now finished and the winner has been announced.

The winner is....Ravelry user CRINOIDEA!  

Thank you to everyone who participated in this contest!  It was not easy to choose the winning name given that so many names fit this colorway so well!  

The new colorway name is "Fuchsia"!  Check out this lovely colorway on 100% merino top roving at my Etsy Store today.  

Click HERE for the listing.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Colorway Naming Contest on Ravelry

I'm hosting a Colorway Naming Contest over at my Ravelry Group, The Purled Ewe.  Contest will run now through Oct 27th.  Help me name this lovely Merino fiber that I dyed with food grade dyes.

To enter the contest, visit The Purled Ewe on Ravelry. Join my group and you'll find the contest below.

The winner will receive a 10% off discount to my Etsy store.  :)