New Gradient Colorway

After a busy fall show season, I’ve been back at the dye pots, restocking lots of old favorites and a couple new items as well. The colorway pictured, Oriental Poppy, was a big hit at shows and is now available online for the first time. I’ve also listed several semi-solid colorways of Highland Dream, a fingering weight baby alpaca/silk/cashmere yarn that is incredibly soft! See what’s new in the Etsy shop and keep an eye out for our Thanksgiving specials as well.

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Happy Spring!

Happy Spring everyone! It’s been a long time coming, but here in Washington DC at least, it is starting to feel like winter is on its way out. It’s been a busy spring too at Wandering Wool with a number of festivals and the introduction of two new yarn bases. Thanks to everyone who came out to Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet and Homespun Yarn Party. It is always great to meet customers in person. We have two more shows coming up this month–Carolina FiberFest and Powhatan’s Festival of Fiber. I hope I’ll get to meet some more of you there!

MCN Sock  Yarn

New Yarns

I’m very excited about two new yarn bases. The first is Ausable Sock, a 80/10/10 Superwash Merino/Cashmere/Nylon sock ¬†yarn with 400 yd. per 100g skein. It has the same tight two-ply twist as Rock Creek Sock. There are several colorways listed in the fingering weight section of the shop.

The second new yarn is a 100% Superwash Merino 8-ply sport weight yarn. It has a round, springy feel and I think it will be great for sport weight garments or thicker socks. Find it in the sport weight section of the shop.

Sale on Helvellyn Sock

BFL Sock Yarn

I’m featuring Helvellyn Sock this month and it will be 15% off in the Etsy shop until April 7. Helvellyn is a 75/25 Superwash BFL/Nylon sock yarn with 464 yd. per 100g and is my absolute favorite yarn for socks. It’s a very hard wearing yarn but is still soft and it has a nice sheen from the BFL. It’s also great for lace because of the stitch definition. Find it here.

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Wandering Wool Knit-Along

It’s about time I posted something, right? Happy 2014 everyone! I wanted to announce a knit-along that’s going on in the Wandering Wool Ravelry group right now. The rules are simple–start and finish a project (or multiple projects) with Wandering Wool yarn between January 1 and February 28, 2014 and post your finished object here. There will be a prize drawing for finishers plus feel free to join in and chat with the group members about your progress!

Here’s what I’ve been working on for the KAL: a Brioche Cowl in Wandering Wool Opalescent. I’m about half done right now. What are you working on?

Brioche Cowl

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Featured Yarn for December: Heights Bulky

If you are as busy as I am this time of year and have as many over-ambitious handmade gift ideas as I do, you know what a wonderful thing bulky yarn can be! So, this month’s featured yarn is Heights Bulky, a 100% Superwash Merino yarn with 106 yards per 100g skein. It’s perfect for knitting up quick projects like hats, cowls or slippers and it’s also machine washable so that you don’t have to worry about the recipient ruining your handmade gift by washing it!

All Heights Bulky is 15% off through December 15 to give everyone a chance to try it out or stock up for larger projects. There are several colors to choose from–find them all here.

Hand Dyed Bulky Yarn

There are lots of great patterns available for bulky yarn, many of which are free. Two of my favorites are the Gaptastic Cowl (which uses three skeins of Heights Bulky) and the Non-Felted Slippers (which uses only one). Happy Knitting this holiday season!

Hand Dyed Bulky Yarn

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Finished Objects

I haven’t had a post like this in a while, but I’ve finally been finishing some things and wanted to share.

First, my Prescott cardigan. I love this sweater! This was a test knit for Mary Annarella that I failed to finish in time, and then I ended up putting it aside for the entire fall festival season, because once I got to the lace section it just wasn’t travel knitting anymore. Within the past couple weeks I finally finished it, blocked it, sewed on the buttons and got some photos taken. This is knit with two skeins of Udaipur Fingering in Chimney Sweep colorway.

Prescott Cardigan

Second, I blocked and photographed my Zuzu’s Petals cowl, which has actually been done for a couple months now but wasn’t presentable without blocking. I used just under a skein of Heights Worsted in the (gradient) Great Barrier Reef colorway. This was actually a really quick project–the knitting only took a couple of days, it was the blocking that I got stalled on.

Zuzu's Petals

Then, I recently whipped out two hats, the first (Bella’s Hat) with the first handspun I made that didn’t come out too crazy, and the second (Turn a Square) with some worsted weight scrap yarn and some of my very first handspun (which was all sorts of crazy).

Bella's Hat

Bella’s Hat I’m definitely keeping because I like the yarn too much, even though it ended up a bit short because I was afraid of running out of yarn (turns out I had plenty). The second one I may give away. I think I’ll definitely be making more hats, though, and maybe fewer fingering weight sweaters. It’s nice to actually finish something in less than six months!

Turn a Square Hat

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Black Friday Sale

Black Friday Sale

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Now, check out our Black Friday Sale–all in-stock yarns are 20% off through Monday (excludes pre-orders, custom orders and clubs). There’s lots to choose from–sock yarns, lace yarns, bulky yarns, sweater quantities of worsted weight and more!

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Home Again

It’s been over a month since my last post! I spent almost two weeks in New England for the Fiber Festival of New England and Stitches East, plus a lot of time getting ready before hand and catching up afterwards. Both shows went really well and it was great to meet everyone who stopped by the booth! It’s also good to be home, though, and to settle in and regroup. My next show will be the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival in March. Until then, I’ll be restocking the Etsy shop, dyeing more gradients, debuting a few new products, and hopefully getting back on a regular blogging schedule. Plus, I’m finally getting some time to knit again. Here are some moments from the past month:

Sunset

I always love a good Columbia Heights sunset.

Fair Isle Sweater

The infamous Fair Isle sweater now has two (acceptable) sleeves.

Corriedale Roving

Some purple, green and turquoise Corriedale roving from Dancing Leaf Farm I got for myself at Montpelier Fiber Festival (where I got to be a shopper, for a change).

Needle Felted Pony

I went to Rhinebeck (also as a shopper) and got a kit to make this needle felted pony from Kelly at Romney Ridge Farm. It was my first time needle felting and I love it!

Hudson River Sunset

Sunset over the Hudson River, Poughkeepsie, New York (I guess I like sunsets).

Rainbow Socks

Rainbow self-striping socks (yarn from Quaere Fibre–I admire anyone with the patience and skill to make 10-color self-striping yarn).

ExpelliYarnus

This made me smile after a long day! (from www.geekdetails.com)

Power Lines

One of my favorite spots (Montague, MA).

Beach

Watch Hill, Rhode Island.

Stitches East

The booth at Stitches East.

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Catching up

I’ve given up on any kind of regular blog schedule until probably the end of November, but here’s a peek at what I’ve been up at as rush around in between festivals this fall. My next shows are the Fiber Festival of New England and STITCHES East–stop by if you’ll be in the area!

Sock Yarn Blanket

Working on the sock yarn blanket–it’s often the only thing I have the time and concentration for these days.

Meridian Hill Park

A quiet fall moment in the park.

Hand Dyed Yarn

Dyeing some yarn for Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival.

Dye Jars

Working away…

Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival

My booth at the Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival.

Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival

Another view of the booth.

Zuzu's Petals

Zuzu’s Petals–finished but unblocked.

Hand Dyed Yarn

Planning a new project!

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Week in Pictures

I’m back from New Jersey and getting ready for Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival (Sept. 28-29). How does three weeks go by so quickly? The fall is always a blur, but in a good way.

Ball of String

September 9: I’ve been dyeing so much yarn I used up my 1.5 mile ball of string I use to tie up the skeins…

Hand Dyed Yarn

September 10: Pile of yarn…

Mini Skeins

September 11: Mini skeins Ann brought back for me from Kansas City! These are going in the blanket.

Rain

September 12: A stormy day.

Fair Isle Sweater

September 13: I’ve become obsessed with my fair isle sweater lately. After letting it sit for two years, I really want to get this finished this year.

Greek Columns

September 14: Columns at the National Arboretum on a perfect fall day.

Self Striping Sock Yarn

September 15: Thinking of making Halloween socks with some self-striping yarn I dyed a while back.

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Week in Pictures

I’m a little late on this one (do I sense a theme here?), but here’s what I was working on last week getting ready for NJ Sheep and Wool.

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September 2: Variegated rainbow yarn I dyed for the Phat Fiber Sampler Box this month.

Hand Dyed Yarn

September 3: Last minute dyeing for the show.

Rainbow Gradient Yarn

September 4: Skeining gradient yarns.

Hand Dyed Gradient Yarn

September 5: Packing for New Jersey.

Pop Spots

September 6: A new project: Pop Spots with Glow Worm and Deep Amethyst colorways.

NJ Sheep and Wool

September 7: Setting up the booth at NJ Sheep and Wool.

Garden State Sheep Breeders

September 8: More of the booth. Overall I liked it, but I’m thinking of adding backdrops to the gridwalls for next time.

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