Archive | May, 2012

3…2….1…. Go! Go! Go!

18 May

Please Stand By Yarns is open!!

I’m very excited by all this and have a few details for you…

the serious details

– the skeins are 100 grams of 100% superwash merino (other bases are under consideration)

– approximately 400 yards in each

– dyed with colourfast acid dyes

– $28.00 CND/skein plus shipping (actual shipping cost will be charged )

– payment via PayPal invoice or in person to me

– ordering will be done via my e-mail PleaseStandByYarns (at) gmail.com (please tell me colour, where you live, and any other fun facts you think I need to know!)

the fun details

– each skein is hand-dyed individually upon order, so it may take up to a week prior to mailing (if longer you will be contacted by e-mail)

– each skein, once caked, will let you knit your sock 2 at a time (2AAT) from either end without having to split your cake in two.  if you knit a scarf or shawl from your yarn the stripes will mirror each other at the start and at the end of your work.

– If you do NOT want your yarn to mirror please let me know in your e-mail and there will be an extra charge of $5.00 for the skein.

– if you would like a smaller skein  of yarn with the same colours but smaller stripes (like for a child’s foot) or the reverse, a larger skein for a larger foot, drop me a line as all this can be arranged, the price of the yarn will either decrease or increase by $2.00 per 10gr

if you have further questions, don’t hesitate to ask

What the yarns do…

18 May

..and better pictures.

Does yarn dance? I think mine must party because they keep inviting friends to join my stash…

MASH

Who didn’t want to hang out with Hawkeye, Trapper John or BJ while sipping moonshine martinis in your blood stained khakis?
This self-striping 100% superwash merino wool will make you feel like you are back in the Swamp.
With random width stripes of olive green and hand painted camouflage stripes there is the added bonus of random red stripes throughout the skein.
this 100g approximately 400yards skein, once caked, will allow you to knit from both ends of the cake to achieve matching socks two at a time if you like

Charlie’s Angels

“Good morning Angels”  “Good morning Charlie” and so started another episode of Charlie’s Angels where the bad guys were bad and the good girls always caught them in the end
This self-striping 100% superwash merino yarn has equal sized stripes of 5 colours ranging from pink to deep purple
this 100g approximately 400yards skein, once caked, will allow you to knit from both ends of the cake to achieve matching socks two at a time if you like will look great is as a pair of socks, a shawl or anything that call out to you.

The Monkees

“HEY HEY!  We’re The Monkees! People say we monkey around …but we’re too busy singing to put anybody down….”
This self-striping 100% superwash merino wool will have you humming the theme song and maybe doing some daydream believing
This yarn has equal sized stripes of mustard/orange and rust broken up with smaller stripes of teal
this 100g, approximately 400yards skein, once caked, will allow you to knit from both ends of the cake to achieve matching socks two at a time if you like perfect for socks a shawl or anything you can dream of…

The Twilight Zone

There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call The Twilight Zone.
-Rod Serling
This self-striping 100% superwash merino wool will make you feel like you are watching your tv from between your fingers
This yarn has equal sized stripes of 4 colours from light grey to black
this 100g, approximately 400yards skein, once caked, will allow you to knit from both ends of the cake to achieve matching socks two at a time if you like perfect for socks a shawl or anything in any dimension…

The Tony Orlando and Dawn Show

Who hasn’t had the earworm of “Tie a Yellow Ribbon around the Ole Oak Tree” in their head at one time or another? (I bet it’s there now!)
This self-striping 100% superwash merino wool will make you feel like you are trying on bellbottoms for the first time again
This yarn has variable sized stripes of green, orange and yellow
this 100g, approximately 400yards skein, once caked, will allow you to knit from both ends of the cake to achieve matching socks two at a time if you like perfect for socks a shawl or anything you can think of tying on…

The Incredible Hulk

“You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry” …ah… actually Dr Banner, that’s the whole point! Come on! Hulk out! bring on the green Lou!

This self-striping 100% superwash merino wool will make you feel like you are hulking out your knitting or crochet
This yarn has equal sizes stripes of green and purple, except the purple is two different shades
this 100g, approximately 400yards skein, once caked, will allow you to knit from both ends of the cake to achieve matching socks two at a time if you like perfect for socks a shawl or anything you can think of so get your Hulk on

Get Smart

“Would you believe… a Girl Scout selling cookies?”

This self-striping 100% superwash merino wool will make you feel like you are working under the cone of silence
This yarn has equal sizes stripes of blue, lavender, brown and grey
this 100g, approximately 400yards skein, once caked, will allow you to knit from both ends of the cake to achieve matching socks two at a time if you like perfect for socks a shawl or anything you can think of and will make your foot look fancy while you use your shoe phone

S.W.A.T.

S.W.A.T always stepped in to save the day, all to the beat of a memorable theme song
This self-striping 100% superwash merino wool will make you feel like you are being mustered into your uniform responding to a call
The yarn has equal sized stripes of white, blue and navy stripes
this 100g, approximately 400yards skein, once caked, will allow you to knit from both ends of the cake to achieve matching socks two at a time if you like, will look great is as a pair of socks, a shawl or anything that is arresting to you.

Anyone for a Sneak Peek?

17 May

Stripes…. my world has come down to stripes 🙂  well, my dyeing one anyway!

thinking this way and trying for a name for the shop, one turns to Google and inputs “stripes” for inspiration and lots pop up but one struck me as The One, bringing back childhood memories and of fascinating colours and an endless pool of colourway names

so there it …. ready for that sneak peek now?

All the colours are here except the one in the previous post,  I promise each will get a better picture and a name in a matter of days. I hope you like them as much as I do!  In the meantime which is your favourite?

In which we talk about yarn and Finished Objects

14 May

Since I started seriously dyeing yarns, different colours and combinations keep popping up in my brain and the smallest or biggest thing can strike a fancy and get the gears turning.  I saw The Avengers last week and loved the movie and it made my little geek heart happy, but it also caused me to come home and start dyeing a colourway I had planned but was going to wait to do…. yeah impulsive me is impulsive.

As, I am just a short time away from opening my shop I thought I would share a couple of finished objects (FOs).

These are the socks I was working on in my first post. I really like them, but since the dye is food colouring and is not colour fast I would not repeat the experiment but certainly some small stripes with some acid dyes in the future…Image

The second one is not mine, my fiend Valerie was nice enough to volunteer to make a pair of socks with one of my first colourways, and will be available upon request. They look amazing! she used the Roundabout pattern free on Ravelry

So thanks much for the knitting Valerie,  the socks look fabulous!

Oh Mol Mol!

12 May

This is a refrain heard often when my sister’s cute little puppy is about.

I’m pretty sure my sister saw her dog’s life flashing before her eyes when I said this the other night at her place and she rounded the corner and saw the reason why….

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yes, that’s right, it’s the cake from the yarn I dyed The Munchkin the other day.  But the way I see it that cake of yarn was the trifecta of temptation to Molly.. it was new to her, it smelled of sheep and it smelled like me but in the end there was no real harm done. It’s all repairable. 

the lesson I take away from this, is that I will have to keep Molly’s love of yarn in mind in the future and keep temptation out of mouth’s reach.

 

 

 

My Little Niece and Knitting

6 May

I have two nieces, they are 10 years apart in age, one is 17 and a lovely young lady preparing for graduation from high school the other is 7 and all the fun that comes with that age.

The Munchkin has grown up with me knitting around her and my spinning fascinates her and this spring she modeled my Gollum socks for my Ravelry pattern page and she asked me to make her a pair of socks. I think socks for her will make a fun summer project for us together.

I had a portion of a yarn left over from dyeing skeins that I was not enough to make into a 100grs of yarn so I decided this would be perfect for a child’s pair of socks so I made the stripes so they would be narrower on her little feet and started dyeing.  I love the yarn that resulted and I can’t wait for The Munchkin to see it.

it’s a five stripe repeat going from pink to very dark purple, there is still work to be done on the colours but I will do this one again. Plus, I like the idea of dyeing yarn specific for a child’s foot, smaller skeins, narrow stripes so the greatness of the yarn shines and the child gets the full effect of the stripes and the fun that can bring while wear hand knit socks.