My favorite things

I posted on FB about the joys of dying. I love building rainbows and trying new ways and color ways. I have loads of fun. Hopefully this translates to the canvas ok!

Sport Singles

I call these singles because they are single dyed. Nothing fancy, just great for fillers.

100% Super Wash Gems Merino, 220 yds approx., US 4-7…smooth hand, great elasticity.

April Showers of Color

Colors For Spring … just a few

I am constantly working with color. These will go in to my Pinks category.

Note that Embers of the Sun was inspired my trip back from Austin the other day. It’s that last bit of color that floats above the silhouette of the hills. You can’t see the sun but you can see her essence.

Stitches South 2015


The Sheepwalk Fiber Arts Studio™ will be a contributing dyer for Louet at Stitches South 2015! I am eternally grateful for this opportunity to support Louet and bring some of our colors to their customers! Louet Gems Merino has been a favorite of mine for the last 6 years. When I started out as a dyer, it was mainly for meditation. Then one buyer after another lead to a small business where I maintain my art without mass production. You can team up our Gems Fingering, Sport or DK with Louet’s solids.

If you are going…stop by and say hello to Dave and Pam!

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Sacred Spirit…Boho Chic

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“The Spirit Collection is a collection of patterns each inspired by the spirit of a person, starting with Intrepid Spirit – a journey in lace that you do not need to be adventurous to take!…READ MORE

I CHOSE to knit with a sport weight hand dyed Fauxmbre yarn from my own collection. There was enough to get me through the 6 pattern repeats but I wasn’t going to make it through the cool lace section. So I altered the outcome a la Jennifer…


Binding Off with a crochet hook, using a single crochet. I knit the shawl on US 6 circs then switched up to a 7.00 mm hook.

Moving stitch my stich, you insert hook, wrap yarn, pull it through. Wrap yarn again and pull the yarn through the two stitches. This makes a nice loose bind off that will curl. Don’t fret. Curling can also be cool, but this can be blocked out!

Going back, *skip a stitch, SC twice then in next stitch, SC three times in one stitch. This creates a shell or fan. Repeat from 8 until all the way across. If you are type A then you need to just SC. You won’t end up with a perfect finish and that’s what makes Boho Chic…well, Chic

Final row I switch up to an 8.00 mm hook. *Chain 1 then SC every other stitch. Repeat from * until last stitch. I am not going further than this but if you are a wild card and have the yarn then do another row or two cool crochet!

The Crossover

The crossover for me is when the knitter transcends the pattern and begins to see all kinds of patterns. Changing the edge, altering the body of the work, figuring out that pattern A would fit to Pattern B with some adjustments. Thank you Christine for sharing your gift with us…

Christine uses a mix of talent: Alice Starmore, Elsbeth Lavold and Elizabeth Zimmerman.

Texas Hearts

New to the collection…a nice cream thats warm…


So there’s always a movement for Ombre and I was already on that bandwagon with my Fauxmbre yarns. Heck I tried my hand at Ombres every year I have been dyeing yarn. I tend to be a bit more classic old West in my colors with earthy tones and browns being my favorite. All we can do is be inspired and do our best. I am always experimenting anyway and every process leads me to new colors and fresh perspective. About four years ago I dyed Ombres and every year I brought in a few to my shop.


Was her name Desiderata? Maybe it was Ermengarda? Or it could have been something ending in -perga, like her sisters Anselperga, Adelperga and Liutperga? Regardless of what he called her, Charlemagne (who was also known as Karolus Maximus, Karl der Große, and Charles the Great) called his first queen “wife” for only a short time. One thing is certain: she was known to be a true beauty. Because she was beautiful, her name must have been as well. It had to have been. Well, I hope so, anyway, because I refuse to name this lovely lace shawl Ermengarda.

Shawl starts at the center top with a tab cast on. The number of stitches increases with every row from there to the bind off edge. There’s a bit of stockinette at the top, but not all that much, as I’m easily bored when I know the fun lace work is coming, so most of this design’s 117 rows are lace. The lace pattern is easy to knit, every wrong-side row throughout the design is the same, and the overall pattern easy to work, especially once you find your rhythm.

COLOR WAY: Boy King aka. Texas Phlox, this red is a mix of red hues with subtle deeper tones.

Yarn: Fingering weight; 500 yards.
Model: The Sheepwalk Fiber Arts Studio Merino 600 in Boy King; 600 yards in 170 grams; 100% merino wool.
Gauge: 24 sts and 28 rows to 4 inches (10 cm) in stitch pattern, blocked
Needles: US 6 (4 mm) needles
Finished size: (measured across top x maximum height): 16 x 65 inches; 40.5 x 165 cm
Notions: yarn needle, stitch markers are optional


Skills: k2tog, ssk, p2tog, yo, s1-k2tog-psso, k1-yo-k1 in same stitch, tab cast on
Stitch instructions: Charted and written.

This pattern is listed on Ravelry.