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

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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…

EDGING

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…

Ombre!

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.