Testing out the new possible yarns, part 1

Over the long weekend, I dyed up the test skeins I’d ordered from the potential new suppliers.  I’ll be sharing them in the next few posts.

Since I dyed these skeins the same color, I decided to group them into one post.

These colors came out lighter than I wanted, but that’s on me, not the yarn.

On the left is a 4 ply worsted weight 85% Merino 15% Alpaca blend.

It took the color well. It’s pretty soft and squishy.

It does have random long hairs in it from the Alpaca.

Which is something I’ve noticed on other Alpaca yarns.  This yarn is hand wash only.

On the right is a 100% Merino SW.

Now if you look closely at the pic, you’ll notice that this yarn is thinner than the other, even though they are both labeled worsted.

It has a tighter twist & looks more like a sport weight to me. Swatching for gauge would be very important with this yarn. It took the color well. It did come out slightly lighter than the other skein. It is soft.

This colorway isn’t one I’d normally dye. I wanted darker deeper color. I may try this again after some tweaking.

May Instagram Wrap-up

We’ve made it to the end of May.

This year seems to be zooming by and I know the pace will pick up as summer sets in.

This month I got some knitting and crocheting done. Some yarn dyed. It doesn’t seem like much, but progress was made.

The Yarn Coven on Patreon is now up to $136! This is so awesome. I’m so thankful for each and every person that supports this little yarn biz in whatever way they can.

Coming in June:

Kickstarter announcement!? I’m still waiting from one possible supplier about my wholesale application. If I don’t hear from them, I can still go forward with the Kickstarter the goal amount will just be larger.  Stay tuned for pics of the test skeins I ordered!

I have a shawl pattern that I’m working on. It uses sock/fingering weight yarn. I’m hoping to have in done in June, but it really depends on how much knitting time I get in.

I’ll be posting a free pattern for a knit ‘ear hat’ that uses one skein of my Beastly (super bulky) yarn. It’s super simple and works up really fast.

What do you have planned to start off your summer knitting & crocheting?

Charybdis Beanie pattern has been conjured in Yarn Coven

The Charybdis Beanie pattern is now available to Yarn Coven members. Yesss!

If you are not in Yarn Coven you’ll have to wait a little while more.

Yarn Coven is hosted on Patreon. I chose Patreon because it makes it easy for people to choose what they want to get from me & is really flexable.

Tomorrow is the last day to get in on the next (really the first ever) round of yarn for the Yarn Coven.  The next round of yarn won’t be until August.

The yarn schedule for this round is June (billing)/July (dyeing)/August (shipping). Chances are that I will be able to ship yarn before August. I just like having the time to deal with any unexpected wonk.

I’ve got some ideas on how to keep making Yarn Coven better. I really want to build something that helps people bring more magick & badass-ness into their lives.

You can check out Yarn Coven by clicking here.

Wild Cat Crochet Hat Free Pattern

I finally had time to work up a crochet pattern similar to Feral Goblin Cat Hat. This Wild Cat Hat is crocheted using sock/fingering weight yarn.

It fits a little snugger on me that it does on the display head. That head is only 19 inches.

Materials:

Sock weight yarn. Takes a little over half of a  100gr skein. (60-65 grs)

3mm hook

Stitches used:

Double crochet

Half double crochet (hd)

Front post double crochet (fpdc)

Chain 110

Slip stitch to join ends being careful not to twist it.

RND 1: Chain 3 (counts as first double crochet), double crochet in each stitch to end, slip stitch to join.

RND 2-9: Chain 2 (counts as first hdc), fpdc, hdc to end, slip stitch to join.

RND 10-38: Chain 2, hdc to end, slip stitch to join. You can continue crocheting if you need on longer hat.

Slip stitch top closed. Weave in ends.

If you have any questions about this hat, pop them into the comment box.