How not to photograph your knits. A behind the scenes peek.

See that look on my face? That is not a look that is going to sell hats.

Like many places, it’s hat AF outside. Northern Idaho should never be this hot. I’m melting. I also need to get pics of the few finished items I have. My house is a cave, so doing it inside is a no go. Really there is nothing like wrapping yourself in wool when it’s 90 degrees out.

I also sat in tree pitch. Got pitch on my hands, narrowly avoided getting it on the that hat.

This is what the glamourous photoshoots are really like. At least the ones where you are trying to do all the things yourself. lol.

Are we friends on Ravelry?

Firstly, I must admit that my Ravelry is a bit of a mess. I have a hard time getting yarns & patterns uploaded. I’d still love for us to connect on Ravelry though.

All of my patterns are listed there. I have a group just for my patterns & yarns. All my test knitter/crocheter requests are posted to my Ravelry group.

I know some people prefer Ravelry over Facebook, so the group is a nice way for us to stay connected.

My username is craftyraven. Let’s be yarn buddies.

What’s on the needles? Sun Kissed Shawl

Sometimes knitting math and coming up with design ideas can break your brain. I’ve been giving my brain a rest by knitting someone else’s pattern.

I’m working on a Sun Kissed shawl from YOTH Yarns. (Pattern Here.) It starts out fairly simple, carrying the yarn up the side for the stripes. Which I like because I hate cutting yarns.

I don’t normally work on shawls. I don’t wear shawls. At the same time, I’ve had this overwhelming urge to design and knit one anyway. It’s weird.

Not being a shawl person, I was having a hard time wrapping my brain around the math and shit.

I’m really enjoying working on this Sun Kissed shawl. It’s the perfect mix of I can watch TV & I won’t get totally bored.

In other news, I’m getting ready to ship out the yarn for Yarn Coven. Yarn Coven is my yarn club hosted on Patreon. I’m really excited to get these yarns out. They are getting a yarn base that I haven’t offered before. I can’t share anymore about it because spoilers.  You can find Yarn Coven here.

What are you working on?

Testing new yarn bases part 2

I’m so bad for taking so long to post this. To read part 1 click here. 

I’m not doing the Kickstarter this year. It’s way too much pressure & I really want to put my focus into the Patreon. The skeins I did dye of this yarn are available in for sale, but once they are gone, they are gone. At least for this year.

I don’t like how this colorway came out. The colors are far too light and pastel -ish. To me it looks like Easter candy vomit.

Next time I do a sunset inspired colorway, I’ll use different shades & blend things together better.

If you love it, please buy it. lol.

The shawl pictured is a pattern I’ve been working on. I’m not sure if it’s too boring to knit or just the right amount of not needing to pay attention.

I also worked on a sock weight version, but I think I’m going back to the drawing board with it. I’ve been having such a hard time planning what to make and getting designs going. I think it must be the heat turning off my brain.

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.