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Did you have a chance to see the eclipse? I made myself a very lo-tech pinhole camera with a couple of file folders and spent quite a bit of time on Monday checking to see if the sun was still there. My favourite effect was the crescent-shaped shadows dancing through the leaves of maple trees in my neighbourhood. Amazing!
The eclipse has been very much on my mind as I’ve been dyeing and naming gobstoppers, as you’ll see from the following batch. (And a few special cakes named after characters of my friends’ making have slipped in as well– those monsters and pets and superheros are pesky that way.) As always, every gobstopper is one of a kind, so if you see something that you love, email me to claim it.Remember, colours may vary considerably across different devices, so do email me if you have any questions about the colours of a particular gobstopper. Yarn details and prices are available here.
The July update is now sold out. Please check in for the next update on Friday, 25 August at 1pm Eastern time.
I’ve been captivated lately by the oddities of late 19th century patent medicines, which claimed some extremely dubious medical benefits. I can’t guarantee that gobstoppers will cure anything except possibly knitting boredom or a life devoid of colour, but I did find inspiration in some of the stranger products. That’s right– inspired by snake oil, I’ve made up a few names of my own for this lot of gobstoppers; if any of the names seem weird, rest assured that the actual historic names (and medical claims) were even odder!
As always, every gobstopper is one-of-a-kind, so if you see something you love, contact me via email to claim it.Yarn details and prices are available here. If you have questions about anything, please get in touch via email; I’m always happy to send additional photos or descriptions if you have questions about the colours of a particular gobstopper. (Colours may vary considerably across different devices!)
Note: Everything is now sold. The next update is Sunday, 16 July at 5 pm Eastern (Toronto/ NY) time.
Here’s a brand-new batch of colour for you! As always, every gobstopper is one-of-a-kind, so if you see something you love, contact me via email to claim it.Yarn details and prices are available here. If you have questions about anything, please get in touch via email; I’m always happy to send additional photos or descriptions if you have questions about the colours of a particular gobstopper. (Colours may vary considerably across different devices!)
My personal knitting sweet spot tends to be fingering weight shawls, usually with stripes, simple garter stitch, or geometric lace.
Lately, though, my thoughts have been turning to more complicated lace shawls; there have been some stunning examples on Ravelry of patterns written by Nim Teasdale, and projects made by knitters in the Gorgeous Gradients group. It works perfectly well to knit lace shawls in fingering weight, of course, but I’ve been drawn to the delicacy of shawls knit with actual laceweight yarn.
With that in mind, I’m pleased to introduce two new laceweights for gobstopper fans:
Silk/ cashmere lace is a beautifully soft and luxurious blend of 70% silk and 30% cashmere. Each 100g skein provides 700m (766 yds) of drape, shine, and kitten softness– it’s like petting a cloud, honestly! I’m must starting to dye this base and find that it takes the dye in a way that creates soft but saturated colours.
The other new yarn is a merino/ cashmere/ silk blend (75/ 15/ 10%) that is slightly heavier (575 m/ 629 yd per 115g skein). This is so new that I haven’t had a chance to dye any yet! I’m loving the feel of it, though, and will have some dyed skeins available in July.
Which reminds me: The June update will be Saturday, 17 June at 10 am Eastern (Toronto/ New York time). The next two updates will be Sunday, 16 July at 5 pm and Friday, 25 August at 1 pm. If you’d like an email reminder just prior to each update, please join my mailing list (information here).