What’s next

The next two updates online will be Sunday, Sept. 24th at 7:30 pm Eastern (Toronto/ NY time) and Saturday, October 28th at 6 pm Eastern.  I’ll also be vending at the Ottawa Knitting Guild’s Vendors’ Night on Monday, October 23rd; I don’t have all of the details for that show yet, but will send them via email when everything is finalized.  If you’d like to receive occasional announcements by email, please join my mailing list (information here).

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I just finished this stunning version of Around the Bend, by Nim Teasdale; it was a really fun, simple knit with striking results, using two different gobstoppers striped together.  For more pictures and yarn details, check out my Ravelry project page.

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August update

Everything from this update is now sold.  I will announce the next update shortly.  If you’d like to receive an email reminder of scheduled updates, please join my mailing list (details here).

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.emailRemember, 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.

Aug mf

merino fingering:
Left:
Eclipsed Rainbow, Inverted Edition; Right: Stealth Mahogany

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Four Quarter: Back left: Nerwin Gives a Toast; Back centre: Darwin Learns Portuguese; Back right: Nerwin Swims With the Fishes. Front left: Crescent Shadows; Front centre: Pinhole Camera; Front right: 2:36 pm, 70% Occluded

Aug 4Q_1

Four Quarter: Left: Midday Flowers, Eclipse Edition; Right: Euk Dances the Jitterbug

Totality Totality

Four Quarter: Totality, Totality!

Sven&Ole

Four Quarter: Sven & Ole Fly a Kite

Aug ASL

ASL (alpaca/ silk/ linen) fingering: Back left: Action Kitty Walks the Dog; Back right: Oz Hits the Big Time; Front left: Action Kitty Explores Krakatoa; Front right: Edwina Packs Her Bags

Aug ToughYak

Tough Yak fingering: Nervous Nematode

Aug mheavy

Merino heavylace: When the Grackles Called, Eclipse Edition

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July update

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.emailYarn 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!)

sock1 July

Sock (matching pairs of 50g cakes): Left: Eckelman’s Excelsior; Middle Left: Mrs. Smythe’s Soothing Syrup; Middle Right: Pinkham’s Restoring Tonic; Right: Alder’s Alternative, For All That Ails

sock2 July

Sock (matching pairs of 50g cakes): Left: Robb’s Rust Remover; Middle: Bingham’s Blood Booster; Right: Dr. Bark’s Miracle Pomade

sock3 July

Sock (matching pairs of 50g cakes): Left: Fortescue’s Florida Water; Right: Dr. E.’s Eclectric Edge

BFL giant1 July

BFL giant: Mrs. Blackman’s Blush Enhancer

BFL giant2 July

BFL giant: Mr. Bigley’s Emerald Balsam

MCN giant July

MCN giant: Mrs. Florian’s Fever Fighter

MS4 July

Merino/ silk fingering (MS-4): Left: Dr. James’ Magic Oil; Right: Popple’s Purple Pills

MCS lace July

Merino/ cashmere/ silk lace (MCS): Left: Ackerman’s Water Cure; Right: Green’s Wizard Oil

Proud As A & Mature Peacock

BFL/ silk lace: Left: Professor Peacock’s Cure For Proud People; Right: Mr. Moore’s Miracle Moss

It Doesnt Get Any Better-sc lace

BFL/ silk lace: Victor’s Vaporizing Balm

On the Forest Floor- SC lace

silk/ cashmere lace: Stone’s Soporific

Muted Rainbow- m hlace

Merino heavylace: Lydington’s Cure, For Lung- Liver- Life

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June update

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.emailYarn 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!)

4Q Jun1

Four Quarter fingering: Left: Stealth Teal; Right: Haystack Afternoon

 

MCN giants_Jun2

MCN giants: Top, Left to Right: Verdant Voyage; Sandy Towel; Cloudless; Bottom, Left to Right: Sweltering Season; Lilac Time; Beachball Mornings

BFL giant Jun

BFL giants:
Left: Dusk, June 16th; Right: Backyard Berries

ASL Jun

ASL fingering:
Top, Left to Right: Boysenberry Season; Out to Sea; Bottom, Left to Right: Sunset A-Sea; Underwater World

DK doubles

merino DK doubles (two 100g cakes, dyed together as one long gradient, $76 Cdn): Left: Relaxed & Happy; Centre: Swimming Pool; Right: Double Rainbow

BFL-S lace3

BFL/ silk laceLeft: RampantRight: Glory

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BFL/ silk lace:
Dusk

June lace3

silk/ cashmere lace: Left: Fragrant Shade; (Right is BFL/ silk lace named Glory)

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New laceweight & other news

My personal knitting sweet spot tends to be fingering weight shawls, usually with stripes, simple garter stitch, or geometric lace.

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My current project, Around the Bend by Nim Teasdale.  You can just see the colour shift happening in this shot, from deep purple and light aqua at the right to brighter blue-green and magenta-red at the upper left.

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.

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The new silk/ cashmere lace on the left, in purples and blues, compared to my classic BFL/ silk lace on the right.  The two bases are quite similar in gauge, but the silk/ cashmere is super-soft and drapey, while the BFL/ silk is soft and a little bit crisp.

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).

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