How many sleeps till Frolic?!

Have you seen the Ravelry ads and Twitter posts asking how many sleeps till Frolic? Every time I see one, I get a little jolt of adrenaline and start muttering to myself about my Plan.  Just stick to the Plan.

And, truth be told, I seem to be on schedule.  I’ve been dyeing up a storm for the last four weeks.  My house is covered with gobstoppers, draped over drying racks and furniture; I haven’t seen the dining room table in weeks. I have masses of gobstoppers loosely skeined together by base, just to get them out of the way.

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Let’s see… there’s a couple of batches of Four Quarter, some ASL, and some awesome new MCN giants.

According to my tally, I have 14 sleeps and a single dyeing session left– and then about nine solid hours of caking the gobstoppers so that I can get them all named and labelled and organized…

Well, maybe it’s better that I not think about it too much: just stick to the Plan.

And before you know it, it’ll be time for the Toronto Knitters Frolic marketplace, Saturday 29 April from 9 am to 4:30 pm.  You’ll find me in the indigodragonfly booth, S29.

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Oh, there are gobstoppers everywhere!  Including my new Tough Yak base, a 4-ply merino/ yak/ nylon fingering weight with a lovely drape and light halo.

PS: If you can’t make it to the show and you need some gobstopper love, I just sent a batch off to Shall We Knit? (Karen usually posts pics on her Twitter account when they arrive; you can get in touch with her if you’re smitten by one of them).  The next online updates will be Monday 15 May at 7 pm and Saturday 17 June at 10 am (Eastern time).

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March update

I’m squeezing a March update in between shows, so get ’em while you can!  As always, every gobstopper is one-of-a-kind, so if you see something you love, contact me via email to claim it.email

Yarn details and prices are available here.  Please note that my prices will be increasing slightly following this update, due to increasing costs from my suppliers.  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.  (Remember that colours do vary across different monitors/ devices.)

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Four Quarter:
SOLD

 

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Four Quarter:
Left: Saving the Best for Last; Right: SOLD

 

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Merino/ silk fingering (MS-4):
SOLD

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Merino DK:
Left: Bright Idea; Right: When the Garden Went Wild

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Silky Yak DK:
Top: Strong; Left: SOLD; Right: Kind

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It’s showtime!

It’s showtime in gobstopper-land, with two great shows in March and April.

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Next weekend, I’ll be at the Peterborough Fibre Arts Festival here in Peterborough, Ontario.  This is a great show: big enough to provide lots of shopping and chatting and learning opportunities, but relaxed enough that you don’t have to fight your way through crowds.  It’s Saturday, 18 March from 10 am to 4 pm at the Wellness Centre (775 Brealey Drive).

And if you can’t make it in person, the next update here on my website will be Sat. 25 March at 4pm Eastern time.  Provided that the crowds in Peterborough don’t snag every single gobstopper the weekend before… (Don’t worry; I’ll make sure there are at least a few left!)

Then in April I’ll be at the Toronto Knitters’ Frolic, a terrific show with an incredible and very busy marketplace; last year, I sold out by 11 am!  I’ll bring as much as I possibly can this year, but do stop by early-ish if you can– I’ll be in the indigodragonfly booth (S-29).  The show is at the Japanese Cultural Centre and the marketplace is open on Saturday, 29 April from 9 am to 4:30 pm.

I hope you’ll stop by at one of these shows  to say hi, check out sample knits in various gobstopper bases, and of course browse for a gobstopper or two (or three, or…) of your own!

 

 

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Rainbow gobstoppers (Feb.)

It’s true: February gobstoppers are all about rainbows!  Some are conventional, some overdyed and moody.  A few are even stealth. Remember, every gobstopper is one-of-a-kind, so if you see something you love, contact me via email to claim it.email

Yarn details and prices are available here.  Please remember that colours can vary considerably on different monitors or devices; I’m happy to email additional photos or descriptions if you have questions about a particular gobstopper.

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ASL (alpaca/ silk/ linen fingering):SOLD

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Four Quarter: back row: SOLD; front L: Even In Forests, Rainbows (turquoise to spring green to orange); front centre & front right: SOLD

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Merino fingering:
SOLD

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Silky Yak DK ($45):
left: The Tealest Rainbow, v.1; right: The Tealest Rainbow, v.2 (v.2 is slightly lighter in the red-to-yellow transition, but overall these are a good matched pair that would work well together.)

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Silky Yak DK ($45): back, L to R: VROY; sold; front, L to R: GBI; GBIV

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Merino DK:
SOLD

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January update is live!

The gobstoppers are here!  Remember, every gobstopper is one-of-a-kind, so if you see something you love, contact me via email to claim it. 

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Yarn details and prices are available here.  Please remember that colours can vary considerably on different monitors or devices; I’m happy to email additional photos or descriptions if you have questions about a particular gobstopper.

Sock ($35): These are sockstoppers (pairs of matching 50g cakes) in my new Sock base, a sleek 4-ply fingering with 75% superwash merino and 25% nylon (like Four Quarter, but with nylon added for strength).  Each cake in a pair has been wound in the opposite direction, so you can better see the colours.

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Sockstoppers:  Top row (L to R): SOLD; 2nd row from Top (L to R): SOLD; 2nd row from Bottom (L to R): SOLD; Bottom row (L to R): Dignity; SOLD

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Sockstoppers: SOLD

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Merino giant: SOLD

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Merino fingering: SOLD

 

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Four Quarter:
SOLD

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Four Quarter double (one continuous gradient over two 100g skeins, joined with a knot, $70): SOLD

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Silky Yak DK (65% superwash merino, 20% silk, 15% yak; 211 m/ 231 yd per 100g, $45): SOLD

 

 

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