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

BFL-S lace4

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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May update

Happy May, everyone!  I’m enjoying lots of colour outside in the garden, but a little more colour in yarn form never hurts, right?  Have at ’em!

Remember, 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.  Please note that my prices have increased slightly as of 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.)

 

4Q May

Four Quarter:
SOLD

sock May

Sock sockstoppers (matching 50g cakes; note that each pair is wound in the opposite direction, to better show the colour): Far Left to Middle Right: SOLD; Far Right: Deafening Dormouse (magenta to purple)

Shady Seahorse_sock

Sock sockstoppers (matching pair of 50g cakes, wound in the opposite direction): SOLD

mf May

merino fingering: SOLD

MCN giants

MCN giants (150g):
SOLD

silky yak DK

Silky Yak DK: Back Left: Antiquated Anchovy; Back Right: SOLD; Front: SOLD

MS_DKsockst

Merino/ silk DK sockstoppers (matching 50g cakes, wound in opposite directions to best show the colours): SOLD

Spurious Sponge_msDK

Merino/ silk DK sockstoppers (matching 50g cakes, wound in opposite directions): SOLD

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Frolic ahoy!

The Toronto Knitters’ Frolic is just around the corner!

It’s been a long build-up for me, but now the yarn is all dried, the gobstoppers are caked, and the labels are on.  Oh, and the colournames.  The colournames are absurd and, I hope, charming combinations of adjectives and animals– like Awe-struck Oyster or Narcoleptic Narwhal.  Come and find your own favourite colour, or possibly your new favourite animal.  Anxious Aye-Aye, anyone?

The marketplace is Saturday, 29 April from 9-4:30 in the Japanese Cultural Centre, just off the Don Valley Parkway.  I’ll be in booth S-29, with the marvelous indigodragonfly.  See you there!

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