Thursday, June 25, 2015

a shop update and an beautiful new yarn

I'm updating the etsy shop next week, huzzah!

There are lots of lovely yarns and colours appearing in the next shop update, which is scheduled for...

Wednesday, July 1 2015 @ 4pm EST

 Next Wednesday's update will include MCN Worsted, Merino Lace, Merino Singles 4 ply and a brand new yarn!!!

Luxury Merino Double Knit is the newest member of the Viola team. With it's soft, bouncy and smooth hand, this yarn is an absolute dream to knit. The fibre is certified by NewMerino Australia, a program that ensures sustainable and ethically raised merino fibre is coming out of Australia. I am so happy to know this yarn came from happy sheep! Read all about the program here. In my mind, the combination of this stunning yarn and my happy conscience makes this yarn a serious luxury.

Each 100g skein contains 225 meters (246 yards) and will be $31 / skein.

I've already been swatching Luxury Merino Double Knit in Barouni (above) and have selfishly snagged skeins in a few colours for...oh I don't know, I just wanted them!

Here it is again in Aurora Borealis!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Merino Lace

Like so many knitters out there, I sometimes have a tough time with laceweight yarns. Not with loving them -I seem to buy them all the time- but with knitting them up into useful things. I don't have a lot of use for lightweight jumpers, I live in Canada! In fact, this past winter was my first Canadian winter in a couple of years and I can tell you there were times that I thought I was not going to make it so summer...that I would surely become an ice cube before I could knit enough layers to stay warm. Lace yarn was not at all interesting to me over the winter, I saw it as a rather reckless and dangerous indulgence in my fight for survival!

Now that summer is officially here, and I've lightened up about the extremity of winter (only slightly) I have let another impulse take over - my need to knit up stash yarn! Another overwhelming aspect of my new (old) life in Canada is the yarn stash that I've been reunited with. I know many of you can relate to this one, it's huge, it's out of control! And so, I am working away at my stash, including that once pesky section of lace weight yarns. Turns out, There's quite a lot of stuff I want to knit with all that lace (phew!) 

My recent inventory has exposed my love of Viola Merino Lace yarn. Suppose I should have known about that already...There's something very special in the combination of a very fine singles merino yarn. It grabs dye super-fast creating beautiful splotches which remain delicate and subtle because of how thin the yarn is. I've thought about this quite a lot recently. 

Anyhow, as you may well imagine, I've been plotting many projects in the lovely Merino Lace...

You may have already seen the Light Grey Structure that I recently finished. I love this thing! Knit with Viola Merino Lace and Fyberspates Neff lace held double, I reckon that this jumper is going to be warm enough for winter layering. Huzzah! The pattern was brilliantly written and lots of fun to knit. It was my first go at contiguous sleeves and I'd say I'm a convert! I am most certainly dreaming up more double stranded lace jumpers!

I have also made a rather feeble start on the Halligarth Shawl that I was on about a while ago. I'm using Merino Lace for this again. The colourway is called 'Dusk' and I'm pretty crazy about it - so much so that the yarn is in focus instead of my knitting! 

And I am so excited to be sharing this beautiful shawl! Knit in Viola Merino Lace from many moons ago by the lovely UniqueUylond on Ravelry. The Pattern is Photosynthesis, and I'm pretty sure it was Uylond's beautiful shawl that inspired my Halligarth journey. Thanks Uylond!!

I shall leave you with a little glimpse of Merino Lace that will be making an appearance in the next Etsy update (soon to be announced!)

Happy Knitting!

Monday, June 15, 2015

news news news!

I am SO excited that I can finally talk about a very special project that I am lucky enough to be involved in...

 Coming up this Autumn is Loop London's 10th anniversary (a pretty big deal I'd say)! Details of the exciting project they have prepared are gradually being revealed over on the Loop blog, so click over there to learn more about it. I am so happy to be contributing this bespoke colourway to the project! It will be available in their London shop once Autumn rolls around. You can also read more about this colourway, and it's inspiration in this little interview with me. Stay tuned as more project details are revealed. In the meantime, I'm going to do some swatching...

Friday, May 29, 2015

Eclipse colourways

Hey gang! Just a quick note about something new that's going on in today's update...Eclipse colourways are happening!

Eclipse colourways are all one-offs, whatever I post will be all there is. They are all the result of some fun new experimentation that I've been up to. I've been working away on new colourways, techniques and ideas - as a result, some pretty funky colours have been emerging from my pots. So if you happen to love an Eclipse colourway in today's update, grab it because it won't be around again!

The goal of all my crazy witch experimentation (I've been imagining myself as a Macbeth witch throughout all this) is going to be some exciting new colourways and more consistent results too!

Here's a selection of Eclipse colourways in Merino Lace that are going to be in the update later on today. 

In other news, I goofed slightly on the weight of Merino Singles 4 ply! The yarn information is now updated on Ravelry, Etsy as well as the tags. So the correct weight and yardage for Merino Singles 4 ply is actually 115g 434 meters (475 yards). Sorry for the mix up folks, but great news - your skeins have more yarn in them that you thought, huzzah!

See you @ 4pm EST for some yarny (witchy) fun!

Monday, May 25, 2015

I Almost Kept This...

It crossed my mind today as I was photographing yarn, that I truly do want to keep almost all of the yarn that I dye (suppose that's good thing!) So I've decided to start a little blog 'segment' that I am calling...

 'I Almost Kept This'

all of the following yarns that I almost kept are going to be appearing in the upcoming shop update!

Everyone who knows me, or perhaps even has just spoken to me for a few moments has likely heard me going on about how much I love pink. Well, I do. I love pink. And this colour of Polwarth and Alpaca was almost knit into a Quill shawl (by me), until I decided to knit the same pattern in a dark, truffle colour...equally beautiful, but not quite so pink. For anyone who is curious, I've called this colour 'PINK'.

A second colour of Polwarth and Alpaca that nearly missed the update is 'Lemongrass'. Perhaps I love this one because spring has arrived and reminded me that I love bright colours, fresh growth and warm days. I'm also thinking that as bright as this colour may be, I want to combine it with almost every other colour out there! I've held it up against all the other Polwarth and Alpaca colours from this update (because that's what I do when I'm supposed to be labeling) and I think it looks great with just about all of them.

Next up, Merino Singles 4 ply. it's a batch of 'Aurora Borealis'. A colour that I'm still playing around with a little bit - so that means each batch is a surprise to me. I did a little dance when that bright, speckly patch of rust and chartreuse and...whatever else emerged. How exciting!? The best bit for me is the way those bright colours jump out from the subtle and soft background of warm gray / mauve.


My last favourite from this update is a couple colours in  M / C / N Worsted. Oh my, these were the toughest to let go of. On the right is 'Ice Berg', or so it is called. I'm crazy about this colour! A soft, cool, icy base with bright hints of colour. Of course, I am imagining a slightly magical, iridescent ice berg here. As one does. And lastly, this purple/browny colour is called 'Space Dust'. I never can turn down a dark, moody purple colour.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

VIOLA shop update

Hooray, huzzah, wa hoo! The next VIOLA shop update is scheduled for...

FRIDAY MAY 29th @ 4pm EST

I've brought back another favourite from the old days of Viola - M / C / N Worsted! This yarn was always amongst my most favourite...all of them are...but I really like it, OK! I love it's super high twist and springiness, the way it grabs a hold of the dye, creating saturated and interesting colours, and I love that it knits up super-fast - that's a lot of things to love!

I've dyed up a fair bit of the lovely M / C / N Worsted, and done my very best to ensure that there are garment worthy amounts in most colours. I have also done a splendid job of not hanging onto all of it for myself...which tends to be my initial reaction.

Also in the update will be Merino Lace and Merino Singles 4 Ply as well as the last bit of Polwarth and Alpaca that I'll have for a little while, so grab it while you can!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

finished laila

Last week my skilled camera friend Jeremy spent the day hanging out and managed to take some photos of me in my new laila jumper. He succeeded where so many others have failed to take a pictures of me with both my eyes open! It's a special gift that I have...pulling a dumb face and closing one eye exactly when the camera goes. Anyhoo, here's the jumper! I still love it and wear it every day, in spite of the climbing temperatures here in Toronto.