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Fiber is up April 18, 2017 08:46

I've gotten a fair number of emails about spinning fiber and when I'll have more listed. Now that taxes are done and my next round of wholesale orders is well underway, I'm happy to finally say that I have lots of new fiber in the shop! MCN,Targhee/silk, and Polwarth/Silk Ultra (40% silk!) are up first. Organic Polwarth and perhaps a little Falkland will follow in the next few days.

 

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On the road: Feb/March 2017 February 20, 2017 18:43

Huckleberry Knits hits the road again! Find me at Stitches West in Santa Clara, CA, February 23-26, in booth #934 (in the Among Friends neighborhood). After that, I'm heading to Portland for the Rose City Yarn Crawl. On Friday, March 3, I'll be at For Yarn's Sake in Beaverton, and on Saturday, March 4, you can see me at Wool N Wares in West Linn. Both trunk shows will run 10-6.

To avoid overselling, I've deactivated all products except for club-related listings. The store should be back up in early March.

You can follow me on the road on my Instagram account. Hope to see you!


Thank you, Black Sheep Gathering! June 29, 2016 12:00

Huckleberry Knits at the Black Sheep Gathering

Thank you, volunteers and wonderful customers and vendor friends, for a great weekend at Black Sheep Gathering in Eugene, OR. So many happy people, so much great fiber inspiration, so many friends new and old! 

I'm slowly coming back down to reality, working to get fiber club ready and shipped. You may notice that the online store is rather empty right now, as I took down most of my listings for the duration of the show.

I will be taking inventory on Friday and adding things back into the store, as well as new items once I put my photo studio back together (it's been buried for several weeks by yarn, since it shares storage space with my show inventory). I'll post notifications to my mailing list, Facebook group, and Instagram feed, if you'd like to join any of those.


Licorice Twist April 17, 2015 18:00

Licorice Twist has been in my repertoire for years, starting back when my primary audience was people who were cloth diapering their babies and wanted to knit wool pants as diaper covers. It's a great yarn for that purpose--100% wool, (mostly) not superwash so it retains its full absorbency powers, and relatively lightweight for summer wear or warmer climates.

 

Cloth diapering hasn't been my focus in a long time, so it had been quite a while since I'd dyed it in any sort of quantity until Black Sheep Gathering 2013. While getting ready for the show, I found some in my inventory and decided on a whim to dye it up for the show. To my surprise, a lot of people were attracted to it, most of whom would associate knitted pants more with Stephen West than a cloth diapered baby.

 

 

Maybe it's the vibrant colors, a holdover from those kid-centric dyeing days? Or just the unusual barberpole effect that comes from one of the plies being superwash, which dyes up darker and brighter than the untreated plies? The attraction happens even before it hits the needles, when you find out that it creates a supple fabric that bounces back wash after wash, thanks to being un-superwash.

 

 

Whatever the reason, I'm glad my customers like it because that means I get to dye it. Licorice Twist makes for some great transitions because once dye strikes the superwash ply, it mostly stays put, but you can still manipulate the color of the non-superwash plies around it. It's fun to play around.

I've just put up several colorways, both new and old. It's a great chance to try out this versatile yarn, with a range of color choices.


Friday favorites April 10, 2015 13:55

I listen to a lot of podcasts while I dye, and one feature I always look forward to is the Pop Culture Happy Hour's "what's making us happy this week" segment. I love hearing about what other people are enthusiastic about, so I thought it would be fun to do something similar with the blog on my new site.

Here's what's making me happy this week:

The Methow Valley. We spent a couple of days here on our way home from seeing family in eastern Washington over Easter. I love this beautiful valley, tucked into the eastern slope of the Cascades. And on this visit, I finally managed to visit the Mazama Store. This is an upscale country store that features a variety of local products, plus everything that your inner yuppie could desire. I can't help myself, I liked it.

Mazama Store

Especially the locally crafted things. I was drawn to the upcycled wool skirts made by Neve Wear, and the hand-dyed yarn made with local Romney fleece.

Sorry about the blurriness of the photos. I feel like a conspicuous weirdo pulling out my phone to snap photos, so I try to keep it on the down low. I need to just own that I'm part of the Instagram age.

Reading. After several months of barely doing any reading, either print or audio, with an attention span that couldn't get me through a magazine article or short story in a single sitting, I knocked out three books this week. I feel more like myself again. This week's reads were Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan, The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin, and Old Man's War by John Scalzi. Zealot was probably my favorite--the best written, the most informative, and the one that made me think the most. I jot down thoughts on most of the books I read over at Goodreads, if you want more.

Fiber. I overdid it while getting ready for Stitches West, trying to finish just one more sample, and my hands have been hurting ever since. So no knitting has been happening around these parts. But it turns that I can still spin, if I'm careful to keep my hands relaxed (which is better for spinning anyway) and if I take lots of breaks. Like while I'm playing a board game.

Eldritch Targhee

I spun up some of my Targhee/silk on my Tracey Eichheim spindle, while my party got devoured in a game of Eldritch Horror

What's making YOU happy this week?