What Would You Knit With It?

I've been doing some dyeing for myself, as well as some for prizes at the close of the Adventurous April Knitalong.  I thought it would be fun — and helpful too — to show off the yarn and ask what you would knit with it if it came to live with you.  You can respond in the comments here or in this thread on the Elliebelly Group on Ravelry.


The first yarn is BFL Silk Sock — It’s a 55% superwash Blue Faced Leicester/45% Silk yarn with 438 yards to the skein.  It’s a fingering weight, and I’ve dyed two skeins of it.

The colorway is Strawberry Roan — inspired by our trip to Iceland and the “Little Horses” (we were told it’s an insult to call them ponies) that populate the island. The Strawberry Roan horses were so pretty and particularly sweet.


Also inspired by our Iceland trip, this is the Gullfoss colorway on aran weight Blue Faced Leicester.  There are 183 yards in a 100 gram skein, and again, I've dyed two skeins.


Panda is a silk and bamboo blend, roughly 50/50 that has 150 meters to a 100 gram skein.  This is a new-to-Elliebelly yarn that I'm testing out for the first time.  I am very fond of the sheen so far — the yarn seems to glow from within.  There are two skeins of this and I wish I had dyed more as it would make a lovely large summer weight Clapotis for wrapping up on the beach at night or for movies in the park!


Pink Loves Brown is a classic Elliebelly colorway that I've dyed here on 8-Ply Coventry Cashmere.  Each two ounce skein has 130 yards, and I've dyed two in this colorway.


As yet unnamed, this new colorway was my effort to replicate some of the rich blues and greens we saw on our Iceland trip.  The three dye bath process was definitely worth it.  I've dyed four skeins of this colorway on 8-ply Coventry Cashmere, again with 130 yarns per skein.


Finally, another classic Elliebelly colorway, Lakehouse.  This is on aran weight BFL, with two skeins of 183 yards each.  It's been a long time since I dyed this colorway, and it took all the strength I could muster to avoid casting on with it immediately.  I love how the golden strands peak out from between the variety of blues and greens in this colorway.

So, friends and knitters, what would you knit with this yarn?  What patterns have you been dreaming over?  Inspire me.  Motivate us all.  It's so much fun to see different knitters' take on the same yarn!



Dye Yarn. Dye.

Sometimes a girl just has to dye yarn.  Nothing else will do.


I dyed some Blue Faced Leicester for a very sweet girl.


I dyed two skeins of Elliebelly's Eco Alpaca — I guess that makes this an Eco Duo — to use together in a hat for my oldest.  The skeins were dyed together and then the skein on the bottom was overdyed.  I'm hoping this means I get complimentary skeins that work well together.  It's an experiment I've been wanting to try for a while.  You can see the richness of the colors a bit better in the close up photo below.


There is a bit more yarn steeping and you would think I would be tired of dyeing, but of course, that never happens.


Knitted Swatch Complete. Gauge Perfect. Oh Joy!

I am a good person.  I will surely go to heaven when I die.  For I have swatched.  I have swatched and gotten gauge.  Not only did I knit the full number of stitches called for, surrounded by a garter stitch border, I blocked my swatch after it was complete.  Yes, surely I will go to heaven.

knitting gauge swatch tiny tea leaves cardigan madeline tosh vintage yarn

Even if I don't make it to heaven, I have high hopes that Ellie's fall sweater (the Tiny Tea Leaves Cardigan, knit in Madeline Tosh's Vintage Merino) will fit because my gauge is perfect.  It's perfect after blocking.  And this must be a good omen from the knitting gods that all is well.

gauge swatch tiny tea leaves cardigan madeline tosh vintage yarn knitting

I am fascinated by this yarn.  I don't think anyone does single color variations as well as Madeline Tosh.  I adore her yarns.  This one is a superwash merino, and it has an odd texture, almost coarse but not unpleasant.  The surprise came when I washed my swatch and it softened up nicely into something you would want to rub against your face.  Hopefully I'll get to spend some time with Tiny Tea Leaves this week.  I can't wait to get started, now that the swatching is done.


Fiber to Yarn


I have a lovely little stash of unspun roving, both Merino and BFL, in my studio.  As much as I always thinks I'm going to find some time to spin, it never seems to happen.  My sweet friends at Hyena Cart, one of my favorite places to buy hand-spun and dyed yarn and other handmade goods, suggested a number of spinners to me, so I'm sending some of my fiber off to be turned, as if by magic, into yarn.


This first batch is going off to the lovely Laura at Splendor.  Her yarn is so beautiful and I hear such nice things about her, that I can hardly wait to see it!



My fiber is off to Washington state, one of my favorite parts of the country.  I can't wait to see what it is going to look like when it comes back to me!