Category Archives: Indie Dyers

Beautiful Tosh Lace Silk just in time for the New Year

Thank goodness Christmas is over! Back to some relaxing, feel good knitting without a deadline. If you’re looking for something super special and decadent, check out Madelinetosh Silk Lace.

Madelinetosh Silk Lace comes in an ample 1000 yard skein, so one skein could make a luxurious shawl or scarf, and two skeins could make a sweater. It is 100% Tussah silk that shows off the brilliant Tosh colorways in the best way possible. Silk Lace has a great hand and drape, and would be perfect for any lace project! Here are a few of the patterns I’ve been thinking about:

The Citron Shawl is a Knitty.com classic. Update it with the Tosh Silk Lace! If you’d like to keep with the citrus theme try Chamomile or Ginger.

I have made two Whispy Cardigans. It is a wonderful, extremely wearable, simple knit! Smaller sizes could use one skein, and larger two for an elegant, versatile cardigan. This pattern looks equally great with jeans or with a cute dress.

The Rock Island Shawl is one of Jerod Flood’s most popular pattern for good reason! One of our staff knit it, and I drool everytime she wears it. I can’t wait to make one! It would be lovely in bright Nikko Blue or classic Oxblood.

If you’re  looking for something a bit more modern with an edgy streak, try the Rill Scarf. I absolutely adore the raw edge look and subtle lace.

Of course, if you’d like to simply show off this beautiful yarn any sort of stockinette or garter project would be gorgeous. Check out the ever-loved Color Affection  or Clapotis for more inspiration!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday Season and Happy New Year! Until next time,

-C

Divinely Happy!

I had wanted to write about Divine Lace, a luxurious yarn spun in Italy with a 70% Mulberry Silk and 30% Cashmere content, for the last two weeks.  Little Knits Divine Lace       But, after much contemplation, we decided to take our first vacation in 7 years.  Have you ever taken a vacation with two kids under the age of 8?  Have you ever been on a plane for more than 7 hours with an extra 2 hour stop on tarmac?  Then you know what I am talking about when I say I am ready for a vacation, again. 

We flew over to the east coast to visit family and friends for Thanksgiving and while it was great it was not a real vacation.  When we got back I found that I had fallen behind by about 4 weeks.  I am almost caught up and decided it was time to post about Divine Lace

Divine is spun in Italy with the highest quality silk and cashmere and it is a dream to work with.  Little Knits Divine Lace   It feels wonderful next to skin, drapes beautifully and has a soft silky sheen.

In our search to find someone to help us dye this yarn we came across Grey Drizzle Fibers, a Seattle indie dyer that specializes in dyeing subtly variegated color-on-color hues.  Little Knits Divine Lace       The owner/dyer is meticulous with her dye work (read: obsessive), and skeins the yarn beautifully so as to make sure all colors are presented on every hank and later, winding them is a breeze.  She is a perfectionist and we like that.  Little Knits Divine Lace     Her colors have depth and show beautifully when worked but sadly the beauty of her color work is hard to show fully with photos.  So expect to be surprised pleasantly when you see Divine in person as it will be much more beautiful than the photos shown on our site.   Little Knits Divine Lace

We are also offering free shipping for Divine Lace; for U.S. minimum purchase for free shipping is 2 hanks and for everywhere else it is 4 hanks (free shipping applies to whole order).  Grey Drizzle is a small dye-shop so this is the first batch of Divine Lace we have and the next batch won’t be here for at least a couple of months. 

On a not-so-related note, I am inserting a picture of our cat Tank watching me while I take photos.  Tank is a pretty boy    I found out he was there when something nipped me on my ankle and scared me in the quiet of the night.  This little boy came to us when he was a few weeks old weighing less than a pound.  Now at about 5 months he is almost 7 pounds!  Many thanks to all of you for your cat food recommendations.  After several unsuccessful tries we have settled on Royal Canin.  Tank seems to love it and it has minimized his lethal gaseous excretions.  Tank you are the cutest cat that lives in our zip code!  :)

So those are my yarn news.  Personally speaking I am trying to get ready for the holidays and focusing on baking.  I have also increased the frequency of my gym visits as I have become a cookie monster (I am wearing my “fat jeans” as I type this paragraph).  I love sweets and Seattle weather does not help.  I also bought America’s Test Kitchen Holiday Cookies magazine and tonight I am going to try to bake at least one batch and continue to bake until I go through at least half of the recipes.   Cookies for the holidays    Just in case you are interested I will be posting the recipes that I bake right here.  Watch for a huge baking disaster as I have not been very domestic lately.

It is been a while

I know, it has been a long while.  I was simply not able to do it all between Ravelry, Twitter and Facebook.  What to do first and how much and when.  There has been offers of help and to those who offered many thanks!  Let me try my hand at this one more time and hopefully this time I will be more consistent.  And, if I know that you are reading I promise I will write often.

I will start with a bit of quick news: did you know that we have started Ravelry Coupon Mondays?  Just join Little Knits’ group at Ravelry and watch for coupon announcements.  Every Monday it will be something new.  When you join us on Ravelry please share your projects with us and let me know what you would like to see at Little Knits next.

For tomorrow we have a new yarn that will be posted on the site that was requested by our Ravelry members, Berrroco’s Blackstone Tweed.  And even better the colors listed will be on sale at 45-50% off.  This is a surprisingly soft tweed by Berroco with a wool, superkid mohair and angora fiber blend.   Here are the two colors we have in stock that will be on sale:

Berroco Blackstone Tweed Berroco Blackstone Tweed

And a personal find on etsy, Grey Drizzle Fibers.  This is a fairly new dyer with a great feel for subtle color combinations and color-on-color variation.  I do know the dyer but we have no financial affiliation, meaning there is no profit motive for this post and I will not benefit from it.  Simply put I love the colors created by this small indie dyer.  I got two hanks of her 4-ply DK weight merino just to play in colors that are not really characteristic of my favorites including a beautiful green called Leaf and in a warm honey amber called Doubloon.   The merino is soft and smooth with a tight-but-not-too-tight ply but what makes this yarn so special is the dyers’ colors with their subtle color-on-color variations and rich hue saturation.

Merino Storm by Grey Drizzle Fibers

I also asked Ms. Grey Drizzle to do a special project for me and she was kind enough to agree.  We have been testing a super fine single ply merino from Italy at Little Knits.  So I asked her to dye the lace weight of this lovely merino in a deep deep blue-red for me and she did!  I call this red Drop-dead Red and it is goooorgeous!  I have about 2700 yards of this super soft merino in Drop-dead Red and I cannot decide on a project…I do need help so your suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Drop-dead Red!

That is it for this post.  I am off to bed so that I can get up early tomorrow and start photographing some new yarn. :)