Learning to Dye Yarn!

Hi everyone!

Hope you are having a great Labor Day weekend. I wanted to share with you really quickly what I’m learning on the side besides knitting.

I have crochet down and I want to broaden my business with knitting and now I’m going to add some hand-dyed yarn in the mix. I’m really excited for this next step and to see where it will take me. I have a love for fiber, so I really just want to learn everything there is about it and what I can do with it.

I bought a great book, Hand Dyeing Yarn and Fleece by Gail Callahan, to start me off. It shows you different dyeing methods, steaming/cooking methods, etc. I love this book so far. I have only attempted a couple methods and am learning, but came up with 6 different colorways in the process.

I was really excited because I only used to colorways (turquoise and cranberry) with 3 different shades of natural colored yarn. It’s just amazing how you can get different colors by changing one item in the equation.

I used a sport weight yarn that is 100% Peruvian Wool. I read that wool is a great fiber to learn on as it absorbs dye nicely and not overly done. In the above photos, I used 3 different shades of natural coloring with just Turquoise. Look at the shades! I love them all.

Below I used Cranberry in the 3 same different shades of natural colored yarn.

I can’t wait to share all the new colors I discover along the way. These colors and more will soon be available in my Store Envy shop. For right now, you can view the items on my Facebook Page.

I hope you enjoy and please leave me feedback on what colors you’d like to see. I’m itching to dye some more, but only have a limited supply of yarn on hand at the moment.

Thank you and happy hooking (dyeing) πŸ™‚

 

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I’m Learning to Knit!

Hi all!

I’m super excited to have finished my first knit project!

For years I have been wanting to learn how to knit. I just kept putting it off because I kept finding more and more crochet patterns I wanted to try and gifts for people, etc. So, a couple weekends ago, I decided to sit my but down and take my Craftsy class I purchased (3 years ago!!!).

I signed up for Knit Lab with Stefanie Japel and I absolutely love it. This is the first project in the class and you learn to stitches: knit and purl. She also throws in how to do some ribbing and lace at the end of the scarf. Here’s my scarf:

knitlacescarfI’m really excited for the next project. It’s amazing all the different stitches you can do with just knowing these 2 basic stitches. I highly recommend this class for anyone who is wanting to try something new. She explains everything she does thoroughly and will offer alternatives if you are uncomfortable with the first suggestion.

You can check it out here. She also has other classes that I can’t wait to try out! Knit Lab: In the Round, Knit Lab: Fit Your Knits and Knit Lab: Hat Four Ways. Keep an eye out on Groupon, too. I actually purchased this class through that. Huge savings!

Maybe you’ll find a different class to try out! They have a nice variety and so far so good πŸ™‚

Enjoy and happy hooking/knitting,

Brooke

 

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Kerrbear Cowl Pattern Released!

Happy Thursday all!

I’m really excited to share with you a new cowl pattern I designed for the Caring for Kerrbear Foundation.

I decided that just one design was not enough and that I needed to make a collection. It all started with a hat (because who doesn’t love hats?) and since then my mind has been going crazy with different ways to work this design. I have mitts, scarves, boot cuffs and head-warmers swimming in my head. And it’s over 100 degrees by me!!!

So, this is what became the other day. It did not start out as a cowl, but worked out great as one. It’s a fun and easy pattern and I can’t wait to work up more…wait here’s a pic:

Kerrbear’s Cowl
$1.00

Click on buy now for your copy. It’s $1.00 and 100% of the proceeds will be going to the Caring for Kerrbear Foundation. If you can’t crochet, don’t worry! You can order one from me for $30 and 100% of that will go to Caring for Kerrbear.

You can check out the hat info here. The hat has a couple different styles and can also be custom ordered.

Thanks in advance from Kerri, her family and friends. We all appreciate any contribution. Click on Caring for Kerrbear above for additional donation options.

I hope you enjoy! Happy hooking πŸ™‚

Brooke

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Update on Going to Joann’s Without a Project in Mind

Do you remember the post back in February, Going to Joann’s Without a Project in Mind is Dangerous? Well, i finally have updates on that project πŸ™‚

I actually decided to make this blanket for my best friend, Kerri. Who may recognize from a previous post. She is fighting Stage 4 Rectal Cancer and I wanted to make her something cheerful to help her through her treatments. This blanket turned out to be the perfect gift.

circleblanketfullThe pattern is called Crochet Circles Throw by Red Heart. It was a great project. I really enjoyed its simplicity. The squares are nice and large (which is a bonus because I hate sewing things together). And the colors went perfect together. Purple is one of Kerri’s favorite colors, so that drew me to this mostly because of that. The yellow and orange were a bonus. Reminds me of sunshine.

I also liked that this blanket isn’t huge. It is more of a lapghan and is perfect for traveling. It is a very cozy blanket and I highly recommend this pattern.

Kerri did receive her blanket and loves it as much as I loved making it. Which is a bonus πŸ™‚

You can find the pattern here. Or just go and visit Red Heart.

Happy Hooking πŸ™‚

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Kerrbear’s Slouch Released—All Proceeds Will Go to the Caring for Kerrbear Foundation

Hi everyone,

I would like to introduce the release of my new pattern, Kerrbear’s Slouch.

***READY TO SHIP*** Kerrbear Slouch $25 + $2 S/H

This pattern is $1.00 and can be found at my Ravelry Store. This pattern means a lot to me because all proceeds with go to the Caring for Kerrbear foundation.

Caring for Kerrbear is a foundation that helps support my best friend, Kerri, in her fight for stage 4 cancer. She has been going through a lot of ups and downs lately and I wanted to do something to help her in her fight.

Being 2000 miles away is hard and there is not much I can do but be there for her via phone. That’s not enough for me, so I decided to design a pattern in her honor and donate 100% of the proceeds to her foundation.

Don’t worry, if you can’t crochet you can order a Ready to Ship or Custom Order hat here. Visit my store and order it from there. There is also an option to custom order your hat and pick your colors and style.

Let’s help Kerri and her family in their fight. To purchase the pattern, simply click buy now, visit my shop to order your very own hat or go to the Caring for Kerrbear foundation page for additional donations.

Thank you so much in advance for helping Kerri and her family. We all appreciate it immensely.

πŸ™‚ Brooke

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ELK Studio From the Heart April 2014 Donation

Good afternoon!

I wanted to share with you what ELK Studio-Handcrafted Crochet Designs has put together. This is the second I have participated in and dedicated a weekend to.

ELK Studio has created events every month in which crocheters all over the country will make hats, scarves, etc for a specific charity. You are not obligated to participate, but are invited to join in. Each event is run by a different organizer each month, in which everyone will mail their donations there and they will in turn send them to the charity chosen for that month.

This month we are sending to Crochet for Cancer (www.crochetforcancer.org). I dedicated this weekend to making hats. I have completed 7 of them and would like to share them with you.

Aprildonations

Hat patterns from left to right:

Chunky Brim Hat

Tropical Storm Brim Hat (minus brim), Flower Accent by Mimi Alelis http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/flower-accent

Wildflower Slouch

Diamond-edge Hat by Kathy North http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/diamond-edge-hat

Chunky Hubby Hat

April6Loopy Slouch (pictured on right) http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/loopy-slouch

I love projects that are 2 hours or less so I really enjoyed this. I woke up Saturday morning and went shopping in my stash with a number in my head then got to work! I felt a sense of accomplishment after this weekend, not just in spending the days crocheting, but knowing that these are going to make someone else smile.

Here is the charity info in case you want to get involved:

Crochet for Cancer
http://www.crochetforcancer.org
Β 
California Chapter/San Fransisco:
Hooks & Needles from California
C/O Ann Stayman
PO Box 1092
San Bruno, CA 9406
Β 

AprilR2S

Mine are already to get shipped!

Hope this inspires everyone to give a little πŸ™‚

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Loopy Slouch Hat Pattern Released!

I finally have released my new Loopy Slouch hat πŸ™‚

loopyslouches

I like to actually think of this as a “mini slouch” since it’s not as slouchy as most slouch hats. This can be easily obtained by repeating a few more loop rows to the desired length.

I used Red Heart Soft for this project…it is a perfect hat yarn…and an I hook. Any worsted weight yarn will work and hook size depending on the fit you are looking for.

Pattern consists of mostly single crochets, double crochets and chains.

Makes for a great movie night project!

It is now available for purchase on ravelry.com for $3, click the link below to purchase:

http://www.ravelry.com/purchase/bd-lishs-stitches/203725″

Enjoy and happy hooking πŸ™‚

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Ravelry.com Library Project #2

Hi there again πŸ™‚

I just finished my 2nd project out of my ravelry.com list and I am in love with it. If you haven’t read the previous post, I am currently working through my ravelry.com library from oldest to newest to finally try some of these projects I’ve been staring at for years.

I just finished Queen Anne’s Lace Scarf, which was a great project. It worked up super fast and didn’t require you to stare at the written pattern the whole time. I’ve been wanting to make this for a couple years and finally did!

I used Caron Simply Soft in Heather Gray. You can use any type of worsted weight yarn, which makes this scarf even better! Here is a picture of my scarf:

QueenAnnsLaceScarf

I’m thinking these will be great springtime scarfs and am going to try a few more in bright colors…..Mother’s Day gifts?

You can find the original pattern here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/queen-annes-lace-scarf-2

Enjoy and happy hooking πŸ™‚

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Tackling My Ravelry.com Library

Hello!

I was going through my ravelry library the other day and realized that I have so many awesome looking projects I can try out. I joined ravelry in 2011, so I have projects in there since then.

I decided I was going to go thru my library (or bucket list) starting with the oldest project I added. I figured it couldn’t hurt…I have a closet full (and then some) of yarn in every imaginable color and then I can donate or gift them to people. I’m pretty much killing two birds with one stone, so why not? It’ll also force me to look through all the yarn that I have and maybe find some use for it all.

So, here’s my first one: Waves of Gray Neckwarmer/Scarf. This is a free pattern found on ravelry by Miko Coffey. I will be calling mine Pagoda Waves. I used an I hook and Caron Simply Soft yarn in Pagoda (hence the name).

PagodaWaves

It is shorter than I normally would like, but I found this pin that just adds the right touch. I love this color and the pattern was awesome. It took me just under 3hrs to make, so if you are looking for a nice afternoon or evening project, this is it! There are also instructions on how many to chain if you would like to make it longer, which I didn’t notice until I was half way done…

Enjoy and happy stitching!

Brooke

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How to Change Color w/o Knots!

Here’s an excellent tutorial on how to change color without making knots.

I thought this needed some sharing because it will save a ton of time weaving in ends. I absolutely do not like weaving in ends and will do anything to avoid it. This will be a wonderful tool when making a striped blanket or even a hat.

I hope you enjoy this information as much as I did!

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