Test calls: Sea Siren, Eowyn and Blue Fairy

I have THREE designs currently in testing:

 Éowyn Tunic/Dress

 Sea Siren

 Blue Fairy

I’ll be using some lustrous KnitPicks Curio and Enchant glitter yarn for my Blue Fairy Shawl…

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Feel free to join in with us as we work these up! Details can be seen by clicking the individual links listed above. Be sure to join the forum so I can email you the pattern. The testing forum also hosts discussion and helps with technical issues.

I also gave the blog a small makeover after the husband told me it was ‘too blue!’

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On the needles

In my efforts to become a better blogger, I’m going to begin to share the projects I’m working on and have finished. With a house full of kids and very little time I will do my best! I am quite excited for school to begin again, three will be out of the house during the daytime and I can (hopefully) get better into the swing of designing and such. Unfortunately, last week I found out I have mono so that’s been a time suck as well- lots of exhaustion and feeling utterly crummy. I can only wish that I will be better soon!

I have been knitting my heart out when I can. I recently finished this lovely test knit for the wonderful Elena Nodel, Queen of the Waves shrug which will be releasing soon…

Alma is wearing her shrug over her Ariel inspired Sea Siren tank, another upcoming design of mine for the Knitted Fairy Tales series, currently in testing. She just adores the super silky milk fiber (Viking of Norway Milk & Honey), lace cuffs, beads and sparkling buttons. The version of the Sea Siren she is wearing is the cropped, plain hem style. If you are on Ravelry you can see the project page for Sea Siren here. I am still looking for test knitters for this pattern, so please join the test forum for details and signup. I would like to release Sea Siren by late August and it’s a quick seamless knit, top down with no finishing- when you’re done you weave in your ends and that’s it! I will be working up my second prototype in a week or so with full length and the lace hem option.

I’m currently working on an embarrassing amount of projects but in design news I am working up the Henry prototype for my Knitted Fairy Tales series of patterns inspired by the TV show Once Upon a Time. Should be ready for testers in late August for an early fall release. I also have my second Éowyn (for my Bookworm Series) prototype (dress version) on the needles in some delightful Madelinetosh Tosh DK. I’m finalizing the math and adding the final touches to the pattern which will be ready for testing tomorrow if time allows. The first prototype (tunic version) can be viewed here.

Next up for release will be the Blue Fairy shawl & Owen hat prototypes (Knitted Fairy Tales) and the Rue cardigan (Bookworm Series) in early fall. I will post photos and details as they go into testing and release.

Tests, tests, tests, tests! I am test knitting quite a few things for various designers. I really enjoy the opportunity to edit patterns for others, as it gives me a nice break to my own design work. Keep your eyes peeled for the releases of these lovely and innovative designs!

Finally I have my relaxation project, one so simple that I don’t need to keep to a pattern every moment and can kick back and hang with the kids or watch movies as I work…

9cf326a4f9e911e2986122000a9f194c_7My super luxurious Daenerys knit with Colour Adventures Exquisite Sport (a scrumptious blend of merino/silk/cashmere) in Elena’s Watercolors colorway, a real treat. This is the Dragon’s Rest Shawl pattern. I am working the lace spine and body section currently and as the wing edges (or rather, the end of the knit) grows near I will use some Madelinetosh Merino DK in the Heuchera colorway. In my mind the violet matches Dany’s eyes to perfection and I just know that when I wrap myself in this beauty I will truly feel like a khaleesi!

Winter 2013 Semi Solids :: Fairy Tale Series

The latest colors up my sleeve have been all about fantasy and royalty. Let me show you them!

The Princesses:

Aurora
Aurora on KK SW Merino Fingering

Merida
Merida on KK Merino DK

Rapunzel
Rapunzel on KK Merino DK

The Princes:

Charming
Charming on KK Chenille Merino

Valiant
Valiant on KK Chenille Merino

Hope you enjoy the eye candy and as always contact me either by email (empresspurl @ gmail) or message me (SavageRedhead) @ Ravelry for yarn ordering- each is hand dyed as individual special orders.

Autumn 2012 Semi Solids: Reds and Grays


Cambridge

Quite subtly toned deep gray with a fair amount of hue variation.


Macintosh

Almost a true solid, this deeply saturated apple red is a staple color.


Kitten

Tonal grays with hints of pinks and black, purrrfectly girly.


Bloodied

Deep reds and hints of saturated black and deeper red make this semi a yarn to die for.


Gryffindor

In honor of my favorite author JK Rowling, this deep, dark red has hints of black and burgundy throughout. Truly reminiscent of the house color.

Need some of my handdyed yarns? Leave a comment with your email in the form and I will take your custom order.

Summer 2011 Colorways & Semi Solids (part 2)

New semis and colorways are ready to go live for our Farmer’s Market stocking tomorrow at 2pm EST. Here’s a little rundown on what you’ll find new @ KK…

Lemon-Lime-Aid

Lemon-Lime-Aid is a crisp, fun favorite of mine. A bit tangy, this colorway reflects hues of bright to paler sunshine yellow, deep to lime green and bits of white throughout.

Melon Patch

Melon Patch is a scrumptious colorway featuring the melon-y hues of melon pink, peach, leaf green, browns: deep to khaki.

Sweet Tea

Sweet Tea is a soft tan to medium brown, speckle dyed in hues of peach and sunshine yellow with hints of buttercream.

And the semis…

Sugar

Sugar has a smooth buttercream base with speckles of tan, light brown, peach and sunshine yellow. Loaded with color variation.

Peaches

Peaches is a lovely peach toned yarn with melon pink hues, slight color variation.

Well, that’s it for our Summer 2011 releases. Next up with be our Fall 2011 semis and colorways, which will begin to stock in September. Happy Knitting!

Summer 2011 Semi Solids (part 1)

I am beginning the summer with many cool, blue hues this year as well as a few wildcards. My semi solids coordinate with many of my colorways, so if you are ever in need of a striping set, just contact me to find out which ones are a match! Today is our Summer Celebration stocking which will debut SIX brand new semi solids. All semi solids are available at any time through preorder, but from time to time I will stock semi/colorway sets (like today!). Be sure to check it out, new items stock at 2pm EST. 🙂

Now for the goodies…

Brambles

Brambles has browns and olive with slight color variation.

Sunspeckled

Sunspeckled is a variety of yellow tones with peach and orange flashes, moderate color variation.

Island

Island is a variety of teal tones with blue flashes, moderate color variation.

Skies

Skies is a variety of light blues and small flashes of almost white with slight color variation.

Waves

Waves is medium (sea) blue toned with slight color variation.

Hello, sailor!

Hello, sailor! is a navy hued semi solid with slight color variations to gun metal grey.

Now stay tuned ya’ll, because I have LOTS more dyed fiber to come. The Farmer’s Market stocking is coming soon with delicious colorways and succulent semis! ;D

Summer 2011 Colorways (part 1)

Are you ready for a fiber overload? I have lots of yarn ready to go! Our Summer Celebration stocking is on July 11th and I have previews up for some of our summer colors! This post will introduce you to our latest dyed offerings…

Hydrangea

Hydrangea is sweet and feminine without being over the top girly. Elegant enough for a lady and blue enough tomboy. My in-laws hydrangea bush was the inspiration for this colorway. They have the most gorgeous flower bunches in multiple colors of pink, violet and blue.

Colors used are deep green, pink, violet, lavender, light and deeper blue with bits of natural.

Gator Babe

Gator Babe is a colorway featuring warm deep brown, sky blue, natural and a slight blueish green. This colorway was designed to match a Gymboree line because I wanted my baby to be stylin’!

Port City Nights

Port City Nights is a vivid and unusual rainbow colorway. It is completely gender neutral and totally scrumptious! This colorway is the first of many to represent how my local scenery appears to me.

Colors include deep red, orange, yellow, green, chartreuse, navy and gun metal grey.

Bean

Bean is a colorway featuring pink, sky blue, pale yellow, peach, apple green, violet and hints of white. (Yarn may not have as much white as the fiber.) My seven year old daughter Ella’s nickname is Bean. This colorway is named for her since she designed it herself!

The Blues

The Blues is exactly how it sounds- bluesy! Inspired by my love for all things jazz and blues. I have begun a new technique of speckle dyeing over semi solids and I just LOVE the results!

Speckle dyed blues of all hues- from palest blue to sea blue to navy to gun metal- on a light blue semi solid base.

Sparkle, Cupcake!

Sparkle, Cupcake is super duper sugary sweet and was designed with a white cake/pink frosting cupcake with SPRINKLES! Satisfy your yarny sweet tooth working up this pink semi solid speckle dyed with bits of natural, green, blue, pink, teal, violet and yellow.

I’m also introducing many new semi solids in the Summer Celebration stocking and will make a post featuring them soon. Oh and a little secret- there are MORE Summer 2011 colorways and semis in the works that will debut very soon!

Colorful fingers

Well hello! Been pretty busy around here lately! I have loads of colorful yarns and fibers laying around the house… A pile waiting for reskeining… A batch hanging to dry on my front porch… A few braids of fiber strewn over my yarn basket waiting for pictures… You get the idea I’m sure!

I may hold off on the Sweet Babies update but not for long. I am going to ‘attempt’ to make video tutorials of my short row and kitchener techniques instead of photo tutorials. I always love a good video tutorial myself. 🙂

I will be stocking loads of dyed deliciousness soon, and hope to do so in a few weeks as planned but I am waiting on something special for my labels then they too will be handcrafted perfection! Can you tell I’m a bit excited? The good news is that the longer the wait- the bigger this stocking will be! I have POUNDS of yarn SCREAMING for me to color them and do it NOW! ;D

In knitting news… I’ve been working on a lovely Honeysuckle Dress, a test knit for Evie Pants Wool & Designs.
I’m knitting it with Madelinetosh in Malechite with some of my undyed superwash and it looks DELICIOUS! Can’t wait to show it off to you!
The WAHM/Seller version of the Avalon Dress is now available on KnitKnots HC. You can also find the Knitter’s version at Pulling at Strings.