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A finished, handspun Ginseng cowl.

This cowl was knit using a half-skein of chain-plied handspun from a braid of Malabrigo Nube (probably colorway Glitter. Not sure, though). It’s off gauge–a little bit bigger than the original, because the yarn is more of a heavy fingering/sportweight, and the sock yarn was much finer. handspun-ginsengI haven’t really done an official blog post about the latest patterns! They are both wave samplers, and available already.

Ginseng is the cowl version. It is pretty nice in my opinion.

Ginger is the hat. It is also pretty nice, though it is very lightweight, and it’s got lace eyelets, and I’m sure half the people who think about these things think it is ridiculous to have a hat with holes in it.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

There’s a little bit of news:

  • I remain terrible at blogging.
  • awkward is running a tiered sale for January.
  • awkward will in fact probably end, or rather close down temporarily to give me time to revamp my approach to indie knitwear (per tentative plans) by March/April 2016; I’ve been uncomfortable with the name for a long time, and have grown more uncomfortable with my approach over the past couple of years. It is really no big thing, but I am running pretty steep (for handmade) discounts to try to clear out as much of the existing inventory as possible, so there’s that.
  • I’m not sure what is next, but I am pretty sure there needs to be a next, even if everything about it is the same except for my approach to it. IT IS TIME TO PUT DOWN A MARKER THAT INDICATES MOVING FORWARD OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.
  • The pattern side should continue apace; I have a pattern for every month this year in some stage of development; some are even completely finished & tech edited and just need better photos and formatting.
  • Also, I got a wooden bowl for putting yarn in so as to take a moody photo; it’s pretty rad. DSC_0027 (1) (1024x686)

 

HAT UPDATE.

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1. There is a Hat Update at awkward. This wonky gnome hat, made in green and grey from handspun art yarn, is one of the latest.

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2. Also, flash saleoffering 20% off ready-to-ship handmade goods through the end of today (Halloween!).

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(3. These lightweight handspun hats are probably my own favorite – classic, mountain-style, functional lightweight hats, and totally unique because I use handspun yarns I made myself. This one is called Ugly Yarn Hat, because it’s made from scraps of all kinds – farm wool Shetland to soft merino, There’s even some bamboo and sparkle fibers.)

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4. I also listed two new Navigator hats – one in this redwood bark color, and one in charcoal grey (which is more like a graphite.) The acrylic blend is supposed to be easy-care, but I’m moving away from it in favor of higher wool content and more raw materials – so there’s no custom orders and they are first-come first-served for these!

a thing I’ve been meaning to do.

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Some summer yarn pictures, and a sale in the shop

I used this handspun to weave a scarf.

A couple of weeks ago I did some quick math to figure out, using a pretty nebulous average materials cost, how many scarves I would actually have to make and sell at $X price point in order to afford what I think (rightly or delusionally) would be the ideal fiber arts studio set up. The answer was 220-260, depending, and on one hand this hardly sounds that bad – I like weaving, and I like the results, and I like to spin for it; I like packing up my scarves in crisp plain paper with small touches of ribbon or string; I like pretty much the whole thing – but it worked out, even then, to slightly more than one scarf per day for the rest of the year, even if you generously include the ones I’ve made but not yet sold.

And then I got very unwell-feeling with allergies. (I am allergic to one kind of grass, here, or at least it seems that way – but it blooms or sheds pollen or whatever grass does for two weeks continuously. You think it is done, and then you wake up because it’s tough drawing a comfortable breath. Not in a sense that would make that a very big deal, but enough to be uncomfortable physically and uncomfortable because you feel fairly gross and other people have to be around you. And enough of a misery that the dog worries. And the dog is a stoic.) It put me right out of commission for a while – I’ve been very very slowly knitting a cardigan. But hardly able to even focus on that. 

But I’m feeling better now, and back at it – I pressed the four (4!!) scarves I wove or finished weaving in that first burst of energy (why not accept a challenge, even if it’s absurd? why not accept because it’s absurd?) but the weather stopped cooperating before I could get rough photographs. So I pressed a pile of linen cloths I wove maybe eight months ago, before I really had much idea of how to hem them. I thought I’d figure something out, and I did, eventually – but the down side of that approach is that all the supposedly square cloths ended up as long rectangles instead, because there’s not quite enough room for a decent hem. And I have a warp on the loom for a bag, and of course there’s a bunch of big knitting projects taking time, but all the same, I think I’m going to chase after 220-260 scarves sold just for the quixotic feeling of the thing.

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Anyway!  At midnight tonight, the 2015 summer sale is on at awkward! All things – even the yarn and patterns this time – are 20% off through July 8th.