Showing posts from December, 2011

Interview: Gynx Yarns

Laura Jinks is the indie hand dyer behind Gynx Yarns, which seems to have something for every knitter! Her Etsy shop is more like a candy shop, offering a rainbow of colors ranging from semi-solids to high-contrasted variegates but all of her bases are made from eco-friendly materials– something we can all get behind!

This week I had the pleasure of interviewing her and I hope you enjoy what she had to say!

For those who haven’t had the pleasure of meeting you, please tell us a little about yourself! How and when did you learn to dye yarn?

I’ve lived in Texas my whole life. I started knitting in 2005 and have been addicted ever since. I’m currently in Denton, but I will be moving in with my fiance and two cats in Fort Worth at the end of January when we’re married. I just graduated from the University of North Texas with a major in Fiber Arts, which is where I learned several dyeing techniques and fell in love with the process. At home I tried dyeing a few batches of yarn …

Goldilocks Syndrome

Happy Holidays! I hope everyone is staying warm and having a lovely time with family and friends!
I'm back out from under my Yule log with lots of knitty updates! Some good... some not so good. So, let's get the 'not so good' out of the way, shall we?

First up, two weekends ago, I decided to put some elbow grease into my Echo Flowers Shawl. (I've been a slacker KAL buddy and @StitchMistress definitely gave me a metaphorical kick in the tookus when she finished hers!)

Long story short, I totally ignored the fact that there were center stitches and ended up with HALF a triangle!  ::head / desk::head / desk::head / desk::head / desk::  
How does something like this happen, you ask? Well, between the way my brain works and the way the pattern was written, I didn't realize the border charts 1, 2 and 3 were to be knit consecutively across each row! Also, my stitches were matching up so there were no red flags hinting that something was off... so I kept going.
No …

Comfort Food / Knitting

I think it's safe to say my holiday shopping is complete! I know I vowed only to shop online but incidentally, I found most of the gifts on my lunch break! Also, you'll be pleased to hear (or shocked) that I haven't cast on a single knitted gift! I think I've done my fair share of KFO these past few months. I'm ready for some selfish knitting!

Although, my grandmother did ask me (ever so sweetly) to knit her a hat to match her Hanging Garden Stole. I ran out of the Woolen Rabbit yarn I used for it, but the Black Forrest Worsted Malabrigo I used to knit my nephew's Baby Sophisticate cardigan is a very close match! A worsted-weight hat? Now that I can do!

In other news, I'm a very bad KAL buddy, taking my sweet time making progress on my Echo Flowers shawl, while StitchMistress has officially finished hers! (And it's GORGEOUS!) I'm following in her footsteps and using beads instead of nupps, and I just love the way it's turning out. I just wish…

Episode 32: Greetings from Poang!

Episode 32
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For Thanksgiving, I baked Spicy Cornbread Muffins, from Food Network's Everyday Italian and Pumpcakes.

On The Needles:

Still working on my Velynda cardigan, but the button band is giving me trouble. Almost done knitting the Malabrigo lace Echo Flowers shawl as part of a KAL with @Stitchmistress. I'm also knitting a pair of blue vanilla socks for Dennis.

Off The Needles: 

I finally finished my Daybreak shawl, and whipped up a Baby Sophisticate cardigan for my nephew Ezra in 2 days! Both, great patterns!

Stash Bust Army

Persnickety Mittensby Spilly Jane
Corella Beret by Woolly Wormhead
Chartwell Shawl by Sarah Hatton
Assemblage Mitts by Miriam L. Felton
Baby Sophisticate by Linden Down

Interweave Knits: Jane Austen Knits 2011


Interview with the Sweatshop of Love, Kitman Figueroa, and iMake