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Meet Floyd!

Meet Floyd!

    So, THIS is what I’ve been working on, in between dyeing nearly 250 skeins over the last couple of weeks. One sleeve to go! I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited to block a design. This Ritual Dyes Elder really comes to life when blocked. Rambouillet is my favorite wool and this Quartzite colorway is just gorgeous. I wanted to use Primrose Homestead in From London with Love simply because I thought they looked great together.  But what about the weight discrepancy? Elder is light worsted and Homestead is sport weight. After blocking my swatch, I realized that...

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Whitetip Masterpiece

Whitetip Masterpiece

      When it comes time for a new Purl Diver colorway, I usually look over a few pics that Susan has narrowed down from Murray’s files. We discuss what base we intend to dye, what color(s) we haven’t done in awhile, the season and/or a theme for that shipment. For the final shipment of the 2019 Purl Diver Club, Susan preselected a photo and she had a clear idea for the yarn. She’d chosen Murray’s photo of a Whitetip Shark and said she’d like one bare spot and the rest tonal gray. I did the test skein in...

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Linen: My First Knitting Love

Linen: My First Knitting Love

     I'm in LOVE with linen. So far, I've written four patterns (three have been published) and each one uses linen. I've written a pattern for two of Quince & Co.'s yarns, Sparrow and Kestrel, Louet's Euroflax Sportweight and Shibui's Reed (the Reed pattern is still going through the test knit phase). Especially for my native climate in Florida, linen performs amazingly well. It also works as a three-season fiber in other climates. Many people think of cotton for warmer climates. The biggest difference between linen and cotton has to do with humidity. Linen doesn't hold onto humidity the...

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"Do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life."

"Do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life."

When I decided to learn how to knit, I never dreamed it would be life-changing. Maybe the transition from Interior Designer to Indie Dyer to Knitwear Designer doesn't seem like a natural transition... but to me, it makes perfect sense! Even when I worked for the blankety-blank architects, I enjoyed my job most of the time. As one of those "creative" types, I enjoyed many aspects of my job, but definitely some more than others. My favorites were space planning, creating presentation boards/marketing materials and choosing finishes. I've always enjoyed the creative process. One thing most people wouldn't know about...

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Knitting, the Best Therapy

Knitting, the Best Therapy

In Sarasota, we have a definite "season". Season is when all the snowbirds flock down to Florida to avoid the brutal winter of the North. The fabulous yarn shop I work at, A Good Yarn Sarasota, tends to slow down during the summer months. All of the employees are encouraged to pick a project to host as a knit along (KAL). I've chosen a pullover by Veera Välimäki with some simple short rows. I'll be hosting it as the August KAL in the shop. It specifies a single ply yarn and I've decided on my own KittyBeaKnitting yarn, Sanibel. The...

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