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Archive for February 1st, 2006

Running Out of Some Colorways

Wednesday, February 1st, 2006

Hi, friends. Update: I’m out of Blueberry Pie Flammegarn and Petal Flammegarn. Will update website later, I’m on my way to Foster Community Center for a few hours…

Tip-Toe Special for Blog Readers

Wednesday, February 1st, 2006

In the Garden, The Fabulous HeftonesMy friends… you know that I sing as well as work as a fiberartist. Brian and I (as The Fabulous Heftones) came out with our second CD last October. It is titled “In the Garden,” and contains songs about flowers, gardens, rain, rainbows and the like. (The songs were popular in the USA from 1922 to about 1930.)

The lead song on this CD is the sweet and precious “Tip-Toe through the Tulips,” complete with the introduction most of us have never heard before. Interpreted similar to the way it was performed in 1929. You may know that I do in fact really like Tiny Tim, but he did not perform this song as it was written and we bring back something

So now that I have Tip-Toe Sock yarn (yes, I did name it after being inspired by the song), I wish to offer you blog readers a special. If you buy at least one 100gm skein of any of my yarns, you may purchase one copy of the “In the Garden” CD at a special price. The CD is offered by our friends at Elderly Instruments for $14.95, and we do love supporting them as much as we can. If you want to order just the CD, I encourage you to purchase from them.

But if you are buying yarn during this introductory period of Tip-Toe Sock, you may purchase an “In the Garden” CD (complete with the song about Tip-Toeing), for only $10.

This offer is good through February 14 (Valentine’s day… a perfect reason to buy this very romantic album). As always, thank you for your support of my creative endeavors.

The Birth of a New Yarn

Wednesday, February 1st, 2006

FlammegarnMy friends, I present to you, Tip-Toe Sock yarn. It’s fingering/sock weight, 80% washable wool/20% nylon. I’m very happy that I’ve found this lovely stuff and can share it with you (actually, thanks to Rae who helped me find the yarn in the first place).

I’m doubly excited, because for a long time I’ve wanted to do yarns in a dyeing technique called Flammegarn (flame yarn). This is a decades-old method from Scandinavia, where they once tied skeins with reeds and then dyed the skein in either red or blue dye.

You know I can’t be just limited to blue and red, right? I have a wonderful deep blue-purple I call Blueberry pie, and an incredible but hard to describe reddish color that is sort of melon, sort of papaya, persimmon, pale tomato… I am labeling it Ruby Red Grapefruit because it seems almost translucent somehow when light shines on it. I also have a petal pink, lilac and my old favorite, turquoise (which I’ve labeled Lynndy which is the nickname my brother uses for me).

YarnI think flammegarn is a beautiful and versatile method of dyeing. There is a sense of light to the fabric. It shows cables, textures and lace better than a higher-contrast/multicolored colorway might.

I am finding that often I sell out of my mostly-solid colors faster than the multicolors, a real surprise to me until I remember that folks enjoy knitting textures. I am hoping these yarns will appeal to those who have been buying the solids.

I’ll do more flammegarn, I’m sure, but perhaps I will not always repeat the same colors. We’ll see what happens.

Oh, and a thanks to one anonymous blog reader who is a loyal local customer of my Cushy ColorSport yarn (which is a truly wonderful yarn indeed). She was the first one to write me regarding yarns on the yarn preview page I offered mid-day on Tuesday. It’s so gratifying to see someone so enthused about my work! Thanks, anonymous!

Photos: 1) colorful, artful pile of Tip-Toe Sock Flammegarn in four of the five colors now available. 2) Tip-Toe Sock in my most popular colorway, “Seaside.”