Category: Dying Yarn

Gradient Yarn

Exciting news – this month The Blue Brick has a new product arriving in our Etsy store, our very own hand painted gradient yarns!

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We’ve been working hard on test drives and refining to bring you the smoothest, most vibrant long-run colour gradients, which will be available soon on all of our bases, from worsted to lace.

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I can’t tell you how much fun we’ve had doing this; it’s an entirely new way to experience colour. Sunsets, the ocean, the night sky–the natural world surrounds us with gorgeous transitional tones, the perfect inspiration for my photography and yarns.

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I will be pairing these yarns with designs that are built to take full advantage of the slow colour changes, moving seamlessly between hues in shawls, cowls, and even matched half-skeins for socks and fingerless gloves.

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I’m excited to see where this colour adventure takes us. Look out for a gradient skein making its way to our March club colour! Remember, the club is opt-in every month, so you don’t need to be a member to take advantage. Check back soon for sneak peeks :)

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Dark, Moody Neutrals

Just a mood board to show where my head is at today, I’ve got a fresh shipment of yarn on the way, so look forward to an Etsy update mid-month =D

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February Club – Forty Shades of Green

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The February club colour is finally ready, and it goes on sale at our Etsy site starting Friday morning January 29th :)

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Based on a photo I took in Ireland, ‘Forty Shades of Green’ (so named for a song Johnny Cash wrote after he traveled through Ireland) is a rich, tonal green with fabulous stitch definition on our Escarpment DK yarn.

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The pattern is a one-skein cowl that is knitted sideways and then seamed. Rich celtic cables run sideways along the cowl, framed by a smaller cable below and a moss stitch background.

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Don’t be intimidated by those cables; they are less complicated than they look, and the rest of the cowl is just moss stitch. I provide written directions as well as charts, and there will be video tutorials on my blog to help with any of the trickier bits (the video section is a goal I had for 2016, so this will be the first!).

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The result is a cute little bandana cowl that sits up nice and high on the neck, but can be pulled close for warmth, with beautiful details. Made from less than 256 yards of DK weight it’s also a relatively quick knit. You’ll be done in time for St. Patricks day!

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Just a quick recap on how the Blue Brick’s yarn club works:

  • Pattern and yarn are listed together on our Etsy site.
  • You will have 3 days to purchase as many skeins as you like, from just one kit, to a sweaters worth.
  • After those three days are up, I will dye all the yarn to order, and ship out kits within 2 weeks.
  • Kits will contain the yarn, the photo on a 5×7 metallic print and a printed copy of the pattern.
  • The pattern is exclusive to the club for one month, after which is is released to Ravelry
  • Once a club colourway is done, it will no longer be available.

I love the flexibility this gives everyone, you can opt in or out each month depending on how much you like the yarn, and I can design patterns with new bases, multiple skeins, or even get a guest designer to take part.

See you on January 29th!

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Mood Boards of the Moment

Starry Night is closed for ordering and all that yummy yarn is getting dyed up next week. Thank you to everyone for making my first club release such a success! The Starry Night pattern will be released on February 1st to Ravelry.

Time to look at the next club colour way, and I’m starting to put my mood boards together. This is just as much fun as the actual painting! All the mood boards are made from my own photos. First up, memories of my trip to Ireland: Rich blue/green/moss. 50 shades of green.

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Then I got to thinking about brighter, more tropical things. Like this one that I’m calling ‘birds, bugs and blossoms’:

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As a photographer, I never get tired of skies. Yes they’re done, but can you really ‘overdo’ something that changes ever day? Nope.

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And finally, rocks. Seems boring, right? Neutral, grey, but oh-so-textural, and I would like to replicate that depth and texture with yarn.

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I have no idea where I’m going next, but you’ll get to see it (hopefully) soon because I’m dyeing up all the tests over the holidays!

What do you think? Stay tuned for more ideas!

December/January Club; “Starry Night”

Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter our giveaway! The winner by random number generator is Crafty Effie. Please check your Ravelry inbox for a message from us :)

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“Starry Night” our first club colourway/pattern is out! Head on over to our etsy store to check it out :)

A bit of housekeeping: You have until Sunday evening to purchase the club colourway, which should make for easy, relaxed shopping. If you wish to purchase additional skeins, simply choose your desired quantity from the drop down menu labeled ‘How Many Skeins?’. Make sure you see a price associated with the additional skeins, because if you simply increase the quantity, then you are buying extra copies of the entire kit. By selecting ‘how many skeins?’ you are adding more yarn, but only the one pattern and one photo.

I have really enjoyed putting this together, and I look forward to dying up the goods! This cashmere/merino is just about the softest stuff ever, pure heaven to work with. I know you’ll love it!

 

Starry Night – December/January Club

Starry Night, colourway & pattern will be released to my Etsy store this Friday! The opportunity to purchase will last three days; until Sunday night, which should make for a nice, relaxed shopping experience :)

Psst! There are still 2 days left to enter my contest to win 2 skeins of gorgeous DK weight yarn in the same colour! Check it out here.

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‘Starry Night’ is a generously sized triangular shawl at 56″ x 26″ that is beautifully mindless to knit, but also beautifully textural and interesting. There are literally 2 rows to remember for the body, and 2 rows to remember for the lace. The pattern is structured such that you can begin the openwork at any time, and switch back to the ribbed texture at any time, so the pattern is very easy to customize to different yarns and different tastes.

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The yarn is a 420 yard skein of fingering weight in a luxurious merino/cashmere/stellina blend. The soft sparkles and the rich colour are inspired by starry nights in the winter, when Tito and I drive up north just to do night photography, perchance to catch the northern lights while we’re at it. This kit will cost $37 CDN plus shipping ($32 for the yarn, $5 for the pattern). If you choose to purchase additional skeins, they will be $32 CDN each.

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Why December/January you may ask? We are on vacation for 2 weeks in the middle of January, and I didn’t want to delay the club, so I had to give myself extra time to fulfil the club orders. After January it will be once a month, starting in February.

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A quick reminder of how the club works;

In the first week of every month, I will release a colourway, and accompanying pattern. Could be a single-skein pattern, could be multi-skein, and could be any of our regular bases, or even a special new base. The kit will always come with one copy of the photo, a printed copy of the pattern, and enough yarn to complete the pattern (so the price will be different each time).

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For 3 days, on Etsy, you will be able to buy the kit, along with as many extra skeins as you like. After that I will close the Etsy listing and start dyeing to order – with the goal of getting it all dyed and shipped within 2 weeks, so I can focus on the following months feature. In addition to this we will, of course, have at least one Etsy update a month featuring new colourways for sale.

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There is no membership to sign up for; every month you make the call on whether you want to opt in for that colourway/pattern combo! Love the yarn enough to want a sweaters amount? You’ll be able to order that too.

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The pattern and colourway will be exclusive to that months kit, but after the month is done I’ll make the pattern itself available on Ravelry, for anyone who just wants to purchase the pattern itself.

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I think the model will work. It allows each customer to decide whether they like the color each time, and to order more yarn if they want. There will be no cart-jacking on Etsy because the kit is available for 3 days. This is the first in hopefully a long line of lovely kits, and I really hope you enjoy it :)

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Contest & Giveaway!

::Update::

Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter our giveaway! The winner by random number generator is Crafty Effie. Please check your Ravelry inbox for a message from us  :)

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It’s contest time!

Up for grabs: These 2 DK weight skeins were part of the dye experiments I went through while developing my first colourway for the Blue Brick Yarn Club.  They are one of a kind, smooshy and very slightly variegated. They are also very close to being this months club colour way, since they were part of the test rounds. Together, they are 512 yards, enough for a pretty generous scarf, cowl, or even matching winter set.

Ok! How do I enter?

Leave a comment here telling me what you would knit with this lovely yarn, simple as that! Let me know your email address and/or Ravelry user name so if you win I can reach you. You will get additional entries for sharing this post, so please tweet/facebook/Instagram/Blog away! Be sure to let me know in the comment that you shared the post so I can make sure you get additional entries; one per social media outlet, and while you’re at it, I would be delighted if you follow me on FB and Instagram :) I will announce the winner this Friday, when I launch this month’s club colour way.

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