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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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New Orleans, there’s gotta be a colour way in here somewhere…

What a bizarre, surreal place the French Quarter is. New Orleans, with its voodoo, death culture, endless bars, boutiques and neon lights, can really make you feel like you’re in another world. I wouldn’t want to live there… but it was fascinating to visit. I’ll be doing a study based on the very last photo, the dark streets and neon lights, I’m sure there is a colour way in there ;)

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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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Starry Night Pattern Release

Starry night, the one-skein shawl pattern is available on Ravelry! You can see the Ravelry project page here. “Starry Night” was designed for 1 precious skein of luxury sock yarn; The Blue Brick’s December/January club colour in a merino/cashmere/stellina blend for 420 yards of smooshy, sparkly goodness.

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The pattern itself works equally well with variegated and tonal yarns, and is an easy, mindless knit, while producing a beautifully textural shawl. Large needles make the piece fly by, and allow you to block to a very generous size if desired.

| Pattern notes:
‘Starry Night’ 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. This pattern as written is designed to use up almost all of a 420 yard skein of fingering weight yarn; the sample had 5g of yarn remaining after cast off.

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ERRATA: Thank you to Knottyengr for finding these!

There should be four markers in the set up row, which is worked as follows:
Set up row 1: Slip 1, k1, place marker, yo, kfb, place marker, k1, place marker, kfb, place marker, yo, k2. (11 Stitches total)

There are 18 repeats for the initial body section, not 8.

So, on the topic of errata, I am looking for a test-knitter for the February club. Here are the details:

  • One-skein project
  • DK weight, (about 256 yards)
  • Cables
  • Short-rows
  • Mattress stitch.

It’s not terribly complex, but I am looking for someone who is comfortable with both charts and written instructions (I provide both) and can work to a deadline (2 weeks from the delivery of the yarn/pdf). I can offer you the skein of club yarn for free, the pattern (of course) and $50 in compensation for your time and talents (so I would prefer someone with a paypal address). If interested, please email me at hello@thebluebrick.ca with a quick description of yourself, your comfort level with the above and any past test-knitting projects that you’d like to share with me. Looking forward to hearing from you!

 

 

 

Time to Grow

Big news at the Blue Brick today ! One thing I learned over the holidays, and with our first club shipment is that the Blue Brick has grown beyond the ability of Tito and I to run it on our own without leaving our day jobs, so we are bringing on the most capable, organized, committed, consummate professional I know; my dad.

Starting in February, daddy will be taking shipping, book keeping, inventory, databasing, and tax filing off my plate, allowing The Blue Brick more room for growth, productivity, and creativity. This means more time to devote to my true loves; designing patterns and colourways.

It also means more yarn, more colours, a signature line (coming soon!) and less frustration at Etsy checkouts. I think you will all be thrilled with the new things we’ll be able to bring to you.

In the meantime, the Blue Brick will be closed for 2 weeks while we get organized. When we reopen, I’ll have the new 40 Shades of Green pattern ready for you, and a much smoother club experience for everyone. The Etsy store will still be open for patterns and the resin jewellery book, but all yarn will temporarily go missing.

I’m looking forward to this. Change is good, growth is good, and the Blue Brick is becoming a true family business, which is what I’ve always wanted for it. Exciting things are coming!

Ravelry and things

Starry Night, the very last shipments, are going out tonight. With your tracking number there should be a note from me with a coupon code for 15% off your next purchase, to thank you for your patience while we dealt with Shodan and the holiday closures to get everyone’s packages out (let me know if you didn’t get one!). Truly, we appreciated the kind words and support you sent our way.

With that in mind, I am adding the pattern to the Ravelry library of all who requested it (email me if you forgot, or if I forget ;) ) and wanted to let you know a few things:

  1. The Blue Brick has a quiet, but definitely functional Ravelry Group! Click here to visit and please join us, I promise to interact with it more often. I have brought on the amazing Rayna from First Light Hand Crafts to be my group moderator, she’s a rockstar and will help me keep it going.
  2. It turns out there are several things on Ravelry called ‘Starry Night’ so please click here for the official pattern listing so you can link up your WIP.
  3. My yarns are also listed on Ravelry, and you can see all of them by clicking here. Thank you so much to everyone who linked up their yarn to  help the Blue Brick expand its Ravelry presence!
  4. For those of you who want to purchase the pattern alone, it will be available on February 1st, on Ravelry, and I will announce it and share the link here :)

Wow! A post without a single photo? Here is a sneak peek of February’s colour way:  ‘Forty Shades of Green’…
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Dear 2015

Where to start? On the whole, you were very good to me.

The Blue Brick officially became a business

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We spent a beautiful summer bringing our resin jewelry to art shows across Southern Ontario

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I wrote a design that was published by Sweet Georgia

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I designed a colour way that went viral

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The Blue Brick became a successful indie yarn dyer

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I married my best 2-legged friend

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We toured Europe

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2 of my best friends had the most beautiful baby in history (I’m biased).

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And we launched a yarn club.

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But the year ended tragically, I said goodbye to my best 4-legged friend.

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Looking back on 2015 I am filled with gratitude for all we have experienced & accomplished, and for the beautiful network of friends, customers, blog readers and patrons of the Blue Brick that make what we do so rewarding.

I couldn’t believe the outpouring of love, support and solidarity for Shodan and the tough decisions we had to make. Truly, the Blue Brick has the most amazing customers in the world. For that I am truly grateful.

From our family to yours, I wish you the very best of 2016. Health, happiness, love, life and prosperity. Onwards!

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