Aug 22
2012

Ribbons, Ribbons Everywhere!

Well, our fall fair ended a week or so ago, and I didn’t even update you guys on all the fall fair knitting!

Last year, we were sad as we walked around and saw very little knitting, and some categories with no submissions at all. This year was a different story! One of our knit night regulars lit a fire under us all to submit tons of projects, and it worked. There were about twice as many items entered, and most of them were projects we recognized from our own knit night! It was so fun to look at all the ribbons and prizes, many for people from our knit night, and even some from the new knitters we taught this fall! I won in the handspun knits category for the Amanda hat in my previous post, as well as coming in second for a yarny christmas ornament, but nearly every category was won by one of our ladies or gentlemen! I think the best part for me personally, though, was to see one of our regulars from knit night win the socks and mitts category, since we provided the gift basket for that one from our shop!

Oct 25
2011

Mmm… Malabrigo!

Faking Sanity now has 100% more yarn! We thought we’d share this yarnie goodness on our craft blog. We have Malabrigo, as well as a small assortment of other sock yarns and a bit of laceweight, too! We’ll have an assortment of cool new needles and accessories in the coming weeks, but we thought we would tempt you with our pretty woollies in the interim!

Oct 20
2011

Knitting Classes… and more!

We just started our second Knitting 101 class at the shop this past week. I had forgotten how much I enjoy seeing new people get into knitting. It was so much fun. As our friend Anne puts it, we have to “keep spreading the virus”!

The class was an absolute blast. It’s a larger class this time around, so I recruited perian to help, and it was a great success. I can’t wait for Monday to roll around again! I also got to rave about Ravelry as part of the class, which is awesome in all sorts of ways. I think the best part was how enthusiastic everyone was. We provided a 50 gram ball of yarn to start, and one student asked if she knit the whole thing between the first and second class, whether she should tear it all out or if she could get more yarn. Hmm… I sense a challenge! Actually, all the ladies caught on really well, and everyone was laughing all evening, so it was a really fun evening.

Some of our knitterly friends have also been listening to us drop hints about new things happening at the shop. Faking Sanity, which started as hand-dyed yarns and knitting accessories before it was a bookstore/cafe, is returning to its roots. We’re just waiting on our last shipments to arrive, and in the next few weeks, we’ll be rolling out our new yarn and knitting section! We’ll have an assortment of sock and lace weight yarns to start, from pretty but basic Araucania Ranco, to luxurious Malabrigo, to yarns with a more modern twist, such as Tofutsies, or Austermann Step, which is infused with aloe and jojoba. And lots more to come, so stay tuned! We’ll also be carrying an assortment of interchangeable circular needle styles, dpns and crochet hooks. The most exciting addition to the needles for me, though, is the cubic circular needle. I just played with a sample one for a bit last night, and I think I might love it!

We’ll be posting an announcement once we launch this, but wanted to give our loyal readers the opportunity to hear it here first!

In somewhat related news, we’ll be starting a Ravelry group for the shop to discuss all things knitterly, so let us know if you would like an invite to the group once it’s up and running.

Sep 8
2011

Faking Sanity has Knitting Accessories Once Again!

We try to keep this blog to our crafty sides, rather than cluttering it with our business stuff. However, since Faking Sanity first started as hand-dyed yarns and knitting accessories, we thought this one might fit here as well as on our business blog.

While the Faking Sanity Yarns are taking a back seat right now due to the time it takes to run the Faking Sanity bookstore/cafe, there is still knitting!

We’re currently planning our second Knitting 101 class to take place this fall, we have a weekly Knit Night that is slowly growing, and we’ve even got a few skeins of Faking Sanity yarns. But the big news? The BIG news? You can now get Namaste bags in Dawson Creek! Our first shipment flew out the doors, but we’ve gotten a new shipment this week, and we’ll have more again by the end of the month. Here’s a sneak peek at a few:

So, if you’re in Dawson Creek, why not hop over to our store blog or Facebook page and stay up to date on the new stock as it arrives… or pop in and have a look for yourself.

Oh, and I’ve been knitting too! I’ve started a Koolhaas for my dad. I had forgotten how much I love this pattern. This one will have slightly softer lines due to the use of handspun yarn, but now that I’m starting with row 1 of the pattern (don’t ask!), it’s looking great. I’ll try to have pics for you once I get home from tonight’s knit night.

Jun 21
2011

A little yarn bombing and WWKIPing

We decided to subtly introduce the city of Dawson Creek to the art of yarn bombing! Have a peek.

These flower boxes outside the store normally have ceramic gnomes and mushrooms. They gained a few knit flowers for the event, as well as a knit mushroom. There was also a giant crocheted snail in the window just behind them (left inside due to the fact that it was on loan from a knit night regular, and that we weren’t sure whether it would start raining during the event).

Inside the store we had several vases of knit flowers, as well as many knit items on display, loaned from our personal project stashes, and those of our regular knit night attendees. Unfortunately, I didn’t get pictures of those onto this computer yet. I could have sworn I had, but I guess I’ll just post those pictures in a new post later. The mushroom and most of the flower vase flowers were done by blog co-author Perian and I, while the flowers and snail in these two pictures were done by our most regular knit night attendee, who had never heard of yarn bombing, but was thoroughly enjoying it!

We also bombed the tree outside the store. Pretty small scale as far as yarn-bombing is concerned, but you should have seen the stares and laughs as people saw it! I think it was a success for this small city! Here’s a wider shot of the whole tree. There’s a crocheted wrap for the tree trunk (in red and black, of course!) and an assortment of leaves, flowers and butterflies. Many of the leaves were green, so not very visible now that the tree actually has leaves. We also did a wrap and butterfly for the lightpost on the corner, but they were taken down before I had a chance to get a picture.

And here’s a close up of some of the flowers and butterflies in the tree. You can also see a leaf  and finger-knitting strand ( knit by our youngest WWKIP attendee – 6 year old Seby) in the background.

Feb 26
2011

Two posts in one day! Wow!

Recently, I mentioned that we would be starting to sell Fakign Sanity hand-dyed yarns again at our new shop. The first of the new yarn has been ordered, and tomorrow will be my first big skeining/dyeing day in way too long.

And while this next bit pertains to the shop, it’s crafty, so I felt I had to share it with my knitterly friends here. We already host a knit/craft night at the shop, but as of today, registrations are open for our very first beginner knitting class, which will take place this April. If everything goes well, we’ll look at holding other classes at the shop in the fall and winter, based on interest. So, stay tuned, and if you’re up north, come visit us to let us know what you’re interested in. At this point, we’re considering beginner knitting and crochet classes, beginner lace, toe-up socks with afterthought heels, socks on two circulars, and maybe even a basic drop-spindle course or a session about online resources for those who would like to learn more about using the great online resources available to us now. It’s so exciting when the things you love to do and the things you do for a living can match up so well!

Feb 9
2011

Progress! And maybe more dyeing soon?!

That shawl I picked up again last week after over a year? I ended up adding an additional leaf lace repeat, and have now started the edging. As tomorrow night is knit night at the store, I should be able to finish the shawl completely in the next day or two! Whee! I promise I’ll post a pic once it’s done, but I plan on blocking it at a friend’s house, so there will be post-blocking pictures in the near future as well.

I’ve even decided on my next projects. I really do enjoy lace, colourwork, etc, much more than plain knitting. I will work on my cowl top (which is mostly stockinette, but nearly finished) and I’m going to start on the Endpaper Mitts I’ve been planning for ages. I’ve recently also been working on a very basic black and wine-coloured crochet afghan, so the colourwork should keep me interested enough overall to be able to plug away and finish both the afghan and the cowl relatively soon, unless…

I spend all my free time dyeing… I just placed a fairly large order for more sock and laceweight yarn. Faking Sanity Yarns will be re-appearing on the market soon! We’ve decided to start carrying both Faking Sanity yarns and chain-mail knitting accessories at the shop this year. We’ll be launching these additions in conjunction with a WWKIP event, if we can drum up enough interest in this little northern town. Either way, I miss dyeing so much, so we may also look into wholesaling at LYS’s again once I have enough dyed in advance, so stay tuned.

Jun 2
2010

Faking Sanity Fixation and Bliss

And now it’s my turn to post again!

Due to epic cluelessness, I forgot to take pictures before leaving the house today. However, you can see a new batch of Faking Sanity yarns at Make One Yarn Studio, as of today. I just dropped off both my Fixation sock yarn and Bliss, the wool/silk laceweight. I really should have taken pictures; there were lots of colours that were very much out of my personal comfort zone – bright greens, oranges, pinks and roses… and of course some of my favourites, such as tonal greys, purples, and blue-blacks. Go take a peak. There’s also some other new fabulous yarns at the store that came in today, so definitely worth a trip!

bliss 1

May 20
2010

Dyeing again

No photos as everything is wet, but I’ve had more fun dyeing today. I dyed up some more of the seasilk/merino blend I was trying out, and I’m much more pleased with this one. Also, I think I’ve nailed down how to reproduce one of the very first reds that I dyed and loved. I also dyed up more skeins of my Faking Sanity Fixation sock yarn, so I now have enough for an order at an LYS, or at least enough of that particular yarn. They’re all setting right now, and I may get in a few more later today. In the meantime, I excavated my storage closet to pull out more yarn so I could start skeining more. The next dyeing session will likely be mostly Faking Sanity Bliss (wool/silk laceweight), as well as a new 100% silk laceweight. And possibly a bit more Fixation sock yarn, too, for good measure!

May 6
2010

Dyeing and Knitting and Dyeing Some More

I’ve been a very bad blogger, but this time, at least, I have good reason. I’ve been working lots, and reading, and knitting, and dyeing! I started with dyeing several new base yarns I’m testing out for my Faking Sanity yarn line (please forgive the differences in the black background colour; I was losing light fast, so I colour adjusted them so the yarn looked accurate).

The first is a fingering weight seasilk/merino blend. The sheen of this yarn is incredible. I’m not really fond of this dye job, so I’ll probably overdye it, but I do like the yarn overall. It would be awesome for a shawl or lacy scarf. The second is an extremely soft superwash BFL sock yarn with a bit of nylon for strength (20%). I’ve loved BFL from the first time I spun some, so I’m sort of partial toward this fiber, and this yarn in particular. The last two are both of a merino/cashmere/nylon blend fingering weight yarn. This one I’m fairly certain will become one of my regulars. It is a plump/squishy yarn that’s incredibly soft and has a nice sheen to it, as well. As I’ll be ordering this one again in all probability, I’ve decided that purple skein is going to go straight to my personal stash!

seasilk merino blendbfl superwash test
merino-cashmere-nylon blend testmerino cashmere nylon blend test

Last week, I also succombed to temptation and bought a bunch of Sidar Flirt DK – a machine washable bamboo/wool blend yarn for a cowl neck tee I saw at The Knitting Room a few weeks ago. As my crafty side is balanced with a very detailed/analytical/geeky side and because I have yet to knit a pattern as it is written, I decided to make several modifications to the shaping and construction of the top, which of course meant sketching out several scaled versions of the garment on graph paper. With my sketches in hand, I was able to determine if I like the basic shape of the garment with my proposed changes. Everything seemed ok, so I set aside my swatch and started this:
flirt dk cowl neck tee

As for the rest of the dyeing, I also managed to get a number of skeins of my Fixation sock yarn dyed up. Here are a few samples, since this seems to be the pic spam post!
fixationfixation 4fixation 2fixation 5

Feb 24
2010

Day 13

Wow. So much for a daily update. To be frank, though, it’s probably better this way. A photo of a scarf with an extra repeat or two each day is… let’s say less than impressive. Despite great expectations of tons of knitting over the Olympics, I haven’t really been in a knitting mood lately. Yesterday, however, I did finish the first ball of yarn in my new Tudor Grace scarf from my last posts. I love this pattern. Have I mentioned that? I think I’ll probably dye up some of my yarn and use this as a shop sample; it seems to show off semi-solids very nicely.

On the dyeing front, things have been pretty quiet since the accident (couldn’t lift the pots, etc). However, I’m planning on another batch of yarns for local shops, and possibly some extra for my Etsy shop or for  a booth at some markets over the summer. I’m also very excited to be starting a new sweater dyeing project in the next few days – a deep red semi-solid/varigated colourway in our Faking Sanity Hope yarn (a squishy, soft, superwash aran weight yarn with high twist). We’re hopefuly having a colour consult this weekend, and then the dyeing will commence!

Jan 19
2010

Faking Sanity Gracefully?

I had a skein of some Faking Sanity Compulsion that I had kept to knit a sample from, and this weekend, I finally pulled it out again. The yarn is a superwash 100% merino ranging from pink to deep red. I was browsing sock patterns, since that seems to be what I’m in the mood to knit these days, but on Saturday, I stumbled upon Anne Hanson’s Tudor Grace pattern again, and decided to give it a try.

I did a few gauge swatches and started on it this Sunday, so it’s not very far a long, but I think I’m liking the results so far:

Faking Sanity before Grace:
FakingSanity Compulsion

Faking Sanity Gracefully?
tudor grace

Jan 13
2010

Deliveries!

Last week, I ordered a few skeins of some new yarns. I’m thinking of carrying/dyeing a couple of new yarns for the Faking Sanity line. And today, the package arrived in all its glorious splendour. Do any of these bases sound interesting to you guys?

1. This first one is a superwash BFL/nylon blend:
bfl superwash

2. The second one is a superwash merino/Seacell blend:
seamerino superwash

3. The third is a fairly popular base – a superwash merino/cashmere/nylon blend:
merino cashmere nylon

And this last one is just for me! I don’t even plan to dye it. I’m going to use it for a shawl, exactly as it is. It’s a 60% SeaCell/40% silk lace weight blend. The sheen and drape are amazing, and I love the warm, pale honey colour.
seasilk lace

Dec 15
2009

More Faking Sanity yarns at Make One!

If you’re in the neibourhood check out all the new yarns at Make One… including another batch of Faking Sanity yarns from yours truly. This delivery was of Compulsion – a squishy, superwash 100% Australian merino yarn in a mid-to-heavy fingering weight. I forgot to take pictures of them all, so here’s a preview of the first few I dyed for this batch.

Compulsion mosaic

Nov 28
2009

I dyed a little…

I’ve started dyeing up a new batch of yarn. This one is my favourite to dye: it’s a super-soft, squishy 100% superwash merino sock yarn. I decided to try a few that are outside my normal colour range, but still working with mostly, tonal and semi-solid colourways. Here are a couple sample skeins, but stay tuned… There are more on the stove today that are going in a very different direction as far as colourways and dyeing techniques go.

Compulsion mosaic

Sep 26
2009

Faking Sanity Yarns – Now at … ?

I just got home, and had to post. Remember these guys? There’s a small difference since the last time you saw them… Can you spot it? How about if I give you a hint? There’s an addition to the label… Do you see it now? How about if I say that my trip was to a local yarn store?

faking sanity bliss and fixation

You guessed it, those are M1 sales labels on the back of my ball bands (but, I must admit, I thought you would figure it out a little more quickly)! :)

Check out both Faking Sanity Fixation and Faking Sanity Bliss – now available at Make One Yarn Studio. Fixation is a fingering weight soft wool yarn with a bit of nylon for stength; it’s great for hand-knit socks, and is machine washable, too. Bliss is a laceweight wool silk blend (55% silk/45% wool); it’s a worsted-spun 3-ply yarn with an amazing drape and subtle sheen.

And here it is in it’s new environment, waiting for you to pick it up! (Well, most of it – some has already moved on to it’s newest home!)

fakingsanity bliss and fixation at M1

Sep 22
2009

Nearly there!

The last few skeins aren’t dry yet, so I can’t skein them and say officially that I’ve completed my first order, but look how the box has grown!

lys order is growing

See? It feels pretty cool, actually. After this, I’m going to finish a set of skeins for a sweater I was commissioned to dye, and then I’ll be doing a bunch for the shop, and trying out a few of my new 100% silk yarns in the process. I can’t wait.

Sep 19
2009

Finally!

I did some more dyeing this weekend, and while those skeins are still wet, I’ve started putting together my very first LYS yarn order (sorry about the picture quality – no decent lighting here in the evening):

part of 1st yarn order

Actually, there’s yarn all over the house right now. A skein on the stove and another on the table that just came out. A couple draped over the gym equipment. A few on the back of the computer chair. Eight more on the big chair. And four – these four (!) – with shiny new ball bands and ready to find a new home! So very exciting!

Sep 9
2009

I’m seeing green!

This green:

sweet georgia english ivy

It’s lovely Sweet Georgia superwash sock yarn that I’ve been eyeing since it came in, and it’s awesome!

I’ve also just printed off the ball bands for the yarn I’ve completed so far for my first LYS order of hand-dyed yarns. I’ll be finishing up the last few skeins this weekend, so that’s kind of exciting too!

Jul 26
2009

Shiny!

Have you ever watched Firefly? I always thought the expression “shiny” was amusing and quirky, if a bit odd… It’s what keeps popping into my head the more I dye this yarn. This shot was taken with no flash, and yet… Shiny!

Bliss Silver and Coal

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