Jul 14
2009

New yarn previews

I’ve been dyeing some more yarn these past few days. Here is a quick preview of some more Fixation (first photo), as well as some of the new silk/wool laceweight Bliss (second photo).

fixation Bliss

Jul 9
2009

Temptation…

Is your idea of an ideal sock yarn one that balances great wear with softness and a supple hand? You guessed it: more Fixation will be hitting the shelves in the coming weeks.

Do you love the subtle sheen of Bamboo? More Therapy is on it’s way to the shop, too.

Are your fondest memories of holding and squeezing your stash? Keep those memories alive with more uber-squishy Compulsion sock yarn.

Luxury, you say? Watch the shop for some awesome new 100% silk fingering weight!

Dream of lace? Enjoy the soft sheen of our new laceweight silk/wool blend later this month, or pamper yourself with some of our upcoming 100% silk!

Looking for something else? Let us know if there are any specific fibers or yarns you’re looking for and we’ll see what we can do.

Disclaimer: I was wondering as I wrote this how it sounded:

  1. cute and a little cheeky
  2. mtlaise is a little full of herself
  3. wow! she’s finally gone around the bend!

Rest assured, I am neither full of myself, nor have I lost my marbles. Well, I dropped them, but I think I’ve gathered them all up again… :)

Jul 7
2009

Skeining, a poll and…

I just finished skeining up a batch of Fixation for my next dyeing session, along with several skeins of a new yarn I’ll be carrying in our shop. “Bliss” is a soft 3-ply worsted-spun lace weight yarn with amazing drape and a soft sheen. The blend is 55% silk and 45% wool, and I love the feel of this stuff!

I’ll be doing a shop update including our standard fingering weight yarns, as well as this new lace weight in the coming weeks. In the meantime, for lace yarns, do you prefer 50 or 100 gram skeins? A 50 gram skein of this yarn would be enough for small shawls, such as Swallowtail (Ravelry link). I was thinking of dyeing and skeining this strictly in 100 gram skeins, but I thought I should throw the question out there to you folks.

In related news, I’m very excited to say that I’ve been talking to a yarn shop owner about carrying my yarns too. I won’t give away details yet, but stay tuned! I’m thrilled about the opportunity, and I’ll share more once details are finalized.

Jun 21
2009

Faking Sanity knit samples

This post is courtesy of aylii, who purchased some of my hand-dyed Faking Sanity Fixation a while ago. She’s just finished a River Grass sock (pattern available here and Ravelry link here) using the nearly-solid St Paddys Day colourway, which has very subtle shifts of green. The first picture shows the colourway best, but I also had to include a second picture for you all to ogle admire the lovely sock:

fixation st paddys sample 2 fixation st paddys sample

May 1
2009

Shop Update

I’ve had tons of stuff ready to go up on the shop for a while now, but just finally got around to taking pics. Here’s some of it:

Psst, mechanicaldoll!  Were you still interested in a purple and black bracelet?  I was playing around and ended up with this one (not a fabulous picture, but it was the closest I could get to the right colours):

I also have earrings and a watch going up in the next day or too, so stay tuned!

Mar 16
2009

Photos!

For those who asked about some of the new dyeing techniques I picked up this weekend, the larger picture was dyed using a technique learned from my favourite German. And now, here’s a preview of tonight’s shop update:

March 16 preview

Mar 16
2009

Shopping is fun, don’t you think?

If you do, keep an eye open for a shop update later tonight! I had bought a worsted weight yarn base, that is now discontinued before I even put up my first skein of the stuff… so take a look at the short lived Existential Angst superwash that will go up tonight. Only 9 skeins ever!

Mar 12
2009

Dyeing is fun… and so is turning a heel!

I’m a procrastinator. I admit it. That’s the first step, right? Unfortunately, it still doesn’t help me skein all the yarn I need for this weekend’s dyeing session. At least I have extra motivation this time around: a friend is coming over so we can dye together. I’m really excited about that! I bot a bunch of red dyes last week, so I’m thinking I may try some more oranges and reds. I may even keep a couple for myself for a test knit I’ll be doing in the next two weeks.

I actually have been doing some knitting, already. tonight, I just turned the heel on my first Kenkyo. Wee! I’m glad I got to that point before setting it aside.

I also did a bit more dyeing this week, and just put these up in the shop:

Therapy - Gillyweed 3Fixation - Spruce Grove 3

Mar 10
2009

Shop Update!

There will be more added tomorrow in other yarns and colours, but here’s a sneak peek:

March 10 preview

Mar 9
2009

Shop Update!

It’s not quite ready yet, as I’m in the process of taking and cropping pictures, but there will be another shop update by Wednesday, with more Fixation, Compulsion and Therapy yarns in various colours. Stay tuned! Here’s a sneak preview at one of the yarns:

Compulsion - Purple Mists

Mar 8
2009

Road trips and knitting progress

This weekend, we decided to get out of the city for a bit, which was a blast. We ended up driving around a fair bit, and even made it to Canmore. I didn’t buy much yarn, but I did spend too much money. I only had the teensiest bit of a single shade of red dye left, and several colours that I didn’t have at all, or love and anticipate running out of very soon; my first purchase was therefore a bunch of Jacquard dyes. I’ve actually got some dyeing on the go as we speak, and I’ll probably do a couple more tonight. They won’t go up in the shop for a few days, as they have to dry before I can get accurate pictures, but keep an eye out for them: some more greeny-black, some fresh springlike yellows and whatever I next pull out of the bag of dye containers!

I also got a bunch more spinning fiber: a half pound each of 100% tencel and 100% corn silk (both of which are so silky and I’m very excited about). I also picked up a half pound of what I thought was cashmere, but ended up being fake cashmere (I saw both, but thought I had picked up the natural stuff); it’s kind of too bad I didn’t get the one I wanted, but it will still be fun to try a new fiber, so it’s ok. It’s quite soft, but the texture is a little weird. The roommie says it feels like cotton balls, but I don’t see it… No pics of these since they’re just undyed rovings/tops.

My last purchases of the day were motivated by KnittingGrammy‘s March 1st post about a 10 year guarantee on sock yarn (shocking!), and by my dry hands. I had wanted some simple knitting to work on, and I didn’t really have any project in mind, so I grabbed some Austermann Step and a couple of stitch patterns for the ride. The yarn is infused with aloe and jojoba, which lasts through 50 washings, so it should be nice to wear, but let me tell you that when your hands are so dry they’re painful, this stuff is a treat to knit as well. There was a single skein in one of the few colours I like at Knit and Caboodles in Canmore, so I picked it up. The second skein of yarn was some Regia sock yarn, because I just wore out my first pair of handknit socks, and a 10 year guarantee on the yarn is sounding pretty awesome right about now! The colourways of both are kind of plain, but I like them:

austermann stepregia galaxy

As for the knitting, I’ve only been working on the Kenkyos on my lunches at work, so not too much progress, but I LOVE these socks! Here’s also a look at the beginning on the Austermann Step socks – just a simple herringbone rib.

malabrigo kenkyos mar 8Socks for Dry Hands

Mar 6
2009

I splurged

Not a big splurge, but I’ve been looking at a lot of dyeing books lately. One is out of print, so I’ve been watching Amazon for used copies (Synthetic Dyes for Natural Fibers by Linda Knutson); the other is The Yarn Lover’s Guide to Hand-Dyeing by Linda La Belle, which is what I bought on this week’s impromptu visit to Chapters after a failed attempt at visiting Spinknit, the Fiber Queen. I’ve heard people gushing about both on Ravelry.

Today is the dreaded skeining day, as I’m planning on another dyeing day this weekend. I had planned on doing that last week, but I got some horrible news from a friend, and it just sucked the inclination to do anything right out of me. I did try dyeing some silk scarves this week, but the first attempts were… let’s just say less than stellar. I may try again with some different techniques, but for this weekend, my practical side says it’s time to dye more yarn, as there’s almost none left in the shop. I actually have one new skein already to put up, that I absolutely love, and I know the roommie is working on a new style/colour of chainmail, so you should see new additions to the shop soonish!

Feb 23
2009

Oh my god, you people rock!  We’ve had the best Etsy grand opening ever, way beyond our expectations!  All day at work I was checking the shop, watching more stuff sell, and getting bouncier and bouncier (my staff already knew I was batshit insane, so it’s okay.)

Expect another update in the next week or so.

Feb 22
2009

Blast Off!

As some of you may have noticed, our shop is now up and running. We’re still putting up more chainmail listings due to an unforeseen power outage, but go take a look and let us know what you think: fakingsanity.etsy.com

Feb 21
2009

Go!

T minus 1!

It’s preview time! We’ll be putting up listings tomorrow afternoon and evening, so here’s a sneak peek at some of the things you might find:

Faking Sanity PreviewFaking Sanity Preview

Feb 20
2009

Set!

T minus 2 and counting!

And, as promised, a few hints and previews before the shop opens. So… To start off this weekend, I’ll have an assortment of colours in 3 different yarns: Fixation, Compulsion and Therapy, while the roommie has done up a schwack of chain maille for you all!

As for the yarns, these first three are all fingering weight (there will be worsted and aran in the near future, as well as lace weight once I get a decent skein winder). Fixation is a soft superwash wool blended with a bit of nylon for strength (75/25); it has a firm twist and would be ideal for socks. Compulsion is a plump, super soft machine-washable 100% Australian merino fingering weight yarn with a good twist and has been a joy to dye. Finally, Therapy is a bamboo wool blend with a bit of nylon for durability (40/40/20); it has a soft hand, a subtle sheen and is oh-so-soft!

Stay tuned for a preview tomorrow!

Feb 19
2009

Ready!

T minus 3 and counting! Stay tuned over the next couple of days for hints and previews.

Feb 17
2009

Get Ready

T minus 5 days and counting!

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