10.22.2014

knitterly finds

I haven't done a knitterly finds in awhile and I seem to have stumbled across some fabulous knit worthy things recently. I thought I would share...


Buy yarn...smarter with StashBot for iOS! from Knitbot on Vimeo.



When Little Bro and I visited Maine, I had a chance to catch up and meet the very lovely and super talented Hannah Fettig. I had done some sample knitting for her throughout the years and so it was really a pleasure to actually meet in real life. She and her darling little girl, gave me an awesome tour of Portland via car ride and it was just my kind of site seeing. We chatted yarn, knitting, design, a bit about our goals for the near future, and how to juggle everything while being moms. It was really a sweet meet up and I hope that Hannah comes to visit here in Washington soon, so I can return the favor. One of the things Hannah told me about was the fantastic app and commercial she was putting together for Stashbot. If you don't know what Stashbot is, hop over to her page to check it out, but essentially it's a knitter's dream tool to help us estimate yardage needed for projects. I use and recommend her Stashbot book at Tolt Yarn & Wool, where I work, all the time. I'll actually have a few copies of this conveniently sized small booklet for sale at Knit Fit as well, which I hope you will visit me at. However, this new app looks even more handy and accessible, not to mention how perfect and funny the commercial above turned out. You need to watch it!

It was my birthday last week and my super smart and wonderful friend, Susan, gave me about the best little beading knitting tool I've ever seen! It comes in multiple sizes too. I have yet to actually use it in a project, but I had to try it out right away, and it's brilliant. I'm teaching a Beaded Shawl Class this Saturday, so perfect timing to share and I'll have some at Knit Fit with me!

Our MCN yarns are so soft and cuddly... cashmere and merino, mmmmmm! Unfortunately that means that pilling can be an issue, so I'm always on the look out for the perfect pill removing gizmo, and I think I have found it. Again, I'll have them at Knit Fit and half of them are already spoken for by the gals at my Stitch Circle.

Now that the website is live, orders are flowing in, Little Bro is happily handling the mailing in a timely manner and I'm about to turn into a knitting machine to crank out multiple samples for the Knit Fit show. We'll see what that really means at the end of the day, but in the meantime it means I get to spend some Ravelry time working up a knitting queue with the latest and greatest. I'm drooling over these puppies:

Fading Lines Joji never disappoints and I think our Little Brother gradient sticks (available exclusively at Tolt and we'll have them at Knit Fit!) would look spectacular in this.

a 'woolly & warm & tres long' scarf by beautiful friend and co-worker Tif aka Dottie Angel. She is a skilled expert in the craft of crochet and I think her new freebie crochet pattern would look delightful in Big Sister.

Have you seen cabinfour?! I stumbled across this gal at work when someone mentioned her patterns and I want to make everything. Our color palette would make a foolproof match for her designs, in my opinion.

There's more, but I have to run and start knitting now. I still have leg warmers to finish. Hugs & stitches!

-Ve

10.20.2014

raw palette

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I thought I would drop in to share our inspiration for our Raw Palette that we created and tell you a little bit about how it all works and blends together. When we were just beginning to build our brand and discuss what we wanted our company to represent, Little Brother and I both wholeheartedly agreed that the neutrals are the most basic building blocks to any collection of colors. Not only are muted and refined grays, navies and browns our favorite to wear, but they really are a beautiful aesthetic that we believed we could create and bring to the knitting world.

We knew that we wanted 12 colors in each palette and 4 palettes to complete our collection of 48 sophisticated hues that we will ultimately have. We chose to break up our four palettes into groups of colors and individually name them to reflect the feeling of each grouping while still staying true to the food theme we wanted to carry throughout our brand. Here is what we came up with: Raw Palette, the stunning neutrals that we love, Fresh Palette, the earthy blues and greens that are our second favorites, Juicy Palette, the golden sunlit yellows and oranges that mom adores, and Roots Palette, the ravishing reds, purples and pinks that every collection needs. We have plans to release each palette of 12 colors a couple of months apart while we develop and build our company. If everything goes right, we will be debuting our Fresh Palette at Knit Fit in Ballard, WA, November 8th and 9th, and then we will be working hard to bring it online to those of you who are not close enough to meet our yarns in person.

Knowing we had 12 opportunities to play around with the neutral side of things we began by splitting up the dozen into 3 categories: charcoal, navy and brown. Then we broke each category even further into 4 shade levels, starting with the darkest and going down to the lightest in each of the color themes. I specifically wanted each color to be different from its neighbor in the bunch. I didn't just want to dye the same color in 4 different tones; however, I wanted all the colors, especially the ones within each theme, to really play and blend well together. You can see what I mean in the pictures above. Starting at the top and working left to right here are the colors:

Charcoals - Cracked Pepper, Wild Rice, Poppy Seed & Sea Salt
Navies - Caviar, Black Mission Fig, Saba & Oyster
Browns - Portabella, Cacao, Shiitake & Hazelnut

Ever since I was little girl, I've loved rainbows! Now, that I'm older and lean more toward toned down color selections, I still tend to happily organize things by rainbow-esque order. It could also be the organizational controller in me, I like my ducks in a row! This love of blending and coordinating colors makes me really gravitate towards ombre and gradient color themes and projects. It all goes hand in hand and is another reason I wanted our palettes to be organized as such. I think our 3 groupings would make spectacular options for some of these patterns I've been drooling over lately... Auri in Big Sister or a lighter weight version in Little Brother, Aranami Shawl which I'm planning to knit up very soon (hopefully for a sample for Knit Fit) using Little Brother, Drawing Nigh is so sweet and would look beautiful out of Little Brother, and I have big plans to make a Welty in a gradient of neutrals (also for Knit Fit, if I can somehow add a couple extra hours to each of my days!).

Even though I find enjoyment out of the way each grouping goes so well together, I really think that all of our colors harmonize together perfectly and any combination would be splendid. I hope that you enjoy reading about our ventures and let me know if there is anything that you are curious about. I love sharing and letting our followers in behind the scenes whenever we can. Happy knitting!

-Ve

P.S. Don't forgot to join in on the First Ever YOTH KAL with us! Lots of great prizes and fun to be had.

10.17.2014

we're live

We are oh-so-very proud to announce the launch of YOTH Yarns online, and what better way to celebrate our grand opening than with a KAL filled with lots of prizes!

launchcakestogether

First Ever YOTH KAL

Start date: November 1st
Project: pick any pattern(s) & knit them out of YOTH Yarns Big Sister or Little Brother
End date: November 30th
Rules: Start a project or projects using YOTH Yarns Big Sister or Little Brother on or after November 1st, 2014, finish knitting your item and post your completed project on Ravelry with the tag "firsteveryothkal" by the end of November 30th, 2014, and you will be entered to win one of five special YOTH Yarn prizes. Each project finished, posted and tagged on Ravelry by November 30th, 2014, will equal one entry, so the more you knit, the more chances you get! On December 1st, 2014, we will randomly generate five winners and announce them here on the blog as well as contact them via Ravelry message to let them know they have won. Good luck!


Simple, right?! You pick the pattern, any pattern, make it a selfish knit or a gift for someone deserving, because you know the holidays are right around the corner, and have a chance to win. It'll be fun to see what everyone knits up and we can chat along with each other in the YarnOnTheHouse Ravelry group. I'll be blogging and posting pictures to show all the happy things that are happening along the way.

LaunchKAL

I better get these rejoice legwarmers off my needles in the meantime, and I still need to decide what I'll be knitting for the KAL myself! Oh, so many choices... I've been really wanting to make a Veronika, and not only because of the name.

Happy knitting!

-Ve

9.03.2014

maine & a new twist to our yarn

We're in Maine. What's led us here? Well, we've been very busy over the last several months putting together our yarn line to release online and along our journey we have stumbled into roadblocks, as all start-ups encounter. I really do believe that things happen for a reason and being here in Maine this week has really brought us full circle. Our experience with releasing YOTH Yarns at Tolt Yarn & Wool earlier this year has been an unforgettable experience that we have been humbled by and very grateful for. The warm reception and support of all the wonderful folks at Tolt has been incredible! It has brought us to seek a dye house that values what we do, is as quirky as us at times, and doesn't laugh at our sometimes obnoxious and demanding requests, to help be our source of beautifully dyed yarn in sophisticated color ways that we hope everyone will love as much as we do.

I'm proud to say that we have partnered with Saco River Dyehouse to bring our color palettes to life and allow us the time to stay creative on our end. Our goal is to bring you more colors, yarn bases, and designs in addition to making all of it available online for the folks who are sadly unable to visit Tolt Yarn & Wool. I took some great pictures today of our tour of the dye house and our first run of the Raw Palette, a collection of 12 stunning neutrals that we are very proud of, in Big Sister our DK weight and Little Brother our fingering weight. I hope you enjoy the photos!

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Welcome to the gigantic buildings of the old textile mill in Biddeford.

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One of the first machines we were introduced to was this beast that takes the cones of yarn and turns them into lovely skeins that can be dyed.

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Here we have the machine skeining away. What was even more impressive though was the sweet lady who ran it and was able to tie off the skeins at lightning speed.

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Our yarn anxiously waiting on beautifully worn wood poles that I wanted to take home.

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This is the receiving area where all the fiber and yarns are delivered. Those bundles are massive in person!

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Ben, our tour guide/dyehouse mechanic/boiler man/office organizer/all around nice guy, explaining to us what a magnificent old school scale this is.

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If you know me at all, I'm terrible with names! Poor Alden, Aldy, Aldon, Alfred... did such a nice job prepping everything and running the dye vats.

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I can't explain in words how cool it was to see our yarn in these large stainless steel cages. Malik, the head dye master and chemist, was explaining the process to us. We were able to also meet his wife, Raana, who I corresponded with during our color development process. Seeing their lab dip area felt like we were opening the door into our garage and their enthusiasm and love for the art was apparent.

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There's Oyster having the water just spun out of it. Love this color!

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This is not our yarn, but it was awesome to see how the twisting machine works and what will be the last step of the process before the yarn heads over to us.

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Little Brother & Ben at the end.

Meeting everyone at the dye house today was truly a pleasure and we're very excited for what the future holds. Until next time... happy knitting!

-Ve

5.18.2014

lys tour 2014

We just had our LYS Tour shop hop in our area. Tolt Yarn and Wool decided to participate this year and back in December, Anna, the shop owner, asked me if I wouldn't like to have our YOTH Yarns Big Sister and a design of mine featured for the event. I was so happy and honored that she asked me; however, you all know how long 5 months can feel. I had the pattern designed, knitted and written up by the beginning of the year deadlines, and I can't say that I had forgotten about it, but it sure did fall to the back of mind while waiting for the big weekend.

The four long days are now over and all I can say is WOW! We had such a fun time at the shop and it all felt a little surreal when I had to keep restocking 50+ skeins of yarn everyday, because the previous day's quantities were diminished and looking a bit sad. "Little Brother" made an appearance 3 out of the 4 days and boy, did the ladies love him! He was so sweet and did his best directing customers to one of us when a knitting question arose. I feel very blessed for all the support and it was such a wonderful experience meeting everyone that came by during the tour.

If you are interested in the patterns that our shop offered for free (only) during the event, here they are (now available for sale on Ravelry)...

RutherfordCover

Pattern: Rutherford (knitting)
Designer: me!
Yarn: YOTH Yarns Big Sister
Colorways: Cacao & Oyster
Modeled by: Little Brother, Daniel, & his lovely girlfriend, Jane.


EntwistleCover

Pattern: Entwistle (crochet)
Designer: Tif Fussell AKA Dottie Angel
Yarn: Erika Knight Maxi Wool
Colorways: Artisan
Modeled by: Tif's stunning daughter.

Hope to see everyone next year. Hugs & stitches!

-Ve