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Hello Friends!  How are you guys today?   I’ve started a test knit for this lovely shawl from Kelly McClure of Boho Knits.   Look at the color-way I created for this stunning shawl.

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Isn’t it gorgeous!  This is “Bark” “Primrose” and “Love’s Yellow Rose”.  I splurged and bought myself a set of Signature circular knitting needles.  They are the best of the best.

I also created some mini’s on sparkle and sock…

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and……

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Here it is with “Marvelous Mauve” instead of “Love’s Yellow Rose”.

I have 2 1/2 weeks to finish the test shawl and I’m casting on today.  I am eager to see it done!   I will be back with show and tell!

Happy Saturday!

Yarn makes me happy!  I hope it lights your fire too!

 

Tammy

 

So, I’m supposed to be working!

 

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This morning, I’ve been busy working on a photo shoot for my yarns.   I did really good until this happened.

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Max is a big grown up cat now.  This June he will be two.  He still likes to come up and give me a cuddle every once in a while.  He has that aloof personality of cats, and you should feel grateful that he evens pays any attention to you.  He saw me working with my yarns and had to come up and pose.  He knows his role well.

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My daughter, Lindy, moved back home to finish nursing school and brought her cat, Milo, with her.  Now, there are two nosey felines hanging around.

The yarn has it’s own room in my house where the kitties do not hang out.  They typically camp out in Lindy’s room now.  If she is not running her pants off working or going to classes, she is laying in bed trying to catch up on sleep.  That’s where these two like to be, in bed with her.

I had to take a break from the photo shoot to play with the kitties.  I am their door keeper after all.  I open the door to let them out, and I open the door to let them in. (About 10 times per day).

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“Sexy”

I did get some work done today!

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“Starry Night”

Lauren has been creating too!  She made this beautiful coral and teal color-way listed below.  I don’t have a name for it yet, but it reminds me of a Koi Pond.   She has a beautiful tonal teal/turquoise color that goes with it, but I cannot get it pictured right.  It’s coming out as blue and it isn’t blue at all.   That’s when the kitties interrupted me for a break.

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I better get back to work.   Kitties have moved on.  Milo catches the lizards around here, a few little snakes too.  I bet they are working keeping the perimeter safe.  I’m off to list some more yarn on the Etsy site. Etsy – A Chick That Knitz

Have a great day friends!

Knit On!

Tammy

 

Welcome to the Dye Studio

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Hello!  I’ve been working hard at starting my own hand-dyed yarn business.  My studio is complete!  I’ve taken over the garage!  I have to have a comfortable space for my family to hang out with me in the studio.  My “family” consists of my husband, grown children, grandchildren, 5 dogs and one cat, Max!  The dog beds are coming.  We’re buying another carpet to fill in the other half of the garage.  We want a clean spot for our grand baby to sit down on the floor and play.  The garage floor is dirty, hence, the carpets.  The color of the carpet is perfect!  It hides all the dye spots I spill on it and it cleans nicely with a carpet cleaner.

 

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I’m having so much fun!  I have wanted to have a yarn store for many years now.  The reality of it was just not something we honestly wanted, myself or my husband.  I’m what’s called an extroverted introvert.  I know!  Crazy!  How can you be both?  You can be!  My introvert side doesn’t want to actually go to a yarn store every day and hang out there.  I’ve never “hung out” at the yarn store.  I prefer to be at home, in comfort, with a fridge full of food and snacks, and lots of movies at my fingertips.  Although, I think it’s a great idea and a great place to meet fiber friends.  I love hospitality and am pretty good at it.  I would be a great yarn store owner.   I realized it was just a fantasy and nothing would ever come out of it.

Then I lost my job.  I left of my own free will, but I was pushed out.  I was a little heartbroken to be honest.  It was a blessing!  I’m very loyal.  I had to be pushed out to leave, or I would still be there today.  Sometimes, disasters are blessings in disguise!!!

It’s taken me almost a year since I left the work force to figure this out, but I’ve figured it out!  I CAN own a yarn store!  I LOVE YARN!  Have you seen my stash? ( It’s on an article here on my blog, search “stash” and it will come up. ) I’ve started up my own hand-dyed yarn business!  I create and color the yarn and will sell it on-line and at various trade shows.  I LOVE the trade shows!  My husband and I take vacations with a plan to visit yarn stores and fiber mills.  They are the spots along the way to our destination.  Now, we can go to trade shows, set up my little trade show store, sell yarn, and travel!  Hot diggity dog!!

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I looove it!  Isn’t there a song “I’m in love with my car!” by Queen?  I haven’t heard it but hey… “I’m in love with my yarn!”

You’ve met my daughters.  They will be there to help along the way!  What a great family business!  I can also include my husband.  He loves to socialize!  He and my son are currently planning, designing, and building me an electric skein winder/swift.  That might become a thing in itself for my son.  We can sell those too!

I’m the type that needs a plan and a goal.  I’m still young for “retirement”.  Now, I have a direction for my energy and it’s the best direction!

I’m making a cropped little cardigan in this beautiful sunshine yellow to wear with my sundresses this summer.

I’ve also started a YouTube channel to journal about starting this business, connect with other dyers and fiber lovers,  and promote my yarns.  I’m new at this and learning from scratch so they aren’t great yet, but, they are entertaining!

I’m in the research and development phase of the business.  I’m gathering base yarns from various sources to find out which I like best and want to represent “A Chick That Knitz”.  I’ve heard several indie dyers say they don’t know or care what the yarn looks like knitted up.  It’s the artistic process they like and how it looks in a skein.  Well, I’ve bought a $32.00 skein of hand-dyed yarn and it’s pretty in the skein but ugly knit up.  I am a chick that knits after all , so it is important to me, that the yarn looks pretty in all its forms; skein, to ball, to knit project.

Take care and I will be back soon with an on-line store  grand opening!

One more thing!  Knitters, Crocheters, Yarn lovers, please feel free to give me any input on what you like and don’t like about hand-dyed yarns.  I’m here to please and would really like to know your thoughts.

Take care and don’t forget, Valentine’s Day is close!

Tammy

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Aussiedoodle puppy hanging out with me in the studio.

Wool Market at Estes Park, CO

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We’ve arrived at our destination!  I’ve been to several spots in Colorado and I do believe Estes Park is the prettiest place in Colorado.  I thought Breckenridge was impressive (which it is impressive!).  The little town was packed and in full festive spirit.  We arrived to some Elk hanging out at our hotel.

 

This fellow was not in the mood to pose.  He was busy eating.  I’ve never seen Elk so close.  It was wonderful!

We had just driven from Taos and happy to be here at Estes Park.

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Leonard and Tammy in Estes Park, CO

We were thrilled to see all the yarn bombing on the trees in the downtown area!  It was charming!

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The Wool Festival at Estes Park, CO.  

The next day was our day to go to the Wool Market.  The inner child that I am, had to get out and play in the yarn bombed trees on the way to the market, again!

I was thrilled to see my friend from Apothefaery Fabrications!  I wrote my first blog article about her.  I met her in Sapulpa, Oklahoma at a Christmas in July  fiber festival.  I loved her yarn.  Lucky for you she has her own Etsy shop: Apothefaery. I don’t even know her name!  She is based out of Arkansas and has a wonderful selection of yarn.  I noticed this year she has added a lot of mohair to her line.  She is so kind.  She was super busy and still took the time to take a quick photo with me.

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Me and Apoethefaery at the Wool Market at Estes Park, CO

Here’s a picture of her with Jourdyn almost one year ago!

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She is so whimsical and charming.  You will love her yarn!  Do yourself a favor and check out her Etsy Store.  She has all kinds of stuff!  My top 3 favorites for fine fingering yarns are Hedgehog Fibers, Barnyard Knits, and Apothefaery Fibers.

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Here’s a picture of Max showing off the yarns I purchased from Apothefaery.  Isn’t he handsome!  He is actually recovering from a gun shot wound on his back!  Well, a B.B. wound!  It’s still a bullet that was shot out of a gun! Talk about Thug-life Kitty!

My next purchase was an adorable kit for fingerless gloves.  This picture does not do them any justice!  They are so warm and cute.

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This is Linda Hellberg George

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Isn’t she pretty.  I love her top.  Look at what a sport she is to take a picture for me.  I just love fiber people.   They are all so nice!    I like that her projects were in kits and I didn’t have to hunt for yarn.  It was all there.

Another purchase I couldn’t resist was this big beautiful ball of gradient yarn.  It has a little sparkle to it.

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Max missed me.   He tolerated all these yarn pictures for me.  LOVE.

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This is Lisa Bass of White Birch Fiber Arts.  She can be found at her Etsy shop White Birch Fiber Arts.   It’s my first time to purchase from her, and I love what I got!

My final purchase was this beautiful piece of art!AC565F18-B24F-4FD5-ABDD-5F378BE6E5DB

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My colors for the Brahmin Moth Shawl

I picked up a prepackaged kit and was able to change out one of the colors.  Kathleen was friendly and helpful.  She did a great job of helping me find exactly what I wanted.  You can find her at Mode Knit Yarn

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Last but not least are the animals.  I would love to have a pack of Alpacas one day.  Maybe.   Someday.

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Seriously.  Have you ever seen anything cuter?  Look at those eyes!

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Love this guys toothy grin!

Quilters!  If any of you are still with me, look at this cute outfit!  I have no idea who this woman is but she was generous enough to let me take a picture of her cute outfit.  There was a booth here that had smocks and aprons like this made out of quilts.  I wanted to take a picture of an apron so my mother might make one for me, but I didn’t want to steal someone’s idea either.  This lady was on the other side of the building.  I happened to be walking with her when she discovered the booth full of outfits like the one she was wearing.  Neither woman knew each other.  It was fun to witness.  It was like two soul sisters meeting for the first time.  Cute.

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I was glad to be home.  I had Luke waiting for me.  Bliss…

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Yarn Stores in Taos, NM

In years past, we’ve used the app Stash2Go from Ravelry to find local yarn shops while on a road trip.  It makes for some surprising little side adventures on our trips.  This year, we came across the yarn stores during our explorations of the town.  Our first stop was at Vortex Yarns in Taos, New Mexico.

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Vortex Yarns

They had this cute clothes line stretched out in front of the store with various handmade fiber items.  My husband, Len, found it right off!  Great idea!  It’s such a surprising treat for me when we come across a yarn store!  It’s like finding a hidden gem in a video game. (Yes, I’m a Zelda fan from playing video games with my kids when they were little. #90’s)

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The shop is close to downtown and all the shops.  It was beautiful weather.  Hot in Oklahoma is so different from “hot” elsewhere.  I thinks it’s due to our humidity.  You step outside in Oklahoma on a 90 something degree hot day and you start sweating immediately.  The heat can almost be suffocating here.   It was 90 something degrees in Taos and still comfortable.

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Having a blog and sharing your life on the internet can be intimidating.  Blogging has pushed me to come out of my shell and challenge the shy parts of me to quit being so shy!  Walking up to strangers and asking to share a piece of them for myself is hard.  I’ve really had to work on “getting over my self.”  These ladies were so nice and friendly!  I was comfortable the moment I walked in to the store.

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Max  and my stash from Vortex Yarns

Here is my “treasure” from Vortex Yarns.  I plan on making the The Aspyn by Melissa Schaschwary.  I’ve been eyeing those faux fur pom-poms for a while now.  Love the colors and the different textures.

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After stopping at the rock store to see what gems we could find for our grandkids, we came across this surprise!  Mooncat Fiber!  Another yarn store.

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What a charming place to find a yarn store.  Now, I had been here before.  It was very familiar to me as I entered the courtyard.  A few years ago, on another road trip, we were following the app Stash2go, and were led here.  Isn’t that cool?!  See why following the app and exploring the local yarn shops is fun.  Look what gems you find.

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They had a beautiful sample of colorful shawls and handmade knits.  It’s just screaming come over here and touch me!

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This is a charming shop with good range of local and regional yarns.  Everything was beautiful.

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Cathy Book, owner. http://www.mooncatfiber.com

Cathy was very warm and welcoming too.  I know she’s getting to look forward to a visit to Rhinebeck, NY this year!   I’m a bit jealous.

I had such fun.  It’s really nice to visit with other people that enjoy yarn and the fiber arts as much as I do.  Look how happy we all look.  I want to thank these beautiful women for giving me and my blog the time of day.  You made for a fun day in Taos, NM.

Happy Knitting,

Tammy

Briochealicious

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Wrong Side

I did it!   I finished my first Brioche project!  It’s really not that hard to learn.  I went back to my KnitStars classes, from the first season, and watched Stephen West show me how to Brioche knit.  Since I was “learning”, I used up some of my stash for the project. The pattern is Briouchealicious by Andrea Mowry.   I used Valley Yarns Charlemont yarn (Webs online store brand).

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Right Side

I like the wrong side better than the right side.  Both are really cute.  When it’s on, both sides show.  I can see why it’s such a popular pattern.

I’m currently working on the Om Shawl by Andrea Mowry.  I’ve just cast on!

Om Shawl by Andrea Mowry

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Happy Knitting!

Tammy

 

 

Happy Monday

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Lauren and I went to Stitches, Texas last weekend.  We were so focused on all the booths and pretty yarns that we forgot to take a single picture!   We dumped out  both our loots and took a picture of our treasures.

I’ve had a rough weekend.   Lauren was in a minor car accident.  She and baby are fine.  I was so scared and worried about her that I aggravated an old neck injury of mine and have had a horrible headache for 3 days now.  I thought I’d post some fun pictures of yarn to help me feel better.   Yarn releases feel good endorphins and makes me happy.  Might take my mind off my headache.

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I bought this yarn for Lauren for her birthday along with a pattern for a cowl at L & B Yarn Co in Norman, OK.  The teal is Marisol Ushya (two skeins) and the brown variegated is by Universal Yarns Classic Shades Frenzy. (1 skein).  Love that cowl!  Super cute with jeans.  Tomorrow, we are supposed to get our first bout of fall weather.  Fall is my favorite season; back to school, football, pumpkins, falling leaves, my favorite colors all around, jeans, boots, and cowls…..just love it.

I spent the weekend working on my unfinished projects.  This is my unfinished project basket.  That is the Lady Eleanor Entrelac Stole.  I started it about 6 years ago.  It just lacks one more row and the fringe.

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This is the Wavy Lace Scarf by Sweaterbabe.  All this one lacked was the fringe.  I love this color!  So pretty!  This is the 4th scarf I’ve made from this pattern.

These adorable fingerless gloves are from the pattern  Trilsea’n, which is Gaelic for “braid”, by Kalurah Hudson that I downloaded from KnitPicks.  Very appropriate for “Outlander” fans.  Speaking of Outlander, is anyone else down in the dumps waiting for Claire and Jamie to finally get back together?  Every episode has been so sad and depressing.  Each episode, I’m like “Come on!  Get back together already!”.

Happy Monday everybody!  I’m already feeling better.

 

Stash Control

When you become a knitter, you also become a yarn aficionado.  When I started knitting, my dear husband, who likes to dote on me, would say, “Let’s go to the yarn store and I’ll get you some yarn.”    He is so generous with me!   I would just go buy pretty yarn.  As I’ve learned and progressed in my knitting adventures, I learned how to buy yarn better.  Now when I buy yarn, I have an idea of what it will make and how much of it I need.

I am also a bargain hunter.  I know I’m going to use the yarn someday.  Yarn can be expensive!  I like to go to the bargain bins.  I often stock up when LYS and Online stores have their end of season sales.  Also, yarn companies will discontinue yarns and you can get good deals on the discontinued yarns.   Just make sure you have an idea in mind and know about how much you need to purchase, because, if you run short, there is no more.

I ran across a garage sale where a retired yarn store owner was selling her last remnants of yarn.   I think I spent about  $500 for $4,000.00 worth of yarn!   I really stocked up then.  She had the good stuff,  lots of Malabrigo.  So, after 7 years of knitting and yarn collecting, I have a large stash.

Here is where I store my yarn.

Fingering and DK collection

This is my expensive fingering collection.  I have a project planned for each skein!

This is my Worsted and Bulky collection.

You may be thinking that I need a psychiatrist at this point.  You may be right.

You want to keep your yarn away from dust and bugs, like moths.  I love yarn and think it’s beautiful.  I like to show it off and look at it.  That is why I keep it in glass cabinets.  I also add cedar balls, to keep safe from moths.  I have them organized by weight.  Fingering, DK, Worsted, and Bulky.

I also have my yarn categorized on Ravelry.  You can list your yarn on Ravelry and search patterns that would work with the yarn in your stash.  Love that feature!  It seems like a lot of work, but I highly recommend, categorizing on Ravelry.  Who wouldn’t like to organize and play with soft, squishy, colorful yarn?

My cabinets come from garage sales and estate sales.  I bargain hunt for everything!  I found a lawyer’s bookshelf yesterday for only $50.00.  I have no place to put it and I don’t need anymore yarn, so I passed.   A lawyer’s bookshelf is a bookshelf with glass doors on each shelf.  Excellent for storing yarn.  See, I do have SOME self-control.

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Lawyer’s Bookshelf

Some people store their yarn in plastic Rubbermaid boxes.  I want to look at my yarn and display it.

I do not collect anything; no plates, no Precious Moments, no glass or silverware or dishes, or dolls,  I collect yarn.  When I travel, we stop at the Local Yarn Stores (LYS) and I buy a skein or two as a souvenir on our trips.   It’s always something I can use.

Ravelry has an App called Stash 2 Go and it has a Local Yarn Store finder program.  Anywhere you are, you can pick ” Find Local Yarn Stores”, and Viola!, all the nearest yarn stores pup up.  Len and I have come across some fun adventures following the LYS app on Stash To Go.

Enjoy your yarn.  We have a short life here on this planet and do what makes you happy. Yarn makes me happy.