Sorry for the long silence… I was busy having a baby. 😉 Madelyn is now almost 11 weeks old, and the absolute light of my life. I’m now easing back into work after taking a much-needed leave from dyeing, and my creative juices are definitely flowing!
Today’s update will be focused on two particular themes: Halloween 2015 Colorways and my brand-new Ovarian Cancer Awareness colorway for this year!
This year’s Halloween colorways are based on one of my favorite movies, Practical Magic. For those that have not seen this movie, it is about sisterhood, love, loss, and hope, with a good dose of magic thrown in! It has a bad guy of course, and a good guy too! (and the fact that it stars Nicole Kidman & Sandra Bullock, along with two of my favorites, Diane Wiest and Stockard Channing, makes it a must-see for me every year!)
I designed these colorways as loose interpretations of how the characters and situations in the movie made me feel. For example, The Aunts rarely wear color in the movie, but I wanted their colorway to be vibrant and exciting like they are! The Death Watch Beetle isn’t colorful, but I feel like the magical portents it represents would be, and some beetles do have that iridescent shimmer. Jimmy Angelov is just a bad guy all around, so his colorway had to be dark and mysterious with some shocking acid green thrown in to denote his evil side, and Midnight Margaritas had to have night colors (navy and black) along with strawberry and traditional lime green!
Each of these colorways is available on Journey Sock, Honeymoon Sock, Twinkle Sock, and Expedition Sport, and there are multiple skeins available of each. Two colorways (Death Watch Beetle and Jimmy Angelov) are also available in shawl-sized skeins (500yds/125g) of Journey Sock- perfect for you shawl knitters! They are available on a limited basis, so if you want one of those, you might want to be on time for the update!
I also knitted up some swatches of these colorways so you could see what they look like knitted up into a sock leg. I did my regular sock leg of 60 stitches on US2 needles, and knit them out of Weekend Sock (a discontinued base that knits up exactly like Journey Sock) so you could see how they pattern; but as always, your unique gauge and number of stitches cast on will affect the finished patterning. Be sure to knit a swatch so you can see the effect you will get before beginning your project!
I will have Halloween colorways available in this update, the August 25 update, and the September 15 update only, so if you like them, be sure to get what you want! (especially shawl skeins- they will only be available in this update!) In the next two updates I will also have select colorways from prior years’ Halloween collections, and in the August 25 update I will have miniskein sets as well.
Three years ago I was asked by the podcaster CoggieTM of the High Fiber Diet Podcast to create an ovarian cancer awareness colorway, and it was a runaway hit. A lot of people enjoyed knitting with “TEALtember” so much that I decided to create a new colorway this year, and I am pleased to introduce “UnTEAL We Meet Again”!
I discount this colorway by $2 per skein, and hope that you will donate that amount (and whatever else you can afford) to one of the following ovarian cancer foundations:
This colorway will only be available in the two August updates this year, and only in limited quantities, so please don’t hesitate to pick some up if you want some! It will be available on a variety of bases including Journey Sock, Honeymoon Sock, Twinkle Sock, and Voyage Aran.
Some facts about ovarian cancer (taken from http://www.cdc.gov):
* causes more deaths than any other female reproductive cancer, but it accounts for only about 3% of all cancers in women
* each year, about 20,000 women in the United States get ovarian cancer
* among women, ovarian cancer is the eighth most common cancer and the fifth leading cause of cancer death, after lung and bronchus, breast, colorectal, and pancreatic cancers
Thanks so much for sticking with me while I took some time off to be with my daughter, and for your continued support of my business! You can preview all of the items going up in today’s update until 4pmET at the shop, when everything will go live for purchase.