In a matter of less than three months, a major miracle has occurred in my life. I have gone from NO STASH (seriously, I had maybe five skeins of yarn hanging around) to an entire room loaded with gorgeous yarn. HUGE STASH.
It’s like the universe is finally telling me everything is going to be okay.
Granted, I am hoping you will soon purchase this huge stash, in which case I will buy and dye EVEN MORE yarn. Again and again and again.
It’s like I’ve died and gone to heaven. There is literally yarn everywhere!
Since I launched Tributary Yarns (you can read the back story here: Part 1 and Part 2), I have been able to start projects with all three bases and am solidly in knitting heaven. I love them all and wish I wasn’t so busy dying and processing yarn so I could just sit and knit for hours in the evenings like I used to.
My first shop update (hopefully just two weeks away…cross fingers!) will include three bases: a sustainable Rambouillet worsted, a 90/10 sock blend, and a 30/70 silk merino single blend.
I ALWAYS have a sock project going! Always. They mostly just hang out in my purse and make random appearances, typically when I am waiting for an appointment or if Reed is doing his martial arts class. The sock yarn I am dying is very soft. It is a 90/10 nylon blend and would be lovely for shawls and light tees or pullovers as well. I have done my wildest dying on the sock yarn base. I I tend to pick the craziest colors when I knit socks and feel like it’s a little easier to be bold and push the zany color envelope. It’s hard to go wrong with hand knit socks.
My first pair using the River Sock base is a springy, buttery yellow. I’m nearing the toe on the first sock and can’t wait to cast on the second. I’m working up the Hermione’s Every Day sock pattern. I thought I had never knit it before but quickly remembered I worked up a pair of Man Socks in the same pattern a couple of years ago.
Apparently my memory is already failing.
Dying up the pure wool Watershed Worsted has been the most challenging for me, but I feel like I am getting the hang of it now. This is a great wool base. It’s soft and touchable. Good loft and stitch definition. It’s a perfect base for hats and sweaters for sure.
I had this bright green come out of one of my first days of dying wool. It wasn’t the shade I was hoping for. Far too primary, but it felt like a good fit for Reed. I’ve been happily working away on his soon-to-be new pullover. I can’t wait to finish it soon. I love worsted projects because they just fly off my needles.
Of all my bases, my Stream Silk really makes my heart pitter patter. Big time. All the colors have come out wonderfully, and it’s so soft. Stream Silk is a single ply fingering blend with a good amount of twist. It’s exquisitely soft but does not split AT ALL. I like the sheen on this blend so much. It just lifts me up with every stitch.
I’m about halfway done with a new semi-circle shaped shawl I have been designing in my Stream Silk. It feels like it’s taking forever, but that’s because I am barely knitting. I’m really happy with the project and know it will be my perfect new spring shawl, if I ever finish.
I can’t wait to add more bases into the mix. One thing at a time. Sometimes I really hate pacing myself.
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