Hand Dyed Yarns Are Here!

It’s a new year and I’ve decided to add some new items to the shop and be more active in blogging. This year, I’m adding hand dyed yarns and hand dyed roving to my mix of handspun yarns, which in addition to being sold online and at some Craft Fairs, are available for sale at Trumpet Hill Fine Yarns in Albany, NY.  I’ve also been considering phasing out the baby blankets in the online shop and selling them solely at the craft fairs with some of the hand knit items and focus more on the fiber.

And so, without further ado, here are the first, of what I’m hoping will be many, new hand dyed yarns.  Both are  Fingering Weight  in 90% Superwash Merino and 10% Nylon.  They are approx 4 oz and approx 450 + yards.

This first one is Cherry Lemonade.  It is a mix of cherry red and sunny yellow with some pink and white blending.  It’s such a bright and cheery color and would make a fantastically bright pair of socks or a shawl!  What a way to shake off those winter blues!  Click the photo for a link to the etsy shop listing.AIMG_4816

Speaking of blues, I’d like to introduce my favorite colorway!  TEN & TARDIS.  It’s inspired by the Tenth Doctor Who character, played by David Tennant.  He is my favorite doctor and I can’t help but see him when I see that Tardis blue and brown together!  Who wouldn’t want Doctor Who inspired socks or a lacy shawl or scarf to wear while watching your favorite Doctor Who episodes!  Don’t Blink or this might disappear fast (but don’t worry, both of these colorways are repeatable!)  Allons-y! AIMG_4808 Both of these are currently available on the Facebook page (just send me a PM there with your email address for a paypal invoice), and they will be listed next week in the shop (Sarandipity Handmade) if they haven’t found a forever home yet. EDIT – The TEN & TARDIS sock yarn has been sold, but this colorway is repeatable, so if you are interested, contact me here, via facebook, or through etsy and I’ll see what I can do for you.  If you are a spinner, look for Finn top roving dyed in the TEN & TARDIS colorway coming soon, an possibly some handspun yarn, too! Follow me on Facebook, Twitter and the blog for updates and favorite my etsy shop if you have a spare moment.

Handspun Yarn – New Shop Stock!

Last year after visiting the Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival in October, I got the spinning bug.  I bought a drop spindle and some wool and gave it a try.  It wasn’t easy, but it was fun and I loved the yarn that I made.  I decided I wanted to try my hand at wheel spinning and rented a wheel from the wonderful people at Trumpet Hill.  Honestly, I took to it like a duck to water.  Maybe I was a spinner in a past life?

I’ve recently been spinning on an Ashford Kiwi and I’m loving it.  It’s actually pretty comfortable to use and my yarns come out beautifully.  I’m looking forward to getting more wool and spinning some more delightful yarn.  Maybe I’ll fill my shop with yarn!  Anyone want to increase their stash?

Here are the 3 yarns that I’ve spun so far.   Click on the picture to see the full Etsy listing and additional pictures.

The first is called Change of the Seasons.  It’s made from a mix of Corriedale, Finn, Rambouillet Cross dyed by Spinner’s Hill in Bainbridge, NY.  It’s in shades of yellow, green, orange and brown which made me think of how the seasons change in here in NY.  Everything is yellow and green in spring and summer, orange in Autumn and brown in the winter.

Change of the Seasons

Change of the Seasons – Corriedale, Finn, Rambouillet Cross mix

This is a bulky/Super Bulky weight, 3 ply, yarn (6-7 wpi) and is approximately 54 yards and 3.8oz.  This would look great as part of a chunky hat or a cowl

The second is also Navajo or Chain Plied called Indian’s Feast and is spun from 100% Targhee Wool dyed by Mountain Colors Hand Painted Yarns in Montana.

Indian's Feast - 100% Targhee Wool

Indian’s Feast – 100% Targhee Wool

The wool colorway was called Indian Corn, but once it was spun up I just didn’t see it.  The names for the dye colors were cranberry, blueberry, copper and pumpkin which made me think of a feast, hence the name Indian’s Feast.  This bulky/super bulky weight, 3 ply, thick and thin yarn (5-7 wpi) is approximately 54 yrds and 3.5oz.  This yarn is super soft and squishy.

The last yarn I’ve made so far is called Purple Passion.  It is spun from a mix of Corriedale, Finn, Rambouillet Cross dyed in shades of deep purple by the people at Spinner’s Hill.

Purple Passion

Purple Passion – Corriedale, Finn, Rambouillet Cross mix

This bulky weight, 3 ply yarn (7wpi) has also  been Navajo plied and is approximately 65 yards and 4 oz.  This is one of my favorites!

I hope you enjoy my handspun yarns as much as I enjoy making them!

New Item: Cthulhu, Elder God, Illithid Tentacle Balaclava Hat or Mask

Are you a fan of H.P. Lovecraft?  Then I have the perfect hat for you!  Newly listed yesterday is this purple, size XL Cthulhu or Elder God Balaclava.  You could also call this hat an Illithid (Mind Flayer from DnD), a tentacle hat or even just a purple octopus.

It would be great for showing off your Elder God love all winter long and keeping you toasty warm or even for scaring all your friends this upcoming Halloween!

This Cthulhu hat has been crocheted with a medium purple worsted weight yarn.  It is size XL and will fit a size 24″ circumference head.  Shown above modeled on a size 24″ man’s head as well as a 22″ woman’s head (below).

This hat is made (based on the Cthulhu Beard Hat Pattern by Nichole Verville) and ready to ship, via USPS First Class Parcel.  It was made in my smoke free, pet friendly home.

This hat has even been featured in Lovecraft News!

I hope to make some more of these in various sizes in green!
Look for those coming soon!

Thanks for stopping by!

Hand Knit Dish Cloth Sets Now In Stock!

It’s been nearly 6 months since starting the shop and I’ve been slowing adding stock.  I’m up to 16 listings, many of those have multiples available, I have yet to have a sale.  I’m keeping my spirits up that this Christmas shopping season will give me that elusive first online sale!

New listings went live today. These are hand knit dish cloths using 100% cotton yarn with a ribbed pattern. They are squishy and perfect for wiping up a little spill to scrubbing those messy dinner dishes. I use these at home and they are so much better than those thin store bought ones or those dirty sponges. And, they are machine washable and dry-able (low temps)!

I currently have 3 pairs in stock. The first is a duo in lovely shades of reds, pinks and browns.   (Clicking the picture will take you to Etsy.)

Red Dish Cloths

The 2nd is a set of 2 in yellow, white and green. The first is made solely using the yellow, white and green variegated cotton. The 2nd is made mostly with yellow with the yellow, green and white variegated as stripes.

Hand Knit Dish Cloth - Yellow, Green, White

The last pair is made using a 100% cotton featuring different shades of blue.

Knit Dish Cloths - Shades of Blue

Thanks for stopping by!

100% Cotton

I’ve found I really enjoy working with 100% cotton yarn.  It works up fast and is easy to care for.

I currently have 4 different colors of 100 cotton in stock for bibs, wash cloths and dish cloths; Hot Green, Cornflower Blue, Yellow and Rose Pink.  I’ve knit up bib samples for the shop using these four colors and I really love how they’ve come out.

I recently purchased a new camera, so I took some updated pictures!

The first bib is a brontosaurus bib, knit in Hot Green.  This darling little dino is part of my Dinosaur Collection.  Perfect for the little dino lover in your life!

The second bib is also from my Dinosaur Collection and features a cute little stegosaurus.  This bib is knit in Cornflower Blue.

Steggy bib

The third bib depicts a heart, knit in the delightful Rose Pink.  This bib would be perfect for the little love of your life.

Heart bib

The fourth bib I’ve knit up features a darling little bunny rabbit.  This was knit in the sunny yellow color cotton.  This bunny can also be knit up with or without a body/tail.  This bib is currently not listed in the shop, but will be available soon!  Convo me if you are interested!

Bunny tail

All the bibs are reversible and are easily machine washable/dry-able on cool and low settings.  These designs can also be made into wash cloths and dish cloths.

All these patterns were designed and written by Elaine from Down Cloverlaine.  If you happen to stop on over at her site and see something you like and would like it created for you, please contact me.

As always, my items are created in a smoke free environment.  My home is pet friendly, but your purchases, if possible, will be washed prior to shipping.

New Fleece in Stock!

This weekend I was browsing the fabric section of our local Joann’s and found the most scrumptious fleece ever!  It’s a super cuddly fleece and is just meant for snuggling!  If I were a baby I’d love this blanket!  Who am I kidding, I love this blanket anyway!

The newest design is made with a cute pink fleece printed with flowers in pinks, blues, greens and yellows.  The reverse is a sunny Daffodil Yellow!  This blankie just screams SPRING and is just begging to be touched!

Check out this darling blanket!   I have 2 in stock, $25 each + shipping.

Pink Flowers/Daffodil Yellow "No Knot" Tag Blanket

Pink Flowers/Daffodil Yellow "No Knot" Tag Blanket

Listings Are Live!

After deciding to take the plunge last week, I’ve been busy digging out stash, taking pictures and typing up listings.  Well, I finally did it and the listings are live!  Eek!  I just hope that I’ve gotten the shipping estimated properly.  I worry about overcharging customers.  That is my biggest fear!  I guess the only way to truly learn is to get out there and do it.  If I make mistakes I’ll fix them.  I’m only human!

Sarandipity Handmade

Here’s a peek at the 2 blankets that I’ve currently listed for sale.  These are special blankets that I designed when my oldest son was a year or so old (he’s now 7).  Tied or knotted fleece blankets were all the rage at the time, but I just didn’t think that a child would want to fall asleep on a big knot when snuggling with his or her lovey.  I wanted that tag blanket look and feel with all over softness.  Thus, the “No Knot” tag blanket (or Blankie – as my son calls it) was born.

This is one of my favorites.  I love the color combination.  It reminds me of a peacock’s tail feathers.

Peacock No Knot Tag Blanket

This blanket always makes me think of my friend’s daughter who absolutely loves giraffes.  This would be perfect for new parents who chose an animal theme for their nursery (or, who like my friend, have a little one who loves giraffes!)

Giraffe No Knot Tag Blanket

I’ve also created a facebook page for the shop.  If all goes well, I hope to eventually post coupons and codes both here on the blog and on the fan page.  So, if you like my work, please swing over to Sarandipity Handmade on Facebook and click like!