Happy Holidays!!

December 18, 2012

First of all, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!  We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday with plenty of time off to enjoy! Ashland Bay will be closed December 24th, 25th, 31st and January 1st.  ALSO, for those of you waiting for our shipment of Tussah silk, the airlines seem to have misplaced one of our 400lb bales…

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Cottonwood Cuffs – The Violets

October 11, 2012

Cottonwood Cuffs-The Violets Materials 6- 60 yd/skeins of Ashland Bay’s Cottonwood Blue Face Leicester wool dyed in a color progression #2- double pointed needles Stitch marker   Finished size – 7 ½” long, 6” around flared to 7 ½” at the bottom of the cuff. The width of the cuff can be resized very easily.…

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Gotta Love Knit Cuffs!

September 25, 2012

Fall is my favorite time of year. There is crispness to the air that is so invigorating after the hot summer. This is when I bring out my hand knit wool wrist warmers (cuffs) and fingerless mitts, my go to accessory for warmth and whimsy. I am truly, seriously crazy about cuffs! Top 10 reasons…

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Portuguese Merino Wool

July 20, 2012

The Portuguese Merino Sheep has its roots going back 400 plus years to the original Spanish Merino Stock.  Even though the breed is called Portuguese Merino, it’s merino with a little “m”.  The micron count on the wool is just under 25 microns.  The wool is relatively short at 2” to 2.5” depending on the…

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Minor Changes…

June 1, 2012

Some small changes to the Bamboo Ladder Vest pattern have been posted. To be specific, there were two additional rows on the left side that needed to be taken out (they were row 5 and 6). But the pattern is fixed and re-posted!

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Lima Lace Cowl Pattern

May 30, 2012

The first time I held a skein of the Lima Lace yarn I knew I had to knit something with it immediately! This yarn is a 70% baby alpaca and 30% silk blend that is incredibly soft and light weight.  We were getting ready for a vacation so I needed to quickly dye and design…

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Color Progression Dyeing

May 24, 2012

Color Progression Dyeing. This is a term that I use for dyeing multiple skeins, each a different color in a single dye pot. Color progression dyeing is achieved by removing one skein at a time and adding more dye with every skein removal. For example, in the Lima lace cowl (pattern coming soon!), I started…

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Bamboo Ladder Vest

April 23, 2012

Continuing on the theme of summer knits and bamboo yarn, I wanted to share with you my pattern for the Bamboo Ladder Vest. As I stated in my previous post about dyeing bamboo,this vest is very comfortable in warm weather and gracefully drapes over a sleeveless tank top without adding extra warmth. This free pattern…

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Like us on Facebook!

April 5, 2012

We have JUST created a brand new Facebook page! Feel free to head over to Facebook and “like” our page. Please post pictures of your favorite fiber creations!

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Posts, Patterns and Projects

March 30, 2012

Welcome to the Posts, Patterns and projects page! Our goal for this section of the website is to focus on an individual fiber or yarn and  provide supporting  projects and patterns.   I hope you will find the posts interesting and the project idea’s and patterns helpful and inspiring!

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