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November 2011

New colorway: Mist - & a shop update on Thursday

The next shop update is coming this Thursday morning at 10am Eastern. All the yarns in the update will be in my wonderful new base, Coquina DK, a single ply, 100% superwash Merino yarn. Each skein will be 254 yards and 100 grams. Retail price will be $26.

And here's my final new colorway for this update, Mist.

Mist

It's a soft grayish blue, with bits of medium blue just lightly strewn here and there.

Mist light gray blue coquina dk weight hand dyed yarn knitting crochet hat cowl DPN beautiful springtree road superwash merino wool single ply 003

Just look at them sitting there, all plump and delicious. Just waiting to be wound into a ball and knitted into something cozy. Or crocheted. They'd be happy either way.

Mist light gray blue coquina dk weight hand dyed yarn knitting crochet hat cowl DPN beautiful springtree road superwash merino wool single ply 001

I hope you've enjoyed the previews of the new colorways! The next update will have lots of sock yarns and, just in case you're not into DK weight yarn, each of these three new colorways will be available in at least one of my sock yarn bases.


New colorway: Aubrine

Lately, I've been playing with gray. Yesterday, it was gray + brown, today it's gray + purple, and tomorrow it's a gray + blue, though that one is much lighter in shade.

Aubrine purple gray coquina dk weight hand dyed yarn knitting crochet hat cowl DPN beautiful springtree road superwash merino wool single ply 002

Meet Aubrine, a smoky, purpley gray. 

Aubrine purple gray coquina dk weight hand dyed yarn knitting crochet hat cowl DPN beautiful springtree road superwash merino wool single ply 003

I've been looking at baby names for a few months now and I really like names that start with Au - Audrey, Auberon, and August. Then there's Aubrey, which is a family name - one of my grandfather's brothers. Since this yarn is sort of almost an eggplant purple, I combined Aubrey with aubergine and got Aubrine.

Aubrine purple gray coquina dk weight hand dyed yarn knitting crochet hat cowl DPN beautiful springtree road superwash merino wool single ply 001

Now this is my kind of purple. Or gray. However you want to look at, I dig it. I would love to make a scarf with this colorway, to go with my dark gray coat.

This one will be in the shop on Thursday - more details to come here on the blog tomorrow & through the newsletter, plus the usual social spots.


New colorway: Nutbaby

I'm preparing for the next shop update today - looks like it'll be shaping up for Thursday, but I'll announce that for sure in a day or two. All the yarns in this update will be my new base - a single ply, DK weight, 100% superwash Merino, 100% super squishable yarn.

For this update, I'll have 11 colorways - 3 of them brand new. Here's the first of the three, Nutbaby.

Nutbaby brown gray coquina dk weight hand dyed yarn knitting crochet hat cowl DPN beautiful springtree road superwash merino wool single ply 002

Take some charcoal, shake in some brown, and you get Nutbaby. I think this would make a great hat for your favorite fellow - or for you. 

Nutbaby brown gray coquina dk weight hand dyed yarn knitting crochet hat cowl DPN beautiful springtree road superwash merino wool single ply 003

What's a nutbaby? Well, we have these trees in the backyard and I should know what kind they are, but I just can't ever remember even though my friend Denise told me just a couple of weeks ago. But they give us these just all over the place.

Look! A Nutbaby!

V started calling them nutbabies and it stuck. So it's a nutbaby tree, I suppose.

Land Art 005

I wanted to do a strong yarn that would be suitable for a man or a woman and Nutbaby is what what I came up with. The name works, huh? ;)

Nutbaby brown gray coquina dk weight hand dyed yarn knitting crochet hat cowl DPN beautiful springtree road superwash merino wool single ply 001

Please check back tomorrow for details on the second new colorway!


Black Friday sale on hand dyed yarn!

Well, howdy! I'm having a Black Friday sale this year, except I'm starting it on Thursday! If you've been wanting to stock up on Springtree Road yarn - up to 20% off - this is your best chance of the year. 

Stock up

The sale will start first thing on Thursday and run through Friday night at 11:59pm Eastern. Here are the codes you need to take advantage of the sale:

BLACKFRIDAY3 to get 10% off any 3-4 yarns
BLACKFRIDAY5 to get 15% off any 5-6 yarns
BLACKFRIDAY7 to get 20% off any 7+ yarns

Hope you and yours have a happy Thanksgiving!


And we cheered! Huzzah!

As the ultrasound tech was poking around, V sat on R's shoulders so she could see the TV better. The baby wasn't really cooperating. I kept looking for, um, something - I could see very clearly that V was a girl but this one I couldn't figure out what I was looking at. The wand was moving way too fast.

We're all waiting quietly, looking expectantly, when all of a sudden the tech says, "And it's a boy." Immediately our cheers went up: "YAY! IT'S A BOY!!!! YAY!!!" V clapped and we all laughed.

I'd be surprised if they didn't hear us down the hall.

 


Working together

V and I are working together - on separate things - this morning. I'm mailing yarn and she's making a collage.

working together

It's been a very pleasant morning.

Last night I was going to make hangtags for yarn, but Roxy curled up on me, with her head on my shoulder, and I held her while she slept for more than an hour. I didn't mind.

Today we're going for an ultrasound and we should find out the baby's gender. Any guesses? Everyone I know thinks boy, mainly because this pregnancy is so different from the last one. Last time I had no morning sickness, no allergies, and we called her Bunny because she kicked so much. This time I spent the month of September feeling ill, I'm sneezing constantly, and sometimes I forget I'm preggers because this kid is so calm!  We'll see later today...


R's new hat

Hiya! So I finished knitting R's new hat (the Boyfriend Beanie) and I'm planning to take some pictures of him wearing it this weekend. But until then - here it is!

Rs hat 001

I truly enjoyed knitting with this yarn. It's twisted just enough that it makes those cute, plump little stitches similar to handspun, which I love. And the yarn didn't break on me once. Not to imply that handspun does, but someone asked me about it since this isn't a plied yarn.

Rs hat 003

I adore it! I can't wait to knit something else with this yarn.

Rs hat 002

I have chosen a name for the new yarn base from the contest entries and emailed the winner. I'm planning to present the yarns in a few favorite colorways and a few new ones on or around November 28th. Check back for more details or subscribe to my newsletter for info on shop updates.


Kohl for R

Yesterday I dyed up a test skein of my new DK weight, Superwash Merino, single ply yarn base in Kohl for R. I knitted him a hat a few years ago and it's definitely time for another one.

Kohl for R 001

I love this new base! So far, it's everything I dreamed it would be. It is squishy yarn deliciousness! I'm going to knit him the Boyfriend Beanie by Sophie at Haloopa Joop. I'm planning to cast on today. 

Kohl for R 002

There's still time to enter the contest to name this new yarn base and win a free skein. Feel free to add more later if you think of anything else. 


Name this yarn base - win a free skein!

I have a new yarn base in my possession. I'm dropping everything else to start dyeing it on Monday. I'm so very thrilled with it.

And I'd like your help naming it.

Name Me

About the yarn - it's DK weight, 100% Superwash Merino, single ply, super soft and squishy. So exciting! It's a single! Singles remind me of handpun yarn. I've been wanting to add a single ply hand-dyed yarn to my shop for a good year now.

But back to the name. I'm all give out! Thinking of baby names! Yarn colorway names! Names for all the cats and dogs that V wants to get! I do a lot of naming. So I would love your input.

I have a naming theme going on for my yarn bases - Southern things - Julep (as in mint), Praline (as in pecan), Muscadine (as in vine). I've also used place names - Navarre is a little town in Florida (where R & I honeymooned) and Philomath is a little town in Georgia. I intend to stay with the Southern theme. 

Unique names are best (there are plenty of yarn bases named "magnolia" and "hummingbird"). Place names, food names, pretty names, something else I haven't thought of - all good as long as it feels particularly Southern US.

While I can't promise that I will definitely pick one of your suggestions (though I want to and I very well may), I can promise that I will pick a winner and send that person pictures of the colorways I dye next week before I list them in my shop, let you choose one skein as a prize, and then send it to you (anywhere, worldwide). So you get first dibs! And the first chance to knit with my new yummy yarn base!

So...ideas? Show me what you've got! Just leave a comment before Wednesday, November 16th, at 8pm Eastern and I'll consider it. Thanks so much!