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Archive for January, 2009

I’ve been busy dyeing up a co-op order for January as well as some customs.  Mock Turtle, a colourway that debuted on Artiste back in November seems to be a super hit!  Our theme stocking that day was Alice In Wonderland and “Tea Party”  We each had a tea part guest join us for the stocking!  So when this colourway was reskiened I tried to find a name that would represent the book as well as the colourway.  Mock Turtle was born!

So, I’ve had fun dyeing and noticed the very unique differences that yarn dyeing brings.  Each fibre takes the dye so differently, yet so beautiful and each represents the colours in its own unique way!  So for fun I took pictures of Mock Turtle dyed on 4 different types of yarn to show you all the difference!

First Mock Turtle’s first appearance of Champion BFL Aran:

 

Mock Turtle on Champion BFL

Mock Turtle on Champion BFL

 

Next, the same colourway but on gorgeous Marr Haven Merino-Rambouilett

Mock Turtle on Marr Haven Merino-Rambouilett

Mock Turtle on Marr Haven Merino-Rambouilett

 

And again but this time on 1ply Uruguayan Merino

 

Mock Turtle on 1 ply Uruguayan Merino

Mock Turtle on 1 ply Uruguayan Merino

 

And lastly on Champion BFL Superwash Sock yarn:

 

Mock Turtle on Champion BFL Superwash Sock

Mock Turtle on Champion BFL Superwash Sock

 

The last three yarns were all dyed at the exact same time, with the exact same concentration of dyes, yet each took the colours very differently.  I truly find this to be the best part about yarn dyeing…

I hope you enjoyed my little pictorial 🙂

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It’s so cold!

Admittedly I am not a winter person, in fact I pretty much hibernate from January until mid-March because the snow, the cold and the windchill in Southwestern Ontario is freeezing. (Don’t let the south part fool you..it may not be as cold as the North Pole but its darn right chilly!!)

So, as I sit here with cold damp feet, dried chapped itchy skin and a bit of perma-frost on the tip of my nose I begin to ponder what on earth can I do here to help!  Then it dawned on me.  I need some fingerless mitts (so I can still type on my precious laptop) and a nice woolly hat and some woolly socks!  And seeing as I am the yarn goddess with an abundance of wool within my grasp, I am now planning my next knitting projects (of course I still need to finish the kids sweaters and Sarah’s longies as well as some adjustments to some other projects that have been sitting on my needles far too long)  But I think my cold feet and hands are a priority right now! 😉  Did I mention that its -20 C  here in Southwestern Ontario!  Thats 3 degrees F!!  brrrrr cold!  Knitting might create some friction as well which should generate some heat!  

So while I ponder over patterns I think I will make myself a nice warm cup of Healing Pixie Harvest Moon Chai Tea and warm up a little bit..maybe finish a project or too..or just put my warm flannel jammies on and crawl into my little bed and hide under my big duvet until spring…..

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I hope that all of you had a safe and happy holidays and that 2009 is shaping up to be the best year yet!

 We have lots of new ideas and exciting things in store for 2009  at Laines Magnifiques!   I will be making a few announcements in our newsletter in the coming weeks regarding regularly scheduled stocking dates on our Hyena Cart and on our main website.  I’m still busy working out the final details but it’s looking very promising! 🙂  Finally, dates you can mark in your calendar and know that your favourite yarns will be stocking!

Stocking Info

We’ll continue to stock on Artiste every 5th and 25th of the month at 9pm est.   If you are looking for some Valentine’s yarn come visit on the 25th as it is our Valentine’s Day, I love… stocking!  

Check out our Hyena Cart store for our next stocking on January 20th.  We’ve added some new base yarns to our line up!  Be sure to check it out, especially if you like Marr Haven, Uruguayan 1ply and 3ply merino and more!!  I will be adding our new base yarns to the semi-custom yarns on our main website as well.  Be sure to keep an eye out for that as well!

Newsletter Special Stockings

I will be having some newsletter special stockings coming up very soon with some yarns that I have limited supply or one time offerings of!  Interested in Cormo?  Really love Corriedale?  How about some Bamboo-Two step sock yarn?  Watch your email for more information!! 😀  Some of these yarns will be a one time limited stocking and others may be offered again in the future but as to when will depend on the response from customers!!  Looking to sign up for our newsletter?  Follow this link to get all the details, stockings and more!

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