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Entrechat KAL Sponsor: Unwind Yarn Company

Another one of our lovely indie dyer sponsors is Dana from the Unwind Yarn Company.

Unwind Yarn Company

I've been following Dana on Instagram for a while now, and I love having that window into her day-to-day as an indie dyer and business owner, and seeing her adorable little girl grow. 

As an indie dyer, she comes up with absolutely wonderful colorways full of happy bright colors, which come in a wide variety of bases, from fingering to worsted weight. Each one of her colorways is inspired by something very personal, either a meaningful song, a memory, a photo... Dana also makes the cutest notion pouches and project bags in covetable fabrics. Be sure to check out her store! She really pours her heart and soul into her work, and with each new product she shares a bit of herself with the world.

Dana is also one of the organizer behind the Into The Wool Fiber Retreat, which has been taking place for the past four years and looks oh-so-heavenly. 

Are you curious to see the prize that Dana has prepared for our Entrechat KAL? It's the loveliest yarn and bag kit!

This fabric is just perfect, no? And how wonderful is this yarn!

Here are some more details:

The project bag is made from organic cotton print fabric with a white organic cotton lining. It measures approximately 11" wide x 7" tall with a 4" gusset.  It is interfaced with batting and is soft but will stand up on its own. It has a zipper top and coordinating colored stitching.

The yarn is Unwind Yarn Company's Round Trip Sock, a lovely high-twist super wash 100% merino single that blocks beautifully and shows stitch definition extremely well. It was dyed in Dana's repeatable colorway Black Magic Woman, a tonal pink with splashes of navy. The skein is 400yds/100g. Gauge: 7-8 sts = 1” on #1-3 needles. Hand or machine wash cool, lay flat to dry.

I am so excited on behalf of the lucky winner who will receive this wonderful kit! Want your own? You can find the Unwind Yarn Company here:

Shop: Unwind Yarn Company

Instagram: Unwindyarncompany

Facebook: Unwind Yarn Company

The KAL is still going strong, with new participants still joining us every day, so don't be shy and join us! There's still plenty of time to make one Entrechat... or five! I'll announce the winners on July 1.

Entrechat KAL Sponsor: Sewhappyjane Hand dyed yarn

When I had a call for sponsors for the Entrechat KAL back in May, Heather from Sewhappyjane was one of the first ones to offer a prize, and given how gorgeous and special her yarns are, I was more than thrilled! 

How pretty is this?? It's called Lavish and you can find it it, along with all of Heather's offerings here

Here's a close up of the donated skein, Lavish in DK weight, for your viewing pleasure. You are welcome :)

Heather's hand-dyed yarns are inspired by the world around her; tiny songbirds, majestic skies, sand and stone, and all things bright and beautiful. Heather creates sewhappyJane yarn in the kitchen of her century old music teaching studio. She uses only the finest, professional grade materials and dye in small batches of 2-4 skeins at a time. Each skein of yarn is unique and made to infuse your projects with life. 

Thank you so much, Heather, for being a sponsor! And for taking part in the KAL of course!

Heather can be found the following places:

Shop: sewhappyjane.bigcartel.com

Instagram: sewhappyjane

facebook: sewhappyjane

Ravelry: sewhappyjane

www.sustainmusicstudio.com

My project for the Easter / Spring Dress KAL

Have you selected your project for the Easter / Spring Dress knit-along yet? I have! 

I've decided that my girl needs a new Tutu Top! The last time I made one for her she was just a tiny tot... look how adorable: 

Tutu Top by Frogginette Knitting Patterns
Tutu Top by Frogginette Knitting Patterns
Tutu Top by Frogginette Knitting Patterns

So after thinking long and hard about what in my stash might appeal to her (she's 3 and has strong opinions about everything), I thought some kind of purple-ness was a safe bet. And some fuschia mohair for the tutu part. I'm super excited to see how this Malabrigo Rios colorway knits up: it's called Lotus and it's got purple and aqua, which is so pretty. 

Malabrigo Rios in Lotus and Lana Grossa Silkhair in Fuschia

I will have to modify the back to get rid of the button closure; my daughter has a strict no button rule (don't ask). So I think 2 I-cord ties should do the trick. 

Instagram photo-a-day: Yarnlovechallenge Day 14: Yarn Love

Instagram photo-a-day: Yarnlovechallenge Day 10: Oldest Stash

Round up of beautiful projects for babies and kids: Hyphen cardigan

When I released my Hyphen knitting pattern 9 months ago, I had no idea that it would quickly become one of my best-sellers. Many knitters have since then made adorable versions of this quick and practical cardigan for lucky babies and children.

I think there's something about the design that really allows knitters to make it their own. The textured yoke can be either a subtle, sophisticated touch that elevates a simple cardigan, or it can really make a statement. The whole cardigan can also serve as a great canvas for some serious creativity. These projects are a few of my favorites, made by very talented knitters (photos used with permission):

By the way, did you know that there is now a grown-up version now as well? It's called Em Dash, which, in case you are wondering, is a large hyphen... Get it? ;)

Did you make a Hyphen? What is your favorite thing about it? If you have a blog, please give us the link to your project so everybody can see!

 

 

 

Round up: My go-to yarns for kid clothing

When creating children's clothing, I have pretty definite tastes when it comes to the yarns I like to work with: they needs to be low-maintenance yet scrumptious, and the colors should be really special. Oh, and they need to not break the bank ;)

This means that I tend to gravitate towards the same yarns over and over again, and usually choose one of the following, depending on what I need for a particular design. 

  • For everyday wear and to make a simple design shine: Malabrigo Rios

Malabrigo Rios in colorways Plomo, Lotus, Teal Feather and Lettuce

Malabrigo Rios in colorways Plomo, Lotus, Teal Feather and Lettuce

This is * such * a great yarn, and a real pleasure to knit with. Worsted weight merino is hands-down my favorite for kids' clothing. It's soft and squishy, and works up so quickly! This kettle-dyed yarn is also Superwash (which means that it can grow if you dry it flat so be careful and swatch and block first!) and comes in many vibrant hues.

Plomo, one of my favorite colorways, has a semi-solid quality that really adds dimension to a sleek, minimalist garment such as my Hyphen cardigan:

Hyphen by Frogginette Knitting Patterns

Other colorways with a bit more variegation, like English Rose or Lotus can also make slipped stitch patterns look amazing.

  • For a rustic outdoorsy feel: Cascade Ecological Wool

This yarn isn't Superwash, so it might not seem like an obvious choice for a child's clothing item. However, it's such a good value and a great workhorse yarn, and I think that it is perfect for outerwear, which - hopefully! - doesn't need to be washed as often as a cardigan does. It's 100% wool and quite warm, and gets surprisingly soft after blocking. I've used this yarn for my Latte Baby Coat:

Latte Baby Coat by Frogginette Knitting Patterns

I love it in natural colorways like the Taupe shown above but the Cascade Eco+, which is the dyed version, has really lovely vibrant colorways too, like the Hot Pink or the Chelan Lake, which I used for these two Tiered Baby Coats:

Tiered Baby Coat by Frogginette Knitting Patterns
Tiered baby coat by Frogginette Knitting Patterns
  • For a soft, light-weight garment: Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino

Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino

This is a really good bet when it comes to sport weight yarns. It's very soft against a baby's skin without being overly slippery, it's Superwash and it comes in * many * gorgeous shades. It's also pretty ubiquitous and often comes on sale. I like to use it for lightweight garments that will be worn directly against the skin, for example, a 3/4 sleeve summer cardigan such as Alouette:

Alouette by Frogginette Knitting Patterns

or a dress like Claudine:

Claudine by Frogginette Knitting Patterns
  • For quick summer projects: Spud and Chloe Sweater

Perfect for a no-fuss summer item, this worsted weight wool/cotton blend is organic, super soft and not *too* warm. Like an old t-shirt, it is easy to care for and gets softer with each use. This is a perfect yarn for a summer baby blanket or a quick baby shower gift like the Carousel cardigan:

Carousel by Frogginette Knitting Patterns

 

So that's my selection! What about you? What are your go-to yarns?