7 Yaks Design is having a 25% OFF stock up sale until July 15th with coupon code TDF2014!

The spinning world is brimming with conversations about Tour de Fleece again this year!  TDF, as the event is often referred to in virtual spinning communities, was first organized in 2006 by Star Athena, a spinner, knitter, and designer based in Portland, Oregon.

The idea is to set a spinning-related challenge for yourself and work toward your goal each day that the Tour de France cyclists ride.  The event has grown each year with over ten thousand spinners taking part.  The Ravelry Tour de Fleece group alone has thousands of members, and hundreds of spinning teams have formed.

TDF 2014

This year, competition begins on Saturday July 5th and will end on Sunday July 27th.  It has been great hearing all the different ways in which spinners are using the event to work on techniques or tackle long-coveted projects.  The official concept is “Challenge Yourself. Spin. Have Fun.”

I hear many spinners say that rather than work on a specific project, they simply challenge themselves to find time each day to sit at their wheels. TDF allows spinners, en masse and in high spirit, to identify what parts of their spinning life they want to improve.  And for some of us, that simply means making time for something that has been lurking on the horizon, just out of reach.

Kaylee is having a crisis and was diagnosed yesterday with 5 bladder stones, complicated by an open pyometria. She needs surgery ASAP with vet bills to run $4000

I am having a flash sale in my Etsy shop with a 50% discount when you use the coupon code 7KAYLEEAID

2/28/2014 Update:  Kaylee has developed an aggressive infection at the suture site and may require an additional surgery to remove the tissue at the margins of the suture.

 

Hurry, the sale ends March 15, 2014.

Thanks very much for helping out my sick girl!

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You can also submit donations if you like via GoFundMe

What’s a girl to do when it’s cold outside and with all of that snow? 

I shall color my own world, duh!

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Snow Dyeing

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In preparation for the Great Lakes Fiber Show in Wooster, Ohio over Memorial Day Weekend, I am dyeing a huge amount of fibers!

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If you can’t make it to Wooster in May this year, the fibers are available in my Etsy shop now!

Snow Pile aka Dye Pot!

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StarBright is a wonderfully soft blending nylon.  This high luster tri-lobal nylon doesn’t have the luster level of Firestar, but it does have far more luster than Snow Mountain.  StarBright’s softness is equal to a 19 micron wool which puts it in the superfine realm.

Starbright can be carded to blend with your favorite fibers, or spun and plied with another strand of wool, etc.  It also adds memory to your yarn which makes it ideal for knitting socks and other garments where memory is important.

All 7 Yaks Design fibers are hand dyed with professional dyes that are both lightfast and washfast for long lasting, fade resistant color.

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Snow Mountain nylon is a great, inexpensive blending fiber with softness and draftability.  It’s perfect to add to your batts to strengthen your favorite spinning fibers.  Snow Mountain also adds memory to your yarn which makes it ideal for knitting socks and other garments where memory is important.

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Firestar is ideal for blending with your other fibers to add a little shimmer and strengthen your spinning projects.  A little bit of lustrous Firestar nylon can add strength to a sock yarn, sparkle to a weaving project, or shine to a shawl, scarf or sweater.  Firestar can also be added to your needle felting projects for a smidge of pizzaz.

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Colonial Wool Top is produced with South American Corriedale Wool. Easy to spin with a long staple fiber, an approximate 27.5 micron length and has an average staple of 90mm (approx. 3.5 inches). This strong, durable wool has next to skin comfort while being versatile enough for any outer garment.

Colonial Wool Top has rich, vibrant hand dyed colors. Absolutely wonderful to use as is, or for blending your own one of kind shade of batt and yarn. A favorite for needle felting and wet felting too!

 

Here’s the ultimate guide to Holiday gifts

for the cool, creative peeps in your life!

1.  Artyarns

Artyarns

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Artyarns is the ultimate in luxury knitting!  Artyarns come from the inspirational genius of knitwear designer Iris Schreier of Modular Knits & Lacy Little Knits publications.  Because Iris couldn’t always find the yarns she needed for her marvelous designs, she developed her own exquisite collection of luxury fibers.  All yarns are beautifully hand dyed in a spectacular range of variegated color combinations that are consistently coordinated across yarn types.

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2.  North Star Alpacas

Alpaca Socks

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The 60% alpaca in these socks are from Maple’s own backyard critters.  Caren, who lives just down the road, supplied the 20% wool blend from her Corriedale cross sheep.  Maple requested that Zeilingers, the mill that spun the yarn and made the socks, add 20% nylon so that the socks will wash up nicely and hold their shape!

These socks are very warm for such a light weight yarn, yet they breathe!  Natural alpaca and wool is just that way.  The color is a combination of all Maple’s alpacas, everything from white to gray to brown to black.  They are probably called a heathery brown.

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.3.  Jen Stephens Couture

Louise Tote

Louise Tote


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This Louise Tote has both function and style!  You will love to carry a OOAK piece of fashion.  It’s a great for anything but especially as a fabulous knitting tote.

With an entirely interfaced top, this is certainly a bag that will last for years to come.  The woven reinforced straps are stitched in tight!  A zipper pocket offers organization for all of your notions… and the tote is reversible!

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Spinning Batt

Spinning Batt

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4.  7 Yaks Design

All of your knitting & spinning tools in one place!

Wonderful fibers, yarns, drop spindles, knitting needles and gauges, beads, buttons and so much more!

Ceramic Buttons

Ceramic Buttons

 

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Handmade ceramic mitten sewing buttons in trendy colors to coordinate with this season’s winter Holiday mitten fabrics.  Aqua blue mittens are adorned with a sweet white patch, while the white mittens have an aqua blue patch.  All mitten sew on buttons are graced with delicate, hand painted black line work.  Each one is meticulously handmade by ThisOnesMineDesigns for your special projects.  All work is done with a paintbrush and neither decals nor silk screening is ever used in her studio.

Simple, functional, vibrant, and so fun to use, especially when paired with popular winter mitten fabrics.  Great for pajamas, jumpers, stockings, scrapbooks, cards, quilting projects, and so on.

Roll-Up Needle Caddy

Roll-Up Needle Caddy

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6.  Knitting Needle Organizer

Summon your inner Abby Shuto and organize to perfection!  This handmade needle case by knitonebeadtwo is designed to store circular, double pointed and straight knitting needles.

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  • 36 pockets, 3 rows of 12 pockets
  • Pockets range from 1″ to 3″ wide
  • Holds up to 16 1/2″ needles
  • All pockets are doubled for extra strength
  • Case is lined with batting to protect your needles
  • Case folds and closes with an adjustable belt

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7.  Spinning Journal Cards

Spinning Journal Cards

Spinning Journal Cards


These journal pages are designed by AndreaInBlue to help you keep track of your spinning projects.  The 5.5″ x 8.5″ pages are 3-hole punched and will fit into a standard 5.5″ x 8.5″ mini binder or planner.  They’re professionally printed in full color on both sides of matte recycled cardstock.

In addition to providing space to attach samples of the fiber and the finished yarn, these pages include space to keep track of:
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  • Fiber
  • Date
  • Preparation
  • Dye Notes
  • Purchased From
  • Purchase Price
  • Colorway
  • Selling Price
  • Spun On
  • WPI
  • Final Weight
  • Final Length/Yardage
  • Final Use
  • Additional Notes

8.  Katwise Recycled Sweater Tutorials

Recycled Sweaters!

Recycled Sweaters!

.Katwside has a colorful, entertaining and informative ebook about the ins and outs of arm warmer making.  Even if you are unsure whether this is a project you want to undertake, it is a fun and lighthearted read. The ebook has many color photographs, diagrams, links and anecdotes to set you on your sewing journey.

You can sew these with a serger, a regular sewing machine, or even by hand.  All you need is thread, scissors, and some inspiring scraps.

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.9.  Knitted Gift Cards

Fiber Care Gift Tag

Fiber Care Gift Tag

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This is a set of 8 matching fiber care tags by kNotesforkNitters.  Attach them to your lovely handknits, telling the lucky recipient what fibers you used, and how to properly care for them!

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10.  Yarnplay Book

MIX YARNS, COLORS AND TEXTURES TO CREATE BOLD AND BRIGHT HANDKNITS

Why spend hours knitting a boring one-shade sweater?  Pile on the color and discover the joys of knitting with multiple hues in unexpected combinations.  Choose from over 20 projects, including home décor items, hats, scarves, sweaters, vests and more.

Create hats, bags, small baskets, hot-pads, wall art and more with this simple loom!

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12″ Medium Size Loom

Made from durable yet lightweight acrylic, the loom is so easy to use, even beginners can be weaving in no time! If you have worked on larger looms, you know how much time and energy is devoted to dressing the loom. No need for that here! You will have the warp on in just minutes. The deeper grooves on this loom allow for a variety of yarn weights in the warp.

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16″ Large Size Loom

The loom is perfect for using short lengths of yarn and left-overs from your stash. There are so many exciting possibilities for combing colors and textures with this weaving technique.

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7.5″ Small Size Loom

Get it for yourself or give this set as a gift to the crafts enthusiast you know!

The acrylic loom includes a PDF of easy-to-follow instructions along with knitting needle gauges in both US and metric needle sizes!

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US & Metric Knitting Needle Gauges

7 Yaks Design has also created a very cool recycled vintage album loom!

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12″ Vintage Recycled Album Loom

You will be surprised how easy it is to make combed top with a diz!

If you’re not familiar with a diz, it is used when you convert your wool from being combed or carded, into a combed top.

The wool can be drawn off the hackles through the diz, which is a tool made of wood or plastic, with one or several different size holes.  Simply thread the fiber through the desired hole of the diz, and push the diz toward the comb as you draw the wool off the comb to form the top.

See the video on how-to…

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If you want to make a ball of roving from a carded batt that has already been removed from the drum carder, simply start at a corner, and begin pulling the fiber through the diz.  You can however pull the fiber through the diz directly from the drum carder!

Check out the how-to video…

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There are several fun diz designs in my 7 Yaks Design Etsy Shop.  Some even double as a WPI gauge!

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Have I told you lately about the

Joys of Drum Carding? 

Spin, add sparkly fiber, spin some more, repeat. 

It’s a long hard job but somebody has to do it!

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I have arranged a complex recipe of fibery goodness for you.  Each batt is a unique blend of fibers along with the addition of nylon to ensure that your garments retain their memory.  If you think memory isn’t important, remember how annoying socks are that fall down.

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The percentage of nylon is low, so this fiber batt will also felt!  It’s a great all around fiber combination for spinning as well as nuno and wet felting applications!  

Check out the full line of batts, spinning tools and accessories at my

7 Yaks Design Etsy shop.

7 Yaks Design is giving away a sock yarn sampler
along with 2 full skeins of yarn and a scarf pattern to use it all!

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How to enter:

Just LIKE 7 Yaks Design on Facebook and then SHARE the contest with your friends.  Four people will be randomly chosen on February 14th to receive one of the 4 sock yarn samplers with scarf pattern.  EZ PZ!

This scarf pattern is perfect for using up left over bits of yarn from your shawl and sock knitting.

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The Be Mine Valentine Samplers:

You may have heard that Krystal Kraft discontinued their line of acrylic  blanks for altered art and stamping.  Blue Tatsu on Etsy rallied to the rescue and has created a line of products to fill the gap!

The shapes include dominos, hearts, starbursts, crosses and frame borders with more to come!

For expert instruction on how to decorate your acrylic blanks, be sure to visit The Enchanted Gallery.

 

Pinterest is an amazing source for inspiration!  Here are some of my favorites.

7 Yaks Design scored a great deal on raw Alpaca fleece and we are passing the savings on to our loyal customers! (More about that in a second.)

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A sale of raw fleece at 7 Yaks Design?

Did you know that Alpaca does not have lanolin making it wonderfully hypoallergenic so that people who are affected by wool will not have a reaction?  The hair shafts are hollow which makes them excellent insulators.  It will keep you warmer than wool in the winter but breathes nicely too.  This soft fleece is great to wear next to the skin!

Raw fleece still needs to be processed to rid it of dust and little pieces of vegetable matter.

Here is a quick tutorial for cleaning the fleece. (Only a minute long.)

And here is a short video showing how to card Alpaca once you have washed it.

Now all you need is the fleece.

From me to you… Enjoy!

We have three Alpaca Fleece colors available.  (Click on the pictures to link to the Etsy offering.)

Light Fawn Color:

Light fawn color Alpaca.

Medium Fawn Color:

Medium Fawn Color Alpaca

Light Brown Alpaca:

Light Brown Alpaca Fleece

We were able to get a good deal on this fleece and we are passing the savings on to you.  Get yours now while they last.

We love Alpaca Fleece.  You will too!

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