A new selection of soft spinning fibers have arrived!

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BROWN JACOB WOOL TOP

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Jacob Sheep have graced the large estates and country homes of England for many centuries.  Their impressive horns, black and white faces and spotted bodies have no doubt contributed to their popularity and survival.

The Brown Select Jacob Wool has been hand picked from the fleece and processed to keep the rich brown color.  The micron count ranges between 25-35. Jacob is easy to spin and produces a springy yarn.

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Jacob

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MASHAM WOOL TOP
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Masham sheep have been bred for over a century on the hill farms in the Northern Counties of England.  The Masham sheep is produced by  crossing  a Teeswater or Wensleydale and Swaledale or Dalesbred. 

This wool overdyes beautifully and is a great choice for rugs or projects that need a more robust wool.  Masham wool is a beautiful silver grey color with a good degree of lustre.  It is classified as a longwool.  Micron count is between 31-36 microns.
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Masham

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CHEVIOT WOOL TOP

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Cheviot is a main British wool breed.  The modern Cheviot breed has been produced by selection rather than by crossing.  It is a pure breed, one of a very few in this country.  Cheviots produce generous fleeces of white wool which is preferred by mills because its fineness, crimp, and length of staple give it superior spinning and combing qualities, and its low grease content

Cheviot Wool Top is a beautiful natural white color. The micron count is between 27-33.  The wool top is open without being slippery making it an excellent wool for beginner spinners.  The wool practically spins itself.  The yarn produced from Cheviot wool is a pleasure to knit, crochet or weave.

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Cheviot

Are you allergic to animal fibers? 

Fear no more, this batt contains none of that!  

VEGAN BATT Collage

Hand dyed nylon fibers with a hint of firestar for sparkle and shine. 

You can spin this by itself to make a vegan yarn, or combine it with your animal fiber batts to add more memory to your yarn. 

Here’s a few suggestions for spinning the vegan batt:

Spin it as a single and then ply it with another animal fiber based yarn,

or blend with an animal fiber batt as you spin. 

Any way you choose to use this fiber, it’s all good!

See all of the colorways at sevenyaks.etsy.com

Valentine’s Day isn’t about blowing your budget on something outrageous, it’s all about the little things!
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Treat yourself to some fiber love.
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7 Yaks Valentine Promo

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Expires 2-15-2015

Thanks to a request from an Etsy customer,
I have developed a design for Nordic Mitten Blockers.

Norwegian mitten blocker with holes
The mitten blockers are available at 7 Yaks Design.

 

These Nordic Mitten Blockers are made out of
1/8″ (4mm) acrylic cut-offs from a local plastic manufacturing company.
GO GREEN :-)

Also included in the separate blockers for the thumbs are WPI gauges…
I knew you’d like that!

© 2014 7 Yaks Design

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Nordic Mitten Blocker: 3.75″ x 10.75″
Thumb Blocker: 2 3/8″ x 1″

 

Garn Studio is bursting with free patterns for
Nordic mittens and wrist warmers!

Ravelry is heaven for fiberistas!
You can chat on Ravelry too, share ideas, tips and techniques.
It’s easy to lose as much time on Ravelry as Pinterest.

pig mitt
Ravelry puts the FUN in funky.

death mitt

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I had a request for gauntlet blockers too,
which will also work great for blocking wrist warmers!
Included are thumb blockers so they are truly a versatile design.

Gauntlet Blocker:
3.5″ x 15″
(8.89 cm x 38.1 cm)

Thumb Blocker:
2 3/8″ x 1″
(5.08 cm x 2.54 cm)

wrist warmers                                   Quick knit in garter stick for this set!

 

gauntlet

Knit sleeves are the perfect accessory, especially under a jacket, for added warmth!

 

Stash of handspun yarn, no problem!

Left-over yarn from projects, bring it on! 

This pattern will take it all.

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This is a great pattern for a self striping yarn and using up your stash!

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This hat is made with 1 skein of Noro Kureyon or Taiyo yarn with novelty yarns added for pizzazz.  This is a great pattern for using bits in your yarn stash if you’re not using Noro or another self-striping yarn as the base yarn.

Materials:
Size US 7 needles
Crochet hook

Directions:
Cast on 25 (child size) 40 (adult size) stitches with size 7 needles.

Row 1 Knit 2 stitches together, knit to end, knit twice into the last stitch
Row 2 Purl
Row 3 Knit 2 stitches together, knit to end, knit twice into the last stitch
Row 4 Purl
Row 5 Knit 2 stitches together, knit to end, knit twice into the last stitch
If you wish to use novelty yarns, add to rows 6 – 12 of each section.
Row 6 Purl
Row 7 Purl 2 stitches together, purl to end, purl twice into the last stitch
Row 8 Knit
Row 9 Purl 2 stitches together, purl to end, purl twice into the last stitch
Row 10 Knit
Row 11 Purl 2 stitches together, purl to end, purl twice into the last stitch
Row 12 Knit

Repeat rows 1 – 12 seven times (14 sections) for child size and nine times (18
sections) for adult size.

Finishing:
Bind off stitches. Pick up 60 (80) stitches along bottom edge to add hat rib. Knit 2, purl 2 rib until desired length and bind off.  Sew side seam. Weave strong yarn through stitches at top of hat and pull to gather tightly into chocolate kiss shape.

If desired, use bits of yarns incorporated into hat to make pom pom to add to the crown of the hat.

Here’s a PDF download of the Twisted Kiss Hat Pattern:

Twisted Kiss Hat Pattern
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“Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg, and howlet’s wing,–
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.”

Macbeth (IV, i, 14-15)

 Halloween Sale - Blog big

This is the last sale of the year and just in time for all of your holiday projects!

Use the Coupon Code woolofbat to save 30% off your order at 7 Yaks Design.

Expires November 15, 2014

Get festive this Halloween – add a fun and stylish skull to a scarf.
If you’re like me, skulls are fun to wear any time!

halloween skull

Scarf blanks are 6 inches x 6 feet long in super soft polyester.

scarf blank

If you haven’t needle felted on fleece yet, Craft E Magee has a great tutorial to get you started!

skull tutorial

If you want to play around with a simple design, needle felting some yarn or roving is always a great start.

scarf yarn

Here’s a free PDF stencil to print and cut with an X-Acto knife to create your own scarf!

 

Skull PDF

Skull PDF

Fall is here, it’s finally time to take out your favorite boots and layer up – HOORAY!

Knit up a pair of snuggly boot toppers to get you though the winter. 

These are some of my favorite patterns, enjoy!

boot1.
These cabled boot toppers are the perfect versatile little accessory.  Fold them over the tops of your boots, wear them peeking out and slouchy above your boots, or on their own around your ankles.

Any way you choose to wear them, they will keep your legs trendy and toasty!

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This project is an easy one ball quick knit on size 10 needles.
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boot2

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Add more warmth this fall and winter with legwarmers.  This pattern is ribbed with an easy central cable and twisted stitch accents.
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boot4

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Long yoga socks are the perfect boot accessory – and they don’t migrate around your leg!
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Wellies

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I saved the best for last.  A fellow Cleveland native understands the need for comfort, warmth and style!  Our weather can be damp, sloppy and even bone chilling.  These boot liners are the perfect marriage of fleece and knitting, enjoy!

7 Yaks Design has created a leg warmer and yoga sock blocker for you too!

Leg warmer 2

 

 

PUMPKIN SEASON IS OFFICIALLY HERE!

Pumpkin drinks and products are showing up at the grocery stores and all the coffee shops are serving pumpkin lattes. 

If yopumpkin spice all the thingsu want to save a few bucks, making your own pumpkin dog treats is really easy!

 Here are 4 reasons to add pumpkin to dog treats, or canned unsweetened pumpkin, to their food:

  1. Whether your dog has the splatters, or she’s bound up like a straitjacket, pumpkin is the answer to her digestive woes.  Canned pumpkin is very high in fiber, which can help bulk up your dog’s loose stools or soften her hard ones.  And since dogs tend to love the taste of pumpkin anyway, it should be easy to get your pooch to take this “medicine.”
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  2. Fiber isn’t all that pumpkin has to offer. Pumpkin flesh and seeds are loaded with nutrients like vitamins A, C and E, alpha and beta carotene, lutein, magnesium, potassium, iron and zinc.  Altogether, the nutritional benefits of pumpkin mean healthier skin, healthier eyes, a healthier coat and a healthier immune system for your dog.  That’s not too shabby for a treat that your dog probably will think is a delicious indulgence anyway.snoopy
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  3. Even if your dog isn’t in digestive distress, pumpkin makes a fine addition to his meals, adding bulk and fiber without a lot of extra calories.  Many dogs love the taste of pumpkin, so yours may gobble it down not only willingly, but eagerly.  You can feed him the same amount of food while replacing some kibble with pumpkin instead, thereby filling his belly and reducing caloric intake, a good strategy if your dog needs to lose a few pounds.  I find it’s nice to change up pumpkin with plain green beans so they don’t get bored when on a diet.  Heck, I get bored being on a diet, it’s always my downfall!
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  4. There is some evidence to suggest that pumpkin seeds are beneficial for urinary-tract health.  The oil of pumpkin seeds is rich in antioxidants and fatty acids, which may be good for urinary health, among additional nutritional benefits.  Pumpkin seeds are also rich in many of the vitamins and minerals described earlier, so even if the connection to urinary health is hooey, pumpkin seeds are still a doggy superfood.

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This wheat-free peanut butter pumpkin recipe from the Doggy Dessert Chef is fabulous!wheat-free-peanut-butter-pumpkin

 

Check out all of the free dog treat recipes at Bullwrinkle!  There are over 185 dog treat recipes on Pinterest too.

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