“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.”
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If you have a lot of friends on Facebook, your News Feed can be an array of status updates, links and photos.
So you’re a 7 Yaks Design fan, but Facebook won’t let you stay up to the minute on all that’s happening?
I feel your pain, instead of letting Facebook determine which friends and pages you’d most like to see first, now you can choose the pages and friends to stay at the top of your News Feed.
Facebook announced that the News Feed has been updated to show you content that matters to you the most by allowing users to prioritize which friends and pages are featured in their News Feed.
Step 1: From the Facebook app on your smart phone, tap the More button located in the corner (it looks like 3 lines). Then, scroll to the bottom of the resulting menu and select News Feed Preferences near the bottom of the list.
From your desktop Facebook, go to your settings menu and then choose News Feed Preferences. If you’re on the 7 Yaks Design Facebook Page, it’s even easier. There’s a drop down menu if you mouse over the ‘Liked’ button. Then choose ‘See First’!
Step 2: On your smart phone, tap Prioritize who to see first at the top of the resulting page and choose whose posts you don’t want to miss, whether pages or friends. Tap Done in the upper-left corner when finished to implement the changes.
It’s even easier on the desktop, just click on the photo of the page or person!
Are you looking for vintage and hard to find yarns like Rowan, Sanguine Gryphon and others?
7 Yaks Design is adding new yarns daily!
Summer is perfect for getting your dye on!
Black plastic garbage bags
Large mason jars (or gallon freezer Ziploc bags)
Protein fibers, including silk
Adding heat to your kitchen in the summer doesn’t make a lot of sense but that doesn’t mean you have to abstain from dyeing. Summer sun, even on a mild day, is plenty hot for dyeing. If a glass jar isn’t getting the temps you want then a black garbage bag will assist, or even putting the dye containers in a closed car in the sun will get the job done. Some who use solar dyeing swear by leaving it out for a few days to get the maximum color possible.
I dye in bulk so my batches usually consist of 2 lbs of fiber per dye bath. It’s also the maximum fiber weight for a 1/2 ounce of Jacquard dyes, and most other dye sources. I co-mingle my fibers too, anything that will accept a dye with vinegar as the mordant can go in the same color dye. It’s much more efficient when you desire to dye multiple fibers.
As a test to see if the dye bath is done, I always check to see if the water is clear in the container with the fiber. If the fiber to dye ratio is appropriate, the dye bath will exhaust (meaning the dye absorbed completely into the fiber) and you will see clear water around the fiber.
A new selection of soft spinning fibers have arrived!
BROWN JACOB WOOL TOP
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.
MASHAM WOOL TOP
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.
CHEVIOT WOOL TOP
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.
Are you allergic to animal fibers?
Fear no more, this batt contains none of that!
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!
Treat yourself to some fiber love.
Thanks to a request from an Etsy customer,
I have developed a design for Nordic Mitten Blockers.
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.
Also included in the separate blockers for the thumbs are WPI gauges…
I knew you’d like that!
© 2014 7 Yaks Design
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!
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.
3.5″ x 15″
(8.89 cm x 38.1 cm)
2 3/8″ x 1″
(5.08 cm x 2.54 cm)
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.
This is a great pattern for a self striping yarn and using up your stash!
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.
Size US 7 needles
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.
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: