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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)

 

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Expires October 31, 2015

Are you looking for vintage and hard to find yarns like Rowan, Sanguine Gryphon and others?

7 Yaks Design is adding new yarns daily!

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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)

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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

Angelina Spinning Fiber is terrific for blending with your favorite wool roving for added bling. 
A little Angelina will go a long way!  Angenlina is a great way to jazz up your handspun yarns or batts before you spin and add a little zing!

Angelina Collage

 

Elasticity can also be added to handspun yarns or batts with nylon fibers such as Snow Mountain or StarbrightFirestar will creates a shimmer in your yarn, similar to the addition of silk.  You will find that adding nylon will create a yarn with more memory, which is especially important when knitting socks!

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

 

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:

What a happy coincidence that I recently taught myself how to crochet, not to mention falling in love with the technique!

I incorporated a knitting needle gauge into the sock blocker design.  I thought instead of choosing an arbitrary shape to provide ventilation, what if I could add a useful tool… and so it was born.

The blockers are available in my Etsy shop in small, medium and large sizes.

McMorran Balance

Have you ever purchased an unknown quantity of yarn, or spun some for yourself, and then you’re not completely sure how much yarn is there? It’s easy to find out, by using a simple tool called a McMorran Balance.  The balance is a scale that allows you to determine the yardage of a particular yarn.  It consists of a rectangular plastic box and a balancing arm.  The arm has been calibrated to calculate the yards per pound of a particular yarn once the length of the yarn has been trimmed to allow the arm to balance.  It’s just that easy!

After that you’re on your way to easy math to figure out how much yarn is on your cone, skein or in the ball.  Measure the length of yarn with a ruler or tape measure and then do the following:

  • Multiply the measurement x 100.
  • This measurement gives you the number of yards per pound of yarn.
  • e.g. 8.4 inches x 100 =840 yards per pound

Then weigh your yarn to see how many pounds or fractions of a pound you have (and then do a little additional math if necessary).

Once you know how many yards you have, if you don’t know the gauge of your yarn, that is easy to determine as well.  Using a WPI (wraps per inch) gauge entails wrapping your yarn around a 1″ measuring device.  I have been playing with designs for that too.  One is a ‘studio model’ and the other is a portable ‘keychain model’.

Keychain WPI Gauge

Just because I think everyone needs a little Goth in their life – and something to make you smile for no particular reason – I made this WPI gauge and then sent some along to Queer Joe’s Men’s Knitting Retreat which is taking place this weekend in upstate NY.  Have I ever mention how much I LOVE upstate NY?  (read – one of these days I am going to have my house on a mountain there, just you wait and see!)

The Goth Gauge

To use either of these guides:
Wrap the yarn around the 1″ channel smoothly, with the yarn touching, but not too tight. Once you’ve wrapped, count your number of wraps per inch (or WPI).

WPI Standards:
18 or more wpi – Lace weight
16 wpi – Fingering weight
14 wpi – Sport weight
12 wpi – Worsted weight
10 wpi – Bulky
8 or less wpi – Very bulky

And you thought this was just knitting, no, no – clearly it’s engineering at its best!  After you know how many yards of yarn and the WPI of your particular yarn, then you will know if you have enough to make a sweater size garment and maybe that’s what you were trying to accomplish all along.

Here’s a conversion chart for garments for children, or for garments other than the size mentioned in chart above.

I hope this helps to explain why your collection of knitting and spinning tools keeps growing – we need them all to get the job done!

My friend Linda came over on Sunday and helped me get acquainted with my new spinning wheel.  With her much needed assistance I managed to make my first skein of yarn!  It’s a nice blend of merino batts and roving from my fellow Phat Fiber artists along with some fabulous wool locks that Linda dyed and shared with me.

Artyarn

Artyarn

Think I might try the wham bam cowl for this.

Artyarn

Thanks to the following fiber artists who were included in my skein of yarn with the generous donation of their samples to the

Phat Fiber Sample Box:

Altered Visions

Infinity Yarn and Fiber

Maude & Me

Moonwood Farm

Serendipity Fiber Arts

Sweet Pea Fibers

Wooly Hands

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I ventured out to Woolfest at Lake Metroparks’ Farmpark last weekend with my friend Linda.  I have been completely bitten by the spinning bug after looking at oodles of gorgeous fibers.  I tried a drop spindle a few years back and frustrated myself right out of that.  I should have known better!  I am just not coordinated enough to do several things at once.

I tried this already with glass blowing.  I really wanted to be a glass major at school.  In fact, I made my decision to attend the Cleveland Institute of Art based on that desire because of their reputation and that of the glass department.  Two weeks into the course I realized it requires 3 activities performed all at once.   Keep it moving, work fast enough to keep it hot and turn it into something all at the same time.  YEAH, Riigghht!  So I switched to enameling, which is applying ground glass to metal, and firing it in a kiln.  It’s a beautiful blend of glass that waits for me, and the focus that became my major, metals and jewelry design.

But now I want to try spinning again and with the help of Linda and our local spinners guild I am going to suck it up and try really hard!  I just love art yarns and tweeds and I have lots of fibers, including cashmere noils, that will make spectacular yarn.  Abby Franquemont has inspired me as well with her blog Making a Tweed Blend.  She gives wonderful directions with lots of photos for making batts and spinning tweed yarns.   

 

Handspun Tweed

Handspun Tweed

 

 

In case you needed some inspiration of your own, check out the batts and awesome yarns that Linda has spun – FABULOUS!  Be sure to look her up on Etsy too for more eye candy.

 

Sunny Day

Sunny Day

Batt with Cashmere Noils

Batt with Cashmere Noils

 

Wild Skies

Wild Skies

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