What I learned redesigning yarnfolk.com
- It's okay to ask for help. Seriously, my tendency to want to do everything myself would not have served me well here.
- Working with someone you genuinely enjoy eliminates almost all of the pain. Sara LeHoullier of Busybee did all of the heavy lifting, and never made me feel like a bother when I asked if we could try something another way. She makes all the magic parts of the internet that I do not understand (and don't really want to) play together nicely.
- Tools for managing multiple priorities are so important. I combine the principles of Personal Kanban with a bullet journal so that weeks like last week--where I upgraded both major pieces of my accounting software, received multiple orders, taught a couple of classes, and, oh yes, worked with Sara to move this project toward the finish line--don't leave me in a puddle.
I hope that you find the new Yarn Folk site easier to navigate, and I hope it fills you with inspiration. Come visit the shop--we'll make your stitching dreams come true!
El Linio and I have begun a lovely friendship. Those little nuggets of yarn each contain 165 yards of shadow painted linen tape. For more details on the project I've started, see below! El Linio is a sport weight yarn, and will work wonderfully for summer tops or shawls and scarves.
I'm very glad that Yarn Cozies from Buffy Ann Designs are back in stock, as they keep things tidy when the cakes start to collapse inward. Linen, like all plant fibers, doesn't have the "grab" that helps cakes or balls of animal fibers maintain their shape as you use yarn from the center of the ball.
Arriving this week will be some additional colors of Universal Yarns Flax. While Flax and El Linio have the same fiber content (100% linen), El Linio is a tape yarn, and Flax is plied. At $5.75/skein, it is a very affordable option, and softens dramatically when washed.
Wollmeise JUST in...
Some of these have already gone home with their new friends. Rich, saturated color, and these solid skeins contain LOTS of yardage--at 150g, they are 575 yards each.
Multi-media artist Laurel Roth Hope is a former park ranger with a background in natural resource conservation, and she has used a variety of fiber crafts--crochet, weaving, and embroidery--in her work.
The piece pictured here, the Seychelles Parakeet, is from Biodiversity Suits, which is a collection that superimposes the appearance of extinct bird species on the ubiquitous urban pigeon. Laurel explains her artistic objectives in this interview and you can view more from her body of work, including ALL the biodiversity suits at her website.
The Lace Market tee is knit top-down, with a central lace panel on the back that then repeats all along the hem of the sweater (and in modified form at the bottom of the sleeves). Like all of Marie Greene's patterns, there are helpful stitch counts posted at critical junctures in the pattern.
Having knit the yoke, I switched to the sleeves once my second skein of yarn ran out, so now it is mostly just cruising through the torso section. Aside from having realized that I inserted a couple of extra rows into the lace pattern, which required dropping the entire lace section down about ten rows and working back up, this has been very smooth sailing, and I imagine that the sweater will be ready before the weather is!
(PS -- the Russian Join is a great option for changing skeins in this yarn!)
The little charcoal Guernsey Girl for Children (which, to my eye, is a perfectly unisex sweater) is finished, including owls on the ribbon that backs the button band, and owl buttons. You can see here that though the adult and child versions differ in yarn weight, collar design, and repetition of the textured motifs, they really are a matched pair, and both were great fun to knit.