Gnomespun, MDSW and Spring Fests

Hallo!

The spring has sprung, and The Gnome has a new job! Workin’ workin’ workin.

I’m now down in Virginia/DC for at least the next couple years.

This put dyeing on a stall for a bit, but new fiber is piling up again!

Additionally, I went to MDSW…

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And searched high and low…

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And found some lovely local fleeces for fabulous fiber for you all!

Fleeces

I also got to see some friends…

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But didn’t get to see others. So I wore the tiara with my cowboy hat, because Tsocktsarina was there in spirit (and her booth was packed)!

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As for other festivals: Gnomespun will be at NHSW and MASW! Check out the Holiday Yarns booth!

The online shop will be open again after that!

That’s all for now!
~The Gnome
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Of not-nephews and Hobbes

Somehow, I never wrote about this.

In a state somewhat long ago and fairly far away, my cousin had a son. A while later, I got to meet said not-nephew and hang out with him for a few days. He was (and is) a wonder, bright, creative, all those superlatives proud relatives might express.

Sadly, as he is far away, and I do not get much free time, I don’t get to see him as often as I would like. This sucks, and is not fair. What’s a not-uncle to do?

The answer, it was clear, came from my own childhood. When one does not have people to play with, one creates them. And of course, as a crafting not-uncle, I could aid in this process.

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Hobbes. Bill Watterson and Calvin and Hobbes were wonderful worlds as a kid, why not share them now? In the rare “real life” panels, he looked like this:

Hobbes

First, I needed a washable, durable yarn. At first, I thought acrylic, of the nothing can bust this variety. But acrylic isn’t terribly huggable, and I plan to be around for a while and thus able to repair things if needed. Hrm…

The answer, for this project, was Knit Picks, Shine Worsted, in Black, Clementine, and white.

Ok… now let’s start. Maybe I can even write up a pattern for… um… ok no that’s not going to… hrm… number… color change… ::flail::

Well… that didn’t go as planned. Time for some free-hand crochet. It worked for Iggy, right? I won’t have a pattern, but at this point, who cares? Let’s try that again…

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Well… the colorwork isn’t awesome, but it could be worse.

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Forge ahead and tally ho!

So, by the head I’d finally mostly figured out how to do color changes more neatly. Thank goodness, since there are more color changes in the head. Ears, tail, stuffing…

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I’ll take it!

Hobbes n Me Small

Of course, every responsible tiger needs a letter of introduction.

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But if you’re a distinguished tiger of note, such as Hobbes, you can also write one yourself.

Hobbes Letter

I also included a book of Calvin and Hobbes for when he got older. And received a very sweet phone call when they were going on vacation that my cousin and aunt were “making” him leave Hobbes behind, and he was quite worried that Hobbes would be lonely and tell me he was being abused.

Sometimes, it’s the little things.

That’s all for now!
~The Gnome
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Starry Night

This is a new colorway I designed. The inspiration is probably my favorite painting ever, Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh.

Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh
Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh

So we set out to dye it. As is my default, I used a kettle method and space dyed it. The yarn picks up on the greens and blues, with “sparks” of the sun/stars in golden orange.

Starry Night - Insi

I dye this with a moderately large “star” part (the gold) deliberately so that it will tend to run together when knit into more swirly van Gogh spirals.

If you find the right pattern, you can maximize this effect. For instance, “Pieces of Eight.” (A note that this is a neat pattern, but being free, has errors and a bit insufficient charts).

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If, however, you knit it more “normally” in the round then the gold will spiral upwards like it did in this hat I knit (Basic hat, nothing fancy).

Starry Night Hat

And then finally if you pick a pattern that will break things up, like Zippy then you get short “stars” like this!

Starry Night Sock

I can dye this in any yarn or fiber! I’m really pleased with it. Welcome to the Gnomespun flock, Starry Night!

That’s all for now!
~The Gnome
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And we’re back! MASSIVE shop update!

Shop is here:

Fibers: Bluefaced Leicester, Cheviot, Coated Dorset Lamb, Corriedale, Dorper, Dorset Downs, Dorset, Finn, Gotland, Insi, Karakul, Manx Loaghtan, Masham, Montadale, Perendale, Phouka, Polwarth, Rambouillet, Romney, Shetland, Southdown, Silk, Texel, Wensleydale

Colorways: Over 175 Colorways! Too many to list!

Fibers:

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Yarn:

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Enjoy!

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That’s all for now!
~The Gnome
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Shop open again! Silk, Wensleydale, Shetland, Masham, Jacob, Insi, Phouka, Eshu, Cheviot, Southdown…

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Fibers: Phouka, Insi, Silk (Tussah), Eshu, Coopworth, Wensleydale, Jacob, Shetland, Masham, Cheviot, Blue Texel, Finn

Yarn Colorways: A Darker Shade of Who, A Sky Full of Stars (2), Anthocyanin (2), Bering Strait, It’s Not Easy Being Green, Midnight, Ouranos, Sebastian, Sunshine

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Fiber Colorways: Amethyst, Anthocyanin, Aquamarine, Bahamas, Blush, Clockwork, Cornflower Blue, Daylily, Deep It’s Not Easy Being Green, Deep Mud Season, Diatom, Fall Leaves, Gold Dust Woman, Green Heron, Heather and Gorse, Into a Brilliant Sky, Mud Puddle, Mud Season, Phoenix, Pseudochromis, Sebastian, Shadows of the Green, Spring Rain, Sunburst, Tidepool, Tiger Lily, Tulip, Waikiki

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Finally!

Gobo says, “Aww Dad, fiber again? Can’t we go running?”

Gobo Green

That’s all for now!
~The Gnome
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