Posts Tagged ‘Charlemont’
It’s the Fourth Quarter of our 40th Anniversary year and we’re excited to share a whole new batch of products and designs with you.
The Clivia Hat and Mitten Set has fun, decorative buttoned details and the pattern includes a fingerless mitts version.
Of course we’ve got another exclusive project bag from Della-Q, there will be three more weaving drafts as well as a few additional patterns and surprises before the end of the year! Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google +, Instagram, or on Ravelry for all the latest.
This week we’re featuring one of our favorite designs from the 2014 Valley Catalog, the Colorfall Cardigan. Knit in three colors of our luscious Valley Yarns Charlemont, this cardigan has a sleek yet cozy look that pairs well with jeans and a t-shirt or with that little black dress. And while Charlemont may be a fingering weight yarn, when knit on a larger needle the result is a lightweight fabric with lots of great movement and drape.
From the designer, “The recommended gauge for Charlemont (7-8 sts per inch), is for a solid stockinette stitch fabric, neither sheer nor extremely dense. The Colorfall Cardigan deliberately uses a much looser gauge in order to keep the fabric light and flowing and it is in fact slightly sheer under the right lighting conditions. As with any pattern, you must use whatever needle size is needed to get the gauge described in the pattern in order to achieve the same size and fit.”
Great blocks of color break up the easy stockinette fabric and with 18 colors of Charlemont to choose from, as well as coordinating Kettle dyed and hand dyed colors, the possible color combinations are almost endless!
This week’s featured pattern graces the cover of our 2014 Valley Catalog, the Falling Leaves Shawl. This has been one of our most popular patterns of the last few years. Originally knit in the soft Stone Blue color of Valley Yarns Stockbridge it has gotten a stylish update in the Fall Festival colorway of Valley Yarns Charlemont hand dyed by the Kangaroo Dyer.
The simple, biasing lace stitch works together with the vibrant hand-dyed colors to resemble a canopy of changing autumn leaves. Check out all the gorgeous completed Falling Leaves Shawls over on Ravelry.
If you’ve spent any time on Pinterest you’ve probably seen the posts about dyeing t-shirts with sharpies, our Customer Service Supervisor, Theresa, wondered if it could be done with yarn, and it can!
You’ll need yarn, your choice in colors of Sharpie markers, and rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle – it takes A LOT of the rubbing alcohol, we used almost 12 fl. oz for this project. Place skein of yarn on swift and untie the securing threads, if your yarn is not in a hank you can wind it onto a swift to make the dyeing process easier.
Color your yarn being careful not to damage the strands, and make sure you flip the skein over to color the other side! Then spritz with alcohol, on both sides, until the colors begin to bleed. Set your yarn aside to dry. You may want to take this in stages letting the yarn dry completely between colors.
My final yarn color reminds me of my sister’s favorite fun-fetti cake mix! Give it a try and let us know how you do.
I knew as soon as I saw Sara Delaney’s Amethyst Brook Crocheted Afghan for the first time that it was the pattern I’d been waiting for. I’d been
hoarding collecting colors of Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool for an afghan. A year later I’m still making my way through the afghan, wanting to make it bigger and bigger, yet not tired of making hexagons. When Valley Yarns Charlemont arrived with all of the amazing colors, I knew it had to become a hexagon scarf for my best friend.
Starting the scarf I had no idea how much yarn I would need. So I bought one skein each of five colors, one of which is the Valley Yarns Charlemont Kettle Dye. One skein was the right amount for the main purple color. But I had so much yarn left of the other colors. This would be a great project to do with a friend, sharing the contrast colors to cut down the cost of the project. Plus it’s always more fun to work on a project with someone.
The finished dimensions of the scarf is 6.5″ x 64″ and I used 80 hexagons. Crocheting all of the hexagons goes pretty fast. But joining the hexagons is a lot slower than you think it would be. Yet Sara’s joining technique is so elegant and tidy, it’s well worth the effort. You can see more details of the scarf on my Ravelry project page.
Now the question remains,”What do I do with all of my extra Charlemont?” I’ve though about knitting a striped shawl, maybe a Citron. Or I could play around with some log cabin knitting or some modular knitting. Or I can wait for the new Charlemont Hand Dyed from the Kangaroo Dyer that’s coming soon. I saw the test colors and there are a few I must have. Whatever I end up doing with the rest of the Charlemont, it’s such a treat to work with I’m sure to have some fun.