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2013 Yarn & Fiber Colors – Weeks 20 -22


Here are the colors for weeks 20 – 22.

First up, a new colorway TEAPOT STILL LIFE in superwash merino/nylon fingering yarn . . .


. . . in polwarth/silk roving TEAPOTSTILLLIFE_POLWARTHSILK_R_01

and baby alpaca/silk lace yarn.


This colorway was inspired by this wonderful painting by my colleague, Aaron Spurgeon.

You can find his work here on etsy and on his blog.

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OHIO SNOW in superwash merino fingering yarn – 840 yds/2 skeins


. . . and in mixed BFL roving.


I also had a couple more patterns published on! You can find them here: CCES and LV.

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And, I’ve been knitting up ballet/pointe shoe bags for the shoppe.

ORANGE (!) in merino/acrylic.


BLACK & WHITE in wool/cotton.


CORAL in acrylic yarn.

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And PEACH/BROWN/NATURAL handpun, handknitted entrelac bag in wool.



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2013 Yarn & Fiber Colors – Weeks 18-19


This post will be dedicated to socks – my personal favorite knitting project.

Last Fall asked if I would be interested in having them sell one of my sock patterns as part of a kit for their May 2013 catalog. I was completely floored they would ask so of course I said, Heck Yes!

The catalog and kit was released last week. Here are some photos from their site.

This was on the kits & sampler page:

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This was on the main page:

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And on page 27 of the May 2013 catalog:


Very exciting! The funny part is that I always wanted to own a pair of these socks but never got around to making one! Perhaps I should think about it now. My most favorite color combination is one my Aunt Tina choose for her mom, in purple and black:



I’ve also been trying to find a little time for some pattern testing. Here’s a work-in-progress colorwork pattern using 3 fingering weight yarns. I hand-dyed the main blue/green variegated yarn, while the light green is KP’s Stroll Tonal in Springtime and regular undyed yarn for the white. This is ATRIUM FLOOR SOCKS, inspired by the 3-toned floor pattern on the upcoming Princess Cruiselines ship, the Royal Princess – due to launch in June 2013.


ATRIUMFLOORSOCKS_01 I still have to finish the second sock and this pair will be mine!

Here is a screen grab of the atrium (computer graphics model) with a view of the floor. You can find the entire video here.

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DESIREE DIAMOND SOCKS is a pattern I created with simple bead work in mind. Every diamond on the front of the socks has a center glass bead, while the foot and the back of the leg have a solid-outline-solid 3-diamond pattern. These socks were inspired by my childhood best friend, Desiree, who I met at afternoon day care at age 8 and remains to this day, one of my beloved and dearest friends.





More testing, colorwork, yarn and fiber to come!


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2013 Yarn & Fiber Colors – Weeks 4-5

Aloha and Happy February! Here are the colors and inspirational images for weeks 4-5.

BARE NAKED TREE is a new colorway in polwarth/silk roving and sw merino lace yarn.



Based on the photo I took while in Bar Harbor, Maine.


Another new colorway is SUNSET IN GALLIPOLIS in BFL/silk roving and baby alpaca lace yarn.



This inspirational photo was taken by Bryan Blair, owner of Nybble Cafe in Gallipolis, Ohio who snapped the beautiful photo  outside their cafe at sunset. I am told their cafe serves wonderful food and showcases work from local artists. Check them out at, or stop by for a bite. Photo was used by permission by the artist (thank you Bryan!)


Next up is HONOLULU COFFEE COMPANY in BFL roving, merino/tencel roving and sparkle fingering yarn.




This colorway was based on the logo from my favorite Hawaiian coffee company.

I wanted to dye up some camouflage variations and came up with BRIGHT CAMO roving in Shetland wool, DARK CAMO in merino/nylon fingering yarn, CAMO and PASTEL CAMO in Shetland wool batts.






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2013 Yarn & Fiber Colors – Weeks 2-3

Aloha All! Here are the first colorways for 2013.

OHIO SNOW in mixed bfl/silk roving and sw merino/bamboo/nylon fingering yarn:



Based on the photo I took over the holidays whilst visiting in-laws


HAWAIIAN PINEAPPLE in sw merino lambswool roving and sw merino/tencel fingering yarn:



Based on the photo I took on Oahu:


 VERANDA CEILING in merino/silk roving and alpaca lace yarn:



Based on a photo of a painted veranda ceiling from The Breakers mansion, built by one of the Vanderbilt families, in Newport, Rhode Island.


And some finished socks.





I’ll end with the “First Look” into the animated feature I’m currently working on, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2. This image was released last week in USA Today.


Our amazing creative team of artists designed this environment and these creatures including the Wild Scallions, Cantalope, Wildebeets, Bananostrich, Hippotatomus, Fruit Cockateil and Watermelophants. Looking at all these food creatures everyday does make us hungry, so we tend to eat a lot (and often!) at work. Luckily I love to eat 🙂 More on Cloudy 2 as we get closer to release, which is set for September 27, 2013.


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2012 Yarn & Fiber Colors – Weeks 42 – 47


I haven’t been able to post since our vacation in October so I’ll try to catch up! I’ll start with some knitted socks.

KANE SOCKS  (kane means ‘man’ or ‘male’ in Hawaiian, and yes, a wahine – ‘woman/female’ pattern is being worked out)



Now for some yarn and wool! I’ll start with some batts.


inspirational photo:

HONU CROSSING in polwarth

inspirational image:

SUGAR & SPICE in merino/corriedale

SWISS CHOCOLATE in polwarth/silk

MONSTER MASH in shetland, peruvian, corriedale cross, banana fiber

And yarn and fiber . . .

COFFEE BEAN & TEA LEAF in merino/cashmere/nylon fingering yarn, polwarth roving and sw merino lace yarn

STREETS OF VERSAILLES in merino/silk roving

inspirational photo taken in 2010

SWISS CHOCOLATE in merino/tencel fingering yarn and merino/tencel roving

THANKSGIVING in merino/cashmere/nylon fingering yarn and sw merino/tencel roving

CHANNEL ISLANDS in sparkle lace yarn and merino/silk roving

BUTTERFLY FARM DUO in 50/50 merino/silk fingering yarn and sw bfl roving

inspirational photo taken in 2006

MW3 URBAN in 50/50 merino/silk fingering yarn, merino/tencel lace yarn and mixed bfl roving

KEEGAN in merino wool lace yarn

inspired by hubby’s video game character

SOUTH SEAS in sparkle lace and merino/nylon fingering yarn

and the inspirational image (one of my favorites!)

more to come! enjoy and happy thanksgiving weekend!

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2012 Yarn & Fiber Colors – Weeks 37 To 41


Been a busy month but quite exciting. I’ve been able to do more knitting than spinning and some dyeing in between but nearly as much as I would like, of course. Here are the colors for weeks 37 to 41.

I’ll start with some socks that I’ve completed. I’m hoping to submit a couple of these to KP’s Independent pattern program once I get the time to type up a submission!

This pair is LouisVuitton-Inspired socks in light & dark blue. The yarn is KP’s Gloss (merino/silk) in Dusk and Dolphin and I made one sock using Dusk as the main, and the other using Dolphin – just to show the contrast:

This pair is Crazy Crazy Eights in KP’s Chroma in Sunrise and Palette in Cayenne:

These are my Smocked Socks that I’m still testing the pattern – in KP Stroll in Mermaid and Imagination in Pixie Dust:

And onto yarn & fiber.

This is AVALON in superfine merino/lace yarn, sw merino/nylon fingering yarn and sw BFL roving:

LIGURE SUNSET 2 in merino/tencel lace yarn, merino/tencel roving and mixed BFL/silk roving:

PIETA ALCOVE in sw merino/nylon fingering yarn and wool/alpaca/bamboo roving:

LOVE SHACK in sparkle fingering yarn and sw BFL roving:

A couple batts: TEQUILA SUNRISE in merino/corriedale/BFL/silk/banana fiber:

and VINTAGE CHRISTMAS in corriedale cross:

More merino/tencel in a new colorway, COCONUT PALM – in lace yarn and roving:

and the inspirational photo from Oahu

CRAB SHELL in merino/tencel lace yarn and polwarth/silk roving:

SEA DRAGONS batt in corriedale cross:

Another new colorway GOLDEN EIFFEL in merino/silk lace yarn, sparkle fingering yarn and black alpaca/silk roving:

and the inspirational photo I took

EARLY FALL in bamboo/cotton fingering yarn:

FADED RAINBOW in Peruvian Highland fingering yarn:

FALL in BFL/silk roving and sw merino fingering yarn:

and HONOLULU FIREWORKS in wool/alpaca/bamboo roving and sparkle fingering yarn:

and the inspirational photo

Note: the shoppe will be closed from October 18 – 27.


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2012 Yarn & Fiber Colors – Weeks 3 & 4

Aloha! Here are the colors for weeks 3 & 4.

COCO CURRY, named for our favorite Japanese curry house on Oahu. This is superwash merino lace yarn:

and in corriedale wool:

FOG in merino/silk/stellina lace yarn:

and alpaca/merino/silk wool:

KA’ANAPALI BEACH in Falkland British merino/tencel lace yarn:

and superwash merino wool:

Here is DA KINE again, this time with both versions. This is superwash merino fingering yarn:

and in superwash merino tencel wool:

BURNING SUNSET OVER HALEIWA in merino/silk/stellina lace yarn:

and BFL/silk wool:

and the inspirational photo!

SURF N TURF in superwash BFL/nylon fingering yarn:

and Falkland wool:

2 half skeins of merino fingering yarns: BIG BEAR BARK


and finally, a pair of socks finished! This pair is for me which is why it took nearly a year to finish. This is TRI-COLOR Socks, made with 3 different lace weight yarns.


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2012 Yarn & Fiber Colors – Weeks 1 & 2

Aloha! Of course, I’m already late in posting the colors for the 1st two weeks of the year – LOL! BUT, I did manage to dye up 20 pieces this past weekend so there will be more to see in the next few weeks.

I’ve decided to try to dye up 1 yarn skein and 1 roving for each colorway since there are so many colorways that I do only one or the other, so let’s see how I do.

This is DIAMOND HEAD SUNSET in merino/cashmere/nylon yarn

and merino/bamboo/nylon roving:

and the inspirational photo taken at a beach park in Diamond Head

DA KINE in superwash merino/nylon yarn

I also did a small sample of Da Kine in merino/tencel roving which I have to post, so I’ll add that later.

WAIMANALO FLOWERS in superwash merino yarn

and merino/tencel roving

And a few new pair of socks – 2 of which that were knitted on Oahu.

TORCELLO BRIDGE SOCKS in brown, knitted on Oahu

(sorry mannequin feet are a little shorter than the socks):


and lastly, TRIPLE CABLE SOCKS in red/pink, knitted on Oahu:



Colorwork Socks for Fall 2011 – Take 2

Today was another milestone for us at work so I’ve been busy racing towards that goal these past few weeks. But as stressful as life can get I seem to always find time for a bit of knitting. Thank goodness it’s a stress-reliever! I managed to complete two pairs this past weekend which I started about a month or so ago so it’s take a little while to get them done. Both are on the shoppe now.


and CHUTES and LADDERS SOCKS in mauve/purple

The second pair is made with yarn that I hand-dyed a pretty pink, then overdyed with a diluted black to get a purple/mauve color with pink pops.  I recently casted on two more socks so I’ll post them once they are farther along. Enjoy!


Colorwork Socks for Fall 2011

Along with dyeing, I’ve spent much of the summer knitting up socks for the shoppe. All of these are my own design with variations here and there. I just love putting colors together and seeing how they knit up. Here are a few I’ve completed.



SMOCKED SOCKS – Brown/Orange



I’ve got a couple more on my needles and other color combo’s waiting in the wings. I just need a few more hours in each day . . . 🙂