Wednesday, February 11, 2015

March Madness Moving Sale

I have only been dying yarn once a year for the past couple of years due to time and space constraints and for that one time of year (Balticon) I've been using this website for order/sales info. So, I've been thinking that I want to close the doors on my Etsy shop. Well, I now have another reason to stop procrastinating the cleaning out of the closet that holds what remains of my inventory... I'm moving at the end of the summer. So, I'll be having a sale designed to get the last of my hand dyed yarn and fiber outta here.

Mark the third week of March on your calendar. The sale will start at 00:01 on Monday, March 16th with everything 20% off. Every day that week, the percentage off will go up until everything is 70% off on Saturday, March 21st and Sunday, March 22nd. 

The longer you wait to order, the higher the discount. But if you wait too long, what you want may be gone...

Friday, May 9, 2014

The Creation of Tanyth Fairport

Nathan Lowell is one of my favorite authors. He creates characters that are so wonderfully complex yet seemingly simple; characters with subtle layers, with a richness yet a simplicity , about them.

Tanyth is my favorite. She is of the earth, browns and greens. There is a quiet strength to her and a spark as well (burgundy and gold). She is older and wiser with a gift of magic.

So for this yarn I didn't use a diagram. I made a list of dye colors I wanted to use and used a more primitive and random method of applying the dye. I let the yarn tell me what it wanted to be. And the results are pretty spectacular.

The Creation of Dragon Lady

When I started creating the Balticon colorways in 2010 I imposed some rules on myself. The big one being that I could only dye colorways based on the books or podcasts of someone who is going to be at the con itself.

This can pose a problem in that I have to wait until I know someone is planning on attending before I can base a colorway off of their work.

In 2011 I started reading The Antithesis Progression series of books by J. Daniel Sawyer and was immediately captivated by the character, Cassie. At times she is known as the Green Lady (for wearing a striking Green outfit) and also as the Dragon Lady.

In 2012 I wrote Dragon Lady on a list of potential colorways along with the colors red, purple, and green in parenthesis. Well, in both 2012 and 2013 Dan wasn't able to attend. So Dragon Lady was just a name on a list.

Finally, this year Dan will be there again so I got to do a Dragon Lady colorway. But when I thought about Cassie the color that sprang to mind was red. So instead of being predominantly green with accents of red and purple, she ended up being red with accents of green and purple.  I find it interesting that it was the red that struck with me most when she was really much better known for (and even called) the Green Lady.