1 of a Kind Sunset is the June colorway for the Bam Huey 2017 Year of Color Fiber Club. I blended 14 different dyes creating this colorway. I allowed the colors to bleed into the next without any control so while each batch is painted the same way, each is unique in how it combines……thus the name, 1 of a Kind Sunset.
This month’s gradient sunset colors were spun end to end then done in a Navajo 3 ply chain and added on to the year-long scarf.
Not everyone is fond of such bold colors. To mellow out the colors I separated the dark color fiber and spun it on one bobbin at a lace weight. The yellows and oranges I spun up on another bobbin in a light fluffy fingering weight. I then plied the lace around the fingering weight single. The resulting yarn is a barber pole that knits up “tweedy”.
I experimented with different ribbing while knitting this sample. The cuff end starts with a 2×2 rib, then changes to a 1×1 rib, followed by 1×3 rib and lastly a 1×7 rib. It was very interesting to see how the handspun yarn behaved differently. The 2×2 showed the yarn to be reasonably smooth, yet when switched to the 1×1 every little bump in the yarn showed. the 1×3 was the smoothest, and the 1×7 made a nice smooth flat material with a little bit of interest.
The next section is a 2 ply fingering weight. I split the fiber length wise spun and plied randomly. The seed/moss stitch is one of my favorites to show off short stripe yarns, the bumps give it texture that breaks up the straight lines of color.
I’m still working on the lace portion that is a 2 ply gradient. I have been using these samples to play with stitch and yarn combinations. I’m trying to expand to writing my own lace patterns so all this experimenting is slowing down my knitting speed….the good thing is that I am learning lots! Most important lesson so far is BE SURE TO WRITE DOWN WHAT YOU DID!!!!! Are you like me and tell yourself “I will remember this, it’s so simple I couldn’t forget”……..lol yeah right. Do yourself a favor and just write it down
The fun part about these sample knits is that they are turning out to be thigh high leg warmers….kinda cute, but there will never be a matching pair…should be fun to wear some day! Once I get my legs into shape I will have to show some of these finished leg warmers off. In a few months I will be living here full time…give me a few week of walking to the mail box and these legs will be ready to rock these colorful knits!!!
Hope you enjoy spinning the Bam Huey 1 of a kind Sunset! More will be
Some of you may be asking “what happened to May’s Marionberry Blueberry Swirl blog? The answer is I DON’T KNOW! I’ve somehow lost it and all the pictures too. The video is up but I will have to re-do the pics and blog in the next few days….
Purple Memories is the colorway for April in the Bam Huey 2017 Year of Color fiber club. The theme for the Spinning Box for April is Memories. We were asked to dye fiber in a colorway based on a memory. I couldn’t single out a memory, but one thing in common was that all memories involved the color Purple. I am a Purple Girl through and through. From the time I could identify color, all I ever wanted was Purple! It was never hard for people to choose things for me, as long as it was purple I would like it. I decided to use as many shades of purple this month as I could fit on the fiber. I split the 3 oz into 2 pieces. One piece is gradient dyed dark purple-light and white purple-dark purple. the second piece is layered with 4 purples. By the way, I do give purple a wide definition….basically anything that is remotely close to any shade of purple
I started off with my usual spin. I spun each roll end to end then did a Navajo 3ply chain. You can see in the picture that the Purple Memories yarn is thinner than last month’s. I am intentionally using multiple thicknesses of yarn on the scarf to encourage spinners to combine their yarns, and not be afraid to use yarns of different WPI (wraps per inch) together in a project.
Besides the scarf addition this month I also spun the fiber four more ways. First up is the 2 ply yarn. I spun the multi purple fiber end to end, then spun the gradient end to end, and plied them together.
Next up is some 2 color work. I spun the multi purple fiber into a 2 ply and spun the gradient into a 2 ply dark to light. I started off using each color for a few rows and did a slip stitch for some visual interest. I then switched over to using both colors at once and got some good practice in making even floats. I didn’t follow a pattern, just did what I felt like at the time.
I’m still enjoying and experimenting with a cable yarn. I’m pretty sure I will be making a coat with a nice thick 4 ply one of these days! I did this cable a bit thicker than last time. I spun the multi purple into a 2 ply, spun the gradient into a 2 ply, (light to dark) then plied the two yarns together for the cable yarn.
April video is up on YouTube HERE There are some sound problems and I am still learning how to deal with the changing light…..BUT I think you might enjoy seeing a bit more of the fiber and knit samples.
March has blown by, here at last are the spun samples of The Green Comet!!!!
Greetings Bam Huey 2017 Year of Color Fiber Club members and followers. I’ve spun this month’s The Green Comet colorway in 5 ways. Be sure to check out the Youtube video on The Green Comet. My video making skills still have room for improvement, but the colors in the outdoor filming this time around make it worth checking out. Bam Huey 2017 Year Of Color Fiber Club, March.
First up as usual is the spun one end to the other, then Navajo 3 ply / chain ply. I’ve added this on to the year long scarf. Kinda looks like a little comet
I’ve knit the 4 remaining samples into this leg/arm warmer.
This is a pretty bright colorway this month so I’m focusing on ways to “tone down the brightness”.
I started knitting with the dark/light 2 ply. I folded the fiber in half and split, ending up with the darker colors spun on one bobbin and the lighter brighter colors on a second bobbin then plied them together. This still gives you all the color, just a little mixed. Does also make for a very barber pole yarn, and gives a tweedy look when knit up. A simple pattern works better, a complex pattern will tend to get eaten up with all the color.
I had a request for a cabled yarn this month. I hope to have a new spinning video done once we finished our move that shows all these yarns being made, but for now here is a close up of the Green Comet done in a 4 ply cable. I spun 2 matching singles, plied them together matching up the colors. I then wound that off into a center pull ball, plied in the opposite direction the dark end with the light end. This makes for a round solid yarn, great for outerwear, or projects that may take a lot of abuse when worn.
Spinning matching singles and plying them together is another way to keep the colors matched up if you don’t care for the roundness of the chain ply. There usually ends up with a little more gradual blending with the 2 ply than the chain plying.
Last but not least the way to mix the colors up the most! Split the fiber length wise into strips. The more strips, the more blended the colors. I did about 8 strips on each bobbin. I did keep them in the same direction, if you want even more blending, mix up which end you start spinning from. Ply the 2 bobbins.
I hope you have enjoyed The Green Comet, if you have any questions, ask away. I’m having a grand time playing with the April Colorway. April is my birth month, the theme is memories…..that means it’s going to be all about ME, which means there will be purple involved!!!! Be sure to check out the March video if you haven’t already. Hopefully the corrections will show for you on the video, some phones it will not. if not…. at 3:45 I really mean to say CABLE ply not chain….. at 6:50 the words I am searching for are knit and garter stitch……I really need to drink more coffee before filming…lol.
Chloroplast Blast! is the February colorway for the Bam Huey 2017 year of Color.
The Spinning Box theme for this month is Fruit Orchard. I always try to think a little outside the box when following a theme. I figured many of the contributions would be bright and juicy colors. I thought about what fruits would make a good color combination…….I thought and thought and thought…… but nothing came to mind that I had not done already. Finally it struck me, what is in EVERY fruit orchard?!?!?! Leaves! Yes those every-shade-of-green-under-the-sun leaves. Those beautiful leaves do so much of the work to produce those juicy fruits I figured they deserved the spotlight this month.
I used 5 greens in a streak dying method, meaning that all color is painted on with the grain of the fiber. This is done mostly random with a little control….you know me, I can’t give up ALL control The colors are then bled into one another to create even more shades of green. When the Bam Huey Fiber is spun across the top, one end to the other it creates a blended color. The well blended multi single can then be plied with bright colors to tone them down, or match one of the many shades of green with a solid green which will result in a slightly tweedy look once knit up.
The hat was knit with a DK weight for the ribbing and the body of the hat with a light sport weight. When spinning the yarn used for the body, I picked out the darker shades of green and spun them on one bobbin then spun the lighter shades on another bobbin and plied them together. The ribbing yarn I tried to spin larger sections of a color at a time rather than blending them while spinning. If you look close at the picture you can see some color difference, but not a whole lot.
I found the best way to show the different colors in Chloroplast Blast! was to spin the fiber one end to the other and Navajo ply. Here is the continuation of the Bam Huey 2017 Year if Color Scarf using the Navajo 3 ply.
On of my favorite yarns to make is a 2 ply consisting of 1 ply very thin and colorful, and the other muted and fluffy. I forgot to take pictures of the yarn before knitting, but here are the tail ends which shows what I mean.
I also love knitting little purses in one piece on straight needles. I think what I do is some type of double knitting but have never looked it up to check. On this little purse I used the Chloroplast Blast with a thin ply of Burning Bush on one side and the other is the Chloroplast Blast with a thin ply of Calm Waters.
The Bam Huey 2017 Year of Color Fiber Club is about to begin!
I’ve extended the sales dates by special request until the end of the year. Midnight New Years’ Eve is the absolute end of the sale prices. This gives a chance for those of you who receive cash gifts for the holidays to get in on the huge discount on Bam Huey fiber! Starting January 1st 2017 you can still buy into the club, but it is at full price except for a small discount on the One Month at a Time listing.
So, what do you get with a Year of Color???? Each month I will be developing a new colorway in my Bam Huey line, (60% Merino 40% Bamboo). The colorway will come from my monthly contribution to The Spinning Box. On each Shop listing you can find a basic description of color and style of dyeing for the year. Your fiber ships by the 10th of the month. Each month I will spin samples of the colorway in several ways. About the 15th I will post pictures and details of how it was spun. I will also knit samples as time allows to show you how differently each yarn knits up.
This club isn’t about exclusive colorways, it is about giving you the best possible price on Bam Huey Fiber. The only catch to getting the best price, is purchasing it here at New Hue Handspuns before the end of the year!
Here is an outline of a month’s posting using my latest colorway……
First off, a picture of the new colorway, this one I developed for The Spinning Box’s December box, BollyWood.
This is where I would tell you the story of how I developed the colorway……..
then show the BollyWood spun 4 different ways…..
This is where I would explain how I used the fiber for 4 different results….
I’d probably throw in another drool worthy yarn picture just for the heck of it….
Then I would show pictures of the samples knit up…….well hopefully mostly knit up as time allows….
Last but not least this is where I will tell how I knit each sample up and sometimes I will even have a free pattern to add
I need a studio, well it’s more like a shed, but I will turn it into my studio. As many of you know we are in the middle of a year long move into our New House. One of the last things I have to have before we can complete the move is a studio for New Hue Handspuns. The house is simply too small to run my business in. I’ve found a great solution. It is a Hickory Shed. There is dealer in Baker City that will deliver and set up a 10 x 20 pre-built shed with 2 windows, and door with window for just under $5,000. The snow is falling and it will be spring before I can have the shed delivered. Now I need to spend the next few months earning $5,000. The Hickory Shed company does have a nice rent to own program, but our life plan is to stay out of debt. We have been debt free for 2 years and I would like to keep it that way!
Many discussions have surfaced regarding fair pay for artists. Most of these discussions end with “artists need to charge for their time and talent to make a living wage” and “but no one will pay that much for it”. Today I have decided to take on the challenge of charging a fair price for my work. I have been working on a knit shawl design for about 5 months. I’ve written the pattern, test knit it, and will publish it on Ravelry soon. This shawl is the result of that 5 months of work.
What better place to have a photo shoot for the Going to the Gorge than in the gorge! We manage to sneak in a trip to The Gorge just before a real big snow/ice storm hits. It was cold and windy so we had to be quick. Here are a few more pictures.
The shawl has over 225 hours of work in to it. It started out as ecru Bam Huey fiber that I spun for Spinzilla 2016. About 16 hours/1,600 yard of 2 ply yarn from the Spinzilla yarn went into this project.
Designing and knitting the pattern took the majority of time. It is impossible to count the design hours, because I’m thinking and working on the pattern all day long while I do other work along with the actual hours of writing the pattern. Knitting time was well over 100 hours. 200 rows of any where from 400 to 588 stitches per row.
Hand painting the shawl was the final step…….12 hours of bending over this table and painting…….my back still hasn’t forgiven me for this…lol.
I used this picture to show the cramped and crowded basement space I’m working in…………now you know why I need a studio!!!!
Here is my challenge to you……. Help me get this shawl sold for a living wage, which in turn will help me purchase a studio! Now I would be the first to say, “Sorry, I would love to help, but there is no way I can afford that,” and that is true for so many of us. I’m just asking that you pass the word along, you never know who knows someone, who knows someone, who would love to own a one of a kind work of art, and have the means to support and invest in an artist’s lively hood.
Yarn is on the top of my to do list. No, not make yarn…..LIST yarn!! Running a website is NOT my cup of tea. I love to dye, spin, and knit, but I HATE to list. I did a little inventory of yarn recently and found that I had a lot of handspun yarn that was not listed in my shop…….I mean A LOT!!!!!
yes, that is my friend Kathy’s dining room table. I was Llama/dog/house sitting for her this past week. As always I took advantage of her lovely house to spread out. My project this time was to take pictures of all my handspun yarn that isn’t listed in New Hue Handspuns. It was a big job, made harder with having to figure out how to down load and edit pictures with the new windows 10. I did add a few new words to my vocabulary, but I won’t share them here I got about 3/4 of the yarn photographed. Next project is to make the listings. My goal is to have a whole lot of new yarn listed in the shop by end of day Thursday 8/20/15.
Care to take a guess on how many skeins of handspun yarn are there? The table was so full of yarn I had to take the picture from the upstairs balcony. Here is another picture, just because I think it is kinda cool.
I had two other projects on my list to accomplish during my stay. One was to work on my latest display shawl in Bam Huey Handspun Yarn. I did get about 3/4 done and can’t wait to finish it. I’m being smart this time around and writing down the pattern as I knit it. I plan to showcase this shawl in my booth at the Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival. I should have the finished shawl, pattern, yarn, and fiber all available at the show. I just realized that I don’t have an up to date picture of the shawl to share with you, but by next posting I should have some progress pictures.
The last project on my list was to watch all 3 seasons of Once Upon A Time on Netflix. Yup I did it! Each show is about 44 minutes and I watched all 66 of them!!!! I started about 3pm on Wednesday and finished the last one at 3 pm on Saturday. I did the Portland Marathon once, that was enough, but a good T.V. marathon I can do over and over again! I need to start thinking about what movie/show marathon I want to do for the week long Spinzilla. I’m determined to spin even more than last year and I need some viewing suggestions.
I had a great little vacation at Kathy’s. I’m refreshed and ready to get to work on that website. Here is a parting shot, it’s not yarn, but is sure is a nice view from the deck!
Until next time, take care, Happy Spinning, and Knitting,
Rock has been the word for the weekend. If you have been checking up on me on facebook, you will see that I have had a 4 day long weekend to myself and I have spent most of that hauling rock! There was also lots of trimming, digging, hauling of junk, and rock stacking going on too. If I am doing my math right, I move about 600 pounds of rocks. I didn’t spend a penny this weekend, just used what was in the yard. I did have a few giggly moments while I was hauling rocks…… I kept thinking “some people actually pay for rocks…and here I am trying use up a bunch of rocks that are taking up space!!!” If you missed the facebook pictures here is the beginning and the end.
My Goal this long weekend, besides doing something with rocks, was to also get some work done on the website…..let’s just say that it hasn’t happened as much as I would like, but the good news is that I have been getting some knitting done.
I’ve had the Bam Huey Calm Waters for quite a few years and I have never been able to spin it up and knit with it. The colorway always sells out at fiber shows now matter how much I manage to dye up. This year I decided I would spin it up at Black Sheep Gathering, and no matter how much anyone begged I was not going to sell them the yarn. This time the yarn was for ME to knit up!!!! I love to ply a striped single with a semi-solid and I knew I had to do this with the Calm Waters. I plied it with Bam Huey High Tide. The sun is way too hot and bright on my new rock wall to get a real good picture of the 6 shades of teal/green/blue, but I couldn’t resist trying. Later on I will get a really nice picture of my new shawl once it is further along.
The rest of the afternoon I will hopefully be snapping pictures of yarn and listing them on the New Hue Handspuns Web Store. Would you believe I have over 150 skeins of yarn that are finished and NOT listed in the store!!!!!!!!! If I ever find a Genie in a bottle I’m going to wish for a Web store manager who would take care of all the mundane busy work of selling and promoting, and leave me to my creating!
I guess I had better get to the busy work of running a business…..Until next time,
Why use words when you have pictures?????? That is my theme today:) Instead of trying to come up with all the words to explain what I have been up to these past few weeks, I’ve decided to use my pictures!
Well I used a few more words than expected, but I hope you enjoyed catching up with my past few weeks in pictures despite the extra words:)
The release of 1234 Huey has been delayed but should happen soon…..some times life is so much of an adventure that all you can do is put one foot in front of the other. My life is on one heck of an adventure right now. Come take a peek if you DARE!!!!!!
We are still healing from the loss of our little fur girl Pooky. Keeping busy has helped and boy-oh-boy have we been busy! Lets get the personal stuff out of the way first and then on to the important stuff….FIBER!!!!
We are MOVING! For many people moving isn’t such a big deal, they do it all the time……not me. Being a 4+ generation farm girl I never moved growing up. I had a few different dorm rooms and apartments while in college. I was married within a year of graduating from WWU and we have lived in the same house we bought just after being married in 1986. So for the most part I have lived in 2 houses for my 51 years. Twenty eight of those years have been in this old house.
I have to admit a just a few months after moving in to our house I wanted to move out. Not because the house is horrible, but because I am NOT a city girl. Now after 28 years we are moving at last! The reasons for moving are many, some good and some not so good . We are taking a positive approach on this new adventure and see it as the 2 year plan that gets us to our final home. We will be selling our house and moving in with my Mother-in-law. She is 88 and having a total knee replacement next week. Our bakery business has still not recovered from the continuing economic dump of 2008. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out the best move for everyone is for us to sell our house take over the basement apartment at mom-in-law’s for the next year or two.
The challenge is to take our 50+ years of collected junk from a 2500 square foot house plus 2 car garage to 550 square feet, plus a storage/dye room of about 100 square feet. Can you say DUMP TRIP????? We have put many things out on the curb and they vanish within minutes. If I had known that the dead air conditioner would be gone in 4 minutes I would not have left it in the attic and tripped over it for 5 years!!! Who knew…lol…. even tho it is funny to see how fast things are picked up it reminds me how bad the economy still is that so many people are desperate enough for cash to troll the neighborhoods for scrap metal. We have put out large piles of scrap metal 5 times and every time it has been a different person picking it up. I’m glad and a bit sad all at the same time….
We have actually enjoyed getting rid of the junk. Most of it really is just junk, some memories, but do I really need things I haven’t seen for over 15 years?!?!?! Not only do we have to empty out our house but we have to move Brother-in-law out of the apt. to an upstairs bedroom. He has lived in the basement for about 35 years and the apt has pretty much become a dumping ground for his junk…..as in there are just a couple of rabbit trails through the room. It is going to take a lot of work to clean out but it will be worth it, and in the long run B-I-L gets a cleaned out usable apt once we move out which makes him happy too!
We will still be making needles, dyeing fiber and spinning yarn through all this adventure, but I may not be able to keep up communication as much as I should. Please bear with me and just holler if you need something, we may be quiet, but we are here working away!
Now on to the important stuff……..Fiber updates and Pictures! First up are pictures from my last trunk show at Yarntastic! Featuring my 2 new handspun lines 1234 Huey and Cam Huey
I hand paint the 100% Merino fiber for the 1234 Huey Handspun yarn in a 3 color gradient style. These new yarns will soon be available at New Hue Handspuns along with the 75% Merino 25% Baby Camel Down, rustic spun Cam Huey.
I finally have a sample knit from each of the 10 colorways, and all of them done from my own patterns created specifically to show off gradient handspun yarn. The Shawl and Scarf pattern is available free on Ravelry, New Hue Handspuns 1234 and Cam Huey Gradient Shawl here are a few close ups.
The other new free pattern I have up on Ravelry is the New Hue Handspun 1234 Mitts. Nothing very difficult or exciting about this pattern, just a nice simple plain pair of mitts designed to show off 90-100 yards of handspun yarn.
There are a few more patterns yet to be written up, here is the Shrug I have been working on.
Here is a cute little headband/ear warmer I came up with using some short rows to show off the gradient. I also have one done in the Desert colorway, but no picture yet.
Last but not least is the Hat or Neckwarmer pattern that needs to be written up.
oh what the hay…one more picture:) this one is 1234 Huey in the Prairie colorway . I have paired it with the super baby soft 100% Baby Camel Down . Here you can see that it is balled up and ready to knit. It now is a scarf…….OH MY! I can’t wait until winter to wrap this ultra soft and warm scarf around my neck!
So as you can see, although I have been quiet, I also have been busy. There are a few secret projects I’ve been working on too that won’t be seen until spring, but the work must be done now. I have been playing with some new colorways in between cleaning out my house. The new fall leaves colorway is making me VERY happy:)
Before I know it, it will be September 26th and time to pack up for Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival. My wedding anniversary falls on the same weekend. Last year my truck was hit on the freeway retuning from setting up for the show and I spent my anniversary in the emergency room…..this year I hope for better….lol. As soon as OFFF is over it is time to start stocking up for SPINZILLA…….I have to defend my title of Individual Grand Champion. Last year I competed against 600 US and Canadian spinners. This year it is open world wide and there are almost 1,000 spinners signed up so far!!! I’m going to have to keep my nose to the grindstone to come out any where near the top. Last year I spun 16,852 yards during the week, and I had to take a few days off due to visitors and burning my hand. This year, NO visitors and No dyeing during SPINZILLA. My goal is to break the 20,000 yard mark……we shall see:)
Next time around I hope to have some new Bam Huey colorway pictures for you, right now I need to go restock the shop with fiber, and get to work on listing the 1234 Huey Handspun!