Kansas City Bound!

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The Walnut Valley Festival was great fun and after just three days home we’re packed and ready to head out on the road again. This coming weekend Lost City Knits will be “representing” with hand dyed yarns and knitting at Kansas City’s 80th Annual Plaza Art Fair.

I’ve spent every day between the two shows in the studio dyeing, skeining and restocking. There will be new colorways in sock yarn and silk this weekend!

Leonids Night in Lost City Silk

Rumplestilskin in Lost City Silk

Alchemy in Lost City Silk
Rose’ in Lost City Silk
New colorways in Lost City Sock Yarn!

If you’re in the KC area, or know knitters who are, we hope you’ll come out Friday evening (5-10pm), Saturday (10am-10pm), and Sunday (10am-5pm) to “represent” knitting as well! See you there!


Trunk Show at Stringtown August 13th!

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Next Saturday Lost City Knits will be on the road again! We’ve had a long stretch of Saturdays at the farmer’s market in Tulsa and it’s time for a change of pace so I’m dusting off my travelin’ shoes, loading the van with some great new yarns, and driving to Fort Smith, Arkansas for a trunk show at Stringtown Yarn & Fiber!

Stringtown is a fun yarn shop owned and operated by Elabeth. The shop used to be in a wee little space in the back corner of a building, but now Elabeth has moved the shop into a larger space that really allows her to stretch out! Chris and I drove up to Ft Smith not long ago and I was excited by how much larger the new shop is and how much parking room there is as well.

One item is making its debut next Saturday – our new Knee Sock Yarn! Shown here in a few of the colorways (there are more – I promise – this photo was taken several days ago), this large skein of wool/bamboo/nylon weighs in at a generous 130 grams. The general rule of thumb is that a pair of socks requires 100grams of fingering weight yarn. We think this big skein might be about right to make a nice pair of knee socks – which are going to be the rage this Autumn and Winter. Of course, the amount of yarn needed depends on your foot size and how long your legs are, doesn’t it?

Several months ago after I shipped off the wool for the sock yarn to the mill I called them and asked, “can you add a little extra twist?” The answer was a definite yes. The result is a springy yarn that I think you’ll really enjoy. I know I am! Yes, I’ve already got a pair of knee socks on the needles. The springiness of this yarn gives it more elasticity to help combat the problem of socks puddling around your ankles or into your boots or shoes. That’s never pleasant.

Also on hand will be plenty of new colorways in Wool with Tussah Silk Fingering and Wool with Tussah Silk Sport. There will of course be the ever popular Oak Barn Merino along with llama and alpaca yarns.

We look forward to seeing you at Stringtown Yarn next Saturday! 

If you’re not in the Arkansas or Oklahoma area – don’t worryKnee Sock Yarn will soon have its own online shop very soon.


Secluded Copse Shawl!

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There are many beautiful spots on our farm in Oklahoma, and while we’ve built a house here, there is evidence that we were not the first to do so. We’re aware of a couple of spots on the acreage where small houses once stood, though nothing remains but negative space among the trees.

One such location stands on a rise between the creek and a shallow canyon. I like to imagine that the trees here, though now mature, were once planted by the homesteaders, arranging for shade from the harsh summer sun and a break from the cold north wind of winter.

The Secluded Copse Shawl incorporates leaf and thicket motifs as well as several paths.

I hope wrapping yourself in your finished Secluded Copse Shawl will give you the same satisfied and happy feeling as the homesteaders of yesteryear.

This shawl was knit using Lost City Knits Wool/Tussah Silk Fingering Weight Yarn in colorway Secluded Copse. 400 yards and a size 6US needle. Finished size (using 350 yards) was approximately 57 inch wingspan and 27 inch center spine. Knit from the bottom up this shawl could easily be expanded to a larger size.

The pattern can be purchased here for $5.00 as a Ravelry download.

Yarn, Wine, Secrets, and Socks

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My Pecan Grove scarf in the colorway “Wine and Roses” is finished! This is the simple Pecan Grove scarf knit up in the Wool Tussah Silk Single Ply (fingering weight). I love how this yarn takes the dye to a deep vibrant level. Wednesday at market I overhead a customer comment (while looking at this scarf and holding it upside down) say that the pattern was hearts. I kind of like that, and didn’t even think of explaining the  opposite leaf pattern and the significance of the Pecan Grove at the Walnut Valley Festival.

Last Saturday I bought a copy of Cookie A’s knit, sock, love and yes – I want to knit every sock in the book! Well almost every sock. I’ve tried knitting the Monkey socks before and they are entirely too big for my dinky petite foot. The majority of the patterns come in more than one size, which is a plus since feet come in – yes – more than one size.

One of the things I love about the book is that many of the socks are shown in fairly solid color yarns. I’m a fan of the solid and tonal sock yarns. Almost all of the yarns, sock and not sock, in my stash and from my dyepot are solid or tonal. There are a few skeins of busy hand-painted yarns in the stash. But as a hard core lace knitter I want to put extreme stitches, lace and texture, into my projects and that usually calls for a less visually active yarn.

As I said, this is a book that makes me knit my way through every pattern. That’s saying a great deal. This urge has only happened twice, first with the Haapsalu Saal book and now with knit, sock, love.

First though I have to finish a few things. A new lace triangle shawl design is on the needles. I can’t show you much – but here’s a peek… Wool Tussah Silk Fingering in colorway Secluded Copse. That’s all the hint I’m sharing, the rest is a secret.

I also need to finish the Lingerie Socks. Yes, I cast on the wickedly crazy lace socks in the new Knitty.com. Because I have the afore mentioned dinky foot ( a Euro size 34) I cast on with 00US dpns, and moved to 0US dpns after the initial chart. I’ve opened a basket of crazy with such tiny needles but every gal needs a pair of extra girly socks that never get shoved into boots or shoes, right? (Let’s hope I finish them because I’d hate for them to join the four other singleton socks marinating in the WIP’s bin.)

At dinner on Wednesday night I perused knit.sock.love again. (I’m having a problem keeping my hands off of it actually.) This a gorgeous book, the photography is splendidly done by Laura Kicey and I find it incredibly inspiring. I want to be one of the models, wandering around shoeless with gorgeous socks in the woods, by dilapidated buildings, perched on ladders… Sock knitting is still a booming business and some people are completely addicted, and with the continued excitement of such things as Sock Cruises and Sock Summit, Cookie A. knows her audience.

For those of you who’ve already bought succumbed to knit.sock.love you’ll be glad to hear there is a Ravelry group devoted to the book. It’s kind of a support group – support to help you knit through the patterns type group. Since there are nineteen patterns you know it’s beyond anything a twelve step program could tackle.

As I write this blog post I’m patiently waiting for a new shipment of Oklahoma raised wool (blended for sock yarn) with bamboo and nylon to return from the mill. I’m trying to control the giddiness, really I am. When the new yarn arrives and I get a few skeins dyed up, I think I may just begin with the Hedera sock, the first one in knit.sock.love and quite possibly work my way through. You know I’ll need to use them as gauge right? Yep, that’s my excuse.


Wool Tussah Silk Lace Yarn

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The new Wool Tussah Silk Lace Yarn is going to the farmer’s market this week! ‘

At 400 yards per 100 grams with just a little bit of thick/thin fun this is hands down my new favorite yarn. The colorways I’m getting with this yarn are dazzling! I’m designating this as “lace” yarn but it easily could be considered a “light fingering”. It’s a great weight for most any scarf and shawl and at $25 a skein it’s not hard on the pocketbook.

I’m currently using the Wine & Roses colorway for my Pecan Grove Scarf and think my next project will be Tibetan Clouds in the Wool/Tussah Silk Single Ply – if I can just decide on the colorway…

Just a few skeins are in the online shop right now but expect to see more in the coming weeks.