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Knit Me: Zen Yarn Garden, Magical Dye Pot Series

Recently Stitchcraft Marketing contacted me to see if I would be interested in knitting something out of Zen Yarn Garden’s Magical Dye Pot Series.  The premise behind the Magical Dye Pot Series is that sets of 6 colorways are created for larger projects. Within these sets, the colors both coordinate and contrast.  So you can order all 6 colorways and create an amazing “fade” project, or you can order any subset of colors from a single set and have colors that work well together within a single project.

Zen Yarn Garden generously offered me my choice of 3 skeins for a project.  I chose the “C” series, and skeins C1, C3 and C6 (there are currently 6 series, A through F). All skeins are available on a variety of bases and Zen Yarn Garden dyes all their yarn to order, so your skeins are always made just for you.  For this review I received the Superfine Merino Fingering weight base, which is 90% superfine merino/10% nylon and comes in 400 yards/100 gram skeins.

ZYG Magical Dyepots

One I had placed my order, I went through my queue on Ravelry to find the perfect 3-color shawl pattern.  I settled on Love Ewe Baby by Susanne Sommer, thinking all that brioche and textured stitching would be a lovely way to showcase the colors I picked.

C Ewe Baby

I have worked with Zen Yarn Garden’s Superfine Merino Fingering base before and I love it. It’s super soft and bouncy and stands up well to being knit and ripped (oops!).  This time I was struck by the amazing colors.  In my last shawl I knit with two solids and two speckles.  This time I had this amazing orange tonal to knit with. I couldn’t even count the shades of orange, red, pink and coral I could see in the yarn. It was super hard to photograph as you can see from the images above. I think the first shots of the yarn and the final shots of the finished shawl are as close to color correct as I can get them.

As I progressed through the pattern I just loved watching the colors play together.

I made very few modifications on this shawl. In fact, the only problem I had was I ran out of that gorgeous orange a few rows too soon and had to cut the final section short and finish the i-cord edgge in the brown (again a gorgeous almost opalescent dyed skein).

I will definitely be purchasing more from Zen Yarn Garden in the future!

C Ewe Baby

C Ewe Baby

C Ewe Baby

 

A special thank you to Stitchcraft Marketing and the folks at Zen Yarn Garden who sent me the Magical Dye Pot Yarns (retail: $24.00/skein for a total of $72.00) for free. I received no other compensation for this review. All opinions and photos are my own.

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Episode 168: No Internet!

Welcome to episode 168! This one was delayed because our internet has been down. I did get lots of knitting and spinning done though! Also I announce the creation of a Ravellenic Games team, Team CKT. Please come and join us!

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You can also find me on Ravelry as Fluffyk, Twitter, Instagram as Fluffykira, and in my shop The Corner of Knit & Tea

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Extras

  • I’ve started a team for the Ravellenic Games! Please come join Team CKT!

Episode 167: Wips Wips Wips

Welcome to episode 167! I feel like I got lots done this week, but since I’m in the middle of some larger projects it’s all WIPS! Ok, I have a finished knit and spin, but lots more I want to do before the end of the month.

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Episode 166: Not enough knitting time!

Welcome to episode 166! I feel like a week can’t possibly have gone by already because I didn’t get nearly enough knitting done. I have a few WIPs and a finished spin for you this week.

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You can also find me on Ravelry as Fluffyk, Twitter, Instagram as Fluffykira, and in my shop The Corner of Knit & Tea

Tea:

Knitting:

Spinning:

  • Finished: Spunky Eclectic, Polwarth in Snow Leopard
  • On deck: Two if By Hand, BFL in Regeneration

Knit Me: Zen Yarn Garden Gradient Sets

Recently Stitchcraft Marketing contacted me to see if I would be interested in knitting something out of Zen Yarn Garden’s Gradient Sets.  I spent a little while looking at the sets, deciding if I wanted a tonal set versus a more variegated set, and whether I wanted to do a trio or a quartet.  I finally settled on a quartet in the Vocal colorways.

Even before the skeins arrived at my house I had selected the perfect pattern. In fact, I actually picked my color scheme based on what I wanted to knit.  I chose to knit Aurorae by Helen Stewart. This pattern was part of last year’s Shawl Society collection and I decided the pinks, purples and blues of this particular gradient set would be perfect!

Even from the start, I was really pleased with this yarn. It is super soft and bouncy and draped beautifully for the shawl.  I loved the way the set included a speckled yarn, a more variegated yarn and two solids.  At first, when I received it, I wasn’t sure about the “gradient” nature of the kit, but as I worked my way through the shawl I decided that each color really did blend into the next and I was so pleased with how it turned out.  Once blocked the yarn was so incredibly soft – I can’t wait to wrap myself up in this shawl this coming winter.

I did make a few modifications on the pattern (to adapt to 4 gradient colors rather than 6) and I used up about 640 yards of the set – almost all of the yardage on all the colors except the pink.  All of these notes are on my project page.

Overall I would definitely purchase one of these gradient sets in the future. I’ll have to think about a tonal project next….

Even more exciting than my review, Zen Yarn Garden currently has a giveaway contest going and you could win your very own Vocal Gradient Quartet. You can read all the details and enter the giveaway  here. The deadline is October 31, 2017 so don’t wait too long. Good luck!

A special thank you to Stitchcraft Marketing and the folks at Zen Yarn Garden who sent me the Vocal Gradient Quartet (retail: $52.80) for free. I received no other compensation for this review. All opinions and photos are my own.

Episode 157: Reviews and more.

Welcome to episode 157! This week I have a two FOs and reviews – Zen Yarn Garden Gradient Quartets and the Strickplaner from Martina Behm. I also have some other knits and a bit of a catch up since it’s been two weeks.

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You can also find me on Ravelry as Fluffyk, Twitter, Instagram as Fluffykira, and in my shop The Corner of Knit & Tea

 

Knitting:

Spinning:

  • Finished: Falkland in Hydrangea (dyed by me)