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The Naturally Dyed Colors of SilverSpun® Silk

The Naturally Dyed Colors of SilverSpun® Silk

Our new yarn, SilverSpun® Silk, is a glorious blend of American grown Combed Cotton, Tussah Silk and Silver.  Each skein is hand dyed using the best natural dyes available.  We are very proud that we are using only natural dyes for this yarn and thought it might be helpful to share what botanical dye(s) we used to create the beautiful colors of the SilverSpun® Silk color pallet. 

Today we take a look at, "Weld".  The soft, subtle yellow color of this yarn was created using Weld and Myrobalan. 

Weld (Reseda luteola) is the most light fast of the yellow dyes, used by ancient tapestry weavers in Central Asia, Turkey and Europe. Weld is the brightest and clearest yellow flower dye and in combination with iron creates a rich chartreuse, or overdyed with indigo is a clear lime green.

Myrobalan (Terminalia chebula) – is a commonly used dye throughout India and grows primarily in the foothills of the Himalayas. It is an upright tree with small oval leaves and lovely bright yellow flowers. Myrobalan has always been used as a primary component for cotton dyeing in India and is often employed as a mordant prior to creating brown and black on cotton fabrics. Myrobalan extract overdyed with indigo makes a beautiful teal color. Using higher percentages of myrobalan yield a brownish yellow, while the lower percentages yield a light buff color.

You can find this color, as well as all the other beautiful naturally dyed colors of SilverSpun® Silk here.

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The Naturally Dyed Colors of SilverSpun® Silk

The Naturally Dyed Colors of SilverSpun® Silk

Our new yarn, SilverSpun® Silk, is a glorious blend of American grown Combed Cotton, Tussah Silk and Silver.  Each skein is hand dyed using the best natural dyes available.  We are very proud that we are using only natural dyes for this yarn and thought it might be helpful to share what botanical dye(s) we used to create the beautiful colors of the SilverSpun® Silk color pallet. 

Today we take a look at, "White Tea", the lightest of the dyed colors.  The soft, subtle color of this yarn was created using Black Walnut Hulls. 

Black walnut (Juglans nigra) is a common source of brown dye throughout North America. The fleshy hulls are full of tannin, juglone and other pigments and are the primary source of the dye. Walnut hulls were used to dye hair, make inks and clothing and are also used in herbal medicine. The rich brown color develops with oxygen, so it is necessary to simmer the walnut powder for about two hours with an overnThe Naturally Dyed Colors of SilverSpun® Silkight cool down before adding the fiber.

You can find this color, as well as all the other beautiful naturally dyed colors of SilverSpun® Silk here.

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February Design Challenge - Fingerless Mitts

February Design Challenge - Fingerless Mitts

Our February design challenge is the ever popular Fingerless Mitts.  Feel free to design them however you like - knit in the round, knit flat, pieced.  The sky's the limit.

This month's challenge uses SilverSpun® Sock (max. 1 skein)

  • The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2017
  • Public voting will take place April 17-23, 2017
  • Winner will be announced April 24, 2017
  • Read full details here.

Think you want to give the Challenge a try?  Let us know by clicking here.

Thanks for taking the challenge and good luck to all!

 

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January Design Challenge - A COWL

January Design Challenge - A COWL

We are kicking off the 2017 Monthly Design Challenge with a relatively easy project - a COWL.  Let your imagination run wild as you design yours!

This month's challenge uses SilverSpun® Sport (max. 2 regular skeins)
  • The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2017
  • Public voting will take place March 17-23, 2017
  • Winner will be announced March 24, 2017
  • Be sure to email us at contact@feelgoodyarnco.com to let us know you will be participating.
  • For full details click here

Thanks for taking the challenge and good luck to all!

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2017 Monthly Design Challenge

2017 Monthly Design Challenge

Our 2016 Designer of the Month series was so successful, that we’ve decided to carry it forward into 2017, but with a twist.  Announcing the FGYCo MONTHLY DESIGN CHALLENGE – the monthly design contest where you have the chance to have your pattern published on our website (and be paid), be interviewed for our blog and win a $100 Feel Good Yarn Company gift certificate!  Anyone can enter – you don’t have to be a published designer. In fact, we encourage those who have been wanting to dip their toe into the design scene to participate.

Here’s how it works:
• At the beginning of every month we will introduce a “design challenge” project using one of our SilverSpun® yarns.
• Designers will have approximately 2 1/2 months to complete the project*.
• Entries will be voted on by the general public. All entries will be posted anonymously to allow participants a fair chance at winning.
• The design with the most votes wins.
*Designs previously published either on-line or in print are not eligible for this contest (that includes Instagram & Ravelry.)

What you could win:
• The winning design will be featured on our website and all of our social media outlets (see below for more details)
• The winning designer will be interviewed on our blog.
• The winning designer will receive a $100 FGYCo gift certificate.
• The second & third place winners will receive $75 & $50 gift certificates respectively, but will not have their pattern published by Feel Good Yarn Co.

If you wish to participate you must:
1. Purchase the required SilverSpun® yarn.
2. Design & knit/crochet the Challenge project.
3. Send us a photo of the finished project suitable for publication.

If you win you must:
1. Supply FGYCo with a formatted PDF version of the pattern.
2. Supply FGYCo with additional photos of the finished project for publication purposes.

How to enter:
• Purchase the required amount of SilverSpun® yarn for the Challenge.
• Let us know you wish to participate by filling out this form.

How to vote:
• Once all of the submissions are in there will be a link on our website that will take you to the voting site. We will announce when voting is open via all of our social media outlets and our website.
• Just for kicks we will randomly choose one voter from each monthly campaign who’ll win a copy of the winning pattern and enough SilverSpun® yarn to make it.

Additional details:

  • The winning pattern will be available for sale on our website.  For every pattern sold via our website we will pay 50% commission (most likely $2.50). Payments will be made quarterly via PayPal if over $10.  If less than $10, payment will be made the next quarter.  Payments will continue until we decide to no longer carry the pattern (but it will be at least through 2017).
  • All winners will retain the rights to their design and are free to publish one month from the time of release on our website.
  • Regarding photographs.  Please take the time to take clear, clean, well lit and in focus photographs.  The photo you submit will play a big part in determining if people vote for your design or not.  A great photo usually garners lots of votes!
  • The submission photo should be formatted as a square so we can easily post to Instagram.
  • Only designs using SilverSpun® yarns are eligible for this contest.

 

 

 

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December's Designer of the Month – Melynda Bernardi

December's Designer of the Month – Melynda Bernardi

On December 15, 2016 we will be releasing the pattern that Melynda designed using SilverSpun® Sport to our subscribers.  Be sure to sign up here so you don’t miss it.

I can't believe that we have come to the last month in our Year of the Designer series!  We have  a very special designer to wrap it all up - Melynda Bernardi of French Press Knits.  I first became aware of Melynda way back in 2009 when she published her French Press Slippers pattern.  I thought they were so cute, and apparently I'm not the only one.  A quick peruse on Ravelry shows that over 7200 people have made them!  Melynda has continued to produce beautiful patterns and most recently published, Comfort & Joy, a collection of original Christmas stockings for the modern hand knitter.  You can find Melynda on Ravelry, Instagram and her website.

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November’s Designer of the Month – Romi Hill

November’s Designer of the Month – Romi Hill

On November 10, 2016 we will be releasing the pattern that Romi designed using SilverSpun® Sock to our subscribers.  Be sure to sign up here so you don’t miss it.

Romi Hill is our November Designer of the Month.  Romi is one prolific knitwear designer and an absolute delight to work with!  Take a look at her Raverly page and you will see 218 absolutely gorgeous designs, many of them featuring lacework, which is obviously one of her true passions.  I am honored that Romi was able to carve out the time to fill us in on her "knitting life" and design this month's pattern.  You can find Romi on Ravelry, Instagram and her website.

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October’s Designer of the Month – Alicia Plummer

October’s Designer of the Month – Alicia Plummer

On October 13, 2016 we will be releasing the pattern that Alicia designed using SilverSpun® Sport to our subscribers.  Be sure to sign up here so you don’t miss it.

Alicia Plummer, is our October Designer of the Month.  Annie, from byannieclaire, suggested I reach out to Alicia to ask if she wanted to participate in our Year of the Designer campaign, and I'm so glad she did.  Alicia is a delight and a beautiful designer.  You can find Alica on Ravelry  and Instagram.

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September’s Designer of the Month – Casapinka

September’s Designer of the Month – Casapinka

On September 15, 2016 we will be releasing the pattern that Casapinka designed using SilverSpun® Sock to our subscribers.  Be sure to sign up here so you don’t miss it.

Casapinka, is our September Designer of the Month.  I first became aware of Casapinka and her beautiful designs when I spotted her Fall is a Color slouchy hat at the Indie Untangled Rhinebeck Trunk Show last year.  She used Backyard Fiberworks yarn for the design and since Alice from BYFW dyes all of our hand dyed yarn for us, I couldn't help but notice.   When I was putting together my list of designers to ask to participate in our Designer of the Month program, of course Casapinka was on the list.  Lucky for us, she agreed to participate and has created a beautiful design which will be revealed next week.  You can find Casapinka on Ravelry  and Instagram.

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August’s Designer of the Month – Nell Ziroli

2016 is the “Year of the Designer” for Feel Good Yarn Company.  The first Thursday of every month we will feature an interview with one of our favorite knitwear designers and the following week we will release a pattern designed exclusively for our SilverSpun® yarn by that designer.

On August 18, 2016 we will be releasing the pattern that Nell designed using SilverSpun® Sport to our subscribers.  Be sure to sign up here so you don’t miss it.

Nell Ziroli, from Nell Knits, is our August Designer of the Month.  I first became aware of Nell and her beautiful designs when I spotted her Arvid sweater in Brooklyn Tweed's Wool People, Volume 7 (I've always been a sucker for cables.)  Since then, we have become friendly and have even taught together at a knitting retreat in southern Virginia.  I'm very excited to have Nell as this month's designer and can't wait to reveal her beautiful design next week.  You can find Nell on Ravelry, Instagram and her blog, Nell Knits.

And with that, I give you Nell ….

Can you give us a little background intel on yourself? Where were you born? Do you still live there? How long have you been knitting? Who taught you to knit?

I was the first child born to high school sweethearts. My father was newly enlisted in the Navy, so we were rather transient, living a year or 3 in each of the many places he was stationed. We all lived in Virginia Beach when I finished school and moved out on my own. I’ve recently returned to Virginia, after a 6 week visit to Atlanta that lasted 10 years.

Handwork has been in my life as long as I can remember. My mother (bless her patient heart) taught me to knit, and even managed to hold on to a few pieces of my early work despite all of our moves. Also, my dad still has a rather spiffy yellow garter stitch tie that might have been a Father’s Day gift I made when I was 10 or 12.

Where do you do your designing? Do you have a special room in your house, a studio, a favorite chair?

I don’t really have a specific work or design space set up here. My best ideas come while I’m doing most anything - even sleeping, so I try to have paper and pencil everywhere. I find that when I’m looking for a specific answer to a project another project will develop. It’s a blessing and a curse.

Where do your design inspirations come from? Nature, architecture, fine art, what?

We are lucky to be in a makers paradise right now, with so many genius designers, authentic inspirers and amazing yarns - all just a click away.  My favorites tend to be in the less is more camp. Unless were talking cables.

While designing your piece for FGYCo, what qualities of SilverSpun® did you find most appealing?

For my design, SilverSpun® was truly the perfect yarn. The elasticity allows "Happy Hands" to fit every teen/adult that has tried them on. I also love that for a somewhat textured yarn, the stitch definition is crisp. I tried, but was unsuccessful in capturing a clear photo of the glistening silver fibers as I knit outdoors on the porch this early summer.

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On August 18, 2016 we will be releasing the pattern that Nell designed using SilverSpun® Sport to our subscribers.  Be sure to sign up here so you don’t miss it.

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