Thursday, November 26, 2015

Black Friday Weekend SALE!!!

Hi everyone!
I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday as much as I did! I AM STUFFED!!!
As I am sitting here, pants unbuttoned and regretting that 3rd slice of pie, I am wondering how in the world it is possible for someone, in a situation such as I find myself, to feel the need to physically go shopping....HOW??? Move?...Like, my body??? Nope nope nope...not happening, not for a penny. The best I can do is make it to the computer to shop. That's about it.
So here's a question for all of you: Does anyone else think this whole Black Friday/ Cyber Monday thing is all backwards?? Think about it...
Cyber Friday would allow you to shop in the discomfort of your own body, full gut, no judgement, no pants!! All the best cyber sales while digesting! Sounds awesome, right?
Black Monday would allow the ENTIRE weekend to fully digest and regain the power to zip up those jeans comfortably again, because lets face it...one really does need the whole weekend to accomplish such a thing.
I move to make this a "thing" starting next year. Who's with me?!

Anyway, in honor of this brilliant idea, Lambstrings Yarn is holding a Cyber Monday sale from Thanksgiving day 11/26/15 through midnight on Monday 11/30/15 (just in case you need the extra day to digest that 3rd piece of pie).


Take 10% off your order of $30 or more with code Thanks1510
and
Take 15% off your order of $75 or more with code Thanks1515
at Lambstrings.etsy.com from now until Monday 11/30/15 at midnight!

Enjoy!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Adventures in pattern MOD's No.1

Every once in a while, you find a pattern that you almost fall in love with...
Structurally, it has it all...it's fitted beautifully with the right kind of ease, length and elasticity, you can totally see yourself wearing it every day, well...if only...it weren't for __________! (fill in the blank).
If you're like me, you do this... um, ALL THE TIME. "I wish it had this cable instead," or "This would look so much better if it had a different rib," etc.
I'm always modifying patterns to my liking! Why not? One of the most incredible things about knitting and crochet is that you can make it your own! Yes....even with minimal math skills you can take something with potential and make it a success. It may not be a masterpiece every time (believe me, I've made some Frankenstein garments in my time), but it's certainly possible. Not to mention the idea of a challenge! I LOVE a good problem solving! Nothing is worse to me than gliding through a pattern without having to think...boorriiiing. There's something extremely satisfying about running into a problem, getting a little (eh, a lot) frustrated, putting things into perspective, and solving the problem successfully (unless you're under a deadline...that's a whole other animal).
I sound crazy, right? Maybe. But I stand by it. It keeps the passion alive :)
Anyway...
I knit these "Spira Mitts" by Holly Terell and the above mentioned situation presented itself. As you can see my mitts are completely different, visually. Structurally, they are exactly the same.


A few of you have asked me to explain my mods and I'm so happy you all like them!
But it got me to thinking how much I hate it when I fall in love with some genius's Ravelry project with extreme mods, and absolutely NO instructions in sight! "Pleeaase tell me what you did!" Ugh, I here the struggle, you've been there too, admit it.
I don't want to be one of those people who don't share.

So, I hereby resolve to record all of my modifications to pre-existing patterns here on my blog (going forward) even if they are unsuccessful. These mitts happen to be awesome... ;)

No.1
"Spira Mitts"
Shown in Lambstrings Ewetopia DK colorway "Corazon."
(apprx. 130 yds)
find more of this yarn here.

Here is what I did:
* CO for size small and knit 1x1 rib for 10 rnds.
* Worked honeycomb cable as follows:
 Row 1: (C4B, C4F) x3, P2, K to last 2 sts, P2.
 Row 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 and 8: K 24, P2, K to last 2 sts, P2.
 Row 5: (C4F, C4B) x3, P2, K to last 2 sts, P2.
Repeat rows 1-8 until piece measures 4 1/2" from CO edge.
* Right: work gusset in stockinette, placing gusset marker right after first P2, continuing honeycomb cabling as established above (keeping original Spira st count).
* Left: work gusset in stockinette, placing gusset marker at 4 sts before end of rnd, continuing honeycomb cabling as established above (keeping original Spira st count).
* Work gusset to st count of original Spira pattern.
* Continue honeycomb cabling as established above for 1" more.
* Work 1x1 rib for 5 rnds and BO in pattern
* Pick up for thumb and K 1/2".
* Work 1x1 rib for 5 rnds and BO in pattern.

Find this project on Ravelry here for additional photos.

Hope this helps those who were asking about mine.

This pattern is so versatile. If there's a cable or lace stitch you like better, apply it instead!
Having trouble? Leave a comment below and we can discuss :)
I'd love to hear more ideas!


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Carbon Fingerless Mitts

Long Island has been unusually warm this Fall. We seem to be breezing straight past my all time favorite season! I wonder, how can we enjoy all the wonderful colors and crisp air, sweaters without jackets, and perfect light weight knitted goods to show off before we freeze? I mean lets face it, there's no time for complicated cables and weeks of  tireless knitting...I need something gorgeous, and I need it NOW! Well, here's what I came up with: knit up something textured and small, something that looks quite complicated, but is actually incredibly easy! Who'd of thought...

I'm happy to introduce my Carbon Fingerless Mitts pattern!
Designed by me, Shanna Felice at Lambstrings Yarn.
These are 100% FREE for your enjoyment, so I hope you take advantage!




These beautiful  fingerless  mitts are worked in the round with no need for seaming.  Simple slipped stitches are worked and picked up on alternating rows to produce an eye catching texture as well as a thermal fabric to keep your hands nice and toasty. These mitts are perfect for any style,  casual enough to wear with anything, and fancy enough to  compel your friends to ask "How did you do that?"

Note:
Theses mitts  are designed to be fitted snugly around the wrist, but make sure you do not knit too tight! The slipped stitches need to be loose and relaxed to ensure some elasticity.

Make 2 mitts exactly the same! 

Shown in Lambstrings Ewetopia Sock in colorway "Red Maple"
You can find this yarn here:

Materials:
Lambstrings Ewetopia Sock (200-225) yds
US#2  36"+ circular needles for magic loop or DPN's
Stitch markers
Waste yarn

Sizes: XS/S (M/L); 5"-6" (6"-7.5") wrist.
                                                                                             
Gauge:
34 sts/44 rows=4" in stockinette.

                                                                                                                           




Abbr:
K: knit
P: purl
pm: place marker
EOR: end of round
*: repeat
SL5 (3): slip next 5 (3) sts to right needle, as if to purl.
WYIF: bring yarn to front of work
ULS: with right needle, lift the 2 running strands below from front to back, insert needle into next st knitwise, knit st and 2 strands together, transfer to right needle as one. (see Fig.1, 2, and 3)
M1R: with left needle, pick up the bar between your sts from back to front, knit through front of st, transfer to right needle. (right slanting increase).
M1L: with left needle, pick up the bar between your sts from front to back, knit through back of st, transfer to right needle. left slanting increase).

Begin at wrist:
On US#2 needles, cast on 52 (64) sts, pm, and join for knitting in the round.
Rib: (K2, P2) to EOR.
Repeat Rib row 9 times total.
Rnd 10: [(K2, P2) x4 (5), M1R] x3, K to EOR.
55 (67) sts.

Work Carbon stitch pattern A:
Rows 1, 3, and 5: K all sts, slipping marker.
Rows 2 and 4: K1, *(SL5 WYIF, K1), repeat from * x 9 (11).
Row 6: K3, *(ULS, K5), repeat from * x8 (10), ULS, K3.
Rows 7 and 9: K to last 3 sts, SL3 WYIF.
Rows 8 and 10: SL3 WYIF, *(K1, SL5 WYIF), repeat from * x8 (10), K4.
Row 11: K to last st, ULS.
Row 12: K6, *(ULS, K5), repeat from * x8 (10), K1.
Repeat rows 1-12 of pattern A: 3 times more, then rows 1-6 once more.

Gusset:
Next row: K2, pm, K to last 2 sts, pm, K2.

Work Carbon stitch pattern B: (Increase 2 sts every 3rd round)
Row 1: K to m, M1R, sm, K2, *(SL5 WYIF, K1) x8 (10), K1, sm, M1L, K to EOR.
Rows 2, 6 and 8: K all sts, slipping m's.
Row 3: K to m, sm, K2, *(SL5 WYIF, K1) x8 (10), K1, sm, K to EOR.
Rows 4 and 10: K to m, sm, M1R, sm, K to m, sm, M1L, Kto EOR.
Row 5: K to m, sm, K4, ULS, *(K5, ULS) x7 (9), K4, sm, K to EOR.
Row 7: K to m, M1R, sm, K5, *(SL5 WYIF, K1) x8 (10), K4, sm, M1L, K to EOR.
Row 9: K to m, sm, K5, *(SL5 WYIF, K1), x8 (10), K4, sm, K to EOR.
Row 11: K to m, sm, K7, ULS, *(K5, ULS) x7 (9), K2, sm, K to EOR.
Row 12: K all sts, slipping m's.
Repeat rows 1-12 of pattern B: 1 (2) times more, then rows 1-6 (1-4) once more.

Divide for thumb:
Row 1: Work across row 7 (5) of pattern B to 2nd m, remove m, M1L, place next 12 (14) sts on waste yarn.
Row 2: Place first 12 (14) sts on waste yarn , M1R, K1, remove m, K to EOR, M1L.
55 (67) sts palm, 24 (28) sts thumb.

Continue for fingers:
Beginning on row #4 (#2) of Carbon pattern A, work through to row 12, then rows 1-12 once more.
Next row: K1, M1R, K to EOR.
Rib: (K2, P2) to EOR.
Repeat Rib row 5 times total.
Bind off in Rib pattern.

Thumb:
Pick up 24 (28) sts from waste yarn, pm, join for knitting in the round.
K evenly for 6 (8) rows, slipping m.
Rib: (K2, P2) to EOR.
Repeat Rib row 5 times total.
Bind off in Rib pattern.
Enoy!!!

ULS fig 1.                                                                          ULS fig 2.                                                                                   ULS fig 3.





Last updated 8/30/16.















RHINEBECK 2015

Hello all,
It's been quite a while and I'm happy to report the reason is BUSY BUSY BUSY!
My Etsy shop is growing faster ans faster ans I couldn't be happier.
Here are some of the highlights from the past few months:
June 21, 2015: Landed an amazing review by the lovely Stephanie over at Hot Pink Socks blog!
She had some wonderful things to say about me and my yarns! Made me blush. Check it out:
http://hotpinksocksreviews.blogspot.com/2015/06/lambstrings.html
September 22, 2015: I got a nice little featured spot on FibreShare.org's Monster Stash/13 Hand Dyed Halloween Yarns. You can see it here:
https://www.fibreshare.org/monster-stash-13-hand-dyed-halloween-yarns/

So lets talk about RHINEBECK! Yes, I went for the full weekend and it was awesome. So many beautiful hand dyed yarns and products, food, and the most beautiful scenery. I almost didn't come home...I got to spend the whole weekend away with my mother, which we haven't done since I was a kid. It made me realize how much I cherish the wonderfully close relationship we share. She is so supportive and we laughed A LOT! Now, just to be clear, this woman does not knit, crochet, spin, rug hook, nothing...but she enjoyed herself just as much as someone who is obsessed with all these things. Seeing me in my element made her shine, and even though I'm in my 30's, she is most fulfilled when I am at my happiest. THAT is an amazing mother!


We arrived on Friday, got lost, and took a nice relaxing drive through the back roads, surrounded by farmlands, orange trees and mountains of autumn patchwork! Needless to say we missed the fair on Friday, but Saturday and Sunday were were still up for enjoyment.
Every vendor had it's own unique charm and I had to stop myself from spending all the rent money ;)

Of course, then Miss Babs almost ruined me for life...
Her line for purchase was INSANE. The wait was an hour, and you know what?...I waited. I'm crazy, but not so crazy as to pass up this opportunity! I figured a great way to celebrate making it out of her booth without any black eyes or broken ribs, was to reward myself with some of her yarns.
We made friends with some lovely ladies on line and had a nice chat with Miss Babs herself about annoying customers and it was all worth it in the end.

I even spotted Stephanie Pearl-Mcphee, the Yarn Harlot! I felt so starstruck.

I wish I took more photos, but with all the excitement, I wasn't even thinking about it!! 


Just as I started to think, "I'll never leave," it started snowing...that's right, in OCTOBER. We don't have this here on LI very often...so it was time to leave.

The whole experience left me feeling super excited to get home an start dyeing yarn right away! I'm feeling inspired and ready to up my game, so here we go!!!



Sunday, August 9, 2015

Knitting with Lambstrings Yarns (getting back to my projects)

Here I go, knitting again! Between dyeing all  this yarn and moving around yarn bases, I almost forgot how much I truly love to knit...and what better yarn to use than my own!
So, I saved a few skeins for myself (selfish I'll admit, but crucial in continuing to become familiar with my own products). And since most of you are curious about how Lambstrings Yarn knits up, I can provide at least a few swatches as I go.

I'm happy to report that it really does work up beautifully!

Here is the "Raven" colorway shown on Sadie Sock HT (100% superwash merino, 400 yds, single ply)
You can see that it works up in a kind of mottled fashion, not quite striping or pooling, but just enough visual mixing of colors to effective show all color components without skewing any stitch detail! I'm so pleased with this!
Pattern is Annis Shawl by Susanna IC on Ravelry.


Friday, June 19, 2015

Yarn review and Oh my... New yarn bases!!

Hi all!
I want to start out by saying how SUPER EXCITED I am to have my yarn reviewed NEXT WEEK by Hot Pink Socks Blog!! That's right, a review! I am both nervous and excited... what a great opportunity! Hot Pink Socks has reviewed some of the most lovely yarns and patterns I've come across, from Cedar House Yarns to Alexandra Davidoff's amazing patterns, she really has an eye and a much appreciated interest in new designers and shops! I'm so honored to be a part of it :)
Make sure you look for it HERE the week of June 22nd 2015!!

In other awesome news...
I've been working on some new sock yarn bases...
both 100% superwash merino,
one strong single ply,
one round and squishy!
Introducing the new players in the Lambstrings yarn sock weight showdown at my Etsy Shop!

Ewetopia Sock!
100% Superwash merino
438 yds/ 100g
The base yarn for Ewetopia Sock is a 100% superwash merino wool with 4 ply texture. It is super springy and incredibly soft, almost indescribable. It is extra rounded for added strength and is perfect for any project! 






Sadie Sock HT!
100% Superwash merino
400 yds/ 100g
The base yarn for Sadie Sock HT is 100% superwash merino wool in a wonderfully soft single ply texture with a high twist for added strength. It is machine washable.










Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Nickles and Dimes is ready!!

The new hat design is ready! Here is "Nickles and Dimes."


Nickles and dimes is a slouchy beanie whose inspiration came from the beauty of mere pocket change. We all, at one time or another, have reached into our pockets and pulled out a handful of nickles and dimes…in search of the all powerful quarter, no doubt.
Next time, don’t despair! Just look at all those coins glisten together, all of that lovely layering of circles, writing and rigid edges. It is certainly note worthy!
The pattern for Nickles and Dimes is constructed of a series of cables, eyelets, and twisted stitches which allows for it’s beautiful texture of intertwining circular ribs and dainty lace embellishments.
This pattern includes both charts and written instructions for the cable pattern and its decreases.
Finished measurements:
17.5 (43.75 cm) - 18.5” (47 cm) x 9.5” (24 cm).
Hat will stretch to 22”.
Note:
If you feel a larger size is necessary, please use US#7/4.5 mm needles for entire piece.
Materials needed:
Lambstrings Alpaca Ewe (1 skein/ 250 yds/ 4 oZ)
US#6/ 4 mm (XS/S) and US#7/ 4.5 mm (all sizes) 36” circular knitting needles for magic loop method - or - set of 5 DPN’s in sizes established.
One place marker.
One cable needle.

Pattern is available for $5.00 through my Ravelry shop 
or

I hope you enjoy it!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Long Island Fiber and Fleece Festival!!

I was so excited to visit the Long Island Fleece and Fiber Festival at Hallockville Museum in Riverhead, NY this past weekend!  I got a chance to meet some of my Ravelry friends face to face, saw some really amazing demos and made friends with some alpacas!

(This one on the right is my new best friend.... )

We learned more about:
Spinning
Weaving
Woodworking
Different fibers and where they come from
Shearing
Quilting
and Herding.





All of the vendors were incredible and no to mention, some of the NICEST people I've ever met...Knitting and fiber really does make you a nicer person! Anyway, it was fun :)

 Some notable vendors included:
 Flatland Alpacas
Groovy Hues Fibers
Fiddle Knits
Long Island Livestock Co.
Looliemom Fiber Arts
Not so Shabby Chic
Nuna Knits

...And so many more!

Herding Demo! (please excuse my "Hmmmm" noise).


video 





Sunday, May 10, 2015

New yarn base and hat design!!!

So I've been working away my troubles and throwing myself into this fun "side business" just enough to feel really accomplished lately!
Thank you to everyone for being so supportive and excited about this venture! The shop has been open for almost 8 weeks now and the yarns are receiving some much needed positive attention!
A new yarn base has been added to the shop!

Introducing Sadie Sock HT!!!
Named after Sadie Hawkins, the lovely single lady who's story sparked a tradition practiced across America that teaches young girls that they can be completely in charge of their own love lives, that their counterparts are their own choice!
And if no one is fit to meet their needs, then being a single lady becomes empowering! As it should.

Sadie Sock HT is composed of 100% Superwash merino wool with a high twist. 400 yds/ 100g.
It is the perfect balance of softness and strength, just like an empowered single lady!!
Come visit the shop to see more!
And remember, you can always put in a custom order if you'd like Sadie Sock HT in a color that is not currently available!

Next is hat design!!


This is Cassia! A sweet slouchy beanie with cable and lace detail!
This slouchy beanie is reminiscent of the wonderfully sprouting cassia tree branches and it’s flowering buds. It has a method to it’s madness, creating a delightful pattern as it grows up toward the sun.
Cassia is constructed of a series of increases, decreases, and yarn overs which gives the illusion of intricate cables without that pesky 3rd needle.
She is made for long walks admiring nature and petting small animals, but if you’d like to wear her anywhere else, I’m sure she’ll be happy to tag along :)

Cassia is knit using only 1 skein of Malabrigo Worsted in the "Red Mahogany" colorway, but any heavy worsted yarn will do. Gauge is 22sts/ 28 rows on US#7 for the rib. US#8 needles are used for the pattern work on this hat.

This pattern is currently in the works and will be my very first pattern for sale through my etsy and ravelry shop! Of course, wouldn't you know, I had no idea you have to actually subscribe to Adobe Reader in order to compose a coherent downloadable pattern....I know, I know, this is stuff that EVERYBODY knows.......everybody but me.
But have no fear, as soon as i get throught the last obstacle on this venture, you can be sure that I will be posting it EVERYWHERE!
Until next time,
Shanna F.
Lambstrings