Shawls are beautiful bastards.
I don't wear shawls or anything designed to wrap around your neck and choke the life out of you, but I have a huge case of shawl envy. They are beautiful to look at.
I've been knitting and ripping out shawls for months trying to come up with something easy, mostly mindless, but not completely boring. This is insanity.
I dyed up some practice gradients on my Charm base sock yarn. They didn't come out well enough for me to put them in the shop, but they are perfect for me to play with. The one in the pic goes from black to purple to blue. I've been knitting on this shawl for over a week and have finally made it to the purple section.
I'm not doing anything fancy with this shawl, but it has been great for getting my brain to understand shawl shapes and mixing in stitches. This shawl has the perfect amount of mindlessness in the garter stitch to let my brain come up with ideas for other stitches I could work into it. It's also helping with my fiction writing. Bonus!
This shawl has a small lace edging and tons of garter stitch. The pattern is easy to follow if you've never knit a shawl before. I'm calling it This Fucking Shawl or TFS.
The pattern, whenever I get it done, will be available to Yarn Coven members & then here & on Ravelry.
I do have plans for creating gradient yarns for the shop. Right now, I'm fresh out of yarns to dye! It's really frakking sad.
But, I've been in contact with a new yarn supplier. They offer organic yarns process here in the states. Which I find pretty awesome. The downside it their minimum wholesale order amount is huge. At least for me. That means I'll need to run another Kickstarter to be able to get any of their yarn.
Keep your eyes peeled for that. It'll be the biggest Kickstarter I've ever done. It's a little scary and stressful to think about, but one of the things I wanted to do with this biz is to work toward supporting local & US businesses.
I haven't got the full plan for the Kickstarter worked out yet, but I will soon. I'm going to try and work it out so that yarns, if it hits the funding goal, start shipping in the fall. I probably will be launching it some time next month.
I'll need more time for getting the yarn dyed and shipped out, because I'll also have to wait for the supplier to process the fiber into yarn.
This will be the biggest thing I've done since starting this biz. I think I'm ready for it. My kitchen might not be, but I am. lol.