Monthly Archives: February 2013

Holla Yarn from Yarn Hollow

It’s been a couple days since I showed off some green yarn. You are missing it, right?

Yarn Hollow - Emerald and Bright Teal

Yarn Hollow Gemini – Emerald and Bright Teal

Here we’ve got Emerald and Bright Teal yarn from Yarn Hollow, who you got to know better on Monday. It barely looks like two different colors, right?

Subtle Differences in Color

Subtle Differences in Color

This yarn will be supporting Emma Welford’s design for the Spring Collection. She used two very distinctly different colors for her version, so I thought it would be fun to tone it down a little and do a version with more of a monotone feel. I can’t wait to get started!

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Get to Know: Yarn Hollow!

Another week, another new to Holla Knits indie dyer! Today we are getting to know Rita of Yarn Hollow, who runs her business not very far from where I grew up in Michigan. And keep an eye out for her beautiful yarn to be featured in the upcoming Holla Knits Spring Collection later this week!

For those who haven’t heard of Yarn Hollow before, please give a little background and information about you and your yarn.

Yarn Hollow is an indie dyer company in Grandville, MI. We specialize in bright, clear colors, and have a wide range of semi solids and multi color combinations available. We dye on wool, cotton, bamboo, silk, and work with yarn and fiber. We attend 3 to 5 fiber festivals per year, and mostly concentrate on selling wholesale to shops and sell a little through etsy.

Michigan Represent!

Michigan Represent!

What kinds of dyes do you use?

We use Sabraset dyes, some Wash fast acid dyes, and procion MX dyes for the cellulose blends.

When did you start spinning and dying?

I started spinning in 1994, with the purchase of a drop spindle at Michigan Fiber Fest. That was followed by a Louet S10 a few months later. After a brief hiatus after the birth of the first child in 2001, I started again in earnest in 2004. Now I have two wheels: a Kromski Minstrel and a Kromski Polonaise.

Lovely Yarn Hollow Yarn Drying

Lovely Yarn Hollow Yarn Drying

Are you a one woman show? How many people are on your team?

Yarn Hollow consists of Rita, the owner, and Ruby who works about 15 hours a week, Heather who works about 8 hours a week, Andrea our intrepid sales rep, and Becky who helps occasionally at shows.

What inspires your colorways? Their names?

For color names, the semi-solids are based pretty much on objects in nature and existing colors, like lime, loam, mocha, truffle, rose petal, etc. For the multi-color combinations, we go for an overall feeling from the color, and draw our inspirations from music (Purple Haze, Devil’s Daughter, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road), geography (Seattle, Rouen, Red Rocks and Spruce), literature or pop culture (Westgate Waters, Fire Walk With Me). Sometimes we have to let a name percolate for a while before it becomes apparent what the combination wants to be.

Yarn Hollow

Yarn Hollow

Where do you spin and dye? Do you have a home studio or an office?

I spin at home, and the dyeing is done in a dyeing studio that’s part of a light industrial complex three-quarters of a mile from home. It’s 1100 square feet of light-industrial goodness, meaning it has unpainted, unfinished cement floors, an open ceiling with exposed girders, and an overhead door. It’s not fancy, but it works well and we love it. The studio became part of the operation in Spring 2010.

When you knit and crochet, what projects are you drawn to?

For crochet projects, I love hats and scarves and afghans. For knitting projects, I love hats, accessories, and sweaters. Style elements that are attractive to me are classic shapes. I especially appreciate the designs of Chic Knits and anticipate wearing the garments I have knit from those patterns for years. Right now, my ravelry “favorites” contain a lot of wraps, shawls, and cowls.

Find Rita and the other ladies of Yarn Hollow at Yarn, at the Yarn Hollow etsy shop and in stores,  at the Yarn Hollow Blog, and on twitter at @YarnHollow.

Guest Post: Knight Service – Let’s Chat About Beads!

When Teresa Gregorio and I were chatting about why we thought sales of her Knight Service pattern were a little slow, one of the reasons we came up with was because of the beading. Beading can be a tricky technique if you’ve never done it before! So Teresa put together a few tutorials for you in today’s guest post. Don’t be scared of beading! It’s easy and fun!

All Those Beads!

All Those Beads!

The original version of Knight Service employs a rather liberal use of beads.

The idea of heavy embellishment was big on my mind for fall of 2012; that whole jewel/pretty shiny encrusted look being popular on the runway for the season.

If you’re keen on the beads, but not sure of how exactly to add them to your knitting, here’s a few helpful sites and videos.

Adding Beads with a Crochet Hook

While this is a technique I’ve not used, it seems one of the most straightforward. As long as you can find a crochet hook small enough to fit through the hole of your bead!

Adding Beads with Dental Floss

This video is (basically) the technique I used. Just substitute the dental floss for fishing line. And sometimes in a pinch I’ve used thin metal wire (of the sort you can strip out of wired ribbons). They’re all inexpensive tool, and effective for beading.

Further Reading About Beading Techniques

Knitty’s always good for a technique article. If you’re interested in learning more about beading then this is a good place to start.

And, if a heavily embellished pair of sleeves is a bit much, you can always scale back the beading to, say, just a line across the bottom edge of the sleeve. This is the part where I lament not having more hours in the day, or perhaps helper-clones, to create a version of Knight Service with this sort of beading. I think it’d look rad!

Inspired?! Snag Knight Service for only $2 this week, and get beading!

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