Custom Dyed Colors | Inspired by backyard chickens
Three Color Combinations
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Online Workshop Begins Aug 7th, 2021
With Knitting Designer, Donna Druchunas | Yarn, Hard Copy Pattern, Soft Cover Book, Extras, Free Shipping included with purchase.
- 1The Idea
Donna got chickens! Of course, being a knitting designer and indie dyer, I started having ideas about projects inspired by my feisty hens.
The Colors – Chicken colors of course. I created three color combinations for the project:
Natural white and gray, bright gold and red, both inspired by my hens, and a green/blue/purple iridescent colorway inspired by Katie’s rooster at our local Cloverworks neighboring farm in Vermont. – Donna Druchunas –
- 2About the Sweater
Each section of the yoke is knitted without decreases. A few plain rows worked between the charts allow you to de-crease without interrupting the stitch pattern.
Charts will be provided but you can also design your own motifs!
* Color patterns in bands on yoke only
* Lower body and sleeves worked in the round to the armholes, then joined so the yoke can also be worked in the round
* Yoke decreases are worked between pattern bands
* Finishing? Just sew two short seams at the underarms!
- 3About the Wool
100% Cate Hill East Friesian wool
Too much wool lies unused and wasting away in Vermont barns where shepherds raise sheep for meat. This particular wool that Katie from Cloverworks Farm in Albany, Vermont discovered on one of her wool searching expeditions was 3/4 white and 1/4 natural colored wool, perfect for a special one-off project.
The mill spun solid white and marled yarn (if there had been more naturally colored yarn, we would have added a solid dark yarn as well). We had 200 lbs of wool especially made for this project and I will be custom dying the three colors for you.
The yarn has a soft, cushy, fluffy, feel to it and you would have no problem having this yarn touching your skin. It’s an all-purpose fiber that takes dye well and exhibits a natural sheen. We love this glossy, lovely wool.
Cate Hill Farm is a sheep dairy and heirloom apple orchard in Greensboro Bend, VT. Josh Karp and Maria Schumann host farm-sings and interactive nature activities on their gorgeous farm.
- 4About the Pattern & Sizes
For Intermediate to expert knitters.
S (M, L, XL, 2/3X 4/5X)
40 (44, 47, 53, 58, 65)” 101.5 (112, 119.5, 134.5, 147.5, 165)cm bust/chest
Approx 60% MC (marled), 20% CC1 (solid) and 20% CC2 (undyed)
10 (11, 12, 13, 14, 16) 95g skeins (# yards/# meters)
Prices include enough yarn to make these sizes.
Extra yarn to match your order:
$X per extra skein – choose marled, solid, or undyed for your extra skein(s)
Yarn will be dyed to order. Limited quantities available, so if you will want extra yarn, order it with your sweater kit.
August 7th, 2021 – October 2nd, 2021
Lessons are held with LIVE Zoom online video (will be recorded). Zoom also allows you to just listen in with no video if you prefer. If you miss a lesson, it will be recorded and posted online for you to always reference.
Aug 7th: Lesson – Pre planning size and patterns
Aug 21st: Lesson – Sweater Body
Sept 4th: Lesson – Sweater Sleeves
Sept 18th: Lesson – Sweater Yoke
Oct 2nd: Lesson – Neck & Finishing
A help forum on Ravelry.com and Donna’s email is always open for questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. 5 live lesson & Q&A online 1 hr zoom classes with Donna (recorded).
- 6What will I learn?
Because this was unique yarn, I decided to use a sweater recipe for the design plus a line-by-line pattern (hard copy included with yarn purchase).
I chose the Icelandic Yoke pattern from my book, Ethnic Knitting Exploration (hard copy included with purchase of yarn).
This technique is perfect for knitters who don’t want to follow a commercial pattern. My books were written to supplement Knitting in the Old Way by Priscilla Gibson Roberts with more detailed instructions and hand-holding for newer and younger knitters who weren’t ready to dive in and cast on without much of a map.
Choose your own charts from what’s included or from other books you have. There will be lessons how to customize the fit.
- 7About Designer Donna Druchunas
Over 25 years of knitting experience under her needles & running a kitting business for 17 yrs, Donna is well versed in the knitting industry. Teacher, mentor, designer, artist, and so much more. You may have seen her in Interweave magazine, Vogue knitting Magazine, knitting books, knitting retreats, Craftsy.com, or countless knitting articles over the years.
She is now running her own knitting store with retreats, lessons, & products to purchase in upper Vermont.
Pre-Order your yarn today (below) with expected shipping within 10 days
95 gram skeins | Marled | Solid | Natural white | 100% wool | 3ply DK yarn | 255yds per skein | Hand wash, dry flat.
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All prices include:
- Enough yarn for your size selected (10-16 skeins)
- Professionally printed & tech edited pattern (hard copy & PDF)
- Soft cover book Ethnic Knitting Exploration: Lithuania, Iceland, and Ireland by Donna Druchunas (176 pages)
- 5 LIVE online zoom classes with Donna Druchunas for lesson & Q & A (recorded)
- Extra Knit Knick Knacks in your package
- 8 weeks to design and ask questions (anytime) about your new sweater project
- Shipping is included for US & Canada
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