Blankety Blanks – Sock Blanks are Here!

Blankety Blanks

Blankety Blanks sock blanks are a fun and exciting way to knit socks! Each blank is hand painted, and often silkscreened with an illustrated pattern. The unique nature of these blanks means that you never know exactly what your socks will look like. The colour story of each blank will determine the overall colour of your finished socks, but it’s impossible to know how the colours will translate to your finished project’s pattern, which is what makes knitting with Blankety Blanks so much fun!

Lumberjack Beaver Sock Blank

Blankety Blanks are a family effort. Rosehaven Yarn Shop owner Lesley Snyder paints all the blanks, and her husband Tim of Ton-up Creative creates the illustrations and screen prints each blank by hand. Sometimes the kids help too!

Sock Blank Printing in Progress
Sock Blank Printing in Progress
Piles of Sock Blanks
Mounds of Sock Blanks
Drying Sock Blanks
Drying Sock Blanks
Birds of a Feather Sock Blanks
Hand Painting Sock Blanks

Browse our current selection of Blankety Blanks. We’re always making new ones, so check back often!

Blankety Blanks are part of Lesley Snyder’s personal line of yarn products, called Baaa’d Girl Yarns. Baaa’d is always better!

Pam De Groot’s Felting Workshops

Well our week with Pam De Groot certainly flew by!

We had full classes of enthusiastic women that got to play with colour and fibre and what could make you happier than that!!

dying techniques The first day we made pre-felt using natural white merino and silk. The next day we got to play with all the different ways we could come up with to do resist dying on the fabric.

It was fascinating watching how the colours would change, blend and bleed to different colours from the points were there was pressure clamped onto the fabric.

We had all raided the hardware stores for everything from pvc pipes, clamps, screws and scraps of wood to create our designs. Even a few wine bottles were put to good use.

The results were varied and even the colours were different from fabric to rich coloursfabric. It depended on how long they stayed in the pot to how much dye had been already absorbed by the first fabric pieces to go into the pot. There was no disappointment just lots of ooohs and aaahs as we opened up and laid out the fabric to dry.

We all kept an eye on each other’s discoveries and borrowed ideas and dye pots to try to get similar colours that we liked. Each piece of fabric was like a snowflake and very unique.

The next part of the creation of our garments was the hard part. Now began the planning of where each piece would lay in the design of the tunic. It was like more planningcreating a large puzzle of colours and shapes but without a wasting a scrap!

Cutting into the beautiful fabric was a bit scary since once you cut you were offically commited to what you were doing. At least when it comes to felting you can save every scrap to be used another time in another garment.

There was also a bit of bartering going on between some of the ladies. A few bits of fabric that didn’t work for one person but worked for someone else were happily exchanged.

Most of the ladies didn’t finish fully felting their tunics but we did get a few photos and I’ll add more as I get photos sent to me.

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Felter Extraordinaire Pam De Groot is Coming HERE!!!

I am so excited to announce that Pam De Groot is coming to Rosehaven Yarn Shop to teach a 4 day and a 2 day workshop on felting!

The 4 day workshop will be August 24th to 27th from 9-5 and the 2 day workshop will be August 28th to 29th from 9-5. After that Pam is winging her way to Vancouver!

10491212_852928628052497_8674838530394716852_nPam is going to teach us how to create a gorgeous mosaic garment in the 4 day workshop.

Here is Pam’s description of the class;

In this workshop we are creating a cloth from multiple dyed pre felts. It is method of construction, deconstruction and reconstruction to discover a cloth with interest and complexity. The garment pieces are linked to unify the cloth with each maker creating their own garment of unique beauty and interest.

We will learn how to make a template from our own body measurements and to allow for differing shrinkage rates. We will be dying our own pre felts using safe dyeing practices.

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The 2 day workshop will be focused on creating jewellery. Pam has told me that this class is one of the best for learning a large multitude of techniques that can be utilized when creating many other felted items. We will be working with roving, silk fibres, pre felts and lots of other different embellishments that can be added to wool. Learn the skills of felting on wire and sculpting wool to bend to your will!

524140_481562238522473_1284598392_nThe 4 day Mosaic Garment Workshop will be $475 with materials included (plus HST). There will be a lunch break so you can bring a lunch or visit one of the local cafes right around the corner for lunch. There are 12 spots available and we have a list already begun of interested people so don’t wait too long if you are interested before you call the shop to register.

 

 

DSC_0007 copyThe 2 day Jewellery Workshop will cost $275 with materials included (plus HST). There will be a lunch break so you can bring a lunch or visit one of the local cafes right around the corner for lunch. There are 12 spots available so register by calling the shop at 613-476-9092.

We will be hosting the workshops at Picton’s Salvation Army gymnasium and large kitchen so we will have lots of room and good lighting.

My Brilliant Mom!

I love how I can always count on my Mom to have the latest cool and fun trick for playing with fibre, dyes or yarns. She and I often get together to dye silk as I mentioned in my past post. We also are always trading the latest tricks we learn and her most recent one is using silk men’s ties.

You have to start with a real 100% silk tie that has a pattern. Mom scored some great scarves by digging through a couple of second hand shops in our area. Luckily she can tell a silk fabric from acrylic or polyester simply by feel. There are burn tests you can do to threads pulled off of a fabric but obviously this would probably upset the owners of a second hand shop if you were walking around with a lighter burning things! Hee hee! The burn test works more by the way a fibre smells when it is burned. Of course if the fabric is a blend of natural and man made you won’t get anything but weird mixed results.

Silk tie dyed eggs
Silk tie dyed eggs

Back to the silk tie, assuming you found some 100% silk ties, The dye on a silk tie in the pattern actually comes off and will adhere to other fabric like the silk we were dying and apparently is neat trick to make decorative easter eggs!! This blog post shows you all the steps she did to make her silk tie dyed eggs.

My Mom just laid the silk she had cut into pieces from the ties, pattern side down, onto the silk and then carefully folded and wrapped it up into a small bundle. We then wrapped it up in cellophane and put it into the steamer for an hour. The different colours and dyes will bleed out differently from each different fabric so be prepared to be surprised by what the end result is. We had fun with it and the black dyes seemed to be the colour that took the best on the silk though one of the materials had a dot of red and that ended up being the strongest colour to come through.

Mom actually sold one of her scarves to a friend and she left me some of the tie fabric so I can play around with it the next time I am dying stuff. I was too focused and just getting some basic dying done that day so I didn’t try the silk tie technique this last time. You can bet I will be checking for the ties the next time I am at the 2nd hand shop for sure!! Do you ever wonder if the 2nd hand shop employees wonder what the hell is going on when there is a sudden run on one specific item like silk ties???