Sunset Highway Sweater, Part 2

Sunset Highway Sweater, Part 2

Check out some combinations of Everyday Lite to get you inspired to knit a Sunset Highway sweater of your own!
October 26, 2017 by Rachel Jones
{FO} Sunset Highway Sweater, Part 1

{FO} Sunset Highway Sweater, Part 1

I am so excited to share my freshly finished Sunset Highway sweater! I am very proud of this sweater and it is without a doubt my new favorite.

 


I had never knit stranded colorwork before and have been full blown scared of colorwork for all of my 20+ years of knitting experience. I was definitely intimated by this project, but after seeing so many different variations on Instragram, I knew I had to give it a go! And so, it is with great pleasure that I report back that stranded colorwork is MUCH easier than I imagined and in fact, incredibly fun. I did do a bit of research on techniques before starting this pattern, I watched a Craftsy class during the free streaming day, and also found a great blog on the Craftsy site with helpful tips on stranded knitting. You can find the links to the class and the blog at the helpful links section at the bottom of this blog.

 



Probably the hardest part was choosing the colors. I've been in more of a fade color mindset for months (lets be real, we all have!), and I found it took a little extra effort to think of my color choices in terms of cohesion and contrast. I found a blog post from Berroco Yarn's that was particularly helpful in making my final decision (link to the blog post at the end with other helpful links). I’ll do a part two of this blog post showing you some other fun color options using my Everyday Lite base.

I was also a little dubious of knitting a sweater in single ply yarn, but that's actually one of the things that I've come to love the most about this design! I love how light weight it is because of the lofty single strand of wool and it's so soft! I get hot very easily and the Lite yarn was so nice with just a tank underneath.



Pilling is surely still an issue, but I'll be reporting back how my sweater is wearing over time. I also plan to treat this sweater a bit nicer than I care for my sweaters in Everyday Fingering and DK. ..it is my favorite after all.

I did decide to make some modifications to this sweater, which is not a typical practice for me! Despite my dabbling, I am not a designer by any stretch.

First, I decided to go down a size for a more form fitting sweater. The pattern recommends 9” of positive ease, but I didn’t want that much extra fabric on my larger frame. I decided to knit a medium (I would normally knit a large) and that would still give me about 3” of positive ease for a nice comfortable fit.



I kept seeing complaints of rolling at the bottom edge of the sweater from others who had made the design, and I really detest rolling edges (even when intended)! I also wanted more of a traditional shape at the bottom since the last couple of sweaters I knit had short row shaping. I thought that the double fabric on the picot edge would help weight the sweater down since the yarn is otherwise so light, and definitely there would be no rolling. I also decided to mirror the edging on the sleeves as well, because I wasn’t a huge fan of the puffy sleeves on the original design. I wasn’t sure how the colorwork would look with the straight sleeve, so I decided to omit it from my sweater. If I were to do it all again, I would have done the colorwork detail on my sleeves, I think it would have looked fine and certainly made knitting the sleeves more enjoyable!



Here are the modifications I made for my Sunset Highway:

I knit the body to the length recommended by the pattern and then started my picot hem. First, I purled one row even. This row was meant to be both decorative and functional, since it provided me with a straight line to guide me when sewing in the hem. Next I knit 12 rows even. Next, I (k2tog, yo) around the whole body, this is the part that creates the picot detail. Then I knit another 12 row around. Finally, I sewed my my live stitches along the purled edge on the back. There is a link in the section below with a more detailed tutorial on how to knit a picot edge.



For the sleeves, I picked up the same amount of stitches recommended by the pattern. I knit 15 rows even, and then worked my first decrease. I knit all the decreases the same way, (k1, k2tog) knit to the last three stitches and then (ssk2tog, k1). Next, I knit 25 rows even followed by another decrease row. I knit 25 and decreased 4 more times. I finished with 5 more rows even before starting the picot hemmed cuff. For the cuff I went down to a size 1 needle and knit 1 row even. Finally, I knit worked the remained of the cuff the exact same way as I knit the hem of the body, starting with a purl row.

In hindsight, I probably would have done more decreases in the sleeve to make them a little less straight, but overall I am pleased! Please remember if you are making similar modifications to your sleeves, keep in mind the decreases vs. length you are knitting. The nice thing about top down sweaters is you can try them on as you go!

So there it is folks- my Sunset Highway sweater! I would highly recommend this design if you are interested in trying out stranded knitting. The pattern is extremely well written and the charts were very simple and easy to read! If you are looking for more inspiration on this sweater and different modification ideas, be sure to check out all the different projects on Ravelry (link below)!


Stay tuned for part two of this post where I’ll be showing off different combination options using my Everyday Lite base!

 

Helpful Links : 

Sunset Highway by Caitlin Hunter (Ravelry)

ontheround Everyday Lite Yarn 

Berroco Yarn - How to Choose Colors for Faire Isle or Stranded Colorwork Knitting 

Craftsy Tips For Unfussy Stranded Knitting

Craftsy: How To Knit a Picot Edge

Craftsy : Modern Stranded Knitting Techniques

October 25, 2017 by Rachel Jones
Comfort Fade Cardi Color Combos

Comfort Fade Cardi Color Combos

Fade time again friends! Will we ever get enough of Andrea Mowry's cleaver fade designs? I doubt it. 

Comfort Fade Cardi, the latest fade design that was released yesterday and features 4 different colorways in DK weight yarn. I was so excited to see that this one was in DK weight, because I am really in love with my Everyday DK base and I am getting a little burned out on fingering weight sweaters!

If you haven't seen the pattern yet, check out the link here.

 So upon request of some of my favorite people, I have put together some pleasing 4 skein combinations to get you inspiried for the latest fade craze!

The first combination I'd like to show you is Sugar Cookie, Aquaponic, Oxidize and Wicked. I'm kind of obsessed with this one...though I'm not sure which way I would fade it, lightest to darkest or darkest to lightest.

Here is the same photo in black and white to help you see how the tones blend.

 

Next I have a nice fall inspired combo with Sugar Cookie (Speckled Whimsical Would also work well with this combo, but all the skeins I had in stock were still wet!), Sandblast, Crystal Trade, and Sugar Maple.

and again the same combo in black and white.

Here is a nice deep and dark combination for those of you like me who tend to wear all grey and black. This one features Hologram, Granite, Black Magic, and Eclipse. I think the First two colors could go this way, or be switched, which ever you prefer. 

Here's this combination in black and white.

My last combination is probably the one I am leaning towards the most, it's got a lot going on, but I love the flow of the colors! This one features Speckled Time Travelers, Rising Tide, A Nice Chianti, and Eclipse.

Here is that last one in black and white.

So, I hope these combos work for you or inspire you to find your own combination! Remember too, you can blend as few or as many colors as you like- trust your guts and make whatever you inspires you! If you have a combination you'd like to see, just let me know by reaching out in the comments section here or on my Facebook Fan Page, here

You can see the collection of all my Everyday DK Yarns, here

And check out the latest colorways that were just listed today, here

Tonight I'll be working on swatches for the new colorways so keep an eye out for them sometime tomorrow. I am also planning on a Facebook Live video sometime over the next couple of days to show off ALL of Everyday DK swatches I've been plugging away on all week. It will be a great time to talk fade and color work strategies! I'll try and give some notice as to the time as soon as I have a better sense. 

Happy knitting!

October 14, 2017 by Rachel Jones
Tags: Everyday DK
Fall 2017 Seconds Sale!

Fall 2017 Seconds Sale!

It's Seconds Sale time again! I have 4 of the biggest plastic bins I can fit in my studio and once they are all full of seconds then I know it's time to unload! This year I had my friend Kristin help me with the organizing and tagging so I could keep up with my regular work load. It was such a treat to have helping hand! A lot of work goes into these sales to make sure everything goes smoothly and Kristin did a great job!

I have a great spread for you in this round of seconds! There are a bunch of singles and even more larger batches of colorway. Please remember that large batches are not necessarily from the same dye lot and plan accordingly for your projects.

Also new this year, I decided to put together some fun 1 lb surprise grab bags of each base. Each grab bag has a handful of mini/little skeins all ranging from 20-100 yards per colorway and was put together by weight so the amount of skeins will vary slightly. Also, each colorway is not labeled and due to the pace of this sale you cannot choose which bag you'll receive, they will be picked randomly, hence the surprise. The grab bags will be listed by yarn base, and each bag contains all the same base. Bases available are Sock, Lite, and Fingering.

So without further ado, here are the details about todays sale and if you have any questions, please post them on my facebook page or email me at Rachel@ontheround.com since I probably won't get back here to check comments until after the sale! 

Second Sale Items will be available for purchase Friday, October 6th 2016 at 5 pm, EST. Listings will remain for 24 hours or until they are sold out, which ever comes first.

A seconds sale is a flash event that takes place right here on this page. All the yarn and fiber  I will be selling are seconds and are "flawed" in some way. Flaws include inconsistent dye lots, weird color blips, leftover skeins from ooak color ways and mysterious red dots.

Prices are wholesale, so 50% off my retail prices, except on handspun yarn, but that will be at a deep discount. Standard shipping rates apply, International orders are welcome.  As always, I accept visa, mastercard, discover, AMEX, and PayPal. Maine state taxes will also be applied when applicable. 

Each listing in the Second Sale Section will have a quantity listed, take as few or as many as you like. Please remember though, items are not yours until they are paid for. If someone has completed the purchase for something in your cart before you are able to pay, than you will not be able to complete the sale. You must move quickly! I recommend setting up an account on my site before the event to speed up check out time. An account is not mandatory, but it will allow you to save your information for speedier check out. My site is both verified and protected.

These are usually very fast moving events so be prepared for that. Remember, it's all in good fun and they happen every few months so if you don't get anything, just try again next time! Trust me, I mess up all the time so there are plenty of seconds!

All sales are final, there are no exchanges, returns or refunds on Seconds Sale items.

link to swcond sale section: http://www.ontheround.com/collections/seconds-sale

 

October 06, 2017 by Rachel Jones
Tags: seconds sale
{FO} Princess Bubblegum Socks

{FO} Princess Bubblegum Socks

I finished my ‘Princess Bubblegum’ socks! Woo!

I haven't finished anything in a while, so I am pretty excited. I started this pair on June 20th and I finished the first sock rather quickly. Then I promptly lost my bag with the project and forgot about them until a few weeks ago. I ended up finding the project bag hanging up in my back room when I was frantically cleaning my studio for a retreat visit. The second sock came together equally fast once the project was recovered.


I truly loved with this colorway! I'm not hugely a pink girl, but I'm really drawn to the soft earthy pink base of this colorway. The pops of color in the speckles are always so fun to come to while I’m knitting, they keep the yarn so interesting when you're plugging away. This particular colorway features scarlet, chartreuse and turquoise speckles which stand alone and meld together to create an unexpected rainbow.



Princess Bubblegum Socks


To cast on my toe up socks, I use Judy’s Magic Cast On method.  I start with 14 sts on each side and then increase every other row on the second stitch in and the second to last stitch. I use a k1fb from my increase method.

I always use 60 sts on my socks for the best fit for my foot. However, I used a different needle this time after getting a new set of size 1 Knitter’s Pride Nova Platina’s (my favorite needles), but my gauge wasn't the same as my set of needles. Next time I'll cast on 64 with this brand/style needle. Otherwise, I LOVE my Platina’s because they are so smooth and pointy- but that's a tale for another blog post.

As for the heel, I use a short row method that I completely made up. Basically I knit short rows until 12 stitches remain and then I go back and forth picking up the wraps until I have a heel. I've never done a short row heel from a pattern so I can't really compare it to anything else available. I like the method because it gets the heel done quick and easy without having any additional finishing. I hate finishing. Also, I like how the yarn pools similarly with speckled yarn, though be aware you will get different pooling with a short row heel in a variegated yarn. For that, I recommend an afterthought heel (my second favorite).



 

And finally, for the cuff of my sock, I do a 2x2 ribbing. I prefer my socks to go right to the base of my calf, so I just want a decorative rib, not really a stretchy ribbing.

I’m not sure that this is my favorite method of knitting socks…for me sock knitting is a constant evolution of techniques. I like to play around and switch thing up the moment I hit mastery level on a particular technique. I’m also not crazy about patterns for socks, though I have about a million patterns saved. Socks are the one project I don’t have to think too much about and can drag along with me easily for all my adventures with the kids.

So there you have it, my Princess Bubblegum socks! I won’t be wearing these any time soon since they will have to remain a sample for a bit, but I’ll be enjoying them for a long time!

Princess Bubblegum Socks

If you would like to knit yourself a pair of Princess Bubblegum Socks using my Signature Sock Yarn base, you can find it here: https://www.ontheround.com/collections/signature-sock/products/signature-sock-yarn-princess-bubblegum

August 20, 2017 by Rachel Jones
Hello My Name is...

Hello My Name is...

It's been a while, so I wanted to take a minute to introduce myself formally, my name is Rachel Jones and I am the owner and dyer here at ontheround yarn!

I am a homeschooling mom to three spunky kiddos ages, 10, 51/2, and almost 3. Along with my husband, we live on the beautiful coast of Maine.
Parker, Taylor, and Elliot


In November of last year, after working out of my home for over 5 years, I moved ontheround into a studio in Rockport, Maine. Having a dedicated workspace has allowed me to grow because I am able to keep more inventory and materials on hand, as well as be able to concentrate my work time since my tools are always out and ready to go. This is a studio space, I do not have a traditional retail space set up here. I keep my inventory in a dedicated room where it is organized by base and colorway for efficient shipping. Visitors are welcome to stop by with an appointment, but I do not keep set hours here. I like to come and go as I please, and I often have my kids with me!

Invenotory room

This business is mostly a one woman operation. I do all dyeing, tagging, shipping, inventory, photography, marketing, and cleaning. I am lucky enough to have the help of my husband during the winter months while he is off from his own landscaping business. Evan has training in lean management and shipping so he is a huge asset to setting up easy to use systems to get our yarn out quickly and efficiently. Evan also coordinates with new and current wholesale customers. If you email wholesale@ontheround.com, he's the guy you'll be talking to.

Evan helping with shipping

I am an intuitive maker, meaning I let my own curiosity guide me verses seeking outside inspiration. This is especially true for my dyeing but also my knitting, spinning, and even business practices. Ideas just sort of float into my head and the ones that really linger in my memory are the ones I choose to pursue. Since I've been dyeing for just about 10 years now, the majority of my ideas come by way of colors and feelings so I have a whole language in my head that I translate onto the yarn. It's all very woo woo, but I've learned to trust it and good things usually come.

Some of my inventory at ontheround.com

My mission here at ontheround is to create unique and beautiful, fun to work with yarn, for creative makers like myself. I try to provide a positive community of creative makers on my facebook page, ontheround. I also tell my story as a creative maker, mom, and entrepreneur daily on instagram via @ontheround.

I try to respond to all of you as much as humanly possible and it makes my heart sing to have you all participate in such a fun and positive way- so thank you! If there is anything you ever want to know about me or my work, please let me know as I am always looking for new ways to share!

I do intend to do more blog posts in the future. I would like to get all those little snippets that I post out into the world into one, more organized place, so stay tuned for more posts to come!

July 29, 2017 by Rachel Jones
Seconds Sale!

Seconds Sale!

Time for the first seconds sale of 2016! In the past, I've held my seconds sales on an event off of my Facebook page, Facebook however has made some policy changes that will make that impossible going forward. That's ok- we'll just do it here! I've already started moving items into my super secret seconds sales section, which will not be available for viewing until the set time mentioned. I will create a shortcut on my front page and will post a link to all of my social media sites the day of the event. Listings will not appear until 6 pm, EST on the day of the event. All the listings will show up at the same time once the event is live. Please continue reading for more of the who, what, when, and why's...

Second Sale Items will be available for purchase Friday, February 12th 2016 at 6 pm, EST. Listings will remain for 24 hours or until they are sold out, which ever comes first.

A seconds sale is a flash event that takes place right here on this page. All the yarn and fiber  I will be selling are seconds and are "flawed" in some way. Flaws include inconsistent dye lots, weird color blips, leftover skeins from ooak color ways and mysterious red dots.

Prices are wholesale, so 50% off my retail prices, except on handspun yarn, but that will be at a deep discount. Standard shipping rates apply, International orders are welcome.  As always, I accept visa, mastercard, discover, AMEX, and PayPal. Maine state taxes will also be applied when applicable.

Each listing in the Second Sale Section will have a quantity listed, take as few or as many as you like. Please remember though, items are not yours until they are paid for. If someone has completed the purchase for something in your cart before you are able to pay, than you will not be able to complete the sale. You must move quickly! I recommend setting up an account on my site before the event to speed up check out time. An account is not mandatory, but it will allow you to save your information for speedier check out. My site is both verified and protected.

These are usually very fast moving events so be prepared for that. Remember, it's all in good fun and they happen every few months so if you don't get anything, just try again next time! Trust me, I mess up all the time so there are plenty of seconds!

All sales are final, there are no exchanges, returns or refunds on Seconds Sale items.

link to swcond sale section: http://www.ontheround.com/collections/seconds-sale

February 10, 2016 by Rachel Jones
Tags: seconds sale
Make In The New Year!

Make In The New Year!

New Year's Eve is upon us friends!

Will you be getting dressed up in your fanciest clothes and painting the town red with all of your bestest friends?

OR

Will you be like me, and put the children to bed, kiss your husband good night and blissfully spend the night making your heart out (re: knitting, crochet, weaving, sewing, spinning, darning- whatever!) in front of a warm fire with a cup of tea and thinking fondly about the past year?

Ahhhh bliss....is it bed time yet?

If you will be choosing the second scenario, then you are cordially invited to spend your evening with me, not in my home of course, but virtually on my Facebook Fan Page ontheroundfiberart! I am hosting a super fun event starting tonight at 7 pm, EST until sometime after midnight. There will be giveaways, funny meme's, great discussions, and a fun community of other creative people who are staying in and being cozy this holiday night.

All you have to do it like my page and join the event (link below) from there event posts should start popping up in your facebook feed or you can click back on the event at any time during the night to see whats going on!

All attire is welcome- BYOB, please make responsibly!

If you have any questions, please post them here or in the event page and I will answer them as quickly as possible.

I hope to see you tonight!

 

Facebook Fan Page Link - https://www.facebook.com/ontheroundfiberart/?fref=ts

Make In The New Event Link https://www.facebook.com/events/713218558854174/?ti=icl

December 31, 2015 by Rachel Jones

Cha Cha Cha Changes...

I'm making some changes around here. It's time to start reaching those long term goals I've dreamed about for a long time. It's time to slow down in some areas, and speed up in others. It's time for me to grow, and this site to grow, and most importantly, to make until my hearts content.

Change is good, right?

The first thing to change will be Friday updates. I've been very inconsistent lately and...
June 28, 2015 by Rachel Jones

Happy Sunday

I find myself all alone on this rainy Sunday morning. A rare treat! The baby is sleeping and the girls are off adventuring with their dad. 

I am fighting the urge to turn on the radio or a podcast, since I rarely get total silence these days. 

I've decided to spend this peaceful moment grinding out some polwarth lux batts on my tired Fancy Kitty carder. 


I have a love hate relationship with my...
May 31, 2015 by Rachel Jones