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.
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!
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
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.
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!
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 email@example.com, he's the guy you'll be talking to.
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.
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!
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
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?
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
It’s that time of year again- Destash Auction time!
For those of you who have no idea what I am talking about, every year on the second weekend in April I hold an event on my Facebook Fan Page where I offer up seconds, experiments, and overflow yarns and fibers. This event is an auction that takes place over the course of a weekend where people bid in increments of $1 in the comments of each listing.
It's a suuuuuuuper fun event that I look forward to doing every year! There is nothing I love more than a good spring cleaning to freshen up my creative mind!
Let’s go over the details of the auction so everyone is clear how this will work. Please read through all of this post so that there are no surprises. Questions are welcome in the comment section here or on the auction event page.
The OnTheRound Destash Auction is a chance for me to find new homes for all of the yarn and fiber I have acquired over the year. I do not sell items from my personal stash or items from other sellers.
The inventory that I will be auctioning off is left over skeins from big lots, seconds, or bits of yarn and fiber that have piled up over the year.
The auction will take place on my Facebook Fan Page,OnTheRoundFiberArt, please like my page if you haven’t already so that I can link you in comments to respond to your questions or alert you if you have won the auction. Last year I had a few people join the auction who didn’t like my page and contacting them was a bit of a bear.
The auction will begin this Friday, April 10th at 4 pm EST.
When I say begin, that means I will start posting the items up for auction. You are welcome to start bidding as soon as the items are posted. Please note though, it will take me at least a couple of hours to get everything listed, so I suggest grabbing a glass of wine and hit that refresh button!
The auction will end on Sunday, April 12th at 6 pm EST.
All bidding MUST STOP at 6 pm, EST! Please DO NOT bid after 6 pm, EST - it is not fair and it also confuses the heck out of things! I will make an announcement that the bidding is over and then I will go through and start notifying the winners. You will be notified and have a paypal invoice sent by the end of Sunday night.
Last year I had some complaints about the auctions closing time from international friends, but it’s just the best time for me to be able to close the auction and get back to the winners all in the same night. Don’t give up on an item, place your final bids when you can and hope for the best!
The auction items will be listed as a picture with the details of the listing attached to each image. You will place your bids/questions/comments in the comments section of each individual picture.
Make sure you read the details of the listing so you are clear on what you are bidding on.
If you have any questions, please go ahead and leave a comment. I will be around ALL weekend and will respond as quickly as I can.
Each listing will have an item number with it, something like this, NO.0001. That number will be what I use to keep track of all the items when I’m billing and shipping.
All bids start at $1 and should be placed in USD. All bids should be increments of at least $1- more than $1 is fine, but nothing lower please.
Bids should be written in the comment section of each item picture. You are welcome to bid as much or as little as you like. If you do commit to a bid, you have an obligation to finish the sale should you win so please be available for me to contact you on Sunday night or Monday, depending on your time zone.
I'm going to do shipping a little bit differently this year. I will have the US shipping cost of each item with the listing instead of doing a flat rate like I've done in past years. I have a lot more yarn lots this year so I think that is what will make the most sense. As always, If for some reason that ends up being too much money per item you will be charged the correct amount when you receive your PayPal invoice.
I am happy to ship international orders, you have to just let me know where your package is going to when you Private Message (PM) me your PayPal information.
If you are local, please let me know that you would like to arrange pick up/drop off when you Private Message (PM) me your Paypal information.
Once the auction has ended (Sunday night, at 6 pm EST) I will do a final comment on each listing notifying the winner. I will flag your name in the comment so that you will get a Facebook notification. OR if you are sure that you have won items, you are welcome to Private Message (PM) me on the ontheround Facebook page with your PayPal email address and any shipping information (see above).
If I do not hear from you in 24 hours (by 6 pm EST on Monday, April 13th, ) I will assume you have forfeited the item and it will go to the next highest bidder.
Once I have your PayPal email information I will send you a detailed invoice. Once you have paid your invoice, I will ship your order.
Local people who are picking up their order are welcome to pay with cash or check.
And there you have it! Like I said before, this was a super fun event last year and I look forward to *spending the weekend* with all of you!
Again, if you have any questions at all, please leave a comment in this post or in the Facebook Auction Event page.
See you on Friday!
On Sunday mornings I like to get up while the kiddos are still asleep and jump right on my spinning wheel with my cuppa. The house is usually relatively clean with all the chores being done on Saturday and my hubby is home to help with the kids, so it's a great day to spend some uninterrupted time at the wheel.
This Sunday I am spinning some super bulky, thick and thin yarn using superwash merino/silk/nylon/sparkle (63/20/10/2) roving.
Personally, I like to spin my thick and thin yarn from un dyed fibers since it drafts out easier, which give me a more consistent yarn. I also like to spin my thick and thin yarn using roving verses commercial top. Roving is thinner and the fibers are less compact than in top again, making it easier to draft out consistently.
Each skein is 4 oz and approximately 80-100 yards. Once I have spun four skeins, or a pound of this yarn, I will soak it in warm water with vinegar. Then I plan on dyeing the yarn in Peacock inspired greens and blues.
These skeins will be available in this weeks shop update, this Friday at 4 pm, EST.
What would you knit with a skein of thick and thin yarn?
Oh my goodness- welcome to my NEW space! I am so excited that this moment is FINALLY here! It's been my plan to sell my yarn and fibers on my own website since I started this gig so there is a lot of build up here for me.
Just a few things about the shop...
First, for the time being I will not be listing new items to my Etsy Shop. It will be on vacation mode for the time being so that I can still be found and contacted- I will still be checking my convo's. Otherwise you can reach me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updates will happen as they have been- at 4 pm, EST- they will just be here! You can filter all the new items listed by using the New Yarn & Fiber button at the bottom left of my page, that will change with every update.
Any coupon codes that you had on hand, including the FBFAN free shipping code will still work on this site, just enter the code at checkout.
If you have a gift certificate or have give a gift certificate you are welcome to use it here. Just shoot me an email and I will give you a new code to use at check out.
As for shopping on this site- as you can see there are several ways of filtering all the items, you can Shop All, shop by type- Yarn or Spinning Supplies. You can also use the drop downs to search by specific yarn weight or fiber prep type. And lastly, you can shop by Fiber content, just use the drop down menu to see each breed. You'll notice there are some fibers that are not yet available, but those will be coming soon over the next couple of months.
Of course this space is a work in progress, new yarns, different fibers, and new features will be popping up- so check back often! Also, I would love to hear your feedback or if you see any problems that I may have overlooked.
I would like to give a super big thank you to my friend Amanda at Long Winter Farm who pushed me to get this done and offered up tons of help and support!
And THANK YOU so much to all of you friends for being such wonderful supporters of my little business!