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NEW PATTERN Handspun Art Yarn Cowl

Handspun Art Yarn Cowl

The first thing people say when they see Studioloo Handspun Art Yarn is “What do you make with it?” The quantities are generous and the yarn generally does all the work, but there is still room to play around. I like the idea of using an art yarn as a launch-pad and expanding on the aesthetic with a different texture, colour, or both. This is also a great way to make the most of handspun yarn if you only have a small amount, or you definitely don’t have enough for a full scarf or cowl.

With this pattern I’ve started with a skein of Studioloo Handspun Art Yarn, knitted it in a simple garter stitch, which really makes the different colours and textures in the yarn pop. Then I finished the project with a contrasting commercial yarn (Cascade Spuntaneous) with a slightly different tension and stitch pattern (K2P2 rib). I decided to keep the colour between the two yarns consistent (beige) for the sake of simplicity, but I normally like a little contrast (I was thinking or cream or even navy blue as alternate choices). Both yarns are a single ply, but the Cascade Spuntaneous is thicker and loftier, and knits on larger needles.

Skill Level: Beginner

Size: 33” long x 6” wide (lying flat)

Materials

NEW Studioloo Limited Edition Sets

Studioloo Limited Edition Goosebumps Sets aren’t just yarn, they’re an EXPERIENCE! Whimsical and joyful, these kits take their inspiration from the children’s literary series Goosebumps. Each kit comes with one skein of hand-dyed sock yarn, hand-made project bag in a coordinating colour, and a classic Goosebumps book. These kits make quirky, original gifts for knitters & crocheters. All Studioloo yarns are available in-store and are final sale. WARNING: Reading silly books with children may lead to bonding and joy. 

 Each Kit Contains:

  • A Classic Goosebumps book (new or gently used)
  • Hand-dyed Studioloo ‘Tiptoe’ fingering weight yarn (80% superfine merino/ 20% nylon, 115g/402 yds)
  • Hand-sewn project bag in coordinating colours

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Bibliography

The following yarn colours come with the corresponding Goosebumps titles listed below:

  • 01: Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes #34
  • 02: How to Kill a Monster #44
  • 03: Say Cheese and Die!
  • 04: The Beast From the East
  • 05: Why I’m Afraid of Bees #17
  • 06: The Horror at Camp Jelleyjam # 33
  • 07: Why I’m Afraid of Bees #17
  • 08: Say Cheese and Die – Again! #44
  • 09: Say Cheese and Die – Again! #44
  • 10: The Haunted Mask II #36
  • 11: Monster Blood
  • 12: The Werewolf of Fever Swamp #14
  • 13: The Haunted Mask II #36
  • 14: The Blob That Ate Everyone
  • 15: Piano Lessons Can Be Murder #13
  • 16: Welcome to Dead House
  • 17: Go Eat Worms! #21
  • 18: Ten Spooky Stories – Special Edition #5
  • 19: The Haunted Mask #11
  • 20: The Horror at Camp Jellyjam #33
  • 21: Phantom of the Auditorium #24
  • 22: Say Cheese and Die! #4
  • 23: Monster Blood II #18
  • 24: Monster Blood III #29
  • 25: Monster Blood II #18

A Slew of New Studioloo!


We just got a SLEW of new Handspun Art Yarns from Studioloo!  The following are a selection of some of my favourites …. (by the way, the colours aren’t entirely accurate, the light was a little strong during photography).

Camel of the Desert & Brunettes Have Fun Too

Bacon ‘n Eggs (we have 3 skeins!), Candy Twist, & Many Hands (yup, those are little barbie hands all over the skein)

Jackie O, Honey Blooms, & Candy Harvest (it’s sparkly!)

Spices and Treasure, Sunsweets (sparkly), & Sunlit Studio (those are plastic grapes and felted & embroidered balls)

Tea Party Charm, Pod Garden, Happy Fruits (skein has smiley fruits, some have googly eyes), David Attenborough’s Hideout (wins prize for best yarn name EVER, plus it is extra gorgeous)

Villains (covered in bits of GI Joes & etc), Little People Land (Fisher Price people), & Bloo (apparently Grover was shorn like a sheep and Cindy spun his fur)

Triumphant Bouquet, Mystic Rock Garden, & Berry Basket

Wonka-Vision & Crayon Box


We also have a pile of Hand Dyed Artisan Sock Yarns from Studioloo







As always, you can find us at Knitomatic.com!

New Studioloo

Cindy & Mat stopped by last night to drop off some new ‘loo-spun’ (my agregate of studioloo & manspun). All of it is beautiful, funky and interesting (my personal criteria), but some are really, really funny and I feel I have to share before they sell.

Barbie’s Ice Cream Social
My favorite side benefit to this skein is the multitude of styling possibilities.


The Secret Life of Gnomes
Comes covered in vintage Gnome ornaments!

Golden Grumbles
This skein of yarn doesn’t just have a long, personal story, it tells a story! It was born form a ravelry challenge. Yes, you are correct, the little yellow/orange things with black eyes are hamsters! Hee-Hee-Hee! 🙂

Once upon a time there was a little boy who went walking through
a golden acorn forest in search of some animal friends. As he
approached a large pink tree with black flowers he noticed something
hiding behind it. He crept ever closer to the tree and started to hear
the squeaks of a small animal.

Intrigued, he slowly started to creep around the majestic tree
following the little pitter-pat of footsteps. Then he stopped and
whispered ‘hello?’ and heard the fast and heavy breathing of something
very scared. He looked around at the golden water trickling over the
pebblestones in the river and said ‘who are you?’.

Suddenly, the darkness of one thousand lonely hearts fell upon
the forest and the boy heard a really muffled grumbling. The creature
replied ‘Grumbles’. The boy, suddenly realizing that perhaps he didn’t
consider all the consequences of haphazardly wandering into the woods
in search of friends, understood he was at the mercy of whatever was
hiding behind the tree.

He did the only thing he could think of at the time. Throwing
caution to the wind and ignoring all of those ‘Don’t Feed the Wild
Animals’ signs he noticed at the gate, he offered the creature some of
the candy he had brought along in his sack. The creature grumbled
‘Candy? mmmgrbrrrmmm’ and had visions of the swirling colours of hard
candy, and long strings of pulled taffy.

Wide-eyed, frisky, and very very fluffy, he crept around the
tree to the boy. With puckering cheeks, and briskly whiskers, the boy
realized he was being stared down by none other than, a wild golden
hamster!
For the next few hours, the boy and the hamster ate
lollipops, licorice, taffy, caramels, candy corns, jawbreakers,
bubblegum, and those swirling, coloured hard candies the boy had found
at the bottom of his Grandma’s purse with the humbugs. As they gobbled
them down, the hamster recounted his tale to the boy.

It was a sad tale of how from almost birth, the golden hamster
could not find friends because of his name, ‘Grumbles’. His brothers
and sisters, and even his mother chose never to listen to him when he
talked, believing that all he would do was grumble on and complain
about things. He explained that it was not his fault that he was named
Grumbles even before he could squeak.

Eventually, Grumbles got really tired of having no one to talk
to and being treated as a second-class, bronze hamster that he
developed a habit of grumbling about his troubles. It was his way of
venting his frustration but also made him feel like someone was talking
to him. The sound of his own voice was suddenly of great comfort to him.

Grumbles recounted of his failed school friendships and how
eventually he packed his red sack and decided to retreat to the woods
and live on the land as an outlaw. He found the patch of land near the
majestic pink tree and settled there, grew a garden of asparagus,
brocolli, wheat, corn and beets. He made a pact with the local birds
that involved him supplying them with winter seed in exchange for them
not eating him.

Grumbles and the boy found that they had lived very similar
lives filled with failed friendships. Hours passed since they started
talking and eating candy and now the only grumbles they could hear were
the complaints of two very bad stomach aches.

Grumbles invited the boy into his modest straw and mud cave and
they decided after a long nap that they would remain friends and the
boy would live with the golden hamster and help him both cultivate the
land and free him from the enslavement of the birds.

For years the two friends lived together, sewing seeds and
growing wheat and even a field of candy floss. With never another
lonely day, there was never another grumble, and they lived happily
ever after.