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2 skeins of yarn dyed in ice colors of red, blue and green

New Dyes, New Colorways

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Spring is in the air and so are new colorways for South Beach Yarn Co. Here is a sampling of the new colorways I’ve been creating. All yarns pictured here are on our new sock base consisting of 60% Superwash Merino, 20% Super Fine Alpaca, and 20% Nylon. This fingering weight, 4ply yarn has a generous 437 yds on each 100g skein. Do you have a favorite?

Purl, a Pixar SparkShorts

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I can’t resist sharing this Pixar SparkShort with you. Purl is a pink ball of yarn trying to find her way in the corporate world. Her story is as relevant today as it was yesterday. What are some of your favorite parts? Enjoy!

South Beach Yarn Co at the Knitter's Fair

KW Knitters’ Fair

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This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending my first ever knitter’s fair in Kitchener Waterloo. This was the  26th year of the KW Knitters’ Fair. It was extremely well-organized and attendance was amazing. I met so many creative people with a passion for knitting. Participating in this event was such an incredible experience. I learned so much. Here’s a picture of our table set-up. Standing with us are our good friends P and J. Because of this extremely positive experience, I have… Read More »KW Knitters’ Fair

6 Skeins of Speckled Yarn

Speckled Yarn

Creating speckled yarn is one of my favorite ways to color fibre. One of the reasons I like it so much is because the end result is always a bit of a surprise. After having applied the dye to the yarn I never quite know what the finished product will look like. The process of creating speckled yarn takes time and requires patience. After applying dye to the fibre it needs heat to set it. When it’s been heated (or… Read More »Speckled Yarn

2 Niddy Noddies and 2 skeins of yarn

How To Make a Niddy Noddy for Mini Skeins

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In this post I will give you instructions on how to make your own niddy noddy for mini skeins of yarn. Okay, maybe I will give you the instructions my husband followed when he made me a niddy noddy for mini skeins, lol! I’ve really been enjoying dying mini skeins. These mini skeins are only 20 grams and are made up of roughly 90 yards of yarn. When these skeins come out of the dye pot they are quite tangled.… Read More »How To Make a Niddy Noddy for Mini Skeins

Walls of our tent being blown about

A Windy Day at the Port Elgin Farmer’s Market

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We had another fun day at the Port Elgin Farmer’s Market yesterday despite wind gusts in excess of 80km/hour and a torrential downpour. I never knew how much of an impact weather can have on an outdoor event until this week. The day started off cloudy and thunder showers were in the forecast as my hubby and I drove over to set up my booth. We both wondered when the bad weather would hit and we both hoped it would… Read More »A Windy Day at the Port Elgin Farmer’s Market

Booth of the South Beach Yarn Co at the Port Elgin Farmer's Market

South Beach Yarn Co At The Port Elgin Farmer’s Market

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Yesterday we set up our booth at the Port Eglin Farmer’s Market. It is the first time I have participated in such an event and I must say that it was a blast. I’ve spent the last couple of months dyeing yarn, sewing Bento Bags and making stitch markers in anticipation of joining this event. Seeing the display and all the product I created come together was so satisfying. This year the Port Elgin Farmer’s Market runs every Wednesday from… Read More »South Beach Yarn Co At The Port Elgin Farmer’s Market

Winter in April

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It’s winter in April. I can’t believe it! Spring is taking its time arriving this year. On Facebook people are joking it’s January 108th or something like that and I can’t help but smirk at the sarcasm. Actually, it’s April 18 and yesterday while walking my grand-fur baby I took this picture of a snowman on my neighbor’s front yard. The wind was blowing and it was snowing. Don’t get me wrong, I quite like winter and all the fun… Read More »Winter in April

Close up of yarn floating in a dye-pot

Dying Yarn

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Dying yarn is a wonderfully creative process that I love exploring. Not many things bring me as much joy as when I get to add fiber to a dye pot. I love color and I love fiber. There is no end to the variance of color you can create. Being able to combine the two is a wonderful feeling. Two weekends ago I introduced my youngest daughter to dying yarn. She is artistic by nature and soon began experimenting with the… Read More »Dying Yarn

Butterlfy Lane Socks

Butterfly Lane Socks: Creating My First Knitting Pattern

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Recently I’ve taken the leap into designing knitting patterns. My spring-inspired pattern, called Butterfly Lane Socks, is my first forray into this creative art. Let me tell you how this pattern came about. It has been a long cold winter with little sunshine and I’m anxious for some warm spring weather. Spring has officially arrived but the cold winds off the lake are keeping the temperatures below freezing. The lovely sunshine isn’t enough to keep me warm. The cold winds… Read More »Butterfly Lane Socks: Creating My First Knitting Pattern