Friday, November 1, 2013

Create-Your-Own Self-Striping Club Memberships - November/December/January

***Sign-ups are complete! The next round will begin in February 2014!***

A rainbow of possibilities!  This is an opportunity to get three (3) skeins of self-striping yarn in colors chosen by you!

Colors can be picked from any of the 21 Yarntini semi-solid colorways.  Choose 2, 3 or 4 colors that will stripe in equal lengths.  I will be available for any help or consultation you may need or want!  All colors can be seen at in the "Gallery" section.

After purchase, you will receive by email, a timeline of when your color choices will need to be picked.  Color choices, questions, and/or ideas can be emailed to

Shipping costs for US and Canadian postage are included in the list prices.  International shipments will be charged an additional $20 over the US price.  An invoice for this cost will be sent through PayPal after initial payment.

Sign-ups will run through November 11th, with a color-pick deadline of November 14th.

Available yarn base options -

House Sock
fingering weight - high twist
100% superwash merino
400 yards
7-8 st/in  US 0-3
machine or hand wash cold and lay flat to dry

House Sport
sport weight - 8-ply, cabled.
100% superwash merino
265 yards
5-7 st/in  US 3-5
machine or hand wash cold and lay flat to dry

Premium Sock
fingering weight - high twist
80/20 superwash merino/nylon
400 yards
7-8 st/in  US 0-3
machine or hand wash cold and lay flat to dry

Top Shelf Sock
fingering weight - high twist
80/10/10 merino/cashmere/nylon
400 yards
7-8 st/in  US 0-3
hand wash cold and lay flat to dry

Top Shelf DK
DK weight
80/10/10 merino/cashmere/nylon
220 yards
5-6 st/in  US 4-6
hand wash cold and lay flat to dry

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Warm up those legs!

Let the yarn do the work with a pair of super quick legwarmers!

Materials -
Approximately 220 yards of dk weight yarn - I used one skein of Yarntini Top Shelf DK in Halloweenie self-striping
US size 6 set of 5 double-pointed needles

Size -
Approximately 10" in length and 14" in diameter when ribbing is stretched

Gauge -
4 st/in in ribbing when stretched

Pattern -
Using a long-tail cast-on, cast on 60 stitches (15 stitches on each of 4 double-pointed needles).  Making sure your stitches are not twisted, join to knit in the round.  *knit 2, purl 2, *repeat until end of the round.  Continue in 2x2 ribbing for 9 1/2 - 10 inches.  Bind off loosely and weave in ends.  Repeat for the second legwarmer and enjoy!

Pattern is easily adaptable to smaller or larger sizes.  Add or subtract ribbing stitches in multiples of four.  Please note that the legwarmer length will need to be adjusted accordingly if you would like to only use one skein.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Stripes, stripes, stripes

One skein of self-striping Top Shelf DK + a couple nights of knitting = a funky pair of leg warmers!  Super cosy.  I'll be wearing them under my boots come fall, for sure, and with leggings for a pop of fun color.  I'll put together a more formal pattern soon but it's not much more than casting on 60 or so stitches, knitting in the round in 2x2 rib using half of the skein, bind off, and repeat.  There are a couple skeins of Top Shelf DK in the Etsy shop now that are ready to ship and can have you casting on in no time!

Exciting announcement!  Starting in August, I'm trying out a new self-striping club!  Membership includes three skeins of self-striping yarn in sock or DK weight that will ship in August, September, and October.  Make projects using colorways that you created!!  Spots are limited.  Check out the Etsy listing for all the deets!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Rainbow Cowl

Once I finished up the new semi-solid colorways, I knew that I wanted a quick, easy project that included all of them.  Doubling some naked MCN aran with a bit of each color produced a colorful, but not too-in-your-face, super-cozy cowl.  I haven't done any measurements yet but it wraps up nicely in two layers.  It's light yet will be nice and warm for the yucky winter months.  The garter stitch appeals to me since there's no curling and no wrong-side to deal with.  It was an easy knit with just a bit of a challenge (in the tiniest sense) thrown in by way of a provisional cast-on and some kitchener stitch.  If there's interest, I'd love to put together the pattern and maybe some yarn kits!  I used three skeins of yarntini naked MCN aran and a very small amount of a mini-skein in each of the yarntini semi-solids.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Shop update

Semi-solid half-skeins and mini-skeins will be in the shop later today, 5/26!  Kind of a soft opening to get back in the swing of things.  I don't have an exact time but looking at early afternoon.  Everything will ship before Wednesday and then I will be off for a couple of weeks on an out-of-town trip.   Also, working on some fun, new self-striping that will debut this summer!  

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Rainbow of yarn

The "Gallery" has been updated with a bunch of colorway samples!  There's still a few more individual pics to add that I wasn't able to get good photos of before losing the light, but all of them are included in the pic above.  Another step almost complete before I can start filling the shop!

We've been spending a lot of time outdoors now that the weather is looking nice.  A quick walk in the stroller around the cul-de-sac usually ends up with the baby napping and me getting in a little bit of quiet time.  With some encouragement from the girls on Instagram, I started socks using Magic Loop.  The two-at-a-time angle sounded reeeeeally appealing even though the technique seemed super scary.  But it really isn't!  Seriously.  If you can figure out basic sock knitting, you can figure out Magic Loop.  I uploaded 'Socks from the Toe Up' from Wendy Johnson on my Kindle and used Judy's Magic Cast-On.  Worked up to 56 stitches and it's smooth sailing now.  Let's see what happens when I get up to the heel!  The little Sock Sack is a pattern from Ramona Rose on Craftsy.  Also crazy easy to sew and a genius pattern to go along with two-at-a-time knitting.  I still need to add snaps to the yarn guides and a ribbon to cinch it closed.  Maybe I can manage to do that before these socks are finished!

Our little gardens are coming along.  The sunflowers are getting big and we've got some tiny tomato, pepper, kale, and lettuce plants going strong.  Yay, plants!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013


I'm having a difficult time posting about what I was planning as my mind is consumed with the devastation in OK.  I had no idea that the impact was so bad until turning on CNN this afternoon.  My thoughts are with the families, survivors, and rescue workers in Moore, Oklahoma.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Short and sweet

So how long should it take to write a blog post?  When it took six or seven times to get my brain to put together the correct log in name and password, it should have been a clue that this was going to be slow going.  Currently using my toes as a distraction for the baby so let's keep this short and sweet!

The yarn up there?  New yarntini colors!  Soon there will be mini-skeins, half-skeins, and self-striping skeins up in the Etsy shop!  What's "soon"?  I'm really hoping for a small batch to post by the end of the month.    Will keep everyone updated and if you go to the shop, you're able to sign up to be notified once it goes out of 'vacation mode'.

I have a sample skein of self-striping and am determined to get it knit into socks.  With the large amount of yarn that has passed through my hands, I have done a sad amount of actual knitting.  Trying to do some research into two-at-a-time and magic loop techniques... if anyone has some insight to share, please do!

And when I haven't been looking at yarn lately, this is my view.  Goofy, for sure, but not too shabby ;).

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Under construction

The yarntini blog/facebook/etsy/etc. are all under construction so please disregard the constant changes brought on by my inability to make concrete decisions!  Yarn dyeing is also underway - hope to have fun and colorful news for you all soon!